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Blue Max in Cubical Space


So, I'm working on idea for a board/computer turn based space combat game.

Basically "Blue Max" on a cubical grid. Except ... not.

I mean ... the description is not actually accurate. One of the defining aspects of Blue Max is that it's si-move. Both players secretly decide their moves for the turn, and these are simultaneously revealed and enacted.

But I'm doing something where exactly one unit moves at a time, governed by a time racetrack. That's completely different. My goal is to reduce book-keeping and decision complexity, for a more streamlined playing experience. I don't want si-move. Instead, there's a time racetrack to keep track of when the next ship is able to move. Whichever ship is in "last place" moves next. When you move, you advance your time token by however many seconds that movement consumes. If your token lands on another token, you bump ahead to the next empty spot. (Optionally, the ship with superior initiative rating chooses which token is bumped.)

So ... "Blue Max in Space" gives the wrong impression right off the bat (not to mention - it's an old game so a lot of people wouldn't get the reference anyway).

I don't know how to "elevator pitch" what I'm going for here ... so, some rambling thoughts:

1) It is played in cubical space with movement/shooting restricted to the 6 cardinal directions and turns/rolls restricted to 90 degrees. This is meant to treat all three dimensions equally in an elegant way, and also to offer a novel experience compared to other space wargames.

2) Different spacecraft have different speeds and maneuvering abilities, thanks to the time racetrack system. The goal is to present players with an interesting contest of maneuvers, similar in feel to air combat maneuvering. However, some weapons point sideways or even rearward rather than just forward, so there can be interestingly different maneuvers to try and broadside the enemy.

3) There's a mix of direct fire weapons and mines/torps/missiles which don't move faster than spacecraft. The goal is to present interesting maneuvering decisions involving trying to box in the opponent or dodge/run out weapons.

4) Spacecraft have six shields and then internal systems which can take damage. The desired feel is sort of like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. While air combat is often a matter of just immediately going down after a single hit, I want something which is more of an extended struggle. Having six shields forces interesting tactical restrictions on players, and offers the chance for someone who's behind to luckily come back by outmaneuvering the enemy and getting in shots on a weakened shield.

I'm not sure how internal damage should work, but I'm thinking there should be maybe six internal systems and you simply roll dice to see what's hit. So, right off the bat several systems are likely to get destroyed but it can take a lot of hits to completely finish off a ship.

So basically ... I don't know how to sum up. I want something simple and streamlined. And I want the above ... things.

Any ideas on how to get the "idea" across? Something more fitting than "Blue Max in Space"?

Thanks!

#BoardWargames #GameDesign #Wargames #BoardGames
 
New Video: Eminent Domain Box Insert Building.

In this video you can watch me build a box insert from Folded Space for Eminent Domain (and it's expansions) from Tasty Minstrel Games

https://youtu.be/L9Cs_c-TdTc

#Boardgames #BoxInsert #FoldedSpace #TastyMinstrelGames
 
#Unboxing - The Alpha - a Wolf Pack themed hobby board game from Bicycle Cards for 3 to 6 players.

Check out what you get with this new Light Strategy Game from Bicycle Cards

https://youtu.be/S6Yq0XfMGOE

#Boardgames
 
New Podcast Ep - Tabletop Gaming Enhanced

Set the mood and create immersion on your game night using all five senses.

Also a full review of King Me! from Ravensburger

Finally another look at Unlabelled, Eminent Domain Exotica from Tasty Minstrel Games, and some Asmodee Digital games in our week in review.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/uncategorized/ep091

#Podcast #Tabletop #Boardgames #RPGs
Tabletop Gaming Enhanced – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 91
 
#Unboxing - Eclipse Second Dawn for the Galaxy - Kickstarter Edition including the Worlds Afar Expansion with all stretch goals.

Check out my latest unboxing video of the newly Kickstarted second edition of Eclipse here:

https://youtu.be/rXLxZNrgxLw

The only things I didn't get was the Ship Wash and the Map.

#Boardgames #Tabletop #Eclipse
 
#Unboxing Hall of Heroes, the first expansion for Raiders of the North Sea the Viking board game from @PlayRenegade

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/PEDG5ww65E0

#Boardgames
 
New podcast episode:Spring Fling AMA

Topics include: easy games for toddlers, games to play over Discord, newish games we want to try, favourite dexterity games, gaming gifts we didn’t appreciate, Kickstarters we lost enthusiasm for, best Cthulhu games, a pile of shame update, the first upgrade we would make for our shows, and more.

Also a review of The Fox in the Forest Duet followed by some online gaming, date night gaming and another Renegade #WorldWidePlayDay event.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep089/

#Podcast #Boardgames #Tabletop
Spring Fling AMA – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 89
 
New Podcast Episode

Six Pack – Great board games for six players. Also a review of the two player trick-taking game The Fox in the Forest. Finally a mix of digital and physical gaming in our week in review with a look at the Happy Meeple website.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep088/

#tabletop #boardgames #podcast
Six Pack – Great Board Games For 6 Players – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 88
 
Review - The Fox in the Forest from @PlayRenegade

Check out The Game Room segment from our last live show where we take a look at The Fox in the Forest a two player trick taking card game.

https://youtu.be/BiEaYUlQ5bY

#Review #CardGame #Boardgames #Video
 
Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure - Board game actual play.

Watch us play Clank! with 2 players.

We recorded this game yesterday as part of the Renegade Game Studios #WorldWidePlayDay

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/7tUbUDtF_O0

#ActualPlay #Clank! #Boardgames
 
Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure - Board game actual play.

Watch us play Clank! with 2 players.

We recorded this game yesterday as part of the Renegade Game Studios #WorldWidePlayDay

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/7tUbUDtF_O0

#ActualPlay #Clank! #Boardgames
 
Card Game Review:

Fox in the Forest, a trick-taking card game for only two players from Renegade Game Studios

I admit that I was skeptical of trick-taking working with only two but that was unfounded. This has quickly become one of our favourite two player games.

Check it out:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/review-fox-in-the-forest/

#CardGame #Boardgames #tabletop #review
Review of The Fox in the Forest, a trick taking card game for two players.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-22

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Do you watch/listen to other people play games? Let's play, twitch, or any other formats?

Sometimes I like reviews, but I get the better feeling for a game watching someone else play. With #RPGs I prefer to listen to podcasts to get the feel of the game, though I have watched a couple of solo sessions of Me, Myself, and Die- mostly because his characterizations are entertaining. But #Boardgames, I have to watch to get the feel of them.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Dig some video with your audio? Check out the YouTube version of our latest podcast.

Digital Boardgame Battle Royal - The Three Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online as well as a review of Pulsar 2849 and a mostly digital week in review.

https://youtu.be/A2IkFwLl7js

#Podcast #Tabletop #Boardgames
 
New Podcast Ep!

Digital Boardgame Battle Royal - The Three Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online.

Comparing Board Game Arena, Yucata and Boite A Jeux.

A review of Pulsar 2849 from CGE and a mix of physical and digital games in our week in review. Pulsar 2849 and King Me! in person. Online games including 7 Wonders, Race for the Galaxy, Terra Mystica, Carpe Diem, YINSH, Attika, Imhotep, Imhotep The Duel, Hacienda, Egizia, Dungeon Lords, Tzolkin and Town Center.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep087/

#Tabletop #boardgames #podcast
Digital Board Game Battle Royal – The best sites for playing board games online – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 87
 
#Unboxing - CO2 Second Chance board game by Vital Lacerda, Including the Kickstarter Exclusives.

Check out my latest unboxing video of CO2 from @Giochix

https://youtu.be/5xdrgM62FbA

#boardgames #tabletop
 
People live streaming their tabletop gaming hobby is becoming more and more popular.

We've collected a list of over 120 gaming streamers. These include miniature painters, actual play, board gaming, how to plays, GM advice and so much more!

Check it out:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/actual-play-twitch-streams/

#tabletop #Boardgames #roleplaying
Actual Play Twitch Streams
 
Comparison of the 3 Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online for Free with no Software to Download

Check out the Ask the Bellhop segment from our last live show on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/OLW_bsowbsI

#tabletop #Boardgames
 
Check out my comparison of three of the best sites for playing board games online: Board Game Arena, Yucata and Boite A Juex.

I list the pros and cons of gaming on each of these free sites and point out which I prefer to use.

Check it out:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/best-online-boardgaming/

#Tabletop #boardgames #OnlineGaming
Comparison of Three of the Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online For Free – Ask The Bellhop
 
Check out my comparison of three of the best sites for playing board games online: Board Game Arena, Yucata and Boite A Juex.

I list the pros and cons of gaming on each of these free sites and point out which I prefer to use.

Check it out:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/best-online-boardgaming/

#Tabletop #boardgames #OnlineGaming
Comparison of Three of the Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online For Free – Ask The Bellhop
 
Pulsar 2849 - Board Game Review - A Dice Driven, Sci-Fi, Eurogame, Point Salad, for up to four players.

Check out The Game Room segment from our last live show where we lookat Pulsar 2849 from Czech Games Edition

https://youtu.be/MOXiRfdDol4

#Boardgames #Tabletop #Review
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-17

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Do you read-through/learn the rules before you play? Or as you play?

For #RPGs I prefer to have done at least a read through of the rules. I'll learn a one-shot on the fly, but I like to have read through at least the more prevalent rules and have made a test character or two. The only time I've seen that I might do otherwise is through PbF, PbEM, and other asynchronous methods. If I'm not GMing, then I have more time to work through the rules as I play.

For #boardgames it seems that the opposite is true. I think nothing of cracking open a game with a group and learning, or learning online as I play through there.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
#ThrowbackThursdays

Tech at the game table, does it help or hinder?

Check out this classic Ask The bellhop article from Sept 2018:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/technology/

#RPGs #Boardgames
Tech at the table, does it help or hinder? – Ask The Bellhop
 
Dig some video with your audio?

Check out the YouTube version of our podcast

Lonely Fun - Gaming related things to do between game sessions. Also, a review of EXIT: The game The House of Riddles and a look at The Fox in the Forest in our week in review.

https://youtu.be/lOyihC9NErc

#RPGS #boardgames #Podcast #tabletop
 
I just sent out patron rewards for episode 86

Over an hour of bonus audio. Ppe-production show notes and a behind the scenes post about lonely fun.

Hotel Guest patrons also get access to our private discord server!

What are you waiting for?
https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

#Tabletop #Podcast #Boardgames #RPGs
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-15

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

If while playing a game you come across a rule that's either unclear or broken, how do you handle it during that play?

The answer is the same for me for both #Boardgames and #RPG - unless it's debilitating or will completely make the game not fun, play through the best that we can, and figure it out later. If it's something that we can't play through, then if it's an RPG and I'm GMing, I'll just make a ruling and figure it out later. If it's a boardgame, if someone has a strong opinion, that's usually it for the night- the conversations take so long that we end up never getting back to the game.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
A very special #unboxing video

My youngest daughter and I unbox King Me! from Ravensburger

This two player game for ages 8 and up is based on the classic board game Checkers or Draughts.

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/QDaF2ZXJqeA

#Unboxing #Boardgames #kidsgame
 
Need something to listen to?

Check out our master list of Tabletop Gaming Podcasts with over 700 'casts to choose from,

Board games, miniature games, RPGs, actual plays and more!

https://tabletopbellhop.com/giant-list-of-gaming-podcasts/

#Tabletop #boardgames #RPGs #Podcast
Master List of Tabletop Gaming Podcasts
 
New Review - Pulsar 2849, a dice driven, sci-fi, engine building point salad from @czechgames

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/pulsar-2849/

#Tabletop #boardgames #review
Review of Pulsar 2849 – A Dice Driven Sci-Fi Engine Builder from CGE
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-04-13

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What percentage of the time do you play the same games vs trying something new?

Most of the times for #BoardGames and #RPGs we just play the same things. I'd love to try new games, but in general, when we try a new boardgame, we never get through with it, and never pick it up again. As far as RPGs, I only play online, and though those were new when we started, the campaigns are all several years old.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Lonely Fun - Gaming related activities to do between game sessions that can improve your game night.

Check out the Ask the Bellhop segment from our last live show here:

https://youtu.be/lDC2vcOlD5s

#RPGs #Boardgames #Tabletop
 
Review - EXIT: The Game - The House of Riddles an Escape Room in a Box board game from Thames & Kosmos

Watch the review segment from our last live show where I talk about a two player experience with EXIT The House of Riddles

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/RBwRK-rkwSs

#Review #Boardgames
 
Tabletop Gaming's Lonely Fun - Gaming Related Things To Do Between Game Sessions.

In this article I talk about gaming related things you can do when you can't game. Many of these can impact and improve your future game sessions.

Check it out:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/lonely-fun/

#Tabletop #boardgames #RPGs
Tabletop Gaming’s Lonely Fun – Gaming related things to do between game sessions.
 
EXIT: The Game - The House of Riddles - Review

Last night Deanna and I played through The House of Riddles from Thames & Kosmos

Check out my thoughts on this escape room in a box:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/exit-house-of-riddles/

#Tabletop #boardgames #EscapeRoom #review
EXIT: The Game – The House of Riddles an Escape Room in a Box from KOSMOS
 
New Podcast YouTube Version:

Episode 85 - Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast - You, me, and Monopoly also a Short AMA.

https://youtu.be/k0_Zhx4eR5U

#Tabletop #boardgames #Podcast
 
Check out the video from our last AMA.

In it we talk about bad versions of Monopoly. What makes a game. Games where no one wins. Playing games online. 2 player legacy games that aren't Gloomhaven and more.

https://youtu.be/8QwIfM5FAnE

#Tabletop #Boardgames #AMA
 
A look at Quarriors!
A dice driven bag builder from WizKids

In this segment from our last live show I resurrect a classic review I wrote in 2013 and compare what I said then to what I think now in regards to Quarriors!

https://youtu.be/Tz-LsNBeYk0

#boardgames #Tabletop
 
New podcast episode:

No Touching! - Board games that reduce or eliminate contact. Also a review of 8Bit Box from Iello with a look at each of the included games. Finally a first look at Woodlands from Ravensburger.

Show notes:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep084/

#Podcast #tabletop #Boardgames
No Touching! – Board games that reduce contact – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 84
 
Robotech Unboxing

Check out my latest #unboxing video where I take a look at what you get with Robotech RPG Tactics from Palladium and Ninja Division.

https://youtu.be/ZJl7auVkJRY

#Robotech, #Tabletop #Boardgames #RPGs
 
Great board games that reduce physical contact and reduce the chances of contamination during play.

Check out the Ask The Bellhop segment from our last live show for:

https://youtu.be/RR1sKwAACqM

#Tabletop #Boardgames
 
8bit Box Review - A board game system for playing retro video game style games from Iello.

Check out the review segment from our last live show where we talk about 8Bit Box from @IelloUSA

https://youtu.be/dxy1w3XHqiY

#Boardgames #Tabletop
 
Working on this week's newsletter.

We've got more blog posts than usual but less YouTube videos.

Our newsletter is the best place to find out about all of the content we release each week.

Sub here:
https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com/

#boardgames #RPGs
 
Board Game Review

8Bit Box from Iello - Classic retro video games transformed into board games.

Check out my review of this board game system and the three "cartridges" included in the core box:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/8bit-box/

#Review #BoardGames
Board Game Review – 8Bit Box from Iello – Classic Retro Video Games Transformed into Board Games
 
Dig some video with our audio?

Check out the video version of our latest podcast: Home For a Rest where we are talking about great games to play while when stuck at home.

We also review Talisman Legendary Tales a great kids game.

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/mIp5YRyC6mE

#Podcast #TabletopPodcast #Tabletop #Boardgames
 
A lot of you may be trying to teach people how to play some new games while isolating.

Check out this classic article where I talk about the difference between teaching a new gamer vs. an experienced one:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/teaching-by-experience/

#Tabletop #Boardgames #Covid19
Teaching New Gamers vs. Experienced Gamers – Ask The Bellhop
 
What are some great games to play when stuck at home for an extended period?

Check out the Ask the Bellhop segment from our last live show where Sean Stephens and I talk about games to play while social distancing.

https://youtu.be/Tzcl-fQu7mE

#tabletop #boardgames
 
In isolation due to the pandemic?

How about playing some board games to make the time pass and take your mind off current events.

Check out this list of Great board games to play while stuck at home?

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/stuck-inside/

#Boardgames #tabletop
Great Board Games to Play When Stuck at Home
 
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