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Written by: Jason Lutes
#[Previous chapters in this series: 1, 2, 3] Rockwell Jones was a prizefighter before he was asked to throw one too many matches and quit the racket in disgust. Taking over his deceased father's accountin...
July 9th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
Here is an example of how a simple misunderstanding in the rules can break a game.My 1982 game Dragon Rage was reissued at the beginning of 2011.  The process of finding a publisher, who was a new p...
July 4th, 2012
Written by: Jur
#I've set myself the goal to have played my Essen 2011 purchases at least once before going back this October. Although there's always a stack of unplayed games, unread books and unpainted lead and I can ...
July 4th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
Thank you for your generous gift of the D&D Adventure Board Game.  After getting it and doing an inventory of its missing parts, I made it an effort to make it whole, by photocopying tokens and ...
July 3th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
#There has been a great deal of hand-wringing about the lack of what people are calling "true criticism" in the board game industry, of late. What the hand-wringers are wringing wildly about is the idea t...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Jason Lutes
#[For previous entries in this playtest session report, see Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.] When last we left Doktor Radium and his faithful bodyguard, Gunther, they had discovered a Pit Chamber in the basemen...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Jur
#There is a magic about the year 1989 that is difficult to explain. The disintegration of the communist bloc generated a sense of opportunity and hope that was lacking in the dour Eighties. It affected us...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: JMcL63
It lives! Site-visitors who’ve tracked the ‘Recently played games’ widget over on my Blogger sidebar (or on my BGG profile page) during the months of this longest of bloglags will have ...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Dave Denton
Gratuitous breast cleavage and naked Scottish bums in a Disney movie! IN 3-D! Now that I have your attention...  It does have a PG rating after all...(parents of small children, I advise it may be a...
July 2th, 2012
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
A major objective of any game designer should be to avoid inflicting unnecessary frustration on the player(s).  In video games in particular it’s easy to find reviews that criticize the user i...
July 1th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
# So, out of the blue I get this email from a nice gent from New Zealand, asking me to review a new card game called "Gettalife", where you and several of your closest friends attempt to build a tableau o...
July 1th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
Location: Mt. Yamaguchi Time: T-5 hours It took us longer than expected to get to the mountain, but at least we were out of the Taint.  The lot of us were worried about scaling the thing, but we w...
June 28th, 2012
Written by: Jur
Just come back from Prometheus on the big screen in 3D. And just as expected it's a visual spectacle. Some images will last me a long time. Beautiful, scary, just wow.The sound (as separate from the musi...
June 27th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
With our armaments running low, Cpl. Zizo called for a Regroup.  During the rearming process, we discovered that our efforts were ahead of schedule, despite some of our earlier defeats.  We a...
June 27th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
To add insult to injury, several flying triangles circled above us like carrion birds.  Armored Gliders. Great. Undaunted, Cpl. Amoroso contacted the Schenectady and requested air support.  I k...
June 26th, 2012
Written by: Pete Ruth
#I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool Trekkie. I like the franchise well enough, but the one thing I think that Star Trek does better than Star Wars or, really, any other ...
June 25th, 2012
Written by: Jason Lutes
#As noted in last week's entry, each Hero begins a given session of TToA embarked on his own trademark introductory Adventure, represented by a Hook card. These Adventures are relatively easy, usually tak...
June 25th, 2012
Written by: Rliyen
TRANSCRIBED LOG OF G.E.S. Schenectady DATE: 2457.6.22 MISSION: RESCUE PRINCESS RYAN FROM DARK CITADEL TRANSCRIBER: Pvt. Robert “Da Scribbler” Liebl   Location: Drop Zone Alpha Time: T-1...
June 22th, 2012
Written by: Matt Loter
#  On Wednesday (June 20th) I did a gay super hero wedding in NYC. It was pretty awesome.  
June 22th, 2012
Written by: Jason Lutes
#[This is a playtest report for Thrilling Tales of Adventure!, a pulp adventure boardgame that is currently in development. You can peruse previous playtest entries starting here]. The year is 1928. After...
June 21th, 2012
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