What I’m Playing – 05-26-2021

May 26, 2021


Babes In The WoodThis is the log of games that I’ve been playing recently. It’s mostly for my own records, but I figure I may as well make it public so anyone who’s interested can check it out. Expect to see tabletop games of all kinds, from classics like Catan or D&D to more out-there indie games. Particularly expect to see mostly board games here, as I get to play a lot more of those than I do with RPGs (unfortunately!) I try and include some mini-reviews of those when I can, but I make no promises.

I try to update this page semi-regularly can’t always get around to doing it. If you ever check out a game because of reading it here, let me know your thoughts! 


Recently, I’ve been playing:

  • My group of friends has been loving Jay Dragon’s recent release Wanderhome. I love the collaborative nature of the game. We’ve only gotten to play a few times, but it’s really been an amazing few sessions. Perfect for anyone who’s been looking for a tabletop RPG with the same bucolic feeling from Animal Crossing (with less of the capitalism.) (Possum Creek Games)
  • Catan is still reigning supreme in my home. I’ve hit a winning streak, much to the chagrin of my roommates, one of whom has taken to “training” by playing online a lot.
  • Not much to say about this, but a couple of my friends have been spending a little more time than necessary playing chess.
  • I haven’t actually played it yet, but I’ve been very excited to run a game of Babes In The Wood by Adam Vass. It’s a PbtA game where you play as a group of kids who travel through the Wood. It’s meant as a big homage to Over The Garden Wall, so you know it’s gotta be good. (World Champ Game Co.)
  • Gloom is a weird card game, where you control a family and try and make their lives as miserable as possible. I think it’s very fun, but you have to get the right mix of people who are down to tell a story. It can really fall flat if you go in half-assed. (Atlas Games)

I’ve also been running my weekly OD&D game. Things are finally feeling pretty natural with it (meaning I’m relatively comfortable with the rules.) If you’re more interested in reading about that game, check out my Running the Open Table series.

Finally, we’ve been playtesting a game I haven’t talked about here yet, but one I’ve been working on for a few months. It’s a game set in a quiet and strange town, where you try to resettle your life while investigating a sinister force that plagues the town. It uses the Belonging Outside Belonging system, and I’m hoping to have it up on itch.io for playtesting sometime this summer!

To see other games I recommend or have played recently, click here.

 

What I’m Playing – 04-03-2021

April 3, 2021


Sleepaway by Jay Dragon

This is the log of games that I’ve been playing recently. If you’re wondering what games I recommend or am currently enamored with, this is your page. Expect plenty of RPGs, storytelling games, and card games. I may throw in a video game or two occasionally, but this isn’t really the place for that.

I will update this page semi-regularly, but who knows how long that means. Basically, whenever I feel this has gone out of date, expect an update.

Recently, I’ve been playing:
Settlers of Catan – I don’t think this game needs much of an explanation. A classic.
Sleepaway by Jay Dragon – For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Jay’s work, I HIGHLY recommend checking this horror RPG out. Have only played it once, but I’m already talking with friends about the next time we play. (Possum Creek Games)
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a complete dumbass, I’d check this game out. The Shut Up and Sit Down review of it is quite good at explaining the game. It’s very simple, with essentially no mechanics. Pure mystery solving hysteria. (Space Cowboy Games)

– My weekly OD&D game has been going strong, with several players (finally) about to reach 2nd level. If you’re more interested in reading about that game, check out my Running the Open Table series.

In other news, I recently put up my first game Our Sacred Waters on Itch.io, so that’s been getting played at the table recently, for playtesting and whatnot. You can read about that game here.

To see other games I recommend or have played recently, click here.

What I’m Playing 12-08-2020

December 8, 2020


This is the log of games that I’ve been playing recently. If you’re wondering what games I recommend or am currently enamored with, this is your page. Expect plenty of RPGs, storytelling games, and card games. I may throw in a video game or two occasionally, but this isn’t really the place for that.

I will update this page semi-regularly, but who knows how long that means. Basically, whenever I feel this has gone out of date, expect an update.


Recently, I’ve been playing: 

  • My OD&D open table began just a few weeks ago. It’s a personal experiment in expanding play groups, old-school playstyles, and the history of the hobby. Read more here.
  • Fiasco – The classic storytelling game from Jason Morningstar. Only got it a month ago, but it’s found its way to my table multiple times already. (Bully Pulpit Games
  • Root – A board game for 2-4 players, fighting to control a forest. Each player controls a specific faction, using its own set of rules and goals. (Leder Games)
  • Splendor – A quick-paced resource acquisition game that I recently brought to my mom’s house. It’s been a very big hit there. (Space Cowboy)
  • Jaws – I think most board games based off movies are pretty bad, but surprisingly this game is quite fun. One player takes the role of the shark, as the others work to put an end to their man-eating ways. (Ravensburger)

To see other games I recommend or have played recently, click here.