Monthly Archives: June 2013

Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus seems like the shoo-in for the SDJ this year, if only because of its box-size. The other contenders, including the amazingly fun Hanabi and the reasonably fun Qwixx, are just too small for the traditional prize. They’ve never given the award to a game in such a small box. But Augustus already has the traditional split from the Gamerati – with half of them calling it a lot of fun and the other half saying it is too light and “Gamer Bingo”. I’m trying to acquire a copy for my upcoming Friendcation, where I go to a resort and play games with some of the oldest friends (Hanabi and Qwixx are already packed) so we can get our own assessment. See below to get the opinion of the Grand Poobah of Gaming himself, Mr. Greg Schloesser.

Augustu s from designers Paolo Mori & Vincent Dutrait has quickly gained the moniker “Caesar Bingo,” and it does, indeed, fit. But please don’t let that deter you from playing, as there is much more here than the traditional game of Bingo.

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Out at midnight: Build a farm in 17th century Europe with classic boardgame AgricolaPlatform: iOS – Fed up with the current crop of farming games and their incessant cheeriness. Playdek’s mobile conversion of Uwe Rosenberg’s classic strategy board game has the same pleasant …

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Paperback - a Novel Deckbuilding GameTim Fower’s Paperback is a wonderful deckbuiding Scrabble game that will play wonderfully well with casual players. I’ve played it many times (as you can see from the glowing comment included on the page) and really enjoyed it. It is the kind of game that can draw casual players into the deckbuilding hobby. Although it is fully-funded and doing well with the stretch goals, I encourage you to pick this one up because it may not be available after the intiial run…

Tim Fowers is raising funds for Paperback – a Novel Deckbuilding Game on Kickstarter! A new twist on word games. Make clever words with your cards. Buy powerful letters for your deck. Finish romance novels to win!

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We’re so excited about this game – it’s going to really excite a lot of people. Fun, quick, and nicely varied…sending it off to a publisher friend soon…