Space-Biff! on Bloc by Bloc (3rd edition)

kent state disturbance playset

(image: National Lampoon, ca. 1971)

Thankfully, Bloc by Bloc isn’t ideologically agnostic. It’s radically and refreshingly committed to egalitarianism, clear-eyed about the contradictions that tug at modern efforts to effect change, and both deeply angry and hopelessly idealistic.

Oh, Daniel Thurot just keeps swinging and hitting them wayyy over the fence… what a nice surprise today to see that he has written a piece on the new edition of Bloc by Bloc: Uprising. It is the third edition, coming soon on Gamefound and I will be there for it, just as I was when the game was first noised about on Boardgamegeek.

Bloc by Bloc: compelling subject matter, good presentation, and genuinely interesting mechanics for both cooperative (Kumbayah) and semi-cooperative (duelling agendas) versions. One of the more inspiring things I’ve played in years.

The point is, change begins somewhere. The bug of hope must first be contracted. Whether it speaks of suffrage, liberty, civil rights, opportunity, or true equality before the law, Bloc by Bloc is no mere polemic. It understands its contradictions and grapples with them. It speaks a message while remaining playful. Most importantly, it instills a yearning for something better.

February 15, on Gamefound!

Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game

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6 Responses to Space-Biff! on Bloc by Bloc (3rd edition)

  1. Aaron D. says:

    Bloc by Bloc: For people who find organizing voting quaint and anachronistic, LOL.

  2. Aaron D. says:

    Brian, thanks for the links. The gerrymandering game is fascinating. It’s a high-art here in the States. It’s why most people are fed up with the two main parties. You have a representative you are actually happy with, then faceless bureaucrats come in and remove him/her without a vote being cast by moving boundaries and you are powerless to stop it. Eventually we Americans will gerrymander ourselves into two countries.

    • brtrain says:

      Bureaucrats are not the ones moving the boundaries, State political entities are (though they can be faceless too). Bureaucrats would be happy to leave things as they are; they have enough to do already. You may end up gerrymandered into two countries, but they will be intertwined at a nearly fractal level. I’m reminded of an illustration in an old book on mathematics I have that is buried behind some stuff right now (Mathematics and the Imagination, by Kasner in case you have it) that showed how two regions could interpenetrate but not touch nearly infinitely.

      • Brad says:

        If you’re interested, I’d highly recommend Mark Monmonier’s “Bushmanders and Bullwinkles” to learn more about redistricting. (He’s best known for “How to Lie with Maps”) Although there are plenty of examples of “I know it when I see it” gerrymandering, there are also some areas of grey–for example, when does trying to make majority-minority districts to improve minority representation turn into “packing” that advantages a different party elsewhere? It’s complicated too by Americans increasingly living in less politically heterogenous places so making truly competitive districts that aren’t contorted shapes is often tough. (May be easier to see at the state legislative level than the congressional level)

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