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    Large update

    On December 7, 2020 I will be giving you all another large update for Dymino Monsters.

    Stay tuned.

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    Monster Keep — The Next Generation

    Well I have been working on "Monster Keep" (MK) yet again... Thinking about the game, the deck size, the deck construction, and strategies surrounding these elements in the game.

    So my original idea was to feature fifteen (15) monster cards that could be used in a multi-round mathematical contest. The earlier concept made me to make a pyramid of different "paths" allowing more than one path to victory.

    Beetleground - A dexterity "dewling" game (slide dew droplets onto a stump)

    Beetleground is a dexterity “dewling” game. Players take turns aiming dew that’s dripping off overhanging leaves at beetles on a stump below. Beetles they knock off the stump are added to their collection.

    Constellation List for Dymino Monsters

    The list was completed last night 10-17-2020 and I have drawn 14 new drawings. Here is the that list:

    Brand New Update:
    So today I am going to share with you all the entire list of Constellations and even pictures of those Constellations.

    Dymino Monsters:
    1: Boat
    2: Hydras
    3: River Kail
    4: Chameleon
    5: Southern Cross
    6: False Cross
    7: Wolf
    8: Southern Crown
    9: Archer
    10: Telescope
    11: Mirror - A
    12: Mirror - B
    13: Eastern Cross
    14: Eastern Crown
    15: Lyphe
    16: Flyght
    17: Change
    18: Morning Star / Evening Star
    19: Opsis
    20: Grace

    Clock Tower - 9 Card Solitaire Game

    It’s noon. Your agency has just verified intelligence that suggests illegal activities are going to take place around the clock tower at 5:00PM. Investigate the area and try to stop it before it happens.


    The Pens are Mightier | Cooperative Categories Party Game

    The Pens are Mightier

    Monster Keep — Revisiting an older design

    I've had a bit of "free time". Or more so what to do with this "EXTRA" time. I was discussing with @Fhizban different Archon concepts as he too seemed interested in developing an "Archon Board Game". Meanwhile I was exploring a Card Game ... And it didn't have anything SPECIAL. There was really nothing unique with this Card Game...

    Game #8/12 - Rendezvous over Triton - Broker deals across the solar system in the name of the British Empire

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    Rendezvous over Triton

    An 18 card PnP game for 2-4 players about travelling across the solar system brokering deal to better your financial position all in the name of Queen Victoria XII.

    Files for playing:


    Additional resources needed:
    9 Discs/player (money)
    2 Cubes/player (for tracking)
    1 Ship token

    Game play:

    Battle Pencils for The Pitch Project 2020

    This will be my personal blog for all thing Battle Pencils, including my experience with The Pitch Project 2020. This publisher event has finally forced me to create a sell sheet for my game.

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    by Dr. Radut