Best Game Component Ever- DARK TOWER

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victory.jpg Last week, AT founding father and LIEBE & INTRIGE enthusiast ROBERT MARTIN broke out one of his copies of DARK TOWER after a couple of mojitos and we took a stroll down memory lane.  It was one of those experiences where you realize that sometimes great things get left behind, neglected, and even forgotten.  I had forgotten how awesome DARK TOWER is- it's so far beyond the values of what makes a game "good" these days it's not funny.  So much of this hobby has become about elitist bullshit like "sophistication", "elegance", "cleverness" and all that thanks to online pundits and forum folderol that sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the fact that games should be about having a good time first and foremost.  And DARK TOWER is a _great_ time. 

I can't believe I live in a world where the self-appointed internet cognoscenti of the hobby would tell me that non-interactive, sterile calculator games like LOST CITIES are somehow better than this masterpiece of atmosphere, mystery, and excitement.

So it's a Games from the Crypt entry for this week over at

Totally unrelated- while I was digging around for a picture, I found this incredible book cover drawn by Bob Pepper, the guy that did the art for the game along with has "tattoo" written all over it.


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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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