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:

Why Games Suck – It’s Human Nature

by 1 year 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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          Lord Of The Rings, the Board Game by Reiner Knizia: Because Tolkien Made It Seem Too Easy

          by 1 year ago

            One of the more original games I've ever played, Lord of the Rings, published by Fantasy Flight Games, is as difficult as it is beautiful.The artwork is exquisite - truly …

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            Axis & Allies: Europe 1940, 2nd Edition – Board Game Review

            by 1 year ago

              Axis & Allies: Europe 1940, 2nd Edition begins in May of 1940, with Finland having recently surrendered territory to the Soviets and Germany in possession of Belgium and on the …

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              Editorial: Good At Chess

              by 1 year ago

                I used to be good at chess.  Not great, but as with all my interests I rarely contribute the substantial energy and time to summit the mountain of the merely …

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                Board Game Review: Thurn and Taxis

                by 2 years ago

                  Over the past decade, European board games have revitalized the industry, offering games which reward strategic thinking and eliminate or at least reduce the importance of dice. Thurn and Taxis …

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                  Conquest of Nerath: Time to Get Serious

                  by 2 years ago

                    Conquest of Nerath is a fantasy-themed strategy war-game created by Wizards of the Coast. It won the Origins Award, which is neither surprising nor informative, since almost every game put …

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                    The Ecstacy and Agony of Dice

                    by 2 years ago

                    There is no such thing as a “Purist” when it comes to dice. One may claim that applying arbitrary randomization to games of skill is worse than a gimmick and …

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