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OK, so if you _are_ going to buy a game against my rants against doing so, make it this one.

I absolutely love LINEAGE II: THE CHAOTIC CHRONICLE. And it's a game I bet most of you folks have never played since it was only published in South Korea. It's the kind of design that is "just enough" in every regard. Just enough theme and narrative, just enough abstraction, just enough conflict, just enough luck, just enough's awesome.

So go read the review at, and if you want it, Boulder still has copies. Why Z-Man or somebody else hasn't picked up this masterpiece for a US release is beyond me. Ditch the arcane MMORPG theme for another fantasy one  and the license isn't a problem.

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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 and 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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