Temple of the Spider God is a gamebook published as an iOS universal app, seventh in the Gamebook Adventures series by Tin Man Games. They are setting a new trend of publishing gamebooks solely as digital books, rather than as digital reprints of paper gamebooks. Designer and author Jonathan Green, while new to the Gamebook Adventures series, has authored several Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. Temple of the Spider God (TOTSG) centers around discovering the source of parasitic mind control spiders that threaten to invade land of Orlandes. You battle pirates, sea monsters, spiders, and other fiends in the search for the source of evil. The gamebook uses a light RPG system similar in complexity to the Lone Wolf series. Thus you have stats like hit points, combat strength, and an inventory system. Furthermore the system uses standard six-sided dice for random number generation.
Temple of the Spider God
Tabletop Tuesdays: All Digital Gamebook
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 16:11.|
Hannibal: Rome and Carthage
Tabletop Tuesdays: The Most Approachable & Beautiful Hardcore Wargame
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 02:48.|
Hannibal: Rome and Carthage is a complex wargame that is a digital adaptation of a descriptively titled boardgame, Hannibal: Rome and Carthage in The Second Punic War 219-202 B.C. by Glenn Kidd. Besides a few minor change in game balance and the map art by designer and artist James Warshawsky, the videogame is a straight port of the boardgame. The videogame has an interesting history. The original 1983 boardgame influenced a more complex Avalon Hill's Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage 1996 boardgame by Mark Simontich, while the 2010 videogame port, derives game balancing ideas from Avalon Hill's boardgame.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Real-Time Combat Card Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 16:11.|
Brawl is a frantic real-time, twitch, card-matching combat game. Like Yomi, each player gets their own unique deck, made of 35 cards. Each deck has a different ratio of Hit and Block cards in three colors (suits). Some characters decks are stronger on offense or defense, stronger in one color, or have more power cards that break-up or change current attacks or modify scoring.
The game is set up by shuffling decks and putting each deck's Base cards on the table. Each player then rapidly flips their deck and chooses to play that card or set aside for future play. The core game play is dominating the base cards with more Hit cards than your opponent. You can achieve this by focusing on offense, adding more Hit cards rapidly to the Base cards, or on defense by hindering opponents attacks with Block cards, preventing Hit cards, or Clear card, removing the Base card and all the Hit cards on it. There are other power cards that change the value of the Base cards, counter Blocks, double hits and more.
DestinyQuest: The Legion of Shadow
Tabletop Tuesdays: Biggest Gamebook Ever
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 03:24.|
Gamebooks are back! Since we reviewed the Lone Wolf and Fabled Lands series, they are both back in print. Furthermore, at the Apple app store, there are around ten gamebook apps, over half being new gamebooks, others being digital version of classic gamebooks like Fabled Lands and Fighting Fantasy. What really convinces me of the second coming of gamebooks is that a major British publisher, Gollancz, is publishing Destinyquest: The Legion of Shadow (Book One) by Michael J. Ward. At 534 pages, Destinyquest: The Legion of Shadow (LoS), is the biggest gamebook in history and Book Two will be even bigger. It is as thick as a phone book, roughly four or five times longer than the average gamebook. The first 1,800 copies are self-published but Ward is working with Gollancz to get a second print of Book One with bonus materials printed, while simultaneously writing Book Two for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Race for the Galaxy AI
Tabletop Tuesdays: Race and Fight for the Galaxy for Free
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 22:32.|
Race for the Galaxy AI is a fanware of the Race for the Galaxy cardgame, and expansions designed by Thomas Lehmann. Keldon Jones is an excellent developer, and his artificial intelligence is super strong. The program has been updated numerous times for both UI and AI improvements. If you want to try this woderful card game with all three expansions, The Gathering Storm, Rebel vs Imperium, and The Brink of War, download and play Race for the Galaxy AI.
Cashflow Web Game
Tabletop Tuesdays: The Most Successful Serious Web Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 03:28.|
Cashflow Web Game is a digital "port" of the $200 Cashflow 101 boardgame and the $100 expansion, Cashflow 202. As we mentioned in our review of Cashflow 101, it is wildly popular and it's "...easier to find people to play Cashflow than Catan or Puerto Rico." The online game is same as the boardgame except for some game balance fixes. There are some poorly balanced stock cards that allow you to buy stock at below trading ranges, and it is obvious that one should buy as many shares as possible. The web version has a cap on how many shares one can purchase in a transaction. Furthermore, you can only have a maximum of three children, the most cashflow draining event in the game. The Cashflow 202 expansion adds stock options, shorting, and other advanced financial instruments.
Tabletop Tuesdays: Perfectly Random
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 06:36.|
TC Tennis is a tennis simulation strategy boardgame. TC Tennis (TCT) simulates the statistical realism and deviation (via dice) rather than the twitch/dexterity elements of tennis. Designer Terry Coleman spent much time on tweaking the numbers to find the right ratios and probabilities. TCT comes with 24 champion tennis player stat cards that you can play, from modern players to players from the 1920s. Each player card has is ranked from AA to F on four different surfaces: Grass, Clay, Hard, and Indoor. The card backs have a short bio of each player. Lots of hard work went into gathering and organizing information on each athlete. Coleman is no stranger to sports games and sports data because he has worked on several sports videogames for Electronic Arts.
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Tabletop Tuesdays: The Best RPG Tutorial Gamebook
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 01:44.|
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set, or commonly known as the Red Box, is a revision of the the Dungeons & Dragons Set 1: Basic Rules printed in 1983. The Red Box is a complete kit with rules, dice, maps, counter and everything else one needs to play a basic version of 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D).
What I am primarily reviewing is the the Players Book, one of two book in the Red Box. The Players Book is a solo pick-your-path gamebook that is designed to teach character generation, combat, skill checks, and the UI of D&D. The gamebook plays like the first adventure of a computer RPG, designed to show the player the environment, basic rules, and the UI.
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
Tabletop Tuesdays: The Best Multiplayer Sid Meier's Civilization
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 01:20.|
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (Civ) is a cardboard port of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution, a shortened and streamlined version of Sid Meier's Civilization, designed primarily for consoles. If you played any version of Sid Meier's Civilization franchise, you know 90% of how the boardgame works. The boardgame is so similar to the videogame, I won my first game using the same strategy I use in Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution.
Each player gets a unique civilization with special powers and a home map tile. The rest of the board is procedurally generated by shuffling map tiles and placing them face down. The world map scales depending on the number of players and at the largest, with four players, the world consists of 4x4 tiles which are further divided into 4x4 spaces per tile. The map is intentionally small to encourage interaction among players. There are no oceans but different permutations of map tiles can create large lakes or long rivers. When a unit reaches and edge of a face down tile, it can flip the tile face up to explore it.
Perudo Santaba (Liars's Dice)
Tabletop Tuesdays: Drinking Dice Game
|Submitted by sebastian sohn on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 22:19.|
Perudo Santaba is a South American folk dice game that is played around the world. It is a strategy game of odds calculation and bluffing, but is often played as a drinking game, particularly in southeast Asian countries like China and Singapore. Being a folk game, there are numerous variations of the rules. The rules I recommend are the FISA (Federation Internaionale De Santaba Association) tournament rules because they are well tested.