Rack & Ruin Designer Journal #6: The Gate of Amael
Hello all, I thought I would take this chance to speak about an upcoming idea for Rack & Ruin, that will hopefully turn out to be a big deal: The Gates of Amael. “What is this wonderful idea?” you ask. Well, this idea represents something I have wanted to do with Rack & Ruin since long before it was published;...
Rack & Ruin Designer Journal #5: Bizarre Bazaar
Hello all! It’s been a while since I wrote a designer journal entry, I figured I should do one. Work is progressing on Jewels and Ancient Things, but I think I’ll focus a later journal entry entirely on that. Instead, what I’d like to talk about is the completion of Rack & Ruin’s first mini-expansion, Bizarre Bazaar. Bizarre Bazaar has...
Building a “Cheesy” Salvation Party OR Bless’d are the Cheese Menders
Hello everyone! It has been pointed out to me on a few occasions that the two “good guy” goals of Salvation and Protection are the two weakest of the seven goals in Rack & Ruin.  Naturally, I felt the need to test it myself, and opportunity has recently presented itself in the form a new campaign being Heralded by another...

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    Rack & Ruin Designer Jour...

    13 December 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Hello all, I thought I would take this chance to speak about an upcoming idea for Rack & Ruin, that will hopefully turn out to be a big deal: The Gates of Amael. “What is this wonderful idea?” you ask. Well, this idea represents something I have wanted to do with Rack & Ruin since long before it was published;...

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    Rack & Ruin Designer Jour...

    24 November 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Hello all! It’s been a while since I wrote a designer journal entry, I figured I should do one. Work is progressing on Jewels and Ancient Things, but I think I’ll focus a later journal entry entirely on that. Instead, what I’d like to talk about is the completion of Rack & Ruin’s first mini-expansion, Bizarre Bazaar. Bizarre Bazaar has......

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    Building a “Cheesy” Salvation ...

    21 November 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Hello everyone! It has been pointed out to me on a few occasions that the two “good guy” goals of Salvation and Protection are the two weakest of the seven goals in Rack & Ruin.  Naturally, I felt the need to test it myself, and opportunity has recently presented itself in the form a new campaign being Heralded by another...

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    My Favourite Rack & Ruin ...

    17 November 2015 , by spiralbridge

    For those unfamiliar with Rack & Ruin selecting and placing terrain is kind of a mini-game unto itself before the game takes place.  This phase happens before players know which side of the table they will be starting on, an important factor that must be kept in mind. Depending on the Scenario each player gets a number of terrain points...

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    Why Should I Play Rack & ...

    11 November 2015 , by spiralbridge

    There is a simple truth I have known for a long time now, Rack & Ruin is not for everyone. Those who like my little game really seem to like it.  But, that is a niche. So, the question that stands before you is the title of this article. After reading a great essay on game design I began to...

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    Steampunk Rally: A Review

    13 October 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Last night I had a few friends over for some board gaming.  One such friend brought a new game he’d picked up through Kickstarter: Steampunk Rally.  So, we decided to give it a spin (wakka, wakka). The Gist: In Steampunk Rally the players take on the role of historical inventers creating an insane driving device, trying to be the first...

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    Rack & Ruin’s First...

    8 August 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Hello All, Time for another update for Rack & Ruin. This time it’s new product. Recently we have launched both our Spell Cards and Terrain Cards as Print-and-Play and Print-on-Demand versions, meaning that we have now completed our last Kickstarter. So now it’s time for something new. With the end of the last set of production we ha...

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    Rack & Ruin Designer Jour...

    22 April 2015 , by spiralbridge

    Hello all, With the Rack & Ruin Core Rulebook having been released digitally a few days ago and the printed version imminent, I thought I might talk about what is next for the game. Very Soon First, a new beta version of the Bizarre Bazaar mini-expansion has been completed.  For those of you on the Voice in the Council mailing...

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    Face Off is the Best Reality S...

    16 March 2015 , by spiralbridge

    By Gene Capar Okay, so, in general I carry little more than disdain for reality TV.  I hate the drama between contestants.  I hate pretend build up for some terrible thing that doesn’t happen.  I hate watching how really annoying people live.  So, when a show of this genre can grab my attention as thoroughly as this one has, I...

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    Rack & Ruin Designer Jour...

    5 March 2015 , by spiralbridge

    No expansion I have written in the history of Rack & Ruin has ever repeatedly produced a resounding “meh” reaction as much as Familiars. However, unlike a lot of other bits and pieces that have come and gone over the years, familiars are a fantasy staple and a lot of cool miniatures come with them. So, dropping the mini-expansion all...

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