Hey nicely done Caleb! I’m sure as a gamer parent youre already aware of some of the awesome speech games/activities out there, so I don’t wanna overstep my bounds here! However, if he responds to matching games I’d suggest checking out some of the Super Duper Inc./ Webber Illustrated sets of cards! I’d start with the “Minimal Pairs” deck because they’re perfect for some of his phonological speech errors.
Here’s an amazon link to a $20 deck: Webber Illustrated Phonology "Fronting" Minimal Pair Card Deck - Super Duper Educational Learning Toy for Kids https://www.amazon.com/dp/1586503928/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_4W5YAbYTQSCGJ
I just recently got a dice tray, and wooo boy. 10/10, would recommend. I bought one where it unfolds to be flat so it stores really nicely with all my other items.
Mine looks like this:
SIQUK Double Sided Dice Tray, Folding Rectangle PU Leather and Burgundy Velvet Dice Holder for Dungeons and Dragons RPG Dice Gaming D&D and Other Table Games https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G713C61/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_cANWBb7VWSRKV
This is kinda old news.
Site to check if your email/password combo has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
For Kickstarter specifically:
> In February 2014, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced they'd suffered a data breach. The breach contained almost 5.2 million unique email addresses, usernames and salted SHA1 hashes of passwords.
> Compromised data: Email addresses, Passwords
Looks like this will be fixed:
"Currently all printing has stopped and we are expecting this to be fixed, such that newly-printed cards are indistinguishable from older printings."
My recommendation is that you don't buy Dominion Adventures until it is fixed.
Our most used accessory is a large poker mat that fits our dining room table. It keeps cards from sliding around and makes them easier to pick up. We have this one but in black.
YH Poker 70" x 35" Portable Rectangle Sure Stick Rubber Foam Poker Table Top Layout Poker Mat (Green) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0796VDZKQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PWN3DbMQHTJ6Y
For some reason I saw the logo and immediately thought "Skip-Bo," a game I haven't touched in like 35 years. Sure enough...
Funny thing, we only had the card game, so I'm not sure why the dice looked familiar.
I introduced the Chwazi app (android linked, iTunes available) to my weekly gaming group, and now we all use it almost exclusively.
We like it because it's simple, and we don't have to refer to the rule book or some other arbitrary method to determine start player. Like, Smallworld is whoever has the pointiest ears. What?
One of my friends has made a free Nested Tic Tac Toe app for Android. No ads either, because he just made it for fun. You can play against AI or human friends.
Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.drumber.nestedtictactoe
In games that do not stipulate who goes first our group uses Chwazi (Google Play link, there is a version for iPhone though). Everyone puts their finger on the screen and it randomly selects one.
Knizia is a mathematician. For anyone who's ever studied game theory, Knizia's designs are usually pretty obviously derivative of "mathematical games" (this isn't a criticism.) Sometimes I think he just whips out his copy of winning ways and riffs on stuff until he finds a design he likes. Or at least that's how it seems to me.
Like another commenter said, I think Knizia definitely falls into the camp of "experimental genius." I think SUSD put it aptly "Reiner Knizia has designed 1000's of games, literally some of which are good."
I'm curious how this will be handed. For the game Unsung Story, backers kicked in over six times the goal, then it's as if almost nothing happened.
A different company took over, said everything was so incomplete that they were starting from scratch, and they didn't even receive the money from the original company, which got off Scot free. Kickstarter wouldn't write me back.
Robinson Crusoe is illegal in most countries because it tortures players so harshly.
"Oh hey, looks like you are progressing well. Here's a bear, and then a storm, and have four fucking clouds on your weather roll too. Ha, I guess you used your food. Eat shit and die."
That's what the game would say if it could talk.
If other people enjoy your game then unfortunately they aren't talking about it. Your game's forum on BGG has literally 1 thread. A review thread every bit as harsh as Tom's review.
It's not an exhaustive list, but here are some of the options: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/189496/game-table-manufacturers
That completely ignores the many more options that open up if you consider poker tables, many of which work great as board game tables too. There a couple of very nice convertible dining/poker tables you can get straight from Amazon, for example.
Our group does that too. We use Chwazi to see who gets to choose next, then after that session the remaining players use Chwazi again. Keep repeating until everyone chose a game and start over. Every once in a while we'll decide that for that round, we have to choose a game from another player's shelf.
If someone has to sit out a week, no worries we keep them in the drawing for the next week by using someone's spare finger.
It cuts down on a lot of "what do you want to play? I don't know, what do YOU want to play?" It's also added a lot of variety to the games we play, since we're not worried about getting a group consensus on what to choose.
We're also not having to wait until the last minute at game night to find out what we are playing, so we all have time to read up on the rules ahead of time if we so choose (we play a lot of heavy games, so it's advised in our group to do your homework first). It also dramatically speeds up play time and cuts down on rule gaffes.
More than that - TI4 is $60 off
Bohnanza is a game a friend bought. When he brought it out to play I thought he had found it in a charity shop or something. Brilliant game, but the box art is off-putting.
Put the tiles out in different shapes. It makes the game insane quickly. There's a very official looking page on bgg that shows some suggested layouts.
EDIT: Here's one.
Fityle 200pcs Plastic Coin Capsules Round Coins Holder 21mm Clear Storage Container Protective Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q7MCBKM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_YF0TSKT57VWBZ8Z5CPWX?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Hell yes, there are controversial games.
The big one that comes to mind, because it made fools out of dozens, if not hundreds of us, was <strong>The Emperor's New Clothes</strong>.
The "game" was promoted as a plain white box with various plain white gaming components. The kickstarter marketing suggested that the game pieces were not actually blank but could had images that could only be seen by certain people.
The general public reaction was one of confusion. Some seemed to get the joke and the reference to the Hans Christian Andersen fable. Some proclaimed utter bewilderment. Most puzzling of all were the people who were falling over themselves to support the project.
By the time the project was backed, the project leader seemed to have started to backpedal. The empty box and parts are now being promoted primarily as a source of bits for prototyping, yet the game is also accompanied with rules that allow you to play a game using the unmarked pieces.
The whole affair seems to have left no one particularly satisfied. I was originally amused by the whole thing but when the designer began flipflopping, the purity of the whole thing got flushed down the toilet. It also makes it hard to go back and trace the project from its inception to its completion, because the project changed so much along the way to respond to the rage of confused backers.
Look into the tables on wheels that slide the wheels under the bed, like what they have in hospitals.
You may be able to find something of a suitable size and design to suit your bed.
Edit: added link
Typically, unless the rules have a specific method that isn't arbitrary, we will use Chwazi to decide who goes first.
This is a class of games known as Induction Games, where the players are trying to determine what the rules are. There's an old (52-card deck) card game called Eleusis that's pretty good. Probably the best known among hobby gamers is Zendo which is a fantastic game, and when done using the Looney Pyramids is quite pretty too look at.
A bit of digging also found this geeklist with other games of this type.
You can get some collectible coin holder pages and just put the tiles in those. It's much easier to just pass the pages than look at individual "stacks" of tiles. These worked great.
I performed some search queries and found some information on this website called boardgamegeek.com. (In the industry we just call it BGG). You should check it out sometime.
I don't know in this particular case who has the rights to Brass, however, I tend to take anything Martin Wallace says with a canister of salt. He's had a variety of disputes with a variety of people (one or two? Ok. But there's a threshold where I tend to assume that the guy who's involved in such a higher percentage of disputes may tend to be the source of the problem).
And the whole "Bohrer didn't have the rights" thing? Yeah, so, the owner of FFG arranged an arbitration by a judge who is also a game designer, and Wallace ignored the results of the arbitration: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/442479/martin-wallace-vs-fred/page/3
So yeah, don't get the pitchforks out just yet.
So, for a while now, I've been trying to use some of the data I've been gathering to make some cool infographics... except I'm rubbish at it. So I figured I'd free the data and let people who know what the hell they're doing have fun with it. (you can download a csv file from the ellipsis in the task bar at the top)
Amazon has it on sale for $100 CAD which is even cheaper than $85 USD accounting for exchange rate.
In this hypothetical land, do we have to worry about game degradation? Because that would put things like Dominos onto the list. I'm just going to assume that in my magical, hypothetical island there are perfect playing and storage solutions. So:
I've had a lot of luck with Meetup.com. There's a lot of groups and events in my area that are held regularly.
You can also lookup local game stores near you and see if they have any events that they host. Sometimes game stores have open gaming nights with games you can try.
No I wouldn't.
You like fish tokens ? Here are 500 for 7$ : https://www.amazon.com/500pcs-Assorted-Acrylic-Jewelry-Findings/dp/B06XP2P1NS/ref=sr_1_17?keywords=fish+beads&qid=1554072017&s=gateway&sr=8-17
Oh, and they look infinitely nicer than the pieces of plastic shit shown on kickstarter.
Cloth bags are worth 1$ at most, or you can DIY one in 10 minutes if you want, since it's litterally a piece of cloth folded and a piece of rope.
Sleeves are useless for this game, and you can get 300 for 10 dollars should you realy want some. Cards are standard size anyway, so no value here.
That being said, I own Evolution: Climate and it's one of my favourite, I'm just disgusted at the pricing strategy adopted here.
The Deluxe version must cost them at most 3 or 4 dollars more to have made, and they up the price by 25$, it's really disgusting. But considering how they sold "promo packs" with 35 cards in them for 50 dollars, it's not surprising coming from north star games. Good games, most greed ever.
<strong>Cutthroat Caverns</strong> maybe? It's still semi-cooperative at the end, but everyone is trying to screw everyone else to get the final points. At the beginning, everyone has to cooperate, because the bosses are stronger with more people playing the game, but if you kill off / let a player die too early in the game, the bosses don't get any easier to beat, and everyone else is screwed.
I prefer these. They are firm enough to hold pieces, stack much better and can even be packed in the boxes and return to their shape.
But my favourite is the cash tray from a lockbox. It even has the rounded sides for taking pieces or coins out easily.
Considering the game was originally designed with an Egyptian theme and changed by DOW to not compete with other titles id say the designers artistic vision argument isn't super strong.
They are dice cubes and you can usually find Chessex Dice come in those cubes.
See example here.
You can find replacements on eBay
Regarding copyright and patents, read this thoroughly: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/493249/mythbusting-game-design-and-copyright-trademarks-a. The tl;dr is the text of your game (including rules) is copyrighted at creation and patents are essentially not possible.
Your next step is to continue playtesting your game with lots of different groups until you've ironed out the rough spots. You had one successful playtest. That's not enough. You need to put it in front of lots of people and see all the interesting ways people try to break it. Even a party game like this needs thorough playtesting.
Then you need to go to the Chicago Toy Fair (http://www.chitagfair.com/) and pitch your game. A game in this style will need to be published by a publisher who deals with mainstream games and ChiTAG is your best chance to interact with those publishers. If you're serious about the game, you must go to that convention (assuming you're in the US). Research the publishers that will be there, identify the ones that might be a fit for your game, and reach out to them via email a month before the convention to attempt to arrange a time to meet with them and show them your design. You can go up to booths and attempt a cold pitch but publishers prefer to schedule meetings.
Now for a dose of reality: It is almost certain that your idea has been thought of by someone else and there's a good chance something similar has been published. Research the party game category on BGG thoroughly to make sure your game does indeed have something unique, and therefore pitchable to a publisher, before you start making plans to pitch the game. For example, I just played Wise and Otherwise a few weeks ago and I could describe that one as a thinking man's Apples to Apples.
Haha, yes! I remember this! I'm the designer who came over halfway through (bald-ish, black tee)! I came back (from the bathroom or something), and a woman cosplaying as an elf or something (she told me what she was dressed as, but it was an anime thing I didn't know) was demoing it with you, and then I joined in.
Thanks for checking it out! The publisher ended up selling out around noontime on Friday, but there's more copies on the way. It should be arriving in game stores in a couple weeks or so. You can preorder there, or on Amazon if you want?
Hey all! I wanted a quick little project that could give me that sweet sweet dopamine hit, so I painted the miniatures from Cosmic Frog!
Here's the process if you'd like to replicate yourself:
That's it! In total it took probably 2 1/2 hours of work from start to end. Hope this inspires someone else to do the same!
Speedpaint/Contrast Colors used:
For all of you complaining that you have to pay money to vote, you're completely wrong. You can spend 20 geek gold once, which you can get for free by posting content on BGG (each approved picture gets you 1 GG), or you have to have an avatar, which costs 30 GG. Once you have an avatar you can vote every year. People literally give out avatars for free here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/475312/no-geek-left-behind-how-get-avatar
The whole point is to reduce robot voting.
If you ever need any resources just check out the "Files" section of any game on BGG
9 out of 10 times the file you need is one of the top ranked ones.
Also buy these, you'll thank me later.
At our house it's known as the bag of many bags. Between X-Wing and Castles of Mad King Ludwig we had a tonne of extras and started keeping them all in one spot. It's helpful when you get a new game a little light on the organizational tools. Looking at you Xia.
And while I'm hijacking, get these apps:
They look neat, but I'm going to stick to Chawzi, because I've yet to encounter anyone who's not instantly enamoured when I pull it up.
That's really interesting!
I played the heck out of this game as a kid. I think the woman on my copy was Indian though. It is the middle one in this pic: https://boardgamegeek.com/image/492403/mastermind I guess it was the Canadian version. Too bad they didn't have a reunion for every cover.
Just in case you don't know who Kevin Wilson is, here's some games he designed:
Android - The cyberpunk-noir murder mystery game, established background to Android Netrunner universe.
Arkham Horror - The most Ameritrash of Ameritrash games, basically the keystone to the Arkham series within FFG.
Cosmic Encounter (FFG Version) - Took a classic and made it a classic again. If that makes sense.
Descent: Journeys In The Dark - Created first edition, not sure what capacity he was involved for second edition. Basically a fantastic board game dungeon crawler.
Fury of Dracula - One of those out of print games that people rave about. Think Letters From Whitechapel except Jack fights back when you find him. In fact, that's almost exactly what it is.
A Game of Thrones - I just finished playing a game of the second edition about an hour ago. The perfect theme for the perfect backstabbing simulator.
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game - How do you create a board game based on a video game that was based on a board game? This is how.
So, basically, laid a lot of the groundwork for some of FFG's most successful franchises.
Ok, it took a bit for me too, so don't feel bad.
First, watch this video, then you'll want this player aid.
Between those two, you should be able to at least start playing.
Other than meetup.com, which others have suggested already, there's also r/lfg
EDIT: Why the downvotes? It's a subreddit dedicated to finding groups for gaming, board games included.
I don't like wire racks. They tend to leave dents in boxes. Adjustable solid shelf shelving in two side by side columns so you can adjust each side separately. A hanging over the door shoe organizer like this to store smaller games and accessories, and a couple of led light strips just inside the door fame to light everything up so you can see what's on lower shelves.
Yes, the 1910 expansion has an entire replacement set of full sized cards as well as additional tickets for the original Ticket to Ride.
It seems all the chatting has got Queen Games to wake up:
from Donald X:
>That post, or maybe the crosspost to the kickstarter, appears to have motivated them; they are very apologetic and in fact have offered to pay me an advance on next year's royalties. And they fixed the royalty statement to include the missing stuff (also there was missing stuff on the royalty statement, but that could totally be an honest mistake; RGG for example recently accidentally overpaid me for online Dominion, in one of their quarterly payments).
So next year they could be just as late but a hunk of it would be early instead. What about the year after that, you may be saying. It's a question isn't it.
I haven't signed a new contract yet; it seems only prudent to wait to see if the money shows up before making any rash decisions.
Obv. the expansion's existence depends on this; I mean if you ever want the expansion and I want to be nice to fans of KB, I should give them an extension. They have of course helpfully pointed this out.
BGG has a great wiki entry outlining all the different editions: from all the base game editions & expansions to all the big boxes and all the standalone versions. For starting out, I highly recommend just picking up the base game.
Dixit might be an interesting option, involves no reading and is usually fun to play with a group of people you know well. It's fairly light-hearted and has simple rules.
It looks like a location from Arkham Horror
 It is the library location from the base set board. But it is from the Dunwich expansion. It is a rubble token.
There is also The Martian Investigations, which is a sci fi variant that I'm the designer of. I was really pumped to see a big group playing this on youtube recently.
The colors may not match perfectly, but if you get a nice multicolor set the pieces still look good. Or you can have the edges be a different color and have them stand out. For my copy of SeaFall I colored the edges of Fortune tokens solid green and the edges of Reputation tokens solid purple and did some various other schemes with the other tokens. I think they look really nice.
Here's the marker set I bought that I've really liked. I just picked up a bronze and brown marker from Michael's and that's fit all of my needs.
EDIT: Images for those curious to see the results.
Quest for El Dorado is on sale for $15. Boardgamedeals has it at around $23 everywhere else.
Only game on sale that caught my eye when searching the Prime Day sale for "Board Games" and "Strategy Games". Probably going to skip the affair all together.
Still has 22 days to go (which is why it's not on this list) but I'm pretty excited about <strong>Oddball Aeronauts</strong>. I have a lot of small games, but not many that you can play without a table in 10 or 15 minutes, and look this good.
Rahdo's runthrough of the game really sold me on it.
Give Bohnanza a try. Tons of player interaction based around the same mechanic of trading that makes Settlers fun. Fairly quick, and easy to teach too.
Doesn't hurt that it's only $15 on Amazon right now either!
if you run any kind of booth at a convention get devices like
set them up to protect your earnings.
I used to use a cajon bag, but it ripped at the seam over time. Probably because I didn’t always completely fill it, putting additional strain on stitches that weren’t designed for that weight. Now I use a parachute bag. Fits larger games like Gloomhaven and Mechs vs Minions and without putting them on their side, and the canvas makes some more oddly shaped games easier to fit inside it.
Military Parachute Cargo Bag by Army Universe (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003702KW6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zPl7AbVDRGNMK
I very rarely research academia for linear skill development. I tend to think more holistically and get my inspiration from other (but relatable) sources. Here are some books I recommend:
Bramble refers to the rough, prickly branches of the shrub, specifically. Whatever fruit grows on those branches is superfluous to calling them brambles.
I've seen good sales happen fairly often. If you're looking for a specific game, why not set a price alert on CamelCamelCamel? You can also check the price history to see when the sales are likely to occur.
The best way is with Chwazi: iOS, Andriod
Its super fun, kind of a game in itself. Also, it's free. It works by everyone sticking a finger on the screen. The app thinks for a second, vibrates, and then zooms a bright color in on one finger. It can also randomly assign teams, select multiple from a group, etc. The screen shots don't do it justice. Seriously, download this app.
Edit: Clarified what the app does.
I just got into playing Star Realms. Excellent two player deck building game with rules for FFA, Team and Boss game types. I was gladly surprised to see that I wasn't alone when I saw it's rank is 54 on BGG.
Also it has an Android app so you can try it out before you buy. Free version App is limited but a good trial.
Also maybe have a rating for that. Last night I was playing Airlines Europe and I was having trouble even without any color blindness.
Link to Amazon for convenience:
Girls on Games: A Look at the Fairer Side of the Tabletop Industry https://www.amazon.com/dp/1939066204/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ep3MzbS82CNCA
I know games sales go in the bazaar. If posting this is a violation, please let me know and I'll take it down.
Rainbow Silicone Muffin cups - 24 for $9
2oz Souffle Cups w/lids 100 for $8
Most of the sites under the Gawker umbrella can be described as shitty. This article might lend some credit to that; My brief OkCupid Affair with a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player. Ever since they ran that story last August I haven't frequented any of the Gawker sites. They seem to be staffed by a bunch of ignorant shits.
Would be interested to see a contest around that idea. Best boardgame one can make out of Checkers, Monopoly, Risk, Battleship, etc.
For example, consider a Checkers board and pieces repurposed into
The game you played a while back where you build cities & have different types of power plants... my guess would be that you might be thinking of <strong>Power Grid</strong>. It's a game where you have to buy/build different types of power plants, and the resources to fuel them, to be able to power the cities that you're expanding on the game board. Could that be it?
Amazon Price Tracker Wheaton Affect
*Wohoo game is under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. Price is set at $25.00 and won't fluctuate (I get a week off)
Not to shoot down on these fantastic pieces, but if you're looking for a more affordable option, getting 21mm coin capsules has been recommended as well
Learning Resources Birds in a Nest Sorting Set, 36 Pieces, Fine Motor Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NANLCT1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bXauDbX4399DV
I bought this game specifically for the bowls to use to hold all my different gaming bits while playing other games. This game was cheaper than any other option I could find to buy gaming bowls without using Tupperware or something similar.
u/TheaQueen1, could you modify your link to point to the https://smile.amazon.com/Stonemaier-Games-STM900-Wingspan/dp/B07MC9JN56 domain? Using "smile" allows each of us to give a little bit to charity!
Hey that's awesome! I didn't take any progress pictures but I can definitely let you know what I did!
I had some "SuperSculpey" left behind from other art projects, so I used that to build the actual tokens. I'm from Canada, so here's the link on Amazon to the stuff I used:
I bought it at a local art supply store for pretty cheap (about $19.50 CAN/lb) so maybe check local stores around your area for it before ordering it online!
To paint the tokens I just used simple dollars store acrylics and I sealed them with a Sally Hanson Clear Topcoat Nail polish. In terms of the supplies it was actually quite cheap to make them!
I first modeled the minis out of the sculpey, which is really good at keeping its shape and rarely 'melts' at all or leaves residue on your hands.
Next I baked them in the oven following the instructions of the box, which is Baking it at 130° C for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness of whatever you are baking. I baked them on parchment paper so that my baking pan didn't have any chemicals on it at all.
After baking I let them cool on the baking sheet for about half an hour and then I painted them. After they dried I simply covered them in the clear nail polish, one side at a time so they didn't stick to my desk where they were drying and then they were done!
If you have any specific questions about how I made them feel free to PM me!
Dry Vinyl Tape usually a far better price for the same product (less the vibrant color selection choices) and perhaps less likely to result in interesting product suggestions cropping up in the future.
No prob! I’ve been eyeballing this for my own daughter: Set of 8 Webber Illustrated Phonology Cards Fun Decks - Super Duper Educational Learning Toy for Kids https://www.amazon.com/dp/1586503901/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_gd6YAb3CXP8WA
It’s a more comprehensive set of decks for different phonological processes. $100 is a lot for what you get components-wise, but... it may be worth it if it works (?). Idk. I haven’t tried these ones yet.
You can also find a bunch of free printable materials/games over at teacherspayteachers.com. Just ask your child’s speech therapist about which keywords to search for (e.g “fronting”, “consonant cluster reduction”, etc.).
Ok, I’ll shut up and stop giving unsolicited info!
Amazing work! Looks really great. I got these dice and a special monster bag for my Arkham set. I made a special Playlist on Youtube as well, which we used to play while playing.
Boss Monster is a game in my collection which has received a lot of negative reviews and criticism, and that has been denied replay by people who have experienced it once before.
Still love the art and the theme which is why I got it in the first place. :)
If they have rep: Usually you are good to go.
If they have no rep: save all your email communication with them and read the trade FAQ
Just remember in the end it is your own risk, but from my personal experience I haven't had any trouble.
edit: Whoever has the most rep usually goes second when you exchange shipping/payment.
Here's a link to what moats look like, for those that are curious:
Reminds me of borders from Suburbia Inc. I'm definitely looking forward to building even crazier castles.
Codenames promotes lateral thinking and teamwork. Also this article might be able to help you:
Opinion: Having random chance in a game isn't necessarily a bad thing.
I was reading this post earlier this morning and I agree that the needle has swung too far in the direction of "luck is evil and all traces of it should be banished." The more games I play, the more I realize that I like strategy games, but I ultimately like a game which involves some amount of tactical play (which in terms of strategy falls under the risk management or push your luck areas). "Given what I see in front of me, what's the best I can make of this situation." Sure, a better card might come up for someone else, but that's part of risk management. Second, I play games to have fun and create memories, not to measure my victory penis or strategic intellect. Having fun with friends trumps winning for me, so with those two things in mind, I'm much more accepting of some sort of chance in a game (randomized cards, occasional dice roll, random drawing of tiles), especially when it increases the replayability of a game.
That's from River 1 and it was ruled that the field circles around it. There is another that was released later which was the same except it has a road bifurcating the field. It's around page 27 and pg 66 or so in the complete annotated rules.
edit: updated page numbers and added a correction on where to find the bifurcated spring tile.
Most important (Number Zero):
Read Joe Slack's book on game design:
I am not affiliated with Joe Slack. I do not receive a commission from this. But this book is an absolute must-have if you're starting out, compiling all the most important principles of board game design in one easy-to-read place.
Foreword by Jamey Staegmaier if that helps lend authority.
This is my favorite game of last year. I loved it so much I bought a wizard hat on Amazon to use for determining the start player.
Some tips I've found:
Also, there's a fun solo variant on BGG where you play against a "copycat" player. Great for practice. Once you play it again, try looking into the Master Variant. It makes the game even more challenging, and the debunking is great in that.
Maybe Wits & Wagers?
There is trivia, and everyone writes down their guess, then people vote on which one they think is right, and the one closest (without going over, I think) wins and everyone gets points if they voted for the answer that won.
Try the text boxes with no borders are all, just flat rectangles of a neutral color.
You will not find many games with cards which display their cost in a text box that reads "Cost". Much better is a cost icon that's in the same place on every card.
Go to the library and check out Edward Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and Envisioning Information.
Congratulations, you've just got my party's favourite game. I would recommend to just carefully read the rules, they are both very well-thought-out and well-written (IMHO).
The stat counter cards are absolute shit. Just force all players to download the apps, the game will instantly be 100% more enjoyable.
Common misunderstood rules are:
If you are already doing this, you may also want to check the rules on how to cure diseases:
If you are still following these rules then ensure you are also doing the following:
If you're still playing right, check these common mistakes from the forum over at Board Game Geek:
I guarantee you're either stupidly lucky or you're playing at least one rule wrong if you think 6 epidemic cards is "too easy".
A really fun game with ten scenarios (more to come in an English expansion reprint in January). Several good cases, two real clunkers. Several typos from a possible OCR scanning job. Highly recommended!
The wife and I ran through the ten cases as part of my BGG 10x10 challenge. Our comments on the ten cases (behind spoiler tags).
Hive Pocket, I play this with my GF quite often. We also play Star Fluxx but that one is not specifically for 2 players.
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Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
You're making those implications, I made no such. You can have an evening of fillers, that's totally fine. But the time span is the important qualifier for a filler, not the game play depth or what have you. Link
Keep in mind that the main MSRP difference is normal for Amazon. Sale prices may only be 10% off of their normal price.
Use camelcamelcamel to figure out the actual savings.
For instance, King of New York says $24.99 down from $49.99, but camelcamelcamel tells us it's normally $33 on amazon:
Still a deal but not quite as dramatic of one.
According to http://camelcamelcamel.com/Asmodee-TAK01USASM-Takenoko-Board-Game/product/B0049H9NVW this is the lowest its ever been.
"I'm sorry wallet but this is something I have to do."
"BUT YOU SAID THAT ABOUT THE OTHER 7 GAMES YOU PURCHASED THIS WEEK!!"
"STFU... THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, you'll thank me later i promise"
Most of the time, you should consider a PNP to be a demo of the game, so I think 1 and 3 would be totally unethical - they should be for personal use.
As for 2, I think it depends. If you want to demo a game, then that's cool. But if you want to just have the Archer version of Spyfall, then it's probably only right that you have the original copy - then again, that's just between you and your conscience.
I think some exceptions are when PNPs are the only form of the game, and there isn't a print version. I sell some of my PNPs, with some success. I'm sure there are others like me who would be willing to partner with a printing service. You'd have to show what you offer that's different from DriveThruCards, The Game Crafter, et al.
Related, I recommend checking out the app Chwazi. Very basic app (only 2.36 MB) with two functions. It can either choose individual(s), or it can split people up into various numbers of groups. It's my go to way to choose who goes first in games now.
I'd recommend just buying a laminator and doing it yourself, they are very inexpensive, not sure how much a print shop charges.
These are the sheets I use and I use either overhead markers or dry erase, they work equally well.
Laminator (Amazon doesn't have the one I use anymore but I can't imagine any difference in the outcome with this one) :
Vicky left Disney a few years ago to pursue her own projects! She’s got a lot of cool stuff coming down the pipe that’s not game related. She’s currently writing and illustrating a few children’s books. Her latest one Meow! Is on amazon!
It’s about an attention seeking little cat who bugs his family and... big... sister... hey wait a minute-