No Online Play for Asmodee Games on Nintendo Switch is a Deal-Breaker

Lost in the midst of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hype, Asmodee released the first of their digital board games to the Nintendo eShop. While I have not played Carcassonne on the Nintendo Switch, the physical board game is one of my faves, and the iOS port is stellar. I’m confident that the core gameplay is intact.

However, there’s one feature that is missing from this game that makes its purchase unjustifiable for me: online play. It also looks like the rest of the games in this series so far are also lacking online play. Without it, I’m probably not going to buy any of them, even if these are great renditions of great board games. Especially at the price they’re currently being sold for.

This is especially head-scratching, as you could play Carcassonne online on the Xbox 360 a decade ago. Its exclusion here is simply baffling. Until we get online play in here, I don’t see any reason to buy these versions over the physical board games or the much-cheaper-and-probably-just-as-good mobile ports.



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One Week Until Our Extra Life 24-Hour Marathon!

Mark your calendars!

On November 3rd, at 8:00 am EST, we’re broadcasting a 24-hour gaming marathon from my house in support of Extra Life! You can watch the whole broadcast at twitch.tv/inthirdperson!

I won’t be alone, as it’ll be one big gaming party with friends and family in the house and beyond. My brother Randy will be there! Jenna from the Overwatch streams will be there! Mat and Jon of Boss Rush fame will be there! Jason and Laura of downstab.com will be making a remote appearance! Kris and Rachel from Double Jump will be making a remote appearance! My mom doesn’t know what streaming is, but she’ll probably be on to play with us! And of course, everyone’s favourite Halo-loving corgi Dusty Bottoms will be there!

We’re doing this help raise awareness and donations towards the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. They provide 32 million treatments to children in 170 different hospitals in the US and Canada. 100% of the proceeds goes to the cause, so please hit the banner below and donate!

Hope to see you on November 3rd!

Tetris Link Review

How do you take what is arguably the greatest video game of all-time and translate it to a tabletop gaming experience? Tetris Link may certainly look the part, but this isn’t a game where you wipe blocks out of the well by creating lines. Instead, the basic premise of Tetris has been transformed into something new. Does Tetris Link do enough to stand on its own without alienating those looking for a more Tetris-like experience?

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Unearth Review

Once upon a time, our ancestors built great cities across the world. In the present, two-to-four “Delvers” are tasked with claiming these ruins and building new landmarks to restore these areas to their former glory. It’s a rather elaborate setup for Unearth, which is essentially a press-your-luck dice game. Are you ready to get some dirt in your nails in order to renew a city lost in the annals of time?

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My crappy Twitter account and the larger discussion about maintaining the In Third Person experience

Oh you didn’t know In Third Person has a Twitter account? I don’t blame you.

When I first started the blog in 2009, I set up a Twitter account to take advantage of being able to post from the blog to Twitter automatically. From then on, it was nothing more than a content-posting robot. For that handful of people that have subscribed to my Twitter feed over the years in spite of this, thank you. Also, why would you subject yourself to that?!

It’s emblematic of how I’ve handled external platforms until fairly recently. External platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitch were afterthoughts. Nothing more than platforms with functions that could help enhance the experience on my site. To a certain extent, I still don’t know how engaged I want to be on those, as external outreach isn’t necessarily a priority for me. However, being a spam machine isn’t a good look regardless.

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Blueprints Review

Put on your construction hat, cause it’s time to build! Blueprints is a game that combines dice, cards, and drafting in a clever game about creating buildings while attempting to prove your worth as the best architect around. Does this game have what it takes to inspire you to build to the top?

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Sagrada Review

Inspired by the unfinished Catholic church of the same name in Barcelona, it’s now your time to finish the job in Sagrada the board game. Players will each build a stained-glass window to display at the church with the best window being declared the winner. Do you have what it takes to design a masterpiece?

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Unstable Unicorns Review

Ever dream about building an army of unicorns? Me neither. But if you did, or if the concept of doing just that sounds interesting to you, the Unstable Unicorns card game is here to save the day! Players race against each other in order to be the first to complete their army, while also attacking other players in hopes of keeping them at bay. Beyond it’s silly concept and cute art, is it worth waging war in this rainbow battlefield?

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In Third Person Celebrates 9-Year Anniversary

On this day in 2008, I published the first post on In Third Person. Nine years, over 2,200 posts, and over 400,000 pageviews later, In Third Person is still here. This has always been a passion project of mine and it’s comforting to know that others come to this site every day for my random musings on video games, board games, and other nerdy pursuits. Thank you to everyone that has read a post, followed the blog, subscribed to one of my video channels, or shown your support in any other way. Your support is truly appreciated.

In Third Person will continue to carry on as long as making content continues to be fun and something I can find the time for. Of late, I’ve been working diligently on improving the video content, which I think has improved by leaps and bounds over the last six months or so. It will only get better from here!

And of course, I’ll continue to write. It’s the backbone of the In Third Person experience and it’s still a joy to sit down in front of the computer and articulate my thoughts with just the right combination of words and pictures.

Once again, thanks for your support! And now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program!