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Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
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
Written by: Mark Thomas
Game ideas come from all sorts of places. You need to read lots of different things, watch lots of different things, play lots of different things. Go forth and consume! I really like the Drizzt novels b...
March 9th, 2014
Written by: Charlie Theel
#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
Written by: Pete Ruth
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
Written by: Charlie Theel
#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
Written by: Charlie Theel
#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
Written by: Charlie Theel
#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
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
 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
Written by: James Sitz
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
Written by: Charlie Theel
#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
Written by: Jur
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
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
[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
Written by: Rliyen
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
Written by: engineer Al
#A little holiday cheer from artist Bill Bricker.
December 25th, 2013
Written by: Charlie Theel
#An absolutely brilliant design from 1981 has been re-birthed in Modern trappings to astound, fluster, and magnify a new generation of gamer. The core game play found in this elegant box is pure and simpl...
December 21th, 2013
Written by: Jeffrey Luce
#   Well it had been some time since all the True Believers were able to gather in one place for our traditional Thursday gaming session but we were able to pull it off this week. The Lake House is t...
December 20th, 2013
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
When I originally wrote some ruminations about magical numbers and boardgames, Steven Davis suggested I should talk about this in relation to card games, such as card hand size.  I’m not a per...
December 19th, 2013
Written by: Lewis Pulsipher
In the course of designing “nano-games” that have between 17 and 20 pieces for two sides and very small boards that fit on part of a postcard, I again had occasion to wonder if there is some ...
December 15th, 2013
Written by: ubarose
#A couple of F:ATies have emailed and PMed me requesting an update on my house burning up situation and our rebuilding efforts. These F:ATies also seemed to believe that other people might be interested a...
December 14th, 2013
Written by: Charlie Theel
#Wrapped in a plain olive card box while boasting black and white generic card art, The Battle for Hill 218 bears an outright semblance of the mundane that will be torn down and trodden upon as soon as yo...
December 12th, 2013
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