Juha-Matti Santala
Community Builder. Dreamer. Adventurer.

Blog posts in category “Tabletop”

I love board and card games and these blog posts tell those stories.

  • Jul 6th, 2024
    First impressions on Seasons

    I played Seasons for the first time and had a good time.

  • Jun 12th, 2024
    Crafting tabletop games

    This month’s IndieWeb Carnival topic is DIY and I decided to take this opportunity to once again talk about my hobby of designing and creating tabletop game projects.

  • Aug 14th, 2023
    Pokemon tools updated for Obisidian Flames

    With the newest Pokemon TCG set Obsidian Flames being released last Friday, I’ve updated my tools to support the new set

  • Aug 10th, 2023
    Projects I'm proud of: Potluck

    This week in Blaugust is themed 'Introduce yourself' and each day, I'll share a project story that I'm particularly proud of. One of those is Potluck, my latest tabletop design project.

  • May 17th, 2023
    I got my hands on the finished product (Potluck)

    My Potluck deck finally arrived from print and it's gorgious. Jump right in to see some pictures and first impressions!

  • Apr 5th, 2023
    Potluck #3: My workflow

    A behind the scenes look at Potluck, a semi-universal card deck. Final part of the series looks at the workflow and tooling that I used when designing and building the project.

  • Mar 15th, 2023
    A bunch of small game reviews: Village Rails, Skulls of Sedlec, Barotrauma

    Three games, three small reviews! I've recently been enjoying Village Rails, Skulls of Sedlec and Barotrauma so I decided to tell you about them.

  • Mar 1st, 2023
    Potluck #2: The Deck

    A behind the scenes look at Potluck, a semi-universal card deck. This second part of this three part series looks at the features and functions of the deck.

  • Feb 1st, 2023
    Potluck #1: Research and Design

    A behind the scenes look at Potluck, a semi-universal card deck. First part of this three part series looks at the research and design of the project.

  • Jun 1st, 2022
    GLC Decklist Validator updated with Astral Radiance

    Last week I updated my GLC Decklist Validator with the newest Pokemon TCG set Astral Radiance and wrote a short introduction to the app and how its built.

  • Jan 5th, 2022
    My least favorite board game genre: co-op games

    In general I really like working together as a team but when it comes to board games, pretty much every co-op game has problems that makes me choose a different genre of game altogether.

  • Dec 1st, 2021
    Minimal Travel Table Top Game Collection 3: Project 108

    My third table top collection design is a semi-universal deck that is designed to play 9 different board games + anything that can be played with standard playing cards.

  • Sep 15th, 2021
    Roll and Write board games are awesome

    or how I learned to love the genre I didn't find enjoyable in the past. Roll and Write board games have found their way into my favorite tabletop genres and in this blog post, I explore some of my favorites.

  • Mar 31st, 2021
    My pockets are full of games

    I love board games and especially making them so small they fit my pockets. But now I've made so many of them, my pockets are full. Let's take a look at my collection.

  • Jan 20th, 2021
    Project: card-print-css

    The smallest CSS library I've ever written: card-print-css resizes images for printing, cutting and sleeving so you can play test and prototype faster.

  • Aug 19th, 2020
    Arts, crafts and software: enhancing Flamme Rouge

    Flamme Rouge is a great board game but it has lots of components and solo play is bit cumbersome. I did some arts, crafts and software development to make life better.

  • Jun 17th, 2020
    Hidden Identity in Table Top Games

    One of my favorite table top gaming genres is hidden identity games. This is mainly because I like the idea of co-op games (where all players are on the same side) but hate the actual way those end up being played.

  • Jun 10th, 2020
    I built a digital version of Black Hole game

    I practice my programming skills by implementing physical table top games into digital format. This time, I built Black Hole - a two player fun challenge game.

  • May 25th, 2020
    Minimal Travel Table Top Game Collection 2: Social Distancing Edition

    When life gives you social distancing, play solo table top games! I created Minimal Travel Table Top Game Collection: Social Distancing edition for that.

  • Feb 3rd, 2020
    Minimal Travel Table Top Game Collection

    I love board games but also I travel a lot and want to fit my games into a backpack when I'm on the road. So I built a collection of 6 great games that fits into a deck box.