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In just 12 short Seasons, a classic
Some say there is really nothing new under the sun. That may be true.
But for gamers willing to see the larger picture and look at the expanse of Seasons, they will find a game full of variety and strategy while not sacrificing a simple, elegant design.
Smashing success at GenCon
There’s very little doubt that one of the biggest hits at last week’s GenCon in Indianapolis was AEG’s Smash Up.
The fact that the game was received so well and promoted so heavily is a good sign for the tabletop gaming hobby because it is further proof that you don’t need a complex set of rules and mounds of markers and counters to have an impact.
Gen Con returns to Indy
This is the time of year when the entire board gaming world shifts its attention to Indianapolis and Gen Con. Gen Con Indy is the longest running — at 44 years — and best attended gaming convention in the world.
Sink or save? Choice is yours
Some cooperative board games fail at two different things.
The first is that they fail to completely take the plunge in creating a “we’re all in this together” experience. Often the game will still find a way to crown a winner, which does negative a bit of the cooperative spirit. Secondly, they don’t build drama. There’s no sense of impending doom. There’s no feeling that time is actually ticking and the chance to win is actually slipping away turn by turn.
Wishing Tree place for good gaming
For those who want some real variety out of a single stop at GenCon, the Wishing Tree booth (#1939) would be a very good option.
Wishing Tree will not only be the home of its own engaging Seven Sisters game, but also Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype (licensed from Eternal Revolution, $30) and Raiding Parties (licensed from Nick Pace Entertainment, $20) will be available.
Morels is a tasty find
At first glance, it might seem that Morels falls into the category of “They can make a game out of anything.”
Morels is a game about collecting mushrooms and then cooking or selling them. It is a game for two players and plays in about 30 minutes.
Small World getting larger
Someday, this era of tabletop gaming will be held in special esteem by people who will be left to chronicle this hobby.
When that happens, products like Small World Realms will be among the examples used to define this productive and enlightened era.
Z-Man Games heading to Indy
trip to Indianapolis for the biggest gaming convention in this country.
For those who don’t know, GenCon starts Aug. 16 at the Indianapolis Convention Center and runs for four days. Last year over 36,000 different gaming enthusiasts attended and this year the pre-registrations are up significantly from a year ago.
But more about the convention next week in an overall preview.
One of the more interesting companies who will be attending is Z-Man Games.
Fluxx nearing milestone
Fluxx is one of the greatest gateway games into this wonderful and rich hobby and it is now ready to reach a milestone.
For those who aren’t acquainted with it, Fluxx is a card game where the rules change at the drop of a card. As a result, games can be 10 minutes or 45. There is no long-term strategic planning, but rather short-term tactics because the goal of how to win might change several times between your turns.
Creating a very good game
Designer Donald X. Vaccarino as a mad scientist, brewing up outstanding tabletop games isn’t a stretch at all.
Now gamers can become the mad scientist in Vaccarino’s new offering, Nefarious, from Ascora Games.
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