|(c) Stronghold Games. Used by permission|
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One quick go-back on my earlier posts recounting my World Boardgaming Championships experience this year: The very first thing that Keith Ferguson and I did Thursday morning, on our way to the registration desk, was to bump into Josh Tempkin of Tall Tower Games. He spent a good part of the convention demonstrating several of his games:
- "WarTime," which I've written about before as a fascinating, innovative real-time wargame involving sand timers
- "Throne Dice," which surprisingly I still haven't taken the time to play
- "Commissioner," which I learned at UnPub 4 as "Lesser Evil"
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|(c) Worthington Games|
Used by permission
Some time ago I did a survey in earnest for two-player games that my wife and I would enjoy, and Jaipur (designer Sebastien Pauchon, artist Alexandre Roche, publisher GameWorks) came up pretty high on the list. DiceHateMe had a pretty funny review last April, including the following comment that caught my attention:
- Jaipur - while sometimes frustrating because of the luck of the draw in the Market - is incredibly fun. Why? I honestly have no idea. There are some games that, if dissected, the parts would make most game scholars scratch their heads and utter a collective “huh?” However, put those parts together and a rare synergy occurs. This is the magic of Jaipur.
I love games like that. I happened to see it for 20% off at the convention and picked it up.
|(c) Z-man Games|
Used by permission
I needed even less deliberation to pick up Farmers of the Moor (designer Uwe Rosenberg), also at the Z-man booth. This extension to one of my favorite games, Agricola, adds horses and peat to the farm. I expect Farmers will bring a little "aroma" to our Agricola sessions.
Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War (designer Robert Abbott, publisher Stronghold Games). Oh, baby. The DiceHateMe review of this cloak-and-dagger deduction game really brought out the evil laugh in me. But how do you indulge your inner spy when you've got a bag full of games already? Well, fortunately, Keith F. felt the same Cold War nostalgia I did. (Oh, wait, he's not nearly as old as I am ... Keith, what grade were you in when the Berlin Wall fell?) Nevertheless, Keith picked it up, somehow confident that he'd be able to get me to play it with him a few times.
So all in all, the three of us managed to stay entertained. We drank beer, we competed in tournaments, we played games till 2:00 in the morning, we bought bags of games ... and yet none of us went home with a plaque. Oh, well. There's always PrezCon.