All posts tagged 'Misc'

Angry Birds at TopGolf

TopGolf is a chain of high tech golf driving ranges.  You reserve a spot and can use these clubs (or bring your own), and you can scan your club to eject golf balls from a machine.  Then you swing and hit the ball and try to get it to go into big holes on the playfield for points.  I’m not totally sure how it works, but there are trackers in the ball so you can see the ball’s trajectory on a TV screen after you hit it.  A dumb way to describe it is that it’s kind of like bowling, but it’s golf.  Anyway, TopGolf has teamed up with Angry Birds for a new mode of play you can try.  There’s actually a TopGolf in the same city where I live, so I went there a few months ago to test it out, and I finally got a chance to write about how it works.

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Unplugged: Terrain Tinker & 3D Printed Terrain

As a fan of cool technology and a gamer, I was quick to embrace 3D printing to trick out my gaming habits.  In the past, I’ve dumped a fair bit of money on cool 3D terrain to add splash to my role playing games.  Not long after that, 3D printing really came into its own and it was feasible to print your own 3D terrain tiles. One of the newest 3D terrain-related kickstarters (ending soon) is Terrain Tinker. It’s basically an interface for designing one’s 3D adventure setup on a computer, which can then output all the model STL files one would need to print them out in 3D.  It interfaces with the folks over at Printable Scenery who sell STL files for all sorts of cool terrain and features.  The Kickstarter is ending soon, so I thought I’d send a shout-out about the project before it closes on March 6th.

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Unplugged: Homeworlds (Boardgame)

Homeworlds Cover ArtworkLoony Labs has two solid game lines going for it. One is the chaotic but entertaining line of Fluxx games, and the other is its line of games based around a set of of colored plastic pyramids. Sold in many different ways, the pyramid line is now available in several small box releases. Homeworlds, reviewed here, is probably the deepest and most strategic of the games released. In a sort of space-chess way, the pyramids in the game represent ships and planets, with each color of pyramid granting a player different powers when used. The goal of the game is to mess with the enemy player’s homeworld and trigger a win.

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Nintendo Switch Toys in Burger King Kids Meals!

Staring in February, Burger King has kids meal toys based on Nintendo Switch games!  Sorry this article is a little late, and I don’t know if they’re still doing them.  But they might still have them.  So let’s take a look at what they have!

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Game Preview: Guilty Gear -Strive- (PS4, PS5)

While Street Fighter 2 is probably the most recognizable one-one-one 2-D fighting game series, there are plenty of others that have made a name for themselves over the years.  With its anime styled characters and rockin’ soundtrack, Guilty Gear is just one of those series.  And there’s a new one coming out in about a month called Guilty Gear -Strive- and I got a preview beta build of it to review!  Now, keep in mind since this is a beta build, there may be changes to the final game.  Hopefully I’ll get to review that, too! Anyway, Guilty Gear -Strive- will be available on PS4 and PS5, but I’m playing the beta on PS4 here.

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Unplugged: Ice Duo (Boardgame)

Ice Duo, Looney Labs, 2020 — front cover (image provided by the publisher)Loony Labs has two solid game lines going for it.  One is the chaotic but entertaining line of Fluxx games, and the other is its line of games based around a set of of colored plastic pyramids.  Sold in many different ways, the pyramid line is now available in several small box releases.  Ice Duo, reviewed here, is actually two games in one.  Ice Dice is a push your luck style game of rolling dice to collect pyramids while Twin Win has players moving pyramids around the board in order to arrange them in a specific (secret) configuration for the win.

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Unplugged: Deckscape (The Curse of the Sphinx)

Image result for deckscape curse of the sphinxWhile it may be hard to get out of the house, fans of escape rooms have alternatives that can be played at home. Deckscape, one of several lines of at-home escape room games, is a complete escape room experience in a (large) pocket-sized box of cards. Obviously, it can’t take the place of an in-person, physical escape room, its nonlinear progression through many puzzles may be the next best thing.

 

 

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RPG Miniatures – Boneyard

Rather than focus on a particular storyline, the newest entry in the WizKids line of role playing game miniatures focuses on hordes of undead.  The common figures span the gamut of typical undead hordes, while some of the rare large creatures are just downright disturbing.  (Let the reader decide if that’s good or bad.)  Releasing in March, D&D Icons of the Realms: Boneyard is a mix of standard and more unique pieces with which to build your undead army.

 

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Unplugged: Strike (Boardgame)

Strike – a simple, quick game of dice-chucking goodness. Players take turns rolling (or throwing) their dice into an arena inlay in the box. Remove any matching dice and leave the rest for the next player. The last player with dice is crowned the winner of the game. The idea is simple and the execution is spot on, making Strike a fine game for the start of a gaming evening or quick break with the kids.

 

 

Strike
Publisher: Ravensburger
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-5
Time: 15 mins
(Review copy provided by Ravensburger)

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Animal Crossing Valentines!

Nintendo’s Animal Crossing game franchise got a big boost in popularity this past year thanks to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons right in the beginning of the COVID pandemic.  It was just what a lot of people needed, including myself.  But I’ve always been a big fan of the series.  Anyway, the recent popularity of the game is probably why they now have Animal Crossing Valentines!  You know, they’re like the ones you used to give out to classmates in elementary school, or maybe you have kids who do that now.  Anyway, I found these at a Kroger grocery store, so let’s take a look at them!

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