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”

Winds of the North Update v0.7

It’s finally here! There’s a lot to unpack in this update, so here’s a rundown of all the changes and additions. Re-balances Rewards for Encounters have been re-balanced. Item costs have been re-balanced. Ships also now require Hide. Rune-stones and the Rune-smith Old crafted rune-stones have been replaced. New Basic Building: Private Temple, it hasContinue reading “Winds of the North Update v0.7”

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”

Book Review: Jurassic Park

9/10 A great dinosaur adventure with smart details. A new, mysterious animal is roaming around Costa Rica, attacking locals. The incidents are soon traced to an island belonging to John Hammond and his company, InGen. Hammond quickly invites several consultants to visit his island, a secret park full of live dinosaurs, hoping to win theirContinue reading “Book Review: Jurassic Park”

Board Game Review: Merchant of Venus

7/10 A classic pick-up-and-deliver game that runs long I’ve played at 2 and 3 player. Given its length, I wouldn’t recommend 4 players. The original Merchant of Venus, a sci-fi game about exploring and trading goods between different planets and systems, came out in 1988 and gained something of a small but very dedicated fanbase.Continue reading “Board Game Review: Merchant of Venus”

Board Game First Impressions: Bärenpark

Somewhere along the way, polyomino tiles became a big rage in board games. No one even used the word “polyomino” beforehand, it was covered in dust in a forgotten corner of the English language. Now, there are several good options for these kinds of tile-laying games, both light and heavy. Bärenpark is extremely light. There’sContinue reading “Board Game First Impressions: Bärenpark”

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”