Author: klkitchens

Migration in Progress

After over five years of posting exclusively on BGG the time has come to host content on my own space.  Pardon the mess as I work toward migrating all the past to the present.

COVID-19 3D Print it Forward

Folks in the USA and all around the world are suddenly finding themselves with a lot of extra time at home due to limited working and shelter in place orders. Many sewing experts (my wife included) have taken to making basic cloth facemasks to help as one line of defense. Great work! My company is still operating (we’re a small group anyway) and I’m working remotely, but a 3D printer requires very little interaction once it’s begun its work. It’s been hard to find a solid organized project to use this tool for more than just novelties and gaming and [..]

Social Distancing is NOT House Arrest

Have seen on social media where some folks are ridiculously getting mad when they see others out riding bikes, walking, or getting other exercise… Social Distancing is NOT staying at home. Social Distancing is keeping a safe (6′ or more) distance from other people It’s why we can still go to stores and get supplies, etc. Staying at home as much as you can is a good thing. However, staying out of crowds is more important. It’s perfectly safe to go outside and play, hike, explore, fish, run, bike, etc… Our houses are NOT hermetically sealed anyway. If being outside [..]

There Once Was a Card Deck That Lived in a Shoe…

Over fours years ago (wow…time flies) I presented my cut and fold card shoes (Shoe Enough, You Might Find These Handy) you could make from cardstock. Cool and functional and I still have some that I made way back when. However, I finally decided to upgrade these to the new media of 3D printing and designed a series of eight different styles to serve a variety of functions on your game table. Like extra dice, draw bags, cubes, and markers, these are what I consider game agnostic “table supplies” that I keep around for use when needed. I’ve uploaded these [..]

Finding Nemo-sis

If you’re like me, and apparently many in the gaming community, the first you heard of Awaken Realms’ game Nemesis was when you saw your friends and others on BGG posting about how great it was. So like any other game, you looked for a copy for sale or trade and were completely blown away by the aftermarket markup on this hard to find title. While normally a successful Kickstarter is a means to get a game onto retail shelves, this one seemed to test the market and unexpectedly pass with flying colors. But only for the 30,000 or so [..]

Hellooooo Nemesis

Pre-Play Thoughts: For this preplay detail of Nemesis, see my blog post: Finding Nemo-sis Components: The components in the game are very nice. A lot of thought was put into the design of the game certainly. From the random hexes and their rotating item count indicator, the color rings to help identify unpainted miniatures (though a corresponding color marker for the player boards would have helped) to the clear plastic noise and fire markers. Nemesis is a very well designed game. Each player has a semi-similar action deck (some same, some custom) and the cards are clear in their design [..]

And to all a goodnight!

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16 This is the true reason for the season. We commemorate the day of His birth, but Jesus the Baby is no more. Jesus the Son of Man and the Son of God still lives, having paid the due penalty for the sins of all mankind — those who accept Him as Savior as well as those who refuse. Won’t you accept Him in your heart in spirit and in truth and truly [..]

Marvel Champions – Counter Storage

Picked up a copy of Marvel Champions: The Card Game recently and so far, the hype is spot on. Easy to setup, learn and plays pretty fast. With enough meaningful decisions and (fortunately) minimal pre-game deck construction headaches. The box comes with an actually pretty decent plastic tray for holding the cards and a couple of wells for holding the counters, but I wanted them to be sorted from box to table. At first I tried the (actually very nice) small Dollar Tree Plano-esque box and it held the counters perfectly. But then it would not fit back in the [..]

Getting the Tracking Board Tracking Tracks Back on Track

Combat Commander: Europe is of course the best game ever created. Best solo game. Best wargame. Best game period (BGG ratings and tankophiles not withstanding). So I finally broke it out to play again and remembered the one thing (GASP) I didn’t particularly care for and that’s the oversized tracking board. Not a flaw, mind you — the game has none. It’s probably good when playing co-dependently with another player, but for playing solo, I wanted something more compact. I figured at least half the tracking board was taken up with information on the terrain modifiers and counter layout, so [..]

Sad News For the Gaming Community

News from Kai Jensen tonight: He’s gone. His passing was quick and his struggle is over. His mind was clear to the end and he knew he was loved and would be missed. His life was beautiful, if too brief, and I am grateful to have had so much of it for myself and so much of it share with the rest of you. (via Consimworld post) Chad passed this afternoon. His life was a blessing to have shared and I am deeply grateful to have been a part of it. And I am indebted to all of you who [..]