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Michael Barnes

Written by: Michael Barnes
#It's tough to pay attention to board games this week when RED DEAD REDEMPTION is out, an easy contender for Game of the Year and a title that is very, very close to letting me completely fall helplessl...
May 20th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Finally, Bill Abner has finished editing my ZENO CLASH: ULTIMATE EDITION review and it's now posted at It's just another step toward becoming one of those highly paid and well-cushioned vi...
May 19th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# I was big into skateboarding in the mid to late 1980s.  My parents got me a deck sometime in 1986 or 1987, and unlike most kids that started out with one of those terrible Variflex boards with the day...
May 18th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#As Matt Drake's article from a couple of weeks ago already told y'all, CYCLADES is pretty good. More than that, I'd go so far as to call it the best game I've played this year to date. It's an easy to pl...
May 13th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#That's right, it's time once again for the monthly Cracked LCD Countdown. And this one is really going to piss off you people who are totally OK with spending $100 on a board game. Because it's about bei...
May 6th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Hot damn, another video game review for my portfolio. It won't be long before I'm the next Tom Chick! This time, it's MONSTER HUNTER TRI, so it's my first published AAA game write-up and it's over at Gam...
May 5th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#URBAN COWBOY is one of the great bad movies> I think that the picture really captures what it must be like to be a cartoonish Texan with little concern for the world beyond keeping the trailer clean, h...
April 29th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#  I'm thinking about changing the name of my column at to "Barnes Bitches About Price". Because that's what I'm doing again in my otherwise favorable review of Conquest Gaming's WARLORDS ...
April 22th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#By now, everybody knows that video games are vastly superior to board games apart from a couple of malfeasant outliers who still like to count just for fun. PANZER GENERAL: ALLIED ASSAULT desmontrates th...
April 15th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#This week at Gameshark I'm talking about those other hobby games, but more specifically why I don't talk about them much. Miniatures and RPGs are almost completely a non-interest for me at this point in ...
April 8th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Last month's Cracked LCD Countdown was one of the most popular and beloved board game article to ever appear on the internet. I am positive that sales of all of the listed games surged over the past coup...
April 1th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Pictured is a game that doesn't look like any fun to me at all. Images like this are why I wasn't terribly enthusiatic about Vlaada Chvatil's DUNGEON LORDS prior to release. I thought it was going to win...
March 25th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#This week's Cracked LCD is one of those highbrow theory articles that I like to write every so often about the way I think games ought to be. I tried really hard to piss someone off in it by calling game...
March 18th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Hey, guess what? I have a full-blown video game review up at! It's for GREED CORP, an XBLA/PSN board's a pretty good one, and for the first time ever I'll have something up on Met...
March 15th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#In this week's bid to piss off Fortress: AT readers, I'm reviewing a game that almost no one will be able to play. It's GREED, INCORPORATED and the review is, as usual, at Some suggested t...
March 11th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#Today is a dark day for Here I was thinking that we represented the best and brightest community in all of hobby gaming and in our first contest, not a single F:ATtie has won a prize. I a...
March 5th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#The Count suggests a couple of interesting questions: 1. Where and on whom does he feed? 2. Does having a vampire's castle in the neighborhood lower property values on Sesame Street? That all has noth...
March 4th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# Frank Branham claimed that CLAUSTROPHOBIA "might be better than SPACE HULK" when he introduced it to me. I listened to my gut instinct, which tells me that no man that enjoys the taste and texture of C...
February 25th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
# RUNEWARS is, as many of us know by now, a pretty great game. I like it a lot, and after owning it for about a month I still want to play it week in and week out, which is a good sign. I think it's got ...
February 18th, 2010
Written by: Michael Barnes
#HERE IT IS, folks, the opportunity of a lifetime. Fortress: Ameritrash, in conjunction with Plaid Hat Games is offering you a chance to design a card for their great SUMMONER WARS game. Yes, that's right...
February 16th, 2010
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