Category Archives: games

Badly Informed

Rather to my surprise, I was awarded a bit of non-trivial prize money for placing well in this year’s IF Comp. This is the Interactive Fiction Competition; it’s for text-based games of one sort and another. There were a hundred … Continue reading

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Tumbling Dice

Most modern board games include a few random elements — a deck of shuffled cards, rolls of the dice, or items drawn out of a black bag. I recently bought a new game called Trajan, and when it arrived yesterday … Continue reading

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Desktop Publishing Does a Reboot

Long-time readers of this space (both of you) will be aware of my ongoing fascination with interactive fiction. This is partly because hobbyist-level computer programming is fun, partly because designing an interactive fictional world is fun, and partly because, back … Continue reading

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Aromaa

This week I’m thinking about the design of board games. I’m not an expert! But I love these games, and it’s an interesting topic to ponder. A few years back, an enterprising fellow named Omar Syed designed and released a … Continue reading

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Halma, Tell Us!

The game of Halma was invented in the 1880s. By today’s gaming standards it’s very old-school. The board is too large, and play with four players is bound to be rather tedious. You can read about it on wikipedia. It … Continue reading

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Games People Play

If you look at it from a certain angle, everything in life is a game. Ultimately you lose, but along the way you can have quite a lot of fun. For many people, the first rule of the game is, … Continue reading

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The Game’s Afoot

Really, the only reason to write fiction is because it’s fun. It’s probably not going to make you rich or famous, so if it’s torture, you may as well find something else that floats your boat. I also enjoy playing … Continue reading

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Informed or Reformed?

Pardon me; I’m going to kvetch. This is sort of about computer programming, but it’s also about writing stories, so I’ll try to provide a few relevant bits of technical information along the way. What with being stuck at home … Continue reading

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Old Orleans

Tried out a new board game last night: Orleans. Played 3-handed against myself. I’ve bought several of the new games in the past couple of months, most of them terrific. This is the first one where I’ve felt the designers … Continue reading

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Playing Games

If you think of checkers, Monopoly, and Parcheesi when I mention board games, you’re going to be amazed. Starting in January, I’ll be hosting a twice-a-month board game afternoon here in Livermore. We’ll be playing a few (and maybe more … Continue reading

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