Paint Shop: Blood Rage Bear Clan

I’ve been getting back into regular painting, and caught up with the partially-finished Blood Rage Bear Clan from my previous work in process. I wanted to theme four of the clans for the seasons, so the Bear are the Winter clan.

Board Game Review: Space Gate Odyssey

Over the New Year’s weekend, Joy and I finally got a chance to break out Space Gate Odyssey, a 2-4 player game from Ludonaute Games, thereby removing the longest-standing unplayed game from my shelf. The premise of the game is that you are competing factions trying to gain predominance on specific colony worlds by building […]

Arisia 2021 Gaming Schedule

Happy Monster will be running three games for the virtual Arisia 2021! Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 PM: Yedo – this is a challenging worker placement board game in which players try to promote the influence of their Japanese samurai clan through means both fair and foul Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 PM: Savage Worlds […]

Review: Farting Frenchies

Farting Frenchies is a game about stinky flat-faced dogs. Since I own such a dog (admittedly a pug, not a Frenchie, but definitely qualifying on the stinky front), I decided to jump in when I saw the game on Kickstarter. The mechanics of the game are a fairly conventional mix of draw-one play-one and set […]

Happy MonsterCast Episode 35: Bunker Hill

This week, the American revolutionary superhumans face off with the redcoats again in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Featuring Frankie, Jung Soo, Brendan, Bob, and Frank of the Foundry Gang.

Battle of the Box Inserts: Broken Token vs. Go 7 Gaming vs. Folded Space

Partly in an effort to speed up setups and partly to save space on my game shelves, I’ve been slowly picking up inserts for my board game collection. The basic idea behind an insert is that it neatly packages all of the game components and, ideally, presents them in a ready-to-play fashion. This can range […]

Quarantine Gaming Review – Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

In April, designer Isaac Childres Kickstarted his follow-up to the hugely successful Gloomhaven. Frosthaven is a major expansion to the Gloomhaven world, with new mechanics, chararacter classes, and adventures to play, and I am among the 83,193 backers who made it the #1 funded board game Kickstarter so far. Gloomhaven is also, however, a 3.84 […]

Quarantine Gaming: Terraforming Mars

As part of our quarantine coping, Joy and I are busting out two-player and solo board games to pass the time. We’re a bit late to the party on this one, but we recently picked up Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games and tried it on for size. The setup for a two player game was […]