General, Write-a-palooza 2017

Some needed gaming relaxation

To say that Tuesday was a stressful afternoon at work would be a huge understatement. It was a rough day with challenging interpersonal issues that boiled over into some incredibly tense conversations. Things eventually resolved before I went home, but I still left the building in the throes of an anger/stress hangover. I decided to […]

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Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Trains (the game)

The family hit Fantasy Flight Game Center on Tuesday night and we tried out a new game, called Trains. It’s a unique combination of a deck building game, and a board game. The goal of the game is to expand your rail lines across the map, building stations in various cities, to earn more victory […]

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Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Machi Koro, the game

Earlier this week the wife and spawn and I got to spend some time at the game center. I’ve been wanting to try the game Machi Koro for a while, so before we left, I watched a quick YouTube tutorial on the game so that we could give it a try. It’s a simple card […]

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Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Beer and Bikes in Spring

Normally when the weather gets nice I ride with the Beer and Bikes group on Wednesday nights to various taprooms. This week it was pouring rain, and despite three of the members deciding to brave the rain, I opted for getting rained on tomorrow morning during my run instead. I drove down and met folks, […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Board games and beer

Whoops, forgot to post this last night, so it’ll be a 2-fer today. I forgot because my son and I were having a great time at a local brewery that was hosting a Settlers of Catan night. They asked people to bring their own games, but then they gave a free beer to anyone who […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Back to Minnesota

Traveling home after trips is always a mix of sadness, relief and downright exhaustion. This trip has been no exception. When you need to drive 6 hours each way to spend two nights in a place, you almost always end up feeling un-rested when you arrive home. Yesterday, after our run, we got a bit […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Ubongo game

Last night we hit Games Center for some dinner and family game time for a short getaway. After playing a round of Ingenious, which is a fun simple tile laying game we tried something new. It’s a game called Ubongo. The object of the game is to collect gems of the same color, and you […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Something about games

One of the joys in my life is the fact that I have so many friends and family who love playing tabletop games. When my wife’s family gets together there is almost always some time set aside for playing games with different groups of people. Tonight we have the pleasure of hosting some family members, […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Family time

This Memorial Day weekend we got the opportunity to spend some time family that we don’t get to see as much. We had big plans to play board games all weekend, but in the end we found ourselves just spending time talking and visiting (and a bit of drinking hehe). It was a nice way […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Quick review of some tabletop games

My family and I enjoy playing tabletop games (think Settlers of Catan type games), and luckily there is a game center near us that has a large library of games that we can check out and play. We’ve tried out a few different games recently and wanted to share my thoughts on a few of […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

LootCrate!

I’ve been a big fan of TableTop since I discovered it back in Season 1. So when the opportunity came around to help support this show for season 3 I jumped on the opportunity. Today I finally got my LootCrate for supporting. This thing is pure awesome. In the box we have some dice, pencils, […]

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Create-a-thon 2015, General

Keeping in the habit

So yesterday was the first day that I missed posting a blog entry since I started this journey at the start of the new year. Life has been a bit crazy lately. As my kids have gotten older, into their teenage years, they’ve started making decisions about their living arrangements with their mom and I. […]

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