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Avram Grumer
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I recently got a copy of The Builders: Middle Ages, a neat little worker-placement game. Today was my first time playing it, and we just had two players. I lucked out and got the opportunity to build a machine on the first round, then parlayed my early advantage into a decisive victory. I like this game, but I’d like to try it with more players. I also wonder about the title. Is there a series of “The Builders” games? 
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/144553/builders-middle-ages

(Oh, wait, yes, there is a series: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/176865/builders-antiquity)
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Great game, and I use the cards / money for the Town phase of Torchbearer RPG!
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Anyone running a modern-day fantasy campaign and looking for ideas, check out the ActuallyUrbanFantasy hashtag on Twitter right now. 
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Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative superhero game. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/102652/sentinels-multiverse
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Mysterium, a cooperative game, sort of a combination of Clue and Dixithttp://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113997/mysterium
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I’m not sure what edition this was. I didn’t get a close look at the rules, and the person who owned the game had stuffed the pieces into another game’s box to make it easier to cart the two games around. But I think I saw some weird lettering on the rulebook, so maybe that was Russian. 
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Best thing I’ve seen all week. 
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Great editing. 
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I was just reading through The Secret of Cats last night — seriously, I just meant to take a look and wound up reading the whole thing, took me till like 4 AM — and I have a couple of question. I’m pinging +Richard Bellingham to get his attention here. 

1: The Burglary skill: What does this cover for cats? It looks like, in a setting where lock-picking doesn’t come up, most of Burglary is covered by Stealth and Athletics. I guess Burglary could be used for squeezing into tight places and opening closed doors (I have seen a cat work a doorknob), but one of the stunts in the book implies it’s used for running around on rooftops, which I’d be inclined to use Athletics for. 

2: Territorial conflicts: “Defeating an animal with Territory in a conflict lets you steal some of his turf.” Does this mean Defeating an animal in a conflict using the Territory skill, or Defeating a Territory-having animal in any kind of conflict? Also, if my cat defeats another animal, and the other guy’s already at his maximum number of negative Territory aspects, do I still get my positive one? 
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I wanted to add on regard to Burglary: skills are sort of a theme around your objective. Burglary has the theme of gaining access to things that are off limits to you. So it is good for doing that or preventing others from doing that. Picking locks is how someone might use the skill but it's not the only way.
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Runequest players and other Glorantha gamers might appreciate this variation on the classic jack o’bear. 

#runequest   #glorantha  
Max Ellis is a British photographer who has shot a range of subjects from sports to architecture to wildlife. Some of his wildlife subjects include wild squirrels who show up in his backyard. He leaves treats out for the bushy-tailed critters near a series of props, snapping pictures of what they do next. 
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Played two games of King of Tokyo at the NerdNYC boardgame night. I’ve been wanting to play this for a long while, and it was great! We played one game with the basic rules plus the Halloween expansion, and then for the second game we added in the Power Up! expansion. 
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/70323/king-tokyo
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Definitely more fun with the Power Up expansion.
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Boss Monster. Build a dungeon, slay heroes. I would probably have won this if I'd remembered to use my spells. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131835/boss-monster-dungeon-building-card-game
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I just tried the Android version this afternoon. It was too hard to tell what the room types were (trap, monster, etc), which lost me an opportunity to build an advanced room. 
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Roll for the Galaxy. I’d played Race for the Galaxy a bunch of times, but this was my first time with _Roll. Fun, even though I messed up my first turn and never quite got any traction. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/132531/roll-galaxy
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They are both excellent in their own ways. You can own and play both no problem. One does not 'replace' the other.
I like Race for its depth and transportability. I Love Roll for its chunky cardboard tiles, pastel dice and subtle nuanced gameplay.

Both are awesome!
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Space Cadets: Dice Duel, a tense real-time space combat game. http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/142079/space-cadets-dice-duel
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just got this yesterday... love Escape... can't wait for this one to arrive!
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…More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Smasher! now, Crusher! now Fearsome and Frightening!
On, Terror! on, Torture! on, Thunder and Lightning!
By the fire of the sun! By the cold of the tomb!
The world will soon reckon the triumph of Doom!” 
 
Points go to the cosplayer who found the weirdest but most Christmas relevant character to dress up as.
The second crazy and pat on the back goes to CaptCash who took this Santa Doctor Doom costume and cosplayed it.
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  • Kinneret Day School
    1972 - 1980
  • Bronx High School of Science
    1980 - 1984
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    1984 - 1987
  • School of Visual Arts
    1987 - 1992
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