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Announcement! Umbra: Ghost Stories of Visagros

Umbra: Ghost Stories of Visagros is a combination of adventure card game and gamebook set in a world of gothic horror and fantasy for one player. You will create and customize your own character and explore an open world, completing quests and growing along the way. Your goal is to earn enough Reputation, through good…

My (Late) Journey into Legend of the Five Rings (Review?)

I grew up playing collectible card games, mostly Magic: The Gathering and the Lord of the Rings TCG, but I also tried out others and collected a few. Legend of the Five Rings was one I had simply never crossed paths with. I heard about it years later while it was still under AEG, but…

Catching up on Games (3/25/23)

Here are the games I’ve played this past month plus a bonus. Rurik: Dawn of Kiev Played our first (and probably last) 3-player game. The map was nice and open, but my brother didn’t like the main action board. Still, it was nice getting to try it 3-player. Guess it’s back to 2-player only for…

Catching up on Games (2/20/23)

There’s been a lot since November, the last time I did one of these. I might have to make these posts more frequent so there’s not such a pileup! Unsettled We tried out another “planet,” though this one had us stranded in space with asteroids. Lots of funky movement and puzzling out the board. Still…

Winds of the North 0.8.4 Release

After taking a hiatus to make The Unseen World, I’ve been back to Winds of the North, playtesting a full campaign and making more adjustments. There aren’t any major mechanical changes, but there are many adjustments, some additions, a variety of fixes, and a few clarifications. The game has been very loose in several areas,…

End of Year & Top 100

I’m going to try something new. This epic post will be a wrap-up of what’s been going on this year, what’s coming up, and my top 100 board games (now that I’ve regularly been playing enough to make it interesting). I think it’ll be a good way to cap off each year. So, inspired by…

The Unseen World: Designer Diary

From this… to this. A Distant Starting Point Years ago, I started getting into gamebooks like Fabled Lands and solo RPGs like Ironsworn. I really wanted to make one of my own but wasn’t sure where to start or how it’s done. When I learned of Draw.io (the tool I still use), it was exactly…

Board Game Review: Unsettled

8/10 A unique coop puzzle with endless possibilities You are the crew of the Scarab, lost in space and facing all manner of challenges from planetary life trying to kill you to being stranded among asteroids. Only by working together will you survive and make it home. Despite how interested I was in Vindication (by…

Catching up on Games

Here’s a rundown of recently played tabletop games. Terraforming Mars We’ve played this several times, and we’ve found our preferred mix of expansions (Prelude and Colonies, not Turmoil). We tried out Elysium this time. My friend’s copy also has a large mix of upgraded components (he’s spent a LOT of money on TM in total).…

The Unseen World Release!

Just in time for Halloween, The Unseen World releases! In The Unseen World, you play a paranormal investigator traveling across Japan, visiting various towns, researching haunted locations, and trying to collect evidence of the supernatural. You’ll have to properly manage your resources and time while also trying not to succumb to fear during your investigations.…

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