#217: Let's Get on the Same Page


Walker yearns for a universal grammar, a sort of iconograhic Esperanto. That is a bridge too far for Mark, but they nonetheless find common ground on certain time terms and certain graphical conventions. They may be alone, of course, but they would rather that everyone deferred to their intuitions.

01:17 AYURIS: The Castles of Tuscany (Stefan Feld, alea, 2020)

Games Played Last Week:
03:17 -Unsettled (Marc Neidlinger & Tom Mattson, Orange Nebula, 2021)
08:45 -Sniper Elite: The Board Game (Roger Tankersly & David Thompson, Rebellion Unplugged, 2022)
12:48 -Hidden Leaders (Andreas MĂĽller, Markus MĂĽller, & Raphael Stocker, BFF Games, 2022)
15:18 -For Science! (R. Eric Reuss, Grey Fox Games, 2021)
17:41 -Stars of Akarios (Brendan McCaskell & Jonathan Thwaites, OOMM, 2022)
25:13 -Omicron Protocol (Brendan Kendrick & Bernie Lin, Dead Alive Games, 2022)
31:14 -Ark Nova (Mathias Wigge, Feuerland Spiele, 2021)
32:10 -Warpgate (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)
33:45 -Shards of Infinity (Gary Arant & Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, 2018)

News (and why it doesn’t matter):
34:36 TOYS! Snap Ships Tactics
36:09 CMON: Cyberpunk 2077 and Zombicide Flip and Write. Whee.
36:58 DVG Reprints & Dice: Pavlov’s House and Soldiers in Postman’s Uniforms
37:53 War of the Ring Card Game by Ian Brody
38:24 Drags 2 Riches: Eleganza Deckbuilding Extravanganza
39:00 MicroMacro Crime City All-In: Sept 22

39:28 Topic: Let’s Get on the Same Page

Once again I say we need a Simplified Technical English for boardgames. (Restricted unambiguous vocabulary and phrasing; ease of comprehension, ease of translation.)

One potential argument for the cost of a card being printed larger than its earnings – if the cards are being bought from a central market, you may need to see the cost from across the table, but everything else only once it’s in your hand. Not sure that’s a good argument though.