All posts tagged 'Misc'

Unplugged: Pac-Man: The Card Game

As many of you may already know, I’m a huge fan of Pac-Man.  So when I saw this Pac-Man card game, I had to get it and try it out!  I don’t know how long it’s been out, I got it on sale at Amazon for 5 bucks.  But I figured I’d review it anyway.

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Pac-Man Models and Figurines

A while back I bought a couple of Pac-Man model kits and figurines that I found on sale, so I though I’d write about them here.  You all know how I like Pac-Man!

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Pac-Man Goes to Brunch

As you all might know, I’m a HUGE fan of Pac-Man.  Last year, I saw some Pac-Man figurines you could import that had Pac-Man and the ghost monsters surrounded by brunch and breakfast food related items.  I thought this was a pretty unique concept and really wanted them, but they were kind of expensive.  I asked for them for Christmas and didn’t think I’d get them, but I did!  So now let’s take a look at them!

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Pokémon Oreos

A while back I got a box of Pokémon Oreos so I thought I’d write about them here.  I actually got them last Fall, so I’m not sure if they’re still available in stores, but I’ve been so busy with other reviews and things I’ve only had a chance to write about them now.  So grab yourself a glass of milk and let’s take a look at them!

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One More Quest (Tabletop RPG)

One More Quest is a unique entry into the world of tabletop role playing games.  When I say it is a dice-chucking RPG, I mean it LITERALLY is a dice-chucking game.  The value of the die rolled is not as important as where it lands on the table.  Players must toss one or more 6 sided dice onto the table, trying to get them to land in the center of a target ring.  Rolls closer to the center represent a better outcome.  As with most RPGs, players create characters with abilities and skills which give them advantages to specific situations.  What brings particular levity to the game is the requirement that players must toss their dice in a certain way, depending on the situation.  Are you doing a stealth check? Make your roll crouching low to the table?  Some sort of intelligence check? Bounce it off your forehead, etc..  Players’ skills provide bonuses, but also incur a “cost” such as a ranged attack requiring rolls from a step away from the table.  These can be combined so one might end up rolling extra dice with bonuses, but throw them backwards, with your off hand, and they must bounce twice before hitting the target.  Clearly the game is not going to provide a dark, long-term strategic RPG, however it can provide a night of hilarity as long as everyone knows what they’re getting into.  I’m posting a note about the game because it is currently up on Kickstarter for just a few more days.  If it sounds like it might be your cup of tea, feel free to check it out!   Read on to find further thoughts I’ve had about the free playtest copy that is available.

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Pizza Pixel Podcast: Episode 6: Top Five Favorite Educational Games

For some reason, educational kids’ games are near and dear to my heart.  So I decided to have that be the next topic for my podcast!  And since my brother Jared seemed to be the most prolific when talking about this subject, I decided to have him with me for this episode.  So check this one out if you want to learn more about educational games for both kids and adults!

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Cary is Looking Forward in 2022

At the beginning of every year I like to take a look at the games I’m looking forward to in the coming year and write about them.  So that’s what we’re going to do here.  Keep in mind that this list is by no means comprehensive, though.  There will surely be games announced through the year that I will be interested in.  And some of these games might be delayed, and there will be games I may not know about yet or have forgotten about.  It’s hard to keep up with all the indie games I might want to play, for instance.  But here’s my list anyway.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2021 Awards Show!

Boy this has been one roller coaster of a year, with lots of ups and downs.  But it’s the end of the year so you know what that means?  It’s time for my “Best Games of 2021 Awards Show!”  Keep in mind that this is my list only and no other outside opinions contributed.  And if a game isn’t on this list, it either just didn’t appeal to me as much or I haven’t had a chance to play it yet.  Ok with that out of the way, let’s begin!

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Holidays with D&D 2021 – School, Dragons, and a Carnival

Wizards of the Coast, makers of the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game, had its sights set for the holiday season releasing three new big books in only four months. There’s a little something for everyone. Strixhaven provides a setting for gamers to play the role of students progressing through four years of a magic school. Fizban’s Treasury is all about dragons – including the return of gem dragons. Finally, Wild Beyond the Witchlight is a low level adventure leading into the fairy-land of the Feywild. Despite the bevy of titles on offer, they each bring something unique to the table and odds are high that at least one would be a great fit for a player or perhaps a GM on your list.

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Unplugged: GamerDad Holiday Guide 2021

Happy Holidays! Boardgaming continues to make inroads to wider audiences, and there’s no better time to get (or get your friends and family) into the hobby than an extended holiday break. It is yet another “unusual” year so there may not be as much mixing in your neck of the woods but there are boardgames out there to meet up with almost any taste. If you only have access to online gaming buddies, check out BoardGameArena.com or TableTopia.com. Boardgames are timeless, just as good today as they will be years in the future, so a purchase today will still be serving you well after the lockdowns go away. As we at GamerDad have done for the past 18+ years, it’s time for an annual rundown of recent boardgames well worth your time. Feel free to delve into some past year’s guides for 2020, 2019, 2018, or older as they’re still great candidates for your consideration. 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. Some may argue $60+ boardgames are expensive, but compare that to video gaming (and where multiple copies are required for multiplayer play) and the economics of boardgaming shows their true value. For each game I’ve provided the publisher (to help you find it), an approximate MSRP (you might find it lower), the number of players, the expected time for one game, and the manufacturer’s recommended ages (and I would say most of these could easily be skewed lower for experienced younger gamers.

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