December 4th, 2010

Gaming

dropping cars on robot monkeys

One of the two miniatures games I play the most these days is Pulp City. A superhero combat game set in the 1980s in a fictional city in California, the game has a lot of flavor and fun. Early reviewers weren't fans of the fact that you couldn't make your own supers*. However, I was won over by the flavor and the rules. The background is a loving tribute to the genre, and has a lot of personality and charm (also, giant robot monkeys.) The rules really blew me away, though. I've played a lot of minis games over the years, and these took a couple games to get my mind around, but once I got it, man. Quality gameflow with a lot of interesting design options and rewarding tactics. Great stuff.

Here's a link to a good battle report. Plus a review from earlier this year. The first book was just released. A (long-ish) demo game is here, if you like listening to Maciej talk.

* - Word on the street is, this is coming out in the first expansion.

Previous game: Strange Aeons.

News

Polls, presidential emergencies, and wearing orange

SATURDAY NEWS:
* 'Arizona cuts financing for transplant patients.'
* "We lost 8 million jobs. Only 1 million came back.'
* Polling the public on DADT and the Bush-era tax cuts.
* "The presidency has become one emergency after another. How should Obama handle it?"
* Two of my new favorite series: five myths about cutting the deficit, and This Week in Crazy salutes McCain.
* Have the Wikileaks releases cost lives?
* Ugh. "TSA told to tell children that groping them is a game." (Courtesy marag.)
* The Explainer on why prisoners wear orange.
* DC develops TV series for Raven.

News

Must read, courtesy asimplelife

"There is a very simple reason WikiLeaks has sent a furious storm of outrage across the globe and it has very little to do with diplomatic impropriety. It is this: The public is uninformed because of inadequate journalism. Consumers of information have little more to digest than Kim Kardashian's latest paramour or the size of Mark Zuckerberg's jet. Very few publishers or broadcasters post reporters to foreign datelines and give them time to develop relationships that lead to information. Consequently, journalism is atrophying from the extremities inward and the small heart it has will soon become even more endangered. So, long live WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. And if Pfc. Bradley Manning is the leaker, he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom."