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I don’t know if you’ve seen it already, but there’s a really cool Geeklist on BGG where people are photoshopping Wil Wheaton into box cover art.  I’m certainly no photoshop expert, but […]

When it comes to evaluating boardgames these days, one of the main aspects that tends to be discussed is replayability. Now, I would argue that unlike movies and books and many other forms of media, games are inherently meant to be played and experienced more than once. Replayability is, therefore, a concept that encapsulates how well a game supports and encourages this repeated play…

Much as with my own podcast, I often run late with my contributions to the main Dice Tower podcast. The main difference, though, is that it gets published anyway, meaning that I’m just left out of the fun. But as they’ve been looking back over their favorite games from 5, 10, and 15 years ago lately, I just couldn’t totally let this go by without getting my opinions out there…

I was reading an excellent article on Lewis Pulsipher’s blog recently about game length, and something he said jumped out at me. In the third paragraph, basically still as part of his introduction, he said, “in a century of many distractions and opportunities for leisure time, and a sharp decrease in attention spans, games are rapidly getting shorter”…

PhotobucketSo in the process of the conversation, I essentially called them out and said that they weren’t playing it right, so they didn’t really have grounds to complain about how the game played. The mere mention of the phrase “you’re not playing it right” made one other listener bristle up and push back against me a little. And that small point of contention was interesting enough to me that I thought I’d explore this whole idea of what is the “right” way to play a game…

Just this morning, I listened to the latest episode of Garrett’s Games & Geekiness, and Doug sort of went on a little rant about how Tom and Eric at The Dice Tower are basically ignoring the huge spectacle that is the Essen game fair coming up in a week or two. I found myself having an interesting reaction to the rant, in that mostly, I disagree with Doug and agree with Tom…

Just yesterday, the gaming website Superfly Circus announced that they would no longer be accepting review copies of games. Their intention was to be a “CHAMPION OF THE CONSUMER” by eschewing all potential dependence or influence by game publishers. The article then went on to illuminate a culture of “anti-dissent” in the boardgame hobby and finally ended with a direct attack on the character of most popular reviewers. I’m going to speak pretty directly about many of the points that they made…

It’s been quite a while since I last ran through my favorite podcasts here on my blog, so I thought I’d take a little time to list some of my current favorites, some new ones I’m hot on, and some that have gone a little cold for me…

It’s been like a month already, but on the second episode of the new podcast Wooden Cubes and Iron Soldiers, they talked about games they hate. It got me thinking, so I thought I’d spew some hate of my own and give some of y’all a chance to join in on the fun as well…

In part 1 of this article, I spent a lot of time exploring the motivations of designers, publishers, and patrons to use Kickstarter. I feel pretty solid about what I said there, and to me, there’s not much in it that I feel is really disputable. In this article, however, I’m going to get a heck of a lot more speculative. And in some cases, I’m practically going to talk outta my butt or simply repeat things I’ve heard elsewhere. But I’m going to do it anyway, because I still think that someone needs to take the time to present these issues and start some more reasonable conversation about them.
So, let’s start with the big one…

Kickstarter is a big deal in the boardgame hobby right now. It’s hard to ignore all of the excitement, money, and new games that are pouring into and out of it, even if you really want to. And any time something so new has such a huge impact on any sort of industry, people are going to have opinions and predictions about what it means and where it’s headed…