Happy New Year

It’s been almost a month since my last post here. Nice. Ah, and it was about the first few games for the Appvent Calendar. Guess I’d better write the second half, with thoughts on the rest of them, soon.

For now I’m gonna link to this fascinating blog which I just found thanks to a tip at Raph’s website. It’s called The Psychology of Video Games. Go subscribe to the RSS now if you have any interest at all in the topic.

I’d also like to point out a new board game (supplies will be available for the US in February) which I just came across, read the rules, and added to my wish list: Dungeon Lords. It sounds fun and I look forward to playing it, but even if it turns out to be less-than-great in play, there’s something to be said for how well the rulebook is done. First, I love the humor and theme in the rulebook, and the layout of the rules is incredibly well-thought out. It also has pointers throughout on how to explain the rules to friends which is an excellent touch every game should have. You can tell this is a game where the player experience, from reading the rules to teaching or learning from others to actually paying the game, was at the forefront of the designer’s mind from beginning to end. For that alone, I feel this game deserves a look.

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