Author Archives: Ben (chally)

Ben’s Gathering Wrap-Up

This year’s Gathering of Friends has come to a close for me.  As happened last year, the the beginning of the week featured long, leisurely days of gaming and socializing.  Those days quickly disappeared toward the end of the week, replaced … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 6

Very little gaming today, as I decided to go outside and enjoy the weather.  I opened the day with another game of CGE’s word-game prototype.  It is still in the early stages, so I am limited in what I can … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 5

The Gathering of Friends is a strange kind of event at times.  You often find yourself playing games you never expected to with people you never expected to.  That was kind of the theme yesterday, as I opened the day … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 4

Another day of short descriptions and few pictures, I’m afraid, as a large portion of the day was committed to unpublished, unsigned prototypes.  Great day all around, however.  It began with a third play of Elysium.  This is the third … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 3

Day 3 saw a return to some better games, including a couple of promising prototypes.  It started off, however, with a quick game of Patchistory.     Brian Leet took this one home with a well-executed trade-route based strategy.  Amazingly, the … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 2

Today has been an oddly unproductive day, so this update should be quick. I only managed two games in the first 7 hours and then finished with a leisurely dinner and a lot of small games that I didn’t take … Continue reading

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Ben’s Gathering Day 1

After a longer-than-anticipated day of travel, I made it to Niagara Falls last night.  My good intentions of providing multiple daily updates quickly proved to be harder than anticipated, as I jumped from game to game quickly.  For less extensive … Continue reading

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Gathering of Friends Coverage

As some of you may know, the 2015 Gathering of Friends kicks off this week.  As usual, the OG will have plenty of coverage.   This will be my second year attending and I will be attempting to provide more … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – A Peek Behind the Curtain: The Gathering of Friends New Releases

Howdy, loyal readers!  It was a busy week for me, so I wasn’t able to get around to writing this, the third post in my series of recaps of my first-ever trip to the Gathering of Friends in Niagara Falls.  My first … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – A Peek Behind the Curtain: The Gathering of Friends Prototypes (Part 2)

Welcome back, all! As promised, this is the second installment of my Gathering of Friends recap. This time, I will be touching upon a number of additional prototypes that I played and enjoyed, but which (for one reason or another) … Continue reading

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