John-Michael Gariepy

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Power Grid: First Sparks – Respect: What Is It?

Let’s say you have a new public park in your city.  It’s nice and open with plenty of space for sports, a play yard for children, some grills… nothing too fancy, but there was a lot of thought put into this park.  Let’s say that after one week of the park being open to the public, a huge crevice opened up.  It’s about twenty feet across, five feet wide and ten feet deep, and stretches between the see-saws and the tennis court.  It was nobody’s fault:  There was a small underground cave here that no one knew about, and the increased foot traffic toppled the cave’s roof in.  Let’s say the park authority put a bunch of signs up and some traffic cones.  It’s been a month now, and this is it.  When people contact the park authorities, their response is “We informed the public about the hole, took out space in the local newspapers and clearly marked the hole so that no one could fall in by accident.  If anyone falls in and hurts themselves, it’s their own fault.”  How would you feel about that?

I feel that way every time I think of Power Grid: First Sparks.

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Game Night, Part 3: The Quest for Vengeance

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In a far away land, in the distant future, one man musters the courage to gather an unlikely band of adventurers to battle the ancient powers of sloth and inertia. This winter, Prepare yourself for Game Night! An action-packed media sensation where cowards perish and the fierce break all the rules.

Chapter III: The Quest for Vengeance, is the third installment in the Action Packed, Rock’em and Sock’em, Game Night Series. The previous installments of this world-wide premier are located here and here.

All right! You’ve got some games, a place to play and friends! They’re itching to play the latest game you picked up, and you’ve made a schedule that makes everyone happy. All you have to do is get together and play!

Well, that’s the last article everybody! Thanks for reading Game Night, and have a good time.

What do you mean the article series isn’t over. As I’m typing this sentence there is nothing but blank space after it. What? You say you see a full article? Clearly, we’re at odds. You got what you wanted: you got a game group together. Now all you have to do is have fun while….


I guess I do have a few more things to say.

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Game Night, Part 1: Getting Your Game On!

[Hey!  It’s Game Night!  Of all the articles I’ve written for GFG so far, I’m most proud of this three part article.  The concept is simple:  There are a lot of people who need help getting a game group together.  Here’s what I know.

While I may have picked up a few tricks over the years, the unfortunate news is that I probably know either as much as you do on the subject, or just a little more.  That’s dangerous territory.  When somebody writes a 3- part, 3,000 word essay to me filled with things I already know, I’m rarely interested.  It’s a good thing I’ve got a great sense of humor, so the article is worth reading even if you already know all this stuff.  At least, that’s what people who like my sense of humor tell me.  They’re very vocal about it too, by rolling their eyes, crossing their arms, and really taking the time to stress all the words in a painfully long manner.  I thank them when they are done, and, while they tap their foot in excitement, I go into a litany of jokes from the Christian camp I used to go to when I was a young teen.  This always gets people worked up, so that they can’t even look at me anymore for fear of, I assume, being unable to control their laughter.] Read more…

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