All posts tagged 'Misc'

Pearl & Marina amiibo

It’s been a little while, but some new amiibo figures have been recently released, and of course I got them and will share them with you here.  It’s Pearl and Marina from Splatoon 2!  In the first Splatoon game, Callie and Marie were the game’s hosts, broadcasters, and musicians for the competitions.  But in the sequel, they’ve been kind of replaced by these two newcomers, who pretty much do the same thing.

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Thunderstone Quest (Boardgame)

The fantasy-themed deckbuilder, Thunderstone, has reappeared with some minor improvements and the option of (mildly) story-based campaign play in the form of Thunderstone Quest. Initially launched as a Kickstarter, a second Kickstarter has just begun with previous and new offerings. As with other deckbuilders, Thunderstone has players purchase cards from a central tableau to improve their starting deck of cards, but it also introduces an area for players to use their cards to defeat monsters for additional points. Thunderstone Quest is the third version of the game, polishing up a few rough edges and introducing a story-based campaign mode to link a series of games together.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2018 SO FAR Awards Show!

Can you believe this year is already half over?  What I like to do this time of year is write about the best games of the year so far.  Everyone is all excited over recent E3 announcements, and most of the really good titles come out during the Christmas season at the tail end of the year, and the games that come out earlier tend to be forgotten.  So this is where those games get their due.  Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into the making of this list.  It’s just my own picks.  And if a game is missing from my list, it either didn’t appeal to me as much, or I just simply haven’t played it yet.  Can’t play all the games out there, you know!  Anyway, without further ado, welcome to Cary’s Best Games of 2018 SO FAR Awards Show!

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Star Trek Ascendancy – Borg Assimilation (Boardgame)

Star Trek Ascendancy is a civilization building wargame. Previously only a competitive affair, the Borg Assimilation expansion adds in a Borg race that runs rampant through the galaxy. Players can cooperate to defeat it, or risk being assimilated (and taking over the Borg race themselves.) The expansion now allows a solo play version of the game (win before the Borg takes over) but if more than one player is present the game remains a competitive one (although with a common enemy.)

 

 

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Memoarr! (Boardgame)

Memory based games are a great equalizer between young and old. Memoarr! starts out like most, with a grid of upside down cards. However, rather than matching pairs of cards, players attempt to create a chain of cards, with each card matching the landscape or animal of the previous one. The result is a memory matching game with just enough spin to mark it different from the others. It becomes more unique when using the advanced rules which has the cards triggering special actions based on the animal on the revealed card.

 

 

 

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RPG Minis Update – Spring 2018

WizKids recent Wardlings release is a great line of kid-themed pre-painted miniatures. Each kid-model mini comes with an associated “pet” to add a bit of playfulness to any RPG session. WizKids other mini lines (D&D Icons of the Realms and Pathfinder Battles) keep on truckin’ with a couple jungle themed releases and one that fits in with D&D’s most recent adventure book. While minis aren’t cheap, they can add a bit of flash and excitement to any game night.

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E3 2018 Part 3: Classics Both Mini and Mega

When people at E3 asked what my favorite game I played at the show was, and I replied with “Mega Man 11,” they would say (sometimes rather disappointingly), “Oh, you’re an old-school gamer.”  Yeah, well, I may be old school, but I’ve still got it (I just don’t remember where I put it).  But being old-school isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as classic games are coming back in big and small ways!  I noticed it so much so at E3 that I’ve dedicated my final article of the show to all the classic gaming related stuff I saw!

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E3 2018 Part 2: Nintendo Made a Smash, but Didn’t “Win” E3

For the second part of my E3 articles, we’re finally going to talk about Nintendo!  But before we get to that, let’s take a look at more game companies I met with at E3, and what games they had!  And maybe some random pictures, too.

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E3 2018 Part 1: Cary’s Re-Return to E3

The Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, is one of the biggest trade shows in the video game industry, and I’ve been going to it nearly every year since 1997.  Sure I’ve skipped a few years here and there.  Like when I didn’t have an outlet to write on for a short while between the newspaper and GamerDad.  Or when I just started a new job and didn’t have enough money or vacation time.  Or when E3 went through a bit of a downsizing phase and I didn’t feel like it was worth the trip then.  But those absences were all my choice.  I’ve been able to go nearly every year otherwise.  But for the past five years, I was denied a press pass for whatever reason.  Yet somehow, this year I was able to get a media pass even though nothing had changed.  So last week I went to E3, and here’s some articles about it!

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D&D RPG Update: Summer 2018

The popularity of the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game continues to gain traction, particularly with the college/young adult set. With the advent of streamers (gamers who put their D&D sessions online, many of the most popular ones made by voice actors and other entertainment professionals) more and more people are being turned onto the hobby. The current edition of D&D (now in its 5th Edition) has gone back to its “roots” making the game play faster and allowing more “theater of the mind” style play. Gamers can still bust out miniatures and terrain (such as those published by WizKids’ Icons of the Realms line) and have their tactical battles, but it is no longer a necessary component of every game night. In tandem with the new edition, Wizards of the Coast has stepped back from releasing supplement after supplement with enough frequency to cause a glut of books for gamers to buy. Instead, they’ve focused on just two or three big releases each year, allowing gamers to stay “current” with all the books without breaking the bank. This past year, they’ve released two big supplements and one big adventure path. The Tomb of Annihilation takes players through a dinosaur-infested jungle adventure, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything greatly expands player options, and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes provides GMs with new background information and more of the higher-level monsters to include in their games.

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