Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Doug Doug Goose Caboose, by JR Honeycutt (me)

Normally I avoid posting about projects I'm involved in, but Doug Doug Goose Caboose is a design that I'm incredibly proud of, and that comes from a place of love for the gaming community.

I've spent 5 years hosting Nerd Night parties in Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth, and at Gen Con, Metatopia, and BGG.Con. Something I've seen consistently is a tendency for folks to forget the names of the people around them, and in doing so, socially disengage a bit, as it's awkward to ask somebody for their name once you've already heard it. Even though ALL of us forget names, there's still a social stigma that says "you're a bad person if you forget somebody's name after you've been introduced."

To that point, we use nametags at our Nerd Night events, but that's not always possible at game nights, or in social groups, or at church or work or in a youth group. Doug Doug Goose Caboose is a game designed to reinforce the names of the people in your group in such a way that they'll stick with you much longer than a simple introduction might provide.

If this sounds interesting, please click the widget below and check out the campaign. If you're interested in the story of how DDGC came to exist, plus muppets explaining how to play, click for more!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

JR Plays, Episode 7 - Star Trek Ascendancy, Betrayal: Widow's Walk, Trajan, and more

I finally had a chance to play Star Trek Ascendancy, a game I had my eyes on at Gen Con and didn't pick up. It didn't disappoint! I also played new versions of Unspeakable Words, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, and Spyfall, plus I had my first crack at the expansion to Betrayal at House on the Hill, Widow's Walk.

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