News broke this Memorial Day weekend that Chad Jensen, designer of many games, including the true BGG #1: Combat Commander: Europe has cancer and will be/is undergoing Chemotherapy to treat it. There is going to be a gap in his medical coverage and he and wife Kai Jensen could use our help to see them through this shortfall.
A GoFundMe page has been setup with a modest goal of $20,000 of which the community has already covered over half of that.
The power of community is that each person doing a very small amount can add up to a lot. Already that $10,805 was raised by 173 people. If you cannot help financially, you can at least send Chad words of encouragement and lift him and Kai up in prayer during this rough time.
We (in the USA) live in a great country with a wonderful health care system. It has some rough edges of course, but the opportunity for people to come together and help others is a testament to the underlying generosity of the American spirit.
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund (JVMF) Auction is well underway and well on its way to another great year.
So far, it's up to $22,860 raised in bids, but is open for items and bidding through April 6, 2019.
You don't need to be a publisher or designer either to help with this project (read more here: Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction 2019 (CLOSED)). Anyone can offer games, accessories or pretty much whatever (within reason!) for bids. You ship the item to the winner and the winner pays the JVMF. A feel good win for everyone.
Also in the monthly "Games For Geekgold" contest, I'm offering up my M3D Micro 3d Printer (as reviewed here: Boardgaming, 3D Printing, and the Micro 3D - a Ones Upon a Game Review). As little as 1GG gets you an entry to win with of course more GG = more entries. As of right now, three winners will be chosen. One for the printer and two more will receive all their bid GG back + 750GG bonus. So if you're interested in starting on the 3D printing journey, then swing on over and take a chance.
As expected for the last several months, weeks, days, and hours, guild #24 (The Dice Tower) has fallen from the top spot on BGG and been replaced by that "Isle of Misfit Toys" known as the 1 Player guild
The 1PG is proof that solo gaming isn't the realm of (just) the anti-social, basement dwellers we've been painted out to be. But (mostly) mentally stable, friendly, folks who have to manage their time and responsibilities, yet still find time to enjoy the board gaming hobby as much (if not now more) than the more social-dependent gamers.
There is room for gamers of all types, even if you dislike their choices.
The voting and revealing is complete and the top 100 have been revealed along with the second 100 (101-200) as well. Open to all to vote, this is an annual initiative of BGG's soon to be LARGEST guild: 1 Player guild. That's right, as of right now the 1PG is 18 members away from surpassing the lofty heights of the Dice Tower Guild.
First off, big congratulations to designer Michael Kiesling and his team for winning the 2018 Spiel de Jahres! Coincidentally, I just played my first two games of this with my wife yesterday and while we both had some ??? in our thought bubbles during the rule-reading, once we played it all clicked and we had a great time with it.
I'd originally considered this soley for solo play using the SoloPlay variant (link) designed by solo play maestro GameRulesForOne, but kept putting it off. Then my wife saw it mentioned in a non-gaming blog and showed it to me and I thought "oh yeah" and now we can play it together too .
Very fun game. Beautifully produced and definitely with this honor, going to be an evergreen must-have game for all. And the solo rules (which I've not yet tried, but now intend to) open the game to an even wider audience.
That's right... a boardgame adaptation of Core Worlds is in the works and while not "officially" announced (I'm thinking GenCon?) it has now been unofficially announced on the chirping bird and now this blog.
EDIT: It seems like a lot of readers of this would love if a solo AI were added... perhaps even by Morten Monrad Pedersen
Of course whether you're jumping in new or just waiting for Undertow to surface, now's a good time to start getting ready to organize all the content. So this is a friendly reminder that if you were considering ordering custom dice boxes for the game, get your order in.
These boxes reduce the amount of space each Gearloc's dice take up in the box. You could also solve this by combining two Gearloc's in a single plastic tray, but then you still have to pull out extra characters to get to the ones you want for a game session.
As detailed in my previous post (Make Room for Undertow!) I was able to get all the TMB content and expansions into the single TMB box with extra room for Undertow when it arrives. Here's how these boxes play into that organization strategy.
Prices have been recently reduced to $27.50 for the full set of 10 boxes and the other sets are comparably discounted.
We love the BGG Marketplace of course, so they are listed there as follows:
All good things got to come to an end The thrills have to fade Before they come 'round again
All good times, all good friends All good things got to come to an end ~ Jackson Browne
I am writing this post to share that effective immediately I am "cancelling" suspending my blog and YouTube channel "ones upon a game".
While I appreciate greatly all the support my readers and viewers have given me over these several years, as with all projects there comes a time to reconcile costs and benefit. While running "ones upon a game" has not cost much in terms of money, it has cost in time, energy, and effort. Unfortunately in the final analysis I don't see where the total expense justifies the results.
This is not a sudden decision, and I've debated with myself on it and kept the channels going on life support for nearly a year now.
I have other projects that have been neglected for this passion of mine, but the time has come to let those children get a little attention from me as well. And so with bittersweet head and heart, I will cease production of new videos and new blog content and simply revert to being a "civilian" and regular gamer. I won't be going anywhere or leaving BGG certainly, you'll probably see me around forums and game pages.
All content on the channel and blog will remain for posterity, so video links and posts etc. will remain intact.