Besides video games I also regularly play board games when I'm hanging out with people face to face. My brother, my wife, and I end up playing a lot of 3 player board games, but sometimes we get other players involved too. I realized I haven't talked much about what I've been playing in the world of board games, so here goes: Ticket to Ride - We own 3 different base versions of Ticket to Ride, 2 expansion sets, and an extra map set. We love this game. This is the game that gets the most overall table time when I'm playing board games with friends. It's super accessible but still holds fun for people who have been playing the game for a long time. I recommend this as a great beginner board game for anyone. Masquerade - A hidden role game where roles are constantly switching hands. You're limited in actions on your turn and can only take one action. This means that a lot of the time you're not entirely sure what role you currently have.
E3 Hype! E3 2017. Not comprehensive. Not VGNN. Only talking about things we think are interesting enough to talk about. You have video game news sites for the rest :) We’re talking about Press Conferences, if more news comes out throughout the rest of the week it won’t be here because we’re recording on Tuesday night! http://e3recap.com/ has been my friend Overall trends Esports being forced onto games that aren’t even out yet “Influencers” being put front and center BJ: torn on the current “influencer” boom. Feels like a bubble that’s totally disingenuous Shorter press conferences with less big game announcements Really hard to tell what is actually exclusive Microsoft “Console Launch Exclusive” Most of these press conferences would have been better pre-recorded as just a series of trailers instead of having a stage show, honestly. Updates on games we already knew existed. This is what we get for so many years of announcing games way ahead
This running Games of the Year list has been an interesting experiment. I decided to start this series right as we were shutting down the Geek to Geek podcast as a way to keep creatively broadcasting some gaming thoughts out into the world. I learned a few things from sticking with it this year. The main thing I learned is... I just don't have as much desire to broadcast my thoughts out in public as I used to when I started this blog or when I started podcasting. I still love to have in-depth discussions about current games and general geekery, but I feel less and less need to broadcast those thoughts widely. Honestly, it's been over a decade of blogging and podcasting at this point. It would be more surprising if my relationship with the media landscape hadn't changed. Around mid-year I started trying to use Twitter as more of a microblogging platform to do very short quick-hit thoughts about games but didn't get much traction or conversation going which was wha