Thoughts on the New Year 2017


2017 is where it is at, folks! Big things are coming, and I’m excited!

The big, big thing is obviously the upcoming release of Gloomhaven in a month or so. It’s already in the hands of a few reviewers, and it’s hard not to get swept up in their enthusiasm, as well. The bottom line, though, is that it is just hard to predict exactly what’s going to happen once the game arrives. The next two months are like this heavy fog that is obscuring anything beyond that, making it difficult to talk about the rest of the year read more…

Thoughts on the Old Year 2016


Man, 2016 really was the worst, wasn’t it? It was so much the worst, that it’s become something of a cliche to even talk about how abysmally terrible the year has been. And that was even before Carrie Fisher died.

Ugh. I’ll be happy when this year is over. So many iconic deaths. So much bile and hatred rolled up into a presidential campaign that, well, that ended in a way that made me genuinely sad for the future.

In some ways I’m almost glad that Gloomhaven got delayed until next year read more…

My 2016 Christmas List


Ah, what is Christmas if not a time for traditions? This seasonĀ gives me the chance to ruminate on the games published in the last year or so and decide on which I would like to own. By now, I’ve iterated many times how I don’t buy board games.

The newest board game in my collection, I believe, is Arkwright, which I traded Capstone Games for at Gen Con with a copy of Forge War read more…

2nd Annual Cephalofair Awards for BGG Con 2016

Cephalofair Awards

And the Cephalofair Awards are finally back from a hiatus! After going to a number of conventions to work and not really play games, I was finally able to attend a great and glorious convention where most of my time was spent enjoying people’s company and beating them at Euro games. I did end up running six Gloomhaven demos, each lasting about two or two and a half hours, but the rest of it, from Wednesday morning to Sunday afternoon, was me time. read more…

Time for Another National Novel Writing Month


Well, it’s that time of year again. The orange-colored candy in the supermarket makes way for pumpkin-related paraphernalia, and I find myself with a desire to write. Last year I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time because I was under a lot of pressure to get all the story text for the Gloomhaven scenarios written, and I needed some motivation to get it done.

I didn’t get it all done, but the process was still helpful, and I felt I succeeded in my task, despite falling short of the 50,000-word goal read more…