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GamesByRich.com: Classic Games Redefined blog

This is the blog formally known as Docreason's Designer HQ (the rest TBD). It focuses the thoughts of the design process of Rich Hutnik and other things Rich, gaming related (pretty much), finds interesting. The change in name reflects a bit of a change in focus and branding.

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A look at the Art of Atari book

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I did the equivalent of an unboxing, or walkthrough video, on the art of classic Atari (it also went into the history of Atari). I consider it a must get a hold of, if you are into classic Atari. Here is a video:

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Unboxing videos for Pyramid Arcade and also the Infinite Board Game piecepack set.

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I did two videos on the unboxing of both these game systems. The Pyramid Arcade pieces and box impressed me so much I had to do a video on it, and I did one for the latest piecepack set as a bonus...

Pyramid Arcade:





The Infinite Board Game piecepack set:

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A look back at my prediction at the Nintendo Switch

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I seemed to be in the ballpark with the prediction I made in 2015:



I did miss the parts regarding the controller though
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Trying to create a viable market for chess variant equipment.

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I started a thread on the abstract games forum on here, to discuss this. I am having ideas on how to do this, and welcome input. Please go here for the discussion:

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/24272009

I have a number of ideas I am looking to implement, to enable this to be so. Again, check the thread out.
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My experience using the Wii Classic Controller on the NES Classic Edition Mini-Console (video)

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I ended up using a Wii Classic Controller on the NES Classic Edition Mini-Console (plug and play with 30 games) and this is my experience with it:



Yes it does work, and it adds a cool new feature (the home button on it acts as a reset). The fact it is for the Wii causes it to block being put into the first port blocks controllers in the second port, unless you can remove the section that holds the strap in place.
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Inspired by Really Bad Chess, I push Formations Chess even further.

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This is my entry on the idea:
https://boardgamegeek.com/article/24036576#24036576

The short is, allow one player to set up any mix of pieces on each of the 3 rows, for each color (each side gets its own side of the board), and then the other player picks whatever side to play. I am going to really let this go by removing the piece mix limit. You can even add variant pieces into the mix.

More information on Really Bad Chess can be found here:
http://reallybadchess.com/

I am looking to end up working up the rules more, and end up having it as its own entry. This is a framework to allow about any Chess variant pieces integrated into an 8x8 board.
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Disappointment over the new Sega Genesis portable by At Games

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Yes, I found it only saved for 3 games during play, the ones built in.

Here is the video where I discuss it:

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Idea for taking Faiduitti's Terra and make it cooperative turned competitive game.

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I was kicking around doing a Zombie economic game, where players run a commune and work together, but then if the colony failed, they would turn into competitors. The inspiration is Jamestown. However, for me to get this to work, would require a lot of work, and I want to see if the concept would work well enough, so I ended up deciding I would try to do a variant on Terra by Bruno Faiduitti. I posted it as a variant:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1649387/variant-have-cooper...

It needs to be playtested, but that is the idea. If there is something there, then I would look to press on about it.
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Risk is now the new Gamemaster series

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Axis and Allies, Conquest of the Empire, Fortress America, Broadsides and Boarding Parties, and Shogun were games that had made up Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamemaster_(board_game_series)

Of all those, Axis and Allies ended up being the only one that ended up staying with Hasbro as a line of games, and they still did a reprint of Shogun under the Avalon Hill line. They also did game like Queen's Gambit. However, the core games Hasbro had went away to never be seen again. Fantasy Flight did pick up Fortress America, and there was version of Conquest of the Empire by Eagle games, which ended up having something like the original, but also a base set of rules that took Struggle of Empires by Martin Wallace and adapted it to Conquest of the Empire.

Eagle Games did attempt to also do a Gamemaster series of games, with them being noted for this. These are intro wargames (please bear with "in general" here for "wargames", and not a purist definition), with plastic pieces, areas on the map, and also intro rules. There is a room in the market for these. Even Fantasy Flight dip into this also early on. And they do games like these now, but they often will have more of a Euro angle to them, and they aren't part of Hasbro. So, what I mean by Gamemaster here is a series of games by Hasbro that are intro wargames, with plastic pieces and a map.

From my take, considering what I have seen with the line of Risk games, which is getting favorable reviews now, is that it appears Hasbro is positioning Risk as the new Gamemaster series for them. It is a line of games, that means more than just the classic single type of unit, massing somewhere and a lot of dice rolled. Risk has gone on, and some games are like classic Risk, others end up adding elements of the old Gamemaster series, with also a bit of Euro play mechanics. Risk Europe is a good example of this, and the latest Star Wars Risk brings in the mechanics of Queen's Gambit, which makes Star Wars Risk a card driven game (albeit an intro one). It can be argue all this likely started with Risk 2210 AD and what it did. Risk Battlefield Rogue is another one that went in this direction also. And Risk has been drifting further and further away from the original, to be more like the Gamemaster series.

For myself, I consider this a good thing, and hope there is more.
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How to play Risk Europe (instructional video by Hasbro)

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I added this to the video section for Risk Europe, but figured I would post it now. Hasbro put this video out:

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