House of Slack Games

Tabletop gaming is the best.



May 2015

Wiccage Edits

by Joshua Buergel, on Wiccage

It's been almost a year since I last looked at Wiccage, but during some daydreaming recently, I suddenly saw a path forward. One of the problems of the game was that the spell system was both important to the game, and a distraction. You found yourself managing mana, but many of the plays were trivial. It wasn't really doing the right thing in the game, but it was still there…



November 2014

Mystery Rummy Soundtracks

by Joshua Buergel, on Whimsy

A discussion with Grant Rodiek today led quickly to traditional style card games, which pretty quickly led to me geeking out about the Mystery Rummy series by Mike Fitzgerald. As I wait for the Kickstarter for Escape from Alcatraz to ship, I thought I'd share where my brain went on the previous games. Specifically, to music. I'm almost as big of a music nerd as I am a games nerd…



September 2014

About Us

by Joshua Buergel

House of Slack Games is a way for me to participate more fully in the hobby I love. Hobby games have been a part of my life ever since I was given a copy of the Holmes edition of Dungeons & Dragons more than thirty years ago. I've never stopped loving tabletop games, and that love includes a desire to create them. I'll post my thoughts about games here, and…



September 2014

Foresight Deck

by Joshua Buergel, on Game Description

A Foresight deck is a unique deck of poker cards with suits on the back. The number of suits on the back depends on the strength of the card: Aces and Kings have all four suits on the back Queens, Jacks, and Tens have three suits (one correct) on the back Nine through Four have two suits (one correct) on the back Threes and Twos have their suit on the…



August 2014

Killing Monsters has a full prototype now

by Joshua Buergel, on KMATTS, Design

Although it's been a while since I've written anything here, I've nevertheless been busy with gaming. Work has continued on Hocus Poker, where Grant and I have shifted our energies to what we're calling 3.0, a game that is played with only cards. That's consumed some of my time, as well as the summer eating up a lot of free time. But of more consequence is that I've buckled…



May 2014

Get to know a game: Ambush!

by Joshua Buergel, on Get To Know a Game

I was going to write up Bargain Hunter next, but in an effort to prove that I'm not actually obsessed with trick-taking games, I'm going to go in a very different direction instead. It might be harder to get further away from a nice, lightly-themed trick-taker than this game: Ambush! Ambush! is a World War II boardgame set at the individual soldier level, published by Victory Games in 1983. It…