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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

BGTG auction and my new appreciation for Martin Wallace

First of all, another podcast is coming. Somewhere I've got an old "car-cast" I did last year after our group had played several different business games. I'll post that soon. Before that I want to record my "re-introduction" episode. I believe I did an intro episode way back in BGTG #1, but I'm afraid to listen to it myself! Instead I think I'll redo the introduction, taking this opportunity to present my new top ten list. (Spoiler alert: I'm cheating, since I'm going to briefly recap my old top ten list, then talk about a new top ten. :-)

I'm also running a game auction on Boardgamegeek, using their trade geeklist system. I'd rather give my sales commission to BGG than ebay! Right now I've got a collection of oddball stuff, which is a glimpse into my collection of several years back. I used to be more interested in games that others didn't talk as much about, which means there are some unusual items there (e.g. Abilene, Die Glucksritter). Plus wargames. I've got a decent sized collection of wargames and wargame magazines that I'm going to start selling off in future auctions. Some of this stuff just isn't going to be played by me, so it might as well go to someone who can do more with it. Plus, I'd like to free up some space to buy some other things.

Last, I'm going to need to talk about Martin Wallace games in a future podcast. I'm sure you've heard me say that I don't really care for Martin Wallace's designs too much. While that's still true for some of his games (i.e. Age of Steam, Princes of the Renaissance), lately I've had a chance to play & enjoy Byzantium, Tinner's Trail, and Brass. That's the order in which I prefer them, too. The first two, in particular, weren't what I expected from a Martin Wallace game, and that's something I'd like to record a podcast about.



Blogger ekted said...

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12:12 PM  
Blogger ekted said...

Looking forward to it. I've owned Byzantium since it first came out, but haven't played it yet.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Mike Siggins said...

Looking forward to the Wallace podcast. We played Byzantium recently and were very impressed. ithink, broadly, you have the same likes and dislikes as far as Wallace goes. Will be interested in what it is you liked about the three and disliked about POTR and AoS.


3:30 PM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

Oh, brother, now the pressure's on! I've played each of these games just once, and for AoS it was when it was first published! That won't stop me from sharing my partially-formed opinions. :-)

3:35 PM  
Blogger Chris B said...

Haha. This is interesting.

I LOVE Age of Steam and Princes of the Renaissance, however, I did not enjoy Brass.

Perhaps this means I should stay away from Byzantium and Tinner's Trail. :)

7:25 AM  

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