And that’s 50!

I’ve done it! And I’m super happy about it. I’m using this post to talk about the blog, and my life. If that’s not your jam, we’ll return to regular scheduling next article.

The List

Over the past 6 months I’ve been changing a lot of things about Roll to Review.

I think I’ve finally settled on a theme. I’ve gone back and updated all of the tags, and categories for ALL 166 posts I’ve written. So if you’re interested in any tag, click on it and it will take you to a page with all other tagged articles. It’s pretty funky.

I’ve also changed to writing more informal style reviews, and not spending as long on them. While you’ll probably notice more mistakes, and some writing not sitting just right. This has allowed me to pump out more reviews than any new dad of one should be physically able to do! I think we’re up to 26 this year alone.

In addition, you’ll have noticed that I’ve started breaking up reviews by headlines. This was feedback from one of the readers, so if you have any more feedback. I take it very seriously!

The List has been the big change, and I’ve loved it. It doesn’t allow me to have a wishy washy opinion. Instead, I need to commit to saying – this game is number x. This provides so much context to all involved. It shows my tastes, where the game compares to all others, and forces me to answer the question – is this game better than that one? Which hasn’t been too tough so far, but there are definitely some doozies coming up.

Anyway, wanted to give thanks to the friends and family who’ve helped over the recent months. I’ve seen massive growth in terms of views, and great comments and reactions from the community, which has been exciting to be a part of.

Thank you everyone!

Turns out I have 167 games!

And the dog

Recently, we’ve gone through a little dilemma with Chester the Corgi. Who was the mascot for this website two years ago. But outside of the Red Rising review he hasn’t made an appearance. He’s all good and well but we had a weekend there where we could have lost him.

Why?

Rocks.

This old man of a dog has been eating rocks in from our backyard for several years. We’ve asked the vet why, but so far the vet has put it up as a mystery, next to aliens, and Bigfoot. But also said he should pass them and not to worry.

You shall not pass!

Fast forward to a month ago, and we were worried! He became incredibly sick, vomiting, or trying to vomit all over the carpet. We took him to the vet and after an X-Ray they found he had 22 (!) rocks inside his body. The vet and nurses were all in shock at the sheer number of objects in his stomach. With some being too big to pass they blocked up his insides to the point where if they weren’t clear then he’d be dead.

Immediate surgery it was then.

After the miniature rock garden was removed, we took him to Emergency Animal Services to spend the night post op. While there, he got pneumonia, and spent the next 24 hours on oxygen.

One extremely stressful weekend and nine thousand dollars later. He’s OK! And back to being the great sleepy mascot of Roll to Review.

I’ve heard of kidney stones but this is ridiculous!

What’s Next?

I’m in a good holding pattern right now, where I’m getting through my backlog of games I’ve been meaning to review. Though I have started to reach out to different publishers, so hopefully we’ll start seeing some newer games on the list.

Otherwise, I’m also trying to raise some money for a new logo for the site. Given my dog’s influence, it’ll have to be a corgi that’s on it’s back – ‘rolling’ to review. See what I did there? Anyway, if you’d like to help out there’s a donate button on the sidebar. Or just like, share, and tell your friends about the blog – it all helps!

Thanks again for your support, and for reading Roll to Review.

Here’s to the next 50!

Dave

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David Norris

Lover of dogs, books, comics, movies, anime, television, video games and most importantly board games. My site is all about the latter, and my journey through the glorious hobby.

6 thoughts on “And that’s 50!

  1. Glad that Chester’s ok!!!

    I do like what you’ve done with the blog.

    If I ever get back to it (I keep getting the urge but the energy is not there), I should probably do a revamp of some kind too.

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  2. I will also say that you can play it on Tabletopia (the DLC is on sale through July 8th), but with that game and all the pieces, it may be a bit more of a slog than it is in person. I don’t know for sure because I haven’t done it online. There are just lots of moving pieces.

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    1. No worries, thanks for the comments. I always love hearing from you.

      Also, I reached out to Mindclash games, apparently they’re not selling Anachrony anywhere in Australia at the moment. So i’ll have to wait. 😦

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      1. Oh, man — that is too bad! You really have to give it a try. It sounds like the global shipping situation may be part of the reason. I don’t know if anyone from Australia is selling their older version after having received the new Infinity Box (which is awesome)? I hope you get a chance to play it this year. I got the new expansions last year, and I’m still having fun with them — they are amazing pieces of creativity and fun.

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