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For the last week or so, there's been a copy of Boss Monster sitting on the living room table at home. It's a card/tabletop game where you build a dungeon and fight off adventures who wander through, laying traps and using items to stymie their gold-hunting ways.

There's so many board and tabletop games released these days, and there's never enough time to play them all. But it got me thinking: what are your favourites?


The new year means it's time for resolutions. This year I'd like to practise my guitar more, be as fit as I was in my 20s, figure out my romantic life — but I probably won't do any of those things. But I might, with your help, finish The Witcher 3.


At some point I resolved to stop making New Year's resolutions because I was so bad at following through on them. But for that very reason, I returned the next year and every year since inspired to recommit myself to any number of goals I'd probably never achieve.


We don't always play games the way we're supposed to. We've all pulled out that little trick that helps us get through a tough area, beat a boss or get a higher score. It might not be turning on God Mode in the developer console or using an aimbot, but it's not quite on the level either. But it's fine. It isn't cheating. Right?


After a long, long year, our office is finally going to celebrate today in the fashion that many offices do - with a Christmas party.

So I want to hear from you: what are the best, and worst, Christmas parties you've ever been to?


Given that I was writing about No Man's Sky earlier today, it's hard not to think of all the fury and rage people had in the weeks after launch. I think the "most disappointing game of the year" train has probably moved on, but it got me wondering: what's the most disappointing game you've ever purchased or played?


We'll officially do something next month. But given that most of the major releases are already out - with the exception of Final Fantasy 15, which doesn't land until the 29th - it seemed as good a time as any to get your take on the GOTY of 2017.


As you probably know, PAX Australia is just around the corner. It's safe to say it's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, gaming convention on the Australian calendar. But it's also a good opportunity to have a chat about conventions more generally.


All this week, I've continually read reports from mainstream media about how Pokemon GO is dying, how the lightning in a bottle game is dead, how Niantic has failed.

And sure, numbers are dropping and the player base isn't what it used to be. But dead?


Just yesterday I saw someone comment about how crappy 2016 had been for video games. And I had to do a double take: I thought 2016 had been a pretty solid year so far. Weren't launches a little better? We had VR headsets. And there has been some cracking games to boot.

But what do you think about 2016 so far?


Sony finally dips its toes into the virtual reality waters this week, with people picking up their first round of pre-orders.

I've already had a few things to say on the topic, but I want to pivot the conversation slightly to games. What exactly do you want to play on PlayStation VR?


So I was reading earlier this morning that split-screen support has been pulled from For Honor, the upcoming hack-and-slash (literally) from Ubisoft. It's more of a third-person action game, really, but you get the idea.

Still, it got me thinking: precisely how useful is split-screen to people in 2016?


If you play consoles on a regular basis, then you'll be accustomed to getting a selection of free games every month. And if you've been paying for Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus for a few years, then you'll probably have accrued quite a few.

Thing is: how are you finding them?


As it so happens, one of my best friends is having his birthday today. Happy birthday, and all that.

But it got me thinking, and reminded me of a problem I end up facing every year. Just what the bloody hell do you do on your birthday, anyway?