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Some Advice for New Writers: Don’t Write

Don’t even think that I’m sort of expert. I’m just like so many of you out there. A budding writer chomping at the bit to get something published. But as I sit here getting geared up for a new year with new goals, I have to say to myself, “What is the most important thing

Fortune Cards, and why WoTC should just man up

I’m seeing an awful lot of hate for stiff cardstock on the intertubes lately, and little of it makes sense. Ok, none of it makes sense. What, pray tell, has stiff cardstock ever done to you? I’m talking about the announcement that WoTC have released the D&D Fortune Cards and therefore wiped out humanity, begun World War IV and killed all the fluffy bunnies, all at the …

Free Small World Scenario Available from Days of Wonder

Days of Wonder is offering Necromancer Island free to all US customers. This is a limited-edition scenario that in the past has been available through retailers only or in conjunction with a Small World purchase over the web. Now, while supplies last, US customers can receive the scenario for free, but must pay shipping and handling. This is a limited time…

My 2011 Gaming Resolutions

I’m a few days late since I was on vacation through the holidays, but better late than never. Here are my 2011 game-related resolutions: Continuing playing RPGs on a weekly basis – we get to play nearly every Sunday now, up from once per month just a couple years ago, and I’d like to keep that going so …

Bestiary 2: A Very Quick & Dirty Review

This was really meant to be a much longer review but heck real life and other dead lines just got in the way but here’s some quick thoughts. I gotta say that it’s pretty damned good. Not quite as good as the Advanced Player’s Guide but still good. A lot monster books are just a

She’s just showing off now (NSFW)

“Oh very clever. You beheaded the Dragon. Now go put some clothes on.” Like Unlike

Less Than Heroic

I do love a good comedy gaming web series and here’s one that needs a little help. Less Than Heroic is by the same folks that did Chaotic Good Online. It was pretty damned funny. But they did that entire series out of pocket. This time they’re doing a little fund raising and the clock

World Building Part 4 – Campaign Setting Genre

Tweet Last week, I took a short break from this series because of travel and the holidays, but I am back this week to talk about the genre that your game world is going to fit into. In the last post in this series, we talked about the importance of deciding the tone you want for your world. While world tone is the first thing you…

World Building Part 4 – Campaign Setting Genre

Tweet Last week, I took a short break from this series because of travel and the holidays, but I am back this week to talk about the genre that your game world is going to fit into. In the last post in this series, we talked about the importance of deciding the tone you want for your world. While world tone is the first thing…

Angry Birds, the Board Game

Angry Birds is a ridiculous and ridiculously popular video game (over 12 million purchases from Apple’s app store, and it’s available on other platforms too), soon to be a real-world physical game from Mattel. There was a first look at the game at CES. The object of the game is to build walls with pig on them and then catapult the bird

Angry Birds, the Board Game

Angry Birds is a ridiculous and ridiculously popular video game (over 12 million purchases from Apple’s app store, and it’s available on other platforms too), soon to be a real-world physical game from Mattel. There was a first look at the game at CES. The object of the game is to build walls with pig on them and then catapult the

Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

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Mark Rosewater On the Design of Several Magic Sets

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Memoir 44 Online Beta gaining momentum

Days of Wonder has expanded its online game presence by launching a beta version of their award winning WWII board game, Memoir ’44. Currently the beta is open to the public and can be accessed on Days of Wonder’s website at the Memoir ’44 download page . The online version of the game is nearly identical to the table top version with a few minor differences to…

Memoir 44 Online Beta gaining momentum

Days of Wonder has expanded its online game presence by launching a beta version of their award winning WWII board game, Memoir ’44. Currently the beta is open to the public and can be accessed on Days of Wonder’s website at the Memoir ’44 download page . The online version of the game is nearly identical to the table top…

UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the …

UNO’s 40th Anniversary

Every year we get a few anniversaries for some iconic brands. Last year we had Monopoly’s 75th (with Hasbro), and we recently had Scrabble’s 60th and a few others. This year UNO turns 40. UNO will have a float in the Rose Bowl parade. You will be able to buy UNO for $1 on January 11 (1/11/11). And a new version of UNO will introduce the UNO Roboto, some…

Flip-Oh!, or Team Shut-the-Box

Flip-Oh! is a self-published dice game for 4 to 16 players (or any multiple of 4) from three Tulsa women, Anne, Jan, and Diana ( source ). Each player rolls their own set; when one player goes out, the team counts its remaining tiles as negative points. The instructions urge players to roll the dice fast; this doesn’t appear to…

Palladium Rules Round Table 3: Skill List Overload

Preparing for skill selection feels like this Goal #1 for today’s blog installment? Keep it to fewer than 100,000 words. It seems somehow wrong to ramble overly long about trimming the fat out of what many feel is a bloated system, so I’ll dive right in. Skill overload There are tons of skills in the Palladium system. Hundreds of them occupy scores of pages in core rulebooks, …

Stomple from Spin Master

Stomple from Spin Master is a combinatorial abstract game (not really, since it’s for more than two players) for 2-6 players. Each player gets a tower, and the board gets a random distribution of marbles. On your turn, you a) move to an adjacent space and take out the marble, continuing to take out additional adjacent marbles of the same color, or b)…