Monday, 24 July 2017

Patreon, YouTube, and Facebook... Oh My!

Hey everybody

I realise it's been a bit quiet around these parts recently, but Always Board Never Boring is a little bit like a swan: On the surface, everything is calm and serene, and it doesn't look like much is happening. But underneath...

Underneath, I'm a seething ball of hatred that wants to break your arm.


That doesn't seem right.

Okay. So, the point is, there haven't been many updates here on the blog recently, but that doesn't mean I haven't been a busy little beaver...


I thought I was a swan.

I shouldn't do these updates when I'm tired.

I'll start again...

Hey everybody! Want to know what I've been up to recently. The answer is, "Loadsa stuff."

First of all, I've been trying to get my Patreon up and running. So far, running isn't really the right word. Limping isn't really the right word either.

Lying down for a nap?

I dunno. I poked it with a stick earlier and it let out a faint groan.

The idea behind the Patreon was to create a way to monetise this site, so I didn't have to include adverts and that sort of stuff. I really wanted to generate a little bit of extra income so I had money to purchase games if people made requests or whatever. At the moment, I do receive requests for reviews, but as I'm entirely self-funded, usually I'm not in a position to meet those requests.

While the main benefit of becoming a patron is getting a warm, fuzzy feeling, and giving me a little bit of breathing room to create my written content, there's also some cool advantages. You get access to some patron-only videos, you get your name listed here on the blog, and if you chip in at least $3 you get access to printable PDFs of my painting guides.

If you'd like to know more, I would really, really appreciate it if you'd swing by the page to take a look:

As videos are now a part of my thing on Patreon, I've created a YouTube account for Always Board Never Boring. It's full of all kinds of stuff. Only recently, I published a five-part series dedicated to the new Warhammer 40,000 starter set, First Strike. You should totally check it out (it's not a patron exclusive, so it won't cost you anything):

Finally, I've been chucking all kinds of crazy at my (relatively) new Facebook page. Lots of "behind the scenes" stuff, pictures of my new acquisitions, and some news from the world of games that made me get all excited. Would be great if you would follow me there.

And, I guess that's it.

I'm sorry things have been a little slow here, and I'm a bit behind on my reviews. I do have a review that should be going live this week, and another one over the weekend. Bear with me, and I'll try to get back on track ASAP.

Now that's sorted, I'm off to build a dam...

Swim in the lake?


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Review - Cluedo Super Sleuth

Designed by Anthony E. Pratt
Published by Waddingtons
For 2 to 6 players, aged 10 to adult

Cluedo Super Sleuth

"The rules of an intriguing and interesting game, must inevitably seem to be slightly boring..."

And so begins the rules book for Cluedo Super Sleuth. It's an... unusual... gambit, but let's ignore the growing sense of dread and press on.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Review - Gloom of Kilforth

Designed by Tristan Hall
Published by Hall or Nothing
For 1-4 players, aged 13 to adult

Moody title art from the cover of the Gloom of Kilforth rules book.

Anyone who has visited my blog before probably knows that, if I have a weakness (apart from custard creams), it's thematic, fantasy board games. Dungeon crawlers, card games, miniature skirmish games: I'm not fussy. But I'm particularly partial to overland adventure games. You know, the games like Talisman, where you get to take a hero into a magical land, and then wander around hitting monsters and taking their stuff. Usually for reasons.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Painting Guide - Kingdom Death: Monster (Survivors)

Last week I published a simple guide for painting the monsters from Kingdom Death: Monster to look like carved bone. After sharing the guide on Board Game Geek, someone asked about the technique I used for painting the survivors to look like stone statues. Never one to answer a question succinctly, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to rustle up another guide. This, ladies and gentlemen, is that guide...

Kingdom Death: Monster painted survivors

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Painting Guide - Kingdom Death: Monster (Monsters)

If you've read my review for Kingdom Death: Monster (and I see no reason why you wouldn't have, because it's awesome) then you know that the the miniatures remind me of statues or chess pieces, moved around by the whims of a monstrous deity.

The best thing about this idea is it meant I was able to paint up my miniatures very quickly and easily. I painted all of the survivors to look like they were carved in stone, and I painted all of the monsters to look like they were carved in bone. The result is a set of miniatures with a classical appearance that I think is totally in-keeping with the atmosphere of the game.

The lion from Kingdom Death: Monster, painted to look like bone.

Recently, I finished off the massive phoenix bigature, which has been sitting on my top shelf for a little while. I thought I might as well snap a few photos and share the process here, although frankly, that process is so simple it's a bit insulting to put it into a guide.