Play This Tonight

Lovingly curated game recommendations.

Some Thoughts on Roll and Moves

A recent playthrough of Machi Koro: Legacy has me thinking about new ways that the roll and move game mechanic can be used in board games.

Creating a Flexible Architecture for Custom Prompts

Building service agreements.

Questions to Ask During the Hiring Process

A list of questions you can ask your interviewers to see if the company might be good fit for you, as an engineer.

5 Thoughts for 5 Years of Bohnanza Duel

Bohnanza Duel fills a similar niche for me as Hearthstone. It's an easy, mostly free digital card game I can play while I'm watching TV.

Why Personal Productivity Boosts Don't Work

Reviewing Cal Newport's new A World Without Email to figure out what we can do to reduce communication overload.

Building out an Ingestion System

An overview of a financial ingestion data structure.

The Carcassonne (ification) of City Building Games

Taking a look at how Dorfromantik, Townscaper, and Islanders simplify the city building genre of video games and make it more approachable for new players.

What Being Wrong Can Teach Us About Getting Reviews Right

What the science behind how to change your mind has to say about building communities and personal growth.

Why You Should Play The Solitaire Conspiracy

My best solitaire game of 2020 that just so happens to have a great story.

Finished!: Complex Solitaire is Fun

Finished! by Friedemann Friese is a surprisingly complex solitaire game that delivers on a fun mental puzzle with lots of room for experimentation.

The Fox in the Forest: A Delicate Dance

Fox in the Forest is one of my favorite two-player card games.

Interlude: Grilled Cheese and Checkers

Reflecting on the life and my relationship with my grandparents through games.

Guildlings: A Coming of Age RPG

Guildlings for Apple Arcade follows the adventures of a group of plucky teens as they investigate the strange events in their world and reconnect after a while apart.

Modern Art: A Game of Art and Commerce

Modern Art by Reiner Knizia and published by CMON Games is the best auction game around.

Golf Peaks: A Lovely Puzzle

Golf Peaks by Afterburn is one of my favorite mobile puzzle games in the last 5 years.

The Best Sudoku

Comparing and contrasting my exploration of sudoku by playing Chess Sudoku by the Cracking the Cryptic team and Good Sudoku by Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger.

Food Chain Island: Survival of the Solitaire

A concise solitaire game that is reminiscent of genre staples but also feels modern and fresh.

Dicey Dungeons: A Roll-icking Adventure

It was one of my favorite games of 2018 and the re-release on Nintendo Switch feels like a great opportunity to take another look.

Best Games of 2020

2020 was a tough year, but I was lucky enough to play some great games.

Carto: Game of 2020

The best game of 2020.

Forbidden Island

Collaborative games - unlike competitive games - work toward a common goal; either all the players win together, or all the players lose together. Call them socialism of the gaming world! This collective experience aids in building community, as everyone is contributing their skills on equal footing.

Why Do People Buy Monopoly?

A look at why Monopoly has stood the test of time, even as newer experiences come along.

Good Job! is a Great Game

Good Job!'s mix of humor, easy-going puzzles and fun art direction led to the perfect fit for a time spent in lock down and COVID-uncertainty.

Pilediver Review: Dead Space Extraction

An interesting take on the rail shooter, but one that largely doesn’t work.

Lonely Mountains Downhill, A Sublime Ride

A sparse, beautiful game about challenging yourself to bike down a mountain that gives you the room to be introspective and grow without unnecessary structure.

Apple Arcade, 1 Year In

A collection of great games that is not quite a service.

Pilediver Review: Donut County

Be a hole. Wreck the place.

Sagrada: A Dice Game

A dice puzzle game about making stained glass windows.

Steam Remote Play Together

A new technology that solves some of online multiplayer's inherent problems.

Card of Darkness: A Solitaire-y RPG

Card of Darkness by Zach Gage, Pendleton Ward, and Choice Provisions is a mash-up of a solitaire game and an RPG released on Apple Arcade.

Celeste: Pop Culture Marvel

Celeste, like other great pop cultural media, elevates common tropes through impeccable execution and the combination of gameplay, music, and story.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Octodad: Dadliest Catch evokes humor and heart by taking an absurd scenario seriously.

Fingle

Fingle is a tablet game that reaches out of the device to make you uncomfortable.

Pocket Run Pool

A game that uses clever design tricks to feel like pool.

Part Time UFO

Many games, classic and modern are empowerment fantasies, putting the player in the role of a capable hero shouldering a mighty responsibility. I love that! Empowerment is a comforting, familiar fantasy. But what I admire about Part Time UFO is that it isn’t interested in empowerment. Rather, it makes you feel different, and finds joy in the mundane. The world won’t be saved for your involvement, but it will be made better. One odd job at a time.

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