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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 😉

A Brief, Rant-like Post on Art in Roleplaying Games

In gaming society, role-playing games on February 3rd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I own half a dozen books on improving your chess skills, and I’ve read (thanks to libraries) a couple dozen more. Among them, I doubt there has been a single illustration except chess positions and, possibly, photos of great chess players whose games are being referenced. In particular, I cannot think of a single picture of a “chess babe” in any of them (although chess magazines have indulged in the genre; paging Alexandra Kosteniuk).

I’ve also read a couple dozen books on the history of espionage, ranging from the Cambridge Five to the history of National Security Administration. Most of these books have a section of glossy pages in the middle that feature photos of prominent figures within the book, and possibly a couple of key locations. Those that discussed cryptography also had pictures of some related equipment; say, the the Nazis used to encode and decode messages using the “Enigma” cipher during World War II. I’ve never seen a gratuitous photo or illustration of a large-breasted woman stroking a gun barrel lovingly or sneaking along a corridor, though.

Even coffee table books, which are largely about collecting large numbers of attractive photos and illustrations, normally manage to be written around topics that justify all the eye-candy.

If you page through most roleplaying books from major publishers, though, you will see plenty mood pieces, and cheesecake is not that uncommon. Worse, when a game book does not have these kinds of illustrations, it is subject to comments like this one, which finally prodded me to write this post: Read the rest of this entry »