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Saga on Board Games

Saga: Vol 3 features a weird otherworldly board game.  Here are the relevent panels.   [ alternate to viagra | viagra for recreation | pfizer viagra | alternate to viagra | buy and purchase viagra online | viagra chemical structure | viagra how much | generic viagra safe | purchasing cialis | buy cheap viagra […]

Five Christmas Songs you probably don’t have in your collection, but should

The wonderful Poprocket podcast did a holiday episode recently that got me wanting to recommend some of my favorite Christmas tunes.  So here’s a list of five songs that need to be in your collection (if you listen to Christmas music, that is.) 1.”Nuttin’ for Christmas” by Sugarland. This countrified version of the classic novelty […]

What got played – November edition

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already at November 23rd. What a busy month it’s been!  I just wanted to take a couple minutes today to fill you in on what I’ve been playing since the last post (on Oct 28th). It seems to be harvest season for Kickstarter projects — Loop, Inc. , Best Treehouse […]

Sidekicks

It’s weird being a parent as your child grows and begins exploring the world without you.  More and more, my children watch shows and read books I haven’t read.  Our worlds are diverging.  So one does what one can — we watch cheesy television with them, and we read what they’re reading. In the case […]

The Osiris Ritual

The Osiris Ritual (A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation) by George Mann Sir Maurice Newbury and Valerie Hobbes are back in another rollicking steampunk adventure in George Mann’s The Osiris Ritual.  Like the previous book, The Affinity Bridge, there’s plenty of great action and adventure and nobility and constrained behavior and running around London.  The characters […]

Recent gaming: A mini-review of Elder Sign

#WhatDidYouPlayMondays #GameLog for 12 October to 28 October 2015 Stealing an idea from Rolfe for a bit of blogging content, here’s my next play log. Card or Party Games: Quiddler, Two Rooms and a Boom (2 plays) Board Games: Epic Resort, Galaxy Trucker, Elder Sign (Gates of Arkham), Battleship, Tash-Kalar,  Between Two Cities (2 plays), […]

In which I lecture about zombies at the Indian Trails Library

I have a lecture today at 1.30pm in Wheeling, IL, at the Indian Trails Public Library District. Come join us! Zombies 101 Grade 6 and up. Zombie Research Society Expert and Columbia College Chicago Professor, Brendan Riley explains everything you need to know about zombies. He explores the history of zombies and the philosophy behind […]

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen; narrated by Scott Brick When the Lusitania steamed into the waters off Britain in 1915, everyone on board knew the Germans had threatened the ship. But the convergence of politics, military action, timing, and fate made the attack on the ship a startling and […]

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir We read this book for my SF group this month in anticipation of the film being released soon.  Amazing! Through a cascading set of mishaps, Mark Whatney is left for dead on Mars by his fellow astronauts. This novel tells the exciting and harrowing tale of attempt to survive.  A […]

The Manhattan Projects

The Manhattan Projects, Vol 1-5 written by Jonathan Hickman, illustrated by Nick Pitarra In the 1940s, the United States wrangled many of its best scientific minds together into the Manhattan Project, a military research group with the aim of creating the Atom bomb.  Hickman and Pitarra’s comic asks the simple question: what if the members […]

In Which I tell Real Simple Magazine about zombies

Real Simple magazine ran a piece on Zombies in this year’s October magazine, and guess who’s quoted in the article?  Thanks to Kate Booth for sending me the pictures. [ canadian pharmacy viagra legal | viagra alternative uk | gnc viagra | generic viagra pay pal | what is cialis professional | natural viagra | […]

Station Eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven is a literary, level-headed look at life after the apocalypse.  It’s not a comet, nor a zombie plague, but a simple especially-lethal influenza.  Imagine 1918, but far, far worse.  St. John Mandel tells the story of several people, all united by their common acquaintance with one […]

Film review: As Above, So So

As Above So Below This film follows a group of renegade explorers as they dive into the Paris catacombs looking for buried Alchemist treasure.  It’s a creepy movie that plays on the extraordinary claustrophobia of underground spaces, and makes excellent use of the first-person camera genre (though it never proposes the means by which the […]

I inadvertently took June off from blogging

It’s been a busy month around here, working on writing projects and creative projects and, well, work.  In all that time, I’ve just fallen off the blogging train.  Sorry about that! Quick updates: Not much reading this month.  I read Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.  It was good. Plenty of gaming.  It was […]

On Game Design: Go Play Outside

I wrote a little bit over at Rattlebox Games about playing games outside: This might be a bit of a conundrum.  The old stereotype of nerds huddling inside on nice sunny days isn’t entirely without merit, in part because of all the valuable cardboard bits our games have — we don’t want chlorine from the […]