Posts Tagged ‘Gaming’

And That’s a Fact

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Over “the Holidays” ;) we played the game Fact or Crap with some friends from church.

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We Had an Inkling

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Recently I had a chance to try the boardgame Inklings from Cactus Game Design with friends from church.

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Where have all the generals gone?

Monday, October 1st, 2007

It’s been awhile since I did a gaming post. Part of the problem is that fall is my wargaming off-season. No particular reason, other than the flurry of activities this time of year pushes gaming off the agenda. I did have a wargamer friend in from Seattle two weeks ago and we broke out For The People II, Mark Hermann’s excellent strategic-level American Civil War card-driven game. Click here for a well-done review of the game. We didn’t have much time to play and actually spent more time looking at an online game he is playing.

Now by off-season, I mean no ftf play. During this time I usually leave one game setup for solitaire play. Aging’s effect on memory is actually helpful for solitairing card games. Once I play the Union turn, it may be a day or two before I play the Confederate turn, and by then I will have forgotten what cards are in the Union hand. Heck, sometimes I forget after 20 seconds. :p

Colossus

Monday, September 10th, 2007

A few posts back I talked about the classic boardgame Titan and how its being republished. I discovered a desktop Java program called Colossus which provides online or solitaire play of Titan. I’ve only played it solitaire as a time killer when the brain is fried, but the AI opponent is not bad. Very solid strategically on the Masterboard, though it lacks a little on tactical defense. Still good enough to make winning a challenge and great for learning Titan or trying it out to see if you will like it. If you’ve never played Titan, but try Colossus and find it intriguing, be warned that ftf Titan will play much more slowly and human opponents will be tougher in tactical combat.

Football Fantasy

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

OK, it’s not a boardgame, but it kinda plays like one. Late August is fantasy football draft time, and each year this is the time to become a pigskin prognosticator.
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So Many Games…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Changing gears here a bit, GMT’s magazine C3i came out this week with new stuff for the best two new wargames of 2006 – a new scenario (#103) for Combat Commander: Europe (two-player, WWII tactical infantry combat) and a 2-player variant for Here I Stand (3-6 player, card-driven game on the Reformation). Also the game club is meeting this week and on the agenda is Dune, Titan, MECCG, and perhaps Here I Stand and Combat Commander. So an after-action report is coming up.

Still in the pipeline here is a look at Republic of Rome and Hannibal : Rome v Carthage (HRC), both being republished. However, I can’t talk about the latter, or Here I Stand, without first giving my talk on card-driven games (CDGs). Also since I try to accommodate both the grognard and the uninitiated here, I like to give background if I can’t find a good link to one elsewhere. (more…)

Titan

Monday, August 6th, 2007

An oldie but goody in my board game collection is Titan from Avalon Hill. It’s being “reprinted” (perhaps redone) and released by FFG. This is one of three classics on my gameshelf that are being redone. The others are Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage and Republic of Rome, which I’ll talk about in weeks ahead.

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Munchkin

Monday, July 30th, 2007

On occasion at the game club, when a 30-minute block of time opens up, perhaps while waiting for an opponent for the next “serious” game, someone will break out the comical card game Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games. Now this game appears to have been designed for kids, though I don’t recall ever playing it with anyone much under 40.

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ftf

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

ftf means face-to-face gaming, as opposed to PBEM (play by electronic mail) or online games. Went to the game club on Saturday for some ftf action. Didn’t get enough players interested in Dune. Instead, played two Euro-style games -¬†Winds of Plunder and Prince of Florence – some MECCG, and the card game BANG!

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The Spice of Life (or at least gaming)

Monday, July 16th, 2007

When it comes to games, I prefer the two-player variety to be an intense, well-played match of skill. After all, I am the poster child for intense play at the Consimworld Expo website. With multi-player games I prefer a casual, more social style. Our local game club meets this weekend, and there are noises circulating in email about playing Dune, a multi-player game (based on the Frank Herbert novel) that is best enjoyed if not played casually.

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