Honestly, if I were to say which Infocom game has the biggest impact on me, other than the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which also I formed my choice of authors to read even up to the point, it would be Wishbringer.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Wishbringer: nothing but words and whimsy
Monday, September 27, 2021
Infocom make me read Douglas Adams
My introduction to both Infocom and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy franchise was the interactive fiction game back in 1984.
Friday, September 24, 2021
I am convinced that Puerto Rico is NOT broken
When I’ll first seriously got into board games, it was generally accepted that Puerto Rico was the greatest game ever made.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Nine Horrors and One Dream is all fun
I’ve been poking around Horror: The 100 Best Books (mostly because it was edited by Kim Stanley) and one of the books I decided to try from it was Nine Horrors and a Dream by Joseph Payne Brennan.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Funny how Roll Through the Ages didn’t change my life
Looking back, I’m surprised that Roll Through the Ages didn’t turn me into a Roll and Write fan. It certainly did a lot more to interest me than Catan Dice, which was my first foray into designer Roll and Writes.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
How I define Roll and Write
While doing some notes on Roll Through the Agesfor a blog post that I may never bother finishing, I found myself asking what is the line between a Roll and Write and every other side games
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Even middling Lord Dunsany is good
I was surprised to realize, when I started reading it, that I hadn’t read Tales of Three Hemispheres before. While there are vast sections of Lord Dunsany’s writings I haven’t read, I’ve still read a lot of his early short stories.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Wow, the Great Pumpkin is BLEAK
Since stories are already selling Halloween stuff and you can only watch The Nightmare Before Christmas so many times in rapid succession, we let out seven-year-old watch Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It’s a special that neither of us had watched in at least a couple decades.
Friday, September 10, 2021
The Sound of His Horn is a fever dream of dystopia
The Sound of His Horn is a novel that I occasionally saw listed as an influential one but not one I heard a lot of conversation about. As if it was a book that mostly read by authors :D It was written by Sarban, which was the pseudonym for the British diplomat John William Wall. And, as I read the book, I couldn’t help but wonder if his professional life influenced his artistic one.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
What is the real value of stretch goals?
Magpie Games just finished up a Kickstarter for a licensed RPG about Avatar. (The Last Airbender/Kegend of Korea, not the ‘let’s see how many ideas we can steal from Poul Anderson’ one) As I understand it, they had a $50,000 goal and raised over nine million dollars. Is that a record? I can’t keep track of Kickstarter anymore.
Monday, September 6, 2021
Agricola is a game that’s all about labor!
When thinking about what game to retire about for Labor Day, I thought about Agricola since it’s all about doing manual labor!
Saturday, September 4, 2021
My August R&W
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
My August PnP