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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 www.superflycircus.com.

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Scoundrels Of Skullport
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated August 30, 2018 3538   0
For those of you who never played Lords of Waterdeep, it's a Euro-style game of intrigue and treachery, with five conflicting factions vying for position as top dog in the city. The thing that stood out, thematically, was that not only was it a Dungeons and Dragons Euro, it was a Dungeons and Dragons Euro that really didn't have any "bad guy" factions. Sure, the good guys did bad things, but it was pretty much about five factions attempting to gain power for the good of the residents, for the most part.
Circus Train - VPG's Gold Banner Game Gave Us Wood For Lions And Tigers, Oh My!
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3608   0
Only the oldest members and readers of Superfly Circus reviews would remember the vicious beating that Victory Point Games (VPG), publisher of Circus Train 2nd Edition, experienced at the hands of myself some time ago. I was lambasted by some of the folks at VPG as well as other sites, for such a vile review. Well, I stand firmly behind that review because it was easily one of the most truly terrible games I've ever played. I'm still reeling. That said, in that same article I spoke about some of the really fun and clever games that VPG has produced, such asNemo's War, although the...
The GenCon 2013 Special Edition Magazine HAS ARRIVED
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3416   0
Folks, I've been working long hours to get this magazine written up for your enjoyment, and this 32 page extravaganza of game reporting is nothing short of a labor of love. I think it's the best work I've done in a long time, and I'm really quite proud of it. I only hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. It took a lot of time out of my gaming to do several hundred interviews with players, GMs, event people, and booth folks, but you're worth it. I tried to get the big...
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4136   0
I'm probably beating the last vestiges of flesh from a dead horse at this point, but I'm going to anyhow because as much as I write about it, I still don't understand it, and it's never been adequately explained: Why is it so important to so many gamers to acquire games rather than play the living shit out of what they have? Really, the question boils down to, "Why do so many gamers have no sense of value anymore?" It vexes me, and as I read about people's huge lists of shit they're planning to buy at the next...
Gunship! First Strike: I'll Blow You Up Just As Soon As I Can Figure Out How!
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3631   0
(Lots of pictures at http://www.superflycircus.blogspot.com/2013/08/gunship-first-strike-ill-blow-you-up.html if you're interested) A couple weeks ago the folks at Escape Pod Games offered me a copy of Gunship! First Strike to review in anticipation of their latest Kickstarter, slated to start in a few days. I accepted as I've really wanted to play it after Michael Barnes mostly glowing review, plus, I haven't written as often as I'd liked in the last six months due to several issues revolving around some Circus members getting sick with cancer, among other things. The long and short is that the game has tons...
Trick Or Treat - Tricks You With Its Youthful Look, Treats You With A Box Full Of Awesome
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3121   0
Patrick Leder, the designer of one of my favorite games, Five Fingered Severance, Kickstarted a game a while back called Trick or Treat (ToT), but it totally went under my radar because I'm not really keen on Kickstarter, in general, and I don't normally dig pure card games very much. Well, a couple weeks ago, Patrick contacted me about reviewing the game and because I loved FFS so much, I figured I'd give it a go, especially as one of my core goals for starting Superfly Circus was to tell people about games they might not...
Mission Command: Sea - FMC Detection On The High Seas Since 2003
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4146   0
Alright, Circus fans, this is going to be a good one, so strap on your seat belt and let me take you downtown where the hookers and cheap heroin is. You see, there are very few games that I think are a solid 10 rating based on factors such as production quality, value, and the most important aspect of any game, the level of fun it provides. Well, Mission Command: Sea isn't a perfect 10, but it's pretty damned close. The one thing that it lacks, the one thing holding it back from a destiny of greatness, is just...
Stone Age - A Tale of Boats, Workers, And Conjugal Visits
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 4395   0
I was a very late adopter to some of what is now called "German Classics", such as Settlers, because I was pretty much brainwashed into believing that many European-style games were dry, boring, and too simple. Stone Age was one of those games that I simply took a pass on because of its German roots. Well, about a year and a half ago I was talking with my friend Tom Boylan, the King of Costa Rica, and he proclaimed loudly and forcefully that Stone Age is a tremendously fun game. I scoffed, thinking Tom...
D&D S-Series: Dungeons of Dread
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3576   0
Many, many moons ago, I was an RPG adherent, drawing detailed topographical maps on graph paper and using Ral Partha miniatures that I'd painted when I was ten years old. I loved the idea of Dungeons and Dragons, although I was only lukewarm on the actual role playing. I think, in my heart of hearts, that my dabbling in Dungeons and Dragons, as well as my theoretical physicist cousins' love of war gaming, is what influenced my lifelong love of miniatures, fantasy war gaming, and really, board games in general. Of all the games that I count...
Settlers of Catan - So Long, And Thanks For All The Wood
Member Blogs S SuperflyTNT Updated January 28, 2015 3886   0
  I'd heard about Settlers of Catan a hundred billion times, at least, as it's widely called "The Fazzer Of Ze Euroz Gaming", and I've heard it panned by Ameritrash folks as a gaming atrocity. Although not as widely hated, at least publicly, as renaissance farming or weenie trading games, it has been the subject of scorn and ridicule. "It doesn't have a body count", they said. "It doesn't have much player interaction", the said. Well, don't mind the bollocks, because "they" are invariably full of shit. I had played...
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