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  • 19 May 2015 | 9:54 am

    Boylston Chess Club Weblog
    Robert Oresick
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    vigorito lecture and simulLecture and Simultaneous ExhibitionPsychological Insights on Beating a Higher Rated Opponent Tuesday, June 27:00 PM – 9:00 PMIM David VigoritoIM David Vigorito, highly renowned chessplayer, instructor, and author, will speak on the basis of personal experience and success about various strategies for approaching games against higher-rated players. He will demonstrate how he applies these principles in his own play. The lecture will be interactive, with questions from the audience welcome. Time permitting, a question and answer session, open to…
  • Daisy Sue Update

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    20 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Going off topic again! I don’t plan to turn this chess blog into a pet blog, but I thought some of you might like an update on how Daisy, the new puppy, is doing. Plus, more pictures! After all, what’s the point of having a cute puppy if you can’t post cute puppy pictures? First news flash: Daisy is still as cute as ever. The floppy ears are an especially nice touch. They might stand up when she gets older, but we hope not. Daisy has proved to be quite adept at the Head Tilt. This is a proven technique to make humans fall in love with you. Here she demonstrates both the…
  • I'm Hungry

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    22 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    When do I get to eat!!!!
  • Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more

    Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • How to Choose the Right Trucking School?

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    13 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When it comes to finding the right quality of tracking school for you, it’s absolutely vital that you take the time necessary to work out if the school of choice for you is going to be the absolutely best choice. There are various things that come into play when deciding this kind of choice such as; The reputation of the school The kind of examination that you wish to take on The kind of truck that you wish to drive Quality of facilities Quantity of people who pass using this trucking school Take each of these things into account when you look at any trucking school as these will be key…
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    Boylston Chess Club Weblog

  • 19 May 2015 | 9:54 am

    Robert Oresick
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    vigorito lecture and simulLecture and Simultaneous ExhibitionPsychological Insights on Beating a Higher Rated Opponent Tuesday, June 27:00 PM – 9:00 PMIM David VigoritoIM David Vigorito, highly renowned chessplayer, instructor, and author, will speak on the basis of personal experience and success about various strategies for approaching games against higher-rated players. He will demonstrate how he applies these principles in his own play. The lecture will be interactive, with questions from the audience welcome. Time permitting, a question and answer session, open to…
  • 19 May 2015 | 9:18 am

    Robert Oresick
    19 May 2015 | 9:18 am
     Job listing for chessplayer  Job listing for chessplayer for Faneuil Hall   Faneuil Hall Marketplace is seeking a chess enthusiast to manage weekly blitz tournaments outdoors at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  Hours would be from 5pm - 7;30pm on Thursdays.  Individual would be responsible for setting up and breaking down equipment; explaining rules to players and passers by; and managing the event.  Event would run from 5:30pm - 7:00pm through August (or as long as there is adequate daylight). Weekend hours or special events may be added over…
  • 18 May 2015 | 12:53 pm

    Robert Oresick
    18 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    BCF special naming ceremony  You're Invited to a Special Event at the BCC:Naming Ceremony Dear friends,Please join us on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 PM, for a special naming ceremony at the Boylston Chess Club. On this day, we will be permanently naming our playing hall the Harry Lyman Room, and our skittles area the Mark Fins Room. NM Harry Lyman   photo: Steve StepakTo mark the event, we will be joined by supporters Harold Dondis and Mark Fins.   Harold Dondis    photo: Steve Stepak  Mark Fins  photo: Steve…
  • BCC $15 OPEN: 27 PLAY // WILLIAMS / YIP / TERRIE / KAVI // MARTIN / LI / MORTON U1800 // NEW FACES ABOUND

    Steve Stepak
    18 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB $15 OPENFINGERING: SHOULD BOBBY FISCHERHAVE ENJOYED A 2ND CAREERAS A CONCERT PIANIST?TOO BIG TO FAILNithin Kavi plays black vs NM Chris Williams, Round 3.Chris scored 3 points, good for a share of 1-4th place,and earned a +9 to 2328 rating. Bravo, Chris!BCC JUNIOR STAR SHINESNithin Kavi scored 3 points to take a piece of1-4th place and a +23 to 2099 rating. Bravo, Nithin.IMPRESSIVE CONSISTENCYNM Carissa Yip, 11, plays solid chess with 2 wins,a draw and a half point bye for 3 points anda share of 1-4th place, and a +5 to 2257 rating.MASTER CLASH NM…
  • 13 May 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Robert Oresick
    13 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Sunday ScholasticSunday ScholasticSun, May 17,  10am – 3pm     40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map) Sections: 8 and under; 11 and under; 14 and under.  4SS. G/30, USCF Rated.  Registration: 10:00 – 10:20am in suite B101.  Rounds: 10:30, 11:50, 1:00, and 2:10pm (parents and other children not allowed in playing room during the rounds).  Lunch: 11:30 to 12:00pm.  EF: $20, $15 to BCF members.  Trophies: for 1st & 2nd in each age group. Medals: for 3rd in each…
 
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  • Daisy Sue Update

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    20 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Going off topic again! I don’t plan to turn this chess blog into a pet blog, but I thought some of you might like an update on how Daisy, the new puppy, is doing. Plus, more pictures! After all, what’s the point of having a cute puppy if you can’t post cute puppy pictures? First news flash: Daisy is still as cute as ever. The floppy ears are an especially nice touch. They might stand up when she gets older, but we hope not. Daisy has proved to be quite adept at the Head Tilt. This is a proven technique to make humans fall in love with you. Here she demonstrates both the…
  • The Fewer the Merrier?

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    18 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I wrote this post on Saturday but had a problem with my website that kept me from posting it until now. This year’s Aptos Library Chess Club tournament was a smashing success in every way but one. We didn’t have as big a turnout as we did in 2014 (31 players) or in 2013 (37 players). We only had 15 this year. I take the blame for that, because I was not as organized as I usually am. I always make flyers for the kids to take home, but this year I didn’t. I usually start talking about the tournament two months in advance and taking signups at least a month in advance; this…
  • Humor 2. Reason 1. Rage 0.

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    13 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    This is a mostly off-topic post, but it starts in chess club. At the Aptos Library Chess Club yesterday, a gray-haired woman comes in and starts talking with me. “Oh, I didn’t realize there was a chess club here!” she said. For a little while we chat about the history of the chess club, and I’m thinking she is a nice woman. Then she sees me taking attendance with my cell phone. “What are you doing with that?” she says. I explain. She starts telling me about how Verizon wants to build a new cell phone tower across the street, she tells me that cell phone use…
  • A Fascinating Experiment

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    11 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In my last post I complained about the futility of playing against computers. I got some excellent comments, one of which inspired me to try a new experiment. I decided to play a 10-minute game against Shredder where I get one “time-out” per game. The idea is that I would play until I reached an interesting position that demanded an in-depth analysis, and then I would take as much time as I needed to get it right. My first try with this idea was, I think, an outstanding success. I took a time-out at exactly the right moment. Here is the position: Position after 18. … f6.
  • Ghosts

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    8 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I hate computers, I hate speed chess, and I especially hate myself for playing speed chess against computers. And here’s why… Position after 33. … g6. White to move. FEN: 1R3b1r/4nk2/p2pNpp1/P1pP2PP/4P3/q1N1Q1K1/8/8 w – - 0 1 While you think about what you would play in the position, I’ll tell you the back story. Last weekend I played in a speed chess tournament, and in order to prepare I decided to play a few speed chess games against the computer. Bad idea. I hadn’t played against the computer in three or four months, having sensibly decided there were…
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    22 May 2015 | 6:50 am
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  • Hippopotamus Defence

    22 May 2015 | 6:41 am
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  • Lègall's Mate

    22 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    1.e4......e5 2.Nf3.....d6 3.Bc4.....h6 4.Ne3.....Bg4 5.Nxe5....BxQ 6. Bxf7+...Ke7 7. Nd5# ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is an interesting checkmate, but it has a lot of moves. So it's one...
  • Daliy Puzzle #8

    22 May 2015 | 12:57 am
  • Following Gedult

    22 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    The miniature Roughman-Gedult, Trouville 1968, has long been a favorite lesson game because among Black's nine moves, eight of them were directly threatening, while the one that did not set up two that did.
 
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  • Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more

    21 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more

    20 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • How to Play When Behind in Material: Part 2 ... and more

    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III)Posted on May 19,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. In the final part of this article series, I would like to show some examples when the corner pawn attack is used in the endgames and may have a decisive impact on the result of the game. In the endgames, the corner pawn advance can hardly have the same direct attacking purposes against the rival's king, but it may be used as a positional/strategic resource. Smyslov - Karlsen, 1982 After the first look at the position,…
  • Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 2 ... and more

    18 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 2Posted on May 18,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. An interesting idea from a common opening position! In the video "Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 2" by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we see an opening for Black that Roman has studied for over one hundred hours. This opening begins with the moves 1.d4 g6 2 c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5. This center-attacking opening comes with has many interesting ideas and is a good choice for anyone interested in mixing…
  • How to Play When Behind in Material: Part 2 ... and more

    17 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part I)Posted on May 12,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Many players (including myself) like the fianchetto setup. It gives wide possibilities to the bishop on the long diagonals. Furthermore, when the castle is made on the fianchetto's side, king feels more protected. However, there are spots even on the Sun. For example, if a fianchettoed bishop is exchanged, a complex of weak squares will appear around the fianchetto pawn structure. It is a very logical and popular idea to…
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  • How to Choose the Right Trucking School?

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    13 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    When it comes to finding the right quality of tracking school for you, it’s absolutely vital that you take the time necessary to work out if the school of choice for you is going to be the absolutely best choice. There are various things that come into play when deciding this kind of choice such as; The reputation of the school The kind of examination that you wish to take on The kind of truck that you wish to drive Quality of facilities Quantity of people who pass using this trucking school Take each of these things into account when you look at any trucking school as these will be key…
  • 5 most regularly Asked Questions about Immigration Attorneys

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    5 Feb 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Legal advisors Are One of The Most Important Parts of the Law Industry, We may comprehend who a criminal attorney is and who a corporate attorney is, however the majority of us are not certain about whom immigration lawyers are and what could it be that they work for. These legal counselors are a standout amongst the most critical parts of the law business and help us move to abroad terrains. There are a few inquiries that one must have on mind as long as the field of migration law is concerned. The following are the 5 most often made inquiries about migration legal counselors Legal advisors…
  • The Process Required To File For Immigration

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    28 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Before you read this page, it is worth noting that the process required to file for immigration is not all that simple. Whilst you can feasibly do it yourself, it is probably going to be worth getting in touch with a lawyer instead. This is in part down to the fact that immigration laws change on an almost constant basis and if you do not do things properly on your own then there is a good chance that your petition will fail. Firstly; you need to consider whether you can actually file for immigration in the United States. At the moment you can only apply for immigration rights if you have a…
  • What Are The Advantages of Using WordPress

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    22 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    WordPress is without a doubt one of the most ‘popular’ blogging platforms around at the moment (well, it used to be primarily a blogging platform, it is more a complete content management system nowadays). On this page I want to take a little look at the various advantages related to using WordPress! First and foremost; WordPress is free. You can download it from the internet and install it on your webserver right now if you wish. The ‘stock’ version of WordPress is pretty decent too and you will be able to do a ton with it. In addition to this; you will find that there are plenty of…
 
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  • #24: Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel (Mark's 100 - 2014)

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    6 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel Mark's Ranking 2014: 24th 2012: 36th 2010: 16th 2005: prior to publication BoardGameGeek rank: 2440 rating: 6.75 Print Status OOP Why It's On The List While I didn't like Klaus Teuber's attempt to make Anno 1503 deeper via an expansion - I thought it was bloated & made the game much too long - I think his 2nd attempt at a similar game was very, very successful. And that's Anno 1701, which feels like a cross between The Settlers of Catan & Anno 1503. Tips & Tricks: There are lots of options to harvest victory points…
  • #25: Africa (Mark's 100 - 2014)

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Africa Mark's Ranking 2014: 25th 2012: 28th 2010: 40th 2005: 41st appeared on all four lists BoardGameGeek rank: 2584 rating: 5.98 Print Status out of print Why It's On The List A great Knizia exploration game that was sadly under-rated when it first appeared in 2002 because it wasn't the next Euphrat & Tigris. Tips & Tricks: As much as possible, don't waste moves. You can work to set up plays so that you can make sure that each turn has two productive activities. Use the "skip a turn, move anywhere" power sparingly. Relocating nomads can be very lucrative point-wise, especially…
  • #26: Suburbia (Mark's 100 - 2014)

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Suburbia Mark's Ranking 2014: 26th 2012: prior to publication 2010: prior to publication 2005: prior to publication BoardGameGeek rank: 44 rating: 7.75 Print Status in print Why It's On The List A city-building game that does three things really, really well: 1) it plays cleanly, 2) it uses the Age of Steam braking system in a way that doesn't make me want to throw myself out a window, and 3) every player ends up with a city/neighborhood with it's own personality. Tips & Tricks: Do not forget the goals... they can often spell the difference between victory & defeat. You don't…
  • #27: Summoner Wars (Mark's 100 - 2014)

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Summoner Wars Mark's Ranking 2014: 27th 2012: 4th 2010: prior to publication 2005: prior to publication BoardGameGeek rank: 213 rating: 7.44 Print Status in print Why It's On The List Here's what I wrote a couple of years agao: "Summoner Wars is a fantasy battle board game that involves positional board play, deck & hand management, and dice combat.” What got left out of that description was just how much fun it is to play. There’s a healthy helping of randomness to spice up the game, but there’s also some real skill in playing each faction well… and Colby Dauch (the designer)…
  • #28: Lord of the Rings (Mark's 100 - 2014)

    Mark (aka pastor guy)
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lord of the Rings Mark's Ranking 2014: 28th 2012: 17th 2010: 15th 2005: 33rd appeared in all four lists BoardGameGeek rank: 480 rating: 6.83 Print Status in print (but only in a newer/stripped-down edition) Why It's On The List There had been cooperative games before this one... but Knizia broke the mold and created a sprawling (and gorgeous) cooperative masterpiece that reflects the tensions & storylines of the books in a highly abstracted way. And my wife likes it. Tips & Tricks: There are three expansions to the already meat-y base game... Friends & Foes (which added Foes…
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  • New Board Games: May 21st, 2015

    Warehouse Staff
    21 May 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Beasty Bar Doomtown: Reloaded – Expansion 5: Frontier Justice Force of Will CCG: Starter Deck Series One Heavy Steam Karma Monikers Noir: Black Box Edition Penny Press Star Wars: Armada – Assault Frigate Mark II Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Corellian Corvette Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Gladiator-class Star Destroyer Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Imperial Fighter Squadrons Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Nebulon B Frigate Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Rebel Fighter Squadrons Expansion Pack Star Wars: Armada – Victory…
  • New Board Games: May 15th

    Warehouse Staff
    15 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Alien Frontiers: Expansion Pack #3 Chicken Caesar Cthulhu Wars Dimension Elevenses (Updated) Go Nuts! Just Desserts Napoleon at Waterloo (New Edition) Nothing Personal 2.1 Nothing Personal: Young Turks Pot Farm: The Board Game SW: Hell on Earth Companion LE (HC) SW:Hell on Earth: The Worms’ Turn LE(HC) Spielbox Magazine: Issue 1 (2015) Super Tooth Sylvion (English) Warmachine: All-in-One Army Box – Cryx New Board Games: May 15th is a post from: Starlit Citadel
  • New Board Games: May 13th, 2015

    Warehouse Staff
    13 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    Athlas: Duel for Divinity California Gold Carnival DC Dice Masters: Justice League Dice Building Game Starter Set DC Dice Masters: Justice League Foil Pack DC Dice Masters: Justice League Play Mat DC Dice Masters: Justice League Team Box DC Dice Masters: Justice League Collectors Box Eggs and Empires Legion Star Realms Flip Box Mage Wars: Arena Forcemaster vs Warlord Expansion Mage Wars: Arena (Core Set) Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Salenia Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Straywood Forest Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Salenia Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Westlock Sheriff of…
  • The problem with attribution

    Tao
    6 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I’m going to get a little technical here. I’m going to talk about online marketing and attribution. Firstly, as an online store, we are able to track a lot of the data from visitors who come to our site. There are 2 major ways this data is collected – logs & cookies. Log files tracking basically runs on the basis of tracking the requests a customer makes to our server. Every time you load a page, you request information from us to load it – we can track this data and theoretically assign it to individuals. With cookies, we drop a ‘cookie'; a piece of code…
  • New & Restocked Board Games: May 6, 2015

    Tao
    6 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    2 Inch Battle Foam Large Pluck Foam Tray (BFL) 15.5W x 12L x 2H Battle Foam: Star Wars Armada Foam Tray Kit Dungeon Fighter: Stormy Winds Expansion Lords of Scotland Android: Netrunner: The Root Playmat Android: Netrunner: The Masque Playmat Android: Netrunner Creation and Control Playmat Android: Netrunner Root Playmat Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition – Dark Elements Android: Netrunner – Feedback Filter Playmat New & Restocked Board Games: May 6, 2015 is a post from: Starlit Citadel
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  • Robotech RPG Tactics Review

    Jason C
    19 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 45-90 min (depending on scenario and point build) Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: 5-10 min Robotech RPG Tactics is a miniatures skirmish game that may be played in a variety of ways. There are a plethora of different scenarios and special rules you can use or you can play in campaign mode. Robotech RPG Tactics Rules Description: Robotech RPG Tactics is based in the Robotech universe as the United Earth Defense Force and the Zentraedi aliens faceoff. Your armies are built of squadrons of Valkyrie, Tomahawk, Regult, and Glaug units. Each round…
  • Kahuna Board Game Review

    Jason C
    11 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 30 min Age requirements: 10+ Set-up time: minimal Kahuna is an area control board game for two players. You play cards to place bridges (or remove your opponent’s) on islands to gain control of those islands and score VPs. Kahuna Rules Description: The board for Kahuna has 12 islands on it. Each island is connected by a dotted line to at least one other island. Each card shows one island on it. You start with a hand of three cards and there are three cards face up next to the board. On your turn you may play as many cards as you like. You may…
  • Galaxy Trucker App Review

    Jason C
    5 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    The Galaxy Trucker App is a digital representation of the board game. It has a solo campaign and online as well as pass and play modes. Galaxy Trucker App Description: Galaxy Trucker is a fun, chaotic, real-time board game. But how does that translate to the digital version of the game? If you are reading this post and don’t know the basic game play of the board game, you should read my overview and review of it here. This post is going to focus on the Galaxy Trucker app and how it differs the original analog version. For the most part the app is a lot like the board game. But like I…
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League Review

    Jason C
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 30 min Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: about 5 min DC Comics Dice Masters is dice-building game in which you pit your heroes and villains against your opponents. DC Comics Dice Masters Rules Description: DC Comics Dice Masters starts with you building a team. Your teams are made up of character and action cards. These cards start with one to five dice on them. In a standard tournament game you may use up to 20 dice, up to 8 characters, two basic action cards and 20 life. On your turn you take four dice out of your bag and roll them. Your…
  • AquaSphere Board Game Review

    Jason C
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-4 Amount of time to play: 90-120 min Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5 min AquaSphere is a worker placement game in which you are a scientist studying in an undersea lab. Can you utilize your time better than your opponents and score more knowledge points? AquaSphere Rules Description: AquaSphere has two main boards. One is the Headquarters and the other is the Research Station. You move your Engineer in the Headquarters to program bots. Then your Scientist tells the bots where to perform their function in the Research Station. You start the game with your starting…
 
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  • Robotech RPG Tactics Review

    Jason C
    19 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 45-90 min (depending on scenario and point build) Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: 5-10 min Robotech RPG Tactics is a miniatures skirmish game that may be played in a variety of ways. There are a plethora of different scenarios and special rules you can use or you can play in campaign mode. Robotech RPG Tactics Rules Description: Robotech RPG Tactics is based in the Robotech universe as the United Earth Defense Force and the Zentraedi aliens faceoff. Your armies are built of squadrons of Valkyrie, Tomahawk, Regult, and Glaug units. Each round…
  • Kahuna Board Game Review

    Jason C
    11 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 30 min Age requirements: 10+ Set-up time: minimal Kahuna is an area control board game for two players. You play cards to place bridges (or remove your opponent’s) on islands to gain control of those islands and score VPs. Kahuna Rules Description: The board for Kahuna has 12 islands on it. Each island is connected by a dotted line to at least one other island. Each card shows one island on it. You start with a hand of three cards and there are three cards face up next to the board. On your turn you may play as many cards as you like. You may…
  • Galaxy Trucker App Review

    Jason C
    5 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    The Galaxy Trucker App is a digital representation of the board game. It has a solo campaign and online as well as pass and play modes. Galaxy Trucker App Description: Galaxy Trucker is a fun, chaotic, real-time board game. But how does that translate to the digital version of the game? If you are reading this post and don’t know the basic game play of the board game, you should read my overview and review of it here. This post is going to focus on the Galaxy Trucker app and how it differs the original analog version. For the most part the app is a lot like the board game. But like I…
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League Review

    Jason C
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2 Amount of time to play: 30 min Age requirements: 14+ Set-up time: about 5 min DC Comics Dice Masters is dice-building game in which you pit your heroes and villains against your opponents. DC Comics Dice Masters Rules Description: DC Comics Dice Masters starts with you building a team. Your teams are made up of character and action cards. These cards start with one to five dice on them. In a standard tournament game you may use up to 20 dice, up to 8 characters, two basic action cards and 20 life. On your turn you take four dice out of your bag and roll them. Your…
  • AquaSphere Board Game Review

    Jason C
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    Stats: No. of players: 2-4 Amount of time to play: 90-120 min Age requirements: 12+ Set-up time: 5 min AquaSphere is a worker placement game in which you are a scientist studying in an undersea lab. Can you utilize your time better than your opponents and score more knowledge points? AquaSphere Rules Description: AquaSphere has two main boards. One is the Headquarters and the other is the Research Station. You move your Engineer in the Headquarters to program bots. Then your Scientist tells the bots where to perform their function in the Research Station. You start the game with your starting…
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  • AquaSphere Review

    Josh Edwards
    13 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    AquaSphere - mid playThanks to my friend Kurt for this guest review of AquaSphere.  If you like Kurt's opinions, check out his new video series on solo games.First off, let me come clean with this -- I’m not a fan of Stefan Feld games in general. Even if I like a game of his, they don’t leave me thinking about them afterwards in terms of what I learned and want to do next time. But I played AquaSphere at the same convention where I tried a bunch of other new games and was surprised to find myself … thinking about it afterwards. In fact, I ended up getting a copy because my gut told…
  • Coconuts Review

    Josh Edwards
    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    So, I heard that there was a game where you each have a monkey catapult and you shoot coconuts.  I was sold.  I thought about that being the extent of my review, but since I was given a copy from the publisher, I figured I should say a few more things about the game.In Coconuts, each player is given two cards, a pile of rubber coconuts, and a plastic monkey catapult.  At the start of any player's turn, someone can play one of the cards from their hand (but once a card is played, it's out of the game).  When it is your turn, you take a coconut and attempt to shoot it into…
  • Captains of Industry Review

    Josh Edwards
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    After really enjoying a different TMG title designed by Michael Keller, I decided that I should check out his other TMG title - Captains of Industry.In Captains of Industry, the players manipulate the supply, demand, and price of various goods in order to gain the most Market Share (Victory Points).  There are a few actions that you can perform: build a facility, expand a facility, run a facility, perform research, draw Captain cards, and build real estate.  Building, expanding, or running a facility all produce goods of a certain type, and allow you to adjust the price of your…
  • Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors Preview

    James Flemming
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    This post is not a review, but a preview for a game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Final art, components, and rules are all subject to change.Good Cop Bad Cop is a social deduction game that pits straight officers against crooked cops in a battle of bluffing and wits.To begin the game, each player is given 3 Integrity Cards. These cards will be one of 4 things:An Honest copA Crooked copThe AgentThe KingpinIf you have a leader card (either the Agent or the Kingpin), you are automatically a member of that faction. If you don't have a leader, then you are a member of the faction that…
  • Paperback Review

    Josh Edwards
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    A little while back, I heard about a new word game that was also a deck builder.  This definitely piqued my interest (though I often don't like word games).  That game is Paperback.In Paperback, each player starts with a deck of 10 cards.  Five of the cards are wilds (worth Fame points, but no money for buying other cards), and the other five are the letters R, S, T, L, and N.  Each turn, a player uses their cards to form a word.  (There is also a "Common" card that they can include in their word.)  Each card used in the word is worth a certain amount of money,…
 
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  • AquaSphere Review

    13 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    AquaSphere - mid playThanks to my friend Kurt for this guest review of AquaSphere.  If you like Kurt's opinions, check out his new video series on solo games.First off, let me come clean with this -- I’m not a fan of Stefan Feld games in general. Even if I like a game of his, they don’t leave me thinking about them afterwards in terms of what I learned and want to do next time. But I played AquaSphere at the same convention where I tried a bunch of other new games and was surprised to find myself … thinking about it afterwards. In fact, I ended up getting a copy because my gut told…
  • Coconuts Review

    13 Feb 2015 | 5:35 am
    So, I heard that there was a game where you each have a monkey catapult and you shoot coconuts.  I was sold.  I thought about that being the extent of my review, but since I was given a copy from the publisher, I figured I should say a few more things about the game.In Coconuts, each player is given two cards, a pile of rubber coconuts, and a plastic monkey catapult.  At the start of any player's turn, someone can play one of the cards from their hand (but once a card is played, it's out of the game).  When it is your turn, you take a coconut and attempt to shoot it into…
  • Captains of Industry Review

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 am
    After really enjoying a different TMG title designed by Michael Keller, I decided that I should check out his other TMG title - Captains of Industry.In Captains of Industry, the players manipulate the supply, demand, and price of various goods in order to gain the most Market Share (Victory Points).  There are a few actions that you can perform: build a facility, expand a facility, run a facility, perform research, draw Captain cards, and build real estate.  Building, expanding, or running a facility all produce goods of a certain type, and allow you to adjust the price of your…
  • Good Cop Bad Cop: Bombers and Traitors Preview

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    This post is not a review, but a preview for a game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Final art, components, and rules are all subject to change.Good Cop Bad Cop is a social deduction game that pits straight officers against crooked cops in a battle of bluffing and wits.To begin the game, each player is given 3 Integrity Cards. These cards will be one of 4 things:An Honest copA Crooked copThe AgentThe KingpinIf you have a leader card (either the Agent or the Kingpin), you are automatically a member of that faction. If you don't have a leader, then you are a member of the faction that…
  • Paperback Review

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    A little while back, I heard about a new word game that was also a deck builder.  This definitely piqued my interest (though I often don't like word games).  That game is Paperback.In Paperback, each player starts with a deck of 10 cards.  Five of the cards are wilds (worth Fame points, but no money for buying other cards), and the other five are the letters R, S, T, L, and N.  Each turn, a player uses their cards to form a word.  (There is also a "Common" card that they can include in their word.)  Each card used in the word is worth a certain amount of money,…
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  • New Board Games: May 15th

    Warehouse Staff
    15 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Alien Frontiers: Expansion Pack #3 Chicken Caesar Cthulhu Wars Dimension Elevenses (Updated) Go Nuts! Just Desserts Napoleon at Waterloo (New Edition) Nothing Personal 2.1 Nothing Personal: Young Turks Pot Farm: The Board Game SW: Hell on Earth Companion LE (HC) SW:Hell on Earth: The Worms’ Turn LE(HC) Spielbox Magazine: Issue 1 (2015) Super Tooth Sylvion (English) Warmachine: All-in-One Army Box – Cryx New Board Games: May 15th is a post from: Starlit Citadel
  • New Board Games: May 13th, 2015

    Warehouse Staff
    13 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    Athlas: Duel for Divinity California Gold Carnival DC Dice Masters: Justice League Dice Building Game Starter Set DC Dice Masters: Justice League Foil Pack DC Dice Masters: Justice League Play Mat DC Dice Masters: Justice League Team Box DC Dice Masters: Justice League Collectors Box Eggs and Empires Legion Star Realms Flip Box Mage Wars: Arena Forcemaster vs Warlord Expansion Mage Wars: Arena (Core Set) Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Salenia Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Straywood Forest Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Salenia Mage Wars: Arena Playmat – Westlock Sheriff of…
  • The problem with attribution

    Tao
    6 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    I’m going to get a little technical here. I’m going to talk about online marketing and attribution. Firstly, as an online store, we are able to track a lot of the data from visitors who come to our site. There are 2 major ways this data is collected – logs & cookies. Log files tracking basically runs on the basis of tracking the requests a customer makes to our server. Every time you load a page, you request information from us to load it – we can track this data and theoretically assign it to individuals. With cookies, we drop a ‘cookie'; a piece of code…
  • New & Restocked Board Games: May 6, 2015

    Tao
    6 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    2 Inch Battle Foam Large Pluck Foam Tray (BFL) 15.5W x 12L x 2H Battle Foam: Star Wars Armada Foam Tray Kit Dungeon Fighter: Stormy Winds Expansion Lords of Scotland Android: Netrunner: The Root Playmat Android: Netrunner: The Masque Playmat Android: Netrunner Creation and Control Playmat Android: Netrunner Root Playmat Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd Edition – Dark Elements Android: Netrunner – Feedback Filter Playmat New & Restocked Board Games: May 6, 2015 is a post from: Starlit Citadel
  • New Board Games: April 29, 2015

    Warehouse Staff
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Antidote Briefcase Cheesonomics (North American Version) Descent 2nd Edition: Campaign Books – Heirs of Blood Imperial Settlers: Why Can’t We Be Friends The Lord of the Rings: The Treason of Saruman Saga Expansion Neuroshima Hex 3.0: Uranopolis Space Junk Star Wars: Armada – Dice Pack New Board Games: April 29, 2015 is a post from: Starlit Citadel
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    800 Steps - Blog

  • A Tale of Two RPGs

    18 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    Imagine a project you are working on. If you could peek into the future, would you see future-you making the same decisions that present-you is making? How would the intervening experiences affect what you would come up with?It may seem like an impossible scenario, but I'm in the lucky situation of being able to do just this but in reverse. Present-me is looking back at past-me's work, created just a couple years ago but completely independently from a current project.The project involves my foray into…
  • The High of Creation

    3 Jan 2014 | 7:36 am
    I often think about how little people create in the modern world. The lives of most involve pushing electronic bits from one place to another at work and consuming other people's creations at home. One of the great things about game design is the actual physical manifestation of an idea. A game can be held in the hand, its components witnessed in reality, not just on a screen.I recently came upon an article that neatly summarizes some of my thoughts on this topic. Here is a snippet:"What’s the last thing you built when you got that high? You know that high I’m talking about?
  • Trick Rummy

    3 Nov 2013 | 7:39 am
    A few weeks ago I posted about a new casual game idea I was testing. Yesterday at the Unpub within Gameholecon I got a chance to try it out further, and thanks to great feedback from Andrew Hanson and Steven Dast the game has progressed and somewhat morphed.The game was playable as it was, but a few of things struck us as being suboptimal. The betting phase seemed disjointed from the rest of the game, and the goal of a 5-card poker hand seemed restricting. It also seemed difficult to get new cards into…
  • Poker Meets Sheepshead

    11 Oct 2013 | 8:04 pm
    In my neck of the woods sheepshead is a very common card game. Two things in particular are nice about it: you can play without a whole lot of attention (a "beer and pretzels" game), and it keeps a running tally, so "games" can last hours or even years.But those same advantages also come with down sides. For mediocre players most plays are fairly pre-determined. Long running tallies mean there is little chance for the loser to catch up, and there is never any logical place to stop other than who dealt first.To address these concerns I thought about merging aspects of sheepshead with aspects…
  • How to Market a Game

    21 Mar 2013 | 7:48 am
    I came upon this article that talks about marketing games and toys.Most of the advice was good, with one caveat.One of their early steps is "Get a patent." This might make sense for toys, but for games it's neither necessary nor practical. Board and card games are built upon common mechanics that can't even be copyrighted let alone patented. There is much prior art involved for just about any game. The big exception that I know of is Magic: the Gathering. It introduced the concept of collectible card games and received patent protection for several aspects of the game. In general…
 
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    GamesQuest

  • UK Games Expo 2015 – Tabletop Gaming Magazine

    Tom Randell
    21 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The UK Games Expo is only a week away and I’m becoming more and more excited. The event is growing year on year and I can’t wait to get there and find out what this year has in store.  I’ve managed to get hold of a press pass for the event (thank you Paco) and […] The post UK Games Expo 2015 – Tabletop Gaming Magazine appeared first on GamesQuest.
  • Spiel des Jahres 2015 – The Nominees Are In!

    Tom Randell
    18 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    It only seems like yesterday that we found out which games had won last year’s Spiel des Jahres. Camel Up took home the Spiel des Jahres and Istanbul claimed Kennerspiel des Jahres! Today, Nige sent me a mail to let me know that this year’s nominees had been announced! I took a look and have […] The post Spiel des Jahres 2015 – The Nominees Are In! appeared first on GamesQuest.
  • Turning The Marvel Universe On Its Head! – Marvel Legendary: Villains Review!

    Luke Hector
    12 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Who doesn’t like superheroes? Ok, that’s a sweeping statement, they’re not for everyone, but the geeky kid in me adores them. Since my childhood, I’ve enjoyed many superhero cartoon shows and the occasional comic. In fact, I’d say Spiderman is probably my favourite at the moment. I definitely prefer Marvel to DC (uh oh flame wars!) but […] The post Turning The Marvel Universe On Its Head! – Marvel Legendary: Villains Review! appeared first on GamesQuest.
  • When the Football World Goes Mad…Hat-Trick Comes to the Rescue!!!

    Paul Matthews
    7 May 2015 | 1:13 am
    The Fall of Isengard….The Rise of German Football!! 2014 was a strange year for football fans across the globe. There was a whole bunch of strange and downright odd things that went on, including: In the Premier League, Manchester United and Chelsea went through a major upheaval, leaving Liverpool to throw away the title to Manchester City on […] The post When the Football World Goes Mad…Hat-Trick Comes to the Rescue!!! appeared first on GamesQuest.
  • Competition – Win Star Wars Armada Plus £70 Worth of Games!

    Nigel Matthews
    4 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    May The 4th Be With You! Yes! to celebrate Star Wars Day today we are launching a competition giving you the chance to win Star Wars Armada PLUS £70 worth of games of your choice! If you can believe it read on….   What you need to do to enter this competition to win Star […] The post Competition – Win Star Wars Armada Plus £70 Worth of Games! appeared first on GamesQuest.
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    Fleet Signal

  • DGH Takes Us On A Tour Of Their (MDF) City

    Alex
    22 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Die Grüne Horde has posted a new video on their YouTube channel showing off a custom-made and designed cityscape crafted in MDF and intended for games with 10mm miniatures. Every building was designed, built and painted by DGH’s Hahnc, and they look great! Check out the video to get the guided tour.
  • A Lazy Saturday With 3000 Points Of Planetfall

    Alex
    20 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Pete Fontebasso has posted a complete Planetfall game on his YouTube channel featuring 3000 points of Aquans vs Directorate, and including the Aquan leviathan in action. At 90 minutes it’s a long video, but it shows the flow of the game pretty well! If you like what you see, then be sure to subscribe to Pete’s channel for more Firestorm content as well as plenty of other videos, too.
  • Want To Be A Planetfall Beta Tester?

    Alex
    19 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Over in the Spartan Games forums, Spartan Derek (designer of Firestorm Planetfall) has posted a thread inviting people to become part of the Planetfall beta group. Joining the Beta Group for the Planetfall Game will allow those players inducted to our ranks to playtest our ideas for future rules developments, see upcoming models early, try out new Helixes and their contents long before the general public and provide measured feedback we will use to bring the game forwards! If you’d like to apply, all you have to do is answer 7 questions either in the thread or via private message to…
  • Battle Cry Discusses Terrans With Spartan Derek

    Alex
    15 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Scottish podcasters 6s2Hit have posted episode 2 of Battle Cry which features an interview with Derek Sinclair. You might know him better as Spartan Derek, designer of Firestorm Planetfall. The first episode of this series within a series discusses the Terrans, including their background and why the Planetfall terrans differ to their Armada cocunterparts. The cast can’t be listened to directly from the page, but the MP3 can be accessed directly from this link.
  • Firebase Delta Talks Hobby And Terrain

    Alex
    15 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    In episode 49 of Firebase Delta, the guys talk about the hobby around Firestorm (and, indeed, wargaming) as well as terrain. The episode opens with a discussion of “the hobby”, including how to prepare models for painting, priming them and also painting them. In the second half, the guys discuss terrain in Firestorm Armada. This includes the merits of 3D vs 2D terrain, where they get materials, and how to turn those materials into terrain for the gaming table. It’s a good listen as always for anyone interested in the Firestorm series of games!
 
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