EDITORIAL – SPRING 2020 – VOL. 2 NO. 74

GOING VIRAL

 

There’s nothing like a worldwide pandemic to get your attention.

The Coronavirus, aka Covid-19, has, as I am writing this, hit at least 177 countries (at last count) with all of them suffering effects of this virulent virus. Across the United States and in my home state of New York, non-essential businesses have closed, groups of 10 or more people have been ordered to be avoided and folks have been “staying in place”, confined to their homes until the worst of this has passed.

As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, time weighs heavy on our hands. There is only so much TV binge-watching you can do! So what are the alternatives? At least one solution seems obvious to me: Games!

Games allow for the mind to prosper even under such dire circumstances. Many have discovered online gaming where players interact over the internet through various forums. Such gaming has “gone viral” in the best sense – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I prefer the physical person to person interaction of gamers sharing the same table space. Admittedly though, when large gaming groups (in our playtesting sessions, it’s not unusual to have 15 to 20 players at a time) are verboten, it has been a challenge to fully vet and present games that demand higher player counts. Whoever said life was easy? So, with so many of us “hunkered down” for the duration, sometimes in a solitary confinement or with a significant other, this issue focuses on games that may handle more but are eminently suitable for 1 or 2 players. 

In this issue of Gamers Alliance Report, we spend time in taverns, go around in circles and follow a hero’s path! James Davis rolls lots of dice, Peter Sbirakos discovers the skies are falling, Greg J. Schloesser gets “cat crazy” while Pevans remains “civilized”. Plus we get some flashes of insight from game designers Joe Huber and Frank Branham. And of course, much more. 

Until next time, be well, stay safe and Good Gaming!

Herb Levy, President


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