A bit ago, I wrote how I wasn’t convinced that Isle of Skye (as well as other games) could fire Carcassonne because it (and other examples) lacked a shared map that players kicked each others teeth out over. However, I can see an argument for for a game like Isle of Skye could fire Alhambra.
Friday, April 30, 2021
I’m not firing Alhambra
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Fast Train to Miyajima mixes colors to move trains
Fast Train to Miyajima is a game from the fourth R&W contest. As I’ve explored R&Ws, I have decided there is a sub genre that can be called ‘Trying to fire Yahtzee’. Fast Train could be described as trying to fire Qwixx. Which it doesn’t do but it’s still not bad.
Monday, April 26, 2021
The Gods of Pegana broke rules that didn’t exist
I’ve been rereading Lord Dinsany’s The Gods of Pegana regularly enough over the years that I’m not sure how often I’ve read it. I didn’t even mean to read it this time. I just found out that The Travel Tales of Mr Jorkens was available as an ebook. That made me look at other works of Lord Dunsany and I found myself reading The Gods of Pegana.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Deadeye Dinah - fussy but fascinating
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Bangsian fantasy had a silly beginning
Bangsian Fantasy is a genre where the setting is primarily in the afterlife and people from different periods of history interact, usually in a light-hearted way. The term is probably only reason anyone remembers who John Kendrick Bangs was.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Alpakaland is as close to a sandbox R&W as I’ve seen
Alpakaland is a game about creating your very own Alpaca-themed amusement park. Which isn’t actually one of my personal dreams or even a sentence I thought I’d ever write. But I’ve written about Devil Bunny Needs A Ham so I’ve written weirder.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Mixture is a mixture of too much luck and too many interesting ideas
Mixture is an odd ride.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
No, I couldn’t resist the Citadels PnP
My ‘big’ PnP project for April was making the PnP demo of Citadels. (My basic criteria for being a big project is large enough that a publisher would actually print the game :P)
Monday, April 12, 2021
Some Kind of Genius started my Ignatov journey
Some Kind of Genius is the first of Radow Ignatov’s designs that I’ve tried (and that was because he released early as a bonus to his Kickstarter backers) Compared to the other designs he’s released since then, it is the most ‘boring’ design of his that I’ve seen.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Carcassonne makes me a hypocrite
I am a hypocrite when it comes to games firing other games.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The darkness in Terry Pratchett’s young adult books
Noted after my last commentary about Young Adult literature was that a lot of Young Adult literature is dark and discusses dark themes.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Looking back and finding out Wurfel Bingo was a milestone
I have been a big fan of legit multi-player solitaire games ever since I finally got my hands on a copy of Take It Easy more than ten years ago. Don’t get me wrong. There is a lot to be said for competition. Trying to kick each other’s teeth in is an important part of gaming. However, non-confrontation has its place too and can be the only way to get some people at the table.
Friday, April 2, 2021
My March R&W
Still not going to make this a regular thing. However, Roll and Writes are such a quick and easy way to get a new game fix :D
Thursday, April 1, 2021
My March PnP
I went into March with pretty low expectations for PnP crafting. My goal was pretty just to make one ‘larger’ project. However, I looked at some contests so I ended up being more active than I expected.