John "Sagrilarus" Edwards (He/Him)
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John aka Sagrilarus is an old boardgame player. He has no qualifications to write on the subject, and will issue a stern denial of his articles' contents on short notice if pressed.

John "Sagrilarus" Edwards
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Articles by Sagrilarus

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Wings For The Baron
 
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Board Game Reviews S Sagrilarus Updated February 04, 2019 5521   0

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So I'm reading Fortress Ameritrash one day, minding my own business, when reviewer Michael Barnes mentions a new game he's been playing about developing fighter aircraft in World War I. It's heavily historically based he says with an executive theme implementing hyperinflation, morale and the need to constantly compete against Allied aircraft technologies as well as those of your fellow players. As I'm reading I'm thinking, "holy crap, this game was designed for me." Barnes wrote "I’m really digging it, not one for everybody but I think folks that like business games or are interested in the subject matter...
The Beauty of Favored Ground.
Up Your Game S Sagrilarus Updated April 23, 2019 5097   0

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There wasn’t much time left this past week so we sat down to a game of No Thanks. This is a quick game by any standard (even by the standard of the two prior games of Biblios, a quick game all its own.) But in spite of that No Thanks presents a bit of magic in the play that I usually just refer to as “favored ground”. As far as I’m concerned favored ground is a seriously cool thing to have in a game, but it will take a bit of explaining to describe how No...
Matching Shirts
Analysis S Sagrilarus Updated April 23, 2019 5808   0

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“Matching shirts.” Years back I spoke those words to the commissioner of softball for my kids’ local youth athletics organization. The organization had been merging smaller local athletics programs for the previous three or four years, growing in size and complexity because a big organization “is more suitable to building players for the High School teams.” When I indicated I didn’t really give a damn about the High School teams the commissioner was simply beside himself....
Paint Jobs and Firing Arcs.
Up Your Game S Sagrilarus Updated September 14, 2015 5570   0
I'm consigning games through a "local" game shop and had $60 in store credit so far, so I'm filling gaps in my Wings of War/Glory collection. That may be a surprise for some of you -- I have over 40 planes currently so there isn't a lot of point to purchasing any more. The most I’ve ever played with is 25. But I like to have pairs of each model so that anyone picking a particular plane to play can have a wingman, a dogfight concept since Boelcke established the fundamental rules of air combat early in World War...
"This is Such Bullshit"
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 6684   0
“You can’t wire this the way you did.” This was the guy doing the inspection on the robot that my kid’s team had brought for competition this past Saturday. I’ve been watching the thread entitled The Games That Shaped Us and I have an overwhelming candidate for my entry, but this thing with that guy happened before I got a chance to write it up, and now I have such a big honking example that I have to use it and don’t want to put 2000 words into a forum post. It was turning...
Josh Look and the Overwhelming Power of Evil
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 5500   0
[quote="Josh Look" post=190333] I'm a devout ST:AW fan, and the balance of the game was completely thrown out the window with Borg, so yeah, I'd have some reservations about D&D.[/quote] I'd like to start off with a mention that Josh Look has been the Distinct Voice of Clarity on F:At for the past few weeks. On the money, insightful, loving his shit right now. This quote is lifted out of the Attack Wing/Dice Masters thread in Trash Talk, which in spite of the name is wandering into Star Trek Attack Wing territory. That quote up there...
Good Listening -- Bridging the Digital Divide, Ludology and Golem Arcana
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 6465   0
For years I've been commenting that there is fertile ground in the fields between the kingdoms of tabletop and video gaming, generally getting responses on the line of "sounds like stupid bullshit" and the like.  I have yet on any web site to get any sort of positive response or endorsements for the concept, I think largely because my thoughts were not fully-formed or even fully-INformed.  But the idea that a game could benefit from a larger, longer storyline that could effect gameplay from session to session (much on the line of Risk Legacy though on a grander scale)...
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated September 20, 2016 4539   0
My oldest son is in High School this year and jumped at the opportunity to go after Dean Kamen’s FIRST Robotics competition this fall. Steve Jobs gets all the press but Dean Kamen is the guy that is really making differences in the world of tech, revolutionizing medical and health devices in particular but doing a tremendous amount of work in a broad array of subjects. Briefcase sized dialysis machines, wheelchairs that climb stairs, nation-scale water purification systems, the works. One of his more recent efforts is a device designed to launch SWAT teams onto the roofs of buildings...
12-Player Game of Age of Mythology
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 4725   0
So I walk into the Strategy Gaming session that my buddy Tim runs with the local middle and high schoolers. Usually I'm in the mix for the entire day but I've been catching up on about a hundred jobs around the house and yard and needed to let my son make the trip on his own this time. But I finished up at home around 3 and headed over early, only to find twelve kids all in on one big-ass game of Age of Empires! He had put four tables together...
Summer Gaming Challenge -- Bolide Going the Distance
Member Blogs S Sagrilarus Updated January 28, 2015 6430   0
I had put word out to my friends that I wanted to get at least one session of Bolide in this summer, a full game using the full rules. Having the game be the Summer Challenge gave me extra barging rights, and this past Tuesday proved the perfect moment as the one guy in our group that hasn't cared for it much in the past was away. I was lucky enough to have it with me in spite of driving the beater this week. We played one of Love Letter's cousins (that...
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