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...

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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iBoardgaming – Fall 2013 Edition

The holidays are nearly upon us, and for most that means some additional travel. Travel time is rarely a good time to get in some boardgaming, unless you have a handy way to manage the board and all the bits. … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: The Return of the Fantasy RPGs

Last time I talked about role playing games, it was a discussion of Dungeons and Dragons, including the rereleases of many old retro versions of the game and adventures as well as the upcoming revision of the game entitled “D&D … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2013 – The Kitchen Sink

Despite the focus on boardgaming by our particular interest group, GenCon has a very broad range of events present.  In fact, by my estimation, GenCon is an even bigger RPG (role playing game) convention than a boardgame one.  Companies bringing … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2013 – The Deckbuilders

We’ve seen a number of deckbuilders come out over the years after the first reveal of Dominion.  They continue to pack the dealer hall at GenCon.  No matter where you are in the hall there are typically at least 2 … Continue reading

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