Monthly Archives: July 2021

Four Gardens Board Game Overview

Four Gardens Board Game Overview

One of the cool things I love about finding older games at thrift stores is the fact that the industry went through a phase when bigger was better. When plastic was introduced to board games, publishers raced to see what crazy things they c ...
Kitara Area Control Game Overview

Kitara Area Control Game Overview

Are you one of those people that reads the synopsis on the book jacket or do you just open it up and start reading? I’ve noticed that board gamers have similar engagement patterns. Some open the box, set it up and go. Others embrace t ...
Thrift Treasure: Famous Authors Card Game

Thrift Treasure: Famous Authors Card Game

What’s one of the first games you remember playing? I have vivid memories of Boggle, Candyland, Chutes & Ladders and Monopoly from my youth. My parents also taught us War, Rummy and Poker with a regular deck of cards. But there ...
Mandala Stones Abstract Game Overview

Mandala Stones Abstract Game Overview

What makes for a good abstract game? I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject since I have been playing abstract games since I was incredibly young. And I’m not talking about just chess and checkers. If it’s been p ...
OMG! It’s a Gloomhaven Jigsaw Puzzle!!

OMG! It’s a Gloomhaven Jigsaw Puzzle!!

To say that 2021 started out a little rough would be a huge understatement. Having a family member at the hospital fighting for his life is not exactly how we planned to ring in the new year. Friends, family and colleagues rallied to our si ...
Thrift Treasure: Spit! Card Game

Thrift Treasure: Spit! Card Game

Our weekly trip to Goodwill didn’t cost us very much this time. We only found two games we “needed”, and it turns out one of them we already had. And here’s where I admit that not every board game we find at thrift m ...
Exit: The Cursed Labyrinth Game Overview

Exit: The Cursed Labyrinth Game Overview

My original plan for writing this article was going to be a comparison of the Exit series by Kosmos with their new line of Exit that includes jigsaw puzzles. But Kennedy had a friend over for a couple of nights and we decided to introduce h ...
MicroMacro Crime City Game Overview

MicroMacro Crime City Game Overview

When I first moved to the Quad Cities (Iowa) in 1990, I was introduced to the art of John Holladay by Nicole. He was a local artist who came to fame for his line of caricature-styled sports-themed posters. Not only were all the Big 10 schoo ...
Thrift Treasure: Monopoly Bid Card Game

Thrift Treasure: Monopoly Bid Card Game

For the past century, nearly every child in the U.S. has been introduced to board games with classics like Chutes & Ladders, Trouble and Monopoly. At some point we all look for more fun and strategic titles like Hues and Cues or Aquasph ...
Wayfinders Board Game Overview

Wayfinders Board Game Overview

Before relocating back to Iowa from Los Angeles, we made the conscious decision to take a trip to Hawaii. With an infant and a toddler, it wasn’t an ideal situation, but still an opportunity for us to see the state while it was a much ...