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Man down! Man down! Rally the Troops!

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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.

You can find more details and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-chad-with-chemo

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.

Thanks!
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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.

See the items and bid here: The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction (March 18 - April 6). Likewise you can visit the ITEM GUIDE to view all the items, current bids, and items with no bids.

Direct Donations via PayPal are also accepted.

I have a few items in the mix again this year up for bid as follows:

Full Dice Box Set for Too Many Bones 1/3
Full Dice Box Set for Too Many Bones 2/3
Full Dice Box Set for Too Many Bones 3/3
11x14 print of "Everdell Road" -- see photo
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Collector's Edition (Steam Key)

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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.

M3D G4GG Giveaway
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Best Game Photo of the Year: Polls close in SIX HOURS!

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If I'm doing my math right, it will be midnight in France at 6:00pm EST, which means in a little over six hours from now the polls will close in the The 2018 Picture of the Year contest contest.

The winner is pretty much set, but 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place are locked in a very tight race with a slim two points separating the pack...



My entry using the critters from Everdell is right in the thick of it. Again, vote for mine if you like it, but of course vote for all the photos that you like. But please like mine and vote for it.

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK..

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2018 Boardgame Photo of Year Contest

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The The 2018 Picture of the Year contest is now underway. Amid many wonderful images, I've entered my "prizewinning" (August 2018) shot of "Everdell Road" into the contest.



It features the animeeples from one of 2018's best games Everdell by designer James A. Wilson and publisher Starling Games (II).

Voting in the contest is easy. Just visit the geeklist by January 31 and thumb all the images you like best. You can get directly to my entry HERE as well.

Thanks for your consideration!
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Previously on 24... The Dice Tower Was Top of the Heap

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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.

Be tolerant. You cannot agree with everyone.
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Solo Guild Supremacy and the 2018 Peoples Choice Top 100 Solo Games (well, 200)

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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.



Just two years ago they were at barely 6000 members (If I Had a Pound for Every 1PG Member, I'd have Three Tons! (or £6019)) and four months ago around 9700. Since August 2018, the Dice Tower increased 120 members and 1PG over 700.

The full Geeklist of top 100 (200) solo games is here: 2018 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games (100-1) And Bonus (101-200)

 


Index of Items

51st State: Master Set - (2018 Entry)
The 7th Continent - (2018 Entry)
Aeon's End - (2018 Entry)
After The Virus - (2018 Entry)
Agricola - (2018 Entry)
Ambush! - (2018 Entry)
Anachrony - (2018 Entry)
Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game - (2018 Entry)
Arkham Horror - (2018 Entry)
Arkham Horror: The Card Game - (2018 Entry)
At the Gates of Loyang - (2018 Entry)
Aventuria: Adventure Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Baseball Highlights: 2045 - (2018 Entry)
Bios: Genesis - (2018 Entry)
Black Orchestra - (2018 Entry)
The Bloody Inn - (2018 Entry)
Bowling Solitaire - (2018 Entry)
Burgle Bros. - (2018 Entry)
Castellion - (2018 Entry)
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Caverna: Cave vs Cave - (2018 Entry)
Caverna: The Cave Farmers - (2018 Entry)
The City of Kings - (2018 Entry)
Clank! In! Space! - (2018 Entry)
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure - (2018 Entry)
Clans of Caledonia - (2018 Entry)
Coffee Roaster - (2018 Entry)
The Colonists - (2018 Entry)
Comanchería: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire - (2018 Entry)
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Operation Barbarossa 1941 (second edition) - (2018 Entry)
Core Worlds - (2018 Entry)
Cottage Garden - (2018 Entry)
Cuba Libre - (2018 Entry)
Darkest Night (Second edition) - (2018 Entry)
Dawn of the Zeds (Third edition) - (2018 Entry)
D-Day at Omaha Beach - (2018 Entry)
D-Day Dice - (2018 Entry)
Deep Space D-6 - (2018 Entry)
Defenders of the Realm - (2018 Entry)
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) - (2018 Entry)
Dinosaur Island - (2018 Entry)
Dragonfire - (2018 Entry)
The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Dungeon Alliance - (2018 Entry)
Dungeon Degenerates: Hand of Doom - (2018 Entry)
Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game - (2018 Entry)
Elder Sign - (2018 Entry)
Eldritch Horror - (2018 Entry)
Enemy Action: Ardennes - (2018 Entry)
Expedition: Northwest Passage - (2018 Entry)
Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar - (2018 Entry)
A Feast for Odin - (2018 Entry)
Field Commander: Napoleon - (2018 Entry)
Fields of Arle - (2018 Entry)
Fields of Fire - (2018 Entry)
Finished! - (2018 Entry)
Firefly: The Game - (2018 Entry)
Fireteam Zero - (2018 Entry)
First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet - (2018 Entry)
Five Tribes - (2018 Entry)
Flamme Rouge - (2018 Entry)
Flash Point: Fire Rescue - (2018 Entry)
Folklore: The Affliction - (2018 Entry)
Forbidden Desert - (2018 Entry)
Forbidden Island - (2018 Entry)
Forge War - (2018 Entry)
Founders of Gloomhaven - (2018 Entry)
Four Against Darkness - (2018 Entry)
Freedom: The Underground Railroad - (2018 Entry)
Friday - (2018 Entry)
FUSE - (2018 Entry)
Gaia Project - (2018 Entry)
Galaxy Defenders - (2018 Entry)
The Gallerist - (2018 Entry)
The Game on Fire (compilation) - (2018 Entry)
That's Pretty Clever - (2018 Entry)
Gears of War: The Board Game - (2018 Entry)
Ghost Stories - (2018 Entry)
Glass Road - (2018 Entry)
Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game - (2018 Entry)
Gloomhaven - (2018 Entry)
Great Western Trail - (2018 Entry)
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle - (2018 Entry)
Helionox: The Last Sunset - (2018 Entry)
Herbaceous - (2018 Entry)
Hero Realms - (2018 Entry)
HEXplore It: The Valley of the Dead King - (2018 Entry)
Hoplomachus: Origins - (2018 Entry)
Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities - (2018 Entry)
Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations - (2018 Entry)
Hostage Negotiator - (2018 Entry)
Imperial Settlers - (2018 Entry)
K2 - (2018 Entry)
Kingdom Death: Monster - (2018 Entry)
La Granja - (2018 Entry)
La Granja: No Siesta - (2018 Entry)
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? - (2018 Entry)
Le Havre - (2018 Entry)
Leaving Earth - (2018 Entry)
Legacy of Dragonholt - (2018 Entry)
Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game - (2018 Entry)
Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game - (2018 Entry)
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game - (2018 Entry)
Legends of Andor - (2018 Entry)
Lewis & Clark - (2018 Entry)
Limes - (2018 Entry)
Lisboa - (2018 Entry)
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game - (2018 Entry)
The Lost Expedition - (2018 Entry)
Mage Knight Board Game - (2018 Entry)
The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire - (2018 Entry)
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition - (2018 Entry)
Maquis - (2018 Entry)
March of the Ants - (2018 Entry)
Massive Darkness - (2018 Entry)
Maximum Apocalypse - (2018 Entry)
Mechs vs. Minions - (2018 Entry)
Merchants & Marauders - (2018 Entry)
Mice and Mystics - (2018 Entry)
Mint Works - (2018 Entry)
Mistfall - (2018 Entry)
Myth - (2018 Entry)
Nations - (2018 Entry)
Nations: The Dice Game - (2018 Entry)
Nautilion - (2018 Entry)
Navajo Wars - (2018 Entry)
Nemo's War (second edition) - (2018 Entry)
The Networks - (2018 Entry)
New Bedford - (2018 Entry)
Nusfjord - (2018 Entry)
Obsession - (2018 Entry)
Oh My Goods! - (2018 Entry)
One Deck Dungeon - (2018 Entry)
Onirim (second edition) - (2018 Entry)
Orléans - (2018 Entry)
Ottoman Sunset: The Great War in the Near East 1914-1918 - (2018 Entry)
Palm Island - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic: Iberia - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic: Rising Tide - (2018 Entry)
Pandemic: The Cure - (2018 Entry)
Patchwork - (2018 Entry)
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set - (2018 Entry)
Pavlov's House - (2018 Entry)
Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift - (2018 Entry)
Pocket Landship: Free Trial Version - (2018 Entry)
Race for the Galaxy - (2018 Entry)
Raiders of the North Sea - (2018 Entry)
Rallyman - (2018 Entry)
Renegade - (2018 Entry)
Roads & Boats - (2018 Entry)
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island - (2018 Entry)
Roll for the Galaxy - (2018 Entry)
Roll Player - (2018 Entry)
Runebound (Third Edition) - (2018 Entry)
Russian Railroads - (2018 Entry)
Sagrada - (2018 Entry)
Samurai Spirit - (2018 Entry)
Santa Maria - (2018 Entry)
Scythe - (2018 Entry)
Sentinels of the Multiverse - (2018 Entry)
Shadowrift - (2018 Entry)
Shadowrun: Crossfire - (2018 Entry)
Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients - (2018 Entry)
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures - (2018 Entry)
Skies Above the Reich - (2018 Entry)
Snowdonia - (2018 Entry)
Space Cadets: Away Missions - (2018 Entry)
Space Empires: 4X - (2018 Entry)
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Spirit Island - (2018 Entry)
Sprawlopolis - (2018 Entry)
Star Realms - (2018 Entry)
Star Trek: Frontiers - (2018 Entry)
Star Wars: Imperial Assault - (2018 Entry)
Street Masters - (2018 Entry)
Suburbia - (2018 Entry)
Sword & Sorcery - (2018 Entry)
Sylvion - (2018 Entry)
Terraforming Mars - (2018 Entry)
This War of Mine: The Board Game - (2018 Entry)
Thunderbolt Apache Leader - (2018 Entry)
Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin - (2018 Entry)
Tiny Epic Defenders - (2018 Entry)
Tiny Epic Galaxies - (2018 Entry)
Tiny Epic Zombies - (2018 Entry)
Too Many Bones - (2018 Entry)
Tramways - (2018 Entry)
Unbroken - (2018 Entry)
Urbion - (2018 Entry)
V-Commandos - (2018 Entry)
Viticulture Essential Edition - (2018 Entry)
Walnut Grove - (2018 Entry)
Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game - (2018 Entry)
Xia: Legends of a Drift System - (2018 Entry)
Zombicide: Black Plague - (2018 Entry)
Zulus on the Ramparts! - (2018 Entry)

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Azul Wins the 2018 Spiel de Jahres -- and plays solo too!

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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.

Once again, congratulations!
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Coming Soon(?) - Core Worlds: Empires

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So on twitter, I shared my tuckbox solution (Stacking the Decks and Tucking them In) as implemented for Core Worlds by Andrew Parks. Stronghold Games saw it and was kind enough to not only retweet it... but drop this little nugget of information:



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 Pedersenwhistle
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Too Many Bones Is Back! Undertow Riding the Waves!

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STILL TIME TO ORDER BEFORE YOUR COPY ARRIVES

The gang at Chip Theory Games finally have the excellent cooperative (thus solo friendly) dice builder RPG Too Many Bones back in stock on their website (https://chiptheorygames.com/store#!/Too-Many-Bones/c/2272110...) and you can pre-order the Too Many Bones: Undertow expansion as well (slated for Summer 2018 delivery -- i.e. REAL SOON NOW!!!).

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:


TMB+Undertow (10) - set of TEN dice storage boxes for ALL base game+Undertow characters.
(https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/1524568)

TMB + Characters (7) - set of SEVEN dice storage boxes for ALL the base game + expansions characters.
(https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/1524570)

TMB Base Only (4) - set of FOUR dice storage boxes for the base game box characters.
(https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/1524575)

TMB Exp. Chars (3) - set of THREE dice storage boxes for the three base expansion game characters.
(https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/1524578)

Undertow+Chars (3) - set of THREE dice storage boxes for the Undertow characters.
(https://boardgamegeek.com/geekmarket/product/1524581)

If Etsy is more your thing however, I've opened a new store there as well and will be adding more items in the coming months. You can find that at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeyondUp



In all cases, the boxes are shipped unassembled and do not include labels (which are an optional FREE download). Assembly is easy to do and takes just a few minutes of time.

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All Good Things Got to Come to an End...pause

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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.

Thank you again. It's been a wonderful journey.

All the best and may God bless you greatly.

Kevin

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