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Why Games Work: Deck Building as Action Selection

Dominion is a great game. There, I’ve said it. Now that I’ve said that, I’ll ask you to understand that I don’t like it. It’s not the mechanism itself, but the fruit of the labors that I dislike. Dominion asks you to collect cards. Based on the cards you play,…

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Why Games Work: Tammany Hall, Cosmic Encounter, Chinatown

Some games test our skills at evaluating the abstract movement of playing pieces on a board. Some games judge a player’s ability to calculate a winning move mathematically. The art of haggling is something that few games tackle. Even fewer do them well. Knowing how a game makes negotiation enjoyable…

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