Posts Tagged ‘favorites’

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, […]


My Favorite Books of 2016

My Favorite Books of 2016

Looking at my list of books read in 2016, I’m surprised to see that there are only 14 books on the list. I read every night, so why so few books? I think it’s because a lot of these are long books. Books that take me 1-2 months to read at my pace of 30-45 minutes per […]


My Favorite Songs of 2016

My Favorite Songs of 2016

Last year was the year of random song discoveries, but this year was all about albums. Some of my favorite musicians released great albums this year: BORNS, Frightened Rabbit, and Lucius combine to hold 9 out of the 17 slots on this year’s list. Also, Kyle Morton, lead singer of my favorite band, Typhoon, released […]


Best of the Blog 2016

Best of the Blog 2016

I’m gearing up for my end-of-year posts next week about my favorite books, movies, games, and songs of 2016. But for now, I’ll start with the most-read entries on my personal blog this year. It was interesting to look back at the stats for this year, notably because two of the most-read entries are also the […]


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 […]


What’s Your Favorite Spoon?

What's Your Favorite Spoon?

I’m 35 years old, and I’ve never bought silverware. When I went to college, my parents gave me some of their old silverware. Forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, that sort of thing. Over the years as I’ve had roommates come and go, I’ve accumulated more random utensils. Now I have more than enough. So it was […]


Best of the Blog 2015

2015 has been a really fun year for me to write this blog. Whereas last year I felt a constant push and pull between my personal blog and my company blog, this year they both cheerfully coexisted instead of fighting over my attention. If I didn’t have inspiration for either of them on any given day, […]


My Favorite Songs of 2015

My Favorite Songs of 2015

As I look back on my top-rated songs purchased in 2015 (I purchase individual songs on iTunes), I’m struck by the different ways I discovered these songs. At least 10 of them came from TV shows, movie trailers, and commercials (thank you, Shazam, for helping me identify them!). Several others are from pop culture references, […]


My Favorite Books of 2015

I think I’ve enjoyed the act of reading more in 2015 than any other year. I’ve found that it’s crucially important for me to read fiction every night to help my brain switch from work mode to dream mode, and as I’ve discovered more great books to read, the prospect of climbing into bed to […]


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 […]


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 Books of 2014

My Favorite Books of 2014

After only reading 14 books last year, I more than doubled that number this year (29). I’ve found that reading fiction is the best way for me to turn off my brain before I go to sleep, so I’ve gotten wrapped up in a lot of great books. Here are my 5 favorites: 5. Redshirts by […]


My Favorite Movies of 2014

My Favorite Movies of 2014

I love movies, and I saw about 50 of them for the first time in 2014. Here’s my top 10 list for this year: 10. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: While this sequel didn’t quite hold up to the original for me, it was still pretty remarkable. There are some tender, beautiful moments […]


My Favorite Songs of 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014

Here is my playlist of my favorite songs I bought in 2014. I’ve listed them in the descending order based on how many times I’ve listened to each song: “Massapequa” by Domestic Robot “Manchester” by Kishi Bashi “Welcome Home” by Radical Face “Don’t Say” by Hannah Cohen “Whirring” by “The Joy Formidable “We Are the […]


Best of the Blog 2014

Best of the Blog 2014

My personal blog has waxed and waned this year due to the increasing focus on my Stonemaier Games blog, but I still enjoy writing it, and I love to hear from readers in the comments. Here are the “best of” stats for this blog in 2014, featuring only entries I posted this year (here’s last […]


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 […]


Best of the Blog 2013

It’s been an interesting year for this blog with me now writing two blogs, this blog 5 times a week and the Stonemaier Games blog 2-3 times a week. I’ve definitely enjoyed this as an outlet for my whimsical thoughts and ideas, and I’m so grateful for those who continue to be a part of […]


My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

My 5 Favorite Books of 2013

I’m pretty sure I read more than the 14 books I recorded on my spreadsheet, but that’s what I have to work with today. Thus these are my 5 favorite books of 2013. 5. Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie: My agent gave me this as a reading assignment for my Kickstarter book, and […]


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 Favorite Movies of 2013

My Favorite Movies of 2013

It was a another great year for movies that I saw for the first time this year, with 28 movies receiving at least the coveted Stegmaier 4 Stars (out of 5) and 11 movies receiving ratings of at least 4.5 out of 5. Below are the best of the best in no particular order. Man […]


My Favorite Songs of 2013

My Favorite Songs of 2013

2013 was a great year for some of my favorite bands…kind of. A few of my top bands released new albums that I just didn’t connect with at all. However, one of my previous favorite bands, Typhoon, released an amazing new album in 2013. As you can see by my list below, they are my clear pick […]


My Favorite Books of 2012

2012 was a very, very good year for books. I had less time to read than in previous years because I spent two months writing a novel (Wrinkle, in revisions now) and all other months designing a board game and running a Kickstarter campaign for that game (Viticulture), so I was perhaps a little more […]


My Favorite Songs of 2012

Do you ever go way back in your music collection and listen to songs that you haven’t heard in years? That’s what happened to me this year after I resorted my hard drive and had to re-rate all of my iTunes music. I’m still not quite done (it’s a slow process) but I’ve really enjoyed […]