PROFILE:

I am a journeyman musician, writer and amateur astronomer who makes a living as a Project Manager for Trane Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. A hopeless creative, I also love to play jazz, write and cook.

Posts by Michael Ehr:

Hail and Kill! Villainous Vikings

by 5 days ago

Having recently reviewed Victory Point Games’ The South Shall Rise Again, I had high expectations for their latest release, Villainous Vikings. In the tradition of a Euro-style historical strategy game, …

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Damn Yankees! The South Shall Rise Again

by 2 months ago

You’re reading this review for one of three reasons: 1) You like zombie games and want to see what this affordable entry in the genre is all about. 2) You’ve …

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A Song of War — A Game of Thrones: The Board Game, 2nd Edition

by 2 months ago

As a late-thirty something, I grew up when strategy board gaming reached its zenith of popularity and execution. Diplomacy remains the gold standard for hardcore paranoia for serious hobbyists with …

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Fun With Dirt: Mound Builders

by 4 months ago

Mound Builders, like Victory Point Games’ other States of Siege solitaire offerings, is a well-researched strategy adaptation based on historical events. That’s right – solitaire. As in, you play by …

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Molto Bene! Cinque Terre

by 9 months ago

Along a sun-drenched swath of the Italian Riviera lay the Cinque Terre, five towns resisting the temptations of progress in favor of a brand of life resembling the local vintage …

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Old-School Gamers Rejoice!! Colossal Cave Review

by 9 months ago

From the present perspective, summiting yet another peak among the vast range of ever-more fantastic achievements in the digital age, I stop and survey the landscape. On the horizon, merely …

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The Spiel on the Spiel des Jahres 2012 – Kingdom Builder

by 10 months ago

Game awards tend to be an exercise in pretentious favoritism, where the flashier products of the big names tend to get the most visibility like Hasbro/WOTC or Hans im Gluck. …

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Rabble and Ballots — Five Points Gangs of New York Review

by 10 months ago

The theme of Five Points: Gangs of New York appeals to people like me who are interested in American history. If you watched the Scorsese film, “Gangs of New York,” …

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Why Games Suck – It’s Human Nature

by 11 months ago

    Christmas Morning. The excitement of finding shiny-wrapped boxes under the tree with my name written on each card. Dreams fulfilled. For kids, Christmas morning has less to do with Baby …

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    Board Game Review: Axis and Allies Classic

    by 1 year ago

      “It is the spring of 1942. The world is at war.” The quintessential strategy board game, Axis & Allies: Classic (A&A) was first published thirty years ago, and remains firmly …

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      The Cons and Cons of Victory Points

      by 1 year ago

        In my recent review of Conquest of Nerath I eviscerated the game for using arbitrary measures for “victory.” The truth about that game is that there are only losers for …

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        Mansions of Madness review: From R’lyeh With Love

        by 1 year ago

          The great house seems to stare at you with hostility, but despite the growing fear gnawing at your soul, you press on. You must. This madness has to end, and …

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