Category Archives: Games Other Than Magic

Spoiler-Free Review: Death and Taxes

Death and Taxes is a short Tier 3 game, meaning it is a Good game but not universally Worth It or a Must Play. It is a series of discrete choices and has some interesting questions to ask, and I … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review: Horizon Zero Dawn

Previously: Spoiler-Free Review: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (plus a Spoilerific section), Spoiler-Free Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey This review of a giant open world game is being written on July 7. That’s three days after the review of Witcher 3 was posted. You … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review: Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (plus a Spoilerific section)

Contrast with other recent spoiler-free review: Spoiler-Free Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. In part one of this review, the true spoiler-free section, I seek to answer the question “Should I Play This Game?” while giving the absolute minimum of information. In part … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review: CrossCells

I played through the entire game this morning, so figured I’d leave a quick review. CrossCells is a Tier 3 game. It does its job, which is provide logic puzzles in the vein of Sudoku, without being actual Sudoku. There … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Also see: Plague in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was my (first?) quarantine game. For about a hundred hours, I’ve wandered around ancient Greece. The game is lengthy, expansive and huge. Perhaps too much! A lot of that was working … Continue reading

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Plague in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Spoiler Alert: Contains minor spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has become my quaratine game. A gorgeous tour of ancient Greece is a great antidote to never going outside. One noteworthy thing in the game is how it … Continue reading

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Legends of Runeterra: Early Review

Legends of Runeterra has been getting a generally favorable reception. The game is highly relevant to my interests as someone who plays a lot of collectible card games and is making a collectible card game of my own called Emergents, … Continue reading

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Game Analysis Index

This post links to this blog’s posts discussing game design, balance, economics and related topics, as well as any strategy posts. It does not contain new content. Much of the blog is relevant to gaming, but these are the explicitly … Continue reading

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How to Destroy Civilization

Epistemic Status: Parable. Can’t tell to what extent I am being serious but it’s not zero. I. Recently I made a huge mistake. At heart, I am a gamer. Playing games is fun and makes me happy, whereas not playing … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem: The Problem of Scarcity and Abundance

Previously: Carpe Diem: The Optimization Game: Level 1 One of my goals with Carpe Diem was to illustrate the value of flexibility and optionality, and the surprisingly high cost of scarcity. A simple plan for playing the game is to … Continue reading

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