The Crafty Podcast – Episode 9: New Years Irresolutions

The Crafty Podcast Episode 09 is now online! Our sincerest apologies for the delay but we’ll be back very soon with a new episode!

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X-Wing Miniature Game

What you see below is a real world, non-staged example, of how I arrange games of X-Wing Miniatures. “Pew pew” is a phrase that gets used a lot in our games, as we direct our ships to zoom around the table, try get in a good position and “pew pew” the enemy ships out of the sky. But is the game any good? How does it feel to actually play? Read on dear friend, and you shall find out.

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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

Introductory Games – Part 1

In our first podcast (give it a listen here) myself and Paddy talked about how and why to start a board game meet up. I’ve no doubt that our charm and disarming Irish accents swayed you to do just that, so with that in mind this week I’m going to give you a few options for what games you should play at your first board game meet up. I’ve taken the liberty of assuming your game night is primarily to introduce new people to this wonderful hobby, and as such none of these games are overly complicated.

First up…

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Meeple In The Know: Blogs & Podcasts

Believe it or believe it not, we’re not the best board game blog out there. We’re actually not even in the top ten! There’s actually loads of different board game related blogs, YouTube channels and podcasts out there, but how to you know which to read, watch or listen to? In today’s post, I’m going to talk about some of the websites, blogs, podcasts and other media that I enjoy. They have really helped me think about board games in a different way. They’re reviewers I go to for opinions, interviewers who offer insight, and just all round general entertainment. Having said that, let’s jump straight in!

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Beers of 2015 – Part 2

I’ve been a fan of craft beer for a while now, but it’s only in the last year that I’ve really tried to expand my knowledge. My beers of choice would usually have been anything German – nice hearty Weissbier like Erdinger, Paulaner, that kind of thing. I found myself moving away from them as they left me feeling very heavy and sluggish on a night out, and started to track down what I really liked. Turns out what I like is ale! Red, pale, black, brown, it doesn’t seem to matter – give me an ale and I’m a happy bunny. So my “Top Beers of 2015” is basically just my “Top Ales of 2015”. Whoops! Continue reading

Beers of 2015 – Part 1

Following on from last week’s post about our top games in 2015, this week we’re going to talk about our top beers in 2015. First, we’re going to hear Paddy’s list…

Like my previous post on games, this list isn’t going to be the top beers brewed in 2015, more about the top beers I drank in 2015. The craft beer market in Ireland has really exploded over the past few years, with the number of homegrown breweries sky-rocketing. In addition, it’s easier than ever to find foreign craft beer in your local off licence. I’m not very good at describing flavour, but I’ll do my best! Continue reading

Games of 2015 – Part 2

As Paddy said in his last post, 2015 was a banner year for gaming for us. Both our collections grew hugely, and the breadth and diversity of games we played and people we played them with was both joyous and refreshing. It says a lot about the selection available and the quality of games being produced that there are no matching games on either of our lists.

Here’s mine.

(Oh and again this is games played in 2015, not released. So swallow that smart comment mister.)

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Games of 2015 – Part 1

2015 was a big year for games for both myself and Emmet. Our monthly board game meetup entered it’s second year, attendances were good, new games were bought and explored. For me, living in Dublin, I joined two different board game groups, where people bring games to play. This lead to me experiencing a wider spectrum of games.

I’ve picked out some of the top games I played in 2015. This might be a bit unconventional, but not all of them are 2015 releases. In fact, the first one has been out for about 6 years, and it had been sitting on a shelf in my brother’s house for 2 years gathering dust because we didn’t think it would suit our group! So, without further ado, here’s my pick of the games I played in 2015. Continue reading