Author: klkitchens

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 [..]

The Warp Less Travelled

Growing up as a teenager in the 80s, during the heyday of D&D, it was hard not be attracted to the RPG genre. However, I knew early on that fantasy theme with all it’s magic “baggage” was not where my interest lay. Fortunately for me, Mark Miller had created the Traveller series and I of course had a copy of the black book (and later the box set of paperbacks). While I never actually got to play the game, I spent hours reading the rules, rolling up characters and hoping for an opportunity to someday be a Traveller among the [..]

The ‘Verse Just Got a Whole Lot Smaller

Recently reacquired via a trade Firefly: The Game by GaleForce Nine and as I set it up for another solo play, I realized one of the reasons I’d parted with it before. It’s a table hog. There’s the large board (even without expansion boards), thirteen decks of cards, as well as your player area. Lots of space required. I have a pretty decent sized game table, but I would still need to get up and walk around the edges to review the cards in the various discard stacks , etc… I knew a better solution was possible. I was able [..]

Organization Procrastination

One thing I like to do to get familiar with a game is to organize the components. This is a gamble that sometimes fails if the game turns out to be a dud. But on my third ownership of Fields of Fire by GMT Games, I’m finally going to get it played. Maybe. So I picked up this first edition copy with the second edition upgrade kit and once I sifted out the now obsolete first edition stuff, I was left with a second edition makeover ready for punching. And organizing. Using my Modular tray design, I created custom sized [..]

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