Archive | January, 2014

NASA: The Space Place Collectible Card Game (2009)

31 Jan

One of the great things about the world of game design is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do it. Anyone with an idea and motivation can make their own game. Now granted, sometimes those games aren’t exactly what one may call “good” but still… it’s the journey, not the destination that counts. But what happens when actual rocket scientists try to make a game? You get NASA: The Space Place Collectible Card Game – Missions To Planet Earth.

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Iconica (2010)

22 Jan

As I stated last time, I wanted to take a look at another game largely designed by one person. That game is Iconica, a 2-player (or 4-player in teams) card game set in the mythical world of Rynaga. The designer, Eric Torres, has gone to amazing lengths to ensure that the world of Rynaga is a fully-realized place. Iconica is just a piece of the grander Rynaga puzzle, but is it interesting enough on its own to make people want to dig deeper?

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Imperia 13: The Card Game (2010)

9 Jan

Well, it took longer than I expected, but I’m finally back.  Welcome everyone to 2014! I’m still waiting on flying cars…we were promised those! Anyway, it’s time to delve back into the basement, and find another unusual game in my collection. Originally, I was going to do a round-up of the Odyssey 2 hybrid board / video games, but I haven’t been able to get the Odyssey 2 up and running as of yet, so that post is pushed back for a while.

Instead, I am going to look at Imperia 13; which I would imagine is the rarest in my collection.  Why do I say this? From my recollection of a small sign at the store when I bought this game, it was designed by one local high school student, and the only places it was available was this one shop, and the game’s website.  For years I have toyed with the idea of trying to make my own game, and part of the reason I bought this was to serve both as some sort of inspiration, and a poster child of some of the do’s and don’ts of game design. And while I haven’t gotten much closer to that goal in the past few years, I still do see this game in that light.

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