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Streets Behind

I want a house next to the high-rise. I bet I can sell it to a development company for a million bucks. Two million. Three.

When I contemplate Haakon Gaarder’s Villagers, its defining characteristic is its “light touch,” a careful avoidance of going too far with its complexity or authorial intrusion. Instead, it employs sparing strokes: a few abilities, sparse rules, a shared social space that made immediate sense to everyone involved.

Streets is a follow-up to Villagers in more ways than one. And it could have used a heavier touch.

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