Credit Crunch — A free boardgame you’re already playing

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I happen to know that game publishers are rushing to cash in on the credit crunch. First mover award goes to The Economist for a freebie which you can download here even if you can’t afford a subscription.

The aim is to be the last solvent player. In order to achieve this, players try to eliminate the competition. Risk cards encourage players to pick on each other.

Players who cannot pay their fines may borrow from each other at any rate they care to settle on—for instance, 100% interest within three turns. They should negotiate with the other players to get the best rate possible. Players who cannot borrow must either go into Chapter 11 or be taken over.

Players may conceal their assets from each other.

Another bonus: YOU GET TO PRINT YOUR OWN MONEY. Yep, just like the Treasury and probably a good bit more reliable.

Can’t wait to play a fictitious version of this for once.

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Thanks to Shaun Abrahamson for the link!

Never say the Scots don’t have a sense of humor

Collateral Damage's in-laws stopped by the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, something they've been doing for many years whenever they visit the UK. They report the town and the chapel have been overrun by Da Vinci Code tourists (they had to tell me it was in the book. Apparently it shows up after page 8, which was how far I'd read when I threw it against a wall). The townspeople have not been hesitant to make a pound or two off this phenom and the local pub serves things like "Da Vinci Code Chicken." Another local has posted a sign that reads "Da Vinci Code Horse Manure, 50P" over a regularly refreshed pile of the stuff. A shovel is provided but it appears you have to bring your own container.

(BTW, apologies for my abscence. It's been one of those weeks.)

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