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"Silver & Gold" - Solo Game Review

Silver & Gold - Endgame Results

Here's a no-frills review of Phil Walker-Harding's game, Silver & Gold, a clever "flip n' write" card game with a light theme about exploring islands for treasure. It's worth noting that while this game is considered a multiplayer game (2 to 4 players), I have enjoyed it more as a solo experience. More about this in a bit. My ratings below are based on a solo game, with me controlling two "explorers" simultaneously.

TL;DR: It's definitely worth playing solo.

"Don't Talk To Strangers" - Solo Game Review

Here's a no-frills review of Ben Stoll's game, Don't Talk To Strangers, part of the Steven Rhodes line of games from Cryptozoic Entertainment. I've played this game solo, exclusively.

TL;DR: This is a silly game with excellent, retro-inspired artwork and an amusing premise.

New Revised Card Game - Mountaineers

Here's an explanation for a card game I've developed, called The Mountaineer Deck. The game represents a "race to the summit" between the players, who play as seasoned mountain climbers. There are several ways to play, ranging from a Basic Match, to two distinct Tournament modes, and a lightning-fast Blitz Mode.

The Mountaineers Deck is designed to provide players with an expandable, customized card game experience with brief matches (less than 30 minutes each) and various ways to play with the same cards.

Free PnP Available Now

New Card Game - Crab Tactics

NOTE: I've since updated this game with a different theme, and have moved development discussion to a different entry.

New Piecepack Game - One Shot

I'm currently living in a cabin, devoid of fancy board games. Instead, I've been tinkering with my piecepack system, and finally came up with a "gateway" game worth sharing. Please have a look at One Shot if you have a piecepack of your own, or you're just curious. The rulesheet weighs in at a hefty 1.33 pages.

You can download it at the following link:

Mom N' Pops - Game Jam Entry

I finished up and submitted an entry to this year's Mapemounde analog game jam over at . It's a tabletop game/RPG game jam that has 10 days or so of game development, then two weeks of playing/reviewing the submissions. The general idea is always about maps in some way, shape, or form. In particular, this year's theme was, "The map is the body of a loved one."

I decided to make a storytelling/journaling game about becoming a tattoo artist.

Selling My Games Collection - ALL GONE

In a short time, I will be moving to a rural/wilderness area and traveling there with little more than what fits in my car (a modest-yet-awesome Toyota Corolla). In radically downsizing, my tabletop and card game collection is on the chopping block. Might you be interested in taking in a game or two?

EDIT: All games are gone. :-D

I chose not to delete this thread because there's been a nice discussion about Splendor in particular. Read on, and learn.

New Prototype: Freight Forwarding Game

I design games and interactive activities for use at my day job. I teach people industry-specific material on an introductory level, so that when they apply for a job in the field, they'll have at least a basic understanding of the industry they're entering.

It's always a challenge to develop a game for our typical audience. The vast majority of them - likely 98% - are not hobby game players and haven't played anything more complex than a hardcore game of Sorry! or Uno.

Mapemounde 2021 - My Entry

Mapemounde is a game jam for analog games, focusing on a map of some kind as a central aspect to the games made for it.

Originally, I wanted to develop a previous idea I had been inspired to create (my concept for Canavan's Back Yard I'd posted about previously), or maybe even resurrecting my older Four Corners of the Earth game concept and turning it into something workable.

New Game: Animal Houses

Animal Houses - PnP Version

I purchased a set of 6 Woodland Creatures Dice from The Game Crafter not too long ago, and decided to use them to make a game for my twin nephews (age 7).

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring to you Let-Off Studios' ANIMAL HOUSE(S)!

Last Update: 25 Dec 2020

Download this ZIP for all files needed to play the game:

Separate instructions available for download as a PDF here:

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