Search

Outside is Overrated

Why go outside with the zombies, sharks and bugs?

Category

Board Games

Tom’s Triumph: A Tom in the Wilderness

You might think the brain behind Outside is Overrated would be akin to Sheldon Cooper’s – believing that man has spent thousands of years perfecting inside, why would we ever go out? Alas, (or avast?) this Tom spent nearly two weeks in  Alaska and the pristine wilderness of Voyageurs National Park. So did our fearless adventurer log more hours in Final Fantasy or catching fish?

Continue reading “Tom’s Triumph: A Tom in the Wilderness”

Outside is Overrated Episode 15 – Tom and Joey Work Together

Tom and Joey take a look at some of their favorite cooperative board games.

Thank you to Outside is Overrated’s sponsor: Premier Health.

Continue reading “Outside is Overrated Episode 15 – Tom and Joey Work Together”

Tom’s Triumphs – Overcoming a Crappy Month

For most of my life, I’ve had a fear/general distaste about using public restrooms to drop a deuce. I mean, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if there is any foreseeable way for me to capture home field advantage, I am capable of holding my bowels for long periods of time. My dad and brother will probably never let go of the fact that I once drove 20 minutes to a casino for a bathroom break when we were ice fishing.

Continue reading “Tom’s Triumphs – Overcoming a Crappy Month”

Gloomhaven Gets Overrated

Some board games are fun. Some board games are long. And then there is Gloomhaven, the face-melting Euro-style game by Cephalofair Games. It’s a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s one of the biggest stars in the board gaming world, it’s got a lot of depth and it always brings quality.

I recently had a chance to sit in on a friend’s session, and came away with a healthy respect for the breadth and depth of the game. I expected it to be similar to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) with parties working together to complete quests while slowly increasing in power. Most of my preconceptions turned out to be off the mark.

Continue reading “Gloomhaven Gets Overrated”

News: Aliens Board Game Scheduled for 2020 (but who knows at this point?)

I noticed this Tweet today:

Continue reading “News: Aliens Board Game Scheduled for 2020 (but who knows at this point?)”

Writer Ruel Gaviola Balances Work, Games, Writing and Family Time

Ruel Gaviola grew up around games, mainly at family parties where games of poker and mah jong were not uncommon. For years his idea of game night centered around poker and all of its variations. It wasn’t until he discovered Pandemic that he was drawn into the wonderful world of tabletop gaming and his passion for the hobby grew.

A writer and educator based in Southern California, Ruel writes about board games for Geek & Sundry and iSlaytheDragon.com.

Continue reading “Writer Ruel Gaviola Balances Work, Games, Writing and Family Time”

Digital Dungeons & Dragons

I stumbled on this story today: D&D Beyond

I’ll spare you from reading the entire article and sum it up for you: Wizards of the Coast is making a D&D app (called D&D Beyond) aimed at completely removing books and paper from table-top role-playing.  Whoa!

As an old-school gamer, with an aversion to apps, my first thought was, “Wtf?!”; but as a semi-objective quasi-blogger, I’ll try to give it a fair roll-of-the-d20 before I trash the entire concept… so lets do it!

Continue reading “Digital Dungeons & Dragons”

Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection

FACT: People love lists, consistency and alliteration.

With that in mind, I bring you the fourth edition of Top 5 Friday; a weekly (or bi-weekly, if I’m being honest) list of dork topics, random thoughts and balderdash.

As you may already know, I’m an avid board-gamer.  It’s probably my favorite hobby.  Unfortunately, being a responsible adult (and gaming with other responsible adults) means that I don’t get to play games nearly as often as I would like.  In fact, I probably spend more time buying board games than actually playing them.  With that in mind, I give you the Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection. Continue reading “Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection”

Outside is Overrated Podcast Episode 5 – Gaming Weekend FTW

Tom Awesome and Jake spent a weekend playing a variety of board games, exploring a plethora of mechanics across genres. Check out their strategies and impressions on a variety of games!

The guys also discuss the top five games Tom Awesome is jonesing to play.

Continue reading “Outside is Overrated Podcast Episode 5 – Gaming Weekend FTW”

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑