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:

Take two cloves of garlic and call me in the morning – Gothic Doctor review

by 1 month ago

Medical school never prepared you for this. You are well versed in state-of-the-art 1850s medical treatment - prescribing arsenic for cholera patients, or a generous application of leeches for typhoid. …

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Playing the 2014 Spiel des Jahres nominees

by 2 months ago

Hobbyist gamers all over the world owe the Germans a great debt. Our Teutonic friends are largely responsible for the thriving board game hobby we enjoy today. Not only do …

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A dream within a dream – Dixit Origins review

by 2 months ago

Dixit may be the only Spiel des Jahres winner named after a logical fallacy. The Latin phrase "ipse dixit" refers to¬†the fallacious "argument from authority." Out here in the real …

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William Wallace with a bazooka – Duel of Ages II Basic Set and Master Set review

by 2 months ago

Blackbeard the Pirate is on a mission. He cautiously descends the slope of the mesa until his goal, Lith's Lair, is in sight. His quest: to offer one of the …

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‚ÄúEverybody calls me a racketeer. I call myself a businessman.‚ÄĚ – Bootleggers

by 3 months ago

The title of this review is a quote from Alphonse Gabriel Capone, leader of The Chicago Outfit. Al was a "businessman" specializing in the distribution of beverages of an intoxicating …

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A trivial trivia game with a twisted twist – Think Again! Review

by 4 months ago

It‚Äôs hard to make a memorable trivia game. Hobbyist gamers scoff at them, so designers seldom include any mechanics besides roll-and-move. There is always one "smart guy" at the table. …

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

by 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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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