By way of background, Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) is a local charity that looks after the basic needs and means to self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and families in our area. In support of LCAC, the real estate agency Ron and Susan Associates sponsors an annual Monopoly tournament as a fund-raising event. I had the opportunity to participate in Ron and Susan's Seventh Annual Monopoly Tournament last weekend at the Workhouse Arts Center, a converted prison facility that now houses an art gallery and studio spaces for local artists. Ron Kowalski (of Ron and Susan Associates) worked for Hasbro at one time and is something of a Monopoly enthusiast. The event was very well run, and the setting in an art gallery was very pleasant. Lunch was catered by Glory Days.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
About three weeks ago, my friend Paul R. invited Grant G., his brother W.J., and myself to his house for a game of the classic Caesar: Alesia (designer Robert Bradley, publisher Avalon Hill). This hex-and-counter wargame revisits the Gallic attempt to break the Roman seige of the fortress at Alesia in September 52 BC. I'd read an English translation of De Bellis Gallicus by Julius Caesar, so I was somewhat familiar with the battle and its context. The interesting aspect of the battle is that the Romans had formed a double ring of fortifications around Alesia - an inner ring to keep the occupants of Alesia from escaping, and an outer ring to defend the Romans from other Gauls attempting to break the seige.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday of UnPub 4 opened with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Eagle and Gryphon Games and a panel discussion featuring eight publishers in a question-and-answer format. UnPub convention director Darrell Louder moderated the panel. Panelists included
- Ralph Anderson, Eagle and Gryphon Games
- Dave McKenzie, Game Salute and Clever Mojo Games
- Dan Yarrington, Game Salute
- Patrick Nickell, Crash Games
- A.J. Porfirio, Van Ryder Games
- Chris Kirkman, Dice Hate Me Games
- John Sizemore, Nevermore Games
- Luke Peterschmidt, Fun to 11 Games
Sunday, February 2, 2014
|"Great Heartland Dice Game" with Tiffany Bahnsen|
and Adam O'Brien (r.)
I was tremendously pleased to get to meet Jason Kotarski (Great Heartland Hauling Company) in person. I got to playtest his dice-game spin-off, "Great Heartland Dice Game," with Shawn Purtell, Adam O'Brien, and Tiffany "Socially Inept Gamer" Bahnsen. This was a fun variation on GHHC, kind of Yahtzee with cows. Actually, there is an element of resource management, since having a gas reserve makes it possible to re-roll dice and score more effectively. It's also possible to sell of extra dice to other players for gas. The result is a clever little filler game that deserves a publisher's attention.