Author Archives: Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 57 as he did at age 7

Mark’s Bundle of 2022 Essen Game Thoughts

Unless otherwise noted, these are FIRST impressions… I only had the opportunity to play most of these games a single time with a physical copy and four of my Opinionated Gamer friends. I’ve left out the older (read: non-2022) games … Continue reading

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Tale As Old As Time: A Review of Call to Adventure: Epic Origins

Once upon a time, I bought a RPG system from a wargaming company – SPI’s Dragonquest – which I never actually played with any other live human (despite my role as the primary DM for my group of fantasy/sci-fi nerd … Continue reading

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Unmatched Times Four: The Newest Sets Reviewed

In 2020, I published a pretty massive review of the Unmatched game system here on the OG… including a substantial bit of writing about how it compares to Star Wars: Epic Duels, the out-of-print mass market game on which it … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Island: Rawr’n’Write – A (Mostly) Solo Review

It’s possible that you’ve always wanted to run a theme park… that’s certainly been the inspiration behind my two favorite computer games: Rollercoaster Tycoon & Planet Coaster. (It’s possible you may have had other dreams – perhaps shipping various goods … Continue reading

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Gaming: Activity -> Hobby -> Obsession

As we all bask in the glow of post-Essen coverage, I bring you this classic post from my personal blog (because the game I was supposed to be reviewing this morning has not yet arrived… though the USPS promises that … Continue reading

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(The Grapes of) Wrath of the Lighthouse – A Solo Game Review

Once upon a time (well, in 2010), there was a post-apocalyptic tableau building game from Poland that garnered a good bit of attention. And some expansions. This review is not about that game. Over the years, the designer/publisher decided to … Continue reading

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