Star Wars

Ruel Gaviola

Ruel is a writer based in Southern California. He loves board games, books, cooking, traveling, Star Wars, and date nights with his wife. He writes for Geek & Sundry and iSlaytheDragon, podcasts for The Five By, and his name rhymes with Superman’s Kryptonian name. Follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

March, 2020

  • 19 March

    Make Your Mark in the Roll-and-Write Game Tag City

    You and your friends have spray paint cans in hand and are looking to leave your mark on the world. You’ve found your blank canvas on the nearest wall and hope to fill it with your best work, using a variety of shapes and colors.  Can you create the best street art in this competitive …

January, 2020

October, 2019

  • 18 October

    Get in the Van: On Tour Takes Your Band Rolling And Writing Across America

    I’ve loved the resurgence of the roll-and-write mechanism in games over the last few years. Using the Yahtzee formula of rolling dice and writing the results on a scoresheet as a foundation, modern roll-and-write games have transformed the mechanism, offering new variations in use and theme. From the clever market manipulation and dice drafting of …

  • 2 October

    Melt Ice and Collect Gems in Award-Winning Dragon’s Breath

    A column of impenetrable ice filled with sparkling treasures awaits four curious dragon children. How can they possibly get to the precious stones frozen inside of it? It’s time to call dad! In Dragon’s Breath you and your opponents are young dragons trying to collect those sparkling stones. Each turn you’ll call Papa Dragon and …

August, 2019

  • 27 August

    Ruthlessly Smear Your Opponent in The Revolution of 1828

    Widely considered the first modern election in U.S. history, the 1828 contest between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson proved that no man could stoop low enough to garner votes in their quest to be the president of a young nation. Revolution of 1828 is a two-player game from renowned designer Stefan Feld about the …

  • 25 August

    Five Reasons Why You Should Always Bring Drop It To Game Night

    At first glance I didn’t know what to think of Drop It. Different shapes of wood being dropped into a plastic sleeve-like contraption? It looked like a gamer-fied version of the classic Price Is Right game, Plinko. But without any prizes to win, how could this be any fun? My worries were all for naught, …

  • 24 August

    Find L.A.’s Gateway to Gaming at Strategicon

    With Labor Day approaching, Southern California gamers are primed for the final Strategicon event of the year. Gateway, the third of the yearly trifecta of conventions hosted by Strategicon, offers four days of round-the-clock gaming for enthusiasts and the curious alike.  Thousands of gamers take over the LAX Hilton every few months, with tabletop experiences …

  • 9 August

    A Treasure Trove of Fun Awaits You in Wreck Raiders

    Your team of divers is busy bringing up treasures and seashells from a shallow lagoon filled with shipwrecks. Can you collect the most valuable treasures for your exhibit? Will you have enough seashells to display for your local museum’s aquarium? Or will your opponents sink your dreams of fortune and glory as they procure all …

  • 1 August

    Bubble Tea Brings Real-Time Boba Mania to Your Tabletop

    The line of thirsty customers grows longer and longer at your tea shop. Can you juggle all of their orders and mix their drinks perfectly before your co-workers do? Based on the Taiwanese bubble tea scene, Bubble Tea is a real-time game of pattern recognition and puzzle solving. You take the little shaker and roll …

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