Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sizzletoad: My Gaming Prejudices Revealed

Dave Weinstock, who designed Sizzletoad left me a comment last night (or earlier this morning), letting me know that there were updated rules to the game up on his website.

I freely admit - I don't tend to give lighter games a fair shake. I like depth and meat. Sizzletoad is a very light game. I'm also 30 years old and childless. This means that I'm not in the Sizzletoad target audience, so I'm not expected to be a raving fan of the game.

Honestly, I've been thinking about getting a set for my parents, who recently adopted three children, ages 3, 5, and 7. It's a great low-level strategy game to start young gamers on. Most of them already know how to play "Rock, Paper, Scissors" and "Tic-Tac-Toe." This is just a step or two past that, and uses mechanics from both.

I guess this means I need to visit my parents, to if the kids like playing my copy. I've previously expressed doubts as to whether Sizzletoad was $20 good or not - maybe a few games with its target audience will tip that for me.

I'll let you know what I find out.

2 comments:

  1. Dear Eric,

    I just wanted to say that I was genuinely impressed with your even-handedness in commenting so very quickly about Sizzletoad! a second time in your blog.

    My limited experience with feedback on the two games that I have published thus far (ChessHeads and Sizzletoad!) has shown me that such an approach is a rare commodity in the hobby game world.

    I wanted you to know that, as a small game designer, developer, and publisher, I very much appreciate it.

    If you or those in your circle have any further observations regarding anything I have created, or are at all interested in seeing advanced rule sets of other games that I am working on for input and evaluation or alpha/beta-testing, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    By the way, I will soon be posting a "What's New WizerGames?" section on my ChessMate.com web store, which will have advanced rule sets and PDF files for prepublication games and product projects that I am developing.

    Thank you again.

    My contact information is below.

    Sincerely,

    D. M. Weinstock
    ChessMate.com & WizerGames
    http://www.chessmate.com
    chessmate@chessmate.com
    OFFICE: (425) 697-4513
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  2. Eric,

    Another good kids game is Chicken Cha cha cha.. I recommend it highly!

    I should be bring back a copy with me when I return.

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