I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. I did and the highlight was seeing an adaptation of War of the Worlds that was presented in Craigdarroch Castle. (This is the same locale that was used for an expansion of Cheapass Games' Kill Dr. Lucky.) Great fun as we had to scurry from room to room (and outside!) following the actors and action. The Martians elicited as many smiles as screams when they did appear but much was gained from the fact that you never knew where they were. Hearing them shuffling about in the outside hallway or building their machines on the floor above added greatly to the suspense. Good stuff!

Not everyone is a fan of the holiday though so I suspect that many of our readers are more interested in the new releases at the recently held game fair in Essen, Germany. There are lots and lots of reports on the net but sadly, none here on The Games Journal. I'd like to attend every other year and so I was "due" to be there (my last visit was in 2002) but vacation plans in Southern California meant that I could not afford the time or money necessary to get to Europe. Poor planning on my part I suppose. To be honest, I don't care too much about missing the games I'm sure there were good ones but I'll get to play them sooner or later. What I do miss is meeting those friends I made in previous years. Some of them I'll get to see in April at The Gathering of Friends but there are many who don't attend that event. So, Essen becomes the one time that I can see those people and I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I'm sure they all had a great time and I really hope that I'll be able to partake in the fun in 2005.

-Greg Aleknevicus

Reading about games is a real pleasure for me and I'm happy to discover new books about them. Unfortunately there are very few that concern the type of game that I like to play. Not so with other games such as Chess, Go or Bridge in which any bookstore will have many titles from which to choose. I shouldn't have been surprised then when Joe Huber submitted his review this month it features books on Bridge that are written as fiction. Although I don't play the game, I'm tempted to read the books for the pure novelty of the idea.


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