All posts tagged 'Misc'

Welcome To… (Boardgame)

Fill in your suburb wisely (in numerical order) to score points in this (sort of) Roll and Write style game of designing neighborhoods.  Cards are flipped up from a deck and players must choose which cards to use and for what purpose as they fill in the blanks on their personal score sheet.  

 

 

 

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (Switch)

The simplicity of track and field events made them an excellent candidate for early videogames. I remember hammering away at our family computer in 1982 as my brother and I spammed keys in an effort to defeat each other in Olympic Decathlon. One year later, Track and FIeld appeared in the arcades and was an instant hit, allowing up to four players to spam buttons in a head to head competition. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (yes, that’s the full name) blends modern gaming with some retro-inspired gameplay through dozens of Olympic-themed mini-games. When played multiplayer (as it should be) iIt manages to capture much of that early videogame magic.

 

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Cloudspire (Boardgame)

Cloudspire is a boardgame based around the extremely popular MOBA and tower defense genres of videogames. MOBAs have players working as a team of individual characters trying to destroy an enemy base, while fighting the other team and its stream of AI controlled “minions” streaming out of the opponent’s base. In Cloudspire, players send out heroes (which they control) and minions (which are sent out and just march along) against the other player (or players) in an attempt to wear down and destroy the opponent’s home base. Cloudspire provides plenty of gameplay in one package, with diverse starting factions (each with unique play styles) and many options of play (such as both solo, cooperative, and competitive modes.)

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Solid Snake: Pokémon Trainer

I got another batch of new Super Smash Bros. amiibo figures recently, so I thought I’d show them to you all as usual.  This time it’s Solid Snake from Metal Gear along with a couple of Pokémon.

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Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write (Boardgame)

Use actions and resources to build up your kingdom in Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write. Convert the resources shown on the dice directly into points or use them to invest in buildings to gain even more resources in future rounds. Roll & Write games of this sort are a great family gaming option since all players take their turn at once. This particular game stands out because it also has solo mode that can be played as a campaign, where the game changes up slightly each time, keeping each game fresh.

 

 

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Dreamer Edition, amiibo, and More!

Link’s Awakening is my number one all time favorite Zelda game, so I was excited for the Switch remake.  So much so that I bought the ‘Dreamer Edition’ which includes the game and an art book.  So I thought I’d show it to you here along with the Link’s Awakening amiibo figure and more!

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PAX West 2019 Part 2: Classics From Blocks to Burgers

So last time on my first PAX article, we looked at mostly wacky indie games, as I do like weird games.  Well another type of game I like is classic games.  Or sequels, spinoffs, and remakes of classic games.  So that’s what we’re going to take a look at in my second part of my PAX West 2019 blog.

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PAX West 2019 Part 1: The Weird and Wacky World of Indie Games

PAX, or Penny Arcade Expo, is one of the largest video game trade shows open to the public.  There are many around the world, but it originated in Seattle and is now called PAX West.  Since I wasn’t able to get into E3 this year (which makes no sense since I was able to last year), I went to PAX West last weekend instead.  So here are a couple of articles about it.  The first one we’ll focus on indie games.  PAX is known as a showcase for indie games, sometimes even more than E3!  And I played some weird ones this time, so we’ll go over a lot of the kooky games I played at this year’s PAX West!

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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Update

A quick update to point out some new and upcoming D&D products.  The beginner-friendly D&D Essentials Kit is now available everywhere (it was initially only available at Target.)  This is a new take on the introduction to game, with a slightly different bent than the original D&D Starter Kit. The Essentials kit contains maps, a short (64 page) rulebook, a DM screen, a set of dice, an introductory adventure, and a set of notecards with a box to hold them in.

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Unplugged: Tanto Cuore

I’ve been going to the Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, for about ten years now.  While I mostly visit the video game booths, there are an equal number of tabletop and card game booths as well.  Every year I always pass by a booth featuring a card game called Tanto Cuore.  I don’t know why I always remember that, but it does seem like a memorable game.  The very kind folks at the booth always offer to show me how to play it, but I’m usually in between meetings and appointments and don’t have time.  But now Tanto Cuore is celebrating its 10th anniversary!  Wow, has it really been that long?  I guess considering I’ve been to PAX for about that length of time, it does make sense.  In honor of that milestone, the makers of the game have offered to let me review it so I can finally play it!  Anyway, Tanto Cuore is a deck building card game where you amass an army of anime maids, and according to the instruction booklet, Tanto Cuore means “Much Heart” in Italian.

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