2006 Article Index

This is an index of all the Mechanics & Meeples articles from 2006, followed by an index of all my RPGnet reviews from the same year.


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Expansions:

Expansive Theories (Or: The Horror! The Horror!)

Mechanics:

Mathematics & Game Design, Part One
Mathematics & Game Design, Part Two
The Problem with Luck II
The Problem with Player Numbers
A Theory of Board Game Design: Definitions of Terms


The Marketplace

The Italian Design Scene, Part One: The Analysis
The Italian Design Scene, Part Two: The Reference
Upcoming Companies, Part One: Atlas, Cafe Cheapass
Upcoming Companies, Part Two: Face 2 Face, Jolly Roger, Your Move
The Year in Review: 2005
The Year in Review: 2006


Personal Pieces

The Golden Age of Board Games
The Gone Gaming Anniversary Tour
My Life in Gaming


Rants

The Golden Age of Board Games
If It’s Broken, Don’t Replay It!
It’s Not If You Win or Lose
IP, Morality, and the Gaming Industry
The Problem with Luck II
The Problem with Player Numbers


Strategy

Strategy of a Game: Blue Moon, Part One — Hoax and Vulca
Strategy of a Game: Blue Moon, Part Two — Flix and Mimix


Mini-Reviews

16 Short Faidutti Reviews
Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two
Computerized Board Games: Six Mini-Reviews
Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

2005-2006 Games:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06
Games to Watch For: Nurnberg ’06
Last Season’s Hot Games: A Top Ten from Essen 2005, Part One
Last Season’s Hot Games: A Top Ten from Essen 2005, Part Two
Last Year’s Top 71 Games: 2005-2006
The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006
The Year in Review: 2005


Major Company Discussions

Atlas Games:

Upcoming Companies, Part One: Atlas, Cafe Cheapass

Cafe Games:

Upcoming Companies, Part One: Atlas, Cafe Cheapass

Face 2 Face Games:

Upcoming Companies, Part Two: Face 2 Face, Jolly Roger, Your Move

Fantasy Flight Games:

Fantasy Flight’s Adventure Games & That Old Time Roleplaying

Hasbro:

The Creature that Ate the (Gaming) World

Jolly Roger Games:

Upcoming Companies, Part Two: Face 2 Face, Jolly Roger, Your Move


Major Designer Discussions

Six Degrees of Collaboration
Six Degrees: The Second Edition

Colovini, Leo:

Three Collaborative Designers: Faidutti, Colovini, Schacht

Crapuchettes, Dominic:

IP, Morality, and the Gaming Industry

Denmark, Thomas:

Adventure Games, Part Three: Dungeon Delving

Faidutti, Bruno:

16 Short Faidutti Reviews
Bruno Faidutti: Professor of Chaos
Mathematics & Game Design, Part One
Six Degrees of Collaboration
Six Degrees: The Second Edition
Three Collaborative Designers: Faidutti, Colovini, Schacht

Jürgen-Wrede, Klaus:

Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part One — The Original Game
Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part Two — Balance & Tiles
Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part Three — Cooperation & Competition
Anatomy of a Game: Garcassonne, Part Four — Complexity & The Rivers

Knizia, Reiner:

Anatomy of a Game: Blue Moon
Mathematics & Game Design, Part One

Schacht, Michael:

Three Collaborative Designers: Faidutti, Colovini, Schacht

Teuber, Klaus:

IP, Morality, and the Gaming Industry


Major Game Mentions

Antike:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!
The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Arkham Horror:

Expansive Theories (Or: The Horror! The Horror!)
Fantasy Flight’s Adventure Games & That Old Time Roleplaying

Im Auftrag des Konigs:

Adventure Games, Part Two: In the Cards

Barbarossa:

IP, Morality, and the Gaming Industry

BattleLore:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06
The Year in Review: 2006

Beowulf: The Legend:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Blue Moon:

Anatomy of a Game: Blue Moon
Strategy of a Game: Blue Moon, Part One — Hoax and Vulca
Strategy of a Game: Blue Moon, Part Two — Flix and Mimix

Blue Moon City:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Boomtown:

Mathematics & Game Design, Part One

Camelot Legends:

Adventure Games, Part Two: In the Cards

Carcassonne:

Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part One — The Original Game
Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part Two — Balance & Tiles
Anatomy of a Game: Carcassonne, Part Three — Cooperation & Competition
Anatomy of a Game: Garcassonne, Part Four — Complexity & The Rivers
Expansive Theories (Or: The Horror! The Horror!)

Caylus:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006
The Year in Review: 2005

Civilization:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

Cluzzle:

IP, Morality, and the Gaming Industry

The Columns of Venice:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06

To Court the King:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Desert Bazaar:

Mathematics & Game Design, Part Two

Dungeon Twister:

The Year in Review: 2005

Dungeoneer:

Adventure Games, Part Three: Dungeon Delving

The End of the Triumvirate:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

For Sale:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Goa:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Hacienda:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Hollywood Blockbuster:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Illuminati:

Adventure Games, Part Two: In the Cards

Indonesia:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Mare Nostrum:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

Masterpiece:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Modern Art:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Monopoly:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Mykerinos:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Parthenon:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

The Problem with Luck II

The Pillars of the Earth:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06

Portable Adventures:

Adventure Games, Part Two: In the Cards

The Princes of Florence:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Ra:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two
Mathematics & Game Design, Part One

Railrood Tycoon:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Runebound:

Fantasy Flight’s Adventure Games & That Old Time Roleplaying

Santiago:

Mathematics & Game Design, Part One

The Settlers of Zarahemla:

The Problem with Luck II

Struggle for Rome:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06

Take Stock:

Mathematics & Game Design, Part Two

Taluva:

Games to Watch For: Essen ’06

Tempus:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

Thurn & Taxis:

The Multiplayer IGA Nominees: 2006

Vegas Showdown:

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two

Vinci:

Give Me a Light … No, Civ Light!

World of Warcraft: The Board Game:

Fantasy Flight’s Adventure Games & That Old Time Roleplaying


Knucklebones Reprints

Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part One
Auctions: Bidding on Fun, Part Two
Bruno Faidutti: Professor of Chaos
Clubs, Spades, and … Orange Chameleons?!


RPGnet Reviews by Designer

I’ve included lists of my reviews both by designer name and (further below) by game name.

Alspach, Ted:

Seismic (B-)

Anticole, Mark & Matt:

Nature of the Beast (B+)

Boelinger, Christophe:

Dungeon Twister: 3/4 Player Expansion (A)
Dungeon Twister: Paladins & Dragons (A)

Borg, Richard:

BattleLore (A)
Memoir ’44: Pacific Theater (A)

Boss, Deborah:

Squint Junior (B+)

Bousuin, Gwenael:

Knock! Knock! (B-)

Breese, Richard:

Reef Encounter (A)

Bromley, David:

Family Business (F)

Carroll, Nico:

HeroCard Galaxy (B+)

Carter, Ed:

Sneeze (C+)

Cathala, Bruno:

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (B-)

Cazzato, Eligio:

Beetlez (D+)

Chase, P.R.:

Grand Tribunal (B)

Cheatham, Ted:

Silk Road (B)

Christenson, Ben & Patrick:

Hunting Party (B-)

Chudyk, Carl:

Glory to Rome (B)
Ice Pirates of Harbour Grace (C+)
Sneeze (C+)

Cornett, Gunter:

Hey! That’s My Fish! (B+)

Denmark, Thomas:

Epic Dungeoneer: Curse of the Lich Lord (B+)
Dungeoneer: Dragons of the Forsaken Desert (B+)

Doherty, Jim:

Monkeys on the Moon (B-)

Donner, Garrett:

Wallamoppi (B-)

Dorra, Stefan:

Intrigue (B-)

Dontanville, Morgan:

Recess! (C+)

Dziuba, Jerry:

Castle Merchants (B-)

Ernest, James:

Dungeonville (C)

Faidutti, Bruno:

Draco & Co (C+)
Dragon’s Gold (A-)
Knock! Knock! (B-)
Mission Red Planet (A)
Silk Road (B)
Valley of the Mammoths (C+)

Fraga, Roberto:

Dragon Delta (A)

Goadrich, Mark:

Gene Pool (B+)

Hiron, Maureen:

MixUp (B-)

Hunt, SImon:

Take Stock (D+)

Jakeliunas, Alvydas:

Hey! That’s My Fish! (B+)

Jürgen-Wrede, Klaus:

Carcassonne: The River II (C)
Mesopotamia (B-)

Knizia, Reiner:

Blue Moon: The Aqua (B+)
Blue Moon: The Flit (A-)
Blue Moon: The Mimix (B-)
Blue Moon City (A)
Circus Flohcati (C)
Dead Man’s Treasure (C+)
Double or Nothing (C)
Fish Eat Fish (B+)
Great Wall of China (A-)
Hollywood Blockbuster (A-)
King of the Beasts: Mythological Edition (C-)
Knights of Charlemagne (B)
Lord of the Rings: Friends & Foes (A)
Lord of the Rings: Sauron (A-)
Through the Desert (A)
Winner’s Circle (B)

Lam, Greg:

Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine (B+)

Launius, Richard:

Arkham Horror Second Edition (A)
Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror (B)

Lauvar, Laurent:

Formula De (A-)

Maublanc, Ludovic:

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (B-)

Moon, Alan:

10 Days in Europe (B-)
Clippers (B)
Ticket to Ride Marklin (A)
Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 (A-)

Nakamura, Satoshi:

Fairy Tale (A)

Ornella, Emanuele:

Il Principe (B)
Oltre Mare (B+)

Papini, Mario:

Siena (C-)

Randall, Eric:

Formula De (A-)

Riedesser, Wolfgang:

Ave, Caesar (B-)

Risthaus, Stefan:

Ostia: The Harbor of Rome (B-)

Schacht, Michael:

California (B)

Sciarra, Emiliano:

Bang! A Fistful of Cards (C-)

Selinker, Mike:

Dungeonville (C)

Slater, Erek:

Glory to Rome (B)
Ice Pirates of Harbour Grace (C+)

Steer, Michael:

Wallamoppi (B-)

Sturgis, Paul & Jennifer:

Parlay (B+)

Vaughn, Rob:

Arkham Horror: Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (C+)

Walker, Jeff:

Dwarf Stones (C-)

Weissblum, Aaron:

10 Days in Europe (B-)

Wellman, Mike:

Pacru (B)

Wilson, Kevin:

Arkham Horror Second Edition (A)
Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror (B)

Yu, Brian:

Desert Bazaar (D+)
Voltage (C+)

Zucchini, Alessandro:

Palatinus (B-)


RPGnet Reviews by Name

10 Days in Europe (B-)
Arkham Horror Second Edition (A)
Arkham Horror: Curse of the Dark Pharaoh (C+)
Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror (B)
Ave, Caesar (B-)
Bang! A Fistful of Cards (C-)
BattleLore (A)
Beetlez (D+)
Blokus, Travel (B)
Blue Moon: The Aqua (B+)
Blue Moon: The Flit (A-)
Blue Moon: The Mimix (B-)
Blue Moon City (A)
California (B)=
Carcassonne: The River II (C)
Castle Merchants (B-)
Circus Flohcati (C)
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (B-)
Clippers (B)
Dead Man’s Treasure (C+)
Desert Bazaar (D+)
Double or Nothing (C)
Draco & Co (C+)
Dragon Delta (A)
Dragon’s Gold (A-)
Dungeon Twister: 3/4 Player Expansion (A)
Dungeon Twister: Paladins & Dragons (A)
(Epic) Dungeoneer: Curse of the Lich Lord (B+)
Dungeoneer: Dragons of the Forsaken Desert (B+)
Dungeonville (C)
Dwarf Stones (C-)
Fairy Tale (A)
Family Business (F)
Fish Eat Fish (B+)
Formula De (A-)
Fuddy Duddy (D+)
Gene Pool (B+)
Glory to Rome (B)
Grand Tribunal (B)
Great Wall of China (A-)
HeroCard Galaxy (B+)
Hey! That’s My Fish! (B+)
Hollywood Blockbuster (A-)
Hunting Party (B-)
Ice Pirates of Harbour Grace (C+)
Il Principe (B)
Intrigue (B-)
King of the Beasts: Mythological Edition (C-)
Knights of Charlemagne (B)
Knock! Knock! (B-)
Lord of the Rings: Friends & Foes (A)
Lord of the Rings: Sauron (A-)
Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine (B+)
Mesopotamia (B-)
MixUp (B-)
Memoir ’44: Pacific Theater (A)
Mission Red Planet (A)
Monkeys on the Moon (B-)
Nature of the Beast (B+)
Oltre Mare (B+)
Ostia: The Harbor of Rome (B-)
Pacru (B)
Palatinus (B-)
Parlay (B+)
Pepper (D-)
Recess! (C+)
Reef Encounter (A)
Seismic (B-)
Siena (C-)
Silk Road (B)
Sneeze (C+)
Squint Junior (B+)
Take Stock (D+)
Through the Desert (A)
Ticket to Ride Marklin (A)
Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 (A-)
Valley of the Mammoths (C+)
Voltage (C+)
Wallamoppi (B-)
Winner’s Circle (B)

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