Board Games, Podcast, The Five By

Cribbage

This review of Cribbage appeared in Episode 106 of The Five By. The following is the script I used when recording the podcast, and, as such, there might be some discrepancies between the text and audio due to editing for time and flow.

Back in the beginning of 2020, my partner Lorena and I decided to take up a gaming challenge. A few months earlier we had started playing Cribbage and so we decided that we would play Cribbage every day for all of 2020. It seemed like an ambitious goal right off the bat. After all, Three hundred and sixty five games of anything might be a bit much. We started off pretty strong, keeping up with our daily games, making up for days missed by playing two or three games on some nights. Then in March of 2020, well… we all know what happened then. Here in Los Angeles, a stay at home order came down and Lorena and I hunkered in to stay indoors whenever possible and played Cribbage.

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Board Games, Board Gaming Life

How to Use a Second Monitor With Tabletop Simulator in Three Easy Steps.

I’ve been doing more gaming online during these last six months. Heck, I’ve even started streaming games with friends on Twitch. Spending more time at the digital board game table has me constantly looking for ways to make digital board gaming a more pleasant experience for myself and my needs. In particular, I really have trouble scrolling back and forth in games, and keeping track of various board states can be exhausting.

Luckily, I have access to a second monitor from time to time so using a two monitor setup to keep an eye on different parts of the gaming table can be useful. I dug around online and found that there’s a way to get Tabletop Simulator use a second monitor to display a different camera angle and create on screen buttons that let us change which camera is active on your secondary screen.

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Board Games, Solo, The Five By

Review: Sonora

This review of Sonora appeared in Episode 92 of The Five By. The following is the script I used when recording the podcast, and, as such, there might be some discrepancies between the text and audio due to editing for time and flow.

It’s dusk in the desert and the sun hangs just above the horizon, seeming to linger just a moment too long. The last traces of the golden red desert landscape finally give way to a deep and inky purple. In this newly dark world, insects buzz and chirp the same dirge they’ve practiced since time immemorial. An owl hoots overhead as a giant wooden disc flies across this idyllic landscape and ricochets against a nearby cliff. It careens at a sharp angle, throwing   sand dozens of feet into the air as it comes to stop. You walk up to the disc and notice there’s a giant number five on top of it.

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Board Games

Review: Flamme Rouge

This review of Flamme Rouge appeared in Episode 84 of The Five By. The following is the script I used when recording the podcast, and, as such, there might be some discrepancies between the text and audio due to editing for time and flow.

The French countryside scrolls past you as you pump harder and try to catch up to the pack of riders ahead of you. In the distance, further down the road is the flamme rouge, the red flag that signals the last kilometer of the race. It’s time to give it your all and cross that finish line.

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Board Games, Podcast, Reviews, The Five By

You’re a Traitor, Harry – Review: Obscurio

This review of Obscurio appeared in Episode 82 of The Five By. The following is the script I used when recording the podcast, and, as such, there might be some discrepancies between the text and audio due to editing for time and flow.

So you thought it would be a good idea to sneak into what you and your wizard friends thought was an abandoned library and help yourself to a tome of ancient spells. Unfortunately, there’s an evil sorcerer that’s that kinda sore about the whole stealing-his-rare-and-powerful-fancy-book-of-spells and he’s set up various traps to stop you and your friends from escaping. To make matters worse, one of your wizard pals has been corrupted by the sorcerer and is actively trying to sabotage the team. Fortunately, the book you’re stealing is determined to guide you out of this labyrinthine library.

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Board Games, First Impression, First Play

First Play: Cthulhu: Death May Die

First Play is an ongoing series in which I write up some initial thoughts about games that I’ll likely only get to play once.

Facing down The King in Yellow, Hastur on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the board game cafe Game Haus

I recently got the chance to play Cthulhu: Death May Die, CMON’s massive 2019 game of cosmic horror. Designed by Eric Lang and Rob Daviau, Death May Die is one of those Kickstarter games that are packed to the brim with miniatures, tons of content, and upgraded everything.

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Board Games, Reviews

Escape Plan (Solo)

This review of Escape Plan appeared in Episode 76 The Five By. Check out Meeple Lady’s review in Episode 59 of The Five By for a more thorough look of the game at higher player counts.

 Escape Plan

It’s been three days since the police made you and your crew for that big heist that was supposed to be your last. You and your former heist-mates are on the lam, twenty-three skiddoo, you’re Paul McCartney and Wings circa 1973. All that stands between you and sipping Bahama Mamas on the beach is a city full of cops…a city full of cops AND your table mates. You glance around the table as the final round begins and you try to figure out who’ll be the first one to make their escape. The board is littered with map tiles, cubes, and way too many cops. You take a deep breath, one last look at your escape plan…screw it, you’re getting out first.

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