Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3786 0
Here's a shot of the new Settlers of America that I got to play on Tuesday night. Sorry for the quality. In a word, it's quite Teuberish and I mean that in a good way. Note the little rondel-looking things on the corners. Those are where you place your settlement and goods markers to start -- they're your reserve that you need to deplete to win. The one in the upper-right has a settlement and two goods still in it (one good in the middle.) On each point of the...
Team Play Hot
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5753 0
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about team games. I mean "team" in its most literal sense. How many board game are there where you and another player truly share the win or loss through shared effort, without reservation or caveat? If you're talking cardboard the list is pretty doggone short. Nearly a quarter of a century ago I visited Historicon for a day, more to gawk at the beautiful miniatures than to engage in the gaming itself. As I was walking through the main room late in...
Gaming Scene S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4630 0
When he paused I knew he was a Cylon. He didn't need to do anything. Pause, Cylon. As he stuttered I imagined a brig door at the far end of the huge ship swinging open. Alright maybe you need a little bit of background into the group to appreciate that this has nothing to do with strategy or tactics. I'm a tactical guy don't get me wrong; I can work the decision tree with the best of them. But sometimes it's even easier than that, and maybe even more dependable. Commander Adama...
Gaming Scene S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5086 0
"The game is on. I'm flat on my belly, inching forward through scrubby brush trying to keep as low as I possibly can. With yesterday's rain I'm good and dirty. My weapon's out in front of me and every few feet I'm sighting down it, laying it on its side so that neither it nor I have to rise even an inch above the undergrowth. Success or failure depends upon surprise; lives are in the balance Not really. This is laser-tag at a kid's birthday party.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 10503 0
So my plan for yesterday evening was a first solo game of Valor & Victory. There's a nice little scenario that plays in about an hour including setup. Instead I ended up making chits. This is a print & play squad-level wargame with about 12 pages of rules. Nothing too complicated in the actual gameplay but some of the scenarios are pretty big in the number of units and size of the maps. Like most games at...
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 6495 0
Let's play a game. I step into a room with all of you, 52 of my favorite game-playing friends. I crack open a deck of cards, toss out the jokers and deal out one card to each of you. Go ahead and spend a moment to imagine a card for yourself, that way you can have a stake in this even if it's only in your mind.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3955 0
This is core-game. This is foundational. This is learning for young players in a clean, accessible form. Truly elegant exposition, the game's pieces are reminiscent of the golden age of science fiction when concerns of form were more important than function, when art was what drew you into the story. Sputnik is beautiful to look at, a work of art as much as a game. Don't come to the table expecting complex play. This game provides a solid platform, a foundation to teach young...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4105 0
Quite the storm expected here in the Mid-Atlantic Region, and I intend to stay up late this evening both to keep the driveway clear and to revel in the sheer volume of white due to land on us. I'll drop in with the occasional measurement as the next 36 hours play out. S.
"Let's Play Two" Hot
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4880 0
In a previous article I touched on two very different games that had something very much in common -- they had the ability to provide a level of complexity and immersion that lifted their play off the table, put the play into the players as much as the pieces. And for the obvious reason I find that very rewarding. These are big games with small rulesets, games that sneak up on you.
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 3943 0
I got a solo play of King Philip's War in yesterday at Winter Offensive and it was a very rewarding session. This game is not yet ready for release, but it's on the PrePub list with just shy of 300 orders. King Philip's War was the first major conflict of the British Colonies, taking place in New England and lasting about two years. I have ancestral ties to the war (distant ones obviously) including a pretty harrowing letter describing a farm being overrun so the conflict...