Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

Mean, Fat and Weird: A Kickstarter (P)review of Clash of the Battle Goats.

“Goats are the cable talk show panelists of the animal world, ready at a moment’s notice to interject, interrupt, and opine. They have something to say about everything, little of it complimentary. They are the most impertinent animals I have ever known.” – Jon Katz

While I have gotten much better about it, I have had a bit of a problem with Kickstarter in the past. Upon typing this sentence, I logged in to see just how big of a problem it was. Doing so was hopefully the worst decision I will make today. I’m not sure which is worse, the obscene amounts of money I have hemorrhaged on games there, or the fact that a disturbingly high percentage of the ones I have received remain unplayed. Probably the latter because it exacerbates the former. Fortunately, the game I am talking about today is one of the proud few who have escaped their shrink wrapping and known the soft, intimate, sexy, life-affirming touch of human hands. Continue reading

Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer: Playing for Keeps. Literally.

poor“If every day you played the board game Risk, you’ve probably never taken a risk in your life.” – Bo Burnham

As my regular six readers know, I am still in this whole “get thin or die tryin” thing. There have been ups and downs both in terms of numbers and emotions. I’ve been trying to incorporate new things like yoga and positivity as fuel as opposed to anger. There are other pieces in progress about those two concepts, but suffice to say, as there has not yet been a celebratory posts about how yoga and self-love saved my life, I am returning to a watering hole more familiar and comfortable to me, which is to say negative reinforcement.  Continue reading

Healthy Gamer

Healthy Gamer: Yoga Fire

“Surely if God had meant us to do yoga, he would have put our heads behind our knees.” – Rod Stewart
Believe it or not (and I am guessing at least 5 of my 7 readers are going with “not”) I am really trying to make more time to write. There are a lot of things in works that I would reeeeeeally love to talk about here, things that I am super-dee-dooper excited about, but they are still in works, and I have decided that I am going to keep my mouth shut about them until such time when I have something to SHOW you what I’ve been doing when not making scribbles what make words on the internets. Stay tuned, your patience will be rewarded with mediocrity like none you’ve ever witnessed. Continue reading

Board Gaming, Game Design, Guest Posters


BScoverAs I’ve mentioned on a few occasions, I am solicited pretty frequently for coverage of crowd-funded gaming projects. Having been there myself in soliciting others, I get why they have to do it, and how it feels pretty intrusive. I’d like to say that A) I get the reasons and am generally congenial to help out where I can; and B) I’m supposed to be “professional” or something so that more content will occur and more audience and blah blah blah. However, what is more accurate is that I find myself irritated by said solicitations, and if you’re seeing me talk about something here, it’s either because I am personally very excited about the project, or because the solicitor took the time to stroke my ego and reference something that suggests that they have read any of my scribbles here. Sometimes it’s both. Continue reading

Kickstarter Previews

Wolf Like Me: A Kickstarter (P)review of Escape Room in a Box.

stuff“For me personally, I think I just enjoy movies about vampires or werewolves because it’s not an everyday thing. It’s something you can really escape into.” Agnes Brucker

Escape Rooms (or “How LARPing hit the mainstream”) are a pretty new form of live gaming. It works like this: A group of people get locked in a room, and they have to work together to solve a series of puzzles in order to get out of the room. Really, it’s right there in the title.

Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment (now funding on Kickstarter) attempts to take the feel of an Escape Room and recreate it in the comfort of your own home. Or whomever’s home you’re doing this in. Whatever. Once the box opens, the toxins are released and you have one hour to solve the puzzles to open the antidote jar or everyone becomes werewolves! Judging by what I chose to name this post, you can guess how my group did.

I like to think that I am at least in part a well-versed gamer. I try to play titles of all sorts of genres, themes and mechanics, not just because they’re fun, but because if people want me to scribble words about them, it helps that I have at least some understanding of what I’m talking about. So what happens when something brand new and novel hits? Something I have no frame of reference to help cushion my experience into recognizable shapes? What happens is lightning strikes. Continue reading

Board Gaming, Kickstarter Previews

Punch Drunk Politicking: A Kickstarter (P)review of Super PACS

“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Yeah, yeah, I know I said I was going to keep up with the By the Numbers updates. The truth is, I’ve been very busy with Game Blog Related Stuff (TM) lately (more to come on that later) and as far as By the Numbers goes, I’m a storyteller at heart and not great with a “just the facts” approach. So the Healthy Gamer plight continues, but with a feel that’s more “me.” (There’s news on that front too, but this is not the point of this post.)

No, today we’re going to discuss the game of politics. Literally. Politics can be a very polarizing subject and people are quicker to anger and bicker over politics than almost anything else if the internets are to be believed. Look at your Facebook feed, I’m sure there will be some political debate going on somewhere (tis the season after all). Find two people with opposing viewpoints. If they are discussing civilly, it is a rarity. It’s no real surprise that there are not that many games with political themes out there, and the majority of those tend to take an abstract approach.

And some grab that controversial bull by the horns, like SuperPACS, currently on Kickstarter. Continue reading