Category Archives: Games

The Coolest City I’ve Never Seen

There seems to be a very cool game (and fantasy city) in French, although I haven’t read it yet. Wastburg, as described on Le Cyberespace de Jérôme Darmont. Originally a novel of roguish fantasy (a la Fritz Lieber’s Lankhmar, apparently) … Continue reading

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We had a great game of Mao tonight, although I was laughing so hard I probably came close to my first coronary. I highly recommend it as a silly game for the family this weekend! In addition to the normal … Continue reading

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The Amazons from Rejected Princesses as Characters in a RPG

You may already know about the site Rejected Princesses which celebrates “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.” It is “illustrated in a contemporary animation style with accompanying writeup” and updated on Wednesday. It’s also now on Facebook … Continue reading

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Pirate Treasure Map for McCormick’s Creek Park, Indiana

When my son was about ten (2006), I made this treasure map for his birthday party. I mentioned it in a post on party games last week, and then found it this week. The Pirate’s Lair was a reserved shelter. … Continue reading

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Chess is not a RPG

John Wick wrote a great blog recently on roleplaying vs. wargaming, or as he phrased it, story-telling vs. gun porn. His primary argument is that, “In a roleplaying game, game balance does not matter.” What he seems to mean by … Continue reading

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Party Games — Treasure Hunts, Scavenger Hunts, Mysteries

When my kids were between 8 and 12, they loved games, and we used to create either our own boardgames or play some sort of treasure hunt, scavenger hunt, riddle, or puzzle. This also made a great birthday party activity, … Continue reading

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JiffyCon East, November 9, 2013, Somerville, MA – and its related games

I just found out about Jiffycon and was reading up on the games to be shown there. I got very excited about going and then discovered I was giving a presentation at another conference so I can’t attend. But I … Continue reading

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Homemade Board Games

Another thing we played with the kids while they were growing up was homemade board games. We started out with the Dog Game in 2001, and then went on to the Princess Game, the Pirate Game, and this one, our … Continue reading

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