My mother-in-law was in a rather severe car accident a few weeks ago. She is home from the hospital and recovering from surgery to her elbow, arm, and hand. We plan to visit soon, but we are faced with a dilemma: What three-player games are appropriate when one player can't easily hold a hand of cards and really only has use of one hand?
Friday, April 15, 2016
|"East India Company" demo at PrezCon 2016:|
(l. to r.) Darrell Louder, T.C. Petty III, Paul O.,
Matthew O'Malley, Jessica Wade
Photo by Chris Kirkman
Friday, March 18, 2016
Ironmark Games has successfully crowd-funded and released debut designer Mike Sette's rather fascinating little trick-taking game with a Ninja martial arts theme. San, Ni, Ichi, whose title translates from Japanese as "Three, Two, One," features simultaneous card play with a rock-paper-scissors resolution mechanic.
Friday, March 4, 2016
|(c) Mayfair Games|
Used by permission
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Plenty of people have plenty of gift ideas for the holidays, so rather than compile my own list to add to the rest, I've assembled my second annual collection of holiday gift guides with recommendations from all over the blogosphere. At the end, I'll highlight the most frequently recommended games from all these lists.
Friday, October 23, 2015
an old State of Games podcast in which Chris Kirkman, Nat Levan, and the Dice Hate Me crew discussed the potential backlash from Nat's whaling-themed game, New Bedford. The discussion addressed why people might have difficulty with a game based on hunting and killing whales. For my part, I'm very fond of the game, and I think its historical setting and the chit-pull mechanic that models the depletion of the whale population lend the proper respect to the topic. In short, it's not a controversial theme for me.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Today is probably the last pleasant day in northern Virginia for a while - perhaps our final opportunity for a boardgame in the backyard this year. Here's a reflection on games we played out back this season.
|19 June - Mr. Jack, a terrific deductive duel|
Friday, October 9, 2015
My wife is at a writers' conference in North Carolina this weekend, which means it's just us guys in my house - my 19- and 14-year-old sons and me. I'm thinking Friday night is Star Wars X-wing, with the 19-year-old as Boba Fett in the Slave I against the 14-year-old and me flying X-wing and Z-95s against him. Two against one, but we're not afraid. [Update: We did indeed play X-wing, although I flew a Y-wing rather than Z-95s. There was no escape for Boba Fett this time, as a proton torpedo from my pursuing Y-wing delivered the fatal blow, even as he deployed a mine in my path.]