I saw the trailer for the High Moon mobile app a while ago, and I was stoked. When Stephen Gibson (the games’ creator) sent me his rulebook for the card game I was pretty skeptical. The game had a ton of potential on my phone, but I didn’t think it would flow too well as a table top. I play a lot of board and card games and I have a good idea of what I like and dislike in a game.
Certain I would be converted, he printed out the base set and brought it to my house to teach me. I continued to be skeptical for the first few rounds of play. But as I began to see the simple-to-implement tactics of the game, and feel that every card I played (and how I played it) could turn the tides for or against me I started to really love the game.
I can’t speak from personal experience, but from my limited time with the many genres of games, I would guess that abstract’s are among the toughest to design. Your rules & mechanics have to be sharpened to a razors edge, you’ll imbue it with every little shred of theme you can manage, try to make it as appealing as possible even though some will complain about how it’s ” just a board and some pieces”, and sit back to endure the inevitable onslaught of fools wailing about how they don’t understand it.
Once in a blue moon, you’ll be granted something truly marvelous. In this case, that something is Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends, is famed designer Vlaada Chvátil’s latest offering and I believe it to be a monumental achievement of abstract gaming.
Ever struggled to figure out who’s going to start a game? Do weird rules on how to select the first player annoy you? Have an Android phone? Then grab Select Who?
This free app is a fun and fast way to select the first player. All players simply place a finger on the phone, and after a countdown, the app randomly chooses one finger, and turns the circle under it purple, designating that player as first.
I would say more, but that’s all there is too it. This app simply works, and at a price point of FREE, why hesitate to give it a shot.