As most of you know, I am not just a chess player, but a game player. I played in the Backgammon World Championships in Monte Carlo one year (that's more like playing in the World Open since anyone can play). Up til recently I relaxed playing Heroes of Might and Magic III (WOG version) but the past two years I have mostly been playing the on-line game Castle-Clash. It may sound like a silly kids' game but nothing is further from the truth (just like Novice Nook is not just for novices). Castle-Clash is a very deep strategic game, and each time it is updated, the publisher IGG makes it even more complex and strategically difficult. I was hooked the first day I played it a couple years ago (It is addicting), but today it's a much better game than it was then...
Dan Heisman is a USCF Master, full-time instructor, and author of 12 chess books