Ladies and Gentlemen, My 2018 10X10!

UPDATE: Well, 2018 is officially in the books! I failed spectacularly at my 2018 10X10 challenge; read all about it here.

I am happy to announce my 2018 10X10 Challenge picks! I can’t wait to play these games and I am really looking forward to playing with friends with whom I’ve worked out some of these choices. Without further ado, my picks are, in no particular order…

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10X10!

UPDATE: 2018 is officially over! Check out my wrap-up article on my 2018 10X10 here and stay tuned for info on my 2019 slated games!

UPDATE: See my 2018 10X10 picks here and follow along here as I work on my challenge!

I’ll read this to you!

Hey hey. I’ve recently discovered something called a “ten by ten” which is a commitment/challenge to play ten games ten times in a set amount of time, usually a year. I’m so excited to explore this and to work on my own 10X10 throughout 2018. This will be my first time doing a 10X10 and, while the concept seems pretty simple, I wanted to make sure I was “doing it right”. In addition to doing some research on my own I also posted this in an online community of board gamers:

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Here’s what I’ve learned…

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EveryBODY Games: An Accessibility Review of Specific

I’ll read this to you! Specific is a 2-10 player educational game that takes 20 minutes or less to play and can be played with kids as young as 5 years old (though I’ve seen 20-somethings have a great time playing too). In Specific players roll dice and, as quickly as possible, find the animal that matches the criteria on the dice. With eye-catching artwork and variations to increase difficulty, Specific is light but challenging educational fun for everyone. 20171022_140743 Continue reading

Settlers of Catan: A Review

Note: Settlers of Catan is more than 20 years old. There are multiple expansions and additions you can add to game to change the flavor, player count, and strategies. In this review I’m only going to write about the base game, Settlers of Catan.  


Settlers of Catan is a classic 3-4 player resource management game in which players settle the wild lands of Catan which are rich in natural resources like sheep, wood, ore, brick, and wheat. The game board is made up of individual hexagon-shaped tiles, each representing a different land type, each producing one of the aforementioned resources. Each land hex is assigned a number (2-12) and when that number is rolled players who have built on the intersections of that number receive one or more matching resources, regardless of who’s turn it is. Players can then use these resources to expand their holdings, building roads and new settlements, upgrading settlements to cities, building armies… Continue reading