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Zombie cards and my absence from the site

Hey folks!  To get some business out of the way, you won’t be seeing much of me on Troll in the Corner for a few weeks.  I’m set to go in to Surgery tomorrow and am expecting it to take a few weeks for me to recover.   That’s the not so good news. The good news is, late last night Eric dropped off …

Get Ready to Throw Some S*#t – Poo Reviewed

When I was at Origins a couple of months ago, one of the highlights of the convention was getting to play with Poo . I was hoping that I could come away from that convention with Poo in hand, but sadly, that was not to be. Poo had won the Origins Award for Best Card Game, and Sandstorm, the publishers, had…

Ascension

One of the hottest new games on display at Gen Con was Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer . Gary Games, the publisher, had sold at least 450 copies when I spoke to them on Sunday morning. Ascension falls in that very popular category these days of deck-building games. It has two unique features, though. First, there are no play or buy limits on a turn…

In which we team up with Gamer’s Haven and I get interviewed

It’s been a busy couple of days that have led to a very cool partnership!  Gamer’s Haven have graciously set aside a chunk of forum space for us here at Troll in the Corner !  Ethan from Gamer’s Haven and I have been talking a bit about combining forces on various projects and this represents the first step in that direction.  A big thanks…

25 years later… 24 years later!

The nonsensical title to this posts is actually a reference to my first ever attempt at designing a game. From that attempt I learned that designing a game is hard, a mixture of creativity and perseverance. Almost like catching lightning in a bottle. If you’ll indulge me, let’s travel down memory lane to the year 1986, when I created my first game, 25 years later . I remember…

Star Challengers

In 1986, the families of the astronauts killed aboard the Challenger Space Shuttle founded the Challenger Center for Space Science Education . As part of its mission to engage students in science and math education, the Challenger Center is partnering with Catalyst Game Labs to publish a series of young adult science fiction novels, as well as a cooperative card game. The first book in the Star Challengers series…

Logos in Second Life

A fully fleshed out, strategic, CCG in Second Life? Yeah, that’s Logos . Apparently the games has player rankings, animated battles, and all sorts of other goodies. The community seems to be really active also. I haven’t been in Second Life in over 3 years. My last foray was in an educational setting. I may just have  to reinstall and see what all this Logos stuff is about. ( source…

What’s Next for BoardGames.com?

$450,000 For boardgames.com; What Now? In May, boardgames.com was sold to an undisclosed purchaser for $450,000. It was not the most ever paid for a board or card related website: poker.org sold for $1 million earlier this year. Casino.com sold for $5.5 million, gambling.com for $19.8 million, and poker.com is rumored to have sold for between $23 and $27 million. Boardgames.com…

Interview with Reality Blurs President, and author of Realms of Cthulhu, Sean Preston

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to run a session of Realms of Cthulhu for Savage Worlds .  I wrote a review for the setting which can be found by clicking here .  If you aren’t familiar with H.P. Lovecraft or the twisted, dark themes of which he wrote, I recommend you start there. In my review I asked the…

7 Wonders

Asmodee was demoing at Gen Con an upcoming title, 7 Wonders , that presents an interesting combination of card drafting and civilization building. Each player works toward building one of the seven wonders of the ancient world using basic resources, technological advancements, cultural developments, military might, and trade. All of these are represented on cards and players collect hands while passing the cards around the table.

House of Spirits

From a company I always thought was a vanilla wargame company, Lock’ n Load Publishing continues to surprise me with their releases. This time it’s House of Spirits , a semi-co-op card game where players are exploring a haunted house. It’s semi-co-op because whoever racks up the most points in the game wins. You can earn points in several ways. You can …

Book Review – Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide

One of the things that excited me the most about going to GenCon was the chance to see the booths of not only new companies, but those whose games I already play. Paizo was one of those companies. I use Pathfinder for my home game, so having the chance to pick up some of their products directly from them was cool. I got my hands on both the …

Free Stuff Friday: Dragon Avenue

It’s Friday and it’s time to give you some more free stuff! This week’s Free Stuff is : Dragon Avenue – Resources Character Sheets Power, Condition, and Item cards Power and Item Cards Trackers Generators Dragon Avenue is home to all these free things, and a great D&D site. On the Dragon Avenue site they wrote this stuff up : This page serves …

A massive Aruneus update – lots of new art and a layout artist joins us!

Here’s an update on the ongoing Aruneus Project .  The world was a large place. The Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs existed if not in peace, at least able to survive with each other. Empires were formed, lives created and destroyed, magic flourished, and for a brief time Humanity strove to master Aruneus. Then the undead scourge broke the world. First and foremost – while work…

Blood Bowl Team Manager – the card game

In a bit of a surprise, at least to me, Fantasy Flight Games have announced  a new Blood Bowl based card game called Blood Bowl Team Manager.  I’m thinking they’re aiming for the fun of the BB universe without the setup, game board and statistics keeping required to field a league on your own.  Since Fantasy Flight Games took on the …

GenCon 2010 – Photodump

As I said when I posted my Photodump for Origins, I’m not the best in the world at remembering to take pictures when I’m at a convention. I thought I did better this time, but when I looked at how many pictures I managed to take, I still found myself wishing I had taken more. Oh well. Them’s the breaks, as they say (do they say that?)…

GenCon 2010 – Retrospective

I’ve had at least a full 24 hours to think about my time at GenCon, and I still don’t know if I am able to sort through everything properly. Given the scope of the show, that’s not terribly surprising. GenCon is the biggest gathering of gamer and gamer-related awesomeness that I have ever seen. I guess, for me, the best place to start with with my …

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Space Review

I’ll begin by saying that if you are unaware of the glory that is the British Science Fiction hit, Doctor Who , you have almost 50 years of television to catch up on.  However, thankfully, Cubicle 7 wrote this game to cover a relatively small but very pertinent portion of the Doctor’s grand history.  Though it makes reference to the series as a whole, we really are just concerned …

GenCon 2010 – Days 4 & 5: Double-Day Recap

So much of a convention like this just seems to pass in a blur. I know that I’ve talked to a lot of really cool people, but if I had to name them or step knee-deep into a fire-ant hive, I’d have burning welts all over my lower legs. (Did I really just write that? Must have, no one else is…

WBC (and more) Pimping Roundup

Convention Pimping AP pimps WBC. ( source ) ABC News pimps WBC. ( source ) The Indy Star continues to pimp Gen Con, talking about how the community businesses aim to support, and profit from, the con. ( source ) The Appeal Democrat pimps a Bridge sectional. ( source ) DFW.com pimps the National Scrabble Championship . ( source ) Upcoming cons The Mind