As you may have noticed, I am going to be talking about a less than trad game in this column. There will be a few of these in the near future resulting from my trip to GenCon. I want to cover the things I did there, then it is back to 1990 as usual.
On Sunday at GenCon I was intercepted by Vincent Baker as I walked by his booth. To be honest, I did not know who he was at the time as he had never been an employee of TSR or West End Games (seems they are still making these things!). He asked me if any of the games looked interesting. I noticed Dogs in the Vineyard on the shelf, it was the only game on there that I recognized and I had actually heard a lot of good things about it in the past.
We sat down at the table in the booth and he talked to me about the game for quite a while. He was very polite and enthusiastic about the game. He was obviously very passionate about the subject matter and the system he had created. The book was only $22 so I wound up picking it up.
The book is visually simple, yet appealing. It is well edited, with no obvious typos. Vincent Baker uses a conversational tone in Dogs in the Vineyard, talking directly to the reader. His enthusiasm is present in the book, he often points out things he thinks are cool while explaining the rules. Read the rest of this entry »