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: Thunderstone Quest

In the first wave of deckbuilders, Thunderstone added on a fantasy/dungeon crawl theme to the mix.  About three years (and five expansions) later, a revamped (but backward compatible) Thunderstone Advance appeared.    About six more expansions, and as many years, went … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 (Cabinet of Curiosities)

I was recently overseas checking out some royal digs.  I found it interesting that people were in the habit of collecting various knickknacks of interest and putting them in a private collection to show off to the “in” crowd.  DaVinci … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 (Digital)

Back in the day, videogame companies were rampant at GenCon’s dealer hall.  MMOs were gearing up (I still use my “Champions” backpack I got one year), and many of the big videogame names were there.  Several companies had their games … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 (R to Z)

If you’re back for more, there’s more.  We finish up our three day tour (not a three hour one or we’d all be lost) of boardgame publishers….

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 (G to P)

Post two of three of my main GenCon boardgame coverage.  Today’s post includes mention of at least twelve different expansions and fourteen uses of the word “epic” (yes, including that one and the ones in photos) Share and enjoy…

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 (A to F)

The jury is out among my acquaintances whether the RPGs (role playing games) or TCGs (trading card games) are waxing or waning at GenCon.  However, it seems to me that the boardgame contingent of GenCon continues to increase. I was … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: GenCon 2018 – RPGs

GenCon started out in the infancy of RPGs (role playing games) and has traditionally been THE place to buy, play, and learn about them ever since.  Here’s what the “big names” are doing as well as some smaller titles and … Continue reading

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Matt Carlson: Gen Con 2018 – Parties and Kids

It’s Indianapolis, and 60,000 people have come and gone, which must mean GenCon 2018 is finally over.  Once again, I had the privilege to prowl the aisles in search of hidden gems (or the obvious ones that I somehow miss.) … Continue reading

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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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