I’ve been looking back at my past blogs about Cheap Ass games. And I am fascinated by how much my opinion of the work of James Ernst has shifted.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
I printed out the demo of Death Valley and cut the cards last year. And now I I’ve finally actually laminated and trimmed the cards. My expectation were a fairly rudimentary push-your-luck game with pretty art and a good theme. And damned if it didn’t surprise me by being better than that.
Monday, September 19, 2022
I’d been planning on making a copy of the original Zombie in my Pocket in October to celebrate Halloween. But I got impatient to actually play the game again so I made it a month early lol
Friday, September 16, 2022
It has been a long time since I last played Die Sieben Siegel, also known as Wizard Extreme and Zing and Sluff Off. (It’s not as bad as Knizia’s Wildlife Safari but that’s still a lot of names) I don’t know if I’ve ever owned a copy but I knew at least a couple folks who had a copy.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
I first heard about Henry Kuttner’s Hogbens stories in comparison to Manly Wade Wellman’s Silver John/John the Balladeer stories. I have finally read the Hogben stories and, man, is that comparison superficial.
Monday, September 12, 2022
On a recent camping trip, I packed A Fistful of Penguins and a deck of cards for surface friendly and weather friendly games. (The cute penguin theme of a Fistful of Penguins and all the components being waterproof made it beat out Pickomino and Easy Come, Easy Go. The latter still tempted me because you don’t need a score pad. And, really, you should just take a deck of cards on any trip)
Friday, September 9, 2022
Bolets is a maze-building game for one that uses Ricochet Robots mechanics and NES aesthetic.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
When I read that Richard Riordan had written a book that was set in the world of Jules Verne instead of mythology, I had to read it. So I got Daughters of the Deep out of the library.
Monday, September 5, 2022
With the school year having started, that means substitute teaching has started again. And, although the opportunities are few and far between, I don’t mind seeing how I can add games to learning and critical thinking.
Friday, September 2, 2022
August wasn’t a game heavy month but I feel like I managed to learn a variety of games if not a lot of games.
Thursday, September 1, 2022
After having done almost no PnP crafting in July, I was busier in August.
What Lies Beneath
The Great micro Game
Wheat & Ale
Winnie-the-Pooh in the Honey Heist
Fishing Lessons (demo)
Autumn (two and three player)
Food Chain Island (demo)
My ‘big’ project for August was the demo for Fishing Lessons, the fourth and latest game in Scott Almes Simply Sollo series. It’s very solid and might even knock Food Chain Island from its position of my favorite game in the series.
I made extra copies of Autumn and Food Chain Island so I could have travel copies that could live permanently in my work bag. Both games have proven worth being handy. (Making a copy of the final version of Food Chain Island and the expansions that have come out is on the short list)
I also spent a fair bit of time getting other projects started, printing and cutting and laminating. I have a feeling that free time is going to be even tighter for the rest of the year so I wanted to be able to set things up so I could still get projects done each month.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Earlier this year, after watching enough students reading Demon Slayer, I started reading it. And I’ve now finished it.
Monday, August 29, 2022
Here’s a boring gaming topic that’s been on my mind. Duplex versus folding versus gluing. lol
Friday, August 26, 2022
When I saw that someone had recreated Micro Space Empire as a set of tables, effectively making it a Roll and Write, that was when I decided I needed to try it.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Okay, Fjords has been not only reprinted but expanded? Got to admit that I did not expect that.
Monday, August 22, 2022
Looking at James Ernst’s Spree (a game I have owned forever but never played), I found myself asking where Cheapass Games fall in the world of Ameritrash as a genre. Well, at least this Chrapass game.
Friday, August 19, 2022
There’s an anecdote that, in the 1890, an Englishman wrote to an editor, asking for a game simple enough that he could teach it to his young son that would give him a taste of Whist. The editor replied he had the perfect game, Whist.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
I recently read Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Bacchus Volume Three: Doing the Islands with Bacchus. Rick Riordan and Eddie Campbell ended up in very similar places by going in completely opposite directions.
Monday, August 15, 2022
With The Sandman having been turned into a TV series, that’s taken me down memory lane. Probably enough for two or three blogs lol
Friday, August 12, 2022
Winnie-the-Pooh in the Honey Heist (which I’m just going to call The Honey Heist from now on) is a Print and Play Roll and Write, one of those ones that any number of people can play as long as they have their own play sheet.
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
LBack when TokyoPop was first releasing translated Manga (which was a golden age of Manga reading for me), I latched onto Initial D. I bought and read volume after volume of it. And I never could quite figure out why I enjoyed it so much.
Monday, August 8, 2022
Genesis is relatively obscure Knizia game. I was surprised to find it in deep storage since I thought I had gotten rid of it years ago. And I was glad to see it since it’s remained stuck in my head, despite having not played it very much.
Friday, August 5, 2022
What made me pull the trigger of Wheat & Ale was that it was by Robin Jarvis. Between the Legends of Dsyx and Paper Pinball, they have given me hours of Roll and Write fun.