Heroes of Tenefyr – a solo review

A bard, barbarian, thief and cleric walk into a dungeon… This is not a joke but the start of Heroes of Tenefyr, a light-hearted dungeon crawl deckbuilding game that riffs off of one of the best great-game-in-a-small-box solo games: Friday. You can play with other people too, or solo: single-handed or multi-handed. How will this game fare?

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Ameritrash – or, getting reacquainted with an old love

In board gaming there are two mayor mechanical movements: Eurogames and ameritrash games, their names taken from the continents that seemingly spawned them. This distinction wasn’t as big as Stones versus Beatles, or Oasis versus Blur; rather, it was an easy way to distinguish two mayor board game mechanics – the calculated and deterministic European point salads and the dice-chucking, combat-driven flavor cocktails from the American mainland. As my preference started shifting towards Euro’s, I recently discovered I wasn’t done with the ‘trash.

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Nemo’s War – a solo review

“The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and life-giving. It is an immense desert place where man is never lonely, for he senses the weaving of Creation on every hand. It is the physical embodiment of a supernatural existence… For the sea is itself nothing but love and emotion. It is the Living Infinite, as one of your poets has said. Nature manifests herself in it, with her three kingdoms: mineral, vegetable, and animal. The ocean is the vast reservoir of Nature.” – Nemo, Captain of the Nautilus

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Stidjen’s Sitdown – with Martin Gonzalvez

I try to be on top of things in the solo board gaming community, always looking for the latest great games or the next big thing (Tapestry, anyone?). Sometimes, it’s not so much a game that’s buzzing in the community as much as it is a person. I was glad Martin Gonzalvez, one of the most vocal members of various solo board gaming communities on social media, was able to answer some of my questions on gaming, communities, print-and-play, and his very own hashtag.

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Stidjen’s Compendium – The 7th Continent edition

Whenever I write a review I want to have (ideally) at least 10 games under my belt to have a feeling of its inner workings. Right now there are a few games that aren’t quite there yet. I could play more games of Wingspan and Heroes of Tenefyr to review them, but I don’t. Why? Because I can’t get over how great The 7th Continent is.

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Suitcase essentials – 2019 edition

What’s the most important thing to take with you on your holiday? Your passport? Enough clothes? Your significant other? Well, you’re probably correct. But don’t forget your games! Here is the top of my list of games I want to take with me when I go on vacation this year.

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Imperial Settlers – a solo (campaign mode) review

Great nations have come and gone all through out history. Some we remember, some have faded into oblivion. Where will your empire stand when all is said and done – on the top shelf of the annals of history, or on a crumpled up piece of paper about to be disposed of?

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