When A Game Tanks

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The image above is what happened a couple of weeks back when we tried to play BLACKBEARD for the first time.

This week at Gameshark.com I'm confessing to the video game crowd about one of board gaming's most shameful, embarassing, and saddening situations- when a game goes off the rails and completely tanks.  You risk losing your credibility as a game selector, you risk ruining everybody's night, and at worse you could be branded a Fun Murderer.

FYI- "Mr. Blackberry" in the story is none other than F:AT's very own Robert Martin.

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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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