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A Girl and A Ghost Walk Into A Bar…

In my youth I was a sucker for adventure games. I suffered through any number of ignoble deaths in all the old Sierra “Quest” games, I punned my way through Monkey Island, and I punched my way through the Nazis of “Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis”. Give me a pixelated guy with an improbable mission and a world full of surprisingly patient people who don’t mind answering... read more

Money-saving, time-wasting bliss

I posted about Popcap Games a few months back, and how I spent a hundred bucks to download every single game in their catalog, simultaneously giddy and terrified at the prospect of... read more

Hop on the road to board game addiction

Hello, my name is Nate, and I have an addiction to board games. (Hi Nate!) It started so simply; just a game or two for my wife and I to play during the long Alaskan nights (we were live-in caregivers for people with developmental disabilities, which meant we were on the clock 24/7, and meant that from about 9:30 PM onward we were stuck in the house and bored). From there it just…kept getting bigger,... read more

King’s Bounty: A new take on an old legend

Gather ’round, children, while I tell you a tale of video game history. Time was, there weren’t any games out there where you could heroically gather your might and magic and fight other people on a battlefield of honor. Fortunately, there soon came some dude who made a game called King’s Bounty, clear back in the 80’s, before graphics deserved the name. Shortly thereafter he made... read more

Cosmic Encounter: Galactic conquest!

“Hey, this looks kind of cool.” This was my introduction to Cosmic Encounter. My friend and I were around 14, gainfully employed as paperboys and looking for a way to use some of our excess cash. (At 14, pretty much all our cash was excess cash.) He had picked the game up off the shelf at the toys and hobbies store we were wandering through. He put it back down, but I thought it deserved... read more

Have fun storming the castle!

Castle Panic is such a great game, you guys. So much fun! So easy to play! Orcs and goblins are rampaging from all sides, your walls are collapsing all around you and you’re desperate... read more

Sit back: it’s the Jack Attack!

You Don’t Know Jack has been around since 1995. It has all the hallmarks of a ridiculous trivia gameshow without the pesky “mind-blanking terror of being in front of a public audience/pressure to win actual money” baggage. Fast, funny and fun, it’s a good way to rock a Saturday night, especially if you have friends over and you’ve all had a glass or two of sangria. And you... read more

Booze it Up at the Red Dragon Inn

You’re a mighty adventurer in a land of sorcery and steel. A legendary wizard. A powerful warrior. A deadly rogue. You spend your days slaying dragons and crawling through dungeons, accumulating treasure and renown. Theoretically, at any rate. Because none of that stuff happens in The Red Dragon Inn. The Red Dragon Inn is a game about sitting around the tavern with your adventuring buddies afterward,... read more
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