Posts Tagged ‘board game’

Have You Ever Visited a Board Game Cafe?

Have You Ever Visited a Board Game Cafe?

Last week I wrote about my first cat cafe experience. Then the next day I went to an entirely different kind of cafe: a board game cafe. Board game cafes–places where you can get all the regular fixins’ of a cafe or bar alongside the main feature, board games–have been around for a while, but […]


My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2016

My Top 10 Favorite Games of 2016

I played a lot of games for the first time in 2016, and I greatly enjoyed learning something from each and every one of them. I love looking for interesting mechanisms in games (even in games I’m not compelled to play again), and I talk about those mechanisms on my YouTube channel. Unless otherwise noted, […]


I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

I Want to Play Board Games in a Castle

Five years ago, I traveled to Ireland primarily to live in a castle for a few days. While my hotel room in the Clontarf Castle Hotel felt like any other nice hotel room, I spent some spare time in the heart of the castle, which was awesome. Recently I was invited to a small game convention on […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of August 2016)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of August 2016)

Every 6 months or so I update my top 10 favorite tabletop games list. I really enjoy making this list, as I continue to love games of all shapes and sizes with a fiery passion. I’ll note up front that I love a lot of games. I even have a YouTube channel devoted to specific […]


Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

Which Type of Show Are You Most Likely to Binge Watch?

I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “binge watching” for years now. I think it started becoming a thing when entire seasons (and series) of shows became available on DVD, and Netflix has taken it up a notch by releasing entire seasons of new shows all at once. I don’t think I’ve ever technically binge-watched […]


Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

Top 10 Games I Want to Play for the First Time at Geekway

In a few days I’ll have the pleasure of attending my favorite game convention, Geekway to the West, here in St. Louis. It’s basically 4 days of playing tons of different board games with friends and strangers. My brother and his fiance are coming into town for the convention, so I look forward to hanging […]


Top 10 Games in My Collection (If I Had to Give Away the Others)

Top 10 Games in My Collection (If I Had to Give Away the Others)

Earlier this year, board game developer, designer, blogger, and enthusiast JR Honeycutt wrote a blog post about the 10 board games in his collection that he would keep if he had to give away the rest and could only play those games from now on. I love the idea of this list, as it presents a […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2015

My Favorite Board Games of 2015

It was just recently that I posted my top 10 board games ever, and many of those games go on this list, so I won’t go into too much detail. This is a list of my favorite games that I played for the first time this year, regardless of the year in which they were […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of November 2015)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of November 2015)

I’ve decided that I’m going to completely redo this list every 6 months (it’s about 6 months since I last made it), just because I play a lot of games and my tastes are always evolving. Here’s the previous list. I’ve excluded the games I’ve designed and/or published from this list. This list is geared […]


Four Days of 100% Geekdom

Four Days of 100% Geekdom

I spent the last four days doing something unique compared to the other 361 days of the year, so I thought I’d talk about it here. A few years ago when I started to get into the board game industry as a publisher and designer, I decided to attend my first convention. I was a […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of Today)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games (as of Today)

It’s been too long since I updated this list (here’s the previous version)–so long, in fact, that there are a few games on my old list I no longer like! Shows how fickle I am. I’ve excluded the games I’ve designed and/or published from this list. This list is geared towards the games I would […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2014

My Favorite Board Games of 2014

2014 has been a great year of gaming for me. I had a blast testing and refining my own game, Tuscany, and I hosted and/or attended several game nights almost every week throughout the year. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with people through games–some of my best memories from this past year happened at tables with […]


Trapped in a Room: A Gaming Experience

Trapped in a Room: A Gaming Experience

This past Friday, I was locked in a strange room with 3 friends and 4 strangers. Our cell phones were taken from us–we had no contact with the outside world. A camera monitored our efforts to escape. No, it wasn’t a sex thing, a psychology experiment, or Saw VI. This was a game called Trapped: A […]


Monopoly House Rules

Monopoly House Rules

It’s a little weird for me to write an entry about Monopoly, as it’s a game I haven’t played in  years and don’t see myself playing again, but the other day a friend pointed me to an interesting article about Monopoly. Apparently, Hasbro has decided to let fans vote on their favorite Monopoly house rules, […]


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

I’ve been trying to pinpoint what I’m feeling right now, and I realized that it’s the exact same mix of feelings I experienced as a child every year on Christmas Eve: Trepidation and nervous excitement. When I was a kid who wholeheartedly believed in Santa Claus, I would go to bed on Christmas Eve not […]


The Best Questions I’ve Been Asked This Week

The Best Questions I've Been Asked This Week

This week I was selected to be the “Geek of the Week” on a website called Board Game Geek. If you’re not familiar with board games, BGG is the most popular website in the world devoted solely to tabletop games. I was really honored to be selected as the Geek of the Week. When you’re […]


The Internship

The Internship

“I’ve been reviewing Darren’s internship journal. Doing laundry, mending chicken wire, high tea with a Mr. Newman?” “Well, it all sounds pretty glamorous, but it’s business as usual at Kramerica.” “Far as I can tell, your entire enterprise is little more than a solitary man with a messy apartment which may or may not contain […]


My Favorite Board Games of 2013

My Favorite Board Games of 2013

Joining my year-end best-of lists for movies, songs, and books this year is a new category: board games. That isn’t to say that this is the first year I’ve played board games, but it’s definitely the first year that I’ve played enough different board games to justify a top-10 list. I’ll say up front that […]


My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games Ever (as of Today)

My Top 10 Favorite Tabletop Games Ever (as of Today)

There is a massive gaming convention happening in Essen, Germany right now where hundreds of thousands of people will gather to buy, talk about, and play tabletop games. Although I try to keep most board game chatter to my Stonemaier Games blog, it is a major passion of mine, so I like to write about […]


There’s a New Risk in Town

There's a New Risk in Town

Did you play the board game Risk as a kid? If so, you probably remember it as a game that took a really long time to play…if you survived. If you were eliminated in the first 10 minutes of the game, you had to sit there and watch while everyone else played for next 5 […]


The Top 5 Strategy Board Games Ever: Let’s Try This Again

The Top 5 Strategy Board Games Ever: Let's Try This Again

Five months ago, I wrote a blog entry introducing you all to my love of board games. The meat of the blog was a list of my top 5 favorite strategy board games at the time. Well, a lot has happened in the last five months. I put a game on Kickstarter, sold 1300 copies […]


Viticulture Pre-Orders and Lessons Learned from My Kickstarter Backers

Viticulture Pre-Orders and Lessons Learned from My Kickstarter Backers

Tonight at 11:59pm, my Kickstarter campaign ended. We went out with a bang, raising $8,000 in the final 24 hours to bring our total to $65,980. Which, considering that I had absolutely no idea back in August if we’d even hit our goal of $25k, is astounding. But I want to focus today on a […]


Anchorboy

Anchorboy

As I mentioned last week, I was on the local news yesterday to talk about Kickstarter and my game. I’ll cut right to the chase, because you probably want to see the video. A video that I watched once and will probably never watch again–it’s really tough for me to watch myself do something like […]


Why Board Games Still Exist

Why Board Games Still Exist

Today, in an interview with the business editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about my board game, I was asked why board games still exist. Given video games, computer games, and handheld/smart phone games, why do people still play board games? I’m sure there are a wide variety of reasons, one big one being that […]