The reader looking for boardgame gift ideas for the upcoming holidays may find recommendations from an overwhelming variety of sources. Rather than add to the noise, I thought I would help organize it with my own meta-guide of boardgame holiday gift guides. What follows is a consolidated list of sources, including the categories for which they provide recommendations, as well as a summary of highlights at the end. I hope the reader finds this meta-guide helpful.
I just saw the documentary Game On: The World Boardgaming Championships, by Alex Dunbar of Wind-up Films, which featured (among other things) the progress of a young competitor in the Ace of Aces tournament. And just yesterday, my friend Paul R. just contacted me, now that we are working in the same building, about getting together for a game (which we haven't done in far too long). It occurred to me that with proper planning, we could play a wargame on a lunch break. Both of those events reminded me of a post I wrote a couple of years ago on what I called "hip-pocket wargames" - those that you could pull out and play on relatively short notice. So what follows is a re-post of that blog entry, which might be new for some of my more recent followers.