The Castle Ravenloft board game is a Dungeons & Dragons based board game. Dungeons & Dragons (or D&D) is an old-school roleplaying game. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a roleplaying game is different from a board game. Players take the roles of individual characters in a fantasy setting, and the gamemaster (or “dungeonmaster,” in D&D), sets the stage and plays all the other characters that the player characters interact with. People who grew up during the 80s and 90s, like me, probably thought of roleplaying games as being the next step in the evolution of the board game. After all, in a board game, you also take the role of someone else, albeit in a much more abstract manner. In Monopoly, for example, you take the role of a real estate developer. But in traditional board games, you have a limited number of choices. In a roleplaying game, you have a nearly-infinite number of choices. Continue reading
Most books written about gambling are just this side of worthless. It makes sense that most of the free gambling strategy advice you find on the Internet is junk (although there are exceptions, like Casino Gambling Strategy, for example), but you’d think books published by major publishing houses and ostensibly reviewed by editors would be well-written and informative. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t. Continue reading
I played Cosmic Encounter last night with a couple of my friends. I was expecting a huge, involved, difficult-to-learn game. I was so surprised and delighted by how easy it was to learn to play. And we all enjoyed the game thoroughly. I’ll probably even buy the two expansion sets for it.