Building Steam Design Diary – Currencies, etc.

Heavy Barrel indeed.
Heavy Barrel indeed.

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together” – Malcolm Forbes

One of the things that differentiates Building Steam from other games in the deckbuilding genre is a higher level of complexity, which manifests in a couple of different ways. Worry not, fair reader, the added complexity does not make the game inaccessible.

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Mars Needs Mechanics – Or Economists, One or the Other (A Game Preview)

“The reason that the invisible hand often seems invisible is that it is often not there.” – Joseph E. Stiglitz, Economist, Nobel Prize Winner

Something -D-O-O Economics??

I was a Government major. In high school I got pretty good grades and aspired to be an engineer, but was advised by my counselor that “college math would be too hard.” And so, I decided to listen to him and focus on a liberal arts degree. I got Fs on my first ten writing assignments. Needless to say, freshman year of college was a very humbling experience. However, I did pick up some sound advice from my upperclassmen friends, one bit of which was the professors I should take in upcoming years. You see, in order to receive a liberal arts degree, you have to dabble in a little bit of everything, including taking some “business” courses. Well, if I had to take Economics, I was only going to take it from the guy they called “A-B-Abraham.” Why “A-B”? Everyone who took his class got one or the other of those letters for a grade. Piece of cake.

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Wonder Septuplet Powers Activate!

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~ Walt Streightiff

This past weekend was DieCon,  and being the helpful friendly nerd I am I was in attendance to help other nerds learn to nerd. For the most part, I was teaching people how to play Thunderstone  and Infinite City (I forgot how much I actually like that game and should do a write-up on it). I made some new nerd friends (hi guys!) and saw some old nerd friends (hi guys!), and also got my first Tarot deck (technically second, but the first one totally rubbed me the wrong way) The Steampunk Tarot  It also afforded me an opportunity to talk shop with Jeff of Steamfortress Victory  and to play a few other games like Wok Star  and Chaos in the Old World. I made arrangements to get a series of Battlestar Galactica games played. Woot! And how is it I haven’t written anything about one of the best games in the history of ever? *grumbleslackergrumble* Lastly, I brought myself back to the ring to take another shot at a game my last run-in with was a bit suspect. Continue reading