Archive for February, 2018

Twins Day 2018

Twins Day 2018

On March 1, 2006, something incredible happened. I’ve commemorated it every year since then on my blog. My coworkers and I were enjoying lunch together in the meeting room of my first “real” job. Halfway through my sandwich, I looked over at my coworker, Tracy, and realized that she and I were wearing similar outfits. […]


Who Is Your Gaming Soulmate? Here’s My Top 10

Who Is Your Gaming Soulmate? Here's My Top 10

Do you have a gaming soulmate? By this I mean: Is there a person–or a type of person–with whom you prefer to play games with? I’m generally happy to play games with anyone. Though, if I’m honest with myself, there are certainly some types of people with whom I have more fun when playing games. […]


Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

Have You Watched A.P. Bio? I Highly Recommend It

I’m constantly in search of legitimately funny, well-written, half-hour comedies. I often discover them late in the game and have to catch up (see Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rick & Morty, etc), but I’ve gotten lucky with a new show. As you can tell by the title, the show is called A.P. Bio. It’s an […]


Biddy’s 11th Birthday

Biddy's 11th Birthday

My first cat, Biddy, turned 11 years old on Friday. It turned out to be a bit of a unique birthday, because Walter had some blood in his stool, resulting in a last-minute trip to the vet. Walter’s okay, and perhaps Biddy enjoyed the few hours of peace he got while Walter was away. Here’s […]


How Do You Like Your Eggs?

How Do You Like Your Eggs?

A few weeks ago I learned something about eggs. I’m not a big egg eater. If you put some eggs on my plate, I would eat them, but I wouldn’t seek them out. I don’t get excited about them. There is one exception, but I’ll get to that in a minute. A few weeks ago […]


My Top 12 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of February 2018)

My Top 12 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of February 2018)

Every 6 months I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. Those 6 months have flown by–I play a lot of games, and I’m always curious to look back at my tastes over that period to see if they’ve changed. There are many, many games that won’t make this list, including all games that […]


Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Do You Know What Your Friends Dislike?

Yesterday I told a story about how I ordered a sweet dish for the table to share at brunch on Saturday, but I left out a key detail. You see, 2 out of the 7 people were running late, so the 5 of us went ahead and ordered. I ordered my savory dish and a […]


I May Have Solved Brunch

I May Have Solved Brunch

Let’s be clear: Brunch doesn’t need fixing. It’s a hearty breakfast, but served around lunchtime. I love it. However, I’ve found a small issue with brunch. My body wants savory for sustenance and nutrients, but my mind wants sweet. As a result, I’m always faced with a conundrum at brunch: Do I get a savory […]


What Did You Think of Black Panther?

What Did You Think of Black Panther?

I got lucky and was able to watch Black Panther today. I say “lucky” because I assumed that a 4:00 show on a Sunday–even for a highly anticipated movie from Marvel/Disney–would be easy to buy tickets for at the box office. But on a whim, just in case, I ended up buying them in advance. […]


Why I Didn’t Write a Blog Post Yesterday

Why I Didn't Write a Blog Post Yesterday

Yesterday was a weird day. It was weird, but it was also normal. And the normality made it weird. And sad. And frustrating. Yesterday afternoon, I was playtesting a game in my home office in St. Louis while a teenager used a legally purchased semi-automatic assault rifle to kill 17 students and teachers at a […]


Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

Do Car Chases Make Sense at All?

A few days ago, a high-speed chase between a carjacking suspect and the St. Louis police resulted in a 6-car pileup and 3 hospitalizations. Why is this still a thing? Before I go into this, I want to say that ideally people wouldn’t commit crimes, and if they do, if they police ask them to […]


Black Mirror and Perfect Matches

Black Mirror and Perfect Matches

Tonight I watched “Hang the DJ,” a fourth-season episode of Black Mirror that several people have asked me about. This will be a spoiler-free post in terms of plot, but not theme. (If you want a more in-depth, spoilery perspective on this episode, I recommend this article.) The episode is all about love and relationships. […]


4 Recommendations from This Weekend

4 Recommendations from This Weekend

Up until this past weekend, I hadn’t watched any new movies in 2018, which is somewhat abnormal for me. But over several lunches, dinner, and a theater visit today, I ended up seeing 4 movies (or shows that felt like movies). Amazingly, they were all good. Really good. I don’t have a full blog entry’s […]


How Do You Send Gifts to 10+ People?

How Do You Send Gifts to 10+ People?

I’ve been catching up on Shark Tank recently, and there was a pitch that reminded me of an idea I had a while ago that I never pursued. It’s more of a problem that I’m hoping you’ll tell me has already been solved. In 2015 and 2016, my company, Stonemaier Games, sent out holiday gifts […]


How Do You Feel About Marriage?

How Do You Feel About Marriage?

“While marriage probably isn’t something I’m going to pursue anymore, I still really like the idea of having a shower the size of a small room.” After mentioning this in a recent blog post, a few people asked about my thoughts on marriage. I’m happy to share. Let’s start with a brief chronological rundown of […]


Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

I wish so badly I had a photo of Biddy doing this, but I’ve never caught him in the act. Every now and then, I’ll look up to see Biddy trotting into the room with a toy in his mouth. He’ll drop it triumphantly at my feet. Sometimes its his bell toy, sometimes his bug […]


What Should I Do with This Hole?

What Should I Do with This Hole?

When I bought my condo 12 years ago, it came with a fancy Italian washer/dryer combo. In principle, it was brilliant: put in a load of laundry, and a few hours later, your clothes emerge both washed and dried. In practice, it’s been less than ideal. It’s a small machine, so you can only fit […]


What Was Your Favorite Super Bowl Commerical?

I got back from a Super Bowl gathering a few minutes ago, and it seems natural for me to talk about commercials before moving on to heavier topics tomorrow (like marriage and all-you-can eat dinners). Before I reveal my favorite commercial, I should probably explain a few circumstances: I avoided watching movie trailers. I accidentally […]


Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

A few years ago I was at a family reunion, and my aunt and uncle gave me a tour of their remodeled home. It was in their master bedroom that I discovered something that I’ve envied every since: A giant shower with spouts on opposite sides. It looked kind of like this: At the time, […]