Author Archives: xitoliv

Osaka and Tokyo Spring Game Market 2021 Anticipation Post

Hi folks – As I usually do twice a year, I want to highlight some of the titles that have recently been released in Japan, or will be shortly; I’ll touch on games that I’m eager to play, games I … Continue reading

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An Interview with Smoox Chen about 150BG.con

Today in Taiwan, one of my new-found favorite board game conventions is happening, 150BG.con, and I wanted to share with you some details about it from our friend, and one of the organizers of the convention, Smoox. This is the … Continue reading

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ZEN Tiles Solo

I’m not good at talking about my emotions and have never gotten the hang of meditating. That’s why I bought this game and why I’m sharing it with you on January One. I’m reminded of one of my first visits … Continue reading

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A Round-Robin Letter for 2020 Games and Gaming (and some Books and Music)

One of the joys of this time of year for me is reflecting back, in unnecessary detail, about the events of the last year. I’ve only sent out Christmas cards for maybe 4 of the last 17 years or so, … Continue reading

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Designer: Hisashi HayashiArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: OKAZU BrandPlayers: 2-5Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy Suzie-Q an auction of game of sorts, though it feels a bit odd to describe it that way. More specifically, it’s an … Continue reading

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Toraja (Preview)

Designers: Hamzah Alfarabi, Vicky BelladinoArtist: Aulia AzziawatyPublisher: Congkak Fun FactoryPlayers: 1-5Ages: 12+Times Played: 4 on my demo copy This will be a different sort of post, as this game isn’t available…yet.  This is one of the titles that was being … Continue reading

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