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Bashing Catan has become a pastime among self-proclaimed gamers. They liken its market saturation and endless expansions to Monopoly’s vice grip on America’s store shelves. They grumble that friends and family who whet their appetite on Settlers want to keep playing it instead of sinking their teeth into real games. These people are wrong. Settlers of Catan continues to be one of the best designed European board games on the market, and it all starts with how easy it is to teach.I first tell everyone that this game is like a socialist version of Monopoly. Everything works on the...
 
 
Hip-Hop Deckbuilding is Cooler than Non Hip-Hop Deckbuilding; LoC Review
What do you get when you slam together Dominion and The Chronic?  The best damn game you’ve never heard of: Legend of the Cipher.  I can just see Donald X.  shining his bling and throwing down beats like a deck-building wordsmith assassin. While it is perfectly normal to remain skeptical when someone tells you they’ve crafted a designer board-game that includes the players actually rapping as a core component, I am here to tell you that not only does this mixture work, but it works so well that you will find yourself throwing high fives across the...
 
 
Which 12 games for 2014?
Okay, if I want to play 12 of my games in this coming year, I had better prepare a shortlist. I will give you a choice from my most recent acquisitions in 2012 and 2013:    From Secret Satan The World Cup Card Game (got in 2011) Ascalion (aka Borderlands, got in 2012) Mission Red Planet (got in 2012) ...
 
 
[Revised from my blog post at http://pulsiphergamedesign.blogspot.com/2013/11/on-horns-of-dilemma.html . ]   In the following I’ll be using quotes gleaned from online discussions, from players and a well-known designer.  These are all personal observations, of course, and anecdotal evidence.  We simply don’t have the “scientific” evidence about games to “prove” any particular point of view.  You’ll have to examine your own experience to make an evaluation.   As usual, I try to consider video and tabletop games rather than focus on just one or the other.  The major divide in game design isn’t...
 
 
Happy New Year to all Fatties.  Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one.  Now then, several years ago I put up a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.  Needless to say, I got less than half of the list finished.  So, instead of plugging away at a list I know I will not finish, this time I came up with a list I have at least a chance of finishing.   1.      Renew passport 2.      Get Noah a passport 3.      Renew wife’s passport 4.      Trip...
 
 
 
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