Author Archives: Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 44 as he did at age 14

Game Review: Völuspá + Order of the Gods (expansion)

Völuspá /Order of the Gods Designer: Scott Caputo Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 6 plays (1 of Kachina, 2 of Völuspá, 3 with the Order of the Gods expansion) Review copies provided by … Continue reading

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Game Review: Rogue Agent

Rogue Agent Designer: David Ausloos Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 (Agent Mode), 3-4 (Android Mode) Ages: 11+ Time: 90 minutes Times played: 5 plays (2 Agent Mode, 3 Android Mode) Review copy provided by Stronghold Games Dystopian visions of the … Continue reading

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SdJ Predictions & Hopes: Mark Jackson

Following in the virtual footsteps of our fearless leader, I’m taking a shot at predicting the Spiel des Jahres award winners (and other nominees). I’m notoriously bad at this… but that isn’t going to stop me. I really have no … Continue reading

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Game Review – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends

 Designer: Vlaada Chvátil Publisher: CGE / Z-Man Games Players: 2-4 Time: 60 minutes (though I’d say closer to 45) Ages: 12 (officially – though my 8 year old does just fine with it) Times Played: 7 (with review copy provided … Continue reading

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Best New (to me!) Games of 2013

Top ten lists are difficult – especially when I don’t get to play some of the “big new games” for 6 months to a year after they’re released… so a couple of years ago, I listed my Best New (to … Continue reading

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Five & Dime 2012: So Long & Thanks for All the Stats

The Five & Dime reports for 2012 are done – all gone, bye bye, woo hoo, see ya. This is the latest I’ve ever published the report – as I’ve said before, it’s been a crazy year but y’all have … Continue reading

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Five & Dime 2012: Lo, How the Mighty Have Fallen

These are games that have appeared on the Five & Dime lists before… and have fallen in overall playing percentages. Game % drop from 2011 7 Wonders -22.72% Dominion -11.24% Quarriors! -7.35% Tichu -6.58% Carcassonne -5.79% Hansa Teutonica -5.78% Hive … Continue reading

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Five & Dime 2012: Joining the “In” Crowd

These are games that have appeared on the Five & Dime lists before… and have risen in overall playing percentages. Game % gain from 2011 Kingdom Builder 19.46% King of Tokyo 16.92% Friday 13.23% The Castles of Burgundy 11.81% D-Day … Continue reading

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Five & Dime 2012: Fresh Faces

These are games that appeared on the Five & Dime lists for the first time in 2012… in some cases, they may be older games that just hadn’t reached a particular play threshold. Game Score Percentage Lords of Waterdeep 215 … Continue reading

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Five & Dime 2013: Bring Out Yer Stats!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when I (Mark Jackson) ask you to submit your Five & Dime lists to me in order that I can continue to compile my completely unscientific lists & compare them to each other. … Continue reading

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