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Kids with boardgame
JexikJexik   February 05, 2016   1063  
I worked in child care for a long time, and kids like playing games, but sometimes the games that they're most excited about playing are the ones that are over their heads. It was part of my job to figure out how to modify activities for kids age K-6, and I like teaching games, so this is something I'd like to work to get better at. Most Euros seem pretty hard to scale back for younger players because they're such tightly controlled systems, but modular games with dice and minis generally seem a bit easier, despite how complicated they...
SagrilarusSagrilarus   October 12, 2015   1070  
“Matching shirts.” Years back I spoke those words to the commissioner of softball for my kids’ local youth athletics organization. The organization had been merging smaller local athletics programs for the previous three or four years, growing in size and complexity because a big organization “is more suitable to building players for the High School teams.” When I indicated I didn’t really give a damn about the High School teams the commissioner was simply beside himself....
JackwraithJackwraith   October 09, 2015   2672  
Overload, intended to be an advantage for the Shaman class, instead is one of the main factors in the class' inability to be competitive in constructed play, largely because it works against the essential tempo of the game.  
Lord of the Rings Card Game
Gary SaxGary Sax   August 12, 2015   1296  
The exhaust to defend or attack mechanic. The last straw for me with LOTR: LCG I've decided to start a series where I take games in my collection and think about them via the one mechanic I think defines them. Today it's Lord of the Rings LCG, a rare one of this series that is going to be negative. In this case the game used to be in my collection, so forgive me if the rules I discuss are vague/wrong. And I'm not out here trying to troll you and...
Magic Realm game in progress (courtesy: Martí Cabré)
Gary SaxGary Sax   July 27, 2015   1447  
The Magic Realm chit system---a completely different solution to D+D style fantasy mechanics. I've decided to start a series where I take games in my collection and think about them via the one mechanic I think defines them. Today it's Magic Realm, inspired by a thread in trash talk about favorite fantasy combat mechanics. Magic Realm has a lot going on in it. Too much, really, making it a difficult game to play unless you've made it into a lifestyle game. I believe that is why no one...
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