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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column normally about gaming away from the television screen or monitor. I'm breaking from tradition to answer a nagging question: What happens to a gamer when he moves to another country? And I'm not talking about board and card games...

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Returning from hiatus, Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. What happens to a gamer when he moves out of the country? Well, for one, he loses his group of gamer buddies -- the people he could call up to come over and play a co...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Looney Labs -- makers of Fluxx and those bizarre Icehouse pieces -- are once again in their element with Chrononauts, a time-traveling card game that is almost too clever to...

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This summer, teams of college students have amassed on their school campuses to create solar-only, off-the-grid, self-powered homes, which will eventually compete in Washington D.C. for the Department of Energy's 2007 Solar Decathlon. To build the houses, students are limited to currently availabl...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Oh Barnes & Noble, what happened to you? Less than a year ago, your halls were flush with all the greatest board games, in honor of National Games Week. You carried Carca...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Just so we're clear, Icehouse isn't a game. Well, technically that's not true. Icehouse was a game, designed by John Cooper of Looney Labs in the late 80s. Now, Looney Labs u...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. We've been paying a lot of attention to James Ernest over the past few weeks. As the founder, president, and lead game designer at Cheapass Games, he's responsible for a slew...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Continuing our love-fest with the games of James Ernest (we'll be moving on to other designers soon, I promise), we've come to Diceland, a unique two-player tabletop title that...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. I never wanted to be a candyman. Gene Wilder's take on the role of confectionaire extraordinaire gave me the shakes, and Johnny Depp's recent attempt at the part just gave me a ...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. James Ernest's games are nothing if not creative. Give me the Brain!, from way back in 1997, is a card game set in a fast-food joint, which just happens to exclusively employ zo...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. As a consumer, my biggest gripe with games like RoboRally and Carcassonne is the price of admission. Non-digital games often depend on the "shiny" factor to get them off of ret...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. In the spirit of the book - and of Off the Grid's focus on the disparities between digital and non-digital formats - I'm going to concentrate less on the content of McKenzie War...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Rules are awesome. If you're a fan of games, this is an inescapable truth for you. Every game you play is comprised of a set of rules, ranging from elementary to near-incompreh...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. In 1992, Richard Garfield met with a new company called Wizards of the Coast in order to get them to publish a board game he designed with Mike Davis. They liked what they saw,...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Since I couldn't find anyone to play Robo Rally with me this week, I thought I'd take this opportunity to instead discuss my experience as one of the IGDA's Student Scholars at...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. On the final day of the 2007 Game Developers Conference, Gamelab's Eric Zimmerman and area/code's Frank Lantz organized a one-hour presentation on a unique game concept they'd ...

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In Joystiq's Off the Grid feature, Scott Jon Siegel recently interviewed Brian Reynolds of Big Huge Games. Big Huge Games, as 360 Fanboy readers know, is the developer of the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title, Catan. The interview focuses on the challenges of bringing the classic board game to Xbox L...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. Big Huge Games, the developer behind the acclaimed Rise of Nations series, recently made a splash on the internet with the announcement that they were bringing the board game ...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. This game was clearly made for me. An analog game about developing digital games? It's like they were listening to my dreams. The "they" in this case is Pink Godzilla Games, a ...

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Every other week Scott Jon Siegel contributes Off the Grid, a column on gaming away from the television screen or monitor. The card game Set has been around since 1991, but I only learned about it recently. During a recent trip to Israel, a friend introduced me to the game. He was surprised that I ...

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