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Pete Ruth has been writing about games and culture for over five years, and has been playing board, miniature, and role playing games since 1981. By day, he's out saving the world, but by night, he's slaughtering zombies, acting as a Shogun of Imperial Japan, and bootlegging whiskey. Pete's rambunctious views on games and gaming can be found uncensored and unfiltered at

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Stratego: Fire And Ice - "Let's Paint A Wizard's Hat Onto The Mona Lisa To Freshen It Up!"~ Hasbro Designer
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4305   0
Over spring break I've been introducing my 12 year old daughter to some of my more advanced games because most of her friends are away with family and whatnot, but since we're moving soon we're preserving our vacation time for the move and so here she sits, with only a couple of neighborhood friends to hang with. Anyhow, a couple nights back we broke out Stratego: Fire and Ice, and playing the basic "classic" rules, we played a couple of games. She immediately fell deeply in love with it, because it's simple to learn, relatively quick, but has enough...
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4444   0
I was involved in a conversation at Board Game Geek, and the subject was game criticism and the hesitance of people to do negative reviews. Up until the end, it was an interesting and compelling conversation, and it brought all kinds of people into it. As it turns out, some reviewers are trying with a straight face to somehow obfuscate the fact that compensation is received for the articles, videos, podcasts, et cetera, and that it influences them even a tiny bit. I'm sorry, but in my opinion, any sane, reasonable person would have to conclude that at some...
Tobago - Can You Believe This Yahoo Is Comparing It To Android?
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4298   0
One of the first things I realized about deductive reasoning games is that there are very few that I really like. I'm a big fan of Clue, but the problem with other games that employ the mechanic of deducing something from little clues is that you are pissing into the wind for a good portion of the game until you can slowly remove suspects enough to nail down a couple of strong leads. Tobago, from Rio Grande Games, is a different sort of deduction game because instead of looking for a murderer, the location of a Battleship, or the...
Rampage - I'm Not Cute...I'll Mess You Up
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3818   0
I'd heard almost nothing about this game, except for the fact that it was a dexterity game and that it looked cutesy, but I'm a sucker for dexterity games, especially ones depicting wholesale carnage in a city of meeples. Further, I'd heard that the meeples come in six colors depicting different types of personality, such as soldiers, old men, and blondes, and that who you ate mattered. Since I've had extensive appearance experience eating blondes, I thought it would be a good fit. I un-pledged my 250$ or so from the new Dwarven Forge Kickstarter because I already have...
Wreck Age: Post-Apocalyptic Wargaming Done Right
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 6295   0
For me, the gold standard for a miniatures game has little to do with the fiction that created the world where the game takes place, and even less to do with the miniatures. Miniatures are awesome, and I have a lifelong love affair with them, but I don't think that the quality or look of the miniatures has anything to do with whether the game is good or not. The fiction might augment a game that's already good, but if the game is bad, it's like putting beautiful, fresh cut flowers on top of a festering...
Duel Of  Ages II: Sorry Magic Realm, You've Been Fired
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 6614   0
Thats right, y'all: I'm back, with a vengeance. I haven't been able to log onto my Google blog since the hack attack, it's been a bit of a nightmare, to be honest. The good news is that you've all been free from being subjected to my inane ruminations laid bare on digital paper for a good while. Well, that ends now. So begins the lesson: Some games are so astonishingly good that despite some blemishes, it's impossible to not love...
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3218   0
[img][/img] When Dave Killingsworth, the owner of SolarFlare Games and designer of Thrash-Car, asked me to do a preview of this game, I was a little hesitant because I'm pretty much convinced that the "car racing with combat" style of game has reached its apex with Rush N' Crush, but I like racing games, so I figured I'd take a look. I warned Dave that if I get a review copy, it's getting reviewed regardless of whether I love it or hate it, and he is to be admired for his courage. Suffice it to say that...
"Why Do We Always Want More?" Or, "The Cart Before The Horse" - A Purchasing Habit Analysis
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4864   0
Hi, my name is Pete, and I'm a plastic and cardboard addict. ~ Pete    
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4373   0
Let me apologize in advance: you really need to see the pictures and I, quite honestly ruin the look of the entire front page every time I try to deal with the images. So, I'm choosing to not blow your browser up and am just going to link: The pictures are there, but read it here if you're so inclined: I've played pretty much every Star Trekity space combat simulator for at least a short while, so at this point, I'm not calling myself an expert by any means, but I am...
City Of Remnants - Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Space Gangster
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3795   0
Anyone who has been reading the Circus for any length of time will soon realize that there are very few games that I appreciate more than what Ken B., of Fortress: AT fame, coined as "Dudes on a Map" (DoaM) games. There's just something about the idea of having a group of friends playing a game for several hours, using long-term gambits and overarching strategies to take control of the known universe. I have a hard-on for these kinds of games, and one that cannot be squashed, not even by a cold shower or Machinist's hammer. Risk Legacy, Ikusa,...
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