The time has come to weed the game library. Behind the jump you will find role-playing games, board games and card games I would like very much for someone else to own. Generally speaking, it’s all older stuff, so if you’re looking for titles from the 90s and early 00s, this might be the sale for you.
For Christmas this year, I got a couple game-related items. First and most obvious was my very own copy of Dominion, to which I promptly added the Envoy and Black Market decks I picked up last month. That now makes at least four copies of the game in the local board game community. It may be time to organize some kind of Dominion tournament at Quarterstaff Games.
I also received a couple of gift certificates, one to Barnes & Noble’s online store and Quarterstaff Games. The game store certificate I think I’ll bank for a while; there’s nothing out at the moment I especially want. The new edition of Betrayal at House on the Hill is the next board game release I really want and that’s probably going to be late 2010, at least. The Extraterrestrial Sourcebook for Conspiracy X has been variously stuck at the printer or on the boat for months now, so maybe I’ll use it on that if it ever appears. There’s also Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space which has tempted me somewhat, but I have philosophical issues with the notion of that purchase I’ll get around to explaining sometime soon.
The Barnes & Noble certificate I’d like to use rather more sharpish, as I imagine these end of year deals will, well, end with the year — which makes the decision tough, because Barnes & Noble’s game selection is much more limited. I’m considering getting the Pathfinder corebook, for example, which I think would be a kick in the pants to participating more in the Wednesday Pathfinder Society games, or maybe the systemless Pirate’s Guide to Freeport as a general purpose resource, or even another Changeling: The Lost supplement, assuming it’s in stock. I could just get a Lovecraft anthology as research for an upcoming project, but really, that’s what Paperbackswap.com is for.
Regrettably, their board game selection is rather light at the moment. I couldn’t even pick up a copy of Carcassonne if I wanted.
So I don’t know, really. Anyone have suggestions of a gaming-related item to get from Barnes & Noble?
I say without irony or deprecation that these pictures over on sun moon stars rain from the Bristol Renaissance Faire would be fantastic visual inspiration for a game of Changeling, either The Dreaming or The Lost varieties, depending on the look one wants for their game. It’s a bright version seen in these pictures, but it doesn’t cross the line into “bear in a waistcoat carrying a balloon” territory, either.
The original Changeling was one of those tabletop games that benefited most from the particular strengths of LARPing, because it inspired players to come up with excellent costumes. I remember seeing a picture of one woman who contrived a pair of faux goat legs for her Unseelie satyr and another who came up with a very cool ray gun ‘n goggles look as a nocker.
Part of it probably has to do with the central premise of Changeling that there’s a second layer of reality on top of that which everyday people see, the chimerical reality of the Dreaming — although there’s argument to be made that it’s more real, or maybe more true, than the more obvious world. Knowing that, the guy with a red bandanna and goalie stick isn’t just a hockey player out of season, but he takes on a new dimension as a redcap armed with a cudgel.