My first thought on seeing Drupal: The Card Game show up on Boardgamegeek was "WTF?" Drupal is an open-source content management system. It is notable for its huge number of community-contributed "modules;" almost anything you might want your website to do, somebody has probably contributed a Drupal module for. There's a learning curve to the system, but once you're over the hump, it can be used to deploy sophisticated websites pretty quickly. Play This Thing! is built on Drupal. (By me, BTW -- I am not a real web developer, but I play one on TV.)
Drupal - The Card Game
Tabletop Tuesday: Promotional Game
|Submitted by costik on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 00:38.|
Sixteen Thirty Something (v. 2)
Tabletop Tuesday: Fan Improvement of a Wallace Game
|Submitted by costik on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 02:00.|
Sixteen Thirty Something is a design by Martin Wallace (who also designed Steam) dating to 1995. This version is a redesign by Danny Stevens, and has been released as a free "print and play" game with Wallace's permission.
Although the game has something of the color of the period, it is not, as you might expect, a Thirty Years' War game. Instead, it's a strategy game in which players, theoretically representing large merchant houses, have influence in the various countries which they use to attempt to earn victory points. Wars occur, but are highly abstracted.
The Dungeon of D
Tabletop Tuesdays: Print-and-Play Dungeon Crawl
|Submitted by costik on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 00:23.|
The Dungeon of D is a "print-and-play" (PnP) game, meaning it's not available for sale, but instead you can download PDFs of the components and print them out to make your own copy. In other words, it's an amateur rather than a professional production, but it's worth remembering that "amateur" has its roots in the Latin "amare" (to love); that is, an amateur does what he does for love, not for money. While its rare for any amateur product to reach or exceed professionally-produced products, it can and does happen -- as it has with this game.