[The posts for this month are reposts from the site www.honotogroabemo.org, on which a host of hirsute individuals including yours truly would grow beards to raise money for breast cancer research. The site is defunct, but I thought I’d resurrect the game-related posts. This was originally posted on 2011-11-30.]

(As you can see, the camera is focused on me, not my furry sidekick)

Well, it’s the last day. Time for one last game. One more trip saving the galaxy. One more day being heroic, because that, my friend, is how I roll. I will be back one last time tomorrow to count the lucre, thank the contributors, and sum up this (as always) great experience.

It was a bit surprising to realize that yesterday’s game is more than ten years old. It seems like only yesterday (metaphorically speaking) that Mighty Mur Lafferty won the Origins Button Men tournament and got the honor of playing the great James Ernest himself. But in truth, that was nine and half years ago [now, 16 years ago – Ed.]. Still, Button Men is a great game and should not be forgotten. The idea is that you have buttons, with numbers and symbols on them that represent various sizes of dice and their abilities. You use them to capture your opponent’s dice until neither of you can make any moves. You then count up the dice captured (full points) and the dice you still have (half points) and see who wins. Games are usually best two out of three.

[Button Men has since been rereleased via a Kickstarter, on cards as well as buttons. Cheapass Games has a print-and-play version on their site. – Ed.]

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