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Dan Verssen   October 21, 2014   3919  
New Insider! This has some community involvement, and we look forward to seeing how you all are liking your new Deep Dish Counter Trays and Warfighter!   http://danverssengames.blogspot.com/   -Kevin Verssen
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repoman   October 19, 2014   3666  
Right! To the bridge! September 17th 1944- 13:00 Hours + Arnhem Sector:   Took some losses on the landing? Tragic but no time to worry about that now, old chap. Over 8 miles to the objective? Well that's not so far...yes I know you've no transport...that's why His Majesty issued all your troops boots...put that shoe leather to use! Look, it's a sticky situation but at least there are no tanks..now hop to it. 1st A/B has but one option. To double time it down the...
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repoman   October 18, 2014   6693  
Wargames,  for those who don't play them, are often a mystery. They are thought of as long, as having unfathomable rule sets beset by exceptions to exceptions, and to take a commitment in time and effort far beyond that of more mainstream and common boardgames. Why then are there those who are devoted to them? Do they love self punishment? Do they love war? No, of course not. The real reason is "story". We love a story. No other type of board game can draw you in and make you part of a drama like a...
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Jur   October 13, 2014   4819  
Having browsed the lists of games coming out at Spiel, and with some suggestions from others, I have come to this list of games I will be looking out for. It's adding up to about fifty, so I've narrowed it down to over a dozen games that I really would like to know more about and the rest would be nice. Of course I've now got an idea what they are about.     Stuff that gives me a good feeling   15...
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lewpuls   October 13, 2014   3533  
With the opening of the Kickstarter for Sea Kings(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1456271622/sea-kings), and the prospect of publication of two other crossover games I’ve designed, Seas of Gold andGermania, I’ve been trying to define what these alternatives (or escapes) from wargame publishing are about. In connection with the “Future of (Tabletop) Wargaming” that I wrote about some time ago (http://pulsiphergamedesign.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-future-o...), we have three broad categories of games:  1) the “wargames ghetto” two player “simulation” games that are often hex board and cardboard counters with numbers/statistics on them. There are wargames that aren’t actually...
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Dr. Mabuse   October 10, 2014   5006  
    So right off the bat I have to say my knowledge of drug culture falls somewhere between Cheech and Chong movies to Miley Cyrus’ love for Molly (don’t ask how I know this)? In other words, I know absolutely jack shit about drugs.  I always envision when a group of people pass a doobie around, there’s much koombayah-ing, in a relaxed atmosphere filled with wafts of patchouli oil, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon playing in the background and a large bowl of snacks.  So with this in mind...
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Sagrilarus   October 06, 2014   5408  
For years I've been commenting that there is fertile ground in the fields between the kingdoms of tabletop and video gaming, generally getting responses on the line of "sounds like stupid bullshit" and the like.  I have yet on any web site to get any sort of positive response or endorsements for the concept, I think largely because my thoughts were not fully-formed or even fully-INformed.  But the idea that a game could benefit from a larger, longer storyline that could effect gameplay from session to session (much on the line of Risk Legacy though on a grander scale)...
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lewpuls   October 01, 2014   3124  
  http://youtu.be/tZV8GGP5sio   Slides from this screencast:   Interesting Decisions versus Wish Fulfillment Dr. Lewis Pulsipher Pulsiphergames.com Courses.PulsipherGames.Com   Another way to look at game design Insofar as game design is much about thinking… Dividing/categorizing what game design is about can be fruitful So we can look at games as: Those with human opposition vs those without All math, about people, or...
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lewpuls   September 22, 2014   3963  
    This is repeated from my Gamasutra "expert" blog: My Blog     
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Sagrilarus   September 20, 2014   3732  
My oldest son is in High School this year and jumped at the opportunity to go after Dean Kamen’s FIRST Robotics competition this fall. Steve Jobs gets all the press but Dean Kamen is the guy that is really making differences in the world of tech, revolutionizing medical and health devices in particular but doing a tremendous amount of work in a broad array of subjects. Briefcase sized dialysis machines, wheelchairs that climb stairs, nation-scale water purification systems, the works. One of his more recent efforts is a device designed to launch SWAT teams onto the roofs of buildings...
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