I believe that children are the future- CASTLE PANIC REVIEW

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You know, I've seen a lot of games like CASTLE PANIC come and go. These "easy to play" games designed to try to rope the mass market into hobby games that show up and fade into oblivion. Does anybody remember Uberplay?

It turns out though, that Fireside Games' CASTLE PANIC is actually a pretty good little game. It's not incredible, it's not going to change the way we play games, and it's really pretty minor but it's lightweight, appealing fun. And I think it would be an _especially_ great game for kids. It's very much a junior AT game in a lot of ways, and I for one support any attempt to steer the youth of today away from games about trading oregano or appeasing Sour Faced Euro Man. If you've got kids and you're looking for something that they can really get into and enjoy, this might be a good option unless you're like the notorious Will Kenyon and you've been reading TI3 cards to your kids as a bedtime story/advancing training exercise. If you're expecting this game to be a consim about the historical siege of Humptydink Castle in the War of Orcish Aggression or whatever, go somewhere else. Leave this one for the young'uns.

It's short, simple, but not stupid. I can stand behind those qualities when they're done right. Review is at Gameshark.com.

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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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