01/16/13 ….. Learning to play Cyclades~
01/16/13 ….. Learning to play Cyclades~
Learning how to play “Elder Signs”, and this is one of the ancient one’ cards. :)
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Gears of War Board Game
Gears of War The Board Game, designed by Corey Konieczka, is based on the wildly popular third-person shooter by Epic Games. One to four players take on the roles of COG soldiers cooperating to destroy the Locust horde and must work together to complete missions against an ingeniously challenging and varied game system. In Gears of War The Board Game, you’ll relive classic moments from Gears of War and Gears of War 2 – Roadie Run into cover, spray your enemy with blind fire, or rip him in half with your Lancer’s chainsaw. In Gears of War The Board Game you must fulfill one of seven randomly constructed missions and support your fellow COGs as your team engages an unflinching enemy in furious, white-knuckle firefights. Only through teamwork and communication will you gain a tactical advantage, completing your mission and striking a blow for humanity. You’ll need every soldier you can get if you hope to send the Locust horde back to their holes. Leave no man behind.
From the Manufacturer: Gears of War The Board Game, designed by Corey Konieczka, is based on the wildly popular third-person shooter by Epic Games. One to four players take on the roles of COG soldiers cooperating to destroy the Locust horde and must work together to complete missions against an ingeniously challenging and varied game system. In Gears of War The Board Game, you’ll relive classic moments from Gears of War and Gears of War 2 - Roadie Run into cover, spray your enemy with blind fire, or rip him in half with your Lancer’s chainsaw. In Gears of War The Board Game you must fulfill one of seven randomly constructed missions and support your fellow COGs as your team engages an unflinching enemy in furious, white-knuckle firefights. Only through teamwork and communication will you gain a tactical advantage, completing your mission and striking a blow for humanity. You’ll need every soldier you can get if you hope to send the Locust horde back to their holes. Leave no man behind.
If you don’t play boardgames at all (or play only boardgames designed more than twenty years ago), I think this is worth watching.
If you do play boardgames, there’s a lot here you already know. But the thing I appreciate most is Quinns’s argument for the relevance of boardgaming: societies all over the planet have been gaming for several millenniums, and we’re now at a wonderful period of intersection between system design, visual design, and accessibility.
Now is a really good time to play, is what he’s saying. And if you’re not sure where to start, there are some good recommendations in that video and on his site. (And I can give you a few myself.)
It’s bittersweet for me, on one side I know can get game for dirt cheap due to great amazon sales, but at the same time. It is taking sales from FLGS(Friendly Local Game Stores). I don’t know if I should take advantage of it, but at the same time my wallet would be inclined to say yes.
What do you guys think?
I’ve subconsciously gotten into a habit of buying big budget games (e.g. FFG stuff like X-Wing ships or Netrunner) from Amazon and buying small publisher games from the local game store (Twenty Sided Store in Brooklyn whatup) or directly from the publisher online when I can. I never shop for games at Target personally but there aren’t many in my area.
I’ll also tend to end up at the shop when I’m in the mood for a new game, but haven’t decided on anything in particular. I’ll hit the shop with some games I’ve read about in mind and see what looks fun when I have it in my hand and buy right then and there without a shipping delay. It’s very satisfying to decide to buy a game and have it at home 15 minutes later.
I honestly find this to be a really good thing. Beyond the fact that my local game stores don’t really cater to board gamers (they have some at ridiculously inflated prices, but mostly it M:tG, RP books, 40k stuff, and comics I don’t think they actually sell), I think that having games in stores like Target at reasonable prices is good for the hobby. Anyone familiar with the market knows where to find their games on the cheap, whether it’s online retailers or navigating BGG, those in the know well they just know. Making these games accessible to a larger market, that up til now might have given them a second glance, is nothing but a good thing. Board gaming can be an expensive hobby, it can be intimidating to get into, Target isn’t carrying heavy designer titles, they are carrying (what I am loath to call) gateway games. As an example, right now Target carries Ticket to Ride at the $49.99 price point, now while it is a fun game I have better things to spend my 50 bucks on. Amazon is currently selling Ticket to Ride at $34.50, a price that is much easier to swallow for someone looking to break free of Monopoly or Risk and at a comparable price.
We introduced Settlers of Catan to a couple of new friends, and one of them has very steady hands - he built Catan Man early on in the game to
intimidatewatch over us all.
Desperate Gods is an experiment in translating the quirks of the tabletop experience into a virtual environment. Whereas most digital board games handle all of the petty tasks like set up, shuffling and even moving the pieces for you, Desperate Gods concerns itself with zero of those handicaps. It ain’t here to hold your hand (or roll your d6) for you, man.
Now: who wants to be the first to make a board game about flipping tables?
This fantastic article over at Bitch magazine (and written by a Border House editor) takes a look at a handful of the highest-profile instances of abuse in gaming culture this year, and puts them under a sociological lens. The article brings in researchers and other voices to help explain what is happening right now.
More people are finally taking notice of the abuse. But there’s still a dearth of discussion on why it’s happening. The culprit isn’t anonymity, often the go-to answer for why the Internet can’t have nice things. Instead, it’s believing in the exceptionality of the Internet—and online gaming—that allows the abuses within, and it is enabled every time someone utters “It’s just a game.”
That phrase is the machine to which oppressive power dynamics are the ghost. How many times have you heard someone say “It’s the Internet; you shouldn’t take that seriously”? This kind of thinking supports the idea you can do anything you want with no consequences, when in all actuality, virtual actions like sexual harassment, stalking, abuse, prejudice in all of its forms—racism, sexism, transphobia, or all of the above—do have consequences.
It goes on to delve much deeper into the issues of harassment, “male spaces” and how the privileged strive to maintain the status quo. All in all a very well written and fascinating piece.
Pandemic: Our photo-finish in Bagdhad as we got the final cure.
Pandemic is one of our favourite board games since we got it last christmas. The petri-dish holders for the cubes are also the best peripheral idea I’ve ever seen.
Slime Racing, a new boardgame based on the popular Dragon Quest series of video games
Finally, developers are taking a stand against the culture of slurs and abuse in the gaming community – let’s hope it catches on
-two developers in particular have made some notable comments about sexism in the game, discussing the moderation policy in Microsoft’s online system and coming out firmly against the culture of slurs, abuse and general jerkiness that’s often perceived to pervade online first-person shooter (FPS) play. In a Gamespot interview, Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross decried sexist behaviour in gaming, and said that there was a zero-tolerance approach in place for discriminatory comments generally on Xbox Live servers, where Halo 4 online games will be played.-
I know this game wasn’t on Table Top but, it is one of our favs among my friends. Its Resident Evil Deck Building Game.
Killing Zombies isn’t only fun in video games its also very fun as a table top game.
Looks like I lost the picture of the set up. But, we play every other weekend So I’ll share it then. :)
(Would love to see you guys try this one on the show)