Meta-Casting

I was reading through the blogs I follow yesterday and came upon an interesting article on Pawnstar about the use of auctions in games. Basically, it was a diatribe about the misuse of auctions in games to spackle over shoddy game design and shirk the responsibility for game balance to the players…

“You’ve got to get the player to live the story in the game, and you have to find that special thing in the game that the player’s going to take away. Games are measured in playing time; they’re measured in hours and minutes… but they’re remembered in moments…”

It occurred to me that many times, I fall back on card games as fillers or introductary games, and often buy them for and rate them in regard to that purpose. But if we’re talking about a case when I would choose to sit down and play a card game specifically, I think my expectations change pretty significalty…

But anyway, if you weren’t aware, BoardGameGeek started up a new feature recently that lets users create their own little blog within the larger context of the BGG monolith. And one fleeting thought that crossed my mind as I read about and explored this new feature was whether or not I should be “worried” about all the possible influx of new bloggers. After my initial moment of concern, though, I realized that it wouldn’t make even a little bit of difference to me and my site…