Kickstarter Preview: Evil Corp

To many, they are our modern day legendary heroes: the founders, or maybe even serial founders, of giant Internet corporations. Multi-billionaires with power over and a vision for the future of mankind. But are they heroes? We only have their word that they aren’t evil. And even that not anymore after Google removed “Don’t be Evil” from their mission statement recently. For all we know they might as well be villains, ready to force their vision of the future on us whether we want it or not. Fortunately, their visions for the future are not all that compatible. Before anyone forces anything on us we’ll have to wait and see who will be the last man standing.

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Ganz schön clever

This year, the third seal of the apocalypse has been broken: A roll-and-write game is nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres. Or was that the fourth seal? How did that happen? Has the world gone mad? Did the Yahtzee mafia threaten the jury? Take their children hostage?

It’s something much less sinister. I didn’t think it could happen, but Ganz schön clever might be a roll-and-write game that deserves to be on that list. There’s something about it that sets it apart from other games where you roll dice and write numbers on your score pad. In this game, the dice have different colors.

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As a reviewer, games where you discover new content and new rules while you play are frustrating. On the one hand, they are awful. How do you review a game with a Legacy or Fast Forward mechanism without giving away all the good bits? On the other hand, they are great, simply because discovering new things while you play works that fingerboard that is our brain’s reward mechanism so well. Or, in plain English, they’re one hell of a lot of fun. And we love to talk about fun games. So be warned, ahead you will find very mild spoilers for the first few rounds of Friedemann Friese’s Flee.

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