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I'm Erik. This is a blog about modern board, card, role-playing games and the culture around it.

The title On Golden Age refers to the time we are living in: a renaissance of social and face-to-face gaming.

My photo is by Rachel Hadiashar.
All other photography is by me unless otherwise noted.

News and Upcoming Posts

News and Upcoming Posts

Happy spring! Things have been busy, and posts have been scarce, but we are ramping up some new content and wanted to give you a peek at my queue…

Here at On Golden Age…

I’ve spent some time this past month writing about my thoughts on the classic eurogame Puerto Rico and others that use colonialism as a theme. The post is finished, but I’m still doing some edits on it. It’s one that’s been on my mind for a while. Look for it in a day or so.



Still percolating is my exhaustive post/guide to Gloomhaven. I’ve been playing almost a year and a half now, and I think we may be getting near the end? I’m not sure. But it’s probably a good time to reflect on this massive beast that tops “best of…” lists everywhere. I’ll provide you a guide on how to handle this 26-pound monster, if you DARE.

Wingspan is a HOT game right now. As I’m writing this, it is still pretty hard to find at a reasonable price, but that will change when a massive reprint will hit distributors over the next few months or so. I haven’t gotten it to the table, but it will happen soon, and I give you all the nitty-gritty birdy details, and how well I did on making that dice tower birdhouse.

Over at GeekDad….

I just posted a review of Atlas Games’ Godsforge. Look for the reprint here, probably after this post. I particularly like the color of the jewels. :)

I’ll be writing my first Kickstarter preview for Bad Comet’s Shaolia: Warring States, a sharp looking resource-management, engine-building game. This is the best looking prototype I’ve ever seen! The game launches on Kickstarter June 5th. Look for my preview then!

Also in the queue is a review of Catalyst’s Shadowrun: Sixth World Beginner Box: the first announced product for the SIXTH(!) edition of everyone’s favorite cyberpunk/fantasy mashup RPG. I started a small editorial about Shadowrun 5th edition for On Golden Age, but it looks like it’s time for a rewrite! Look for my post sometime beginning of June, before the box debuts at Origins Game Fair.

That’s it for now. Enjoy!


On PUERTO RICO and Themes of Colonialism

On PUERTO RICO and Themes of Colonialism

STUFFED FABLES Has a Lot of Heart Mixed in Polyester Fiber

STUFFED FABLES Has a Lot of Heart Mixed in Polyester Fiber