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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 18:15:31 +0000

I saw The Last Jedi Monday night, over two full weeks after its release. Spoilers are ahead but you have already seen the movie. Shut up. That fact alone should illustrate my level of enthusiasm for Star Wars movies. I wasn’t always like this. I was, like many people in their mid-40s in the year […]


Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:22:10 +0000

Testing testing. I am alive.

Jumping the Shark Podcast: Final Collection (#247-#255)

Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:41 +0000

Herein you will find links to every Jumping the Shark video gaming podcast posted in 2016 (newest first), wrapping up with our episode #255 finale. This year, JtS featured the vocal stylings of Todd Brakke (@toddsfoolery), Brandon Cackowski-Schnell (@misterbinky), Holly Green (@winnersusedrugs), and William Abner (@TheAbner). Show production, editing, and summaries alternate between Todd and Brandon. This, […]

Back to basics with X-Wing and Armada

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 05:00:24 +0000

My wardrobe is full of spaceships. So many spaceships that there’s barely room for clothes. Most of them live in an enormous box which crushes my shirts out of all recognition when it’s squeezed in and out for play. It’s a good job I play with spaceships a lot more than I wear shirts. Having […]

A Quick Note from Todd

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:05:31 +0000

So, how ya been? If you’re reading this, you either still have an RSS subscription or you are ridiculously dedicated. Either way, hat tip! Obviously there done be some tumbleweeds blowing through this here site, along with a couple of rather lengthy outages. If you ventured here and wondered why the site was janky, or […]

Jumping the Shark Podcast: 2015 Collection (#223-#246)

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:16:31 +0000

Herein you will find links to every Jumping the Shark video gaming podcast posted in 2015. I’ve been terrible about posting them the past few months, but then, if you’re listening you’re probably subscribed already, right? RIGHT?!?! This year, JtS featured the vocal stylings of Todd Brakke (@toddsfoolery), Brandon Cackowski-Schnell (@misterbinky), and Holly Green (@winnersusedrugs). Show […]

Ticket to Ride: United Kingdom & Pennsylvania Review

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:29:22 +0000

I’ve nurtured a long, slow hatred of American cultural imperialism. As a developer, having to spend every working day spelling “colour” wrongly in your code will do that to a man. So, petty as it is, wherever possible, I’ll pick a British version of a thing over an American one. And if a British one […]

Barnes’ Best- 2015 Game of the Year Awards

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:34:38 +0000

It’s been a great year for games- and not just because I played and reviewed more this year than I think I ever have before, but because there were a number of really high quality, innovative releases that came both through traditional publishers as well as crowdfunding. My collection has a high turnover rate- I […]

Bolt Thrower: #2015 Game of the Year

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:44:08 +0000

This time last year, I was so tired of the generic nature of most new board games that I’d started to wonder if my favourite hobby had passed its glory days. I’ve never been happier to have been proved wrong. After a couple of years of wretched releases, 2015 has been a stellar time for […]

Codenames Review

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:34:35 +0000

I love me some Vlaada Chvatil. I delight in his imagination and skill in welding together unlikely elements to create brilliant games. He likes pushing dexterity into unlikely place. Or adding depth of strategy to genres and mechanics that have not, traditionally, had much. So it came as something of a surprise to find that […]