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: GenCon 2015 Mega Rundown – RPGs, Electronic, Eclectic

I like games, especially boardgames. However, when I was young I couldn’t always find people to play, so I naturally gravitated to computer (and, to a lesser extent because I couldn’t afford it, console games.) I love me a boardgame, … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2015 Mega Rundown – Children’s Games

I don’t know your background, but you’re missing out if you flatly refuse to play any children’s games (let’s say Children’s games are anything that are at least playable someone 5 or under.) While most have an element of chance, … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2015 Mega Rundown – Family Games

Welcome back for round 3 of 5.  Today is Family Game day. Frequently writing for GamerDad.com as well as having several younger kids of my own, I’m always on the lookout for games that might work well for family play. … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2015 Mega Rundown – Eurogames

Day two of my game rundown, feel free to back up to yesterday and check out the various dice games. Today I’m taking a look at what I loosely call “eurogames” which are all those games that don’t quite fit … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2015 Mega Rundown – Dice Games

Once again I spent a busy two days (Thursday and Friday this year) at GenCon and have come back with a pile of photos and information.  I love the experience of “drinking from the fire-hose” of boardgame rules thrown my … Continue reading

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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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