Tag Archives: Strategy

Review – LeCardo

Today I get to review something I don’t play a lot of: A card game.   LeCardo is what might be classified as an educational card game, although unlike a lot of educational games, it actually plays well as a game – strategy and competition are part and parcel of LeCardo. The game is designed by Hugh Marshall and Priscilla McIntosh, and published by Leo Marshall Designs . How play …

The Brink of War

The Brink of War is the third expansion for the popular strategy card game Race for the Galaxy (RftG for short). It includes more than forty new cards – including four new start worlds – to add to the deck; a handful of new goals for the rules introduced in The Gathering Storm and a range of new chits for the solo variant as well as …

The Portable Galactic Empire

In The Portable Galactic Empire , players create an empire under their rule by placing solar system and planet cards in their play area and parlaying the resources they provide into new technologies (read: weapons) for use against their enemies. Sets of similar technologies give a bonus in combat, and a bigger fleet is a decided advantage. Craft are easily lost in a fight, but the highest total perseveres …

Neurons & Lobes: Examining Psionics, Part 2 of 5

In part 1, I explained that the imminant advent in my supers campaign of a character who is a powerful psionic has had me thinking about Telepathy quite a bit recently. I then began to excerpt selected rules and background material from the campaign rules relating to the subject. The first part focussed on the metagame and game mechanics concepts around which psionics…

Chaos in the Old World

In the eighties and early nineties, Games Workshop was a major producer of board games. Behind the incredibly popular Talisman came titles like Chainsaw Warrior , Dungeonquest , Fury of Dracula and of course the legendary Space Hulk . Over time, GW seemed to abandon the world of board games and cardboard chits to focus solely on selling as much metal as possible, and the…

Dungeon Design in 20 Minutes

If your gaming group is anything like mine, you’ll someday find yourself sitting around a table not wanting to play your normal campaign due to a severe lack of VIP’s, that is to say, Very Important Players. Now, if you’re anything like my gaming group you will refuse to quit! Within minutes, someone has pulled up the Character Builder and is pumping out “…

Sensationalist Headline! The end of buying minis as we know it!

Yes, this may be a bit forward thinking and yes the headline is a bit sensationalist but we could be looking at the beginning of the end of buying minis for RPGs and strategy games such as Warhammer.  Of course, all that money your spending on minis doesn’t just head straight back to your bank account, you’ll need …

Purple Parlay—Co-op Gaming

This week is pretty self-explanatory. Do you like co-op gaming? I love it. I love the feeling of working together as a team towards a common goal. If a game is pure co-op, or just has some co-op elements, I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy myself playing it. 2 of my fav co-op games at the moment? Vanished Planet…

High Elf Generator + Dice Giveaway Contest

Win a set of Elven Rune dice – details at end of post Q-Workshop sent me a set of orange elven dice. The design and graceful script on their faces would give great luck to any elven PC or NPC, I’m certain. Very nice dice. Continuing on with the series started last month with a random political plot generator , this month…

4E Flavor – Powers Overwhelming?

As a DM in my high school years, I was often expected to be the one to provide an unlimited source of flavorful descriptives when it came to combat. This was never an issue for me, because I always had a passion for describing the gruesome actions of a bunch of hardened warriors tearing through a slough of rampaging monsters. By contrast, I found that when…

Ask The GMs: How to set up a fun fishing mini game

Campaign Mastery reader Andy S. asks, “I want to set up a fishing mini game, and I have all the fish and weight/length charts. I just want a better challenge then a STR vs. STR(strength) one for them to haul the fish in. Any suggestions on how to do it?” Johnn’s answer: Andy, I have just spent…

Callisto, Reiner’s Answer to Blokus

Callisto is a tile-laying game that looks and plays remarkably similar to the hit game Blokus . What’s different? Tiles must touch orthogonally, not diagonally. You have three single piece tiles; place two at the beginning of the game anywhere you want, and place the third anywhere you want later during the game. Use the third piece if you need to start a new field, …

Interview: Chris Perrin

Tweet I met Chris Perrin at this year’s Gen Con Media Meet & Greet event. Alas the location was far to dark and too loud for my tastes. I felt tired and exhausted and the location didn’t really improve things. So there I was chatting to some bloggers and podcasters when Chris came in. And of course I didn’t even recognize him, even though we have…

Ask The GMs: Puzzles In Your Games

William Wiese asks the GMs, “I’ve been trying to think of different ways to implement puzzles into the game and to find some that are not riddles.” Johnn’s answer: Puzzles are tricky beasts, William. And thanks for the question; it’s a good one. Tricky bit #1 My tips below will assume your group is ok with using players’ intelligence and knowledge to solve …

Re-Tally-8, Yet Another Math Scrabble Game

Re-Tally-8 , “created by a team of academics and technical advisors” and published by the oddly-named sggc Microcompanion Marketing, is yet another tile-laying numbers game where the object is to make legal equations within a grid. Several bonus tiles and other bonus points rules give players of different math abilities an equal chance to score highly (so long as those poorly skilled in math are …

Review – Kingmaker, Volume 2: Rivers Run Red

The second installment of Paizo ’s Kingmaker adventure path gets to the heart of the campaign: kingdom-building. The PCs found their fledgling nation and begin to build it up; at the same time, they continue to explore the Stolen Lands and confront its many obstacles. This review is really two in one: a look at the adventure (and supplementary material) and a look at the kingdom…

The one RPG I wholeheartedly recommend to any gamer is …

In my case it’s Savage Worlds . Savage Worlds is a generic roleplaying game that allows you to run games in any genre, the rules are easy to learn but have a certain complexity that will not disappoint more tactically-minded players. In fact Savage Worlds can easily be used as miniature strategy game, or you can play it without any miniatures at all. The latest…

Ask The GMs: How to survive political games with paranoia and intrigue

Lilith Laing asks the GMs: “Recently I started playing in a Vampire: The Masquerade Old WOD game. Even after one session, it is probably the best game I have ever played in (or even run), but I have never played this sort of political game before. Do you, the GMs, have any tips for how to deal with political games like Masquerade, that is, the paranoia …

Con Competition

This week, two game conventions compete for your attention. Gen Con is certainly the bigger of the two, but WBC (The World Boardgaming Championships) also has quite a lot going for it. Gen Con is a major industry event with a large exhibition hall, many new games being previewed and released, organized events and open gaming, business deals in the bars and back rooms, and non-game but…

Character Death, woe or wow?

Last night I played a particularly long session of my weekly Pathfinder RPG game. During this game I killed a player character. Well that’s not quiet accurate. I wasn’t gunning out for him; it was a mixture of chance and strategy.  Scar, the half-orc dragon blooded sorcerer rolled a 1 on his saving throw and died from the maximized Acid Ball (the enemy wizard’s version of Fireball). This …