Having been given permission Iam going to post one the reviews from their magazine so we can all see. For anyone unfamilar with games gazette they have been reviewing games of all descriptions from card games to video games over 30yrs and the fact that they have allowed to use their material I must say is a great honour. Now hopefully once all technical aspects have been resolved Chris Baylis will be coming to do some writing for us here at G3. So as I said here is the review of the Dwarf king.
Published by Iello designed by Bruno Faidutti

The Dwarf king, at first glance, is a simple trick taking game, with three suit of thirteen cards, Dwarves, Goblins and Knights. Setting up the game you randomly add one of the fourteen speacial cards to make a deck of forty cardsamong the players(2-4) and then the first round can begin.

The player who is dealt the five of Knights gets to determine thescoring method for the round, he draws a tile from a deck of twenty, and chooses one of two ways of scoring, for example, +1 per trick won this round or -1 per trick won this round.

The player with the five of Goblins plays first, and other players each play a card, in turn following suit if possible. If you win the trick you are the dealer for the following round. The game is played over seven rounds, with the winner being the player with the higest score at the end of last round.

It is a quick, fun game in a little over thirty minutes. Great as an end to an evening, or whilst you are waiting for the last person in group to arrive.As trick taking games go, it is original enough to be fresh, and easy enough to be both a family/gamers game.

Review by Grant

Don’t forget you can find Games gazette either at www.gamesgazette.co.uk or by buying their bi-monthly magazine in all good rpg speacialists.

“Whoa there!” I expect you’re thinking, “This is a geek site, not a craft place. WTF is this?” Well stick with me while I explain.

It’s generally accepted cannon in most SF/Fanasty universes that certain, if not all, magic users require a focus to channel or control said magic, right? Some time ago my roleplay group started a game in the Dresden Files universe. Go and check it out, it’s pretty awesome. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Done? Good. Well as you can see every magic user has an affinity with one of the 5 elements. Dresden himself has an affinity with Fire, while his apprentice Molly works with Spirit. Back to my game. I decided I wanted to play an apprentice wizard with an affinity for Earth and my GM said I needed a focus. It could be anything, as long as it was something my character could make, something that could stay on her and was unlikely to come off, and something that represented her affinity. My character was from a rural background so I had her make a bracelet out of natural twine with wooden ornaments.

The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea, and after reading a post by my friend Asheyna, and browsing the local craft shops I decided to make my own.

I partly followed the instructions on Ash’s blog and part from this site. No, it’s not quite what I had in mind, but I’m still pretty happy with how it turned out. The green on the shields fits in, as does the flower, ‘harmony’ and ‘spirit’ written on the dangly bits. It cost me £11 for the hemp and the embellishments (with plenty left over if I want to make another, or 5) and took maybe 20 minutes.

The hardest part was getting the knots consistently right (I did this as I watched TV and kept getting distracted). I think the only thing I would change is the knot at the end; I would put a button or big bead there next time I think, just to make it a bit more secure.

Anyway, this is an easy, quick and fun project whether you need a prop for a game, or a present for someone. Give it a try!

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