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.


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.


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!