In Review: Father Geek’s Monthly Newsletter (July 2014)

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Greetings, Geeks!

Can you believe it’s July already? Half of the year has come and gone, and I feel that I haven’t accomplished anything. With only 6 months left in the year, we need to get busy! Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life,” but I have a hard time taking advice from a guy who wore a bed sheet.

My family and I have moved to our new home and are enjoying the fun that is living out of boxes and bags. I am pleased to report that we found all the little geeks’ toys, but we are sadly still short on clothes. I know exactly where they are, luckily. They are somewhere in my garage, but therein lies the real challenge. My garage looks like the storage warehouse from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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I think my clothes are just left of the Ark about 2000 rows back…

My search for missing clothes will not stop me from reviewing more games. I might be without pants or shirts (possibly both), but I can still roll dice, move pieces, and read game rules. My little geeks are up for it and so are friends and family. That’s the great thing about board, card, and dice games. You don’t need anything more than time and a friend. Friends I have and time I can make. The biggest challenge is simply deciding what to play. You really should wear pants when playing, though.

I have a short list of games that I want to get reviewed this month. Some are carryovers form last month and the rest of the list are games I have been wanting to get to the table. My younger brother, sister-in-law, and crazy-adorable niece will be visiting, which means even MORE games will be on the family gaming table this month. My oldest little geek is already planning what games will be played each night when family visits. Now that’s what I call an organized geek!

In other news, JT from the Game Crafter contacted me about an article titled “With Great Power comes Great Responsibility – Interactive Media“. I was mentioned in the article and apparently make all my money now through ads on Father Geek. Not true, sadly. I still go to an office everyday and work for a paycheck. It’s a good article, though, and worth your time to read.

In other, other news, Dr. Wictz Board Games interviewed me. Take a moment to read it, if you like. I always enjoy these interviews because they let me talk about the reasons behind Father Geek. What I don’t like is how I always feel like an arrogant ass after the fact. It’s difficult to be humble while self-promoting. Seldom does it come out the way I like. I need to hire a PR firm.

(*quietly ponders his lot in life*)

Let’s move on…

Coming Up in July:

Last Month’s Reviews (pitifully short while moving):

My thanks, as always, for reading the nonsense that I write.

Roll High and Duck Low!

Your buddy,

Father Geek

About Cyrus

Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children and wife the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on CyrusKirby.com. Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....
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2 Responses to In Review: Father Geek’s Monthly Newsletter (July 2014)

  1. Haha. Yeah. I’m still not sure where i got that idea from, maybe it was from the shear amount of reviews you do monthly. Did I mention I wish you could do this full time?

    Have you ever thought if doing a kickstarter? Your well known in the KS community because getting the Father Geek seal of approval is not easy and usually means a game is pretty good. It’s time the community gives back, at least enough so that you can take a decent vacation.

    There is also patreon. Do you have one of those? I’d venture to say I’m sure a lot of people would love to contribute for each blog post.

    The day you quit your job will be the day that I tell everyone to make sure you get paid for the valuable service you offer the community. You are very thorough. How many hours does it usually take you per review anyways?

    • Cyrus says:

      Haha. Yeah. I’m still not sure where i got that idea from, maybe it was from the shear amount of reviews you do monthly. Did I mention I wish you could do this full time?

      I would love to talk about games and play them full-time. I’m not sure such a job exists. Now you know what I wish for every time I see a star in the sky…

      Have you ever thought if doing a kickstarter?

      Often, but then I think, “why would anyone want to fund me?”

      Your well known in the KS community because getting the Father Geek seal of approval is not easy and usually means a game is pretty good. It’s time the community gives back, at least enough so that you can take a decent vacation.

      Ah, but the community already gives back. I get to play games, games, games! Which I then play on vacation.

      There is also patreon. Do you have one of those? I’d venture to say I’m sure a lot of people would love to contribute for each blog post.

      I’ve never heard of this. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

      The day you quit your job will be the day that I tell everyone to make sure you get paid for the valuable service you offer the community.

      The day I quit my job is the day I get paid to do what I want in life. Until then, I’m just putting in the hours to get a paycheck that allows me to do what I want between sleep and work. ‘Merica!

      You are very thorough. How many hours does it usually take you per review anyways?

      Many. I play each game with different people from the different groups. I read the game rules and write the prediction. Each game gets played AT LEAST 3 times (once with Child Geeks, once with Parent Geeks, and once with Gamer Geeks). I then record what I see, what I hear, and then write the review. Each review includes a summary of game set up, overview of play, a prediction about well the game will be received prior to play, and the final results. I have 3 to 4 reviews being worked on on average every week. It’s a labor of love.

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