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An Honour For My Play

In boardgames, miscellany on January 23rd, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Gone Gaming Award Runner-Up: Best Industry ArticleThe Cliche is that it’s an honour just to be nominated, and it really it. Nevertheless winning something is really nice too.

Gone Gaming named An Introduction to Elegance the second runner-up in the category Best Industry Article, behind the always great Chris Farrell‘s Here I Stand and Big Decks and the underappreciated (and sadly inactive) Mario Lanza‘s Fill in the Blank, about the geeky, but perrenial, topic of box inserts.

I am very proud, and honoured. Considering my failure so far to follow up as promised, I have to say that Introduction to Elegance must have been better than I thought to be considered worthy of consideration, let alone in actual contention. It was, to my thinking, the ugly step sister of the series, necessary to clear up a few points before moving on.

More motivation to get my nose back to the grindstone 🙂

Thank you to the Gone Gaming crew for honouring me so. I encourage my readers to check out all of the winners and runners-up.

My New and Improved Boardgamer Cluster

In boardgames on January 14th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Matthew Gray has updated his boardgamer clusters. Worse yet, he’s added wonderfully geeky spider plots! There’s even a new analysis tool that produces numerical and graphic analysis for individual games, or for gamers based on their top 10 games.

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All Hail Mighty Ra!

In boardgames on January 3rd, 2007 at 3:48 pm

I got a copy of the Ăśberplay Ra for Christmas, and it has become my game group’s new obsession. It’s been played five of the last seven nights (not game nights, actual nights — vacation time for the holidays and unusual schedules are syncing up just right), including two nights I wasn’t free — they borrowed it so they could play without me!

I had played a lot of Ra already on BSW, so I knew that it was very good, and I expected it to go over well, but this is the hottest reaction to a game ever from my group.

A few observations
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It Really is an Honour

In boardgames on January 2nd, 2007 at 9:53 pm

BGIA Nominee crestAn Introduction to Elegance has been nominated for a 2006 Gone Gaming Board Game Internet Award for Best Industry Article.

I am humbled and honoured.

This is the second year in a row that I have been honoured with a nomination for a BGIA. Last year I was lucky enough to win for Best Strategy Article for my Princes of Florence series From the Library to the Laboratory over on Boardgamegeek.

I doubt that an Introduction to Elegance will win, since it is a rather tough field. If I had actually managed to get the follow up articles done, perhaps I might have earned a second nomination for article series. Alas.

Good luck to all of the people nominated in all of the categories. While I am not familiar with all of the nominee, I am sure that all are deserving of being recognized.