Author Archives: Matt J Carlson

About Matt J Carlson

Dad, Gamer, Science Teacher, Youth Pastor... oh and I have green hair. To see me "in action" check out Dr. Carlson's Science Theater up on Youtube...

Matt Carlson: Review of the Battle at Kemble’s Cascade

The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade Designers: Anders Tyrland, Olle Tyrland Publisher: Z-Man Games (in the US) Ages: 10+ Players: 2-5 Time: 75 mins (Review copy provided by Z-Man Games) Boardgames have turned into video games (see Civilization) and video games … Continue reading

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iBoardgaming – Eclectic Fall 2014

Perhaps a surprise to the hard-core boardgamers, there are strategic apps on the app store that are NOT direct ports of boardgames. Here’s a selection of various game apps (including wargames and collectible card games) that might be worth a … Continue reading

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Holiday Guides have started…

It’s that time of year…  For about 11 years I’ve been posting holiday boardgame suggestions to the “videogame masses” over at GamerDad.com.  Those who want a peek into my cluttered, way behind in the hotness mind can go take a … Continue reading

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iBoardgaming – Fall 2014

Welcome back to iBoardgaming, it’s been awhile. (Amazing what adding a third child into the family can do.) A good crop of games has arrived in the past few seasons and it’s more than time to give them a proper … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2014 Mega Rundown – Eclectic

GenCon is split into three roughly comparable parts.  We’ve already talked about the boardgaming side of things, but there are also a host of gamers there to compete and play in trading card games.  Possibly the largest segment in attendance are … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2014 Mega Rundown – Day Two

Bright and early Saturday morning I headed down for day two.  Armed with my inferior back-up camera, I had a series of appointments to attend.  Sadly, this reduced the overall games examined, but had the advantage of a deeper discussion … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2014 Mega Rundown – Day One

Serendipitously, GenCon and I moved to Indiana at the same time.   Since then, I’ve managed to attend every year as my once-a-year delve into all things “current” boardgames.  This year is no different.  Thursday, after sending my middle child … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords Primary Designer: Mike SelinkerPublisher: Paizo Publishing Ages: 13+ Players: 1-4 (5 w/ expansions) Time: 90 mins It’s almost been a full year since the highly popular launch of the Pathfinder Adventure Card … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2014

June 6th, 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, better known to many as D-Day. It remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, mounting up huge numbers of casualties on both sides. In honor of those who … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Designer: Reiner Knizia Publisher: Cryptozoic Entertainment Ages: 15+ Players: 1-4 Time: about 40 mins (maybe 20 with fast players) Reviewed by Matt Carlson Review copy provided by Cryptozoic Entertainment There are two things this world just doesn’t have enough of: … Continue reading

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