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Gamerati Game Day

Last weekend I attended the Gamerati Game Day in Tacoma. It was an all-day gathering of gamers from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia areas hosted by Ed Healy of Gamerati. For scheduling, the day was divided into 3 time slots with a choice of games in each that included miniatures war games, board games, card […]

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BattleTech Game of the Month

Game of the Month: BattleTech

My gaming group played BattleTech for November’s game-of-the-month. BattleTech is a game of armored combat in the 31st century that is currently published by Catalyst Game Labs. Unlike the previous two games-of-the-month, this wasn’t the first time that I’d played BattleTech. I’ve owned various versions of the game since getting the box for the 3rd edition when […]

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BattleTech Dungeons & Dragons

Fluffy Crunch

I’ve been reading a lot of BattleTech books recently, and it struck me that there is a huge difference in how recent Dungeons & Dragons and BattleTech books present their rules and mechanics despite both being very rules-heavy, combat-focused games. One of the most noticeable difference is in the balance between the amount of story and rules material in […]

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Game Design

Core Mechanics: Rounds, Turns, and Phases

Most role-playing games that I’ve played use a similar structure for taking turns in combat. At the beginning of a fight, each character makes an initiative roll to determine what order they act in. Then each character takes turns with a character completing most of their actions on their turn then sitting idle as other characters […]

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Games I Want to Run

Like most game masters, I have a backlog of games that I’d love to have time to run. I’m not sure if I will actually manage to get around to all of them, but I should get a chance to run one once my current Dungeons & Dragons game wraps up (likely in a few months). […]

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Glimm’s Wish List

It’s December now, so I’m sharing some of the gaming-related items on my holiday wish list. BattleTech:  A Time of War I’ve really enjoyed the current line of BattleTech rulebooks, so when Catalyst announced the street date for print versions of A Time of War it was immediately added to my wish list.  A Time of […]