Entries from The Gameshelf tagged with 'board games'

Going Cardboard

I just got back from a preview showing (I think the first public preview showing?) of Lorien Green's documentary Going Cardboard. It was pretty great. The movie covers the modern era of board games, what Green calls "designer" and I...

iPad Ra: Very nice, but could use a spot of dusting

Allow me to expand on my parenthetical aside about the shifting sands of Ra from Tuesday’s essay: First of all, I must emphasize that the iPad edition of Reiner Knizia’s Ra, implemented by Sage Board Games, passes the most important...

Boston Cardboard Game Jam

Last weekend, I attended the first Boston Cardboard Game Jam. It was like one of Boston Game Jams' usual events, but this time for card and board games instead of videogames. The basic idea is that a bunch of people...

Voting Mechanism

Here’s a different take on “weighted voting,” from a CNN article about the French Senate passing the pension bill:As is the custom in the Senate, senators voted Friday by placing plastic credit-card sized tokens into one of three different urns...

Weekend links: two on chess

Via the New York Times’ “Gambit” chess blog, we learn of a new controversy surrounding… well, not so much a very old game as a set of very old game pieces, with new evidence causing some to question the national...

More thoughts on the passing of cruelty

I find it interesting, as an aside to yesterday’s column, to examine how applied cruelty has fallen from favor across multiple game media over time. I chose the word “cruelty” quite intentionally, referencing Andrew Plotkin’s famous Cruelty Scale for interactive...

Three upcoming documentaries on games

We seem to be entering a nexus of documentaries about games. Far be it from me to do anything but encourage further flowering in this field! Witness: Lorien Green has released a clip of Gone Cardboard, a film about board...

Go Euro Games!

My friend Devon Weller and I were at Barcamp Nashville and after attending some sessions we saw that there was a Impromptu session room, and it had a couple of open slots. We decided that we wanted to talk up...

Episode #7 - Diplomacy

I am pleased to present the seventh episode of The Gameshelf, a product of over four months' work from both me and my totally stellar cast and crew. In this episode, we focus on a single board game: Diplomacy, which...

Game Design Concepts | Free Games

Ian Schreiber posted his last blog entry for the Game Design Concepts course today. My Russia trip followed by actually working derailed my plans to work along with the whole course, but I plan to go back and finish it...

Games in Russia

I'm in Russia for 2 weeks. I thought it would be relatively easy to find a game shop in Moscow, find some nice games that haven't been released elsewhere, and bring them back home to play. It turns out that...

Game Design Concepts: Level 2

I'm not necessarily planning on doing a post for every lesson (twice a week for ten weeks), but I thought I'd post today since I made two games. Today's lesson talked about what game design is, the iterative process, and...

Random links

From Boardgame News, a preview for the new Race for the Galaxy expansion. The most interesting things are cards for a sixth player and optional takeover rules. A post from Brenda Brathwaite about happiness and reward delivery. "The challenge in...

[Boston area] Settlers Tournament at Eureka in Brookline, June 9

My local game store, Eureka, is hosting a Mayfair-sponsored Settlers of Catan tournament on Tuesday, June 9, at 6:30 PM. The winner gets an all-expense paid trip to GenCon this summer, where they will get to play in the North...

A Few Links

I finally went through my 500+ starred-item backlog on Google Reader. I'm down to 25 or so, which is pretty good. Here are a couple of things that I thought might interest more people, one on board games and one...

Humor in Boardgames

After playing a game of Galaxy Trucker last night, I was pondering "funny" games. The post-game discussion consensus was that GT is "funny like RoboRally" as opposed to "funny like Munchkin. In Munchkin-funny games, the components are funny. The cards...

Make Monopoly Fun

So, since April of this year, GameCareerGuide has been running these (mostly weekly) game design challenges, aimed at providing some real-worldish challenges to students of game design. They usually have to do with video games, but there have been some...

Games Canon from <em>Creating Games</em>

Disclaimer:I am an editor at A K Peters, the publisher of this book. Sales of this book help my company; thus, I benefit from the sale of this book. However, I don't get any kind of commission or bonus based...

Noteworthy games I have not played

I have not played Agricola due to its length - it takes at least a couple of hours, and I haven't been able to spare that for games lately. (Please don't ask how many half-hour games of Race for the...

Gleemax Games

The WotC social network for gamers, Gleemax, launched the alpha version of its online games page. The games are all free to play for a limited time (no clue when that time will be up, or what sort of charges...

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