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: Hero Realms

Hero Realms is a deckbuilder that follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular Star Realms but is more than just the same game with a different theme. There are very strong similarities, but in Hero Realms players can begin … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson – Kung-Fu Zoo

Kung-Fu Zoo has players flicking animal-themed dice into an arena to score points and/or eliminate other players by knocking them into a corner pocket. A fast moving game of skill, with a healthy dose of luck, makes for a great … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Button Men Beat People Up

Button men has players rolling to capture their opponent’s dice in a sort of alternate reality competitive Yahtzee. Players choose a Button Man that dictates their dice and any special powers and then alternate rolling dice to capture their opponents’ … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Zendo

Zendo Zendo reminds of a great twist on the game of Mastermind, where a player would guess a solution by getting minimal feedback on successive guesses. Zendo uses plastic pieces arranged according to a secret rule, and then multiple players … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Review of Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale

Wargames can be long, arduous affairs as players think deeply about current and future moves but then have to start over when their opponent takes their turn. (No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.) This naturally pauses the … Continue reading

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GenCon 2017 Mega Rundown – Odds n Ends

The reporting is winding down, but not without sharing photos of things that amused me as I wandered the convention center, like the sleeping giant to the left who was a loaner from the popular live-action True Dungeon experience (think LARPing in … Continue reading

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GenCon 2017 Mega Rundown – Digital

Among all the boards and dice at GenCon are those who are working towards eliminating those same things.  Not that there’s anything wrong with physical games, but sometimes it is difficult to get all the players you need together in … Continue reading

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GenCon 2017 Mega Rundown – H to Z

Post number 2 of my main 2017 convention coverage. Once again I cover games, in rough alphabetical order by publisher, that inspired me enough to snap a few photos. *As always standard disclaimers apply. After learning the gist of the … Continue reading

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GenCon 2017 Mega Rundown – A to G

Time to head wholeheartedly into the meat of my 2017 convention experience.  In rough alphabetical order by publisher, here are a few of the games that caught my eye enough to snap a few photos.     *As always standard … Continue reading

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GenCon 2017 Mega Rundown – RPGs

GenCon is traditionally a mecca for role playing (it was started by the D&D folks) and this year was no exception.  I already mentioned a few kid-friendly titles yesterday, but the following include those targeted at a slightly older audience. … Continue reading

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