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    Porn Monday is a perfectly good tag [Press Conference, Closed]

    Recently, the Mods have put out the word that they would prefer that Porn Monday threads be named something else. Having the word “Porn” in the name lowers the level of discourse in Tangency. I'd argue that Porn Monday threads should remain named Porn Monday because, quiet simply, that's what...
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    Why don't more miniature companies do loads of bits?

    I'm sure that this is a question with a boring, practical answer, but why don't more miniatures companies give you kits that consist of tons of little bits, and tell you to go nuts with figuring out how it's supposed to all go together. Games Workshop does it, but I can't think of another...
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    Interactive Investor reports only 20% of Games Workshop customers are actually gamers

    http://www.iii.co.uk/news-opinion/richard-beddard/games-workshop-agm:-relentless-profit-machine?utm_content=buffer1c3b8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Mind, the report is based on an off-the-record conversation, but that would explain a whole heck of a lot...
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    [Spinoff] What do you want in an expansion?

    Over in the LCG thread, I put up a series of dry, long-winded posts on how different LCGs approach making expansions. Now I'm wondering which one is the right one. Ask a bunch of gamers what they want in an expansion, and you'll probably get something about providing new options and improving...
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    [LTTP] Supreme Commander 2

    I bought this a long while ago, couldn't get it to run on my machine then forgot about it until I got my shiny new laptop, so I can finally see why so many people were screaming for blood back when. And, honestly, with the economy patches, it isn't bad. It took a while to adjust to the new...
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    [Mini Games] How does your game prevent the Big Ugly Scrum?

    Spinoff topic from the Age of Sigmar thread - Mini games have a tendency to degrade into a big ugly scrum somewhere in the middle of the board. Good miniature games have a way to avoid this (or at least find a way to generate a more interesting big ugly scrum), but any two very rarely do so in...
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    [Design Theory] We hate games with skill barriers!

    I've been trying to figure out why is it that Armada was such a huge hit with our group while X-Wing ended up being a flop twice, in spite of X-Wing having the cleaner design. It took a while and annoying my roommate to figure it out, but I think I finally have it: X-Wing has a really high...
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    [Mage Wars] How would you do an Ice Wizard?

    It's been a running gag in my group for months now that Mage Wars will let you play any kind of wizard you could ever want... unless you want ice spells. We've even worked it into the routine we use to sell the game to new people. "This game will let you play any kind of wizard! Give me a...
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    Helldivers: Magicka meets CoDBlops

    That's "Codblops," the noise you make when an ammo drop lands on your head at high velocity, not some other not-hillarious game. So, Helldivers. The game where you liberate foreign worlds (of foreigners) in the name of Super-Earth (it's like regular earth, but with sour cream and cheese) and...
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    I hate 4x games. Sell me on one!

    I love the concept of 4x games. I love how you have to balance the different aspects of a massive empire. I love the scale. I love pitting completely different cultures at each other's throats to see what happens. I've played so many games of Eclipse and Twilight Imperium that the rest of my...
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    Best dirty tricks (that aren't actually all that dirty)

    Poking through L5R's newest drop of new cards has me thinking about dirty tricks. I mean that's expected. I am a Scorpion player after all, looking for new dirty tricks is the entire point for me. However, today I'm actually pondering how you'd go about making them. Expand a game's possible...
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    [That time again] Games Workshop reports profits dropping. Again.

    It's been about a year since the last time we had a thread on the Games Workshop summer investor report (funny how that works), so here we go again. http://investor.games-workshop.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2013-14-Press-statement-final-website.pdf Big important takeaways this time: *...
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    How are Star Wars LCG players so pretty?

    My gaming group, the Not Ponies, are a fairly attractive bunch. Through our history, we've had musicians, models, and pageant winners in our number. Plus we have me, and may as well face it here, I'm downright fabulous. As gaming groups go, I'd actually say that we're downright unrealistic, in...
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    Infested Planet is really good!

    Dark Souls 2 is out, I finally have Dead Space 2, everyone around me is obsessed with Titanfall, and I really need to write an ending to my Edge of Empire campaign. Yet, I'm in front of my beat up MacBook playing Infested Planet. Infested Planet is something I thought I'd never see the likes of...
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    [CCG design] Why is my hand full of dudes?

    I was going through my notes from my aborted Let's Play CCGs project, and realized that a running theme in the commentary is how disappointing it is to have dudes in your hand. Don't get me wrong, it feels great to be able to play a dude (or...
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    [FFG][Random Musing] Terrinoth works as a setting because it has no context

    After my group getting into three different games set in Terrinoth (and loathing one), it's suddenly occurred to me that Terrinoth works as a setting because of how badly it fails at being a setting. Terrinoth provides no context for anything. The only parts of it we ever see are the weird...
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    [Game Design] What makes something feel BIG?

    Inspired by the combination of OGRE and naval miniatures chat last month, I've been pondering why is it that Ogres (the giant robot tanks of OGRE, not the smelly big guy from pretty much everything else) feel really large on the board, while all but the largest ships in Dystopia Wars feel kind...
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    Teaching People to Not Suck at Magic: the Gathering

    After dealing with too many complaints that I'm too good to play against, I've determined that this weekend I'm going to try and teach my gaming group, the Not Ponies, how to actually play this game. Only issue? I'm a really awful teacher who has no clue where to start. So, keeping in mind...
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    Games of this generation that coulda shoulda woulda...

    The final days of the current console generation are finally upon us, and I'd like to use the excuse to bring up one of my favorite subjects: The games of the the PS3/360/Wii era that deserved better. The games that, in a just world, would be major franchises by now, but instead have been...
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    [ISTTROKO] Rokugani Humor?

    So a Lion, a Crane, and a Rabbi walk into a tea house... I'm working on a character for L5R in anticipation of Ivory Edition, and I just can't make him funny. Let me back up. I'm trying to flesh out an NPC for an upcoming game who's basically the Smiling Scorpion. (I'll consult a friend for a...
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