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Sunday, April 13, 2008

BGTG 79 - SR & Feedback (Play By Web games)

Waaaaay back in show #3 I covered play-by-web boardgaming. I've touched on it since then, and for this show it's "where" my game session took place. That is, on the web, against a variety of friends, playing a variety of games. I spend the most time talking about Mykerinos on Mabiweb, mostly due to the excitement of having a new play-by-web game to try. But I also touch on several more, including new ones at new sites (Des Jeux sur Plateau, Ludoholic), and new ones at old sites (

Then I round out the show with some feedback from recent and not-so-recent episodes.

I'll be working on another SR & Feedback show next, this one covering games played the normal way (face-to-face!), as well as audio feedback.


P.S. In the very beginning of the show I also reflect on the games that debuted the one year I made it to the Gathering of Friends, back in 2004. It's always interesting for me to look back at early impressions to see which games have proved to be keepers. In this instance, I think it was a great year. From that introduction, I still own & play my copies of Ticket To Ride, Hansa, Einfach Genial, San Juan, and St. Petersburg. Goa and Power Grid are two heavier games I don't own (but should own PG!). Sunken City was the notable stinker, but that was clear from the first play (same with Oh Pharaoh and the rest of that small line). Dos Rios is the one I was & still am on the fence about. I guess I have to admit that it's not a keeper. In fact I've never owned it. But it's a good idea, interesting mechanics, and a game I "almost really enjoy."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the topic for the podcast. I was wondering if you have played either of the following games:

Pizza Box Football
It's a Crime! (Play-by-email)

Great podcast! Keep up the good work!

11:43 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

Glad you liked it! I have played Pizza Box Football. Bought the expansion & everything because I thought it would be something I liked . . . but then I didn't care for it. I don't have anything against dice, but I don't like statistical sport sims. I hear PB Baseball is different, though, so I should take a look at that. (The sports games I like are Harry's Grand Slam Baseball, Streetsoccer, and En Garde.)

I can't believe you asked about It's A Crime. I have played it, but you won't believe how long ago. Try twenty years! Back then (pre-web, even pre-email for most of us), it was paper turns and play-by-(postal)mail. I'd read about PBM games for years in the Space Gamer magazine, and wanted to try one. I did this one for a year or so during college.


2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice show Mark, glad to see another show so quickly.

I've played PBB and enjoy playing it with Jake, but it's pretty much a "dad and son" game in my opinion. It ain't no HGSB, that's for sure.

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...oh and Mark, when you gonna start playing those _excellent_ GatewayGames commercials the other podcasters play? :)

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark, I love the cast. You mentioned possibly forming a Geek Guild. I think this might be a good idea. I'd definitely join it.

Also, I like the carcasts. The sound quality is just fine.

3:57 PM  

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