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Saturday, August 8th, 2009
11:51 pm
Designing a Board Game
I'm working on a fantasy novel (no really, contract and all that). In the book, the characters play a board game. I've come up with a rough outline of the rules, and a bunch of questions. I'm hoping that some board game nuts will help me look over them and work out enough detail so that I can describe characters playing.

Note that while I'm posting the rules, and I think it would be really cool if people wanted to play around with them and even play the game (if it's playable), but the ideas are my intellectual property and I will not allow them to be sold. If the game turns out to be any fun, though, I may GPL the rules and people may make their own boards with pennies for token or something.

The two players are land and water.
The game is played on a hexagon grid board.
Counters look like little bridges.
Half the counters are land, half are water, like black and white in chess.
They are placed on a board straddling a hex boundary.
Hexes with more water bridges belong to water. Hexes with more land bridges belong to land. Hexes with a tied number belong to no one.
Players take turns placing individual bridges.
The player with the most hexes wins.
External conditions (days of the week, for instance) may affect some rules, most likely the start conditions.


What are starting conditions?
When does the game end (probably when the tokens are gone).
Should moves after the first one be restricted to contiguous hexes? Will playing that way generate deadlocks where unfilled hexagons are still on the board while no moves are possible? If it's non-trivial to create a deadlock, could that be a legal game winning condition?
How big is the board?
Is the 'best' shape of the board hexagon, based on having a pleasingly symmetrical shape?
Since the number of possible hexes is even, how are ties resolved? Is it possible to prevent ties?
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
2:13 pm
Calling People in Western/Eastern MA, CT area

I am the asst. General Manager for Worlds Apart Games, America's only non-profit volunteer run game store. We are currently looking for indie game designers to come and demo their games at the store. We would like people to come on Sundays around 5 or 6. So, if you have a game or a prototype you would like to try out (and possibly have sold in the store). Please contact me. We are located in Amherst center right next to the fire station.
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
2:09 pm
Open-access games?
Hello, everyone! I'm not sure if this is quite the kind of question that belongs here, but I'm hoping that someone will know the answer to my question, or where to go to get it, at least...

I'm looking for game design communities like the one around IceHouse pieces (link goes to their wiki). Really, any group that has developed a lot of different games in one genre, or with one type of game piece.

It's a big bonus if they are as friendly as the IceHouse group: my plan is to ask them if I can help them organize their rules, photos, videos, etc. into a digital library.

So, I suppose if you have thoughts for a games-centered, non-copyright-violating digital library, those would also be very helpful!

Thank you for your help!

Current Mood: hopeful
Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
11:45 pm
New Games

2008 is here and we have our first two games for the new year.

First is our new card game Transmogrification, a duel between 3 to 5 Shape Shifters. Using your different forms you will compete in the ultimate battle to you have superior skill and strength.

Then we have L337 5p34k W0rdz, 5 games in one. The main game is a Scrabble variant.

Speaking of variants you can get updated versions of our Clue, Aquire, Diplomacy and Axis & Allies variants.

So visit IcePack Games today and see what's new!
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
10:22 pm

Due to non-payment I am relisting this 1979 rare Stek Trek game...it's good condition, all original pieces!
Click the pic, this is only a 3 day auction --if you can't pay please don't bid!
5:38 pm

Getting rid this trivia game, never opened. Click the pic!
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
5:58 pm
I wanted to share a couple games I've got for sale, I'm cleaning out storage and will be getting rid of a lot more! Most are considered vintage.

1979 Star Trek

1984 TV GUIDE game

200 Question FRIENDS Trivia
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
11:06 am
New gamer
Hi! I stumbled upon this group by accident, but I really like board games, so I decided to join in.

I don't usually have people to play board games with, though my wife is 6 months pregnant, so perhaps the baby will grow up to be a gamer. Until then I play board-games online. My all time favorite is Risk. I play that on World at War (hence my LJ name), it is like Risk, but there are far more options and maps to play on.

Every now and then my wife and/or my parents agree to playing a boardgame, but it's usually some or other card-game, or Sorry! (we brought over from the US). They don't want to play Risk with me, but I've recently introduced them to Settlers of Catan and they seem to like it.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
6:59 pm
games to accidentally cheat at
okay not on PURPOSE - but some games, the rules are so hard you just know you get away with stuff sometimes ...

it's SO easy to do some shady things here. accidentally rearranging your cards in hand is an obvious one. and this one time I just put a card down from my hand during the trading phase, like "oh and i'll plant this soy!" and gurkie was like "what are you doing?" ... uh oh! busted! i think i've planted inappropriately from my hand other times and not gotten caught... it just seems like something you should be able to do

Traders of Genoa
people have such long and complicated turns in this game, and usually the other players are busy thinking about their next turn or negotiation! "i 1 for 1 a copper for a wool... and that completes this order... and i get 100 money... and an action card of my choice..." wait are you sure i discarded my extra action card? was that my second action or my first? did i remember to discard my 1 for 1 tile or did i keep it by accident?

another odd game where it's in your best self-interest to stay focused on the cards instead of keeping people honest. let the honest people keep themselves honest! i need to find more sets.

... more?

Current Mood: confused
Saturday, April 28th, 2007
9:57 pm
Games for sale...
game-a-thon at gameoftheday.bigcartel.com actually they are posting their items on google base more frequently then they update the main page http://base.google.com/base/search?authorid=1580994&hl=en&gl=US. There is a discount code for purchases after your first to save people money on shipping... I will probably be picking up any items I buy... I wonder if I can still use the -5 bucks dealio ;-)
Sunday, April 8th, 2007
1:18 pm
board games for many
if like me, you have a roommate and more than two friends, "goa" is not the game for you. neither is "st. petersburg" or "tigris and euphrates" or any of the other really cool board games whose fun ends when the fifth person comes to the party. so here are some of my favorite board games that scale up to include more people! let me hear your favorites too

1. Bohnanza
2-7 players. players try and plant beans and harvest them for money. the crux of this game is the trading - and similar to "settlers of catan", it's often important to stall during your turn to make sure you're getting the best deal. a lot of times it seems like people get bored with it about half-way through, but it's still a popular choice.

2. Six Nimmt
2-10 players. players choose cards at their own hand which are simultaneously played on the board. if you play a card which ends up filling the 6th slot on the board, you get that row of cards, so it's important to predict correctly which rows your opponents will play in. despite the minimal amount of player interaction, i find this to be more of a social game than most.

3. Ricochet Robots
2-20 players. players observe a board of robots and try and figure out how to get the selected robot to its goal in the fewest moves. kind of like "set" for the spatially inclined. the "catchup rule" which is included in ricochet-robots prevents beginners from being totally alienated. it is a good game to pick if you want your friends to quiet down.
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
10:51 pm
New Games?

I just stumbled onto this group from some random place, and figured I'd say hi and maybe ask for some ideas. My room mates and I decided to have a "game night" to give our old (read: late 20s/early 30s) a reason to leave their houses. We've been doing it about a year now. We started with poker, but ended up with board games 'cause people dont like losing money.

We've done Trivial Pursuit (great, but i wish the questions were up to date), Pictionary (current fave), Cranium (fun, but the rules are CONFUSING!) and Monopoly (only once, it takes too long).

What games (old or new) are you guys enjoying that are easy, fun and have rules that aren't so complicated... AND is there a decent trivia game like Trivial Pursuit with modern(ish) questions? The versions of TP that are out now all look pretty terrible...

Sunday, March 18th, 2007
5:46 pm
buying old games.
Any of you connoisseurs have any tips on where to buy old board games that are out of print?

I'm looking for a bunch from my childhood. Things like Home Alone, Addams Family Reunion, and the Ninja Turtles Pizza Power game. Most of them are available on eBay but they're nearly $20 each and the shipping is almost the same.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
10:47 am
Fun at BGG... Do you know your games?
I was browsing BGG and saw this great competition.. Basically what it is, a collection of 20 images all have a link in common. You look at the pics and need to identify the game and the link, it is awesome... Off the top of my head I think I got the link + 6 of the games, another 7 have most likely revealed themselves due to research on BGG and google... Unfortunately I am by no means certain of those 7 and I still have 7 to go! I have some random guesses for a couple of the remaining but they arent by any means certain... The prize for the winner is geekgold, although I dont really know what this does for you. But I dont care its an awesome-ly fun mystery, you know you want to solve it...

Thursday, March 8th, 2007
11:27 am
more board game deals
So Tangathon (www.tanga.com) is back and while they have had some games I will not bother posting what has passed...

On another note apparently there is a website game of the day
http://gameoftheday.bigcartel.com/category/todays-game that is running a counter part to the tangathon... Except only games. For the most part the prices are about 2 bucks cheaper then other online retailers. Part of the dealio is the initial buy in sounds like shipping is about 7 bucks initially and then no additional charge for each game u buy after that... So far they have had California, Through The Dessert, Taj Mahal, and Thurn and Taxis. The last three all have good rankings on BoardGameGeek.com... If they keep this up looks like I will be game-binging again...

Edit: Aquadukt and Ingenious have since been posted. It looks like a new game is posted on the hour...
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
10:28 am
"A Game Of Thrones," the game!
Has anyone played the board game "A Game Of Thrones"? One of my friends has it, and the general consensus of everyone who's looked at it is that it looks like a variant of "Risk." Any experience with this game?
Monday, February 5th, 2007
12:11 am
BN Games Sale
So I know I mentioned this before... But in case you care I thought I would remind you guys.

BN game sale started Feb 4th. 50% off MSRP plus 10% if you are a BN member.

I got RoboRally, Niagara, Tsuro, and Puerto Rico for under 80 bucks... Considering this means I get to return the original copies I bought (but hadnt opened) it means I get a copy of PR and 40 bucks back! (I had gotten the other three for 120 some)

I noticed a few more games I thought about getting but decided to wait on.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
10:10 am
Board game limericks!
I'm a little ashamed to say that these came to me while I was in the shower this morning, and I'm slightly more ashamed to post them. So please add your own! (you need to know the games to get the limericks; click on the names to see their descriptions)

Settlers of Catan
Ed's cities were making me weep,
He was short of the game by one veep,
He basically stole,
cards on every roll -
The two other players were sheep.

I first played it in Kindergarten,
With a uptight young boy, name of Martin,
I asked "Can I be yellow?"
And he only said "hell, no",
I guess you could say he was spartan.

Current Mood: silly
Friday, January 19th, 2007
4:13 pm
RIGHT NOW Fri 19th at 4:13 PM EST they have Nexus Ops, Vegas Showdown, and Rocketville for a whopping total of 28 (shipped and handled!) Nexus Ops and Vegas Showdown are in the top 150 games on BGG... And apparently they are out of print? Or something like that... I bought!!
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
6:50 pm
Scott Nicholson
Scott Nicholson, a board game reviewer.

His board game videos on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=snicholson

His website: http://boardgameswithscott.com
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