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James Nathan: Yavalath and Manalath

Game: Yavalath Designer: LUDI Publisher: nestorgames Players: 2-3 Time:  10 Minutes Times played: 27 times.  (14 with a friend’s purchased copy, 6 times with my purchased copy, 7 times against the GDL in Dr. Browne’s LUDI Experiment III survey, ex … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Cameron Browne’s “Automatic generation and evaluation of recombination games”

It turns out there is an equation that likely describes games I like: It probably doesn’t, but maybe. If you ask me what types of games I like, I’m fairly at sea as I don’t have the vocabulary for that … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Rescue Polar Bears: Data & Temperature

Game: Rescue Polar Bears: Data & Temperature Designers: Jog Kung, Huang Yi Ming Publisher: TWOPLUS Games Players: 1-4 Time:  30-60 Minutes Times played: 3 times with purchased copy, 1 time with BGG.CON library copy When I was six I wanted … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Keyper

James Nathan: Keyper Game: Keyper Designer: Richard Breese Publisher: R&D Games Players: 2-4 Time:  90-120 Minutes Times played: 2 times with a friend’s copy For my group, the deluge of Essen titles to dig out from underneath feels like it’s … Continue reading

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James Nathan: The Glorious South

The Glorious South Game: The Glorious South Designer: Ariel Yi Chi Chang Publisher: GeGe Co. Ltd. Players: 4-8 Time:  20-40 minutes Times played: 4 with purchased copy Sometimes I think about how my body will degrade as I age. I … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Unlock! Mystery Adventures and Unlock! Temple of Ra

Unlock! Mystery Adventures and Unlock! Temple of Ra Games: Unlock! The House on the Hill Unlock! The Nautilus’ Traps Unlock! The Tonipal’s Treasure Unlock! Temple of Ra Designer: Cyril Demaegd Publisher: Space Cowboys Players: 1+ Ages: 10+ Time: ~60 minutes … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Finished!

Finished! Designer: Friedemann Friese Artist: Harald Lieske Publisher: 2F-Spiele, Stronghold Games Players: 1 Ages: 10+ Times played: 5, purchased at Spiel 2017 My grandfather had large feet.  I have large feet.  Here are some adidas bowling shoes that I saw … Continue reading

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James Nathan: Goritaire (ゴリティア)

Goritaire Designer: Pawn Publisher: Adventure Planning Service/bouken Players: 1 Ages: 15+ Times played: 23, purchased from publisher at Spiel 2017 27 Gorilla cards. Gödel’s proof is probably my favorite proof, and I’m quite fond of Gödel’s Proof the book. Not … Continue reading

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BGG.CON Day Four

This is my friend Doug. We’ll get to day four, but it turns out three wasn’t over when I posted it. Doug is responsible for some of my favorite memories of bggcons, and so when I saw him in the … Continue reading

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BGG.CON Day Three

Everyday I worry it’s almost over. Then I think about what I want to play before we leave. What do I have to play. Obviously there’s nothing I have to play (but if you know of somebody with a copy … Continue reading

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