Three Yards and a Pile of Skulls – Blood Bowl: Team Manager

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How do they carry a spiked football so easily?

As far as sports go, my first love is football. I was born a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns, and I’ll most likely carry those loyalties to my grave. The football season is some terrific television. Like a weekly drama series, there are exciting developments every week, and then you spend several days gabbing about recent events. All of the nerdery that goes with the game does not come naturally to me, but the drama and narrative that develops over a season is unparalleled, and that’s what I love about it. That holds true of any sport, in fact. There’s an arc that forms over a season, and that’s really what makes sports fun to play and watch. Continue reading

In Soviet Russia, etc. – Twilight Struggle Review

Twilight Struggle

Mr. Gorbachev, buy this game!

I’m a minor-league history buff. I love to research past events and learn the different viewpoints that  form the composite image of history. It’s not something I do with any seriousness, but I’m always tempted by those Ken Burns documentaries on Netflix. I’m not alone among gamers either. Quite separate from the world of Eurogames and Ameritrash is the world of wargames. Wargaming is the realm for people who value history above anything else in gaming. It can be a frightening world to the layman. Some heavy wargames clock in at a good 8 hours or longer, and they often have loads of rules to create historical detail. It’s overwhelming to anyone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. And because of that, I put off trying Twilight Struggle for a long time. Continue reading