My Favorite Game Blogs Part 1

I don’t have much time to blog nowadays and one of the reasons is that I spend an awful lot of time reading everyone else’s blogs. In fact, I’m quite the Power Lurker. I subscribe to 160+ blogs, forums and mailing lists right now, so there’s an awful lot to process.

A year ago I used to make a list of the best blog posts of each week, but that ended up being a lot of work. Instead, I’ll just cut out the middleman by pointing you to the best blogs I’ve been reading and encourage you to check them out yourself.

These first 4 favorites only get me through the letter “A”. I started with about a dozen, but I have to leave out a lot of interesting blogs if I’m going to get to the end of the alphabet. Next week, the B’s….

DISCLAIMER: Not all of these sites are technically Blogs, but you can subscribe to them all through an RSS feeder. My apps of choice are Feedly (https://feedly.com/i/welcome) and Newsify (http://newsify.co/)

GAMERS

365 Days of Gaming (https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3070/365-days-gaming)
Written by Denise Patterson Monroe. Playing games every day for an entire was once Denise’s goal, one she accomplished in 2014. Now her blog is more of a a glorified session report, a celebration of the joys of gaming with friends and family.
RECENT POSTS: A case of ‘king-breaking’ while playing Through the Ages; daily series about opening their Brettspiel Advent calendar.

MEDIA

Ambierona Parodies (https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3690/ambierona-parodies)
Ambie Valdez is a modern Renaissance woman, a full-time worker, practically a full-time gamer, blogger, lyricist, recording artist, and Reddit mod.
Most of her online work centers around her board game parodies of Disney songs (which are cross-posted to her YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/ambierona). Ambie occasionally posts to her other blogs, primarily “Frugal Gaming.”  (https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/4626/frugal-gaming)
RECENT PARODIES: “Board Games for Free”, inspired by a song from “Tarzan”; “I Want to Get That Too” & “Game Accessories”, both based on “The Jungle Book.”

ACADEMIA

Analog Game Studies (http://analoggamestudies.org/)
An online zine about non-digital games. Edited by Aaron Trammell, Evan Torner and Emma Leigh Waldron.  A little high-toned, but it’s possible to glean quite a bit, if you know how to simplify the language. Publishes every other month.
RECENT ISSUE: American Freeform version of LARP; Designing a revisionist version of Catan called “First Nations”; Bringing our own themes to theme-light Eurogames, based on our personal worldview.

RPG

The Angry GM: RPG Advice with Attitude (http://theangrygm.com/)
Angry people are never boring. Prolific writer Scott Rehm is colorful without being foul. He uses his ‘anger’ to teach GMs & adventurers how to get more out of their games.
CATEGORIES OF POSTS: Coloring Inside the Lines (design); Angry Rants; GM Word of the Week; Ask Angry

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    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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