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: First Impressions of Evolution: Flight expansion

Evolution: Flight Expansion Publisher: North Star Games Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, Sergey Machin Ages: 12+ Players: 2-6 Time: 60 mins Review copy provided by North Star Games As you read this, the second edition of Evolution should be releasing, … Continue reading

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iBoardgaming – Summer 2015

For most, summer means a bit slower pace and the possibility of some vacation travel, a perfect opportunity to give some of the more recent boardgame/strategy titles available on iOS.  Whether your summer is winding down, or is still in … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Tiny Epic Kingdoms

Primary Designer: Scott Almes Publisher: Gamelyn Games Ages: 13+ Players: 2-5 Time: 30 mins Games Played: a few dozen with review copy provided by Gamelyn Games Game designers have an eternal quest to create the best possible civilization-building (4X – … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Evolution (2nd Edition)

In Evolution, players shepherd their species through a progressively more competitive environment.  Get your species to live long and prosper, measured by one’s food intake over the course of the game, and you win the game.  Limited food, players creating … Continue reading

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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  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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