All posts tagged 'Misc'

Gloomhaven (PC, MacOS, Boardgame)

Several years ago, Glooomhaven burst onto the boardgame scene to wide acclaim.  Quickly selling out and then reprinted, this boardgame currently sits at number 1 on the Boardgame Geek list of all-time best boardgames.  It is a beast of a game, weighing in at about 20 pounds of cardboard, cards, and plastic miniatures.  While the heart of the game comes in tactical battle scenarios, playable in an hour or two, the overarching story includes role-playing aspects like character growth and branching storylines to provide gamers with upwards of 150 hours of game time. As a “legacy game” the game includes envelopes and boxes that are sealed at first and are opened up as the game is played.  While it has won the hearts of many gamers, a common complaint is simply how much time it takes to set up a new scenario.  Cue… a digital version.  Gloomhaven is now available in digital form on Steam and GoG. 

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5th Evolution – Carbide City (RPG)

Tabletop role-playing games continue to grow in popularity, with hipster/influencer/famous folks taking it up and thus rubbing off on their followers. Growth in RPGs of all systems and genres are on an upward trajectory. The default is good old swords and sorcery with blade-wielding armsmen and spellslingers going toe to toe with monsters of all types. Other genres exist out there (horror, western, modern/spy, etc…) but one of the hardest to pin down is a game where the players take on the role of superheroes. My personal favorite system, Champions, does a superb job of letting a player create exactly the hero they want while also keeping the power level between characters fairly balanced. However, Champions is also called an RPG for accountants and its combats are not for the faint of heart. The 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons is the most popular game out there at the moment and folks have tried to adapt that system into all sorts of new genres. Folks over at Limitless Adventures are attempting to fuse 5th Edition rules with superhero stories and characters, calling the new rules 5th Evolution (or 5evo for short.).

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 4: Top Five Favorite Video Game Music Composers

When I do one of my podcasts with my brothers, I try to think of a topic that we can both talk about enthusiastically.  My brother Ben, who is the oldest of my younger brothers on my dad’s side, he’s really into music.  I’m into music more than what you might think I am, too, I just don’t talk about it as much.  So I thought a topic we could both talk about together is our favorite video game music composers.  I hope you all get to listen to this one and maybe even learn a thing or two!

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Monster Hunter Stories 2 amiibo

Monster Hunter Stories 2 is a 3-D Switch adventure game set in the popular Monster Hunter world.  And like any popular game, there are amiibo figures for it, too.  I FINALLY got them all, so let’s take a look at them!

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 3: Top Five Favorite Handheld Consoles

The third episode of my podcast is up!  This time brother Jeff and I talk about our top five favorite handheld game consoles.  And we also talk A LOT about Pokémon!  So click on the link to find out where to listen and more!

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Pizza Pixel Podcast Episode 2: Top Five Favorite Home Game Consoles

Just wanted to let you all know that my second episode of my podcast is up!  This time brother Jeff and I talk about our top five favorite home game consoles!  You’ll also learn how this podcast got its name, how one of Jeff’s first words was Donkey Kong, and what 16-bit game ending made him cry!  Read on for links so you can listen!

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Zelda and Loftwing amiibo

I got another amiibo figure I’d like to show off today.  This one is the Zelda and Loftwing amiibo to coincide with the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.  So let’s take a look at it.  And is it just me, or are new amiibo figures getting harder and harder to find and get nowadays?

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My First Podcast!

Hey folks, I got some big news for you all!  I have my very own podcast now!  As you all may know, I’ve been reviewing video games for around 25 years now, starting at newspapers like The Dallas Morning News and now I write for GamerDad.com.  In that time things have changed a lot, as most reviewers now use audio and video like YouTube to post content.  But I’ve mostly just stuck with writing since that’s what I know and what I have time for.  But now my brother Jeff is getting me into the 21st century by helping me start a podcast!   Read on for links to it as well as how we got started!

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Summer of SNK: Part 2

Last time we looked at the arcade cabinet shaped NEO GEO Mini, which has a total of 40 games!  That’s enough to split this blog series into two parts, so here’s the second part with the rest of the games on this mini console.

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Summer of SNK: Part 1

When I was a kid, (well, early teen I guess), game maker SNK came out with a console called the NEO GEO.  The games on it were arcade perfect, which was amazing, but not really when you consider the cartridges were the same being used in the NEO GEO arcade machines that let you choose which games to play.  The only downside was the home console was EXPENSIVE!  The console itself cost more than 700 bucks, and each game was over 100 dollars!  I didn’t know ANYONE back then who owned a NEO GEO!  That’s why when I see a NEO GEO collection now for cheap, I feel compelled to buy it.  It’s like retribution.  Take that, SNK!  I can afford your stuff now!  So the fad in the past few years is to make mini game consoles with games already included on them.  They’ve done it with the NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, TG-16, and more.  And now they’re doing it with the NEO GEO!  But this one is different!  Instead of being shaped like a tiny NEO GEO, it’s made to look like a little arcade machine!  You can even play the games on a small screen, so it’s portable, too!  But you can also hook it up to a big TV!  I got one at a reasonable price, so let’s take a look at it!

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