Rob Gardiner

PROFILE:

Rob Gardiner is the sole survivor of a doomed planet, where children are raised on Monopoly and Clue, and teenagers are forced to play Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary in zero gravity. That all changed on that fateful day in 2009 when he was bitten by a radioactive spider AND introduced to Settlers of Catan, on the same day! Catan opened the door to designer board games, but DOMINION is the one that grabbed him by the lapels, dragged him through the door, and barricaded it shut behind him. THERE WAS NO TURNING BACK. In his secret identity as a mild mannered admin specialist, Rob dances the lindy hop, cooks like an Italian grandma, and volunteers at ALL the best Seattle events. He doesn't know how many flavors of ice cream he has made, because he stopped counting when he hit 150. Children and small animals trust him. He insists that he is a connoisseur of fine chocolate, but he is NOT a snob.

Posts by Rob Gardiner:

A new spin on Monopoly — A preview of Conglomerate the Game

by 5 months ago

In 1904, Elizabeth Magie patented a game about the evils of capitalism called The Landlord‚Äôs Game. Whoever earned the most money won, which actually makes capitalism sound pretty good to …

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Plaid Hat reinvents the co-op genre with Dead of Winter

by 6 months ago

Ever get the feeling that players in co-operative games are too willing to "take one for the team"? Do you worry that in a real zombie apocalypse, your fellow survivors …

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Quarriors! dice building without all those pesky dice on your iPad

by 6 months ago

If you have ever dreamed of playing Quarriors! on your morning commute but hate having to pick up spilled dice from underneath your seat, Wizkids/NECA have you covered. The award …

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Jack of all trades, master of none — Renaissance Man

by 6 months ago

Leonardo da Vinci is the consummate example of the ‚ÄúRenaissance Man.‚ÄĚ He enjoyed renown as a painter, engineer, sculptor, mathematician, and writer (although his KATANA skills were overrated IMO). YOU …

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One does not simply walk into Vesuvius – The Downfall of Pompeii (2nd Ed.)

by 6 months ago

From the designer of¬†Carcassone, Klaus-J√ľrgen Wrede, comes this meeple-placement/tile-placement game set in the doomed Roman city of Pompeii. At first, you move as many Citizens (and their Relatives) into the …

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Don’t let the Wookiee win – Star Wars: The Card Game (Core Set)

by 6 months ago

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, a maverick executive at 20th Century Fox took a chance on an independently produced, low budget mashup of Flash Gordon …

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Encouraging violence against flamboyant animals – Pi√Īata

by 6 months ago

Do you have treasured childhood memories of being blindfolded, spun around until disoriented, armed with a stick twice your size, and tasked with assaulting an animal that was guilty of …

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It’s clobberin’ time! The Fantastic Four expands UD’s Legendary deck-builder

by 6 months ago

Face front, true believers! The fine folks at Upper Deck are bringing the first family of the four-color page straight to your tabletop with THE FANTASTIC FOUR expansion to their …

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Bestiary 4 brings new monsters to your Pathfinder campaign

by 6 months ago

Attention PATHFINDER gamemasters: are there enough creatures in your campaign? The correct answer is "no" -- there are NEVER ENOUGH MONSTERS, especially when Halloween approaches. The fine folks at Paizo …

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Deck-building with claws – Nightfall review

by 7 months ago

The deck-building scene exploded after Dominion‚Äôs smashing success in 2008. Publishers have struggled to differentiate their own entries into the genre. How well does NIGHTFALL fare? Part of me believes …

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The end of an era – Dominion: Guilds review

by 7 months ago

Good morning, cats and kittens. Dominion: Guilds is the eighth (and final?) expansion to the deck-builder that defined the genre. (If you're NOT familiar with Dominion, then I kindly invite …

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