Winds of the North v0.8 Release

For those new to WotN, it’s a sandbox RPG/Gamebook set in Viking Age Scandinavia where you’ll make your own character and begin a campaign to become a King or Queen over the course of multiple in-game years. There have been several previews that detail more about the various mechanics and activities there are. Below areContinue reading “Winds of the North v0.8 Release”

Board Game Session Report: Runebound 2nd Edition (solo)

I’ve never done a comprehensive review for Runebound 2nd Edition, but I’ll probably make one soon. It’ll be long and rambly, for sure, because this is still my favorite board game after a good 10 years in the hobby. And part of that is because I’ve used it as a design playground, making and tryingContinue reading “Board Game Session Report: Runebound 2nd Edition (solo)”

Winds of the North v0.8 Preview

At some point, I may have said there were to be no further large changes to Winds of the North. Well, there were still some things bugging me, and I felt the design needed something more than tweaking to deal with the issues. The two big areas where I had problems were Combat and Trade.Continue reading “Winds of the North v0.8 Preview”

My Experience with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

No story spoilers I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, and my recent go-to stress relief has been FFXIV. It’s hard to say if this is a review. MMOs have always been difficult to review because, by design, they can be played for hundreds of hours that can eventually turn into thousands of hours.Continue reading “My Experience with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn”

Board Game Session Report: Railways of Nippon, Tokaido + Crossroads Expansion

I’m behind again on posts, in large part due to Final Fantasy XIV. But let’s talk board games! We’ve recently had to go back into partial lockdown while waiting for boosters for the more vulnerable people in our house, but prior to that, we played Railways of Nippon (a stand-alone release in the Railways ofContinue reading “Board Game Session Report: Railways of Nippon, Tokaido + Crossroads Expansion”

Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: DinoGenics (+expansion) and Kanban EV

I’m behind on posts due to extra work the past couple of weeks. Recently, we played DinoGenics with the expansion (Controlled Chaos) and then Kanban EV. DinoGenics + Controlled Chaos I’ve previously reviewed the base game, which, in short, is fun but nothing unique. The theme really helps it stand out. So we were reallyContinue reading “Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: DinoGenics (+expansion) and Kanban EV”

Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: Lost Ruins of Arnak and Formosa Tea

Wednesday was supposed to be a game day, but I was sick and stayed home. This was the perfect opportunity for the other two to play space games without me, but they instead played the game I chose to play next! So Thursday ended up being our real game day. This was our first in-personContinue reading “Board Game Sessions and First Impressions: Lost Ruins of Arnak and Formosa Tea”

Board Game Session Report and First Impressions: Terraforming Mars (+expansions), SpaceCorp, Parks

This week is a big game week for my group. We played Saturday and Monday, and we’ll return for Wednesday and Thursday and probably next Saturday as well. This is part 1 of our gaming block, Saturday and Monday. To help us narrow games down, we’ve begun using a system for picking and learning gamesContinue reading “Board Game Session Report and First Impressions: Terraforming Mars (+expansions), SpaceCorp, Parks”

Winds of the North Playtest Session pt8 (Eyjolf, Winter, Year 2)

Year 1Spring, Year 2Summer, Year 2Fall, Year 2 Eyjolf enjoyed a very productive Fall with a good Harvest, some good Hunting, a defeated draugr, and some new gear. His supplies are brimming with Food, Ale, and Preserved Meat in preparation for the Jól Festival. He even earned his first Fame from Hunting a Giant BearContinue reading “Winds of the North Playtest Session pt8 (Eyjolf, Winter, Year 2)”

Winds of the North Playtest Session pt7 (Eyjolf, Fall, Year 2)

Year 1Spring, Year 2Summer, Year 2 Last Season was a lot of preparation and some Raiding. Not a ton of excitement but necessary work. We begin Fall in a really good place. The goal this Season is readying for the Jól Festival coming in Winter. Our plan is to throw a huge Feast and maybeContinue reading “Winds of the North Playtest Session pt7 (Eyjolf, Fall, Year 2)”