Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Among other projects, I'm illustrating I'M BORED, a picture book by Michael Ian Black due out from Simon & Schuster in 2012.

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New comic: Hospital Gamer

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Congrats to Erniepaul for winning the most recent cartoon caption contest on BGG! You can see some of the other board gaming comic winners here.


Board Gaming German Lessons - by Richard Mesaric

Richard Mesaric

I asked my friend Richard Mesaric to teach me useful German phrases I can use while board gaming, and he has given me permission to share them here:

Lesson 3

Ich spiele mit rot/blau/grün/schwarz/weiß/violett/braun/gelb/rosa/orange. I play red/blue/green/black/white/purple/brown/yellow/pink/orange.

Lesson 4:

Karten mischen und verteilen. = Shuffle and deal cards.

Also see Archived German Board Gaming Phrase Lessons.


Settlers Of Catan: McDonald's Edition (CollegeHumor)

Thanks to Sara VanderWal for the link!


Useful German Board Gaming Phrases From Richard Mesaric


While he was visiting us recently, Richard Mesaric offered to give me some mini-German lessons when I mentioned that I was hoping to learn some gaming-related German before Jeff & I go to Essen next year.

I thought that some of you might find these phrases useful as well! So here goes:


Spiele und Spielzeug = Games and toys


"Wer ist dran?" / "Wer ist am Zug?"

means Whose move (turn) is it?

literally "who is on it" / "who is on the move"


"Zug" also means train - German name of Ticket to Ride = "Zug um Zug"



Comic: Cats & Board Gaming

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