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My Review of Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs. Imperium

In appraisals, boardgames, race for the galaxy, reviews on February 16th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

My review of Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs. Imperium was posted to Game Cryer a couple of days ago, and I naturally assume some of my readership would be curious :)

Feel free to comment, but if you’re getting into nitty gritty stuff like specific cards and strategies, it’s probably best to do it here where you won’t scare the norms ;)

Lines of Action

In boardgames, reviews on November 12th, 2007 at 3:07 am

I first discovered Lines of Action several years ago, when I read Sid Sackson’s book A Gamut of Games. I was immediately intrigued by it, and, although I was not an active boardgamer at the time, it lurked in the back of my mind as something I would like to try.After I signed up for Boardgamegeek, I thought to check it out. I discovered that it was well-rated, but not widely known. I made a mental note to play it when I got a chance, but that meant indoctrinating some friends into boardgaming first.

Fast forward a year or so, and I had a couple of friends that I played my nascent Eurogame collection with. One night, I stayed late at a gaming session with one other player, and I decided to spring LoA on him. We both enjoyed it quite a bit, but we didn’t play it again for about a year and a half. I wanted to, but it was never a convenient choice.A couple of weeks ago I decided to go out of my way to play LoA again, and this time it caught. I played 15 games of it over the course of two days, and I am even more fond of the game than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Ninety-Nine

In boardgames, reviews on November 12th, 2006 at 9:41 pm

Ninety-Nine, is a trick-taking card game designed by David Parlett, with rules freely available on his website. Parlett is best known for designing Hare & Tortoise (Hase & Igel in the German editions), the first boardgame to win the Spiel des Jahres award. His first love is card games, though. He has written several books about them, and Ninety-Nine is just one of over a dozen games that use a deck of standard playing cards which Parlett has shared with the public on his website.

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