Features

Board Game Mechanics: Forest Plum

Board Game Mechanics is a Shady Baron feature which looks at some of modern gaming’s greatest mechanics. These are the rules that, when you explain them to a group, cause a collective gasp or burst of laughter. They’re the rules and mechanics which we believe, here at Shady Baron, encapsulate everything that’s great about modern games. They’re the rules that hook new and non-gamers, that show non-gamers that board games don’t have to be stuffy or complex or boring. In short, they’re the rules that can tip somebody from being a non-gamer into a gamer.

Generally, to feature here, a mechanic must be simple, elegant and thematic. So no complicated dice rolls and modifiers, no correlating charts and poring over statistics. Here, we’re talking about rules you implement in seconds but which add a wonderful and unexpected dimension to board games. Often they’re very funny.

This week we’re talking about Forest Plum, Dead of Winter’s resident Mall Santa. Continue reading “Board Game Mechanics: Forest Plum”

Reviews

Review: Love Letter

Political intrigue is afoot in the fantasy world of Tempest. The king has imprisoned the queen for treason, the princess has locked herself away in her grief and in her tower (metaphorically and literally, respectively) and the empire is having a not-so-great time. Into these turbulent times come 2-4 opportunistic suitors who, in order to ease the princess’s suffering (for which read “seduce the princess in her moment of weakness”), are all vying to get their love letters into the hands of the palace’s most influential denizens. Continue reading “Review: Love Letter”