Xia: Legends of a Drift System – A Game Gloriously Review, Part 1

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You knew this was coming. Keeping an ear on your comms helps you sense the pulse of the drift system. The Puddle Jumper’s pilot trading up his starship seemed innocent enough. His new ship, the Lone Drifter, can traverse the system quickly; any captain would be proud to have her. But his bragging public transmission, “I’ve got something to do, and do quickly,” reminded you of Jesus’ last words to Judas Iscariot. Was that intentional? Had he accepted an assassination mission?

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The Aim of Game Gloriously Reviews

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Your time is precious, so I try to fill my posts with as much depth in as little space as possible. I have to carefully pick what to put in the limited space I give my game reviews. Often, I include more of the game’s negative elements than positive ones. Games like Cosmic Encounter (affiliate link) may get negative-sounding reviews even though they’re justly popular.

I want to introduce people to a genre of games they may not know existed, but this focus could turn people off instead. Do the posts on this blog accomplish what I’m aiming at? If so, what am I aiming at?

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Dice Tower Convention, 2017

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I really appreciate the Dice Tower network’s service to the boardgaming community, so I always try to find a Dice Tower video to give context to my game reviews. The Dice Tower network is a collection of boardgaming podcasts and Youtube channels providing news and reviews. It includes the Dice Tower podcast, great for discovering new boardgames, and the Dice Steeple podcast about Christians and issues like organizing a church game night or honoring God through game selection. The Dice Steeple is hosted by fellow Christians Sam Healey and Dan King. Tom Vasel, founder of the Dice Tower network, is a Christian as well.

The Dice Tower network also hosts the Dice Tower Convention near my home. This year, it became my first convention ever. I wanted to write about it while the memories are still fresh. Continue reading “Dice Tower Convention, 2017”

Cosmic Encounter: A Game Gloriously Review, Part 2

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Part 1 of my Cosmic Encounter (affiliate link) review explains the game’s play and discusses whether its theme leaves room for God as Creator and Lord. If you haven’t already, check it out for more context to this part of the review about its morality. Continue reading “Cosmic Encounter: A Game Gloriously Review, Part 2”

Cosmic Encounter: A Game Gloriously Review, Part 1

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Game Page on Publisher’s Website

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Board Game Geek Page

In Cosmic Encounter (affiliate link), humans aren’t the only sentient life in the galaxy. 49 other sentient species inhabit our galaxy, and that’s just those we’ve discovered. The problem: every race discovered so far seems bent on galactic conquest. And each has its own special ability to give it an edge in the conflict. Humans are no exception.

Advanced weaponry from another era litters the galaxy. Artifacts can cancel powers, weapons, and even death. Flares augment alien powers or grant a taste of what it’s like to be another species. New tech is also in development to establish dominance in surprising new ways.

No one asks where these great weapons and the aliens who wield them come from. The Precursors are long gone, either wiped out by time or evolved to some other plane. That’s fortunate. They probably wouldn’t have approved of their offspring militarizing their gifts. Continue reading “Cosmic Encounter: A Game Gloriously Review, Part 1”

Holiness: Being the Difference at the Game Table

I play just about any boardgame at my secular game group. I don’t want someone to think I’m shunning them personally because they favor games about zombies or wizards and I don’t. Being open about games puts me across the table from more people and prevents me looking stereotypically judgmental. But this is a stance I’m constantly reevaluating.

Frequently, we’ll finish a game with an uncomfortable theme and the game’s owner will ask, “So? What do you think of it?” I find myself in an awkward position. Do I admit, “It was fun,” and go no deeper, or do I spell out my issues with the theme, potentially creating the alienation I was trying to avoid?Different Lit Light Bulb - Pixabay Continue reading “Holiness: Being the Difference at the Game Table”

The Image of God: Why the Games We Play Matter

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Most boardgames are about humans or characters with human qualities (orcs, living toys, sentient animals, etc.). Games about humanity pique our interest and tell stories about us and the people we would like to be. We want them to either reflect our lives or explore lives we could live.

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But making a game about people raises a number of moral issues. Man is accountable for his behavior in ways animals are not. When one animal kills another, it’s survival. When a human does, it’s murder. When an animal has multiple mates, it’s natural. When a human does, it’s adultery. Why the difference? It’s because humans are created in the image of God. Continue reading “The Image of God: Why the Games We Play Matter”