All posts tagged 'Misc'

Unplugged: Number Drop

In the past few years, the boardgame world has seen a huge number of Roll and Write games where dice are rolled (or cards drawn) and then players simultaneously use the results to check off boxes or fill in a paper handout to score points. Number Drop has players filling in a sheet of paper Tetris-style with the pieces made of numbers. Place numbers adjacent to each other in sets or sequences to score points. The game ends and scores are tallied when one player “overflows” their game board.  



Number Drop

Publisher: AEG
Ages: 10+
Players: 1-6
Time: 20 minutes
(Review copy provided by publisher)


Pyra and Mythra amiibo

I got the latest batch of Smash amiibo recently.  This time it’s of Pyra and Mythra from the Xenoblade series.  Let’s take a look at them!


Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 18: Favorite Transformers

When I was a kid back in the 80s, there were a couple of years when I was really into the Transformers toy line and cartoon.  Many years later when my brother Ben was a kid, he got into Transformers as well.  So I thought it would be fun for us to talk about them in this episode of the Pizza Pixel Podcast!  Please click on the link and give it a listen if you can!


Unplugged: XCrawl Classics RPG

In the early heydays of role playing games it was all about surviving near impossible odds to acquire loot and fame. Over time, RPGs started getting kinder, more gentle sort of story based game. Enter Dungeon Crawl Classics… around a decade ago Goodman Games put together a mix of rules that greatly streamlined (then current) 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons and mixed it with old school fast and deadly gameplay. One of the lines spawned from that mix became XCrawl, Adventures in the Xtreme Dungeon League – a game based around surviving a lethal maze of monsters and traps in order to cash and fame in the fantasy equivalent of Pay-per-View. Goodman games is in the final Kickstarter hours of a reboot of that classic series, complete with a set of follow-up modules.


Nintendo and Nekter Juice Bar Team Up!

This Summer, Nintendo and Nekter Juice Bar are teaming up to bring us some flavors inspired by popular Switch games.  Last year Nintendo did the same thing with Cold Stone Creamery, which made me sad because they had a Kirby flavor but there isn’t a Cold Stone Creamery near me!  But for some reason, there are TONS of Nekter Juice Bars around so I got to try all three flavors here!  So let’s take a look at them!


Cary’s Best Games of 2023 SO FAR Awards Show!

Around this time of year, I like to make a list of my best games SO FAR, because usually the AAA titles are released later in the year during the holiday season, and the titles that came out earlier tend to be forgotten.  So here’s when those games get their due.  Keep in mind that this is my list only and no other outside opinions contributed.  And if a game isn’t on this list, it either just didn’t appeal to me as much or I haven’t had a chance to play it yet.  Ok with that out of the way, let’s begin!


Pac-Man Goes For Takeout

A couple of Christmases ago I got a set of Pac-Man figures where he and the ghost monsters are surrounded by brunch related fruit items.  Well this past year they did something similar, except these figures have Pac-Man enjoying Asian types of cuisine.  I got these for Christmas last year so I thought I’d show them to you.


Tears of the Kingdom amiibo

The newest Zelda game is out and it’s hot.  And of course Nintendo released a new amiibo to go along with it and also of course I got it!  So let’s take a look at it!


Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 16: Top Five Favorite Mature Games

Most of you know that I generally prefer to play family friendly games.  That’s one of the reasons why I write at!  But I am an adult and sometimes I like more ‘grown up’ games, too.  So that’s what this podcast is all about!  Granted, I had to stretch a bit for some of the games on my list, but I think it’s a nice contrast to what I usually talk about.  So here’s me and my brother Jeff talking about our favorite Mature video games.


Unplugged: GoDice

Straying as close as possible to a videogame without going over, GoDice is a set of dice that can be digitally linked to one’s phone or (better still) tablet. The dice then serve as a physical component for one of many games available on the system. Together, the dice and device form a “phygital” (their word) game system where players roll physical dice that use Bluetooth to interact with digital games in their app. The app currently comes with a wide range of (extremely) simple to moderately involved games and more have been added over time. 




Publisher: Particula Ltd.
Ages: varies (probably 7+)
Players: 1-4+
Time: varies (30 min or less)
(Review copy provided by publisher)