Trail of Cthulhu

This post is part of the H. P. Lovefest. TL;DR: I have rapidly become a fan of the Trail of Cthulhu roleplaying game, a modern, player-facing alternative to Call of Cthulhu that highlights the investigative aspect of Lovecraftian adventuring. I've always loved all kinds of games, but the frequency at which I played RPGs was, until recently, about once a

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Games: Love Letter

This review is a cross-post from Playtest. Love Letter is available through Amazon and Funagain Games. Love Letter falls into two unusual categories, the first of which is Games That You Are Convinced Won’t Work Until You Play Them. Often these are games that are so complicated that you can’t visualize how all the disparate systems could possibly come together

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Tabletop Day Seattle

Wil Wheaton and the fine folks at Geek and Sundry have declared March 30 to be Tabletop Day. The Tabletop website has a map of events, including many in Seattle, but I'm going to list them here as well for convenience. I'll keep this post updated as a receive new information. Blue Highway Games (Queen Anne): No specifics yet, but

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Games: Trajan

Earlier this week I reviewed The Castles of Burgundy, a recent design from Stefan Feld that I quite enjoy. Now let’s turn our attention to Trajan, a second 2011 release from Feld with which Castles shares many similarities. Trajan is really a collection of mini-games, bolted together by a central mechanism called the action circle. The action circle dominates the

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Games: The Castles of Burgundy

Until recently, designer Stefan Felt was primarily known for In the Year of the Dragon, Notre Dame, and Macao, three games that were well-regarded at the time of their release, but that have been fading from memory ever since. In 2011, however, Feld released two new games that may outlast their predecessors. One of them, Trajan, has received ample buzz, was crowned "Game

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The 2012 Good Gift Games Guide

The 2012 Good Gift Games guide appears in The Morning News today. Here are the ten games featured: GameFull ReviewRulesPurchase Lords of WaterdeepPlaytestPDFAmazon, Funagain MorelsPlaytestUnavailableTwo Lanterns Games website Cards Against HumanityNonePDFAmazon, or print your own set for free [PDF] Flash Point: Fire RescueComing soonPDFAmazon, Funagain Risk: Legacydefective yetiPDFAmazon, Funagain Love LetterNonePDF

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Games: Morels

This review is cross-posted to Playtest. Before heading to PAX Prime 2012, I wrote down the games I wanted to seek out and try. At the top of the list was Story Realms, which I had the great fortune to play while attending the conference. Having crossed tat one off, I went in search of my #2 choice, but couldn't

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Games: King of Tokyo

This review is cross-posted to Playtest. King of Tokyo is available via Amazon and Funagain Games. LJ: do you take game review requests? please review "king of toyko"! your fans demand it!me: Okay, done.LJ: it's SUCH a good game! do you love it?me: I do When compiling my annual Good Gift Games Guide, I try to ensure that there is

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Games: London

This review is cross-posted to Playtest. London is available via Amazon and Funagain Games. Tucked away in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony was a segment illustrating the evolution of Britain from pastoral island to thriving metropolis. Apparently many American found this transformation boring. I, on the other hand, was riveted — probably because, as the participants rolled up the

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Playtest

Max Temkin (creator of the infamous Cards Against Humanity) and I have launched a new tumblr, devoted to board games. My review of Friday — a one-player game by the designer of Power Grid — appears today.

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