At video game and comic book conventions (and even amusement parks nowadays), some people like to dress up as their favorite characters! And PAX South was no exception. So here are a collection of cosplayers that I took pictures of last weekend.
The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the biggest gaming conventions open to the public. It’s been around for a good while, but at first it was only limited to being in Seattle (I’ve been to quite a few of the Seattle ones). Over the past few years, that’s changed as there have been PAX conventions in Boston and even Australia! And now, for the second year in a row, they had a PAX South convention located in San Antonio, TX last weekend! I live near Dallas, TX, so I attended this one as well as last year’s.
Boardgames like Runebound pack the positive feedback loop gaining power in MMORPGs into a few short hours of a boardgame. This new (3rd) edition of Runebound provides a new-player friendly boardgame where everyone can choose their own character’s path to power. Players can gain in power by questing to explore locations, interact with the denizens of the land, or simply fight monsters. The first player to become powerful enough to defeat the final villain wins the game. With its open-ended options, playing a game of Runebound gives the enjoyment of adventuring in a MMORPG packed into a single evening of face-to-face game play.
Runebound, 3rd Edtion
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Time: 2-3 hrs
(Review copy provided by Fantasy Flight Games)
The newest game in the Mario & Luigi RPG series just came out on the 3DS: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. It’s a crossover title between Mario & Luigi and the other popular Mario RPG series: Paper Mario. In honor of that, here is a blog where I rank every Mario RPG game in a top ten list (granted there’s only been ten of them, so, yeah).
It’s nice when the art of boardgame design meets more traditional art. In Musée, players place art-covered cards into their three-tiered museum, attempting to place similar cards adjacent to each other in order to score points. Simple and fast to play, Musée features more than 60 pieces of wonderful licensed art from the fifteenth to early twentieth century. It is an attractive game appropriate for gamers and non-gamers alike.
Well we’re into 2016 now, and with the 2015 Game of the Year stuff out of the way, it’s time to look forward to games that will be coming out this year! So here’s a list of games that I’m personally looking forward to. Now this isn’t a full list, since some stuff hasn’t even been announced yet since it’s so early. And my list does tend to lean toward the Nintendo side, because I don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One yet. But one of the things I’ll be looking forward to is finding out if those systems will have more games that interest me this year. It could very well happen, you never know! Well, at any rate, here are some games I’m looking forward to in 2016!
Can you believe that 2015 is already over? What I like to do around this time is write about the best games of the past year. Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into the making of this list. It’s just my own picks. And if a game is missing from my list, it either didn’t appeal to me as much, or I just simply haven’t played it yet. Can’t play all the games out there, you know! Plus I do apologize if this list leans toward the Nintendo side. I don’t have an Xbox One or PS4 yet, so you’ll just have to deal with it. So with that out of the way, welcome to my Best Games of 2015 Awards Show!
Happy New Year! Usually every year for Christmas, I get a new calendar for the coming year. For the past few years, it’s been a video game related calendar and I’ve usually written about it here. Well this year it’s the same way as I got an Animal Crossing calendar! So I thought I’d share some pictures of it along with a few other things I got for Christmas.
Give the gift of face to face time with a boardgame. It’s time once again for me to preach to the masses on the greatness of boardgaming. Nothing beats the social aspect of in-person gaming with friends. Last year’s run-down remains a great list of recommended games. Here again are some great examples of boardgames to get you and your family gaming. You might not find all these titles at your local mega-mart but many can be found online or in a friendly local game store. Some may argue $50+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to videogaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. Good boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future. They will provide many more hours of entertainment than most video games. In that vein, feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009.