I’m Josh, a board games enthusiast and collector, and this is my new blog, Wood for Days.
I know, I know. Yet another board games blog. Aren’t there enough of them already?
It’s true that there are many, and they cover a wide spectrum across the hobby, but there has always been a lack of representation for a particular opinion; mine.
The purpose of this blog is two-fold. First, I need a creative outlet, and second, my opinion may be helpful, interesting, and/or entertaining to some, so I feel a probably-misplaced sense of duty to share it.
Board Games & Me
I have enjoyed board games my whole life, and have had a passion for them since I started my collection in 2015. As they were for many, Catan and Dominion were my introduction to modern board games, and I quickly made the leap into heavier territory. The aforementioned were my first two purchases, and Agricola was my third.
(I also received Munchkin as a gift at some point amongst those first purchases, but I try not to dwell on it.)
Today, my long-suffering wife and I have a collection that approaches 100 titles, and we have agreed that once we hit 100, that will be our maintenance level. Probably. Getting rid of games is hard.
Most of my gaming is with my wife Milda (although we also host and attend game nights), and we can be rather competitive. In fact, she claims to despise cooperatives. She doesn’t really, but everyone needs a break from all-out war now and then.
What’s with the Title?
Early into our board gaming adventure, my wife (then-partner) and I were playing Agricola. I don’t remember the details of exactly how – probably some overpowered card combinations – but I was consistently taking literally all the wood. We had the little disc tokens, not the fancy logs, so I was even stacking them up to look like sick trees. The game was going exceptionally well for me*.
At one point, the table-talk took a turn. Milda wasn’t particularly happy that I was hoarding. Every time there was wood available, I would find a way to get it, keeping her fenceless and despondent. I couldn’t resist and took the plunge. “It’s okay sweetheart, I’ve got wood for days.”
After the initial glare, we both cracked up laughing**, and it has stuck with me ever since.
* Okay, I know, if I had all that wood and wasn’t making good use of it, the game probably wasn’t actually going all that well for me. Shhh.
** You had to be there.
The Personal Stuff
Speaking of my wife, she is expecting our first close to October! No, we don’t know what gender it will be, and it doesn’t matter to us. So far, it seems to be healthy, and that’s all that matters. And also that we can share our love for board games… We’ll see.
It’s a rather exciting time for us, and is in fact another part of the reason for starting this blog. I know early parenthood is stressful, and many people have recommended doing something like this as an outlet.
And before you say anything, I know what you’re thinking. How on earth am I going to keep up with the hobby with a kid?! Superhuman time management skills and vigorous determination, that’s how. Don’t rain on my parade, you’ll make the cardboard soggy.
With regards to what I’ll be posting here, I want the primary emphasis to be on reviews. Because I believe in longevity and try to avoid the cult of the new (emphasis on “try”… I don’t always succeed), I won’t be limiting myself to only the latest and greatest, but will likely work my way through my collection. Reviews will be kept in the Reviews category.
I’ll also occasionally post other stuff. I’ll try to stick to topics relevant to the hobby, but may occasionally deviate. That will all be kept in the Ramblings category.
For more about me personally, see the About page.
And finally, if you want to see my collection, you can find it here. Although I know it certainly pales in comparison to many!
Alright, I think that’s it for now. Happy gaming, and keep your wood well-stocked.