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The Buzz About The Giant Bee

Bees. Bees have an interesting place in our world today. Not exactly domesticated, they are still an incredibly important resource for agriculture, pollinating billions of dollars of crops annually, and the source of an amazing food product. Let me tell you a story about one of my characters from years back. The character themselves was […]

I Need Data!

This time round I want to do a better job than I did with Reiver Games. Reiver Games was actually pretty successful during the first couple of years when I was hand-crafting Border Reivers and first edition of Its Alive! It wasn't until...Show More Summary

Fold-It

Plays: 2Px1. The Game Fold-It is certainly unique. Your main game component is a colourful piece of cloth. It consists of a 4x4 grid, and each space in the grid contains a dish, e.g. spaghetti, sushi, pizza, chicken chop, ramen, big breakfast. Show More Summary

Dice Forge

Plays: 3Px1. The Game The main selling point of Dice Forge is the fact that you get to modify your dice as you play. Everyone has two dice, and at the start of the game they are all the same. During play, you may spend gold to upgrade your die faces to better versions. Show More Summary

The Long Con

No we’re not talking about heists or con artists, but Long Convention Games. So let’s answer the first obvious question – what is a Long Con? From what I’ve been able to gather from talking to multiple people, it is a convention game that lasts multiple sessions. I’ve found three to be typical, but I […]

The Sublime Pleasures of the “Makecation”

Your humble author travels to his dining room table to indulge in his tabletop gaming obsession for ten days. Read more on MAKE The post The Sublime Pleasures of the “Makecation” appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

Gnomecast #24 – Are They Having Fun Yet

  Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. This episode we have Ang, Chris, & J.T talking about reading the table and experiences they’ve had where a player […]

Players as Characters

If someone plays RPGs long enough, the thought of “What if I were a character in a game?” will inevitably pop into the brain. Most people shy away from this idea for fear of the introspection or the fact that they must be themselves 99% of the time and want to use role playing as […]

Habitual Game Designer

Daniel Pink (author of Drive) sent me to the Farnham Street blog this week and I ended up reading this blog post about Habits vs. Goals. It got me thinking about my approach to running Eurydice Games. This time round I'm far more organised...Show More Summary

Sanssouci

Plays: 4Px1. The Game The Sanssouci Palace is in Germany, and some call it the equivalent of the Palace of Versailles. The name is French and means "free of worry". It is meant to be more a rest and relax place than a seat of power. The Sanssouci boardgame is designed by Michael Kiesling. Show More Summary

Troy’s Crock Pot: Immersed in the Jungle

Grab a vine and give a mighty Tarzan yell. Dungeons and Dragons is going to the jungle. Tomb of Annihilation, the brand’s next adventure storyline is slated to be released Sept. 19. After the announcement in May, I’ve been stoked about this development. Roleplaying in the jungle hits one of my sweet spots. Since then, […]

This Baby Grand Piano Can Play Pinball All By Itself

Sudhu Tewari's Prepared Player Piano Pinball System is one of his wackier inventions. It is an orchestra of sound and light. Read more on MAKE The post This Baby Grand Piano Can Play Pinball All By Itself appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

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Bedlam Hall Review

Bedlam Hall is a Powered by the Apocalypse game by Monkeyfun Studios that attempts to capture the feel of a household staff of servants in an estate in 1920s-ish England. The twist is that the family is involved in all kinds of bizarre and supernatural hi-jinks. The pitch is that this is Downton Abbey by way […]

Small Print Runs are Liberating

Most people designing and self-publishing board games are turning to Kickstarter to share them with the world. There are a lot of advantages to this (not least getting a good idea of the market size and not having to front the all of the production costs yourself), but I've chosen a different route. Show More Summary

Power Grid: The Card Game

Plays: 6Px1. The Game I like Power Grid and have collected quite a few expansions. In 2011 there was a version released called Power Grid: The First Sparks, using the stone age as its setting. It was a simplified version of Power Grid. Show More Summary

Opening the Door

Wonder Woman made me cry. I was not the only one. Why? Sitting in the theater on opening weekend, I watched as Diana made the decision to do what needed to be done rather than what she had been told should be done. In that moment, as she stepped into No Man’s Land and implacably […]

Gnomecast #23 – Games That Changed Us

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. This episode we have Matt, John & Ang talking about Games that changed the way they played. Links Which Game […]

Making a Thing: Being Visible as a Creator

If you write, draw, paint, sculpt, build, or do any kind of creative work, there has probably come a point where you’ve made something and have decided to show it to a close friend. Someone you trust. Someone safe. “This is great!” they say. “You should share it!” There it is. That frisson of fear. […]

Gnome Stew’s Gencon 50 Photopalooza!

Many of us Gnomes just got back from the 50th Gencon, but many of us Gnomes were unable to attend for one real life reason or another. We know that is the case for many gamers out there. It was a packed Gencon, but a lot of us didn’t get to make it to the […]

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