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  • Entering Gloomhaven

    Entering Gloomhaven

    I was expecting something along the lines of Talisman – but ended up getting something so much better.

    We are in something of a board game renaissance, and it couldn’t be better timed. I played a ton of board games when I was in high school, but those slowly gave way to video games as my gaming friends started to scatter to the wind. I mean, I’d still love to play an epic 72-hour Axis & Allies session, but who else has the time for that? Heck, I don’t even have the time for that anymore.

    In recent years, I’ve met a few other people with the board gaming bug and have even gotten my wife interested in slightly more advanced games like Munchkin, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan. I saw Gloomhaven on Kickstarter about a year ago and was intrigued. My current gaming group did enjoy the last “legacy” board game we played (Pandemic Legacy: Season 1), so why not give this a try?

    If you don’t already know, Gloomhaven is a campaign-oriented game where...
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  • A New Kind of Comic Fan

    A New Kind of Comic Fan

    I have a confession to make.

    Those of you who have accumulated a few decades may find this familiar. When it comes to the kinds of media we consume, it evolves over time. There are similarities – if you live 4-Color culture, it’s a good bet that sci-fi, comics, board games, and other things in that realm have held your attention at various points. In my life, I’ve eagerly devoured sci-fi television, various novel series, comic books, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Firefly. City of Heroes and Guild Wars, Kerbal Space Program, various board games from Risk and Axis & Allies to Gloomhaven – specific things come and go, but they all seem to fall in the same wheel-house.

    I went through one of those evolutions about 7 years ago, when I gave up comic books.

    Don’t get me wrong – I still loved the medium, and I still considered myself a supporter. I spent about 10 years actively commentating on them, and supporting others doing the same thing – I couldn’t...
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  • Chess

    Chess

    So I’ve always wanted to be one of those chess people. You know, you’ve seen them in the movies. The unassuming girl who everyone underestimates, but she sits down at the chess table and demolishes the most genius-y of the geniuses there. I want to be crafty. I want to be impressive. I want to be the owner of that goddamn board.

    But I’ve never learned how to play, mostly because I’m afraid I would be none of those things. Because from what I understand, chess takes patience and attention to detail — not my strong suits. I’ve never wanted to embarrass myself.

    Recently, my husband and I took our four year old daughter to a STEAM festival in Costa Mesa. It was a pretty cool event, with robotics and science experiments and craft projects and violinists.

    There was also a chess table.

    You already know where this is going, but bear with me.

    My daughter saw the giant chess board and was immediately enchanted. She sat...
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    Last edited by Craig Reade; 05-03-2018, 03:53 PM.
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