Review Rodeo #2

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The-Rodeo-Queen2.jpg I know it's time for a Review Rodeo over at when I've played a bunch of games that I liked or didn't like but not enough to write a full feature on them.  This time, the rodeo'ed games are mostly pretty good, but there is one stunning masterpiece among them. I liked LIFEBOAT and GALAXY TRUCKER well enough, but MAGICAL ATHELETE is one of the highest achievements in board game design ever to grace a table. Or maybe it's not, it's really pretty dumb. I dunno. At any rate, I'd rather play it than 95% of the games sitting on my shelf right now so I guess that says something. Or does it?  Who knows, never has a game baffled me so with the way it combines amazingness with sheer idiocy. Bottom line, it's brilliant. I think.

Funagain has it for $47.95...Frank Branham's got a copy and that's the only thing keeping me from blowing money on a deck of 25 cards, a crap board, and a d6. Go buy it now.*

*F:AT,, Bill Abner, and Michael barnes are not responsible in any way for the buyer's remorse you may feel when you buy MAGICAL ATHELETE. The game is not guaranteed to be good at all and the author and all associated entitites disavow any responsbility for your purchase should you wind up hating the game and questioning Barnes' sanity.

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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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