An interesting topic came up in the comments section and it's an area worth exploring. Naming a game is a simple endeavor that carries far more weight and consequences than are rea...
April 23th, 2014
I was involved in a conversation at Board Game Geek, and the subject was game criticism and the hesitance of people to do negative reviews. Up until the end, it was an interesting and compelling conversa...
April 13th, 2014
|One of the first things I realized about deductive reasoning games is that there are very few that I really like. I'm a big fan of Clue, but the problem with other games that employ the mechanic of deduc...|
April 8th, 2014
|I'd heard almost nothing about this game, except for the fact that it was a dexterity game and that it looked cutesy, but I'm a sucker for dexterity games, especially ones depicting wholesale carnage in ...|
April 4th, 2014
For me, the gold standard for a miniatures game has little to do with the fiction that created the world where the game takes place, and even less to do with the miniatures. Miniatures are awesome, and ...
April 3th, 2014
|Let me tell you a story...
Mechwarrior 2 was released back in the mid-90s and I was a few years away from getting my first car (the vehicle that took me away from the serious videogaming that I used to d...|
March 22th, 2014
So, there's a new game on the block which is all coop and minis-centric. Check out the bullet points:
1. S/F themed.
2. By at least one of the guys who designed War of the Ring.
March 17th, 2014
|For years I've had to endure yearly posts about FATties gathering en masse for the tribal rituals called TrashFest; a call that brought FATties from all parts of the globe including my beloved Canada. Ev...|
March 15th, 2014
The Future of (Tabletop) Wargames?
Getting out of the wargame ghetto . . .
“I didn't realize how out of my element I was until I had to listen to guys talking about their retirement and/or h...
March 13th, 2014
|In 1985 Dave Mustaine released “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!” in a drunken, hate filled rage which served as his vendetta fueled fist down the throat of the four bay area thrashers ...|
February 15th, 2014
Thats right, y'all: I'm back, with a vengeance. I haven't been able to log onto my Google blog since the hack attack, it's been a bit of a nightmare, to be honest. The good news is that you've all been...
February 7th, 2014
|Boss Monster has fun 8 bit artwork. Boss Monster has clever and nostalgic video game references. Boss Monster demands its title be spoken with a deep manly voice. Quick, slick, and brut...|
February 2th, 2014
|Hanabi may be a small game that hides inconspicuously on your shelf, but its shadow of popularity and awards dwarfs that of even the largest Fantasy Flight coffin box games of yore. This deck of 50 cards...|
January 29th, 2014
|Hidden suicide bombers, conniving spies, infectious disease, and an evil timer that slams your head into the ground while all you want is a moment of clarity to speak with your team? Hell yes, I’m...|
January 14th, 2014
As Voltaire said, "A witty saying proves nothing." But some sayings can help people think about something in a new way.
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is noth...
January 9th, 2014
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 ...
January 9th, 2014
|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 thr...|
January 6th, 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 S...
January 4th, 2014
[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...
January 3th, 2014
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 tha...
January 2th, 2014
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