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...

El Grande Big Box

As a fan of boardgames from birth, I stumbled upon Settlers of Catan while surfing the newsgroup in the mid 90s.  After Settlers, I was looking for the next similar upgrade in my boardgame collection and I read about … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Preview of Dice Masters – War of Light

Dice Masters – War of Light Designers: Mike Elliott, Eric Lang Publisher: WizKids Players: 2 Ages: 14+ Time: ~20 minutes Dice Masters – War of Light is the newest (upcoming) version of Dice Masters, tied in with DC Comics Green … Continue reading

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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 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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