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 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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Matt Carlson: Review of Lord of the Rings The Two Towers Deck-Building Game

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Deck-Building Game Designer: Matt Hyra Publisher: Cryptozoic Entertainment Ages: 15+ Players: 2-5 Time: about 60 mins Reviewed by Matt Carlson Review copy provided by Cryptozoic Entertainment Unsurprisingly, The Lord of the Rings: … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Heroes of Metro City

Heroes of Metro City Designer: David Boostrom, James H. Waller Publisher: 3Some Games, Inc. Ages: 13+ Players: 2-4 Time: 60 mins Reviewed by Matt Carlson Review copy provided by Game Salute Heroes of Metro City is a superhero themed deckbuilder … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Holiday Guide

Taking a moment for self-promotion, here is a pointer to my annual Unplugged Holiday Guide  at GamerDad.com.  Started back in 2003, the GamerDad holiday guides are celebrating their 10th anniversary and may possibly be one of the earliest holiday guides … Continue reading

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iBoardgaming – A Few Non-boardgames

Thanksgiving weekend is a time to travel to be with family (for those that celebrate it). It’s hard to bring out a nice boardgame in the car (or on the plane) and while you could play something on your iPad … Continue reading

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