The Bottom Shelf has been missing in action. It's not what I wanted. I started it as in exercise in web design, product photography, and video production while exploring a subject I enjoy. It was fun and having kind comments along the way was gratifying. My goal was always quality over quantity, but when your quantity is zero, what am I really accomplishing? The fact of the matter is I've had a rough year. I won't rehash all the details, but if you're interested you can read a little about it here. It all came to head when my mother passed away earlier this year. Aside from my wife, my mother was the most important person in my life. I was and still am devastated.

Gaming was, to the say the least, the last thing on my mind. I'm still coming to terms with the loss and some days are harder than others, but I'm soldiering on.  I will carry the lessons and memories of my mother to the end of my own allotted time, but there is only so much time I can spend grieving. So I am soldiering on. For the most part, things are back to normal. I'm gaming again and I've even started writing about games regularly elsewhere. But I've neglected BSBG. This site is personal. It's wholly created and operated by myself and it was hard coming back to it since such a large part of me was gone. But I've neglected it too long. I'm back. I'm sure the site has long since faded in the minds of the few fans I picked up along the way. That's completely understandable, but hopefully you'll rejoin me on my endeavor. I have coverage of Three Kingdoms Redux in the hopper and I hope to have it ready by early November. 

I've always maintained that board games are silly things. Cardboard cutouts and plastic monsters on a table. How silly! My loss confirmed this. Nothing is more important the people you love. But my loss also showed me that despite how silly our cardboard diversions are, they are still important. They bring us together. They create community and foster friendship. Hug your loved ones and play a game with them too.