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Happy New Year

It’s a bit early…

Not much new on the gaming front here. The TaoLing has been ill, so its pretty much bridge and TV during the winter break. Just added Versailles 1919 to my P500 orders after seeing it on the January P500 Geeklist. (I didn’t care for Churchill, but the theme is intriguing….). I’m vaguely-but-not-really considering the “No Retreat, but even simpler” game from Carl Paredis. (The actual No Retreat Western Front game is also VBNR, even though I’m sure I’d only play it once, if that).

How’s the gaming where ya’ll are?

Update — I noticed Eric in a QE thread and so I got involved. Did you know I have a chicken that plays QE? (He switched from Boggle, where he earned a minor role in King of the Hill). Anyway, when writing thatI remembered something I read a while ago about Rationality and Newcomb’s Paradox.

First, foremost, fundamentally, above all else:

Rational agents should WIN.

Don’t mistake me, and think that I’m talking about the Hollywood Rationality stereotype that rationalists should be selfish or shortsighted.  If your utility function has a term in it for others, then win their happiness.  If your utility function has a term in it for a million years hence, then win the eon.

But at any rate, WIN.  Don’t lose reasonably, WIN. — Eliezier Yudkowsky

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December 27, 2018 at 8:57 pm

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Open Thread — What are you buying in the GMT Sale (if anything)

I could roll the dice on a few things, or perhaps try a COIN, … what are you getting (or would get, if you didn’t have already)? (See the 18 Oct update for more info).

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October 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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Essen Shmessen

Nothing (gaming wise) interests me more than the previews for Dominion: Nocturne. This looks to be an excellent expansion. Dominion is one of those games that rarely gets played, but is steadily good and continues to have new ideas and argument #1 for varietal expansions.

Also, Halloween is almost ‘pon us and I haven’t been to the game club/store since summer, so I have no idea if anything else good has arrived/is around the corner.

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October 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm

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Holiday Time Waster?

If you’ve got some mindless game recommendation for the holidays, have at them. Open thread. I downloaded the Factorio demo, wasn’t impressed. On the hunt…

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December 22, 2016 at 7:06 pm

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Memory is the … somethingth …. thing to go.

What was the name of that space game where you are collecting aliens for an intergalactic zoo, and that is the worst job in the universe?

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December 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm

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The GMT P500 is like The Godfather, Part III

Because “Just when I think I’m out…”

I said to myself for the last few years “After 1846, I’m done” and yet I find myself with two pre-orders (Mr. President and Wild Blue Yonder) and so much temptation. (And I haven’t been able to game much since getting ’46, so I haven’t played it! It needs at least 3, so it’s only a game night option).

I mean, I know that the GMT games are often good, but not the sort of thing I’ll play enough to justify a purchase (usually). But damn, I want to order a large chunk of their December list. I mean, I know that Triumph and Tragedy is unlikely to get more than one game a year (so I’m glad I didn’t get it), but come’on.

  • A “No Retreat” West Front game?
  • Another East Front game by Carl Paradis that is even more introductory? (But I haven’t played NR #1 in years…)
  • SpaceCorp, a space biz game that’s solo-able. This is intriguing, but I think I’ll just keep an eye on it.
  • Hitler’s Reich, Another “All of WWII” in 6 hours or less game. (I’m a sucker for strategic WWII). (This one has a ton of articles on Inside GMT, so I may investigate it in some detail).
  • And if that wasn’t enough, a second “All of WW II” game Cataclysm. I’ve ordered and cancelled this once already.
  • My old gaming buddy Wray Ferrel has a new game, Time of Crisis.
  • An 18th Century game covering England vs France by the Twilight Struggle designers? (Imperial Struggle). OK, I’m not instantly sold (I did sell my copy of TS, after all).

But for now I’m holding off at two. My theory is that if I get a more war-gamey group, they’ll have more wargames I can play.

Ironically I’m not too interested in the “Reverse B-12” game Skies Above the Reich, which is a dedicated solo game. Or the Soloable WWI game Fields of Despair.

What do my GMT/Wargamer Illuminati friends think? Open thread time…

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December 3, 2016 at 10:55 am

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I wonder what else I don’t know

After spending ~20 hours playing Magic Realm this weekend, I’ve been wondering what other games I might really enjoy that I’ve missed. It’s undoubtedly a small number. In fact, one of the common themes I’ve noticed is that “Games I was taught by non-gamers” is probably the only constant, because teaching rules well is hard. (I don’t think I’m necessarily better than others, but at least I teach them quickly.

Game First, Rules Later.

The next candidate game I can think of that might actually be good (but my experience with it was mediocre): Divine Right. I remember little about it, but the idea of the non-player kingdoms having rulers that were like little AIs with their own irrationalities strikes me as a good idea. But it has been 25+ years since I played. More (sigh).

I’m not saying it was good, I’m just saying it may be better than I remember. And I’m not actively looking for a copy — since its not a solo-able game — but perhaps I should play it again if I get the chance. And I felt like I should have a non-MR thread. (“Tao of Gaming, Manic/Depressive writing for way too many years.” Not a bad slogan).

So consider this the open thread for games you went back and rediscovered, or just want to spout off on.

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November 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

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