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My Game Wishlist: Enough is never enough

Welcome to Hell, kid.
Welcome to Hell, kid.

“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess” – Oscar Wilde

This past weekend was pretty fantastic. I took my daughter to a boardgame event where she played her first game of Settlers of Catan. After establishing her dominance several times at Catan Junior, I felt it was time she graduated to the big leagues. She kept up with it pretty well and is excited to play again. I attended the birthday party of a friend’s daughter where we managed to sneak in a few games of Straw and Dungeon Roll. Continue reading

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What Will You Choose to Be? – A GenCon Preview Part III

“Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three.”

– Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Substitute games for all the candy and its just like GenCon!

“Come with me and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination…” My first GenCon was its last in Milwaukee. The year was 2002. My little brother and I flew in and met up with friends who had driven from St. Louis. The event was celebrating its 35th year, closing out its run in the Midwest Express Center, which was poorly equipped to handle the burgeoning size and scope of the Con. With no idea what to expect, we wanted to go to the convention just once in our lives. When we crossed the threshold of the dealer hall and gaming rooms, we stood agape at the grandeur of it all. Like pie-eyed children about to consume a crazed chocolatier’s confections. Nearly every year since we have returned to this world beyond our imaginations, for fun, frolic and friendship.

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Wonder Septuplet Powers Activate!

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~ Walt Streightiff

This past weekend was DieCon,  and being the helpful friendly nerd I am I was in attendance to help other nerds learn to nerd. For the most part, I was teaching people how to play Thunderstone  and Infinite City (I forgot how much I actually like that game and should do a write-up on it). I made some new nerd friends (hi guys!) and saw some old nerd friends (hi guys!), and also got my first Tarot deck (technically second, but the first one totally rubbed me the wrong way) The Steampunk Tarot  It also afforded me an opportunity to talk shop with Jeff of Steamfortress Victory  and to play a few other games like Wok Star  and Chaos in the Old World. I made arrangements to get a series of Battlestar Galactica games played. Woot! And how is it I haven’t written anything about one of the best games in the history of ever? *grumbleslackergrumble* Lastly, I brought myself back to the ring to take another shot at a game my last run-in with was a bit suspect. Continue reading