Category Archives: Board Games

It’s a Celtic Thing

I recently finished reading the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh mythological prose, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest in the nineteenth century. I understand there have been better English translations since then, but this is what I could easily find online, … Continue reading

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Threadneedle, Frost, Brown, and Smith, Limited

The 1987 Oziana contains four stories, one much shorter than the others, all of which are of the sort that complement the main series. The front cover shows Melody Grandy’s illustration of Robin Olderman’s idea for the Quadling flag. A note … Continue reading

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A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things Lived On

I wrote about Slimes in the Dragon Quest series eleven years ago, and mentioned the fact that they were inspired by Creeping Cruds from Wizardry, but Akira Toriyama drew them as cute. There was also a mention of Slimes in … Continue reading

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Pandering to Pandavas

I’d been interested in the story of the Mahabharata, even more so since reading the Aru Shah books, in which the Pandavas are reincarnated as teenage girls. So I checked out an abridged edition translated by William Buck. While much … Continue reading

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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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