Playing with Oneself

I don’t play board games for the games themselves, I play them because they bring me together with people I want to spend time with, they facilitate friendships, catch ups and create good stories. For these reasons, I’ve never played a solo board game. It’s a whole genre of the hobby I have no knowledge about. There’s another whole area of the hobby which I know very little about: print and play games. There are games that haven’t been published in big shiny boxes, but are available online for download, that you print yourself. You can print the game on cardboard or paper, colour or black and white, and have a perfectly playable game at the end of it all.

I decided I would explore these two worlds at the same time. I’d look into some print and play, solo games, give a few a try, and report back on what happened. Just like a real journalist. Continue reading

RPG: Preparing a Session

As previously mentioned here on the blog and in the most recent podcast, we’ll be bringing you more content centred on tabletop role playing games here on The Crafty Players. To that end, this week I’ve got some Games Master (GM)/Dungeon Master (DM) tips on helping you prep for an upcoming session. I’ll be framing this as preparing to run a game of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, but a lot of this advice can be used for any system you’re planning on running.

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Interview with Decking Awesome Games

In a special edition of The Crafty Players podcast we interview Decking Awesome Games about their brand new game Garden of Bees, which is currently on Kickstarter. It comes with amazing Beeple!

Garden of Bees on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/870869293/garden-of-bees

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The Crafty Podcast – Episode 03

The Crafty Podcast Episode 03 is now online!

Also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and now Podbean!

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Board Games for Lunch

There are games for all people, all occasions and all tastes. We have covered a number of them, from the comedic stylings of Last Will, to the po-faced politics, warfare and diplomacy of Rex. Today, I’m going to talk about three small, quick games that sit in my desk at work, that frequently get played with a few colleagues during our lunch hour. So, grab your sandwich and your cup of tea and get ready to play some games. Continue reading