flwyd: (black titan)
This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. In the span of 8 days, I'm celebrating my first wedding anniversary, International Talk Like A Pirate Day, the autumnal equinox, my 37th birthday, and my first chance to host a game day after the late summer festival hiatus. Come help me celebrate, this Saturday!

The Day: Saturday, September 24th.
As usual,
The Time: Arrive after 2pm, leave when you get tired or think of something better to do
The Place: Lucky Gin
The Phone: 303-EEL-WANG

Bring friends, games, food, kids, drinks, and stories of fun summer adventures!

If you're hoping to have me try the food you bring, note that my diet is still bizarre (and too complex to explain here), but I've been able to eat significantly more foods this week than I could earlier this summer. So bring something tasty, and if I can't eat it, all the more for the rest of you :-) If I time it right, I should be pulling a garden-fresh, egg- and dairy-free zucchini bread from the oven around the start of the event.

See you Saturday!

(Oh gods am I happy to be eating bready substances again. My trial-run zucchini bread was still warm in the oven when we got back from the movies to night. So soft and moist and comforting!)
flwyd: (black titan)
We've moved across town once again, because apparently we really enjoy building and disassembling box forts. This time we live in northwest Boulder at a house we call Lucky Gin. If you're in my circles on Google+, you can see my address on my profile. Otherwise, email me and I'll give you details.
flwyd: (black titan)
The forecast for the next several days involves more snow, so why not plan to spend Sunday indoors with friends playing games?
(Oh alright, you can also go have fun in the snow in the mountains if that's your kind of game too.)

Bring your friends and family, food and drinks, games and stories.

When: Sunday, March 1st, 2pm (ish) until sometime before bedtime
Where: 1062 Stearns Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
There should be plenty of street parking that isn't a snow bank.
If you have questions or get lost, cal 303-EEL-WANG.
flwyd: (black titan)
Excited for the new year?
Got new (to you) games?
Why not combine both?

Come to my house on New Year's Day to ring in the increasing sunlight with friends old and new, favorite snacks, and my fresh batch of homebrew cider. Bring any combination of friends and family, food and drink, games and toys, stories and jokes, cheer and sneer. Compete in the Dice Bowl, the Card Bowl, or the Hummus Bowl.

When: January 1st, 2015, from 2pm until you're too tired to stay.
Where: 1062 Stearns Ave, Boulder, CO 80303. Come around to the back of the house and downstairs.
Huh: Call 303-EEL-WANG if you get lost or confused.

Here's hoping you get a head start at playing 2015 rounds this year,
Trevor
flwyd: (black titan)
If you're overwhelmed by your blood family this week, share Sunday with your dice family at Ranger Outpost Cherryvale! Also a great opportunity to pawn off extra leftovers.

As always, you're welcome to bring any manner of sustenance and snack to game day. However, if you're hoping I'll try your dish, be advised that I had my wisdom teeth removed last Friday, so if you're hoping I will try your dish, make sure it's squishy or can be eaten primarily with the incisors.

When: Sunday, November 30th, 2pm until late
Where: 1062 Stearns Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
(If no one's upstairs, come to the back door and down the stairs.)
Bring: Games, friends, food, family, drinks, stories…
If lost or confused, call: 303-EEL-WANG

In addition to several shelves of games I've got several shelves of hats. Folks at our housewarming party last month discovered that wearing a silly hat provides a +2 skill bonus when drawing cards.

Let's find out if my -4 wisdom penalty is effectively counterbalanced by reduced encumbrance and a new bite attack.
flwyd: (black titan)
Avast, Mateys! This Friday be Talk Like A Pirate Day! And this Sunday be Boxing Like A Pirate Day Observed! So make 1062 Stearns Ave yer port o' call an' try yer luck at cards, dice, and maybe a rousin' game o' Rum and Pirates!

Landlubbers are also welcome.

As usual, the details:
On Sunday the 21st, come to 1062 Stearns Ave, Boulder, CO 80303 any time after 2 pm. Come around to the back of the house; we're probably in the basement (or ring the new rear doorbell). Call 303-EEL-WANG if you get confused. Bring any combination of food, friends, drinks, games, and pirate accents. Be advised that the house is populated by four adult humans, one rapidly expanding human, two felines, and one canine.

Also, save the date: we'll be having a housewarming party on either Sunday the 5th or Saturday the 4th of October. Games will probably be played at that gathering too in addition to a casual bike ride, socializing, and sitting by the fire.
flwyd: (black titan)
After a hiatus full of box moving and parking challenges, it's time to restart the tradition of monthly games at my house.

HOWEVER! "My house" has a different referent. Get thee to
1062 Stearns Ave, Boulder, CO 80303
It's in the Cherryvale neighborhood of Boulder. Brief directions:
* Take Arapaho or Baseline east of Foothills Pkwy.
* Turn south (from Arapaho) or north (from Baseline) on Cherryvale.
* Turn east on Baseline (even if you were previously on Baseline).
* Stearns Ave is the first left past Platt Middle School. (Any of the first four lefts will eventually lead to Stearns, in case you miss.)
* My house is on the east side of the road, with a bunch of bushes along the street. There is ample (and I mean *ample*) street parking.
* Games will be happening downstairs, where we can't hear the doorbell or knocks. Come in the back door (through the gate) and down the stairs.
* This house contains four adult humans, one baby, one dog, two cats, and a large yard. Consider yourself forewarned if you're allergic to any of these things.
Arrive any time between 2pm and your bedtime on Sunday the 27th.
Bring friends, games, children, snacks, drinks, or whatever moves you.
Call 303-EEL-WANG if you need directional assistance.

See you this weekend!

Post-Resurrection Games

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 10:49 pm
flwyd: (black titan)
Hello friends! After a several-month hiatus, it's time to resume my quasi-monthly game day.

When: Saturday, April 26, from 2pm (or so) until late (or so)
Where: 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd, Boulder - http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html
Contact: 303-EEL-WANG

A few things have changed, mostly having to do with parking. Much of Wagonwheel Gap Road got wiped out in Boulder's flood last September[1]. The semi-permanent dirt road is in really good shape right now, but the shoulder at the base of my driveway is no longer a suitable place to park a car[2]. Please (a) carpool if possible and (b) call before you come so I can suggest a parking location based on the situation on the ground. The two likely parking spots are the southwest corner of Wagonwheel and Pinto (the part without a No Parking sign) and the west side of Bow Mountain. We can also fit some cars in my driveway, but coordinate with me on that since it might be full.

Other traditional trappings of game day remain the same: you're welcome to bring food, friends, drinks, children, games, stories, and more. I'll have some snacks, beer, and juice on hand. Arrive when you're ready and leave when you're done. Consider turning your cell phone off when you get here, since you might not get reception.

See you soon,
flwyd: (black titan)
On Wednesday, January 1st, join me for the first games day of 2014, and the first one at my house since July!

2013 brought many changes. Closest to home, a 1/1000 flood changed the course of Four Mile Canyon Creek and the continuity of Wagonwheel Gap Rd. The water's mostly back where it belongs, washed out sections of street have been replaced with a flat dirt road, and all my books are back on the shelves.

Not all is back the way it was, though. The Anne U. White trail is closed (on account of no longer being a trail). And the road shoulder at the bottom of my driveway where everyone used to park is now a steep ditch, unsuitable for parking.

If you would like to join the fun, please follow these three requests:
* RSVP so I know how many to expect
* Carpool if at all possible
* Call 303-EEL-WANG before arriving† for updated parking instructions based on the situation that afternoon
† Your cellphone probably won't work in the canyon. If you're calling from the road, do so around Broadway & Lee Hill. Or just call from home and don't use the phone while driving.

In other respects, this will be a normal games day. Feel free to bring
* games you'd like to play (new holiday gifts?); I have plenty here
* food and beverages to share; I'll have beer and several snacks
* friends and family young and old (especially if you carpool)

Arrive at 2pm or later; leave when you get tired, bored, or turn into a pumpkin.

Happy New Year, Hogmanay, Omisoka, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Christmas, Nochebuena, Festivus, Yule, Dongzhi, Yalda, Thiruvathira, Ziemassvetki, Korochun, Saturnalia, Dhanu, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, and all other winter holidays,
Trevor and Kelly

Gamedog Days of Summer

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 11:39 pm
flwyd: (black titan)
Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Sing this little ditty
Head to the mountains, they're quite pretty

This Sunday, come on up to 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd and play games in the shade. Bring friends, kids, food, drinks, games, and anything else you'd like to enjoy a great summer day with a bunch of nerds.

As usual, the fun starts around 2 PM and continues until everyone leaves, which is usually in the 11 to midnight range. If you'd like to get a trail hike in, get an early start -- Anne U. White "closes" at noon due to flash flood concerns.

Directions to my house are at http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html
My phone number is 303-EEL-WANG. Most cell phones won't work in the canyon, so give out my number if someone needs to reach you while you're up here.

Be seeing you,
Trevor
flwyd: (black titan)
Now, fair Hippolyta, our gathering hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes! she lingers my desires,
Like to a card game or a roleplayer
Long dithering all a young man's avenues.

Tonight is the summer solstice and this weekend a full moon. What more auspicious an occasion than game day?

Bring your games, your food, your drinks, your friends, your children to 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd. this Sunday, 2 PM or and time later. You might enjoy a hike on the Anne U. White trail before (or indeed after) you start rolling dice and shuffling cards. We'll play until everyone gets tired and goes home, usually between 10 and midnight.

As usual, call 303-EEL-WANG if you need directional assistance, and note that most cell phones don't get service in the canyon. http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html has notes about navigation and parking. Early in the day, there will be a lot of hikers parked at the bottom of the driveway, so pay attention to the designated no-parking zones.

If we gamers have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended
That you have but gather'd here
While these pieces did appear.
And this week's Sunday theme,
No more gaming but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Stone,
If we have upset the tone
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Stone a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Bring me your hands and all your friends,
And Trevor shall bestow good ends.

Memorial Games: Sunday

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 12:42 am
flwyd: (carmen sandiego)
The votes are in; it looks like this Sunday (the 26th) is popular for a Memorial Weekend edition of games day. It's also my 33⅔ birthday.

Where: 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html
When: 2pm-ish until late-ish
Call: 303-EEL-WANG (you may not have cell reception here)
Bring: Games, friends, family, food, festive feelings. Don't bring beer; I've still got plenty from Cinco de Mayo.

Vehicular advisory: The Boulder Creek Festival is happening downtown this weekend. Consider taking 28th St. or Foothills. It will probably also be a popular day to hike Anne U. White trail. If all the space at the bottom of my driveway is in use, you can park on the west side of Bow Mountain Dr. Don't park on the south side of Wagonwheel or on Pinto. Or get some exercise on a bike with gears -- it takes me about 20 minutes to ride from Broadway & Lee Hill to my house.

Palm Gameday

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 09:58 pm
flwyd: (black titan)
Oh hey, the fourth weekend of March is coming up. I should host a game day!

When: Sunday, March 24, noon until late
Where: 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd, http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html

What's new: I've got a conference call from 5-7 PM, so we're starting at noon, two hours earlier than usual. I won't kick anyone out at 5, but I will need to duck out for two hours, so you'll have to fend for yourself for a while.

What's usual: Show up whenever you like. Bring fod, drinks, friends, games, kids, funny stories, whatever you like!

"If Valentine's Day is the holiday for couples, what's the holiday for bachelors?"
"Why, Palm Sunday, of course."
flwyd: (black titan)
Friends, Gamers, Countrymen, lend me your ears. Whether you're a Lincoln fan or more of a Washington guy, I hope you'll celebrate the birth over two centuries ago of some white guys by playing games at my house this Monday.

Monday, February 18th (Presidents Day), 2pm until late
1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd. http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html
Park below the driveway on the north side of the road.

Bring any combination of snacks, drinks, friends, kids, games, and jokes about denizens of the White House.
flwyd: (black titan)
There's no TV reception at my house, so instead of watching playoff football this Sunday, let's play board games!
In many ways it will be like a football party. Bring whatever snacks and drinks you like. Sit around the living room and rejoice when your side scores and bemoan the fates when another side scores. Animatedly recount clever plays that someone missed while they weren't paying attention.
In other ways, it won't be like a football party. You decide what game is played and who's involved. There are no commercial interruptions. You can show up late, leave early, and still get a good game in.

As usual, the details are
Arrive at 2pm. Or after that, whatever. Leave late in the evening. Or before that, whatever.
Find directions to 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd at http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html
Call 303-EEL-WANG if you get confused. Your cell phone may not work at my house, so feel free to give out that number if anyone needs to get ahold of you.
Feel free to take a hike on the lovely Anne U. White trail a block from the house before you get your game on.

See you Sunday!
flwyd: (black titan)
Adequately relaxed from large piles of meat and/or carbs?
Sick of your family?
Camped out at the game store this morning to get the best deal on a new exciting board game?
Come to Thanksgaming this Saturday (that's tomorrow!) afternoon.

Thanksgaming will be at my house at 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd. Since not everyone read the directions at http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html last time, there are a couple important things to keep in mind:
* The house isn't exactly where mapping sites think it is. Keep going up the canyon until you get to the house on the north between Bow Mountain and Pinto drives.
* Park along the north side of the road, respecting the various no parking signs. Don't park in the driveway.
* Your cellphone might not work here. Call 303-EEL-WANG in advance if you're confused; give this number to anyone who might need to reach you while you're here. Phones tend to run out of battery while they search frantically for signal.
* The weather's been really nice and sunny. If you feel like a hike before games, the Anne U. White trail is a block away and is mostly mud-free.

As usual, the event starts around 2 and goes until everyone decides to leave. Show up when you can, depart when you need. Feel free to bring snacks, friends, drinks, games, leftovers, and kids.

If you can't make it, I hope you have a fantastic fall weekend with friends and family. Or a productive weekend of study or hobby pursuit with few distractions if you prefer.
flwyd: (black titan)
If you can't make it to my semi-regularly scheduled weekend game days, this is your chance!

My friend Michelle Selvans is in town and wants to play board games on Thursday (i.e. tomorrow) night. Which means you get to join the fun too!

Let's say things start at 7 o'clock, though early arrivals should be okay. Bring snacks and/or drinks if you like.

My house is at 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd, Boulder, CO 80302. It's two miles from Broadway and Lee Hill and there's a reasonable chance your cell phone won't work as you get near the house, so call early if you're confused. My number is 303-EEL-WANG.

Directions are at http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html the key takeaway being to park at the bottom of the driveway and walk up, don't drive up. (Despite being long and steep it doesn't actually have a lot of parking space.)

See you soon!
flwyd: (black titan)
It's time for games day at my house! If you've had practice before, there are important changes:

* New house! I now live at 1006 Wagonwheel Gap Rd, Boulder, CO 80302. Google Maps has incorrect assumptions about the spacing of addresses on this street, so please follow the directions and parking instructions at http://trevorstone.org/wagonwheel.html

* New housemates! I now live with my lovely girlfriend Kelly. You'll like her. We also live with a well-behaved cat. You'll like her unless you've got strong cat allergies. I've also got a nice earth scientist who lives in the upstairs portion of the house. Come to the lower door on the south side of the building, not the north door on the big wooden deck.

* New neighborhood! If you feel like a hike, hit the Anne U White trail before joining the party. My house is a block away from the trailhead.

* New games! I've got (and have yet to play) Domion: Dark Ages. There are several other games I've picked up in the last couple years that I've yet to play as well.

* New year! I turn 33 on Yom Kippur. Feel free to celebrate my birthday, the Jewish high holidays, or the fall equinox with your selection of snacks and/or beverages. Or totally ignore this arbitrary point in time. I aim to remove the social assumption of holiday presents.

Some things are still the same:

* Show up at 2 PM or later. Leave when you get tired.

* Bring friends (especially if you carpool), bring games, bring kids, bring snacks, bring drinks.

* Call 303-EEL-WANG if you need navigational assistance or have any questions. Your cell phone might not work inside my house, so tell your friends and family to call that number if they need to get ahold of you.

I look forward to seeing you all! If you can't make it, but would like to check out one of Boulder's best hiking trails, let me know. We can go for a nice stroll some other time.

Be seeing you!
flwyd: (black titan)
The votes are in, and everyone's got a conflicting schedule! But Sunday looks reasonably popular, so...

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Come one, come all, to the last games day at 4245 Martin Drive! (Boulder, CO, 80305 in case you still need to ask the Internet for directions.)

Arrive any time after 2pm and leave any time before I fall over into bed (call it midnight).

If you get lost or have questions, call me at 303-EEL-WANG.

Bring food and drink to eat or share. Bring a good board game or two. Bring friends, relations, children, or well-behaved people you met on the street. Just don't bring any fireworks :-)

This will be my last opportunity to host game day before I move to the North Boulder foothills, a block from the Anne U. White trail and two miles from the Bustop. I plan to continue the tradition of approximately monthly game days up there, though I may skip August on account of OMG JUST MOVED AND HAVE TO GET READY FOR BURNING MAN. And hey, if you feel like helping me move in the middle of July...
flwyd: (step to the moon be careful)
I have the fortune of a five day weekend next week, from Wednesday through Sunday.
Since I'll be moving the following week, I'd like to have one last game day at 4245 Martin Dr.

Vote for your favorite day(s) for gaming at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGs0ckNjREpON1JEYmtDR0lsWWFITFE6MQ

I'll send another announcement when I've got a firm plan.

Oh, and don't worry -- I'm just moving to the mountains just outside of Boulder (2 miles from the Bustop). I'll continue to host games gatherings, just at a slightly higher altitude and mildly lower temperature.

Happy Canada Day and Independence Day, whichever direction your loyalties lie. To paraphrase Apu, celebrate your country's independence by not setting the county on fire.
flwyd: (carmen sandiego)
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Over the Edge, the roleplaying game of surreal danger, Atlas Games is open sourcing the game's core rules as WaRP: Wanton Role-Playing System. The Open Game License is a popular "open source" license for role playing games, introduced by Wizards of the Coast when they released Dungeons & Dragons version 3.

Over the Edge has a very simple and flexible rule system that's designed to let you play any character you can imagine and tell any story you like. I've created Over the Edge characters as mundane as a mystical soup-makin' chef from New Orleans and as wacky as a sentient trench coat who psychically controls the person wearing him, questing for his lost wife (a fedora) and their two young boots. I've also wanted to play Count Von Count in a one shot :-)

Over the Edge is set in the imaginary island of Al Amarja. It's a place full of conspiracies and fringe science and street gangs and ancient mysteries. It's a great place to play, and the WaRP system can expand the playground to anywhere you can imagine. Space westerns? High fantasy? Regency romance? International thriller? Blaxploitation? Give it a go! And with the OGL rules, you can send all your players a link to a PDF so they can arrive at your house ready to play.
flwyd: (asia face of the earth relief)
Earth Day is this Sunday, which means Saturday must be Earth Eve. Or, depending on your persuasion, "I think I'll pass on the munchies day."

Regardless of what you're celebrating, do it at my house! As usual, show up at or after 2 PM and stay until you have something more glamorous to do. Bring any games, friends, food or drink you'd like to share; those with dietary restrictions are responsible for their own intake.

In case you haven't memorized my coordinates yet, I live at 4245 Martin Dr., Boulder, CO 80305. My phone number is 303-EEL-WANG. I think the street sign for Martin Drive at Table Mesa might still be missing (big wind storm); if you miss it, turn north on any numbered street.

Happy middle-of-April!
flwyd: (black titan)
To celebrate the government declaring a holiday for Washington and Lincoln, you should come to my house on Monday afternoon and play some games!

As usual, things get started some time after 2pm and go until everyone goes home. So even if you have to work, stop by in the evening!
Bring snacks, drinks, games, friends, jokes about famous political figures...

I live at 4245 Martin Dr, Boulder CO 80305. You can call me at 303-EEL-WANG. I'll be driving up from Denver, so if I haven't arrived at my house by the time you do, hang out. If the door's unlocked, make yourself comfortable. (But knock so you don't surprise my roommate.)

See you Monday!
flwyd: (pensive goat)
Celebrate Alan Alda's birthday, Data Privacy Day, the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the birth of Henry VII, the death of Henry VIII, and the 199th anniversary of the publishing of Pride and Prejudice (those are some old zombies) by playing games at my house. You may also learn how well I can shuffle with one hand.

Where: 4245 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
When: Saturday, January 28th, 2ish post meridian
Contact: 303-EEL-WANG

Bring drinks, snacks, games, friends, children, private data, Tudors...

Games this Sunday

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 11:48 pm
flwyd: (black titan)
A little bird reminded me that Sunday afternoon already features the Big Game Hunt; a day of board gaming with friends in downtown Boulder. Rather than having two parties with one goal, let's just have one. Don't come to my house; instead go to RightNow Technologies at 1300 Walnut, Suite 200. Still starts at 2 PM, goes until 9. Still bring snacks and games, etc. Event details at http://plancast.com/p/805i/boulder-big-game-hunt or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=294369370576285 if you've got a Facebook account.

The air's getting colder, the satisfying crunch of dry leaves is under our feet, and it's time to all be warm in one room drawing cards, rolling dice, and moving small objects around on a table.

Sunday, October Twenty-third, Two Pee Em Until Late
Forty-two Forty-five Martin Drive, Boulder, See Oh, Eight Oh Three Oh Five
Three Oh Three EEL WANG

Bring a snack, a beverage, a favorite game, some children, or nothing at all!
And maybe by the end of the night we can celebrate a Cardinals victory in the World Series.
flwyd: (Trevor baby stare)
I'm turning 100000!

Come celebrate my last day of five digits by playing games and hanging out with cool people.

Sunday, September 25th
2ish PM until late evening
4245 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

Bring food or drink if you like. Bring a game if you'd like to play it. Presents are not expected, and I'll return the favor by not filling your house with stuff you might not need.

If you'd like to celebrate the occasion by damaging your liver, I recommend Boulder Pirate Con on Saturday night. I'll be at TedX Boulder in the evening, but intend to cap it off with a yo-ho-ho and several drinks of rum around Pearl St. for a couple hours. http://boulderpiratecon.org/ has the schedule.

Hope to see you soon,
Trevor, at the end of his 11111
flwyd: (black titan)
The weather's great, the days are long, so if you show up at my house on Sunday, you might want to check the back yard for folks playing games.

As usual,
2pm, Sunday until ???
4245 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO
Bring a snack or drink to share if you like. There's even a grill in the back yard if you're of the outdoor-meat-cooking persuasion.
Call 303-EEL-WANG if you get lost.

Happy solstice and great gaming!
flwyd: (copán ruinas stone face)
The third Sunday of the month continues its high correlation with games at my house. On this particular Sunday, we'll be celebrating Zooko's birthday (to some approximation), but since he's a carbless consumer, I doubt there will be cake.

Sunday, May 15th, 2pmish until late-ish
4245 Martin Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
303-EEL-WANG

Bring snacks, bring drinks, bring games, bring your friends and family. We might play a game you've never seen before; we might continue iterating on my new game Set-Up... or we might play Dominion all day. Who knows?

I look forward to seeing you!

Play Games This Sunday

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 11:03 pm
flwyd: (black titan)
It's about time for another mid-month games gathering at my house. We had a lot of fun last month iterating on designs for Set-Up, a game with hidden goals using Set cards.

As usual, things start around 2pm on Sunday (the 17th) and go through the evening. Snacks are welcome, regardless of their position in the food pyramid. Children, friends, and new games are also welcome. My house is at 4245 Martin Dr. and my phone number is 303-EEL-WANG.

Tweak and Iterate

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 10:58 pm
flwyd: (mathnet - to cogitate and to solve)
When you're developing a new game, it's nice to start with something that finishes quickly so you can play it lots of times while you're trying to get the right balance.

For a month or two I've wanted to come up with a game that uses Set cards. I combined that with my thoughts about games with secret goals into a set of possible rules (no pun intended). I've decided to call it Set-Up, in part because you tend to rely on your opponents to make it possible for you to win.

We played at least 9 variants at game day, attempting to vary at most one rule per trial. The first few were pretty lame, but the end state was a pretty good game, as judged by the amount of anguish people experienced when trying to decide which cards to play.

I don't have time before bed, but this week I'll write up a set of rules and axes of variation so anyone can play around and make it an even better game.

I hope your spring equinox creations are as much fun!
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