All posts tagged 'Misc'

Codenames Duet (Boardgame)

In the cooperative game Codenames Duet, two players alternate giving one word clues to each other hoping the other player will select specific words out of a 5×5 grid. Clues must be flexible as the players have a limited number of clues available to suss out the needed 15 words, but they can’t be too general as several words on the grid result in an immediate loss when chosen. Codenames was a great party game (played between two teams with a clue giver for each) and Codenames Duet brings that fun gameplay to a cooperative, two person game.

 

 

Codenames Duet
Publisher: Czech Games Edition
Ages: 11+
Players: 2
Time: 15 minutes
(Review copy provided by Czech Games)

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Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate (Boardgame)

Part story, part game, Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is never the same game twice. Players start the game exploring the city of Baldur’s Gate. About halfway through the game changes into an entirely new experience when one player becomes the traitor and begins to work at cross purposes to the rest of the players. Neither side knows the other’s winning conditions until the contest is over. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate takes the gameplay of the popular Betrayal at House on the Hill (released in 2004) and blends it together with a strong Dungeons and Dragons theme. The result is a fun, narrative rich, slightly horror-esque delve into the Forgotten Realms.

 

Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate
Publisher: Avalon Hill / Wizards of the Coast
Ages: 12+
Players: 3-6
Time: 60 minutes
(Review copy provided by Wizards of the Coast)

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Bowser’s Minions amiibo

I got a new batch of amiibo figures recently.  This time it’s two of Mario’s most famous enemies: Goomba and Koopa Troopa.  Let’s check them out.

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Hasbro Fun Night (Party Games)

The party game has evolved from the days of Charades and Trivial Pursuit. Here are a pair of games from Hasbro that are less “game” and more “party”, but should supply plenty of laughter.  Speak Out has players trying to pronounce words while their lips are spread apart, and Pour Taste simply challenges players to drink from a cup full of a little bit of everything.

 

 

 

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G.P. the GamerPuppet Unboxes the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition

Hey, G.P. the GamerPuppet here!  Recently, Cary got the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition, so I’m here to unbox it and show you what’s all inside!  Sonic Mania is a return to classic 2-D Sonic games like what you remember on the Genesis.  For the most part, it’s Sonic done right.  Anyway, let’s take a look and see what all you get!

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Metroid Amiibo

A 3DS remake of the Game Boy title Metroid II: Return of Samus was recently released, and it’s called Metroid: Samus Returns.  It was also released alongside two new Metroid themed amiibo figures, and naturally I got them (and the game, too).  So let’s take a look at the new Metroid amiibo and what they do.

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PAX West 2017 Part 3: The Rest of the Mega Mans and Marios

Usually when I write these PAX articles, I’ll talk about my favorite companies first, like Capcom and Nintendo.  But this year I decided to change things up and save them for last, and let other companies have the spotlight first.  So for my final PAX West 2017 article, let’s take a look at what some of my other favorite game companies had at the show.

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PAX West 2017 Part 2: Runner-ing Around Like a Blue Hedgehog

Like I said in my previous PAX article, I had more meetings at this PAX than any other.  You could say I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  In gaming terms, I was running around the show like a speedy blue hedgehog to attend all those meetings.  Speaking of which, I did meet with SEGA and played a new Sonic game.  Not to mention a bunch of awesome upcoming titles from Square-Enix and even Atari!  And many more, too, so we’d better get started!

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PAX West 2017 Part 1: Cooking Up a Super-Packed PAX!

The Penny Arcade Expo, or PAX for short, is one of the largest video game conventions open to the public.  I go to PAX every year, at least the ones in Seattle (PAX West), and San Antonio (PAX South).  This past weekend I went to PAX West, and it was notable because I think I had more meetings at this PAX than any other!  More than 15 meetings, in fact!  So with all those games to cover, we’d better get started!

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Mario Bathroom

My family redecorated the front bathroom in the house a few months ago.  And since it’s video game related, I thought I’d share pictures of it with you.  It’s Mario themed.  You know a character is popular when they get bathroom decorations modeled after them.

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