Archive for January, 2006


Ancient Board Game Exhibit

   Posted by: Jim   in General

Across the Board: Around the World in 18 Games is an exhibit sponsored by the British Museum that is currently touring Great Britain. Being shown are artifacts of such ancient games as Senet, Nine Man’s Morris, and Ur, as well as the Lewis Chessmen. If you click on the Games link, you can actually play the first three online as well.

It doesn’t sound as extensive as the Asian Games exhibit that was in Washington, D.C. last spring (missed it, alas), but it might be worth the trip if you happen to be close by one of the stops. And it sounds like a lot of the artifacts are from the main collection of the British Museum, so I suspect that if you were to go there after the tour is over you could see them there, albeit spread through the various halls.

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By request, and by desire, I cover the cult game Cosmic Encounter, originally published by Eon and designed by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge and Peter Olotka.
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In this episode, I discuss the board game Demonlord, originally published by Dwarfstar/Heritage in 1981. It is currently out of print, but you can download scans of the board, counters and rules at the website listed below.
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The Vintage Gamer #1: Rook (CG)

   Posted by: Jim   in Card games, Podcasts

In this episode, I discuss the card game Rook, originally published by Parker Brothers in 1906 and now available from Winning Moves (you can also buy the non-deluxe version from Hasbro).
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New ‘cast soon

   Posted by: Jim   in General

It was my full intent to get a new podcast up tonight, but two things happened. The first is that after looking at some of the games I planned to talk about I realized that I could really only recommend 1 of the 4, and that one only with some reservations. I may bring them back later but only when this podcast is a little more established. The second is that after planning a new one, I spent most of the afternoon sleeping instead of recording (I have the day off from work today). So tomorrow hopefully, Wednesday at the latest.

In other news, I had a great time Saturday at PodcasterCon 2006. I ran into a lot of people that I had met previously at Dragon*Con: Patrick McLean of The Seanachai, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality, and Steve Eley of Escape Pod. I also met a lot of new people: Rob Walch of Podcast 411, Dave Warner of Dave’s Lounge, Madge Weinstein of Yeast Radio, John Ong of Ongline, Rich Sigfrit and Davey Beauchamp of Requiem of the Outcast and Mister Adventure, George Smith of Eclectic Mix, Anne Bramley of EatFeed, Paul Fischer and Martha Holloway of the Balticon Podcast and the ADD Cast, Jason Erik Lundberg with Lies and Little Deaths and finally, John and Elizabeth Edwards with their One America Committee podcast. A big thank you to Brian Russell (of Audio Activism) for setting this up — it was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to hobnob with other people in the hobby/industry/whatever this is.


The Vintage Gamer #0: An Introduction

   Posted by: Jim   in General, Podcasts

In this podcast, I introduce myself and the show. Hi!

Show notes:

  • A brief overview of my gaming background: longtime gamer and game programmer
  • The purpose of the show: discussing older games of all types
  • How the (old) Games 100 inspired it
  • Other podcasts that also inspired: Have Games, Will Travel and Boardgames to Go
  • What’s coming next


   Posted by: Jim   in General

Welcome to The Vintage Gamer! I’ll be using this blog and podcast to discuss some games (of various genres) from past years. Please tune in and I hope you enjoy…