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Origins Booth number 926-928 for Gorilla Games

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I look forward to seeing some of you at Origins this year at booth numbers 926 and 928. June 15-19 2016

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Hull Check Math

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

I’ve always been good with math.  This has been a great problem for me because I ended up not learning math.  I can add numbers in my head and do well on multiple choice tests so I didn’t really need to learn how to do higher math.  I could picture it in my head and know that the answer wasn’t A or B and C just didn’t make sense. Anyhow, I ended up not learning calculus and regret it to this day so when I have to do something that requires math for a game, I go through agony. It turns out game design isn’t multiple choice.  I end up hunting and pecking and finding something that works until I can figure out something better. The original Battlestations hull check chart was just such an animal and it has worked unchanged for 15 years.  I liked it.  I realized, however that I wanted it to ramp up to the interesting zone earlier and that the window at the top end was too short.  I just started playing around with some arithmetic progressions and got the chart below. Your damage is on the left (I love summations) with the hull check required on the right.  Add your ship size to your hull checks.  This makes the new size 3 ship (what had been size 5) roughly equivalent but starts the checks earlier and makes it longer on the top end. So now, you just have to roll higher than the summation number of your damage on a ship size check.  I’ll test it. Damage Size Check 1 2 3 3 6 4 10 5 15 6 21 7 28 8 36 9 45 10 55 11 66 12 78 13 91 14 105 15 120 16 136 17 153 18 171 19 190 20 210 21 231...

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Gorilla Games booth at Essen is F-132

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking forward to another great year at Essen.  We’ll have a case of “Desert Island” shipped direct to the show.  The rest should be waiting for us when we get home as it travels by slow boat across the pacific. I’ll be showing off “Palaces” and a prototype for “Battlestations” Second Edition. Stop by and say hi!  

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Writing Rules for Idiots

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

First off, I’m an idiot so please don’t be offended by my calling you an idiot.  Of course, that is an argumentum ad hominem. You should feel free to be insulted regardless of whether I call myself one. That tortured opening bit is an example of how and why communication needs streamlining.  I’ve got a card for Battlestations Second Edition Plot Twist Deck that reads  like this: Radiation Leak When any Engine is pumped for power Everyone in any Engine module suffers one die of damage. Okay, so this could be interpreted as the enemies on the enemy ship all pump their own engines and somehow the heroes in their own ship all get cooked.  I could clear this up by having it read instead: Radiation Leak When any Engine is pumped for power Everyone in any Engine module on that ship suffers one die of damage. I only added the three words, “on that ship” but it there were only 18 words to begin with and anybody who intentionally misinterprets the card shouldn’t be gaming anyway. So, do you have to write “idiot-proof” rules? No. In the first place you can’t. People will always find something to make a mistake on and in the second place, trying to do so makes your rules more dense.  Leave out the extraneous stuff.  Give enough information so that reasonable people will have no trouble correctly interpreting them and snarky jerks will have loopholes to point out before consensus common sense shuts them...

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Wordariffic Launch Party September 19th!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’re doing the official launch party for “Wordariffic” at 27 locations across the country on Saturday September 19th. I’ll be at the Game Haus in Glendale, California at 5 pm.  Check out these other locations to find the Wordariffic launch party near you! Toledo OH Checkmate Games & Hobbies 419-720-6901 Aurora CO Shep’s Games 303-690-0566 Jacksonville FL Cool Stuff Games 904-256-2056 Ferndale MI The Loaded Die 248-240-4174 Aurora CO Crit Castle Games 303-745-4140 Goshen IN Better World Books 574-534-1984 Newbury OH Diversions Gaming and Hobby 440-564-9142 Mamaroneck NY Modern Myths 914-630-4246 Garland TX A Galaxy Called Dallas 972-530-2600 Independence MO Game Café 816-252-7529 Honolulu HI Other Realms Ltd. 808-596-8236 Oklahoma City OK Game HQ 405-691-0509 West Chester PA The Games Keep 484-905-5533 Leesburg VA Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles 703-779-8600 Plainville MA Battleground Games & Hobbies 503-316-1195 Long Beach MS Dark Side Gaming Lounge 228-284-0127 Jackson MI Nostalgia, Ink 517-784-8955 Cedar Grove NJ Time Warp Comics & Games 973-857-9788 Midvale UT Hastur Games & Comics 801-352-2605 Bountiful UT Game Haven 801-298-3261 Madison WI Pegasus Games 608-833-4263 Fremont CA Game Kastle 510-651-4263 Adrian MI Acropolis Games 517-577-6192 Lawrence KS Rolling Gnome Games 785-551-7070 Hicksville NY Game Master Games 516-597-5555 Fort Worth TX Collected TCU...

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Essen Dates October 8-11, 2015

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gorilla Games will be there with a big corner booth.

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