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Diamond Chip Update

In case you missed the Pandante kickstarter update, here you go!

Pandante has three denominations of chips, and that’s all you need. But wouldn’t it be sweet to have a FOURTH denomination? One that looks even more valuable and awesome than the black panda chip? Let’s do this!

Introducing DIAMOND CHIPS:


This is actually the most exciting part of the whole project for me personally. I really want to have a set of all four denominations of these chips, including the awesome diamond chips, so I hope we can make this happen. If we do, the chip counts will be: 60 white chips, 60 red, 60 black, and 60 blue diamond chips (240 chips total).

There are four reasons why it helps to have a fourth denomination. The first is that if you decide to play Pandante in the real money mode, players must start with at least $100 (you start with only $50 in the social fun mode). Also, players who lose in that mode might want to rebuy in. Or a player might want to buy in for more than $100 in the first place. It really helps to use these diamond chips as $10 or $25 in that mode.

The second reason it helps to have a fourth denomination is for human poker. Several of you have mentioned that for human poker, you prefer having a fourth denomination. It still works with three denominations, but a fourth allows for more players and easier handling of larger buy-ins. So the diamond chips will make the set as a whole into a better poker set.

The third reason is that in the fun mode with the gold fairy you're trying to be the first player to reach a certain threshold of gold and it's helpful if it's easy to quickly count up the chips of anyone who is close to that threshold. If people with lots of gold change out a bunch of it for $25 diamond chips, you can figure out how much they have pretty quickly. And more than that, it just feels awesome to have the diamond chips because you get to brag. It's a baller move to say "I have so much money that I'll get a couple diamond chips so it's easier to count."

The fourth reason is just look at them, I mean wowow!


If you know any poker enthusiasts, consider mentioning the Pandante kickstarter to them. They might be intrigued by the gameplay or they might be into the great components (or both!). If we go outside the usual pool of board game players, maybe we can get enough people to make the diamond chips a reality. I hope so!


Introducing Pandante!

The Pandante kickstarter is up! Head on over there when you're ready.

We've all heard about gambling Pandas, but I didn't realize how much fun their games were until I saw them myself. They play this game called Pandante that's sort of like Human Poker, but it's a lot more about lying. You lie about what's in your hand and you lie about which abilities you have access too. (There's only a few abilities and they're pretty simple.)

(That picture shows beta cards rather than the final ones, but the kids expressions are too great to not show you!)

Everyone pretty much knows that tons of lying is going on, so that adds quite a bit of fun factor. And there's not much folding in Pandante, at least not nearly as much as in Human Poker. There's also no Panda elimination. I found that all of that has great synergy because it means everyone is participating most of the time, so that's more opportunities to lie about stuff (and laugh about it). That said, it's also playable as a really serious gambling game for real money. I really liked that it could be a really social game as well as a highly competitive one, so I decided to bring it over from the Pandalands for everyone here.

There's two versions of the game. The basic version is the kind component quality you'd expect from a good card game. The thing is, the Pandas are sticklers for poker chips, but only the best kind. So the luxury version of the game is all about custom, high quality poker chips. The chips are so good that you might want to play Human Poker with them too, so the Luxury version also comes with a special poker deck that matches the style of the rest of the game.

All the graphic design was done by the acclaimed European designer Hectóre Blivand. He only works on high fashion products, and I love the beautifully minimal look he created. It's classy.

Head on over to the kickstarter page for lots more pics, video, and info about the game and components!


Pandante next week

Next Tuesday, October 8th 2013 at around 12:01am Pacific Time, the kickstarter for my new game Pandante will launch. Are you ready?

Pandante is a panda-themed gambling game that's suitable for everyone from non-gamers who want a fun social game to hardcore poker players who play for real money. It's all about lying and keeping everyone involved without tons of folding and without player-elimination.

Not many people have heard of Pandante yet, but I think it will have pretty wide appeal. If you know anyone who doesn't like poker, or anyone who does like poker, let them know that it's coming to kickstarter on October 8th. Thanks!


Fantasy Strike Assistant for iPhone

The Fantasy Strike Assistant app is now available for free on iPhone and iPod.

Here's the app description:

The Fantasy Strike Assistant helps ease logistics of playing Yomi, Puzzle Strike and Flash Duel.

Look up any card in the Fantasy Strike games, track life totals in Yomi and randomize your bank chips in Puzzle Strike! Look up exact abilities and stats so you can be at the top of your game...or just admire the card art. :)

a. View every card in Yomi
b. View every chip in Puzzle Strike and Puzzle Strike Shadows
c. View every card in Flash Duel, including Deathstrike Dragon's cards
d. Track life totals and knockdown state for two characters at once in Yomi (the app knows the starting life of each character to make it even easier)
e. Instantly pick a randomized set of bank chips for Puzzle Strike, either from the 3rd Edition base set, the Shadows expansion, or from both.
f. Choose from lots of preset banks
g. Swap out certain chips in the list and replace them with other chips to keep track of the swap procedure when playing in tournament formats.
h. Character randomizer for when you'd rather leave your character choice to chance. 

Fantasy Strike Assistant is a reference guide and helper, not a game. It requires the tabletop card games from Sirlin Games ( or access to the online versions at

Download it now. :)



The Evolution of Gaming Consoles

Here's a walk through console history. Notice what a striking leap the NES is in terms of industrial design over what came before it. Also notice that we've evolved from all those many different looking machines of the past down to just two bland looking black boxes.

The Evolution of Gaming Consoles

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