Late January delights - James York, RSS stats, contests, writer requests and more!

First off, new podcast up featuring James York of the Kotoba Rollers and Miners. Check them out. Dude is smart, funny, and applies modern tabletop games in creative and noble ways! Plus he makes some killer music. Check out the Kotoba Rollers and his music label Cheap Beats.

Next, there's this:

Holy crap! This may just be a monthly estimate by squarespace, but I'm damned impressed and grateful for the support the community has given. As I said in the first podcast episode, I want to maintain The Cardboard Herald as transparently as possible. My original goal was 100 subs after a year. Let's try and get this monthly total to maintain 1500+ for the final 3-4 months of 2017. We can do it together! 

Hey, if you are interested in winning some games, follow us on twitter! Also checkout the Facebook page. There are instructions there, and it's the best way of getting content updates.

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I normally don't talk too much about upcoming games but who else is excited about this? I'm always super intrigued by Days of Wonder's new games because they are so well refined. Also Bruno Cathala is attached and he is probably my favorite designer. It also looks like it is heavily influenced by Five Tribes, or at least, that general vicinity of gaming. Also the theme looks like a cartoony Legend of the Five Rings. I cannot wait to try Yamatai. 

And a few more things related to goals for the site:
- If you are interested in writing or making reviews for the Cardboard Herald, lets talk! I'd love to host content on a freelance agreement to start. I really believe in the tallent and creativity of people in this hobby, and if you'd like to use us as a platform to get started, I'd love to give you that opportunity. Reach out to me at
- My Scythe review WILL be posted soon, I have a personal goal of completing that by the end of January. Holy crap is that a big game to play and review, but I think it's turning out good. Working title "Of Mechs and Men".
- I'd really like to step up my game. Is there something you'd like out of the podcasts or reviews? What do you like and what do you hate? Your feedback is super-duper important. 

Well, thats it for now. Love you all and talk to you later!

A brand new year, episode 10, and other stuff!

Hey all! The new year is feel good so far. The podcast is going well, review writing is getting better all the time, I'm recovering from a cold... What's not to love? 

First off, for episode 10 of the podcast, I got to hang out at Bosco's in Anchorage Alaska. Bosco's is an Anchorage institution, my hometown FLGS, and my old employer. John is an amazing dude who spits out wisdom like some cross between Tom Waits and FDR. Check that out on our podcast tab.

The new Bosco's mid-town location.

The new Bosco's mid-town location.

Oh yeah! With a new year, Mrs. Cardboard Herald and I took a look at our collection and decided to cull some titles for the trade / sell / twitter giveaway list. Once we did that, we had a little space to play around with organization. Here's the collection as of January 2017:

These are the games that we owned and (probably at some point) loved, but unfortunately, they just couldn't make the cut for the new year. Maybe they were replaced by other games, maybe we just don't feel the itch anymore, whatever it is, these are off to a new home as soon as I can find one:

Boss Monster 1 & 2
Thunderstone Advance
Urban Sprawl
Ninja: The Legend of the Scorpion Clan
World of Warcraft
Bioshock: Infinite

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Lastly, in case you missed it, I'm super proud of the 7 Wonders: Duel review I posted yesterday, so be sure to read it and tell me what exclusively 2 player games you love. 

Cindi Lauper - Time After Time

Welcome to 2017 - Let's talk about old games!

Hey folks, we made it. 2016 is over and done with; though the repercussions will linger I'm sure. There's some really good stuff about 2016 too, especially in gaming. Both video games and tabletop games saw some awesome releases over the past year. But everyone is talking about those, so John and I decided to talk about something else. Check out our articles, John's Favorite non-2016 Gaming Experiences of 2016 and Jack's Favorite Old but New Games of 2016.

Happy New Year! 

The San Francisco Symphony - The Ecstasy of Gold