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May 2015: Books and Games

Books: #50bookchallenge

#12: M.A.S.H. A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker (m)

#13: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (f)

Games: #51in15

#35: Pass the Pigs (2-player, <5 minutes)

#36: Doll (2-player, <5 minutes)

#37: Carcassonne (2 player)

#38: Night’s Black Agents (5 player)

#39: Ashen Stars (4 player)

#40: Trail of Cthulhu (4 player)

#41: Microscope (2 player)

#42: Tanto Cuore (4 player)

#43: Love Letter (4 player)

#44: Perpetual Motion Machine (2 player)

#45: Fall of Magic (3 player)

#46: Love Letter (2 player, <30 minutes)

#47: Fate Accelerated (3 player)

#48: Spirit of 77 (8 player)

#49: Community Radio (5 player)

April 2015 books and games

Books #50bookchallenge

#11: Yes Please by Amy Poehler (f)

Games #51in15

#27: Golden Sky Stories (7 players)

#28: Pandemic (2 player)

#29: Dungeon World (5 players)

#30: Monster of the Week (5 players, all – female game)

#31: Risk (3 players)

#32: Time Quest (5 players, female designer, horse in the race) – playtest of my time travel hack for Goblin Quest.

#33: First Date (2 players) – playtest of a 2-player game about first dates

#34: Escape Pod One Launching (3 players, female designer, horse in the race) – playtest of my 200-word game for the 200-Word Challenge.

March 2015 Books and Games


#7: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (f)

#8: Monsters All the Way Down, by Ryan McSwain (m)

#9: Timebound by Rysa Walker (f)

#10: The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (m)


#22: Tanto Cuore, full set (4 players): Played Tanto Cuore with the base set, Expanding the House, and Romantic Vacation expansions. It went to the mid-late game pretty quickly. I think if I were going to adapt it for a longer game, maybe adding 2 stacks of maids and making the finish condition be 3 maid stacks depleted instead of 2.

#23: Love Letter (4 players)

#24: Monster of the Week (5 players, new campaign)

#25: Love Letter (3 players)

#26: Guess the Mess (6 players)

Also played 13th Age, Whispering Road, and Dungeon World campaign continuations.

February 2015 Books and Games

Books: #51bookchallenge

#5: Silver Bullets, by Ryan States. (m, for podcast)

#6: Monster of the Week rpg game book (m)

Games: #51in15

#8: Summer Song (playtest) by Josh Jordan (2 players)

#9: The Whispering Road by Brent Newhall (2 players)

#10: Red November (3 players)

#11: Tanto Cuore (3 players, <30 minutes)

#12: Dungeon World: Dragon Slaying (9 players, con game)

#13: Loonacy (2 players, <30 minutes)

#14: Best Friends (4 players, con game, Games on Demand)

#15: FATE: Mecha vs. Kaiju (5 players, con game)

#16: Night’s Black Agents (6 players, con game, Horse in the Race)

#18: Spirit of 77 (6 players, con game)

#19: Epyllion one-shot (6 players, online game, female-written game)

#20: Dungeon World in Dragonia (4 players)

#21: Dungeon World one shot (6 players)

5-over-5 6-roleplaying-games=15-roleplaying-games

Leaving out games that are continuations of existing games/storylines/campaigns (Whispering Road, 13th Age, etc).

January 2015 books and games

#51in15, #50bookchallenge

Books (#50bookchallenge)

#1: NPCs by Drew Hayes (m)
#2: Silas Marner by George Eliot  (f)
#3: Confessions of a D-List Supervillain by Jim Bernheimer (m)
#4: The Midwife’s Here, by Linda Fairley (f)

This year, I’m marking my books with (m) or (f) for male or female authors. Anonymous/non-binary/unidentified authors and books with more than 2 authors will not be marked. My goal is to have half the gender-identified authors I read this year be female.

In-progress: Lisey’s Story

Games (#51in15)

#1: Pass the Pigs (<30 minute, 2 players)
#2: 13th Age (5 players, rpg)
#3: Night’s Black Agents (5 players, rpg)
#4: Tanto Cuore: Romantic Vacation (2 players)
#5: Mice and Mystics (4 players)
#6: Epyllion (4 players, rpg, f)
#7: Dungeon World (5 players, rpg)

This new category includes tabletop games: board games, card games, RPGs, dice games, miniatures games, and LARPs– it does not include video games. Hybrid tabletop-video games like Cthulhu Wars and Ultimate Werewolf count. Each game only counts the first time I play it during the year. Partial plays, if we make it to the point where it’s fairly clear who will win, or someone just isn’t having a good time, count for the list.

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