Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Games, games, games...

So I discovered, upon digging through my mail, that I got the rules for *Star in the mail a while back. Those who actually read my extended diary entries may remember that I bought the original display copy of this game from Kadon Enterprises at Worldcon.

Having read through the full rules (which hadn't been printed yet at Worldcon), it's quite intriguing. It has a rather Go-like quality to it: apparently pretty simple rules, but much subtler strategies than meet the eye. And given that the game was developed with heavy kibitzing from the editor of Games Magazine, I have a suspicion that this one's going to land on the Games 100 list. I'll have to bring this over to one of mindways's game nights, now that my life is getting less crazy again.

And while reading through that, I was reminded of Zillions of Games. Apparently, Zillions is up to its 2.0 version, with lots of improvements, so I upgraded. For those who don't know it, Zillions is the best bang you can get for your computer-board-game buck. It's a generic board-game engine, powerful enough to support most abstract strategy games. For $25, it comes with a couple dozen games (including many of the main period board games) and hundreds of variations. And their website has fully a thousand more games available for free download, and thousands of variations.

No, I don't have any official connections to Zillions, but I do think it's one of the coolest toys ever built, so I plug them from time to time. It's a product that deserves success...

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