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Barnes on Games- Letter Press, Plunder: A Pirate’s Life, Escape from the Evil Garden Reviews

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09 Apr 2020 15:47 #309121 by Michael Barnes
Letter Press
Robin David’s Letter...

A word game, a pirate game, and a terrible game.

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10 Apr 2020 19:33 #309155 by barrowdown
Does the rulebook from Escape from the Evil Garden list a designer? I am 99% sure my friend designed it and she had a lot of restrictions on how it could work.

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10 Apr 2020 22:21 #309159 by Michael Barnes
It does list three and one is a she.

That’s a very excellent point to make, too- games like this tend to be made under severe restrictions and limitations, and they most likely have to be signed off on by people who have no idea about board game design. But like I said, I could detect a hint of awareness in there.

Moveable Type, yes- thanks for pointing that out Wade!
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10 Apr 2020 22:57 #309160 by Space Ghost
I actually think I might like that pirate game.

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10 Apr 2020 23:34 #309162 by Space Ghost
Two more things:

I just taught the 8 year old "brobdingnagian" tonight; it shows up in A Series of Unfortunate Events (Book 3); not a word you see often.

Is this the game that has the spinner with 18 spaces? Spinners are so underappreciated -- you can really set up differential probabilities of events that way, especially with two spinners. Just need a nice spinner (preferably metal). The more I think about it, the more disappointing it is that they are so rare

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11 Apr 2020 00:12 #309163 by barrowdown

Michael Barnes wrote: It does list three and one is a she.

That’s a very excellent point to make, too- games like this tend to be made under severe restrictions and limitations, and they most likely have to be signed off on by people who have no idea about board game design. But like I said, I could detect a hint of awareness in there.!


She was an editor there at the time and they knew she played games so she got tasked on a game. All I remember is that she was working on a Gorey board game (I assume this was it). We got a bunch of cool Gorey stuff from her when our daughter was born.

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