Archive for the ‘strategy’ Category

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En Garde!

November 2, 2007

Hello! I’m Mich, the new junior reporter for Second Life Games blog. I will test and review some of the games I find in SL, just so you’ll get to know how much fun there is to find out there. Today I will tell you about “En Garde!”, a new turnbased strategic fencing game for two players. Check it out!

 En Garde

Here I am about to pierce my friend Kat Burger… or is it the other way around?

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En Garde!

September 18, 2007

Rifkin Hasburg of Procyon Games brings us a strategic fencing game by Reiner Knizia. “En Garde” is a strategic fencing game similar to Combat Cards, but with some interesting quirks. A Fencing Tournament will commence September 30th at 5pm with over L$10,000 in prizes!

Wanna play? Here’s the SLurl!

***UPDATE: fixed the SLurl

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Tiny Empires

July 12, 2007

Tiny Empiresby Onder Skall

I was sent this by Ultralite Design and haven’t been able to take it off my HUD since. It’s genius.

The basic premise of Tiny Empires is that you’re climbing the social hierarchy. To do that you need to buy land, get subjects, and grow your empire. The subjects are other, newbie players… which means that at the beginning YOU will be somebody’s subject.

That takes a bit because another player of a particular rank has to be logged on and playing in order to see that there are new subjects available. I had to wait about five minutes… and it didn’t really benefit me directly.

Indirectly the benefit is huge, though. My liege earns money on every acre of land I own, and I get occasional offers to leave him and become somebody else’s subject. That means that my liege is SUPER helpful, sending me friendly IMs and offering advice. Good guy. I’ll keep him around. For now. 🙂

You’ll get offers from “the king” to buy land occasionally, which is great because land means money. You’ll also get offers from other players to buy your land. If they’re offering you above fair market value, it might be worth it so you can buy more later at the regular price. More often than not though they’re offering you much less, so make SURE to turn them down!

It’s time-based gameplay so what you’ll end up doing is hitting the little minimize button on it and quickly opening it whenever the indicator flashes to see what the latest offers are. I’ve enjoyed having it there while waiting for IMs to come in.

You can pick up a free trial at Ultralite Design and get the full version when you’re ready. When you get the full version you can even hand out trial versions to your friends!

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Castle Wars and Other Stuff

June 1, 2007

I found this story over at Deus Looks, a really cool SL blog:

Castle Wars

So the group I blogged about the other day had what I thought was another good suggestion for today’s outing. Jelly (new link, update people!) and her guy Hawks led us all in Castle Wars, the brainchild of RacerX Gullwing. I had zero idea wtf to do because my Quicktime broke and I couldn’t watch the movie with instructions, but I kind of got the hang of it in the end and Jelly helped me in the beginning <3. I actually finished runner up in the first war despite having zero strategy or any understanding of wtffff to do. More importantly, I outlasted Adec – so it was worth it P

The one chick I didn’t beat was again, Misacha Vaughan – who kicked my ass 9/10 times at the Go Kart track. So she’s tough and I’m waiting for a challenge where I can beat her ^-^

I notice the group tends to be a blend of visits to corporate sims (hmmmm not unless there’s something really different happening, thanks) and cool stuff like this. So far, both the activities I took part in were fun.

I took some really crap snaps – something has gone all wonky on my machine since I installed and de-installed the First Look viewer (which totally doesn’t work for meeeeeeeee *whines*) – so here’s a crap photo of Adec protecting his blue castle. Meh.

I don’t know… I thought it was a great picture! 🙂

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Go Center

April 16, 2007

by Onder Skall

I got an email from Second Life Games reader Zarf Vantongerloo about a new Go Center:

Go Center

Thought you might like to know that the in-world Go group has finally
gotten big enough to start holding club times in SL. We’re starting
out with these times:

Monday, Noon – 2pm SLT
Thursday, 8pm – 10pm SLT

This coming Monday, the 16th, is our first event:

http://secondlife.com/events/event.php?id=550407&date=1176750000

We’ll be meeting at the still-under-construction Go Center of Second
Life, located at Vineland (58,93):

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vineland/58/93

Check out the group “The Game of Go aka Wei’qi aka Baduk” for more information about the club. Or contact me.

Definitely check out the build, actually… has a nice airy feel to it.

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A Deck of Cards – OF COURSE!

April 14, 2007

by Onder Skall

When Rifkin wrote me about this I had one of those smack-your-head-with-astonishment moments. Why the hell hasn’t this already been built?

You have got to admire Rifkin Hasberg… the guy has vision. (Previously he built Frootcake, Danger Zone and Zingo).

Playing Cards

You can get your own copy here. From a business perspective there’s a bit of genius to it because all he has to do in order to sell more decks is re-texture the back of them.

It’s kind of beta at the moment but you can play Hearts and Spades. MANY more games are promised. If you and three friends want to give it a try I have it over at the Games Park. If you can’t find a fourth, try your hand at 52 Pickup. Seriously. Couple more pictures after the fold… Read the rest of this entry ?

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Onder’s Game – The Wastelands

April 5, 2007

by Onder Skall

This article was originally published in New World Notes. My newest column should be appearing there later today on Sunday.

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Onder Skall reviews some of the Grid’s most intriguing games

Second Life tends to be full of bling. Even the more grim RP communities can’t resist dipping their dog-collars in chrome and shining their samurai swords. After awhile this can all start feeling like a shiny happy Barbie landscape, and you need to get out. You need to go where things have truly, irrevocably fallen apart.

Sometimes you need to go to the Wastelands. Welcome to the post-apocalypse. Read the rest of this entry ?