Figuring Stuff Out

I gotta bunch of new ideas for cool stuff on the horizon for TCbH, so stay tuned for news (speaking of which, I really need to make a news letter, huh?). 

Anyway, for now please enjoy our review of Catacombs: Cavern of Soloth!

A close to one year, and well wishes to another

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and are about to embark on a spectacular New Year. 2017 was amazing in both video and board games, and markedly less so in so many other ways. For that reason, I thought we could end 2017 on a really positive note, and tomorrow (yeah, I know, I know, it's gonna be late!) I'll post our final TCbH Interviews episode of the year, ft. Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games, Andrew Birkett of Atheris Games, Chris & Lindsey of Behind the Box, Jerry Hawthorne of Mice & Mystics and Stuffed Fables, Chris & December of C&D Discuss, Carla Kopp of Weird Giraffe Games, and Bruno Cathala of... well... everything. Each of these people have supported TCbH in some way over the past year, and I consider them friends of the show. They have each contributed a story of a favorite gaming memory, and so that will be our closure for the year. You can find it on the interviews tab, itunes or stitcher.

Oh, you just can't bare to wait for it? Fine, tide yourself over with our very special Christmas episode of Rook & Record!

Take care everyone. And please, please, please... Let's make 2018 a much more civil and reasoned year. Encourage your friends, family, heck, even yourselves, to empathize with the people on the other side of an issue. Think about WHY they view something they way they do, and encourage them to reason with compassion and sympathy. Try to find the humanity in these polarizing issues and relate to one another. You may find that you have more in common with "the opposition" than you may expect. This doesn't mean that you need to compromise your values, it means that for us to stop this pendulum from swinging, we need to think about how rational people on both sides of an aisle can reach an understanding, and work toward mutual prosperity. Yes, there are idiot extremists out there, deplorable idiots inciting violence in support of their ideology. They don't represent you, they don't represent me, and they don't represent the majority of humanity that is kind, decent, and just wants a better world for our children. Let's work together, not as republicans and democrats, not as liberals and conservatives, not as atheists and theists; let's work together as kind, decent, and creative people.

Love you all and thank you for your amazing support in 2017.

Sincerely,

Jack

The Decemberists

Are a band that I quite like! But that has nothing to do with games, so lets just have a little December check in here.

Games:

So many games. I mean, I always am playing lots of games, but in the last month and a half I've been trying to wrap up so many reviews that I've been playing just a TON of freaking games; and yet the list of games from 2017 that I still have yet to play is enormous. 2017 may have been an absolute dumpster fire in terms of Civil Rights, the Integrity of America, and Consumer Protections, but damn if it wasn't a great year for both video and tabletop games. I just posted the review for Harvest Dice that you see up above, and I'm working on reviews for Hunt for the Ring, the new 2-player starter for Dragon Dice, Dice of Crowns, the 2 Catacombs Expansions, and supposedly I'm being sent Charterstone... Will the kid be able to finish all these by the end of January!? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

Podcasts:

This week's podcast was an interview with Joshua Lobkowicz of Grey Fox Games, someone who I've been trying to get on the show for a long time. Josh is a great dude, his company makes really interesting games, and it was one of the rare interviews that I got to record in person.

For the next two weeks we are going to have some compilation podcasts. The first of which is a bunch of small show-floor interviews at PAX Unplugged, which will be the last of my con coverage going up on the podcast. The following week will be a very special end-of-the-year episode with all kinds of touchy-feely stories about favorite gaming memories, featuring awesome people like Bruno Cathala, Jamey Stegmaier, Behind the Box, and more...

Other Stuff:

Just a big shoutout to Rick Lorenzon for his awesome video pairing music and boardgames, citing Rook & Record as inspiration. I'm working on a bunch more of these, and have some fun ones paired up.

Oh, also, there's been a lot of great discussion on /r/boardgames about the ethics of board game reviews, disclosure of compensation, products, and all that kind of stuff. I encourage everyone to pay attention to these things, engage in discussions, and above all, reach out to me if you ever have any concerns. I made a very conscious decision to label at the front of each video review whether I received a copy of a game or not. I want to be as transparent as possible, and make sure that you feel like you are getting the full picture going in. By no means am I perfect, and I'm certainly not a lawyer, so if you have any feedback on ways that I can improve my transparency or disclosure, or integrate it better into reviews, let me know!