Star Realms Tips And Strategy Guide

by A.J. Coltrane

Star Realms tips, strategy, and collected thoughts.

Opening Game:

1. In the first two shuffles I like buying either – economy, Red “deck thinner” cards, or cards that can be Trashed for Trade, such as the Ram (3 Trade when Trashed) or Blob Wheel (same). If it’s the Ram or Blob Wheel then […]

Encouraging A Better Rise For The Big Sandwich Bread

by A.J. Coltrane

When we’re feeding a crowd I’ll make a big-*ssed sandwich — it’s basically the same size as a sheet tray (18″ x 13″). For the last GNOIF it was … either a ciabatta with a little bit of oil in the dough, or a focaccia with no oil on top and no dimples. It […]

GNOIF: New GNOIF On The Block

by A.J. Coltrane

GNOIF #16 Recap — New GNOIF On The Block (Games that have only been played a few times at GNOIF.)

Games That Got Played — Castle Panic, Dead Fellas, Fluxx, Forbidden Desert, Get Dr. Lucky, Run For Your Life Candyman, Star Realms, Ultimate Werewolf, We Didn’t Playtest This At All.

Games That […]

The Best And Worst In Board Games

by A.J. Coltrane

Links to three articles about board games at, all of them based around BoardGameGeek ratings:


“Designing The Best Board Game On The Planet”


“Stop Playing Monopoly With Your Kids (And Play These Games Instead)”


“The Worst Board Games Ever Invented”


To quote Sid Meier — I’m of the opinion […]

Recommended Game — Star Realms

by A.J. Coltrane

Star Realms — A space-themed deckbuilder available either as an android app or as actual physical cards. The full app version is $5. The base set of cards runs around $15.

Like Dominion, the object of Star Realms is to build an efficient deck from a selection of cards available on the table. […]

Recommended Game – Qvadriga

by A.J. Coltrane

Qvadriga: It’s turn-based chariot racing for your android phone!

Do you like old-school strategy games? Like, really old school?

Back in the dark ages of board games there existed Circus Maximus.

Published by Avalon Hill in 1979(!), Circus Maximus was cool because you could select and train your horses and riders, […]

Rick Bayless’ Corn Tortillas

by A.J. Coltrane

Periodically I decide I want to make tortillas from scratch. The results tend to be uneven, probably because I’m only trying it periodically.

Tonight’s came out better than usual and were less hassle. I think there are two reasons for that — I didn’t make them as wet as usual, and […]

Stuff I’m Playing On The Phone — Brave Frontiers

by A.J. Coltrane

My intent is to write a few posts about what I’ve been playing on the android phone as time-killers. (a.k.a. “What I’ve been playing while I wait for the Marvel Puzzle Quest heroes to heal”.) Some of these games are more fun than others, but each has something that kept me interested, at […]

Closer To The Truth Baguettes

by A.J. Coltrane

The middle of December saw the Not-Pretty Baguettes.

Tonight’s are much more photogenic:

The crumb was decent but not exceptional. This may be to be expected given the relatively small diameter of the breads:

Notice how the open spaces are directly down the center — the area that was slashed.


It’s basically […]

Two Cold Season Gardening Links

by A.J. Coltrane

A couple of links I would have liked to have found a few months ago– “Fall and Winter Gardening in the Pacific Northwest” (2001, PNW 548)

Includes planting dates for winter/spring harvest, minimum plant temperatures, recommended varieties, and other useful tips and resources. – Eliot Coleman: “A Garden For […]