Tag Archives: Puzzle

Interviewing Potential Players

How to find local gamers You have a vacancy in your gaming group and decide to advertise for a new player. Because there are many places online and offline potential players might look for groups you put ads in several places, casting a wide net, hoping to get a response. To your surprise, you get a few responses. However, now …

Second Look—Crosswords / Downwords

I’ll keep this pretty short tonight, because I pretty much explained the entire game in my first post . At first I wasn’t too impressed. The graphics are OK, and it was good enough for a quick 5 minute game or so. Then I came back to it. Then again. Then again. You see, I can’t stop playing the game. If I’ve …

New from FoxMind

Octi , a reprint of this ten year old game. ( info ) Smartrix, a numerical pattern tile-laying game, something like Ingenious. ( info ) Trixo , reprint of an abstract game with similarities to Tic Tac Toe. ( info ) Dig It , a Rush Hour-like puzzle game. ( info ) Linja , Reach your opponent’s home abstract game, with some smooth abstract theme. (

4E AP: Osirion Session #8 (The Lost Tomb)

Session #8 saw the addition of a new player to our group who happens to be a colleague of mine; although he had never roleplayed before, he had all the other geek “credentials” so I figured he would fit right in and decided to extend the invitation which he took me up on. Since he was brand new to the…

Game Master Tool Illustrated: Plot Flowcharts

Today I want to share a simple and fast way that makes planning easier. I was going through old gaming papers recently and came across a partially crafted plot flowchart. This would be a short plot in Myste Cryk, a home-base type campaign that ran 2005-2006. As the blog carnival for September covers preparation, I thought I’d roll out a picture of this…

Crosswords / Downwords

Crosswords / Downwords is an iPhone puzzle game created by Lee Borkman. The object of the game is simple. Rearrange the 9 letters so that you create 3 words going across, and 3 words going down. The game has over 600 puzzles, the ability to hint, and the option to “cheat” once your hints have been exhausted. You can adjust the difficulty to 4 different settings, and each…

Crosswords / Downwords

Crosswords / Downwords is an iPhone puzzle game created by Lee Borkman. The object of the game is simple. Rearrange the 9 letters so that you create 3 words going across, and 3 words going down. The game has over 600 puzzles, the ability to hint, and the option to “cheat” once your hints have been exhausted. You can adjust the difficulty to 4 different settings, and each puzzle may…

Scruble Cube

RSV Productions , makers of Jishaku , has created a cubical word forming game called Scruble. I was given a heads up by Brian Maggio of Revenew Sales who is helping to promote the game. I read the rules, but I can’t tell much about the game from them other than that you look for words, even if they bend around the cube’s sides. Bonus points for using certain …

Scruble Cube

RSV Productions , makers of Jishaku , has created a cubical word forming game called Scruble. I was given a heads up by Brian Maggio of Revenew Sales who is helping to promote the game. I read the rules, but I can’t tell much about the game from them other than that you look for words, even if they bend around the cube’s sides…

Game Bandit—Mixed Bag Edition

First the sales… Geek Chic is running a virtual tent sale for orphaned orders, factory seconds, and show pieces. You can get their amazing furniture at significantly reduced prices. Unfortunately, the company is too busy to post the list of available pieces on the web site and I don’t have room for it here. If you’re interested, I…

Play Review of Warrior, Rogue and Mage

This weekend I had an opportunity to sit down and play a new game you might not have heard of yet, but it is definitely something to put on your radar. Background Warrior, Rogue and Mage is written by Michael Wolf of the Stargazer’s World Blog for Stargazer Games .  About a month ago he released it as a 100% free …

Ask the GMs: What we have here is A Failure To Cooperate

Campaign Mastery was asked, GM Izzy: “I am a very green GM running a pulpy run around campaign set in modern day London, everyone has a laugh each session but it is impossible to progress with any major plot points because the party stoically refuses to coalesce into, well, a party! I have tried throwing in threats to their…

Board and Card Game News Roundup

I was away from blogging for a week (my father passed away), so I have a backlog of news posts to churn out. Here you go: Chess Bobby Fischer’s body was exhumed from his grave to prove that a 9 year old Philippines girl was not, in fact, his daughter. ( source ) Felony charges against Gregory Alexander, accused of breaking into …

Earthdaw puzzle #4

The fourth edition of the Earthdawn puzzle is made of 40 pieces and will test your skills. The pieces can be rotated by dragging a piece and then clicking the right mouse button. If you like it check…

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Queen Elizabeth II Plays Carcassonne (*)

(*) Or, a least, one of her family or entourage does. For their vacation, someone in the queen’s entourage packed some jigsaw puzzles and the board games Articulate! and Carcassonne , as discovered in a picture shot through the window. Go Queen. ( source , image by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Toy Story 3 Games

Time to throw all of those Toy Story 2 items in the trash. We’ve got Toy Story 3 items now. Despite the grand creativity of the Pixar storytellers, it should come as no surprise that this creativity doesn’t extend to their licensing department. What’s surprising is how many ways they have to repackage games in different combinations. Toy Story 3 Operation Buzz Lightyear – From the…

Ask The GMs: Rubbing Two Dry Words Together

Why have different languages in an RPG? How can they be used to enhance a story? And what’s wrong with Universal Translators, anyway? I have a question about using languages in fantasy RPGs. There are numerous articles and advice out there on how to create fictitious languages and make them sound realistic or add verisimilitude to the campaign setting, but that’s not my question. My question is…

Classic Games Roundup

Dylan Loeb McClain is my new favorite blogger; he writes the Chess blog Gambit for the NY Times website, and I find myself tempted to link to nearly everything he writes. Two of his latest are about an available position as Chess instructor for the Peace Corps and some Chess-themed television advertisements . A blog in the Washington Examiner pimps Bridge…

Who is River Song, part two

A while ago I posted my own theory about who the mysterious River Song is in the current run of Doctor Who. I was wrong. I was wrong in the same way that everyone who has suggested everyone from The Rani to Rose Tyler, from The Master in drag to The Doctor’s Mum to The Doctor’s Daughter is wrong. We are all wrong. I’m say that …