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This issue's news is...

  • Thanks, thoughts and some new items!

Articles in this issue:

  • A fully immersive experience - We look at the link between Avatar and World of Warcraft.
  • Games - Not just for children? - Matt Thrower looks at the gaming hobby and at who plays these games.
  • Recruiting new gamers - A light article on ways to introduce new players to the gaming community.
  • Interview: MMORPG.com - We speak to Craig MacGregor about this great MMO resource and the gaming industry.
  • Board of the Rings - New Zealand retailer, David Taylor, shares his thoughts on games and gaming.
  • 101: How to... Preparing & Painting Miniature Figures - Tim Elliott gives us an amusing look at his lead addiction.
  • A Mystery Adventure in Las Vegas - What better way to try LARP than as a detective in Las Vegas?
  • Interview: Matt Leacock - Matt Leacock talks to us about his newest gaming project, Forbidden Island.
  • Alternative kids games - Laura gives an overview of some games aimed at younger kids and families.

Games and Events Reviewed:

  • Shotgun Diaries - A mature RPG, reviews by Nathan Russell.
  • Mutants & Death Ray Guns - An alternative skirmish RPG, reviewed by Nathan Russell.
  • Fiasco - Chris Norwood review this 'Coen-brothers-move' like RPG.
  • 7ate9 - Laura Meyer looks at this fun, educational, quick round family game.
  • Tobago - A fun boardgame where you build maps, uncver clues and find treasure, reviewed by Chris Norwood.
  • The Hanging Gardens - This card laying game proved to be a good find for reviewer, Neil Myer.
  • Word on the Street - A fun party game, where you try to claim letters in quick fire rounds, reviewd by Neil.
  • Ticket to Ride - A regular favourite, and great gateway-game, reviewd by Laura Myer.
  • Wooly Bully - Neil reviews this family tile laying game, where the size of your flock counts.

In 'Other Items'...

  • Invitation to Retailers to list their business in our printed edition
  • Information on the 2011 'Game a Day' calendar
  • Event Listing invitation to go into the calendar
  • A look at Meet-up to find gaming groups in your area
  • A suggested film
  • Cupcakes for game night
  • A reminder for the upcoming UKExpo
  • The possible benefits on gaming on TED
  • Another free iPhone application

Cover art by Neil Meyer.

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Thank You!
Editorial

Results of feedback on the first issue, leading to new features in this issue. Also a call to readers to vote in

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A fully immersive experience
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A look at how the MMO industry may have influenced \'\'Avatar\'\', the 2009 film.

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Games - Not just for children?
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A look at the fact that adults play games, setting this in a greater social context.

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Recruiting new gamers
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How to introduce non-gamers to the greater world of games. The gateway board games discussed are:

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MMORPG
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An interview with Craig MacGregor, the founder and CEO of MMORPG.com.

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Board of the Rings
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A local\'s view of New Zealand, the gaming hobby there, and game design.

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A "101 - How to..." article: Preparing & Painting Miniature Figures
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A humorous look at the world of miniature painting.

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A Mystery Adventure in Las Vegas
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An interview with the staff of Mystery Adventures who run detective-genre LARP events in Las Vegas.

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An Interview with: Matt Leacock
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A discussion with Matt Leacock, concentrating on Forbidden Island, his new game.

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Laura looks at... Alternative kids games
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A look at some non-mainstream board games to engage children. Discussed games comprise:

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A selection of brief articles and reviews of supporting products:

  • Calling All Retailers to be added to a

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Letters, Feedback & Comments...
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