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EDITORIAL – FALL 2017 – VOL. 2 NO. 64

GAME, SET, MATCH – AND LOVE

 

At this time of year, with Holiday gift-giving just around the corner, the thoughts of many folks drift to the challenge of finding the right gift for friends and family. I’m often asked – as I am sure YOU are often asked – “What is a good game to get for a gift?” Generally speaking, I’m thrilled to be asked this question. To me, it means that A) a fellow game enthusiast has been found or B) a potential convert to our wonderful World of Games has been unearthed. But that thrill needs to be tempered with some prudence. Presenting someone with the WRONG game as a gift is the gaming equivalent of taking a leisurely stroll through an idyllic meadow and then discovering you’re in a mine field!!! So, what to do? For me, I take the lead from a different sort of game: the game of tennis.

In tennis, certain nomenclature is used. “Love”, for example, is the equivalent of zero or no score. The phrase “Game, Set, Match” is the mantra of victory as it tracks the flow of a game from point to point to victory. But it seems to me these tennis terms can also be applied to the art and science of game gift giving.

To be successful in the art of game gift giving, you need to know what is out there. Gamers are smart folks, smart enough to do their research and be willing to explore. But some of us are smarter than the average. That’s why you read Gamers Alliance Report as we showcase the finest games on the market today as seen by the finest writers on games across the globe. We unearth the gems that populate the gaming world, doing the heavy lifting for you. Now that have found a quality GAME, you’re ready for step 2. 

SET your sights on those games that fit your budget. Game costs run the gamut from the inexpensive to the mindboggling! No reason to break the bank to get enjoyment – unless you want to! By going through the pages of GA Report, you’ll find games at all price points so you will be able to find YOUR comfort zone. And finally, MATCH

Just because YOU like a game doesn’t mean the game is right for your gift recipient. It’s not about YOU; it’s about THEM! Know your target and match that person’s likes and dislikes, in subject matter, in playing time etc. to the game. You need to be able to match that person’s skill set (as far as games are concerned) with the demands of the game you have in mind. 

By following these simple steps of Game, Set and Match, you will be sure to find the perfect gift of gaming for your deserving friend, a gift that your friend will surely LOVE

This issue of Gamers Alliance Report launches our 32nd year and once again (as in past issues), we present a smorgasbord of quality games suitable for gift giving – even if it means giving them to yourself! We dive into fantasy kingdoms, ease on down the (spice) road, hit the campaign trail, dig in caves, mix magic with revolution and more! Chris Kovac builds cars but Greg J. Schloesser prefers riding frogs! Frank Hamrick stops and whistles and Andrea “Liga” Ligabue is in rebellion while Pevans grabs a handful of stars! We are also very pleased and excited to welcome TWO new voices to our pages: Selwayn Ward (who spaces out) and Christopher Wray (who goes green)! And, of course, much more!

Until next time, Good Gaming!

Herb Levy, President


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Other Fall 2017 GA Report Articles

 

Reviewed by Herb Levy 1960: THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT (GMT Games, 2 players, ages 14 and up, 90 minutes; $85) Conventional "wisdom" among game companies is that presidential election games are only worth publishing ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy CENTURY SPICE ROAD (Plan B Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 45 minutes; $39.99) In times long past, the legendary Spice Road was the trading route that merchants ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy FANTASY REALMS (WizKids, 3 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 20 minutes; $19.99) Lands of magic and monsters, of heroes and armies, of wizards and artifacts, have long populated books, ...
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Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser FROGRIDERS (eggertspiele/Pegasus Spiele/Stronghold Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes; $49.99) Themes can be a tricky thing.  I am sure designers and publishers often struggle over ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac KRAFTWAGEN: V6 EDITION (Stronghold Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 75-90 minutes; $59.95) Kraftwagen (the V6 edition comes with the first expansion) is a 2-4 player action management ...
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Reviewed by Pevans SHIPS (Treefrog Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 120 minutes or more; $39.99) Ships is Martin Wallace’s third transport-themed game (after Automobile and Aeroplanes) and was launched by his imprint, ...
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Reviewed by Andrea "Liga" Ligabue STAR WARS: REBELLION (Fantasy Flight Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up; 180-240 minutes; $99.95) It is a period of civil war. The last remnants of the Old ...
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Reviewed by Frank Hamrick WHISTLE STOP (Bezier Games,  2 to 5 players, ages 13 and up 75-90 minutes; $59.95) Yes, Whistle Stop is yet another train game! And yes, there are a lot of train ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy WITCHES OF THE REVOLUTION (Atlas Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 30-60 minutes; $39.95) History has always been a fertile field for game ideas. An offshoot of that ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy WORDSPIEL (Set Enterprises, 2 to 6 players, ages 8 to adult, 45 minutes, $12.99) As a kid, I remember playing a game we called Geography. The premise was simple: state a geographical ...
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