If you have never heard of the Viking period game called Hneftafl, you are in for a treat. If you have heard of it, or even played it, you're in for one anyway, because this might get you back around the board, saving or dooming the king, drinking mead by the fire as the dogs worry a bone in the rushes at your feet.

The understanding of aliens in common parlance has enough variety in there that they really serve well as a mystery, possibly THE MYSTERY, in many games. I mean, just looking at the more established tropes – we have grays, abduction, and medical experimentation; Nordic supermen bestowing advanced knowledge upon the backward human race, and reptiods hunting humans for their own amusement.

 

When "Where does the Poop Go" first got proposed as the subject for a "d-Infinity Live!" episode, I was on holidays, with only sporadic wifi access. So when I was deciding what to talk about I initially made the assumption that we would literally be talking about where the poop goes in gaming – which, much like movies and novels, is often overlooked.

Below are my notes for the episode. On the show, I only got through about half of what I wrote.

These are the games that I came up with for the Games for Terrible Parties episode of D-Infinity Live. For the first couple I seemed to be channeling Terrible Games for Parties, so I tried to make up for that with the third one. But I think the fourth entry is actually s decent rehashtag of a classic kids game.

 

One of the points we talked about last night on the Unusual Creatures show was that the creatures need to suit the setting. Throwing an allosaurus into a normal fantasy game feels odd, and not the good odd of an Oddity. It just feel kinda wrong, unless there is a reason for the allosaurus being there.

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