John McDonald

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What We Do Every Weekend – Try to Take Over the World

October 31st, 2008

Hey buddy, what are we going to do this weekend?
The same thing we do every weekend: Try to take over the world!

Conquering the World

Luckily, we keep it to the board games and no one gets hurt fighting wars in distant lands.

Here’s a painting of us playing Axis & Alies. (Painted by the love of my life, Aisling, for a project a few years ago in college. You can see more of her art over here)

Its just one of many incredibly nerdy board games we have in our arsenal. If you like Risk but wished it relied a bit more on planning and strategy, there’s a lot of other games you might wish to know about. Warning: They’ll take some time to play and you’ll need to convince two or three other people to sit still for a few hours.

  • Axis & Allies – the 1981 classic that got us started
  • Shogun – The older one. The movement system makes chess feel simplistic
  • Risk 2210 – Its like the classic with lunar colonies and nukes
  • Civilization – Yeah its like the video game, but with dice
  • Illuminati – I give it a 12/12, the most realistic guide for anyone looking to take over the world
  • War! In the Age of Imperialism – Huge time sink, epic game

I like the reviews at Board Game Geek because its crowd-sourced. You can see a lot of individuals’ opinions and see what complaints and raves you’re likely to agree with.



  • Steve | Trade Show Guru says on: November 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm


    Hi John,
    I followed you over here from a comment you left on another blog. Anyway, I like this post title. I remember playing RISK as a kid. Awesome game. I can’t believe they have a version with nukes now. I don’t know if you ever saw it, but I think I remember a Seinfeld episode where George and Kramer were playing Risk and wouldn’t trust each other when they needed to take a break for Kramer to go somewhere, so they ended up carrying the board with them onto the subway.
    Anyway, interesting blog here… I’m bookmarking it to read your SEO stuff.
    Thanks for reminding me about Risk. Great game.
    ~ Steve (aka the trade show guru)

  • John McDonald says on: November 13, 2008 at 8:33 pm


    Hey Steve

    Most of my SEO stuff kind of rambles on as a stream of conciousness in the SEO category of my (third dofollow of four) website building blog. I guess a lot of it carries over into advertising and blogging.

    This spot here is kind of its own SEO purpose and a bit of an attempt at vanity (did you know I have to beat out, ESPN, and a handful of university professors to rank for John McDonald? Jeez – I didn’t realize its such a generic name)

    Anyway, glad you liked the post 🙂 Definitely check out some of the newer board games if you find yourself with that kind of free time! (and no those aren’t my affiliate links but the more I think about it the more I should probably build a board-gaming blog for that purpose 🙂 Its always easier to sell something you personally enjoy, too)

  • Blog for Beginners says on: November 13, 2008 at 10:09 pm


    Hi John

    I used to play one of my favorite game “Risk” but never once thought I’d conquer the world…;p. Got addicted to it for a while but haven’t played it since I got into blogging. I guess blogging takes priority over many things right now…

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a such great comment. Oh ya, this theme design my Michael is awesome. I almost had it once on my blog but decided not to at the last hours.

    We’ll keep in touch, John. You take care and have a nice day.


  • Steve | Trade Show Guru says on: November 16, 2008 at 7:50 am


    hey John,
    Per your comment above, I checked google for “John McDonald” and you’re at #10. The good news is that you’re on the first page, the bad news as you point out is that you’ve got ESPN, wiki, and above you.
    This would be a great test and proof of your SEO prowness if you could climb above these guys (though kudos are due just for being on page one).
    I’ll be following this, and now it’s time to check out your SEO link.
    ~ Steve (aka the trade show guru)

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