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Finishing up the year

Finishing up the year

So it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted. It’s been busier than normal. I finished up my most recent job contract on the 13th and we moved yesterday, the 14th, from Oakland, CA, down to Woodland Hills, CA, which is North LA. Like I mentioned, it was a whirlwind of a couple weeks. We spent 4 of the 5 weekday evenings last week hanging out with friends that we had made in Oakland, and we were playing games on…

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Shopping Close to Home

Shopping Close to Home

As we near the end holidays, I’m sure most people have spent more time shopping during the last 6 weeks than they have in the 6 months prior. I’m not a big fan of shopping. I love to be out and about during the holiday season, and be out in the bustle of people running around and looking for those last second gifts. There’s just something fun about being in a shopping center around Christmas, especially when there isn’t anything…

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(Not) Home for the Holidays

(Not) Home for the Holidays

I know this is a board game blog. Primarily, that’s what I write about, but I started writing this week and this is what came out. Not really about board games, but I like it. That’s why I still posted it. And if you only want to read about the board game side of things, I’ll get back to that nearer the bottom. While traveling around the country for work has its perks, it also has its downsides. One of…

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Story-based Campaigns

Story-based Campaigns

One of the things my wife and I are looking forward to diving into is storytelling/campaign games. I love immersive games. I want to feel like I’m a part of the world in the game. I want my decisions to feel like they have more of an effect than just moving a cube from here to there. I want characters that evolve and change over the course of the game. That is going to be one of our next steps…

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Riding in the Car

Riding in the Car

As a contract therapist, you drive a lot. Since December, my wife and I have put over 25,000 miles on our car. We have to drive across country to my new job location, plus when we get there we spend every weekend taking mini road trips to make sure we are able to see as many of the sights as we can. That adds up to lots of hours in the car. When we went on our honeymoon, we drove…

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The Great Gamers of Santa Fe

The Great Gamers of Santa Fe

So far, I’ve talked a lot about what we’ve done when we’ve found ourselves in a city or location that doesn’t have an active gaming population. You’ve read about the difficulties of not having a game group, and how to still get your fix when no one you know wants to game. Now for a better experience we’ve had. When my wife and I travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico for work, I was a little excited before we even…

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Making Games Fit

Making Games Fit

When you travel around the country, there are certain limitations on your gaming that you need to impose upon yourself. One of the biggest struggles is what to do with your board game collection while you travel around. Let me start by saying that the thing that takes up the most space while we travel, are our board games. Sure, we take clothes and toiletries, but inch for inch, board games are a definite space hog. Every time my wife…

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Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

As I type this post, I’m currently riding in the car while my wife drives us through the flat land of Iowa. It has been a whirlwind of a fortnight. That makes me sound cooler than I am. It’s been a crazy 2 weeks. We have been busy basically nonstop and are now starting the long drive West to Oakland, California, where I start my next placement in the middle of next week. Due to this, I’ve been a little…

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Finding Fellow Gamers

Finding Fellow Gamers

Whenever you move to a new area, you have to figure out where all of your new “go-to’s” will be. Where is the best pizza in town? Where will you buy your groceries? Which movie theater is best? As an avid gamer, you’ll need to find where your gaming venue will be. I’ve talked a little bit about this before, but I figured I could go a little more in depth as to how I find new places and people…

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Gaming with 2 Players

Gaming with 2 Players

Last time on the blog, I talked about how gaming/our local gaming group, including both the organized group and our friends, was a big part of my life. Not simply for the gaming, but also for the social aspect. I also briefly mentioned how we didn’t have a group in South Carolina and how it affected us.  I want to talk a little bit today about the gaming aspect and how we handled that. First off, I want to start…

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