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Unplugged: Holiday Guide 2014

unplugged_titleGive 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 of recommended boardgames was a great success.  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.  Those new to the world of boardgaming may find a bit of a sticker shock as some games are pricier than new release video games, but good boardgames will provide many more hours of entertainment than most video games.  Boardgames are also relatively timeless so they can be pulled out years from now and provide the same level of enjoyment.  In that vein, feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for  2012, 2010, or 2009.  For each game I’ve provided the number of players, retail price, and expected time for one game.  Note that often these games can be found for 20-40% less than the MSRP.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Strategy Guide (Book)

DUTY1Call of Duty is one of the most successful and long-running first person shooter franchises out there, and now the latest in the series: Advanced Warfare, is now in stores. BradyGames has got your back with a strategy guide for the new entry, so let’s take a look at what you’ll find inside.

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Unplugged – Caverna: The Cave Farmers (Boardgame)

Caverna box topCaverna: The Cave Farmers
Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Mayfair Games (in the US)
Ages: 12+
Players: 1-7
Time: 120 mins
(Review copy provided by Mayfair Games)

Videogaming has its rockstar designers like Sid Meier, John Romero, and Shigeru Miyamoto. Boardgaming has its own list of elite designers and Uwe Rosenberg is among them. Best known for two games, the popular family game, Bohnanza, and his deeper strategy game, Agricola. Agricola is ranked the fourth most popular boardgame at BoardGameGeek.com even though it released seven years ago. Rosenberg has produced a few titles since Agricola, but his newest, Caverna, returns to many of the mechanics and themes of Agricola. While it doesn’t quite reach the heights of gaming seen in Agricola, Caverna is a solid title and may be a better choice for those looking for a title where a player can make mistakes and still be able to bounce back.

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Unplugged: Timeline (Boardgame)

Timeline - American historyThere are educational activities that are presented as games, and games that are designed to be educational. Far too often, the former makes its way to the marketplace rather than the latter. This results in a negative attitude toward any game marked as “educational.” Thankfully, the series of games entitled “Timeline” contain an entertaining game while also stealthily teaching history.

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The Silly Female Fighters of Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!

ARCANAICON2I just got done reviewing a game called Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! It’s a 2-D fighter featuring a cast of anime-styled female characters.  A lot of times when I play a new fighting game, I like to write a blog about the characters in that game.  At first I wasn’t going to do that with this one, but once I played it, I discovered that there a quite a few neat characters in it, and I thought it would be fun to write a little blog about them after all.  Keep in mind that I may miss secret characters and leave out details here and there.  But I’m just writing this as a fun, filler blog so you’re just going to have to deal with my nonsense.  So let’s take a look at the characters in this silly fighter.

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Cary’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom: Part 7: DisneyQuest and Downtown Disney

RALPHDuring some of the afternoon and evenings when we weren’t at the parks, there were a couple of other things that we did at Disney World. So to conclude my blog series about my Disney World trip, I’m going to talk about the indoor arcade and amusement park DisneyQuest and the shops at Downtown Disney!

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Cary’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom: Part 6: Islands of Adventure

ISLANDSLOGOLast time, we left off boarding the Hogwarts Express train from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure, their sister theme park. Even though it was just a simple train ride, the Hogwarts Express ended up being one of the best rides at the park, due to the theming and atmosphere.  Find out why and see more of Islands of Adventure in this blog entry.

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Cary’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom: Part 5: Universal Studios

UNIVERSALLOGOOver the weekend we went to Universal Studios and its sister park: Islands of Adventure. In some ways, I actually liked Universal Studios better than some of the Disney parks.  Well, maybe not better than Epcot, but certainly better than Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Read on to find out why!

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Cary’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom: Part 4: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

HOLLYWOOD LOGONext day we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I didn’t enjoy this park as much as I thought I would, though.  It was unusually crowded and hard to get around.  But there were still a lot of fun things to do so let’s take a look.

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Cary’s Adventures in the Magic Kingdom: Part 3: Animal Kingdom

ANIMALKINGDOMLOGOThe next day we relaxed at the Typhoon Lagoon water park, but I didn’t take any picture there. I didn’t even bring my camera because, you know, it’s a water park.  But the day after we went to Animal Kingdom, one of the newer Disney parks.  I’m not as big of a fan of Animal Kingdom, though.  Don’t get me wrong, I like animals and all, but there’s not as much to do at this park and it seems like there are less animals at this park and more people dressed up as animals.

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