Yearly Archives: 2021

Thrift Treasure: Coggy Puzzle Game

Thrift Treasure: Coggy Puzzle Game

On a recent trip to Stuff Etc. in Iowa City, we happened across a puzzle game that reminded us of the fidget toy craze from a few years back. Coggy by Fat Brain Toys was hanging on a wall of games, missing its original box. Priced at only $ ...
Clever Cubed Roll & Write Game Overview

Clever Cubed Roll & Write Game Overview

Getting old can be so frustrating. Half of the time I can’t remember the reason for walking into a specific room and the other half I experience feelings of déjà vu. Until recently (when we stopped regularly seeing people in person), ...
First Look: Super Truffle Pigs Game

First Look: Super Truffle Pigs Game

I remember entering a coloring contest when I was in elementary school; second grade if memory serves me correctly. My school was in a rural area where a good portion of the kids, including my best friend, Liz, were from farm families. As I ...
Thrift Treasure: Sproing Card Game

Thrift Treasure: Sproing Card Game

After purchasing hundreds of board games at thrift, it is easy to notice trends that occurred in the industry. The most influential invention was plastic. Once this versatile material became affordable, game makers rushed to find diverse wa ...
A Letter to our New College Student

A Letter to our New College Student

Last year at this time, I was preparing for senior photos and finalizing details about selecting a college and absorbing the reality of Madison’s last first day of high school. Before I knew it, we were planning a graduation party. La ...
Duel of Wands Card Game Overview

Duel of Wands Card Game Overview

Quite often we learn about licensed IPs by playing games. If it weren’t for board and card games like Red Rising or SuperHot, we would have never known about the book or video game, respectively. Loyal fans of those properties will in ...
Thrift Treasure: Kuba Abstract Game

Thrift Treasure: Kuba Abstract Game

I almost set a record this week when purchasing this copy of Kuba at a Half Price Books in Cedar Rapids. Previously, the most I had spent on a game at thrift was $6.99 for a like-new copy of Dominion. I usually refuse to pay more than $5 fo ...
What We Watched: Free Guy Movie

What We Watched: Free Guy Movie

This past Monday was a landmark day for our family as we moved Madison into her dorm room at the University of Iowa. She’s our oldest so Monday marked the first time our family wouldn’t be whole within our home. Family game nigh ...
Animalchemists Card Game Overview

Animalchemists Card Game Overview

It’s been nearly four years since we first introduced you to CardLords and their very first game, BattleGoats. If you don’t recall, it is an inexpensive card game featuring battling goats (duh) and utilizing recognizable game me ...