What’s amazing is how much difference some room makes. I’ve grown accustomed to reading games on digest-sized pages or not much bigger; a full-sized book gives rules text and (crucially) examples the opportunity to be next to each other. It’s a small thing, but it really makes a text easier to get into your head. (It’s a bit unfair, this thing of reviewing the layout and the reading experience. Some days I’m just in a thick mood and I’m not going to be able to comprehend anything. I have the impression that the text in DFRPG v1: Your Story is just the right balance of getting-to-the-point and spicing-things-up to get through my thick old skull, but maybe I just got lucky. To make matters worse I read most of it on my new iPod, so this is hardly objective data: maybe I was just mesmerized by the shiny.)
Archive for May, 2010
Lee has explored the depths of the dungeon-management game Dungeon Lords by Z-Man Games, and he’s lived to tell the tale. This game has been seen at game shops and conventions lately, a sprawling affair with multiple boards and numerous fun components. Whether his tale is a gruesome account of grim times, or of enjoyable times had by all… well, you’ll have to read his review to find out.
Days of Wonder just announced Tales & Legends, the fourth expansion for their award-winning area control boardgame Small World. Tales & Legends will feature a deck of 54 large-format Event cards. In every round except the first, an event card will change the way that the game plays. This expansion was created by Laurent Verrier, Special Prize Winner of the 2009 Small World Design Contest. Small World was named Game of the Year by Games magazine in 2009 and had the highest first year sales of any Days of Wonder product since Ticket to Ride. Like the base game, Tales & Legends will be available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, and Japanese. Tales & Legends is expected to hit hobby game stores in late June or early July with a suggested retail price of $15.00.