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This is the blog formally known as GamesByRich.com:Classic Games Redefined blog. It focuses the thoughts of the design process of Rich Hutnik and other things Rich, gaming related (pretty much), finds interesting. It has been changed to reflect a clear focus in regards to what is being worked on, and also in relation to the new name for the YouTube channel.

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Adapting Big Bang Theory's 3 player chess Serpent and Old Woman to normal chess

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This is a Wiki on Shelton's game:
http://bigbangtheory.wikia.com/wiki/Three-Person_Chess

The bookkeeping on the Serpent is too much actually, so I decided to streamline it a bit.

My take on it is to call the modified version of the Serpent piece "Serpentish". With a "Serpentish" ability, any enemy piece (go weird by saying friendly or any piece) next to the piece with the Serpentish ability, after it moves (performs a capture, etc..) dies and is removed from play. If the piece with the Serpentish moves away from a piece, the piece moved away from is no longer is subject to the Serpentish ability.

On the case of the Old Woman, any friendly piece adjacent to a piece with the Old Woman ability is immune to the effect of a Serpentish ability, and won't die if it moves.

So, following the chess variant tradition of naming, say we came up "Old Woman and Serpentish" Chess. In this chess variant, it works like normal chess, except that all piece have the Serpentish and Old Woman abilities.

I am blogging this now, so I don't forget it.

As for the other pieces, well, that is another story.
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Using poker/casino chips as the board for Hex-based boards.

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This is really cool, and added on the Acres of Diamonds Geeklist.

Here is the image:



Go here to discuss it further:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/27909670#27909670
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Beyond eSports, how about tSports and reSports?

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eSports is a big deal now. But how about these?

How about playing tabletop games be called tsports and Retro videogame be called "reSports". "reSports" would be short for "retro esports" and "tsports" is short for tabletop (game) sports.
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Initial attempt at a top 100 (by BGG rank) of Acres of Diamonds games, is up.

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You can see it here:

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/27828882

It is in the guild. Please feel free to comment there. I will look to end up doing a Geeklist for that. Read the post for details.

Edit: And it is now up as a Geeklist here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/235152/first-attempt-acre...
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I will be hanging out on the Acres of Diamonds guild for the time being.

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Again, here is the link to it:
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/3131

My interest now is in developing the concept more, and finding out really good obscure games designed by others, and trying to promote these. Please feel free to go there.

I will be posting on it, rather than here, for the most part. I will return some future time, but stay tuned for there.

I do find something of value, but not a fit there, I will post it here.
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How could BoardGameGeek be given as a gift?

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I am trying to think of ideas, a bit in keeping with Acres of Diamonds, to find a way to use increasing awareness of BGG to people as a way to also be a gift for them. Any ideas here?

I started a thread on this here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/27725659

Please feel free to join in there.
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"Acres of Diamonds" guild is now up on BGG

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I figured I would have a place to discuss the actual Acres of Diamonds concept further, so I started a guild. Feel free to join in and post:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/3131
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Rules to NC-Backgammon

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The site that had NC-Backgammon, and its rules, appear to be gone. If you have the rules for it, please add them to the entry for the game. NC-Backgammon is a pure combinatorial take on Backgammon.

It is here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/34736/nc-backgammon

I will see what I can come up with as my take on what I remember, plus other tweaks.

Edit: Someone else found them here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20121215044352/http://zarsiztavla.gop.edu.tr/index-e.htm

I put them up on the entry for the game.
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"Acres of Diamonds" is a cheap way to placate part of the "Cult of the New" itch

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I would say one of the hooks of "Cult of the New" is to want to try new games. I am sure there can be seen a bit of ego that you have the newest and bestest, to impress your game group. BUT, from a strictly playing perspective, I would say that there has to be an appeal to explore something not played before.

I would say, on the cheap, a way to do this is the "Acres of Diamonds" approach, where you see what you have and try out new games with what you have.

Just a thought. Please feel free to comment here.
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The "Acres of Diamonds" Festivus (Holiday season) charity challenge.

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An idea I have is to take the idea of expanding the Acres of Diamonds approach to look over what you own, and find value in it, as a way to raise money for charity this holiday. An idea is to end up taking what you normally would spend for gifts, or preferably what others would spend on you for games, and come up with new game rules, variants, etc... to play in new ways. One could also take things like inexpensive checker sets, and put in the rules for things like Lines of Action.

Please feel free to discuss this further here:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1900514/i-am-proposing-acre...
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