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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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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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The No Man's Sky controversy reminds me of Battlecruiser 3000 AD

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I am trying to think of Battlecruiser 3000 AD launched today, what kind of firestorm it would set off.

Here is a video with my thoughts on both games and the firestorm:

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Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:52 pm
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Would videogames be a summer or winter event?

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I ran across this article about videogames in the Olympics and wondered if they would be a summer or winter event and proposed an alternative option.

Here is my brief video on this:

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Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:43 am
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No Man's Sky: An Existential Honey Badger

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I give my initial thoughts on No Man's Sky, from my initial impressions to the comments on the game popping up:



The game isn't for a lot of people, apparently. But I do like it.
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Latest on games I am playing and the Meetup Group I started for Eastern part of NY.

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Here is my lastest YouTube video on what I am playing currently and the Meetup group I started for games in Eastern part of NY state:



I am trying to hunt down some RPG stuff for the calendar.
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I started a Meetup to foster games where I am in NY. currently.

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I relocated for a state job that didn't work out. I figured, with my spare time, I would try to foster games in the eastern part of NY where I am, which is branded with the name "Tech Valley". As part of this, I started a Meetup for the area. You can see it here:
http://www.meetup.com/Tech-Valley-Games-Community/

The current name is "Game Enthusiasts of Tech Valley" (The name may be changed, depending on input). Feel free to join that Meetup if you are in the area. I am going to try to get different people into games of all type to connect there, and see what can be done. I hope that, long term, it can help foster some economic development. I did say "all games" here, because I am looking at tabletop games, and also the electronic/videogame variety. Even stuff like Pokemon Go would be of value. I also want it to be a no cost way for people to post their events, and get turnout. I am not a fan of charging.

Contact me if you have any questions.
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Initial set of rules for Trick'in the grid (positional trick-taking game) are now up.

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You can see them here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1604705/initial-attempt-wri...

I will look to do an updated version sometime, with possibly some diagrams, and upload it sometime. I just wanted to get something now.
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I finally have some thoughts on the game 504, and why I stopped playing (for now)

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I was going to wait until I played each module in each slot, but I had to stop. I post about the experience here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1598026/theory-vs-reality-t...

I try to make sense of what I saw with the game 504. Feel free to comment there. Pretty much I deal with the difference between reality and theory in the post.
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Dice Beads, and an idea for a game...

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So, the story is that I manage to get two games with wood cubes, on small side, and decided to put them in the same container, in my car. Well, I ended up having one of the cubes flipped out and got lost under the seat. I then needed to get replacement part. I couldn't find cubes. So, I decided to look for square beads that would fit. In my search for the replacement beads, I found square beads in the forum of dice:

http://www.joann.com/darice-12mm-dice-beads-70pk-multi/76986...



I am now also having the idea for a game where dice are used as good for trading.

I think these beads are really cool actually, I am seeing a number of uses for them.
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