Thursday, May 31, 2007

Session Report, in which we discover a great Power Grid variant

The latest Jerusalem Strategy Gaming Club session report is up here. Games played: For Sale, Power Grid, Children of Fire: the Board Game, Netrunner, San Juan, Tichu, Lo Ra.

We make a slight change to the power plant market in Power Grid to good effect.

Kindershpiel drops off a couple of versions of Apples to Apples to my house.

Jack played with us once before. It turns out that he has started a weekly gaming group in the center of Jerusalem every Sunday evening aimed at Russian speakers. That's two new board gaming groups opening in the last few weeks. Yowza.

Conventions

Well, it looks like I'm headed to BGG.con in Dallas in November after all, which only means I have to have another game ready by then.

I will also be at Dicecon in Glasgow next month, although only for a few hours.

Many other conventions happening in the near future, such as the UK Games Expo in a few days, where my first published game It's Alive is supposed to premier, if all goes well.

Also this weekend is A-kon, a large anime and comics convention, which a number of gamers I know will be attending.

Other

Static Zombie had the usual comment to make about Microsoft's new Surface computer system, but more interesting was a reply from a Microsoft rep dissing the Entertaible:
The Entertaible's recognition technology is fundamentally compromised. It basically fires IR beams in a diagonal mesh across the surface. If you had, say, four hidden-information visors on top of an Entertaible, there would be a dead zone in the middle where the recongition wouldn't work. Plus it's junky and slow—though that, at least, is ultimately just a solvable software problem. Still, we completely kick the Entertaible's keister.

But yes, home users need to be patient and wait for the second generation. I can't tell you what that technology will be like—at least not here in public ;)—but suffice it to say that v2 solves all of your concerns.

Stephen Beeman
Catch Michael Jordal on television station KSMQ next month talking about board games, and Heroscape in particular. If you don't know Heroscape, it's a toy/game crossover, with lots of customizable terrain and little military and fantasy figures from all time periods. Pretty cool, actually.

Yehuda

P.S. I am going on another synagogue weekend starting from this evening, so may not be in touch again until Sunday. Bringing games, of course! Have a nice weekend.
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