Saturday, December 9, 2017

Life in a nutshell

So many things have changed, so much time has passed and here I am trying to do all those same things again. I am cutting down the clutter in my life a little at a time. Setting my office up again, getting things paid off and tied up.

And then life throws curveballs.

My only child turned 18 three days ago and I'm not entirely sure how to feel about it. He's 18 but he still has so much to learn about the world and how things work in it. But, like all 18 year olds, he thinks he knows all and knows better than mom. I'm just trying to keep him in school right now so we can go from there.

I'm trying to get my crafting business up and running but I'm not a very good entrepreneur. I'm bad at the whole promotion thing because it involves getting out of my house and out of my two day jobs to do something.

I am a trainer in the pharmacy. I am in line to be lead tech. I am still a massage therapist and, although I've been through some bumps and bruises with that front (and a few job changes), I'm back where I belong as long as I can keep my time under control. I work 40 hours a week at the pharmacy and then 13 hours of massage every week. When I don't have trainees on Saturdays, I get a day off. When I have Saturday trainees I work straight through until the next day I don't have a trainee.

This leaves very little time for writing. Particularly the magazine. Especially the books I want to write. I'm trying to set myself a schedule so I can take care of myself, take care of the things that need done, clean my house so we don't live like a bunch of Neanderthals and somehow manage to get anything accomplished.

I've been scrapbooking. I made all the Christmas gifts this year. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll see my handiwork. I post pictures. I sometimes pop in on Twitter to make little quips about what I've done. I'm on Line quite a bit. My username there is Marshmalohgrrl as well if you want to find me and chat with me.

I suck at the whole in person interaction thing but I'm really good at the digital thing.

In short... my life is cruising on. I'm trying to pay off some bills and dig myself out of the hole I put myself in two years ago after dad died. I'm trying to get my Patreon up and running and do some livestreams when I work on craft projects or while I play Mystic Messenger. I play that game a lot. You can folllow me on Google Games if you want to see what my current infatuations are. I love playing Yahtzee.

I try to keep myself out there and visible and stuff, but I'm kind of lost in my own little world and trying to make sense of it while I sail around in a rickety boat. I'm sure you've all been there.

So if you're reading this... tell me where you are in life? What good has happened with you lately? What is the one thing this year you are the very most proud of? Nothing is too small. Even if it was just that you made a really really good sandwich the other day, that's still something awesome. I want to know.

How was your day?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

PAX Unplugged Exhibitors Announced


PHILADELPHIA - July 27, 2017 - PAX Unplugged 2017, the first tabletop-focused PAX event, will host a stable of prominent exhibitors, including Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Fantasy Flight, Asmodee, and CMON, among many others. Tickets for the show, taking place November 17-19, 2017 at Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Convention Center, are available now.
Part of Penny Arcade's international roster of events, PAX Unplugged will reflect the experience millions of PAX attendees have enjoyed for more than a decade, but with a spotlight on card, board and other tabletop games, celebrating the medium's rich and thriving culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the reveal of new and exciting titles, go hands-on with upcoming games, partake in tournaments and sit in on panels headlined by the industry's leading minds.
"The breadth and depth of the inaugural PAX Unplugged exhibitor roster is a sight to behold," said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. "I want to go to there."
While PAX Unplugged will cater to the tabletop industry and affiliated communities, a selection of video games featuring board and card game elements will also have a place at the show.

Confirmed PAX Unplugged 2017 Exhibitors (In Alphabetical Order):
  • 9th Level Games
  • Academy Games
  • Albino Dragon
  • Alderac Entertainment Group
  • Anvil Eight Games
  • APE Games
  • Arcane Wonders
  • Arcknight
  • Ares Games
  • Asmodee
  • Atlas Games
  • B & B Games Studio
  • Baba Geek Games
  • Black Oak
  • Blind Ferret Entertainment
  • Braine Games
  • Breaking Games
  • Broken Token
  • Brotherwise Games
  • Calliope Games
  • Capstone Games
  • Carolina Game Tables
  • CMON
  • Cool Stuff Inc
  • Copper Frog Games
  • Crimson Night Studios
  • Critsuccess
  • Cubicle 7
  • Cyanide and Happiness
  • Daily Magic Games
  • Devir Americas 
  • Dized
  • Dog Might Games
  • Dwarven Forge
  • Eagle-Gryphon Games
  • Elderwood Academy
  • Elzra
  • Emergence Team
  • Fantasy Flight
  • Foambrain
  • Forged By Geeks
  • Fowers Games
  • Fun to 11
  • Gale Force 9
  • Geek Chic 
  • Geeknson LTD
  • Gigamic

  • Goodman Games
  • Golden Bell Studios
  • Grand Gamers Guild
  • Greater than Games
  • Grey Fox Games
  • Handelabra Games
  • Hero Forge
  • Iello
  • Indie Boards and Cards
  • Indie Game Developer Network
  • InIt Gear
  • Intoxicatingly
  • Ironmark Games
  • Jason Anarchy Games
  • John Wick Presents
  • Kickstarter
  • Lay Waste Games
  • Leder Games
  • Level 99 Games
  • Level Up Dice
  • Liveware Lab
  • Lone Shark Games
  • Lone Wolf Development
  • LongPack Games
  • Looney Labs
  • Magpie Games
  • Mantic Games
  • Mayday Games
  • Mayfair Games
  • Metallic Dice Games
  • Mind Bottling Games
  • Monocle Society
  • Monte Cook
  • Nailed It
  • Nauvoo Games
  • Necronamicards
  • North Star Games
  • Onyx Path Publishing
  • Orange Machine Games
  • Paizo
  • Pandemonium Books and Games
  • Passport Games Studios
  • Petersen Games
  • Portal Games Company
  • PulsArt Studio
  • Quick Simple Fun Games
  • Q-Workshop
  • Rather Dashing Games
  • Reaper Miniatures
  • Renegade Games
  • Restoration Games
  • Rob and Dave Games
  • Seventh Sphere Publishing
  • SFR Inc
  • hoot Again Games
  • Skybound Studios
  • SlugFest Games
  • Smirk and Dagger Games
  • Space Goat Productions
  • Steamforged Games
  • Steve Jackson Games
  • Strange Machine Games
  • Stronghold Games
  • Studio 2 Publishing
  • Studio Woe
  • Studio Wumpus
  • Table Titans
  • Tabletop Co-op
  • Tasty Minstrel Games
  • The Burning Wheel
  • The Compleat Strategist
  • The Creativity Hub
  • The Indie Bazaar
  • Thompson Productions LLC
  • ThunderGryph Games
  • Twogether Studios
  • Underbite Games
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • White Wolf Entertainment
  • Wolff Design
  • Wyrd Games
  • Wyrmwood
  • Yanaguana Games
  • Zafty Games
  • And more...
Game developers and publishers interested in exhibiting at PAX Unplugged 2017 can contact the PAXUnplugged team. Working journalists and content creators on YouTube and Twitch interested in attending PAX Unplugged to produce coverage of the event can apply for a media badge here.
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PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world's leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade announced PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, to be held in Philadelphia.
Penny Arcade
PennyArcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child's Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia.
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blue Orange Games’ Kingdomino Wins Coveted International Spiel des Jahres Award

San Francisco, CA— July 17, 2017 — Blue Orange Games is proud to announce that Kingdomino, by Bruno Cathala, has won the Spiel des Jahres award. The Spiel des Jahres is a part of a trio of awards given each year to the best board games new to the German market.

Although the Spiel des Jahres is awarded in Germany, it is considered one of the reigning international authorities on picking the “best of the best” in gaming. For the 2017 Spiel des Jahres award Kingdomino beat out Magic Maze and El Dorado. A panel of German gaming experts and critics evaluated all three games looking for the best design, rules, layout, and overall gaming concept, ultimately deciding on Kingdomino as the winner. With this award, Kingdomino joins the ranks of games like last year’s winner, Codenames, and timeless classics Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, and Ticket to Ride. The Kinderspiel des Jahres award, recognizing the best children’s game of the year, was awarded to Ice Cool on June 19th, 2017.  The winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres award, which recognizes more complex board games, was announced at the same time as The Spiel des Jahres and was awarded to Exit: The Game.

“We are very honored that Kingdomino was chosen, especially with the other two choices, Magic Maze and El Dorado, being such great games. We have worked with Bruno Cathala in the past and always have seen his excellence as a game designer, but it is rewarding to see others recognizing his work. This award represents all the hard work that Cathala and our product development team put in to make Kingdomino what it is today. We sincerely thank all the Kingdomino fans out there who have supported this game in its journey. As game publishers we hope that this becomes a classic for years to come, and as game lovers we hope that it exposes more and more kids, adults, and families to the wonderful world of tabletop games.”

Kingdomino is a tile-laying game by celebrated game designer Bruno Cathala. It made its international debut at Essen 2017, and was later introduced to the United States market. In the game, players take turns selecting and then adding a new domino to their existing kingdom, making sure at least one of its sides connects to a matching terrain type already in play. The strategy of the game is present in the tile bidding mechanism. Players must decide how valuable certain tiles are to them, as the selection of tiles determines the order of tile choice for the next round. The game ends when each player has completed a 5x5 grid, and then points are counted based on the number of connecting tiles and crowns.

To learn more, and to browse past winners, visit the official website:

Kingdomino is currently available internationally in stores, and on Amazon.

About Blue Orange Games

Since 2000, Blue Orange Games has been creating timeless games for the whole family. Their award-winning products have earned a reputation for high play value, skill development, and continuous fun. The eco-friendly company focuses on high quality designs using durable materials, and plants two trees for every one used in the construction of their wooden games. Looking towards the future with an eye for constant improvement, Blue Orange is steadfast in their mission to bring HOT Games to a COOL Planet. Blue Orange Games is based in San Francisco.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Paizo Announces Line-up of Events for an Historic Gen Con
REDMOND, WA (August 7, 2017): Nearly a decade after Paizo Inc. released the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the countdown is now on to celebrate the release of the company’s newest game, the epic science-fantasy Starfinder RPG, set in the far-future of the world of Pathfinder.  Along with the release of Starfinder’s Core Rulebook and first Adventure Path, Dead Suns, at Gen Con (August 17 – 20, Indianapolis), Paizo will host a line-up of gaming events and activities for any Pathfinder or Starfinder fan attending the show.
Players can travel to the stars or explore Golarion with 24-hour gaming in the Sagamore Ballroom, including the now-legendary 1200-player Pathfinder Specials. Other events in the Sagamore include Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Open Tournament, a new multi-table interactive Pathfinder Society Scenario, new quests, a pre-generated character special and three scenarios for Starfinder Society. Participants will receive collectible buttons, while supplies last.
Join members of Team Paizo and the Pathfinder and Starfinder creative teams in the Paizo seminar room for rules discussions, adventure path previews, and more, including:
Thursday, 2:00pm
Starfinder Adventure Path Q&A with Developers Rob McCreary and Jason Keeley
Friday, 12:00pm
Starfinder Rules Q&A with Creative Director James Sutter and Lead Designer Owen KC Stephens
Saturday, 3:00pm
Paizo 2017 and Beyond with CEO Lisa Stevens, Publisher Erik Mona, and Pathfinder Lead Designer Jason Bulmahn
Members of Team Paizo will be on hand to meet attendees throughout all four days of the show in the Paizo booth (#103) and hand out new collectible buttons each day. Attendees who shop in Paizo’s booth and spend $50 or more will receive a promotional Blue Knight mini, while supplies last.
About Paizo Inc.
Paizo Inc. is publisher of the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Tales novels, as well as board games and accessories. The Pathfinder world, in which players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world beset by magic and evil, is currently translated into eight languages, and has been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, toys, and apparel. is also a leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world.

Monday, August 21, 2017


With the Release of Star Trek Adventures and Demos of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare, Modiphius Entertainment Announces Plans for Gen Con 50
LONDON, ENGLAND (August 10, 2017): Modiphius Entertainment, award-winning publisher of the Star Trek AdventuresAchtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, Conan, Infinity and John Carter of Mars roleplaying games, announces today the line-up of activities planned for the historic Gen Con 50 convention (August 17 – 20, Indianapolis), including the launch of the highly anticipated Star Trek Adventures: The Roleplaying Game, the first new Star Trek RPG to release in more than a decade.
With an all-star design team behind the bridge, Star Trek Adventures uses the Modiphius 2d20 game system (Mutant ChroniclesInfinityConanJohn Carter of Mars) designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the EmpireX-Wing Miniatures Game). The accompanying Star Trek miniatures line features 32mm-heroic scale resin figures of classic Star Trek characters and crews, landing parties and away teams, all of which will be on display at Gen Con. Attendees will be able to purchase the Star Trek Adventures core rulebook, along with custom Q-Workshop Star Trek Adventures dice, at the Modiphius booth in the Gen Con exhibit hall (2461). 
Attendees of Gen Con will also be among the first with an opportunity to demo the forthcoming Fallout: Wasteland Warfare miniatures wargame and preview select miniatures. Set to release in December 2017, Fallout: Wasteland Warfare puts players in the midst of the apocalypse with the stories from the video game franchise, as well as unique random missions with narrative-style objectives, played out with high-detail 32mm heroic-scale miniatures, including iconic characters, factions, creatures, robots, scenery and settlement buildings from the Fallout universe.
Attendees will also be able to pick-up the Thunderbirds cooperative board game for only $20, available at the Modiphius booth with the special voucher from the Gen Con coupon book.
About Modiphius Entertainment
Modiphius Entertainment is a London, England-based entertainment publisher of tabletop games and related hobby merchandise. The company launched its first game, the Achtung! Cthulhu Roleplaying Game, in 2013, followed by the Mutant Chronicles RPGDUST Adventures RPG based on Paolo Parente’s DUST universe, Infinity The Roleplaying Game based on the best-selling miniatures game, Conan, Adventures in Age Undreamed of, the official roleplaying game of Robert E Howard’s barbaric universe, Matt Leacock’s Thunderbirds, a cooperative board game based on the classic 60’s show and the official Kung Fu Panda Boardgame. This year sees the launch of the Star Trek RPG & Miniatures line.
Modiphius Entertainment seeks to inspire with its tales of heroism, adventure and courage. Modiphius also works to combat global child trafficking through raising awareness of and funds for Vision Rescue. For more information, please visit
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Origins Game Fair 2018 Theme announcement!

Columbus, OH – Plans for Origins Game Fair 2018 are underway. The Game Manufacturers Association, host of Origins Game Fair, has announced that next year’s theme will be Mystery! Origins 2018 will serve up a high level of fun with activities and events that may require some sleuthing skills. 

Mark your calendar, Origins Game Fair 2018 is happening June 13-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH. If you are interested in running an event at next year’s show, event submission will be open on the Origins website, September 1 - February 1, 2018. Hotel blocks for Origins will be made available starting in September. At that time, you can make reservations and begin planning your stay in Columbus. 

Grab your detective gear and get ready for five full days of gaming…and mystery! Check for updates. 

### Origins Game Fair is one of North America’s most prominent annual gaming conventions. It is run by the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Origins serves the gaming industry in general, including miniature gaming, boar games, trading card games, LARPS, and role-playing games.


Okay, so Meta Arcade is at booth #509 and they're doing a mobile game, Tunnels & Trolls Adventures. You can create and share your own adventures with a software they're demoing and play a kind of choose your own adventure story. It looks really freaking cool.They have a launch trailer available if you want to check it out. 

Given I'm playing Mystic Messenger right now, something a little less cringeworthy is going to do me some good. So check it out and we'll play together.

If you want to learn more about the game, check out the trailer above or go check out the MetaArcade website.

I know I keep saying this, but there are seriously so many games here. Games. All over. Everywhere I look. I'm crushed in the throng of moving people and moving along and missing things because there's so much going on. This is only going to be a serious little snippet of things you can see at the convention and you really need to book in advance for next year. 

Ahhhh, Greenbriar games! Booth #1649. I've been a follower for awhile now and I'm super stoked that they were at Gencon this year with some new games. Vengeance is a new release from Greenbriar and they were doing demos all week. It's a one to four player game where you build up your hero and beat the enemy back on their home soil. It's all about revenge! They're also playing demons of Folklore through the week. The game looks absolutely gorgeous. It's coming out in October this year.

I have never before heard of Oni press, but I checked out some of the things they had to offer this year. They have a card game based off of Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. They plan, in the future, to partner with game designers and graphic novelists to create more games based from the creator-owned comics. I'm not sure what all they have planned but they were definitely enthusiastic when I popped in for a visit and asked all the questions.

I also checked out Dized games, another company I hadn't heard of before. The biggest draw was their Throne of Games made of more than 100 board games. The throne was comprised of board games like Dominion, Pandemic and Catan. One lucky gamer won them all in a drawing and the games would be delivered to the winner's home. Until then, attendees were welcome to sit upon the throne of games for photo ops. Next time I need to bring a photo buddy!!

The really cool thing about Dized is they have an easy to use app that lets you learn any tabletop game without a game book. There's a lookup tool and they have future digital expansions planned. It launches at the end of August on the 28th on IndieGoGo. DEFINITELY check it out and consider backing. 

Another new and incredibly fun game company is Big Potato. They're at booth #2115 and they're doing a really cool giveaway. They have hidden 200 toy chameleons around Gen Con. Find one and take it to the booth and you get a copy of their new game The Chameleon. They're also doing demos of OK Play. Challenge the staff, win a copy of the game.

Chameleon is a family friendly social bluffing game. If you are the chameleon, you have to figure out the code word without giving away that you're the chameleon. If you're not the chameleon, you have to figure out who the chameleon is without giving away the code word. It's for three to eight players and game play takes about 10 minutes. Super fast, super fun and the accusations fly! 

Big Potato is a game brand exclusive to Target, so look for them! I'm super excited to pick up a copy of Chameleon. It's only $20 bucks and it's a PERFECT convention game!!