The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Purchasing and Porting

I’m almost certainly ordering Cornucopia (despite my general reaction) since I play Dominion with TaoLing. So the real question is — what else am I ordering?

  • Mimsy Exotica Expansion — Almost Definitely
  • Rallyman — Intrigued
  • Yggdrasi — I’d like to try it, but probably not a blind purchase
  • Fighting Formations — I’m just now getting back into Combat Commander. I don’t need another WWII squad level game (even with tanks). But I’d like to play it and I’ll admit I’m tempted.
  • Troyes — I fear the JACE in this one. Try first.

In other news: I haven’t really been following the FFG vs Puffin Software (Summary — the game uses the Command and Colors Mechanics but has apparently been careful not to use copyrighted text/images & trademarks). I know that some videogame podcast actually discussed the legal issues with a lawyer.  As for how I feel, it depends on the answer to: Did they ask Richard Borg for his blessing? (They did approach FFG).

I just saw a Time’s Up app for iPhone this week. (Built in timer, name lists, scoring). If I owned a device I’d probably spring for it, just because it handles the bag cleanly. No idea if it’s authorized, although I imagine it is (since it uses the name. Actually, I don’t know that).

Anyway — Open thread in two parts. 1) What should I buy? 2) Porting games to iDevices — how do you feel about knockoffs?


Written by taogaming

May 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

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  1. Did the Lady Tao get to play Airlines Europe in Niagara Falls? If she didn’t report to you, you might consider it as a good game to play with the Taolettes. I think it’s an excellent middleweight for both families and gamers. Of course, if you were never impressed with the Airlines/UP system, you probably won’t go nuts over this either–it’s a refinement of UP, not a drastic redesign. Still, it’s the best game in the series, IMO.

    Troyes isn’t really JASE, simply because the way it handles dice is genuinely innovative. Plus, there’s real scope for strategic (as opposed to tactical) play. But if you’re looking for a strong theme, it ain’t here, unless you’re the 1% of the populace who knows something of the history of that French city (and maybe not even then). Yet more “let’s build a Medieval cathedral” nonsense, but in a manner different from any other game out there. I think it’s very good, but slightly flawed, and that, and the duration, keep me from suggesting it too often.


    May 8, 2011 at 1:05 am

  2. Airlines Europe is a probable buy, although I wasn’t sure about the ETA.


    May 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

  3. Heh, I could give you information on 4 of the 6 historical characters in Troyes so I guess I qualify as the 1%! Not soulless IMO. There is maraudage!

    Fred Bush

    May 10, 2011 at 2:59 am

  4. (Non)-Stupid Jesuit Education.


    May 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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