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No, I didn’t write dnd upside down.

No, I’m not talking about Pickle ‘n’ Parsnip sandwiches.

No, I’m not talking about Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase.

No, of course I needed to look that last one up on wikipedia.

Anyway, I’m talking about Print and Play today.  These are games that can be found on the internet, often for free, where you simply print out the bits you need on your own printer (or from various online printers or your local Kinko’s or whatever) and then scavenge pieces and dice from other games or from things just laying around your house.

There are LOTS of them.  And what’s great, there are LOTS of GOOD ones.  And what’s even better, there are LOTS of GOOD FREE ones.

No joke!  There are games like

30r

Which, if you know the rules well enough, is simply one sheet of paper, two six-sided dice and a pencil.  You roll the dice, draw your “tracks” and try to connect your “stations” for points (the bit on the right helps you calculate your score, it doesn’t look like that much without reading the rules first).  It’s a whole lot of fun, and can be played solo or with multiple people.  With low barrier to entry, there is no reason to not at least give this one a try.  DO IT. (Rules and sheet are found in the “Files section” on the page)

I’ll wait.

My next playthrough will be a print and play.  It, too, only involves printing one sheet, though even that is hardly needed.  What IS needed, though, is a stack of index cards.  I will be playing:

Dum dum DUUUMMMMMMM

DEEP FUTURE.

The only printout is the “Board” which consists of a collection of hexes which is the galaxy I’ll be playing in.  The index cards will be my deck of playing cards as I explore the galaxy, find worlds, populate them, develop new technologies and all that fun stuff one does when you’re a hyper-advanced space-faring civilization.

And since I’m using Index cards, I’m going to be writing all over them as I play, altering the cards, adding cards, removing cards, changing the galaxy as generation after generation of civilization rises and falls  meaning if you want to play along with me (and why wouldn’t you?), your galaxy will end up looking far different from mine based on simple Darwinian evolution.

Neat, huh?

Go here if you want to snag the rules and the board and such.  Don’t worry, I’ll teach you as I play along.  You’ll also need some small tokens that you can easily differentiate into two different types.  Like a pile of pennies and a pile of dimes, or different colored cubes, or paperclips and rubberbands if you’re reading this at work (good for you!).  And, of course, you’ll need your stack of index cards.  If you can get the smaller 3″x2.5″ ones, they’re better for shuffling.  If not, I would cut the larger ones in half, but that’s just me.  Do whatever feels good for you.  You start with 36 cards in play and add from there.  I’m assuming 50 cards should get you through a lot of play.

So gather your belongings and get ready to live a few millennia in the Deep Future.

 

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