Category: Feedback Frenzy

Bits And Pieces


I’m trying to catch up on feedback today so here are a few things that have been going on or that I will expand on later.

Game Design update:

  • Comatose is coming along well.  I solved a major issue that I didn’t even know I had until playtesting and playing Fiasco – Story advancement mechanic.  I think I have a built in solution for this.
  • The Gold Rush – static right now as I concentrate on Comatose
  • The Interman Game – I may have Photoshop back up soon so this one will be  ready playtesting soon.
  • Becky Sharp/Lorna Doone DeLongpre – Lorna comics should be out soon according to Micah so I should jump on this one soon.

Gaming:

I’ve been attending Game Night at Hypermind in Burlington over the last few months.  I’ve played a lot of new games and met some really nice people.  Here are a few of the the games:

  • Tribune – I was surprised that I liked this one.  The theme didn’t grab me but the game play is great.
  • China – This was fun and surprisingly simple to play.  Scoring is complex though.
  • Thunderstone – My first time playing the hot new mechanic of deck building.  It was ok but I see that experience with the game would probably make it more fun.  I want to play Dominion now.
  • Endeavor – This was a fun area control/trading game.
  • Escalation – Lots of fun
  • Cuttthroat Caverns – Fun but a little long.  I need a replay of this with some house rules I think.
  • Witch’s Brew – This one needs another play.  I think I may like it but I don’t know.
  • Roll Through The Ages:  This one is on the Buy List.  It’s fun and challenging.  And you can play solo.
  • Descent – Road To Legend – This one is great.  We started it this past week.  It’s fun and dungeon crawl-y.
  • Pandemic – 3 plays of this so far.  What a fun game!  I’m setting up a solo game today to play during the day.
  • Finally the gem so far – Macao.  Wow!  Do I like this one!  Simple yet challenging.  I could not stop thinking about how I could play differently and about strategies this week.   It is definitely on The Buy List at the top.  I can’t wait to try out my strategy.

Feedback update:

  • lots of feedback pending for Pulp Gamer – you can actually hear me on the show now!
  • two episodes of Cody and John
  • an episode of Fear The Boot
  • The Spiel‘s last two
  • two shows of The Dice Tower – really hitting a groove right now, this is the link to TDT from the Funagain website,  the server was down for the home site when I wrote this.
  • Listened to:

Need to listen to:

That’s it for now.

Go Forth and Game your sock off.  Buy Macao.

More Catchin’ Up


TVOTR did a review of A Penny For Your Thoughts in the latest show.  It’s a good review/overview particularly because Ryan was the editor on the book.  We get some behind the scenes talk.  This is a game that I really want to play.

They talked to Graham Walmsley about self publishing.  Graham is the author of Play Unsafe, a book on playing rpg’s that I need to read.  He discusses how he went about getting the book out.  He covers editing, layout, and some of the trials he faced.  He mentions Scribus and Serif Page Plus as the tools he used.  He also talked about obtaining art work for your game.  It was a very interesting show.

Boardgame Babylon talked about Factory Manager, Martian Fluxx, and Tobago.  Factory Manager doesn’t sound too interesting to me.  If someone at game night has it to play I would try it.  But it doesn’t sound like a buy.  Martian Fluxx is another in the Looney Labs line.  My kids like original Fluxx so we would probably try this.  Tobago is at the top of my buy list at the moment.  I’ve heard good reviews of it and it’s ‘deduction’ aspect sounds interesting.  The kids would probably like it too.

stabbing contest – talked to Epi Ravachol about Time & Temp, his new game.  They mentioned Dread, which I think is a nearly perfect role playing game and Monkeydome, which sounds like a lot of fun.  This is a two part interview and really interesting.  Check it out.

Pulp Gamer – The Game Kennel talked about Station Master.  It sounds like a fun card game that I will probably try to pick up.

Into The Gamescape – this show covers the guys’ Christmas acquistions and a little bit more.  This is always a fun podcast.  I really enjoy it.