I'm a long time gamer: first cards and the usual classics and board games, then RPGs, party games and lots of partnership cards. Then sometime around 2006 I discovered designer games. Euros are my favorite, but I'll try most anything once, except war games. I avoid games with head-to-head conflict like the plague.
I love to teach games to people. It gives me almost the same thrill as teaching them how to use computers and technology. I often write about games, too - part of that teaching thing I guess - explaining how they play so you can get a better idea of what to expect. I find box blurbs generally do a poor job of this.
In December 2014 I launched this blog, The Glass Meeple, to provide a single place where gamers could search and read all of the Game Reviews and Run-Throughs I'd written. Before that, most of my game reviews appeared only in my game store's newsletter, Here Be Books & Games News (since April 2013), or very occasionally I would take the time to post them on Board Game Geek.
I happened to watch part of a Rahdo Runs Through Video on Railroad Revolution a little while back. What intrigued me about the game was how the various types of workers could affect actions. So, when I saw an open copy on Ward’s shelf at Atlanta Game Fest, I snagged it, read the rules and conned my husband and a […]
I learned seven new games at Atlanta Game Fest (AGF). Four of them made it on to my want-to-own list: Century: Spice Road, Great Western Trail, Railroad Revolution and La Granja: No Siesta! I also got to play Jet Set with part of an expansion I own and part of another expansion I don’t. Both provided some new ways to […]
I may not ride a horse any more, but I was born a cowgirl, so I was very excited when our friends Robyn and Dave suggested Great Western Trail. I even got to play it twice at Atlanta Game Fest! Great Western Trail is a medium to heavyweight Euro game. It took about half an hour to set it up […]
Since Tim’s birthday is this month, I let him pick a game for me to run through and review. He chose a classic oldie, but goodie and one of my favorite games that I’m always willing to play: Vegas Showdown. Vegas Showdown, designed by Henry Stern, is a bidding game of casino building. You and your fellow players are competing […]
I’m a fan of dicey Euro games. That is, games in which dice rolls determine your options for action – my husband calls this dice selection – and there’s some means to modify the dice results – though it may cost a bit. My favorite dicey Euro game of all time is Castles of Burgundy, which I still have yet […]
Niantic added 191 new things in Pokémon Go as part of their 2/16/17 update to the popular exer-game. Did you catch ‘me all? To help see if you missed anything, we’ve detailed all 191 here in one handy list. Don’t worry, most of them are in groups, so it won’t take too long to read. 1 – 80. Gen 2 […]
Yesterday morning I was feeling really bored by Pokémon Go. It’d been so long since I caught any new Pokémon, I was thinking of giving up the hunt. By late afternoon, however, everything changed when Niantic rocked the Pokémon Go world with a megaton update. It feels like a whole new world. The 1.27.2 update for Apple, 0.57.2 for Android, includes oodles […]
I still remember the day my husband came into the house breathless with excitement. He’d found a pristine copy of the highly-rated and valued 1999 Avalon Hill version of Acquire at our local thrift store. He says he got tunnel vision, his heart was beating so hard with excitement when he found it, that all he could do was carry […]
My first experience with Robo Rally was at a gaming invitational in Raleigh, NC. Lori, a long-time Robo Rally enthusiast and aficionado introduced me to the chaotic, programmed movement game of racing robots to successive numbered flags on a factory floor filled with movement-altering and damage-dealing obstacles that you must successfully navigate if you want to win the race. Whew! Say […]
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind Should auld acquaintance be forgot and games of auld lang syne. It’s so easy to focus solely on the latest releases when choosing games to review, that I thought I’d change things up a bit and reflect on some of my favorite games of auld lang syne. I have so […]
November saw the arrival of lots of cool games and expansions, including: Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails which expands the Ticket to Ride ‘verse to The World, adding sailing ships to the mix to get over the ocean and across The Great Lakes; Dragon Rapid Fire: The Fire Crystals – perfect for kids; an expansion for the two-player game […]
It’s so easy during the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating, and so forth to forget what it’s all for: spending precious time with our loved ones in celebration. To help get you more focused on love and laughter amidst all the chaos, try this Advent Christmas Gaming Challenge. Last year I participated in the Advent of Christmas Gaming […]
After I get the turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving, I like to kick back and relax, visit with my family and friends, play games and otherwise have a good time. Unfortunately not all of my family and friends are as much into games as I am. These three games, however, have proven excellent for both gamers and non-gamers alike. […]
I was raised on a cattle ranch on the edge of a one-horse town in the Valley of the Sun. My dad was a cowboy: an accomplished rider, handling everything around the ranch from sowing and bailing hay to breaking and training horses, to herding, cutting, and branding cattle. So, when I opened a door in my Brettspiele Advent Calendar […]
October saw the arrival of Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, King of New York: Power Up!, Legendary: Deadpool, and Seafall: A Legacy Game among others. November 2016 looks to be no less exciting. If you see a game you want, just give us a call. We can hold it for you if it’s in stock or give you […]