A Solo Gamer’s Manifesto

Hello, I’m Billy Board Game and I’m a solo gamer.

memberIt sounds like some kind of admission of wrong doing, doesn’t it? Solo gaming has been viewed as the dark underbelly of the table top world. A place where all of the seedy gamers go to make their nefarious plans against everyone who just want to play games with their friends and have a good time.

That was the way people viewed solo gaming. But lately, I have seen a great outpouring of support for solo gaming. From Kickstarter to Board Game Geek, solo gaming is now more accepted as a way to play table top games than any time before in history. Continue reading “A Solo Gamer’s Manifesto”


Teach Your Children Well

children20playing20video20gamesOur children learn so much more from gaming than we ever will. We are the Doom, and Quake generation. We subsisted on Risk and Monopoly. Fortunately, we have refined our palate and we are training fledgling gamers to further refine what is palatable to them. Continue reading “Teach Your Children Well”

I Saw Her Standing There – 2. Dragon Punch


Oh this? It’s my after dinner Cognac. The brand is quite interesting. The barrels are floated down the river Charente to a small port on the Atlantic where they are loaded by hand into a small sea going vessel sailed by immigrant sailors from the Ivory Coast.

Sometimes things get a little out of hand.

Every year for the season, they brave the North Atlantic squalls and icebergs to allow this Cognac to touch my lips. On board, they entertain themselves by having bear fisted battles, sometimes even with weapons or robotic appendages. The twist? The must do so without leaving a 4 ft line made along the deck.

Oh, that? That’s my bathrobe. Well of course I have clothes on underneath, I’m wearing shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt. I’m not a pervert.

I understand that today is your 18th birthday. Is that correct? Well, have I got a game for you. Dragon Punch designed by Koen Hendrix and published in the US by Level 99 Games is a 2 player game which captures the essence of a 2-player fighting games all in 18 cards. Continue reading “I Saw Her Standing There – 2. Dragon Punch”

Please Please Me – 1. Euphoria

tower2bof2bbabel2bmetropolisThis is going to be an ongoing series where I discuss my favorite mechanisms and the scoring mechanisms who love them. All credit goes to Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games, except my writing which is 100% mine and copyrighted. So, get your filthy hands off. He has an awesome YouTube channel where he just smiles a lot and discusses his favorite mechanisms. There is an amazing amount of content on that channel and an amazing amount of charm in that smile. In honor of that contribution to this blog, I’m going to start out with one of Jamey’s games, Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. Continue reading “Please Please Me – 1. Euphoria”

Lonely Variants Club

I’m sure many people despise the word, variant. It seeps through their pores and floats into their mouths where it ends up causing a great deal of stomach discomfort. I am not one of those people. If you are, this post probably isn’t for you. Unless… you like solo gaming. Continue reading “Lonely Variants Club”