Ryan McRae

Ryan McRae

Creator of Burn the Tavern Down.
Bringing Creativity Back to Gaming.

BTTD #38: Monday was a Train Wreck

TL;DR: I set up a Patreon. And I have some good ideas for games below in this very weird time.

Well, friends, it happened.

And I know I wore my Green Lantern ring the other day and took an oath that I wouldn’t mention COVID or any of that, but well, my apologies.

Monday, like so many, I got furloughed from my job. Ugh.

(Now, my (ex) company’s sole purpose is for people to go outside and you know do stuff. So that sort of make sense. But you never think it’s you.)

It is me.

I wallowed in a nice tepid vat of sadness Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was dedicated to some writing and some Taylor Swift level Shake It Off.

And I made a plan—a plan to help me make some more cool stuff outside of this little newsletter. And I just want it to cover the cost of the newsletter (email list, hosting, etc.)

So I’ve created a little Patreon for this newsletter. Join (for the price of a cup of coffee ☕️) to get great content that includes:

  • A beta chapter of my book The Compass Girls.
  • A monthly PDF of story ideas for roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons.
  • When something doesn’t fit in the newsletter because of length, you’ll get it!
  • Invitations to webinars about games and more games.
  • And any other gaming content that needs to be heard by you!

For only a ☕️, you will get great gaming content, ideas and information that’s difficult to find anywhere else.

And here’s the thing. It’s only $5/month, the price of a cup of coffee!

I would really appreciate your support and I promise the content will be worth it.


Board Games for a Time Like This

My friend David wanted to know how to make board games more interesting during this time. Here are my list of games that are vastly replayable and might hold interest a bit longer.

7 Wonders: A card drafting game that lets you represent a wonder and let’s you try and take over others.

Ticket to Ride: Like trains? Like playing cards? Like colors? This is a game for you. Also, it has a hundred different boards.

Exploding Kittens: Oh, man. You need some drama in your house? You’re going to play cards (stick with me) and then blow up your family members with cats. It’s. . . awesome.

Sagrada: You are trying to build the most beautiful stained glass windows with dice. So fun.

Azul: A tile drafting game where you create patterns to score points. I gotta say, it’s a beautiful game.

And if you want to make it more interesting, you can do a 5 by 5 board. You play 5 different games 5 times and then simply intial the winner. Think of a BINGO card. Here’s a pic/selfie.

And you simply initial who won! Boom Done! That’s 25 games!

(And harrrrrrdcore people will 10x10s over a year, but that’s. . . that’s a journey.

Alright that’s all we got for today. Thank you so much for your support!

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