Crunch-Waffle Enterprises, known for their nifty miniatures, just let us know about a new free download to check out. Extra Terrae Crepusculum (aka Beyond the Twilight Worlds) is a set of miniatures skirmish rules that uses three six-sided dice, some minis, and the free PDF rules to tailor war parties to their best effect. Have a look.
Archive for May, 2007
Not sure exactly how behind this one we are, but it can’t be too long because there are still a couple of these games without English editions. The one I’ve seen in stores most often is Arkadia, and I’m interested to learn of this animal-themed sequel to the simple-but-deep card game Coloretto. Anyway: good times.
Here’s the lo-res PDF of the rules (still not necessarily something you wanna choke down if you’re on dialup). I’m classifying this one in “Card Games” now because there appears to be no component of miniatures or positional play, or indeed any gameplay-based reason for the models to exist at all. Hey, at least this one gets around the patent!
By virtue of the madness of patent law and a product they once insinuated wildly in their catalog but never produced, Wizards of the Coast has patented constructible strategy games. The filing dates back to 2002 and, to be fair, is narrow enough to exclude anything that doesn’t involve losing or exchanging parts as a consequence of play events. That, um, does not include Pirates. This feels kinda uncool to me, but despite the felicitous timing of this announcement (just before the release of the Transformers CSG, for those keeping score), it may just be a result of the patent office’s rather plodding process. And like the infamous “tapping patent” on CCG mechanics, it may turn out that any lawsuits WotC might file to defend it end up not worth the lawyer bills. (Note to tabletop gaming companies with an eye toward suing each other: you can load your shotgun for hamsters, but that won’t make the pelts worth anything.)
That’s right, the OSU Games Research Project is back for another round of mayhem and web-based surveys. As I write this, I haven’t taken the new survey yet, so I don’t know how it’s different, but I do know you should probably take it now.