Welcome to the final bites of my dinner with Dominion designer Donald X Vaccarino. We had an amazing meal and chat at Ole’s Waffle Shop, and now we are dragging our reluctant but well fed bodies back to the car, enjoying the cool Alameda night air.

Welcome back to our usual booth at Ole’s Waffle Shop. I kept the booth warm for you. I am lucky enough to be chatting with Donald X Vaccarino, designer of Dominion and Kingdom Builder, two time winner of the coveted Spiel des Jahres. And the conversation has turned to Chess. Don’t worry, we are going …

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I am currently driving through Alameda, California with the legendary designer of Dominion, Donald X Vaccarino. We are in search of Ole’s Waffle Shop, a fixture here since 1927. To be fair, we found Ole’s without problem. Now we are searching for parking.

Welcome to part 2 of my first, real honest-to-goodness, face-to-face, real life guest, and not imaginary friends…dinner. And I am lucky enough to be eating with the renaissance man of gaming, Ryan Laukat. Ryan is known for being designer, illustrator, graphic designer and publisher for his games. And today we eat octopus.

For those of you just tuning in, I am having a lovely meal of New Zealand pies virtually with master game designer Shem Philips. The mad devouring of baked goods is slowing, and talk is flowing around game design and candy. Don’t worry, I also ate a fruit – it’s all healthy now.