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May 19, 2014 – Issue #174

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Diamonds

Just announced from Stronghold Games: Diamonds from designer Mike Fitzgerald is a trick-taking game where players collect diamonds (not the suit, but acrylic crystals included with the game). Unlike most trick-taking games if you can follow suit you get a special “suit action” based on the card you do play. Diamonds comes with 60 cards and 135 diamond crystals and is expected to be available at GenCon 2014. Keep your eye on the Stronghold Games website for more info.

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Interviews, strategies, and opinions

Spy vs. Spy

A review of “The Agents” – By Chris Meeusen
The Agents is an uncomplicated, complicated Spycraftian game from the mind of designer Saar Shai. It takes a spin (pun intended) on the Agent vs. Agent perspective with the addition of the double-edge card. My devotion for card games notwithstanding, I love even more the introduction of a mechanic allowing players new ways to manipulate in game outcomes that allow for change the way the game is played…. (read the rest)
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