Today’s blog post is all about what’s going on in the world of puzzles and games, and let me tell you, some awesome exciting things are afoot for puzzlers in the days ahead!
First off, The Indie 500 crossword tournament is this weekend!
There are only a few days left to sign up for this new puzzle tournament spearheaded by constructors Erik Agard, Peter Broda, Neville Fogarty, Andy Kravis, Evan Birnholz, and Finn Vigeland. And if you can’t make it to Washington, D.C., this weekend, don’t fret! For just $10, you can participate from home, receiving the puzzles by mail or email. (There are even bonus puzzles being offered, and you name your own price!)
You better believe I’ve already signed up for both sets of puzzles. I can’t wait to see what the Indie 500 crew has in store for its inaugural event.
Secondly, there are only a few days left to contribute to the incredibly ambitious Titan Series Kickstarter campaign. A three-year, nine-game program masterminded by the folks at Calliope Games, the Titan Series involves some of the top names in the field of board games and card games, including James Ernest, Paul Peterson, Zach and Jordan Weisman, and Eric Lang.
Congratulations are already in order, as the campaign passed its initial funding goal of $135,000 (!!!), and is now pursuing additional games as stretch goals! Although the entire lineup of games created for the Titan Series won’t be completed until 2018, there will be plenty to talk about in the months ahead.
Finally, you may recall the video I posted above, featuring a forum hosted by game creator and puzzler Mike Selinker (mastermind of The Maze of Games and member of the aforementioned Titan Series team of designers).
In the video, Mike listed the 100 Games You Absolutely, Positively Must Know How to Play. Spanning card games, board games, video games, and roleplaying games, it’s an impressive list, to be sure.
And Amber Cook has accepted Mike Selinker’s challenge. She’s launched a blog called The 100 Games Project, and she intends to tackle all one hundred games on the list!
As a member of the Looney Labs team, Amber has contributed to some terrific games herself, so I’m looking forward to reading her thoughts as she experiences all sorts of new games and puzzly challenges.
With so much going on in the world of puzzles and games, it’s hard to keep up, but immensely worthwhile.
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