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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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Valiant Westland

OK... Up until today, I've avoided most of the games in SL, with the exception of Castle Wars at Muse Isle. ps. Ready for a rematch JenzZa?

I am definitely going to check this out! Heck, I might even need to invest in a swashbuckling Alt or get a Prince Valiant outfit, complete with broadsword!

This is the type of application that will make SL "stickier" for users, something LL truly needs, given their 80+% churn rate. It will be interesting to see how successful it is over time.

Random Merryman

You might want to read Hotspur O'Toole on the subject of counting - with input from Rifkin Habsburg himself in the comments.
http://hiberniaskids.blogspot.com/2009/03/should-there-be-en-garde-league-for.html

kanomi

Thanks both of you for the comments and Random for the link. That's a very interesting discussion of the card-counting in the game. I am sure it's not quite as possible in the irl boardgame...which is something to be considered when porting to SL.

I would say this: I didn't mean to imply it was necessary, and I won my first two matches without having to do that (without even knowing it was possible).

But I think it's something players need to be aware of as an additional tool when they advance to competitive play. Because it's going to happen and it's an aid.

Aries Oh

En Garde is not only a fun, card-based, strategy game - it can also be great fun socially. Even if you are pointing sharp objects at eachother, the term "friendlies" is really good for the non-competition games.

I think the timed games should be mentioned too. The game has options for playing games with limited time for each player each round. (60, 90 or 120 seconds.)

Even if United En Garde is a great series of tournaments, I would like to add that there are a number of local tournaments run on a less regular basis, as well as the http://engardecl.wordpress.com>En Garde Champions League which is for individual players, but also has a team competition embedded.

En Garde!

Nonsmokergirl Tulip

One thing I like about En Garde is how 'Personal' the game is for it's players. You can make your own weapons. One player I know uses a tennis racket for her weapon...and when she fights you can hear Monica Seles grunting in exertion in the background. This is a serious game that allows for lots of silliness too :)

Hotspur O'Toole

I don't mean to nitpick, but the Slugfest game you have pictured here isn't the game that En Garde is based on. This is a decent representation of the oldest version of En Garde:

http://freespace.virgin.net/chris.lawson/rk/engarde/engarde.jpg

The MOST current version is published by Ferti in Europe, the box cover is here:

http://timewellspent.org/grfx/game_2379/En-Garde_f_2379.jpg

Just an FYI,

Hotspur

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