Due to a day job that has been slowly trying to crush my soul resulting in a less than adequate to write mind there has been a few weeks of no words written. Summer of course means sunlight, and sunlight north of the Arctic circle means you do very few things inside. Therefore I will take this opportunity to write about game design. Starting with what we in a less derogatory tone can call the difference between “make stuff happen” and “wait for stuff to happen” games.
What is the actual definition though? A “wait for stuff to happen” game is a game wherein you wait around a lot. Where your turn really does not make a huge amount of difference, you do what you can and over to the next person. An example of a game like this would be Monopoly, or the endless stream of knowledge based games like Trivial Pursuit.
Last time I wrote about a game for everyone. In fact a game that everyone should own as their “just in case” game. Today I will decidedly not be doing any such thing. Today you will be reading about a proper big boys game. A game for those of us who know our board games, who are able to understand the details of game rules, who understand that board games are all about the getting caught up in the games design. One such game is Mage Knight.
Everyone owns at least one board game. Having something to gather people around is intrinsic to being a social creature. People also look at you kinda wierd if you do not. Actually, that is rather interesting, if you have absolutely no board games people will think of you as kinda wierd and possibly antisocial, but when you have an absolute ton of them it is almost guaranteed in the public opinion that you are wierd and certainly antisocial. Who said people make sense?
Right, after a much too long hiatus involving multiple apartments, an insurance company, and a workload that made brains melt, it is now time for a great return to this creature called No Ratings.
Kicking it off with an entirely new, hopefully weekly article series, about board games. Slight bit of setup for you all; I decided that as a part of getting the social environment amongst my friends up in these northern reaches of the planet into better shape, Wednesday will turn into Game Day. What that essentially means is, every Wednesday my friends know to meet up at my place knowing that there will be an opportunity to play board games and be social with others. You, dear reader, will benefit from reviews/hints/rants/general information about board games on a weekly schedule.
Sometimes we have to do really hard things to even maintain the status quo, imagine how difficult it is to affect change in the right direction. Sometimes we need to step back and look at where all those small transgressions we overlooked have gotten us. Sometimes it might honestly scare the hell out of us. It may sound overly dramatic, but this sometime has finally reached video game publishing. Far too long now have we overlooked minor transgressions, and now it has gotten so out of hand it is absolutely scary how far it has gone. And with a lot of difficulty I hereby state; I am boycotting Mass Effect 3.
From British animators Edible Castle comes Cuboy 2, an adventure game where you play as a young chap named Cuboy. This is completely free to play and available on their website here. The first thing you should do is go and play it, right now. Because it’s bloody fantastic. If you like the humour of these guys, which you really should, then this is going to be right up your proverbial.
The Killing Joke has gone down in comic history as a great book and story for many reasons. It is the book where Batman realises that he is going to have to kill the Joker one day, or vice versa. It is where Barbara Gordon’s career as Batgirl ended. It is also where Batman fans were finally able to learn the history of the Joker. What makes a man become the maniac that is the Joker?
From Dust isn’t a new game but it’s one that has intrigued me for a while. First came Age of Empires (for me anyway) then Black and White until eventually I moved onto Civilization. The idea of creating civilisations and controlling those who follow you has always been a theme that I’ve enjoyed in a game so does From Dust do it for me?
A few months ago, around August I believe, I reviewed a small series of comics called London Horror Comic. They were a great read and made me chuckle quite a lot. Well, London Horror Comic issue four has just been released and I have had the chance to read it in my latest comic reading spree.
Is London Horror Comic as good as its predecessors as it breaks away from its old format? Is it still random?
After a few weeks away thanks to holidays and what not, No Ratings is back with a review of a graphic novel! Yay!
Picking up Hero 9 to 5 seemed like a good idea at the time I bought it. As a huge fan of superhero comic books, a parody of the hero genre seemed like a good read. Was it as good as I thought it would be? Well, there’s only one way to find out.
- Excitement: Game Wednesdays; The Chaos Factor http://t.co/0FEjLklz 9 months ago
- Excitement: Game Wednesdays: Got your ticket? http://t.co/vNZ7Zpi7 10 months ago
- Excitement: Game Wednesday: The First Foray into the Final Frontier http://t.co/e8y3hhbm 11 months ago
- Excitement: Thanks Bioware, thanks EA... http://t.co/JVBP8FT9 1 year ago
- Excitement: Review: Cuboy: Back to The Cubeture 2 (PC) http://t.co/snaGQz4W 1 year ago
- Game Wednesdays; The Chaos Factor August 1, 2012
- Game Wednesday: Sword, staff, why not both? July 4, 2012
- Game Wednesdays: Got your ticket? June 27, 2012
- Game Wednesday: The First Foray into the Final Frontier June 20, 2012