So, back in the day I had a NES. No biggie, everyone did. I rocked the Mario Bros. games, killed it at Contra, stumbled my way through the Zelda games. Pretty typical experience. But I had a game that no one else had: M.U.L.E.
M.U.L.E. was basically like a mock futures market set on an alien planet where you had the goal of a.) surviving, and b.) making money. You take turns picking out plots of land and could farm, produce energy, mine some fancy metal out of the ground, etc. Disasters strike, plagues come, meteors crush your plots of land, pirates show up and steal shit. You could win money at the casino; sell your excess stores of food or starve your enemies; and chase the wampus for extra bucks. It was great. Tons of fun, and infinitely variable given the relative simplicity of design. I’m told it’s similar to Settlers of Catan, but I’ve never played that game so I couldn’t say for sure.
Anyway, the game was awesome. Someone has gotten access to the rights and has put together a Kickstarter campaign to get enough funding to do it right. I pitched in $25. I encourage you to do the same, whether you’re a fan of the original or just intrigued by the opportunity to play a reboot of “the 19th most important video game of all time.”