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Mark Crane

Written by: Mark Crane
I'm in Harbin, China for a month, working with professors at the Harbin Institute of Technology.  There are seven other Americans in our group.  I mostly brought games that could sort of be use...
July 20th, 2012
Written by: Mark Crane
# Let's hope they don't cheese it up beyond all recognition.  Release date is 3rd quarter 2012, and Richard Garfield did not participate in the re...
May 16th, 2012
Written by: Mark Crane
#So Victory Point Games just announced they have purchased a laser cutting machine and are making counters so thick that they can be stood on  edge.  [VPG announcement] Given that VPG recently had GMT r...
April 29th, 2012
Written by: Mark Crane
I don't get out to game that much, mostly because I am a grown up with four kids and a less-sympathetic spouse, so it blew my mind this week when some friends of hours invited us over to play Agricola an...
January 7th, 2012
Written by: Mark Crane
So I'm taking off for British Columbia with the family.  I used to cram as many portable games as I could in my bag, but this year three of the kids have iPod touch-es (I have no idea how to plurali...
July 13th, 2011
Written by: Mark Crane
Last night I had a dream that I'd purchased this boardgame about swapping body parts among cadavers, and in order to pimp the game out I'd actually purchased two dead bodies. I'd misplaced one of the bod...
April 23th, 2011
Written by: Mark Crane
    In 2005 I wandered into a boardgame store in Portland, Oregon while visiting the in-laws.  I bought a Cheapass copy of "Lord of the Fries" and googled it, discovering The Sight Whose N...
April 16th, 2011
Written by: Mark Crane
So I have a copy of Earth Reborn that I got for Christmas.  I've read the first few pages of the rules but haven't even punched the cardboard yet.  It's pretty much my dream game, even though m...
January 22th, 2011
Written by: Mark Crane
"Those lady zombies are surprisingly buxom.  You'd think if they were dead they'd be a little more shriveled up."    
December 25th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
I tend to trade games a lot.  If something isn't being played and I'm broke, I'll often trade it.  Recently I was watching Tom Vasel's top #5-#2 Greatest Games Ever podcast, and I realized that...
December 1th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
A recent email exchange with my father, who is 68 years old and blasts the tv so loudly that my mom is threatening to move in with us. _______________________________________________________________ Dea...
November 5th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
You could buy this lcd projector, with 3,000 hours of bulb life: Viewsonic PJL7211   And this fabulous looking multiplayer game:   Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator I'm not dissing boardgames...
October 27th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
#Remember when you first discovered decent boardgames, and you were so excited that you decided to convert all of your friends and family to this wonderful hobby? Yeah, me too.  Years later my wife l...
September 2th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
Bid on these boots:  Indian Motorcycle Boot. I bid on them. I don't know what I was thinking. If I wear these to teach I'll look like the Dread Pirate Roberts. Set me free.
August 25th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
#It feels like a hybrid 80s Ameritrash/Avalon Hill game from the eighties (Gammarauder?) with a eurogame injection. I'd say it's a little like Pandemic, in that outbreaks ramp up as you play. There have b...
June 6th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
I just won the "Sting" edition of Dune in a math trade.  Earlier today I heard Sting on NPR.  Coincidence?
April 28th, 2010
Written by: Mark Crane
#  Bruce Sterling's classic address to video game developers, "Follow Your Weird," is full of great advice for boardgame designers as well.Here's the url:
September 23th, 2009
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