Category Archives: Board Games

When I Get to the Bottom, I Go Back to the Top of the Slide

I recently saw an update from Amanda Palmer where she mentioned playing Snakes and Ladders with her son, apparently what you do when your husband leaves you in the middle of a pandemic, or something. But what I actually wanted … Continue reading

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Zugzwang Got Me in a Way

Dragon Quest V is sort of a sequel to Dragon Quest IV, which sounds painfully obvious, but really isn’t. The numbers simply refer to release order, not the order in which the games take place; and many of them aren’t … Continue reading

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Guess You’ll Never Grow a Clue

Clue – We saw this 1985 film at the Alamo Draft House on Tuesday. I don’t think I’d previously seen it all the way through, but I do remember seeing most of it. It had been a box office flop, … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

I already wrote a post about sports and games in the Oz series, but I had a few more ideas along those lines that I thought I could develop somewhat. Characters in the books are frequently seen playing games, and … Continue reading

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House and Hotel Rules

Monopoly is a game that it sometimes seems hardly anyone plays by the official rules, except in tournaments. I remember trying to play it in school and some kids arguing that you had to move all the way around the … Continue reading

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How Fast Those Queens Can Run!

Birth of the Chess Queen: A History, by Marilyn Yalom – The author links the development of the queen in the game of chess to events and personages in history. In the earliest Indian and Arabian sets, the piece next … Continue reading

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The Rail Thing

I visited my dad in New Mexico this past week, and he and my brother introduced me to a game called Ticket to Ride, created by Alan R. Moon and published in 2004 by Days of Wonder. According to Wikipedia, … Continue reading

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On Board with Video Games

As I mentioned in my last post, there is a board game of Jungle Hunt, and that’s hardly the only popular video game to undergo the transition. Indeed, back in the 1980s, these games apparently sold well enough for game … Continue reading

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I’ve Finally Found a Jungle I Like

My family was pretty late in getting a Nintendo, but we DID have a Texas Instruments 99/4A computer. TI is now better known for its graphing calculators, and those probably have more advanced games than the 99/4A did back then, … Continue reading

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Fight It Out!

My post last week about wandering monsters in video role-playing games got me thinking about some of the strange aspects of battle mode in general. When you run into monsters, the screen tends to fade out and send you into … Continue reading

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