Monthly Archives: July 2018

Games Debuting at Gen Con 2018 – Part 1

Games Debuting at Gen Con 2018 – Part 1

Hope you have a caffeine sidekick in hand because you’re in for the first of three days worth of “Ooh, I want that.” revelations. Why? Because we’re only a couple weeks away from the mecca of board games – Gen ...
Rhein River Trade Board Game Overview

Rhein River Trade Board Game Overview

In the late 70’s and into the first part of the 80’s, my family was stationed in West Germany. I attended 4th through 7th grades and into the first quarter of my 8th grade year before we were transferred back to the States. Whil ...
Thrift Treasure: Da Vinci’s Challenge

Thrift Treasure: Da Vinci’s Challenge

This week’s Thrift Treasure feature is a game we’ve seen many times at local thrift stores. But until now we’ve never picked up a copy because they’ve never been complete. This happens more often than not, especially ...
The Last Spike Board Game Overview

The Last Spike Board Game Overview

There’s a genre of games that I hadn’t experienced until just a couple weeks ago. 18XX is the generic term for a series of board games that recreate the building of railroad corporations during the 19th century. The 18XX series ...
Six Board Games All About Iowa

Six Board Games All About Iowa

When designing a board game, it is natural to opt for a theme that is familiar. One of the most lucrative options over the years is to rebrand a classic game with a state, college, business or school and offer it as a fundraiser or limited ...
Reef Route Board Game Overview

Reef Route Board Game Overview

I’ve had a lot of people tell us they’re surprised our kids play games as often as they do. What isn’t astonishing to me is that many times those are parents who aren’t actively engaged in interacting with their kids ...
Six Effective Ways to Empower Kids

Six Effective Ways to Empower Kids

Last week I admitted I took my kids to an R-Rated movie. During conversations stemming from that article, I realized something very important. Sometimes I can be a helicopter mom. Other times, I avoid situations by saying, “go talk to ...
Dragon Castle Tile Game Overview

Dragon Castle Tile Game Overview

When I think back to the very first games I ever played on a computer, I have to think well before Windows and Minesweeper. Lunar Lander on my 8th grade teacher’s TRS-80 was a favorite we got to play if we got our assignments done ear ...
Thrift Treasure: Bottle Topps Game

Thrift Treasure: Bottle Topps Game

There are times I look at a game and think, “How did the designer come up with this?!”. Some of today’s games are so crazy and different that only a madman could have conceived them. But that’s not the case with this ...
Stop Thief! Board Game Overview

Stop Thief! Board Game Overview

Back in January of 2014, Scott featured Tetris Link in what became the first feature in our Thrift Treasure series. The series showcases something he purchased through some thrift practice. Usually it’s a Goodwill, sometimes a yard sa ...