Designer Diaries and Game Development…

AireCon 2020 – Saturday 14th March

Day 2 at AireCon — Saturday 14th March, 2020…

Saturday was always going to be a busy day, and this year proved no exception. I did at least get to playtest a couple of other designer’s games, which was nice…

AireCon 2020 – Friday 13th March

Day 1 at AireCon — Friday 13th March, 2020…

The first day of AireCon was relatively quiet, but that didn’t stop an awful lot of people from turning up and doing what they love…

Yup, 'tis that crazy at the moment...

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE (Jan 2020): A chaotic start to the next decade…

A haphazard start to the new year thus far. Arguably, things can only get better, but they could always be a lot worse, too, in truth. #GlassHalfEmpty

OPINION: Top 5 Games I Played in 2019…

By all accounts this annual ritual has become de rigueur, and by heck I’m not planning to let the side down. At least one pleasant surprise in here, I hope, too…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: 2020 – The Year Ahead…

A short summary of 2019 in terms of personal gaming and other games-related stuff, and a look at some personal KS highs and lows, too…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Full-throttle November…

With MidCon and the first ever UK Protospiel both taking place in November, all else got pushed aside (well, almost…)

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Back to gaming, and Birthdays…

Lots of games were played in October, ‘twould seem, and there might have been a birthday treat or two, too! See what I did, there?

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: A busy ol’ month, September…

September flew by, but I did manage to compile, collate, and do all the layout and graphics for a magazine this month!

PERSONAL DIARY/ UPDATE: A few new games and toys, and some other stuff…

In stark contrast to July, August saw a relative bonanza of games arriving at the ManGo doorstep… at least two of which are going to zap away many hours of the rest of the year by the looks of things. Awesome games, though…

Photo courtesy of Henk Rolleman

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: No KS stuff. Resolve shattered. WTF!?

Oh dear, what a horrible month July proved to be — with my personal resolve broken, are the purse strings back open? Nope, but it’s all looking a bit shaky…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Another month, a Kickstarter update, and no temptations at all? Wow!

Another month goes by, another Kickstarter-backed project arrives, and my Temptation List is completely empty. Really? Yes, indeedy!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Jeez! This year is flying by…

Another month whizzes by, and my rather remarkable 2019 record of having at least one KS project land on my doorstep every single month of the year so far was maintained on the very last day of May…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Oops! Has it all gone a bit Pete Tong?

Four months into 2019 and my resolve not to buy or back any new games this year is really starting to crack… But KS is keeping me honest. Yes, really!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Slipping by the wayside…?

March proved a rather packed month, and I got lots of KS goodies come through, too. You can read about them here… And has my resolve not to buy new stuff finally snapped?

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Two down, ten more to go, but with AireCon around the corner, it’s going to get harder…!

Yay! Two months down and ten more to go! No new game purchases and no KS backing from me so far this year…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: One month down, eleven to go… Eek!

Wow! One month into 2019, and I’ve stuck to my plan of not buying or backing any new games… But I did spend money on painting stuff… Oops!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: 2019: The Year Ahead, etc…

Looking back, 2018 proved a mixed bag despite a promising start and a few excellent Cons… I have me a very bold aim for 2019, though…

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: More ‘August’ Gaming… see what I did there?

Another little snippet of life without any such thing as a fast lane… lol

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: And July disappeared damn fast, too!

Another month goes whizzing by… Christmas will be here so soon at this rate!

PERSONAL DIARY/UPDATE: Where did June, go?

Oh yes, disaster can indeed strike from anywhere, and seemingly out of nowhere, too… Oh dear!

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