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Cohesive Vision

February 9, 2009

This is the second time I’ve seen Stalin’s Stash come together and it’s just as exciting the second time around as it was the first. Maybe even more exciting, now that there are are new pieces, it’s tile-based, and there are shiny new treasures, all of which match the old board. The greatest part, however, is how well the custom dice fit into it. The red plastic is the same as the red on the board, and the gold pips perfectly match the treasure. As usual, the printing came out spectacularly, and it will be great to play this again with the new rules in place.

The funny thing is how much enjoyment Julia and I get out of this game while playing it makes everyone else miserable. That’s what happens when you design a game based on schadenfreude, or finding enjoyment in others’ misery. I’m sure anyone who plays it enough would get the same kind of kick out of it eventually, but until then this game ends marriages. It is not something that should willingly fall into the hands of the public. The public must scream for it, must beg to tear themselves apart. That or a publishing deal falls into my lap. Whichever comes first.

As you can see from the picture at the right, the board is now in fourths. This is so it will fit in the briefcase. Just put the pieces together modularly and you have the full board. Getting the whole thing into a briefcase has made it much more portable than the giant box it was in before. Trying to figure out how I can get the logo on the top of the briefcase. More than likely it’ll be either spray paint or silk screen. The tricky part is the texture of the briefcase, which could mess up a silk screen print, but less likely to mess up spray paint. I’ll get some suggestions this week.

 Off to program some new attacks into Absolution. For the motherland!


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