Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

We—in this case, “we” means the living people of planet Earth—live in a digital era. We live inside a matrix of ones and zeros, constantly interfacing with various digital screens—phones, computers, tablets, TVs—and listening to digital music on digital devices. We send our letters—long and, more likely, short—across digital platforms. Digital is constant, ubiquitous and infinite.

However, we—in this case, “we” means the anachronistic paper-pushing fishwrap-mongers here at the RN&R—are fortunate because, although we exist in the digital world, we also have the honor and privilege of carrying on an important human tradition—living in the physical world. We get to make things that can be held—that can wrap presents, line birdcages and cut fingers.

So, every once in a while, we like to think, what can we do with a newspaper that a digital media outlet can’t do? This week’s feature story, which starts on page 17, is one idea: a board game. The cover story is just our annual presentation of all the fun under the sun coming this summer. But it’s also a playable, interactive game—only possible with a physical format.

The gameboard is the Truckee River. And you can advance through the summer—in very loose chronological order—as you move along from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake. It’s a simple game, but a fun way to better familiarize yourself with the summer surroundings here in Northern Nevada.

And for more hot newsprint game action, check out the Reno-themed crossword puzzle on page 12.

And if you happen to be reading this column online, get thee to the nearest newsstand posthaste, and grab a copy of our newspaper. It’s free.

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