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After a childhood spent pestering his parents and sister to play Monopoly, Scrabble, and Mille Bornes, Nate discovered The Settlers of Catan in college. From there it was only a matter of time before he fell down the rabbit hole of board gaming. Nate has been blogging since college, and writing about board games since 2007. His reviews have appeared on his blog, sanildefanso.wordpress.com, and on Miniature Market. Nate enjoys games with a lot of interaction, as well as games with an unconventional approach to theme.

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You'd Make A Great Dungeon Master
Gaming Scene SI san il defanso Updated May 20, 2019 1806   0

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You may not think you have what it take to runs a game of Dungeons & Dragons, but you might just surprise yourself.
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Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated March 24, 2019 2970   0

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The first three published games from Jim Felli were all true originals. Oh sure, there was DNA from previous designs. But whether he was redefining the adventure game with Shadows of Malice or designing perhaps the heaviest take-that game ever in Zimby Mojo, Felli has never been afraid to leave his mark on a genre. A couple years back he did it once more with Bemused, a strange combination of deal-making and social deduction that was his most refined game yet. All three games were as different from each other as they were from everything else. Now we have...
tomb of annihilation
Analysis SI san il defanso Updated January 27, 2019 2600   0

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A D&D adventure for people who like slogging through jungles and wearing mosquito repellent. It's better than it sounds.
The Ten Greatest Spiel des Jahres Winners
Analysis SI san il defanso Updated May 07, 2019 3188   0
Without much fanfare, 2018 marked the 40th edition of the Speil des Jahres. There are now forty games that have had the title of Game of the Year bestowed upon them by German-speaking board game critics, and the winner can expect to become one of the best-selling games in the world.
How Dungeons & Dragons Beat Fundamentalism
Rants & Raves SI san il defanso Updated May 06, 2019 2311   0

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Every week I take part in something that would have seriously troubled many of the people with whom I grew up. I set up a cardboard shield with a big picture of people fighting a dragon on the front. I unload a stack of hardcover books, gather a couple sets of polyhedral dice, and take on the role of Dungeon Master. My friends and I have been working through the Dungeons & Dragons module Tomb of Annihilation. It's one of the highlights of my week. I'm a Christian, and I play Dungeons & Dragons.
Warhammer Diskwars
Rants & Raves SI san il defanso Updated May 07, 2019 2070   0

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Warhammer Diskwars is the sort of game that could only ever fail.
Painting Minis
Up Your Game SI san il defanso Updated May 16, 2018 2084   0
Have you been making excuses for not painting the miniatures in your game collection?
Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower in Review
 
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Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated May 02, 2019 6992   0

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Games Workshop fired a shot across the bow of every dungeon crawl ever.
The Best Games I Played In 2014
 
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Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated January 28, 2015 4105   0
Looking back, 2014 was the year I basically quit playing new games. This was due to a couple of factor, not the least of which was a general sense of chaos in my gaming life between August and November, when most new titles come out. But at least some of it was conscious, because there were a lot of moments when I just decided to play something I already knew instead of whatever the hot game was. That makes me sound a little snooty, as if I'm really proud of the fact that I'm above the lowly activity of...
Your Head Asplode - The Battle At Kemble's Cascade Review
 
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Board Game Reviews SI san il defanso Updated February 06, 2019 5520   0

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I’m not a game designer, so I’m not really sure what it takes to create a successful board game adaptation of a video game. Do you just take the license and use it as a setting for a solid design? That’s what was done with Railroad Tycoon and Age of Empires III, both by Glenn Drover. Do you work to create a system that emulates the feel of a video game without recreating specific mechanisms? FFG’s Starcraft board game did this to great effect, creating a game that felt like Starcraft even while it never really replicated the mechanical...
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