Posts Tagged ‘boardgames’

VASSAL: A Virtual Army of Conflict Sims In One Client

By Matt Thrower on January 20th, 2014.

If you want to play a board game, one of the most essential ingredients is someone to play against. I found this out the hard way as a first-time parent, house bound by the demands of a baby and drained of energy but not my feverish appetite for gaming.

That’s when I discovered VASSAL. It’s a freeware, open source Java program that lets you play boardgames over the internet, either live or via email. And not a narrow selection, either: each game requires that you download a specific module, and the official site alone lists over 1,300 of them. There are more out there in the wilds.

At the point of succumbing to child-induced cabin fever, I was suddenly free to choose from this bewildering library of brilliance and play games as slowly as I wanted without ever leaving the house. There were games I already owned, games I wanted to try, games I’d never heard of but sounded superb; all at my fingertips alongside an army of eager opponents.
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Cardboard Children – The Click

By Robert Florence on January 14th, 2014.

I want to talk about the “click”.

I saw the click just a few days ago, playing a game that the other player hadn’t ever played before. It’s a click you can see, like a switch flipping behind a person’s eyes. What’s better than seeing a person you like finding enjoyment in something? It’s amazing when you see it – really satisfying. Yes, even when that click goes click at a point when the other player is HAMMERING you into the ground. It’s also a click you can feel, and I want to talk about the times I’ve felt it – and I hope you’ll maybe share some of the times you’ve felt the click too.

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Finally: There Is A Witcher Boardgame

By Nathan Grayson on January 10th, 2014.

The day that everyone’s been eagerly awaiting is finally upon us. After years of suffering through CD Projekt’s childish “videogame” machinations, The Witcher is assuming its proper place on sturdy, grown-up tables the world over. The Witcher Adventure Game – which is not a Witcher adventure game – is a four-player role-based romp through the series’ witchy wilds. All the trademarks are in place: recognizable characters, quests with choices and multiple outcomes, and – yes, thank the heavens – Geralt’s beard. Trailer and info on how all these jagged jigsaw pieces fit together below.

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Cardboard Children – RAMPAGE!

By Robert Florence on January 7th, 2014.

Hello youse.

I was all set to give you a Game of the Year video, where I would detail my Game of the Year. The year being last year and the game being the game I liked the best that year, that year being last year – 2013. But then I played a couple of new games, and then all bets were off and I had to have a rethink. What a world, what a world. So the video is coming, but I just need to be sure of my choice first. In the meantime, can I give you a blow-by-blow account of a new game?
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Cardboard Children – Hardcore Shopping

By Robert Florence on December 10th, 2013.

Hello youse.

Today I want to give you some suggestions for Christmas board game gifts for the more hardcore members of your family. By “hardcore” I mean “hardcore geek”. It’s not a sexual thing. A board game would be a terrible gift for a sexually liberated person. It’d be like saying “I thought you might, I dunno… play some board games instead?” I’m not saying that sexually liberated people don’t play board games, by the way. They do! Board games are hugely sexual. Eyes meeting over a table, hands touching hands, feet brushing feet. Damn. Give me a second here.
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Cardboard Children – NEWSNEWSNEWS

By Robert Florence on December 3rd, 2013.

Hello youse.

And hello news! I haven’t done a news update in a while, so before I give you your shopping list next week, let’s take a look at everything that’s shaking down in the great old world of boardgames. I know what you’re thinking. “There can’t possibly be more news! There was news just a couple of months ago!” And there was a time when, yeah, you’d have been right. But we’re in the middle of a- Oh, let’s continue this after you click the thingy to read more of this after the thingy.
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Cardboard Children: Christmas Shopping Part One

By Robert Florence on November 26th, 2013.

Hello youse.

Yes, I KNOW it’s still November, but I want you to get your Christmas shopping done early this year. I’m tired of hearing you complaining about leaving it to the last minute. “Oh, I have everything to do! Oh, I haven’t even bought my mother those ten jars of goose fat she loves to eat!” I am here to get you started early, with some board game Christmas suggestions. I will only be suggesting stuff that you can actually buy. No out-of-print heartbreakers. And I’ll also only be suggesting stuff that you can PLAY WITH YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY. Read on to see what I mean.
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Cardboard Children: The Palaces of Carrara

By Robert Florence on November 19th, 2013.

Hello youse.

Have you ever played one of those Euro-style board games that pretends to have a theme? “You are in deep space! You are trading SPACE-WEAPON STUFF.” And you’re sitting there thinking – “I am swapping a red cube for a blue cube. Kill me.” I don’t like those games. I like Euro-games fine, but when they’re all about the mechanics, they should at least be honest about that.

Let me talk to you about The Palaces of Carrara – a game that gets it right.
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Cardboard Children – Krosmaster: Arena

By Robert Florence on November 12th, 2013.

Hello youse!

It’s Tuesday night, and from now on that means CARDBOARD CHILDREN and it means BOARD GAMES. And card games too. And pen and paper RPGs. And gamebooks. And stuff like that. You know the drill. Anyway, the point is – it’s Tuesday night from now on. We all cool with that? Good. Now…

Krosmaster: Arena is quite the game. It’s a tactical miniatures game, styled after the kind of Japanese SRPGs that you PC Master Race people never get to play in your supposedly perfect worlds. I don’t feel at all prepared to adequately talk about Krosmaster either, because it’s a game that you’d need months and months to dig deep enough into. But man – it’s time to pull the trigger on this recommendation stuff, right? Read on.
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Cardboard Children: The Duke

By Robert Florence on October 29th, 2013.

Hey yo youse.

I’m going to hold off on Krosmaster for yet another week, so that I can get my photo game tight. In the meantime, I’d like to tell you about a fantastic little game that will be staying in my collection for keeps. It’s an abstract strategy game with the potential to keep a gamer entertained for life. I’m hugely impressed by it. It’s called The Duke, and it’s made of wood. Come along, kid. Come along, come along.
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Cardboard Children: Hanabi

By Robert Florence on October 21st, 2013.

Hello youse.

I’m still fiddling with Krosmaster, so I’m not quite ready to talk about it yet. I am ready to talk about something, though. Am I ready to talk about death? Not quite yet. Let’s keep pushing that one out of her heads for a bit longer. Am I ready to talk about the UK government’s war against the poor? Well, yeah. Any time. But this isn’t the place for that. The thing I’m ready to talk about is an inexpensive little card game called Hanabi. Come with.
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Cardboard Children: Reviewing Boardgames

By Robert Florence on October 11th, 2013.


Hello youse,

Apologies for my schedule this past couple of weeks. I’ve been about as busy as I’ve ever been. Why does that stop me from writing my column? I mean, it’s only a 1000 words or so, right? A superhuman like me should be able to knock that out without a drop of sweat, right? NO, YOU DON’T GET IT. YOU JUST DON’T GET IT.

I think it might be interesting to talk about the challenges a writer faces when writing about board games. Not because you should give one damn about a writer’s challenges, but because it allows us to further understand what makes board games different. Okay, you with me? Let’s go.
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Cardboard Children: War Of Words

By Robert Florence on September 21st, 2013.


Hello youse.

Man, I’m sitting here listening to The Stranglers, one of the UK’s greatest ever bands. It’s got me in the mood for a review of something a bit different. Something that isn’t FANTASY and FIGHTS and SWORDS and STUFF. A party game. Yeah! Hey – I’d love to play a board game with The Stranglers. I bet if you could get Hugh and JJ to sit down together for a while, you could have a pretty vicious game of Cosmic Encounter.
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