Welcome to Paperwave.
A newsletter about all of our favorite cozy objects. Paper cards, wooden tokens, plastic pieces. You know... the important stuff.
What is Paperwave?
Paperwave is a newsletter about cardboard.
Paperwave is a newsletter about school book fair nostalgia.
Paperwave is a newsletter about how cool it is the first Magic: the Gathering cards are now almost 30 years old, and have transcended the game itself to become actual, culturally significant artifacts.
Paperwave is a newsletter about how there’s a Lego pirate base made from a wrecked sailing ship, and underneath the base, almost completely hidden away, is a little half-submerged Lego skeleton. I seriously love that skeleton.
Okay but like… literally what is it?
Put more plainly and perhaps a bit less pretentiously, this is a space to explore, share, and discuss board games, card games, puzzles, art books, and other tangible objects. Both nostalgic analog artifacts from our collective youth, and eye-catching new physical games, books, and items being made today. There will be photos, essays, explainers, quick hits, deep dives, and hopefully a growing, friendly, and positive community.
I’ll never be afraid to tell the truth and have an opinion, but Paperwave is mostly a collection of Cool Shit that is delightful to hold and to play with, and hopefully as delightful to read and learn about in your inbox, too.
Paperwave is not intended for the hardcore! In fact, just the opposite. If you’re someone, like a video game fan, that has admired or has an affinity for Magic cards, D&D sets, miniatures, and other analog items, but haven’t submersed yourself in that world, Paperwave should be perfect for you. We can explore all this awesome stuff together.
As for me? I’m Justin Davis. I’m mostly known as a video game guy, and that’s likely how nearly all of you found me. I’ve been in games media for 16+ years now (wtf), the last 10 with IGN. Most of that time I was a writer and journalist. These days I’m more on the management and business side.
But one not-so-secret secret thing about me is that I probably love board games just as much. They’re big, inconvenient, expensive, and totally awesome. There’s something powerful about holding something in your hands I have come to appreciate more and more with each passing year. Sharing that passion with you is what Paperwave is all about.
Please tell your friends and loved ones. I genuinely appreciate the support. It really means a lot to me.