The Daily Worker Placement is a blog about board games and the culture that surrounds them. Based out of one of the Meccas of North American gaming, Toronto, we bring reviews, interviews and news from all over the industry.
We try to tell stories, not just about games, but about how people interact with them and the positive impact that play can have on a community or individual.
All of our contributors are passionate gamers, writers and teachers.
Ever since Adam bought his first settlement, he has had an insatiable
hunger for victory points. All points, in fact: prestige, fame,
success, agenda — it doesn’t matter. This ravenous appetite led Adam
to rapidly devour the greatest games of the preceding decades as
though he were preparing for hibernation. Adam’s collection now clocks
in at about 350 titles, a number he believes is too high to properly
appreciate the complexity that many of those games offer. He enjoys
all sorts of games, but leans more easily towards euro and card-based
designs. Adam prefers games that feature some random elements with
mechanics that allow that randomness to be mitigated. His favourites
include Through the Ages, Attika, Hansa Teutonica, Tichu, Netrunner
and Time’s Up.
Chistopher flies around the world in a large metal bird, and constantly ensures the satisfaction of it’s contents. When he is not tending to the bird’s stomach pains, he is controlling the future of fictional beings from a digital screen and a buttonious steering wheel, a set of dice or his own mind. He once served a certain reptile that enjoyed caffeine and milk, and with him, exercised the way of cards and dice.
Daniel is a sailor, barista and board game aficionado. He grew up on the East coast of Canada and has traveled the country and the world, skiing, boating and sharing his love of games.
David Weiss teaches Grade 6. He learned chess at the age of five and
has been playing tabletop games ever since. His collection currently
consists of about 500 games, which take up way too much space. His
game “Odd Lots” won the inaugural TABS Game Design Contest in 2008.
All in all he’s pretty smug about his knowledge of games and game
David is a Toronto-based writer and board gamer. He is the creator, presenter and editor of the board gaming podcast Once Upon A Die – “a podcast about solitaire board games, thematic or otherwise.” His first novel, The Puppet Master, was published by Trafford Publishing and is available online through all major book retailers. Under his real name, he has also written multiple works for theatre, including the superhero cabaret Mr Millennium: Issue #1, the monologue So What If I Dance? and the musical Out Of The Lens. Follow him on Twitter @uponadiepodcast, check out his website, www.dragonliterature.com, and find the Once Upon A Die guild at www.boardgamegeek.com (guild #2525).
Jason lives in “Greater Saskatchewan”, by which he means he is technically not in Canada, but he is close enough to get CBC Radio and 30-below cold snaps. If his writing seems familiar, that might be because you’ve read a rulebook published by Czech Games Edition. Jason has worked on every CGE board game, and he even helped design the English-language word lists for Codenames and Codenames: Duet. When he’s not writing rulebooks, Jason writes novels like Galaxy Trucker: Rocky Road and the Edgewhen fantasy adventure series. You can find out more at JasonAHolt.com.
Daniel has always been fascinated by boardgames and despite being an only child who rarely played. He had a small collection and played a lot of solo player Hero Quest. Over his early development he cultivated an interest in a number of titles. He hung around in comic shops spending far too much money on magic cards and Warhammer miniatures despite never really getting to play. In his teen years, friend circles got larger and a little game called Settlers of Catan made it’s way to North America. He was exposed to it while waiting for people to show up for a game of Vampire the Masquerade. It’s play time was perfect, the strategy ideal, the inner calling was heard. Shortly there after he began working at a now defunct board game store called Game Trek. Years later he moved to Toronto and took a place at Snakes and Lattes helping establish their retail business where he is currently a Game Guru and a designer of far too many unplaytested prototype games. When not tabletop gaming; Daniel enjoys cooking, reading comics, playing video games and exploring the city’s wide array of pubs and izakayas.
Lindsay is a self-confessed board game addict from the UK. Since discovering the exciting world of modern board gaming she has been sharing her love for the hobby through her blog, YouTube channel and Instagram page. Her favourite thing aside from playing games is sitting down with a cup of tea to pop some cardboard and delve into a rulebook. Lindsay is a fan of many genres, but thinks that big heavy euros and sci-fi themes are where the fun is really at. Follow Lindsay at https://shinyhappymeeplesblog.wordpress.com/
Mark provides his editing services to the DWP. He is a writer, teacher, and weekend gamer with his two board-game- obsessed children. He may have the record for most consecutive games of Puerto Rico over the course of one weekend.
Matt has been writing about board games since 2009, having contributed to MTV, Wired, the Escapist, and many other notable sites. Nowadays, Matt enjoys playing games with his daughter, gaming on the competitive X-Wing circuit, and taking in the occasional video game. Twice per year, Matt helps run the Tabletop department at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East and South. You can follow his musings on Twitter @MattMorganMDP.
Nicole had played a lot of backgammon, Life and Monopoly when younger. She started playing hobby games in University after trying out D&D 3rd edition, and then joining her University game club. After a while she gravitated towards board games as a casual gamer.
After moving to Toronto in 2009 she started gaming more and met her (former) partner Adam through the hobby and hasn’t turned back. It’s hard for her to pick a favourite game, but if you really stared her down she might pick Castles of Burgundy.
When not gaming, Nicole enjoys cooking/baking, reading comics, watching tv/movies and visiting museums! And cuddling every dog she can.
Patrick is one of the host and producers of Blue Peg, Pink Peg, a podcast about board games, relationships, and the interaction between the two. Patrick does boring and complicated “grown up” stuff for a living, but for a life he: travels, befriends interesting people, takes on random challenges, tries to cook exotic food, ignores reason, and works really hard on making two adult people that love the world and their place in it.
Sean is the Managing Editor and Photographer for the DWP. He has been gaming all his life. From Monopoly and Clue at the cottage to Euchre tournaments with the family, table top games have taken up a lot of his free time. He is a contributor to The Dice Tower Podcast and has written for Games Trade Magazine and Meeple Monthly. He lives and works in Toronto.
Father of two meeples, husband to an incredibly successful local business owner, and believer in magic. Not that split-this-deck-of-cards magic, but the other kind, the one where you get a letter in the mail when you turn 11.
Stephen works during the day with his wife at The Paper Place in Toronto, and designs games at night on his couch. If you haven’t crossed paths with him at Fan Expo or GenCon, then you can find him at Snakes & Lattes every third Monday of the month at the Snakes Game Designer Nights he started up almost 5 years ago. He’s also the Toronto Chapter Steward of the Game Artisans of Canada, and yes, that is a rather roguish title.
Steve Tassie has been many things over the years: actor, comedian, high school teacher, Origins-nominated game designer, soda jerk, and port-a-potty attendant. Currently, Steve is a voice actor, an attempted novelist, occasional podcaster, and the Curator and Head Game Guru at Snakes & Lattes Board Game Cafes. Steve has been a player of all kinds of board, card, & roleplaying games since he was a small boy. Now that he’s a large boy, his taste in games run toward light-medium weight Euros, thematic Ameritrash games that focus on story over strategy, and dexterity games. He would probably crush you at Ghost Blitz. If you’re on the Twitters, he is @RealSteveTassie and you can totally follow him.
Thomas likes to tell people he learned Chess from his dad at the age of 3, although to be honest it was probably more “randomly moving pieces around” than “learning.” Still, ever since, he’s loved all types of games: video, board, card, lawn, forest, mind, reindeer – you name it. He likes to think that such a broad interest, along with a late entry into hobbyist board gaming, has helped keep his mind open to the variety of experiences games can offer. Thomas now spends most of his time playing, reading about, dreaming about or building decks for Android: Netrunner. When he’s not doing that, he studies public history at Carleton University, doing his master’s research on representations of history in (you guessed it) board games.
Tim was introduced to hobby gaming around his twelfth birthday, and spend his formative gaming years playing a lot of old collectable card games, and HarnMaster and Traveller roleplaying. While his main focus in the hobby now is board gaming, he finds it very hard to resist the allure of old, dead collectable card games, or clunky & finicky old roleplaying games. When he’s not playing games, Tim is probably collecting fountain pens, teaching political science, or hanging out with his cats. After musing about his five favourite games for some time, he came up with this list: Shadowfist, Viticulture, Alien Frontiers, Above & Below, and Arkham Horror.