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Notes on Board Games
J JonathanVolk Updated May 14, 2019 3286   1

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Most board games are mediocre. This shouldn’t be controversial: most books are mediocre. Most movies too. Culture is a lot like the universe it tries to give meaning to, which is to say a mess, when it is anything at all (and it’s mostly nothing, or communities of nothing that amount to, in their patterning… something). A recent thread here on the “Golden Age” of board gaming has us wondering if the medium is in decline, and whether or not what we thought was gold was only ever wood-product with gold paint smeared on it.
Pacman Board Game
SR Scott Rogers Updated April 08, 2019 2296   0
I often wonder “why don’t board games sell like video games?” I know that there have been a few tabletop games that have sold a million or more copies (many of which took decades to do so) but none of them sell with the speed that video games do. Why not?
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J Jackwraith Updated February 27, 2019 3264   0
When game identity and topic becomes a problem, how do you deal with it?
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J JonathanVolk Updated February 20, 2019 2035   0
Jonathan Volk returns to try and figure out what play is (and why some of the most playful people we know might opt out of playing games). This is Part 1 of a longer series called A Seat at the Table, which examines the ways we construct and close off our game tables.
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J Jackwraith Updated February 04, 2019 7331   0
Expressions of self through unchanging simulacra.
Dune Board Game
J JonathanVolk Updated January 30, 2019 16977   1

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Introducing Jonathan Volk- our new writer with a killer take on one of the best games of all time.
Dragon Dice
X xthexlo Updated May 07, 2019 1474   1

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Grithsdane was disposable. That's what made him so much fun.
Far From the Funding Crowds
X xthexlo Updated June 14, 2018 1809   1
I'm an idiot for not using Kickstarter.
Inspiration
MT Matt Thrower Updated June 04, 2018 1041   0
Hanging on the wall in a cramped hallway is a huge painting. Three boats speed across it, their tall sails blurring as they whip in the wind. The rippling sea and bruised sky are patchworks of colour, contrasting fiercely like the elemental enemies they are. Light, catching on the surface, reveals unexpected textures. Rakes of painterly brush strokes shimmer, their refraction bringing it all to life as I move my head. 
Mind Flayers
X xthexlo Updated June 01, 2018 1152   0
It's one of the most viscerally evocative monsters in gaming...and it is also a mental anchor.
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