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🐙 Octopus Tactics

How to get involved in a Math Trade

Math Trades are weird and wonderful things that help people get rid of their old games in exchange for exciting different ones. But the systems are obtuse, so I made a video about getting involved. Hopefully it will help some people out. More people in trades is always a good thing… right?

[Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle] The Dark Mark variant

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is a great deckbuilding game. However, it’s not consistently a good one. You either get absolutely brutalised or you swish away with an easy victory; there is no middle ground. If there is a moment of “Oh my god, this next turn is crucial,” it’s in the first third of the …

A Story of Galapagos

The blog had a short break due to an excellent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Regular geeky service will resume tomorrow; for today, a story. The blue-footed booby is a wonderful, awkward bird. Their feet turn blue when they’re ready to mate; and since they live near the equator, that happens to be all …

[Scruples] Dressed to the “nines”

Scruples question card

Scruples is a party game where, in theory, you test the morality of your friends. This is done through question cards, and three answer cards per player with “Yes”, “No”, and “Depends” on them. A typical question would ask, “You discover that your neighbour has a mistress. Do you tell his wife?” Obviously, I would, …

[Millennium Blades] Go Flip Yourself, Danny

Millennium Blades is, far and away, the most expensive game I own. It cost me £70 including postage, with no Kickstarter bonuses, because I can be impulsive too and I couldn’t wait 6 months for the next printing. On the plus side, here’s a session report. It’s a ‘CCG simulator’, meaning it’s like being the …

[Cosmic Encounter] Nobody wins!

Edge wear is love

In Cosmic Encounter, you can choose to fight or negotiate. There’s a bit of a prisoner’s dilemma, because you could both informally say you’ll negotiate and then BAM someone betrays and all of a sudden one player is much more dead. In our game last night, someone (possibly me) had demonstrated that no-one could be …