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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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Three Cheers for the 3DS! Part 2: Physical Cartridge Games

In the first part of my 3DS tribute blog, we looked at my favorite downloadable games.  Now we’re going to look at my favorite physical cartridge games.  Now of course, you could download many of these games, too, but I had them in cartridge form so they’re going here.  There’s a lot to cover so let’s get started!

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Office Dog, I Choose You!

I got another batch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo figures recently.  This time it’s a couple of Pokémon characters and an Animal Crossing star.  Let’s take a look at them!

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Three Cheers for the 3DS! Part 1: Downloadable Games

Can you believe the Nintendo 3DS was released 8 years ago in 2011?  I don’t like calling a game system ‘dead,’ because I feel a game console in only dead if you don’t play it.  But the 3DS is certainly at the end of its retail life cycle, as Nintendo isn’t making any more games for it, focusing solely on the Switch now.  So when a game console or handheld reaches that point in its life, I like to write a blog or two highlighting the best games for it (or at least the ones I really liked).  So here are some blogs about the best games on the 3DS!  There were SO many that I had to split it into two parts.  The first part we’re going to go over my favorite downloadable games, along with some other features of the 3DS I really liked.

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Classic Game Design: From Pong to Pac-Man With Unity, Second Edition

Earlier this year when I went to PAX South, one of the booths I set up a meeting with was Mercury Learning Books.  They publish all sorts of educational reading material about how to make games and other electronics.  I reviewed a few of those books a while back, which you can read about here.  I think my favorite of the books I reviewed was Classic Game Design: From Pong to Pac-Man With Unity.  It was written by the same guy who made the Atari arcade classic Crystal Castles, and it was written so well that I bet I’d be able to make classic arcade styled games if I followed the steps in the book.  One of the things I was worried about is if the information would become outdated in the books, but I guess I don’t have to worry about it anymore because they made a second edition of it!  The Mercury Learning folks sent me that book, too, so I think I’ll do a quick review of it as well.

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Cary’s Best Games of 2019 SO FAR Awards Show!

The year is already half over, so it’s that time for me to do my Best Games of the Year SO FAR Awards Show!  Most of the big name games come out in the later half of the year during the holiday season, so sometimes the games that come out in the first six months tend to be forgotten. Well this is where those games get their due!  Keep in mind that no outside opinions went into making this list, and since it’s my list, if a game didn’t appear on here, I either haven’t played it yet or it just didn’t appeal to me as much.  OK with that out of the way, let’s begin!

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Role-Playing Accessories (RPG)

So, you were intrigued by the recent reviews of Starfinder and the D&D Essentials kit and want to know what else you can spend your hard earned cash on. Look no further! Here’s a brief roundup of various other bits and pieces one can purchase to add a bit of zing to a night of RPG gaming.

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