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Barnestorming- Dragon Con 2013 Post Mortem, Crimson Shroud, ST: Into Darkness, Reflektor
This week, Friday Freakout comes a day early!  
Commitment Issues
This last week I completed a local no-ship math trade. For you non-gamers out there, that means I essentially put some games I don’t play anymore into a lottery, and received different games in exchange. I was particularly excited to receive a copy of Blood Bowl 3rd Edition this time around. A friend was kind enough to walk me through a partial game, just to get a taste for how to play. I had a wonderful time watching my orc team fall down and pass poorly. It makes me excited to play again as soon as possible, which is...
Thrower's Tallies: Wargames
Writing about wargames for the Shut Up Show made me think a bit about my opinions on this particular section of the hobby. Strangely, perhaps, for someone who doesn’t identify exclusively as a wargamer and indeed finds the concept of simulation in games often leads to excessive baggage, I have some pretty strong opinions on the genre. The first of these is that, unlike any other classification, I have a cast-iron definition of what makes a wargame. If it’s based in history or near-history and attempts a passable stab at realism, it’s a wargame. If it...
Barnestorming # :-| - Talisman IOS, Bioshock Infinite, Chrome
 It's tedious to go alone.
Why Video Reviews Suck, and How To Fix Them
As you may or may not have noticed, I love the written word. It's a medium in which I am the most comfortable, which is why you may noticed I can be a little flowery in my wording. Don't worry, I'm working on it. And as niche and narrow as this hobby can be, I love to write about board games. I've heard it said that when one engages in creative work regularly, further creative work flows more naturally, and that has proven true for me. The truth is that our hobby can go as deep as we want...
Barnestorming: Game of the Year Edition, some other stuff
 Don't fuss, I know what's best for you.
Thrower's Tallies: Top iOS & Board Games 2012
It’s the time of year for lists. Lists of things from the year that’s about to end. Most especially of things that you’ve found to be of surpassing excellence. I am no dissenter, no maverick, not strong enough to resist the pull of seasonal traditions. So here is mine. Thanks to my slot at Gamezebo I feel, for the first time ever, qualified to make not one list but two. Both in the same article, o lucky reader! First there will be my favourite iOS games of the year, and then my favoured board games. With so...
Thrower's Tallies: Top 5 Christmas Games
The thing that reminds me most of Christmas is not a tree, nor hot chestnuts and mulled wine. It’s an open fire. When I was a teenager the holiday season would see family members emerge, blinking in the golden half-light of winter, from bedrooms, sheds and kitchens and assemble in the living room which was rarely otherwise used. Decoration would be put up, food cooked and a fire laid in the grate and kept burning for the hours of wakefulness for two whole weeks.And in front of that lovely blazing fire, gentle scenting the room with woodsmoke, we would...
The Human Angle
Whenever I ask people to name their favourite columns from those I’ve written, there’s always a unifying thread amongst the responses. Everyone mentions pieces that skirt around that deliciously murky place where games and real life collide. Whether it’s the story of how gaming helped me reconcile pacifism with an interest in militaria or the tale of how my daughter learned to love gaming, the human interest stories that always float to the top.And why not? Human interest stories float to the top of journalism like the oil-slick rainbows of childhood puddles. We are human. Other humans interest us....
Barnestorming #94.23- Barnes Best 2000-2009, XCOM, Puma Blues, Echo and the Bunnymen
 It's not me.
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