Bounded Enthusiasm #5: B.J. Novak and The Book With No Pictures

BJ Novak - Book With No Pictures

Between a trip for my high school reunion and Gen Con, it’s been a while since I’ve had time to conduct any interviews, but Bounded Enthusiasm is back! Today’s episode is an interview with B.J. Novak about his brand-new picture book … with no pictures. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Aerial Assault, a FIRST-Inspired Robot Game

Aerial Assault play

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization for youth with a focus on engineering and technology. It runs, among other things, the FIRST Robotics Competition, in which teams of high school students build robots to play a game of some sort. The teams have six weeks after the game details are released to build a robot for the competition. Aerial Assault is a card game inspired by 2014’s competition, Aerial Assist. Continue reading

9 Pirate Myths Exposed for Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day


Hollywood and pirate novels would have you believe that pirates were swashbucklers living a life of pleasure on the seas, fighting only when they had to. They make it easy to see past the fact that they were stealing gold and other valuables by making the people they were stealing it from seem worse than them. Well, I enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day as much as most other geeks, but I think it’s important to add a dose of reality. So I’m here to dispel some of the more popular myths about pirates, and to confirm a few as well. Continue reading

ZOMG! Zombies Invade Gen Con

Run Fight or Die

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for zombies. But, hey, apparently so are lots of other gamers. There are tons of zombie-themed games (Last Night on Earth was one of my first and still one of my favorites) and more coming all the time. Here are just a few that I saw at Gen Con this year that I think are worth mentioning. Continue reading

Starring Adam West Examines Life as an Icon and What Happens When the Cameras Stop


Starring Adam West is a look into the life of the actor who captured the world with his portrayal of Batman before sinking into obscurity, then remaking himself to be relevant to a whole new generation. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

The clock is ticking—time is short, and lives are at stake. Your team must navigate the robot to defuse the bombs and free the hostages—but everyone is working with limited intel. Welcome to Bomb Squad, a new board game currently on Kickstarter. Continue reading