Burning Rome First Impression

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Burning Rome is a game I’ve had a very difficult time contextualizing. It comes in this saturated blood-red box with the subtitle “Rome’s Nightmare”. The cards have attractive, but realistic depictions of Roman, Carthaginian, Celtic, and Gaelic soldiers on them. … Continued

Podcast Episode 36: Ameritrash

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Marc, Orion, and Bubba talk about that most peculiarly-named genre of game: Ameritrash. We talk dice rolling, card pulling, combat-focsed narrative games. What makes some of them some of our favorite games of all time, and what makes others frustrating to … Continued

Carthage Review

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Did you know that there’s a segment of the Gladiator film score that Hans Zimmer apparently turned into the main theme for Pirates of the Caribbean? I know this because we decided to put on the Gladiator film score to … Continued

Kickstarter Curmudgeon: July

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Oh how time flies! It seems like only last week that I was grouching at a host of Kickstarter campaigns, though to be honest a number of them looked like they could be pretty good games. Still, by and large … Continued

11:58 Preview

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Humanity is in crisis. Major governments of the world have combined into two superpowers: The Coalition, and The League. As these two regimes face off in an international staring match, crises spring up around the globe that threaten to spark … Continued

Podcast Episode 34: Elegance

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Marc and Orion talk about elegance in games. Is it a simple matter of rules complexity vs. strategic complexity? Or are there additional elements that go into our conception of elegance? What kinds of games tend to be more elegance, … Continued