Gamer’s Garage Sale, July 10th, 2010!

Games Galore!

On July 10th, the Emerald City Gamefest will hold a Gamers Garage Sale at theYardsale3 Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore. Role playing games, board games, card games, all will be on sale from 10AM to 5PM! The proceeds from this sale will go to pay for this year’s Emerald City Gamefest in November!

Open Gaming!


Try before you buy! Or bring a game and your friends and play a game or two! We’ll have table space set aside so that you and your friends can stop on by and play a couple of games during the garage sale!

Participate in the Sale!

There are three ways that you can participate in the yard sale

  • Stop by and browse!
  • Bring your games by and we will sell them for you! *
  • Donate your unloved and unwanted gaming items to the Gamefest!

*Just bring whatever you want to sell by or contact us to pick your lot up.  List the price you are willing to accept for each item and we will sell it for you and split the profits, 50/50.  Any unsold items will be returned to you.

When: July 10th, 2009
Where: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6211 NE 182nd Street
Kenmore, WA, 98028
Phone: (425) 486-3777
Time: 10am – 5pm
Email: Kedamono@yahoo.com

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SmiteFest 3: The Hallowing!

The greatest game event ever held in a Seattle-area Episcopal church returns! On Saturday, October 17th Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore is proud (we will assume) to host SmiteFest 3: The Hallowing, an all-ages evening of videogames, movies, pizza and awesome.

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Game Recap: The Treasure of the Templars!

From the diary of Victoria Smythe, super genius
Templars
Dear Diary,

Our latest adventure has turned out to be quite a corker. We’ve been ambushed by Nazis, arrested by Bedouin, ambushed by Bedouin, ambushed by Nazis again, well, probably best to start from the beginning.

Dr. Dickerson, whom Dr. Davenport and I worked with in Paris a few years ago (And I don’t care what the French government says, my idea to reach the moon by converting the Eiffel Tower into a space going vessel would have worked!), invited me to a talk he was giving on his specialty, the history of the Templars. As mom and dad are always telling me I shouldn’t be running around without adult supervision I invited Brianna to come along. Unlike that incompetent harridan Lady Valentine who is constantly butting into our adventures, Brianna is quite nice.
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Game Design: LARP Design: The basics

Amber Eagar has written an article on her LARP web site, Mortalis Games, and she details out some of the basics to LARP game design in her column “LARP Design: The basics” and she makes the following points:

  • Designing the rules for a LARP is different that designing rules for a table-top game.
  • Don’t plagiarize, but borrow ideas from other games and tweak them to fit your system.
  • Feedback is important.
  • Playtest, playtest, playtest and BLIND playtest.
  • Don’t be afraid to rewrite or redesign parts.

Hopefully this will be the first of several articles on LARP design from Amber.

It’s the Gamer’s Garage Sale!

Games Galore!

On July 4th, the Emerald City Gamefest will hold a Gamers Garage Sale at theYardsale3Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore. Role playing games, board games, card games, all will be on sale from 10AM to 5PM! The proceeds from this sale will go to pay for this year’s Emerald City Gamefest in November!

Open Gaming!


Try before you buy! Or bring a game and your friends and play a game or two! We’ll have table space set aside so that you and your friends can stop on by and play a couple of games on the 4th of July!

Participate in the Sale!

There are three ways that you can participate in the yard sale

  • Stop by and browse!
  • Bring your games by and we will sell them for you! *
  • Donate your unloved and unwanted gaming items to the Gamefest!

*Just bring whatever you want to sell by or contact us to pick it up.  List the price you are willing to accept for the item and we will sell it for you and split the profits, 50/50.  Any unsold items will be returned to you.

When: July 4th, 2009
Where: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
6211 NE 182nd Street
Kenmore, WA, 98028
Phone: (425) 486-3777
Time: 10am – 5pm
Email: yardsale@emeraldcitygamefest.org

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About Game Design: Of Dice and Games

The Romans Gamed...

The Romans Gamed...

This article is first of series of articles on game mechanics, specifically on how to use dice in your game rules.

As role players, we love our dice. Just about every dedicated gamer has a bag or two full of all colors and kinds of dice, in all shapes and sizes. Some of us, me included, have dice old enough to drink. When it comes to generating random numbers, you just can’t beat dice.

However, there is the dark side to dice: obsessive behavior over a bit of plastic and paint.  More specifically, we see GMs who abrogate their authority to the dice, players who obsess over their lucky dice and players who try to roll all the “one’s” out of their dice.

This bugaboo includes game designers. We use dice to generate random encounters, determine the success or failure of a task, resolve combat situations, and create characters, ad nauseum. Sometimes we use the same dice rolling mechanism for all these uses. Sometimes we use a different die for each. It’s all up to the designer’s tastes and what they want to simulate in their game…

Read more on this topic in About Game Design: Of Dice and Games!

Afterlife Blues

The great folks behind the web comic, Afterlife Blues, (Jon Kilgannon and Mark Sachs) have graciously linked to our site, so I would like to return the favor. As to how this happened is a bit odd.

Afterlife Blues is a heist story taking place on the blasted world of New Abilene. The primary character is a ne’er do-well of a small time crook, Brody Isett, who hails from this world. (I believe that he’s wanted on that world.) The story is told in flashback, with Brody being interviewed by a reporter. So far, they’ve managed to smuggle him back onto New Abilene by dropping him down a light tunnel in a mirrored ball, and the rest of the crew is trying to pass a roadblock. 

Afterlife Blues

Afterlife Blues

The following comic was on their site last week and they decided to run a quick little contest: Guess the model and make of the car used by the characters in the strip. 

So I looked at it and from the single look, I knew that it was a Trabant. You know, the sturdy little roustabout manufactured by the East Germans from 1957 – 1991. It didn’t last much longer than the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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The Reliable Trabant

It is unmistakable and it really didn’t change in the 30 years it was in production. Boxy, it had a two-stroke engine, and smoked as heavily as the people who drove it. So when I saw that front end, my mind must have picked up the image from somewhere and said “Trabant”. I did a quick google and even found the image the artist, Mark Sachs, used as his reference model.

So check out their web comic and enjoy the current story. And for a lost night, check out their previous web comic, A Miracle of Science! A rousing tale of mad scientists, collective minds, and ex-mad scientist, turned cop. Oh, and mad scientist bent on SHOWING THEM ALL! Bwahahahahahaha!

Ahem. 

So, again, I’d like to offer them my thanks for the link to our site and I hope they appreciate this link back to their site!

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