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
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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.
I jumped right into the previous post without actually explaining Blaugust. So... what is it? Blaugust is an excuse to get people blogging... in August. Hence, Blaugust! I'm not the best person to pitch it, but Blaugust is put on by a long time friend of mine, Belghast. Here's what he had to say about Blaugust for the 2023 kickoff: Blaugust is a month-long event that takes place in August each year that focused on blogging and other serialized content. The goal is to stoke the fires of creativity and allow bloggers and other content creators to mingle in a shared community while pushing each other to post more regularly. For years blogging has been dwindling, and in part, Blaugust was my attempt and reversing that course by compiling a bunch of veteran bloggers in one place and making it super easy to ask questions and get answers. The idea is that this festival of blogging can help reignite dwindling fires for the next year and give folks a sense of kinship as a result. Ea