Wednesday, March 3, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Rolling Seas has been signed by Nuts! Publishing

That's right, you read that correctly!  Rolling Seas has officially been signed by Nuts! Publishing and will be a real game on game store shelves around the world!  Rolling Seas will be my first published game and I can't be more excited.  

Rolling Seas is a 1-100+ player roll & write adventure game about sailing your ship, having adventures, exploring islands, and telling your tale.  It was a semifinalist in The Game Crafter Staff Roll & Write contest and has been extremely well received on PnP Arcade and The Game Crafter (where it will still be available for sale for a while, including a planned crowd sale in April).  

Rolling Seas features:
  • Simultaneous play for any number of players.
  • Multiplayer interaction and solo play.
  • Each game is a new adventure - create a unique map and a tale of your voyage.
  • Plays well remotely over video.
  • Innovative movement cost mechanic based on wind directions.
  • Several planned expansions and map packs!
You can learn more about the game on my Rolling Seas page here or the BGG page here.

Nuts! Publishing is a French publisher of board games and has been around for about ten years.  Though their heritage is war games (both English and French), like This War Without an Enemy, Phantom Fury, and Urban Operations, they've recently started publishing French localizations of some pretty popular titles (including Palm Island, Sub Terra, War of the Ring, Auztralia, and One Deck Dungeon as well as their own line of family games, including the L'Expedition Perdue series.  Recently they've started publishing their own games in English for the international hobby crowd.  They ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Mini Rogue last year and have several additional upcoming games, including Rolling Seas now.  

Unboxing - Seven Bridges by Puzzling Pixel Games

Seven Bridges features a rendition of historic
Königsberg on the box top.
A few things that I really enjoy: games, long walks, maps, puzzles, math, and history.  Enter Seven Bridges by Ron HallidaySeven Bridges is a roll and write game all about the classic mathematical quandary about the seven bridges in Königsberg, Prussia.  The seven bridges crossed the river Pregel, connecting the two banks with two islands.  For a long time people wondered if it was possible to walk through the city and cross each bridge without crossing any a second time.  It was an unsolved puzzle until Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler proved it impossible in 1736.

The game Seven Bridges takes that mathematical puzzle and turns it into a roll and write game, featuring big, chunky wooden dice, a set of colored pencils, and a historically accurate map drawn by game designer and professional cartographer, Ron Halliday.  Below are some pictures showing exactly what you'll get when you open the box.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 269: David Collins

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!

Name:David Collins
Email:Contact me through FB: vegoilbenz
Location:Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Day Job:Analyzing architectural drawings for energy efficiency
Designing:Six months to a year. (still working on producing something decent)
Facebook:David Collins
Today's Interview is with:

David Collins
Interviewed on: 11/21/2020

Unfortunately, Climate Change can be a somewhat controversial topic in some circles. It's a global threat to life as we know it, yet there are some that continue to deny or misunderstand the severity. Fortunately there are people that are tirelessly working to inform and educate people through all sorts of methods. This week we get to meet David Collins, a designer working on several games about Climate Change, with the hopes of both educating and entertaining people. Read on to learn more about David and his projects.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Unboxing - Big Easy Busking by Weird Giraffe Games

The box is bright and vibrant, really bringing in
the feel of a New Orleans street performance.

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One of my favorite types of videos to watch on YouTube is street musicians performing.  I think it's amazing how many amazing musicians are out there that never get the huge recognition they deserve.  It's also amazing how many musicians seem to have gained a huge following from mostly their street performances.  Big Easy Busking is all about performing great music on the streets of New Orleans, kind of like Tuba Skinny, Doreen KetchensSmoking Time Jazz Club, Yes Ma'am, or Grandpa Elliott!

If you enjoy street performances, but maybe New Orleans Jazz isn't your style, go check out Too Many Zooz or Lucky Chops (featuring some of the same musicians), Allie Sherlock, or some other awesome random performances!.  But to get in the mood for Big Easy Busking, put on a great New Orleans Street Music playlist and start playing, or dancing!  Below are some photos showing what you'll get in the box, other than a busking great time!

Friday, February 26, 2021

PRESS RELEASE - This Game is Poo launching on Kickstarter on 2nd March!

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THIS GAME IS POO is a strategic poo-powered card game which Hollew is launching on Kickstarter on 2nd March! Please check out the link below as we need your help:

Or if you live in the UK check it out on Amazon, available now:


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Four Different Games in One Box! - Aroma: A Game of Essence

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Organic Aromas, the publisher of Aroma: A Game of Essence and supplier of a wide variety of essential oils and accessories, is an Elite Sponsor of GJJ Games on Patreon.  They supplied a copy of the game Aroma: A Game of Essence and I'm thrilled to share with you an overview of the four games included in the box!  Also, be sure to check out my Unboxing of Aroma: A Game of Essence to see everything included in the game!

Aroma is a smaller box game (about 6.5"x6.5"x2") that is jam-packed with 20 small bottles of essential oils, boards, cubes, tokens, and more.  Within this small box are four games!  Discover, Survive, Revolve, and Collect each use slightly different mechanics that have you pitting your sense of smell against your opponents.  Discover is for exactly 4 players, Survive is for 2-4 players, and Revolve and Collect support 3 or 4 players.  Each game also features a small, mini-game to help set up the game and determine the start player.

So let's jump into an overview of each of the games!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

People Behind the Meeples - Episode 268: Wout Veranneman

Welcome to People Behind the Meeples, a series of interviews with indie game designers.  Here you'll find out more than you ever wanted to know about the people who make the best games that you may or may not have heard of before.  If you'd like to be featured, head over to and fill out the questionnaire! You can find all the interviews here: People Behind the Meeples. Support me on Patreon!

Name:Wout Veranneman - will change to our professional address in the next few months.
Day Job:I'm a financial advisor. My business partner is a web designer.
Designing:Less than six months. - coming soon!
Blog:Will be on the site.
Facebook:Not up yet, but will be. Fatdwarfgames
Twitter:Not yet
Instagram:Not yet but will be @Fatdwarfgames.
Find my games at:Nowhere yet.
Today's Interview is with:

Wout Veranneman
Interviewed on: 1/2/2021

Wout Veranneman is a newcomer to the board game design community, but he has big ambitions! He's working on a game called Portal and has a bunch of other ideas that he hopes to publish with his partner someday soon. Keep your eyes peeled for Fat Dwarf Games coming to social media soon, and read on to learn more about Wout and his projects.