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Large-scale combat in narrativist RPGs

In our local Burning Wheel game, I’ve been playing Gerd, the leader of a band of merceneries trying to defend the town from Duke Wilhelm. At GenCon, we played in Luke’s Burning Empires demo, where I was the leader of the Kerrn guerillas fighting …

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Left Behind: The Game

I can't decide if this is hilariously bad or... No, wait, laughably bad. That's it.

From talk2action:

Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision …

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Decidedly not bored games

Last night, our local gaming group took a night off from our more serious games to play some of the new boardgames we'd unwrapped at Christmas. Brief reviews below…

Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is a weird, slightly over-complicated game of fish …

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Twilight Imperium

I played a bit of Twilight Imperium with Steve, Hans and Erik yesterday.

I had fun, but somewhat in spite of the game. Mmmm, that's not fair, I actually liked the game, but I didn't love the game.

It's gorgeous, that's for sure. Approximately 1 gajillion …

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Review: Arcana Unearthed

So... having read and/or skimmed through this over the weekend, I thought I'd put up a synopsis and/review.

Also, I've tried to present new or different information than what you can get from the Web site, or at least coalesce a few salient details that …

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"First Gamer Research Study Report"

The first report from a grad school research project published by Ohio State University and GAMA has been posted on the Wargamer Website, and it provides interesting analysis of what motivates hobby gamers. Online surveys were collected from roughly …

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"There Oughta Be a Law"

From Monte's blog:

As we get into packing up our stuff in earnest, the most difficult job so far has been packing up the board games. This is no small task in this house, as you can perhaps imagine. Is it really important that some boxes be really long …

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Places to Go, People to Be

(Or: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, volume 2006)

This year, our "big summer vacation" incorporated both our families, the Dublin Irish Festival, GenCon, and both Liz & my high school reunions (we went to different schools - in different …

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