Tiny Epic Battles
One of the cool things about the UnPub ProtoZones is that you get to meet new designers and discover their creations. I met Alf Shadowsong and Kiva Fecteau, who had a couple of prototypes, and the one I got to try is called "Tiny Epic Battles." The way Alf tells it, he designed this little card game as a method to teach tactics to Kiva. The exercise evolved into a stand-alone two-player deck-construction game. Each player starts with an action deck, a resource deck, and three "houses" face up in a tableau that he needs to defend. A player loses if he exhausts either deck or loses all of his "houses."
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
|Anna Rutledge and Nathaniel Levan |
demonstrate "New Bedford"
Monday, October 7, 2013
At the World Boardgaming Championships last August, I met up briefly with Charlie Hoopes but never got a chance to play his game Fill the Barn. I had also missed out on playing "AtataT" at UnPub 3 last January. Fortunately, I was able to make up for it at Congress of Gamers last week by playing his latest co-op prototype, "Firebreak." We were joined by Bruce Voge of The Party Gamecast and Aaron Honsowetz and Austin Smokowicz, designers of "Post Position."
|Bruce Voge, Charlie Hoopes, Austin Smocowicz, and Paul Owen playtesting "Firebreak." |
Photo by Aaron Honsowetz
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Last weekend I made my annual trek to nearby Rockville, Maryland, to participate in Congress of Gamers, a friendly little weekend convention run by Eric Englemann of the Games Club of Maryland. A series of Eurogame tournaments make up the convention's big draw, but CoG also features a number of other events, including the "Copyright Office," a game designer's prototype playtest room run by UnPub.net as a "ProtoZone" event. That's where I spent virtually all of my time during CoG.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Now that summer is over, I thought I'd compile some photos of games we've played over the last three months.
We love Pandemic, but we have such a hard time winning. Late last June, the yellow plague took root in remote Santiago, and we neglected to deal with it until the outbreak counter reached the critical point.
|The yellow plague outbreak gets away from us.|
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Episode 36 of the Flip the Table podcast, which discussed the obscure 1979 Bruce Jenner Decathlon Game (publisher Parker Brothers). The game consists of ten mini-games using an eclectic variety of mechanics. One of them caught my attention as an elegant bluffing and second-guessing procedure used to resolve the "foot races" in the decathlon.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
|Ben Rosset (l.) and Stephen Craig|
UnPub 3, in January 2013