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May 9, 2010

Echo Bazaar (pt 4, Tactics)

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Greetings, delicious Echo Bazaar discussion fans. In the previous post I addressed item economy, adventure arrangement, and overall game goals — in other words, the things that define your long-term strategic play. Today we’ll be talking about the short-term stuff: tactics.

May 4, 2010

Echo Bazaar (pt 3, Item Alternatives)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:40 pm

If it’s Tuesday (which it is), it must be time for more Echo Bazaar discussion. Last post I talked about problems I saw with the existing game design. Today I’m going to talk about solutions. Or at least suggest some things that’ll cause different problems.

May 2, 2010

Echo Bazaar (pt 2, Incentives)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:46 pm

Here’s my next Echo Bazaar post. If you haven’t played, read the previous post, so you know what I’m talking about. And what I am talking about today is some incentive analysis.

Echo Bazaar (pt 1, Introduction)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:45 pm

Ok, Echo Bazaar. It’s the hot new game which everyone is talking about, but I see surprisingly little discussion of the actual game design. Since I am interested in game design, it seems like I should post about it. So I will!

I’m going to probably post this in a couple sections. This first one is just an introduction to the game for people not familiar with it; you can probably skim if you’ve played already.

April 12, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:50 pm

Been a couple months since I posted, but the upside of having a small (but elite) cadre of readers is most of them know what’s been up anyway. In short:

  • XYZZY Awards: See you next year! (hopefully more organized next time)
  • PAX East/IF Summit: An excess of awesome. I mean that literally, but if that is the only way to get my awesome I will take it.
  • New job: Here, starting in, oh, twenty minutes or so. I have done some quick calculations and determined that, based on graphing time started job vs distance between job and house, I will be operating out of my bedroom by 2016 or so.
  • Books: ok, that isn’t going to fit into this format.


December 29, 2009

Amelia Peabody series (part 2)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 8:58 pm

This is the second half of my review of the Amelia Peabody series from part 1. You’ll want to read that before going on.


December 28, 2009

Amelia Peabody series (part 1)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 2:16 pm

So, I’ve finished another mammoth read, this time of the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters (which I gather is a pseudonym for Barbara Mertz). This is one of those series I have a long-running interaction with: I read the first book probably fifteen years ago and didn’t realize it wasn’t a standalone. Then I stumbled on some sequels, read them kind of out of order, started seriously following the series and buying them as they came out, lost interest and stopped. Earlier this year I decided to get serious and re-read the series from scratch and so here’s the review. As usual for this it has some spoilers; this one in particular has a minor surprise plot development at the end of the first book that is inevitably spoiled by discussion of the series, but I’ll try to stay away from the major stuff. If you don’t want any spoilers at all, just pick up Crocodile on the Sandbank and come back to this when you’ve finished. Otherwise, onward:

November 15, 2009

IF Competition 2009 Reviews

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 4:37 pm

It’s time for IF Competition Reviews, doo-te-doo-te-doo. Normally I would be more on the ball and get them out in chunks during the comp period, but this year I was lucky to get anything done at all. Still, here they are, in all their glory. Share and enjoy. (And if you want more reviews to read, there are plenty on the wiki)

October 8, 2009

Jeff in Venice, The Third Policeman, Shadow Pavilion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 9:21 pm

Doo te doo te doo, it’s time for another episode of the increasingly erratic bookclub. Perhaps soon I will even be reviewing some IF too. It is a magical time in which anything could happen! But for now:

September 13, 2009

Dune, The Magicians

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — inky @ 11:02 pm

The question on everyone’s lips is of course what have I been reading lately. Wonder no further!

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