WAR FOR EDADH review, plus MEGACORPS from Z-Man!

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faction_dzaa.jpg OK, part III of my coverage of WAR FOR EDADH culminates in the full review of the game at Gameshark.com. Go read it. Support these guys, they really deserve it. Next week I'm actually going to run a "mailbag" feature. Sort of.

Next up, I was just over at Greg Costikyan's video games blog www.playthisthing.com (a pretty great place if you like bizarro indie freeware/shareware/flash games) and noticed an interesting tidbit.

So I recently sold a boardgame to Z-Man Games (publishers, among other things, of 1960: Making of the President and Pandemic). It's entitled Megacorps, and the short description is: Three to six players each control one of the huge multinational corporations that dominate the globe in the mid-21st century, competing for market share and manipulating governments like puppets.

It's somewhat satirical in tone, but also an attempt to meld the Eurogame aesthetic (simple but interesting strategic choices, no more than an hour to play) with a sort of Avalon Hill/SPI/West End boardgame approach (simulationist, and a strong connection between theme and actual gameplay). I'll post a bit more about it as things develop; at present, we're hoping for a Summer 09 publication.

You may remember Costikyan from such games as THE CREATURE THAT ATE SHEBOYGAN, TOON, PARANOIA, the old STAR WARS RPG, the awesome STAR TREK ADVENTURE GAME and DEATHMAZE. This sounds awesome to me and I like his stated approach. It's a fresh theme and I'm hoping it delivers on what it promises. It wasn't that long ago when we were talking about different themes and cutthroat/ruthless business was one that I and a couple of other people brought up as fertile ground for AT development. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Summer '09 my ass, though.

*edit- not sure why credited him with TotAN...must be that WEG thing...

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Michael Barnes (He/Him)
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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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