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This week's Cracked LCD may appear to be a "Games from the Crypt" entry featuring CIVILIZATION but it is really my raptuorous adulation to one of the few real masterpieces that our hobby has produced- it, along with DUNE and SETTLERS are the Holy Trinity of Game Design as far as I'm concerned.

I had not played the game in over a decade.  Good gravy, what was I thinking wasting my time on lesser games.  This game is completely modern, playable, and revolutionary. It is also an absolute enigma- it somehow features everything that Eurogamers want (low luck, logistical/efficiency planning, sophisticated mechanics, simple rules) as well as more than enough meat to satisfy the Ameritrash palate (brutal conflict, dramatic randomness, fierce competition, epic narrative, meanigful theme, and depth).  


There Will Be Games

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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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