Nate Owens (He/Him)
Staff Writer

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.

Nate Owens
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Why Do I Own This? - Part 6
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso August 12, 2019 926   0
Can Doctor Who succeed in the Duel of Ages? Can the Lesser Houses improve an already great game? Find out this week as I ask, "Why do I own this?"
Why Do I Own This? - Part 5
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso August 05, 2019 1308   0
Does Codenames Pictures succeed as much as the original? What makes Cosmic Encounter the best game ever designed? Also, is Cosmic Encounter the best game ever designed? Argue about it with me this week on "Why Do I Own This?"
Why Do I Own This? - Part 4
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso Updated August 08, 2019 1057   0
Does Catan still hold up? Is Cockroach Poker the best game there is about lying? Is Clash of Cultures still the best civilization game there is, or was it ever? Find the answers to these questions as Nate asks himself, "Why do I own this?"
Building A Better Dungeon Crawl
Analysis SI san il defanso Updated July 30, 2019 1677   0
I should really like dungeon crawl board games. I like D&D, I like fighting monsters, and I love collecting sweet, sweet loot. But in spite of all those predelictions, I have played few dungeon crawling board games that I have loved. As I've become more involved both in D&D and in playing classic computer RPGs, I've wondered why most dungeon crawling board games have left me cold.
Why Do I Own This? - Part 3
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso Updated July 23, 2019 1299   0

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Nate Owens is looking at every game on his shelves, and asking "Why do I own this?" Every week he will give his history with five more games in his collection, along with a short review of each one.
Why Do I Own This? - Part 2
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso Updated July 16, 2019 1615   0
Nate Owens is looking at every game on his shelves, and asking "Why do I own this?" Every week he will give his history with five more games in his collection, along with a short review of each one.
Why Do I Own This? - Part 1
Staff Blogs SI san il defanso Updated July 13, 2019 1577   0
At some point every gamer looks at their shelf and finds a game that makes them say, "How do I own this?" Maybe it's because there's an interesting story to how they got it, maybe it's a game they haven't played in a while (or at all), or maybe it's the leftover cruft of fads and collections long past. After several moves I wanted to take the opportunity to look at every game I own, and to really reflect on why I still own it, and whether I have much reason to.
You'd Make A Great Dungeon Master
Gaming Scene SI san il defanso Updated May 20, 2019 2106   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 3168   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 2699   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.
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