To New Beginnings

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. It’s been a little quiet around here lately.

Ryan and I are looking forward to jump starting Sword, Board and Pen back up in 2019. With that being said, I wanted to provide an update with our posting schedule/expectation moving forward.

You can expect a new post every Thursday. It’s going to be a mixture of reviews, session reports, essays, top 10 lists, who knows? The last Thursday of each month we will be continuing our d20 lists.

We also just launched our “2019 Challenge” pages. Check them out here:

Drew’s Challenges

Ryan’s Challenges

We are going to try to take more pictures of what we are playing too, so keep an eye on our instagram (@swordboardpen).

A New Year, and New Goals

Wow, it’s been a while since I posted here.  Lots of games have been bought, punched, and played since I last posted (July 4).

For Christmas, my wife made me a custom deck of cards.  52 Cards that all have a game or classification (i.e., Play Qwixx or Play a game one of us loved as kids).  The goal is to play a game a week in 2018.  The cards are going to help us decide to play a game, because there are plenty of times where we hem and haw about playing a game and take so much time that we end up not playing anything.


We also started a playthrough of Charterstone.  If you aren’t familiar, Charterstone is a legacy style worker placement game from Stonemaier Games.  It’s art is awesome, the gameplay was fun, and you get to unlock things as you progress.


With this renewed outlook on playing games together, I wanted to revisit this blog.  I started this blog because I enjoy writing quite a bit as a method of stress relief.  I had been blogging about the death of my mother earlier in the year, and wanted to start up another blog that dealt on a ‘fun’ topic.  But as the year went on, this blog just sat there. I didn’t make the time or put the effort in to maintain it.

I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set goals.  So these are my goals for 2018:

  1. Blog twice a week.  Game Review on Saturday or Sunday, and a Midweek Musing, probably Wednesday or Thursday.
  2. Record my plays on BoardGameGeek.  I’m historygamer89 over there.  I’ll also be using the BG Stats app to get some more data.

I’m looking forward to this this year.  Hopefully someone gets some value out of my writings and I stick with it.

What are your New Years gaming goals?