Royal Execution game

I received an email from Stephen L. Schwartz, inventor of the strategic card game Royal Execution. "Set in the challenging Middle Ages, the object of the game is to build a faction of royalty and nobility from one or more lines of succession to capture the throne," he explains.

The game is for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 to adult, and offers options for team play, role-playing, and historical scenarios. For more information, including a video, visit the official Royal Execution website.

Looks like fun! Thank you to Stephen Schwartz for sharing this.

Off-topic but fun…

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It turns out I can type up to 97 words per minute. I guess all this time at the keyboard is paying off.

Memories of 20-sided dice

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"Behind bolted doors, talent and imagination…"

(I have played D&D, too. Actually, I was a very bad dungeon master, and my little brother was my much-suffering, frequently-dying victim — er, that is, he was a mighty warrior who bravely fought many battles. And died in most of them.)

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Civilization IV

I love to play computer games. And I recently bought a new game: Civilization IV.

For those who aren't familiar with the Civilization series: They are turn-based games, which means they are basically like board games. You take your turn, then your opponents (whether real people or computer-controlled) take their turns. Read more...