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And Then There Were 2

The Board Game Family zipline

We’re ready to hit the ziplines!

August has been an emotional month for our family.

I’m sure you’ve had some of those.

The month started out with an emotional high as I went to Gen Con 2016!

Having anticipated going for a number of years, I was very excited to finally go. I had a wonderful time!

And while I was in Indianapolis, the rest of the family was spending time having fun in California.

The week after was spent catching our breaths and watching the Olympics.

But we knew the relaxing wouldn’t last forever.

We had big changes coming for our family and we we’re gearing up for the shift.

Jaden hot wings

Midnight Hot Wings!

We had a lot to prepare for and we wanted to spend a lot of time together beforehand.

So many things just went undone.

To-do lists were scrapped. Games weren’t played. Cleaning was minimal. And sleep was optional.

Not only was summer coming to an end, but so was a stage of life.

In times such as these, true priorities will always win out.

And what’s that #1 priority?


We’ve spent as much time as we could as a family simply hanging out.

No agenda. No plan.

Just being together.

Everything else falls by the wayside.

The Board Game Family zipline

What a great summer – spending time together as a family!


Our Big Change

Jaden mission

Saying goodbye to Jaden for the next 2 years.

For those who follow our posts, you may recall a number of months ago seeing a post about Jaden’s call to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Well, that day has come.

On Wednesday, Jaden headed out on his 2-year mission to serve the people in Singapore and Malaysia!

He’s been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s so exciting that it’s finally here.

He was all smiles as we dropped him off at the Missionary Training Center where he would spend the next couple months learning Mandarin Chinese before making his way to Singapore.

In fact, everyone was all smiles.

There’s not doubt it’s an emotional moment.

But the real emotions have been on the surface for the last few weeks. It takes a lot of energy when you’re building up for something big.

And after it happens, there’s a rush of relief as well as other mixed emotions.

For those unfamiliar with missionary service such as this, it means that for the next 2 years our only contact with Jaden will be through a weekly email and phone calls on Mother’s Day and Christmas.

And, oh how we’re already anxious for that first email next week.

Jaden mission

It’s an exciting time for Jaden!


More Changes

Jaden mission

God bless you Jaden!

But Jaden’s departure wasn’t the only one this week.

We also said goodbye to Trevor as he went back to college.

Sure he’s not too far away and we can talk to him whenever we want. But he’s still away from home.

And that means two empty bedrooms!

So just like that, only half of our children are left at home.

The rush of summer fun has come to a quick and quiet end.

While I’m partly relieved by these now calmer seas at home, I know my thoughts and feelings will really be split in 3 places for the foreseeable future.


Board Game Reviews Coming

With school back in session for Brooke and Caleb, it means no more staying up late every day of the week. Which also means I’ll have more time to do other things — including working on board game reviews.

And we have plenty to do!

Caleb has already filmed 5 reviews that are just waiting to be edited. So those should be the next reviews in line.

We also have many more fun family games ready to be filmed and/or written about.

So keep on watching! There’s plenty more to come!

In the meantime, catch a glimpse of Jaden’s many board game video reviews over the years.


Children’s Games Reviewers

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that as our children have grown, the age range on the games we review has trended older.

Yet, we know there are many people visiting our site to see our reviews of games for children under the age of 10. While we’ve reviewed plenty of games for younger children, we’ve done less of them these past couple years.

However, there continues to be a steady stream of great children’s board games being published every year.

If you’re interested in writing reviews of new children’s games for our site, please let me know.

Go to our About Us page, fill out the form with your information, and we’ll get in touch.


Chocoly – playing with chocolate!

Chocoly board game

Ready to make a chocolate bar?

Grab yourself a tasty chocolate bar, sit back, and enjoy it while you read our review of Chocoly by FoxMind.

Because, as the name implies, this family board game is about chocolate.

And we love chocolate!

We also love tile-laying board games. And that’s exactly what Chocoly is!

We enjoy playing tile-laying games because we get to take an active role in building the outcome as we go. It’s fun to see the result when we’re done and know it turned out that way because of our choices.

And even though Chocoly doesn’t use real chocolate in the game, we still have fun playing.

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Gen Con 2016 Game Publisher Interviews

Gen Con 2016

The Exhibitor Hall had over 500 exhibitors!

Earlier this week I shared an overview of my first Gen Con experience.

I had a great time being immersed in the spectacle of so much gaming goodness. But without a doubt, the best part for me was meeting with people I’ve only interacted with via email and online for so many years.

I was able to chat with many more publishers than I could do interviews with. But time just didn’t permit for everything I would’ve liked to have done.

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Had a blast at Gen Con 2016!

Gen Con 2016

Bring on the Gen Con beast!

Last week marked a big first for me — my first Gen Con experience!

I’ve wanted to go to Gen Con for a number of years and my wish finally came true!

It’s the biggest gaming event in North America with 4 straight days of gaming goodness.

No matter your gaming interest, there’s something for absolutely everyone – Board games, card games, dice games, dexterity games, children’s games, war games, fantasy games, role playing games, and computer games.

But that’s not all.

There were also plenty of panels, breakout sessions, cosplay (people in costume), game accessories, battle areas, and game tournaments.

Taking up the entire Indianapolis convention center as well as space in the Lucas Oil Stadium and many surrounding hotels, Gen Con was an endless array of gaming fun for more than 60,000 people!

The total numbers for Gen Con came in at just over 60,800 attendees with a 4-day turnstile attendance of more than 200,000!

And after a solid 4 days, I felt very overloaded.

So after a few days to recoup, it’s time to look back and provide my recap of my first Gen Con experience.

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Mech Command Real Time Strategy Game

Mech Command RTS board game

Mech Command RTS got everyone excited.

We don’t typically share information about future board games.

However, when they get as good of a reception as the one we played yesterday, we’ve got to share it.

For our monthly Guys Game Night last night one of the games we played was a prototype of a board game called Mech Command RTS.

It’s a real time strategy game where players maneuver their mechs around a 3D city board to accomplish different objectives — such as damaging opponent mechs or retrieving goods.

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Karuba – Fun Family Jungle Exploring

Karuba board game

Is your family ready to explore the jungle for treasure?

It’s time for your family to venture off on an exploration through dense jungles in search of long-lost treasure.

Join the expedition in Karuba!

Karuba is a fun tile-laying game that’s been a hit in our family. And we think it will be a hit with yours as well.

You may already be familiar with our love of tile-laying games. We enjoy the feeling of creating the board as we play – whether it is a countryside, a ship, a building, or a jungle.

In most of the tile-laying games we’ve played we all contribute to a central game board area. But Karuba is different. And it’s a fun difference.

In Karuba, each player has their own board in which they’re laying tiles to create paths through the jungle for their adventurers. And players are racing through there own jungles to collect the most valuable treasures to win.

See how to play as well as why it’s a great family board game in Caleb’s video review of Karuba.


Can the whole family enjoy playing Karuba?

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17 Things I Love About Scythe

Scythe board game

Do you use your Scythe for farming or war?

Last October, I wrote about an upcoming game on Kickstarter I was excited about — Scythe!

The initial funding goal was set at $33,000.

When the campaign ended in November, Scythe had received over $1.8 million in funding!

So I obviously wasn’t the only one excited about the game.

The buzz about Scythe didn’t end when the Kickstarter campaign ended. It’s been going strong all year.

Well, it’s now out and the Kickstarter backers have received their much anticipated game.

When our copy arrived a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to play it. Unfortunately, I had to wait because I left on a business trip the next day.

Of course I took the game rulebook with me so I’d be ready to play as soon as I got back home.

Now that I’ve been able to play it a number of times, has it lived up to the buzz?

Well, the title of this review has already given it away.

Scythe is an awesome game!

Scythe board game

Getting Scythe set up for our first play.


Can the whole family enjoy Scythe?

With a play time of close to 2 hours, Scythe is definitely not going to appeal to everyone. Nor should it.

As you can see from the photos alone, Scythe is a game with a lot of things to keep track of. There are plenty of rules for players to understand and then figure out how to get all of them working together.

It’s not for a casual gamer.

While there are some elements of luck in the game, the bulk of the game is strategic – driven by the choices the players make. And there are plenty of choices to make.

Players that don’t like that much thinking in a board game aren’t going to like Scythe.

In our family, one look at the game and mom and Brooke immediately know Scythe isn’t for them.

But for players who like to grow their faction through strategic choices, territory control, resource management, construction, upgrades, and combat, there’s a lot to love with Scythe!

Scythe board game

A 5-player game of Scythe can get crowded.


The many reasons I love playing Scythe

There are so many things I love about Scythe it’s hard to know where to begin.

And I could go on and on about each one of them.

But rather than ramble on, I’ll just write a short snippet about each aspect that I particularly love about the board game.

If you’d like to see some of it in action, then watch my video review of Scythe.

If you just want the high-level rundown, then here’s the list for you…

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Star Trek Panic is a blast!

Star Trek Panic board game box

Ready for more Panic?

I can still clearly remember the first time we played Castle Panic.

It’s burned into my memory because of how amazing our first experience was. From the very first turn, the monsters streamed from the forest and wrecked havoc on our castle walls and towers. We were on the defensive immediately and it never seemed to let up.

It was awesome!

To this day, Castle Panic is still one of our favorite cooperative board games.

So when given the chance to play the just-released Star Trek Panic, we didn’t hesitate a second.

And we’re so happy we did — because Star Trek Panic is a blast!

Star Trek Panic board game

We’re ready to embark on our 5-year mission.

Lest you think you have to be a Star Trek fan to like the game, rest assured you don’t need to be. Nobody in our family is a Trekkie.

Sure, we’ve enjoyed watching the new Star Trek movies. And we’re familiar with some of the original characters. But that’s as far as our Star Trek knowledge goes.

The great thing is that whether or not you’re a Star Trek fan, you can enjoy playing Star Trek Panic.

In fact, Star Trek Panic now tops the list as my favorite of the “Panic” board games.

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