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A Clockwork Boardgame
I just bought Middle Earth Quest, which is a good example of a species of boardgame that I'll call the clockwork game. It's worth noting the existence of this part of our hobby, since it represents some of the best and worst aspects of game design.  A clockwork game has several distinct, specialized mechanics that have a largely indirect impact on each other. You can think of each mechanic as a gear in the larger machine: Each turns on its own axis, but they're designed to have an effect on each other's motion.   How...
 
 
There is something I have been forgetting
I just picked up a copy of Brood War. I got it home, tore of the shrink wrap and then I stopped. Normally, I'd be straight in there, sorting through the cards, punching the tokens but this time I stopped. I stopped and looked at the cover. I looked at the cover and thought, "Hell, yes." This is it. This is what it is about. This is what first got me gaming.     In gaming there are many great artists who can take you straight into the world of a game. Games...
 
 
  Well it is official. There is a new game slated for production and you're going to want it. Why? Some might want it because it's new take on cooperative adventure games. Some might want it because it's Richard Launius' first big design since Arkham Horror. But most people are going to want it because it is fun. Damn Fun.   Defenders of the Realm was just picked up by FRED distributors to be produced and released hopefully at Origins 2010. I helped demo the game at the last Origins and it created quite a buzz.  There...
 
 
In a recent blog post Grudunza asked for more solo dice games and also presented his own western-style attempt in the genre. I haven't tried his game yet, but his post made me want to take a shot at the genre. And since I love zombies (in a platonic kinda way) I immediately started writing up a zombie dice game where you move from safe house to safe house trying to make it out of an overrun city. Grudunza also linked to this game:  http://www.history.com/expedition/game/ which I've played quite a few times these last days, and my...
 
 
Image of Jesus Found on Dewey Beach
  Last night my wife ran up to me with this shell, which obviously has an image of Jesus on the left-hand side.   My wife thought it looked like a Bernese Mountain Dog, but if you ask me the resemblance to Christ is simply uncanny, in a very real and financially viable way. I have him out on the deck if anyone has any questions for him. Sag.          
 
 
 
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