Sunday, March 30, 2014

games day

Well, today was supposed to be games day, but it is not going to happen because some of my gaming group have actual jobs to do this day.

Oh well, guess that is what solo games are meant for.

And don’t forget, International TableTop day is April 5th!

So, maybe I’ll just have to get my group gaming fix in then.

Enough about games for this week, on to something else.

Like, say tennis.

Yeah, tennis.

I’m actually going to be playing four hours of it tomorrow . . . likely a big mistake.

Two hours in the morning and then two hours at night. They are both doubles, so not quite as deadly as singles, which I don’t play anymore - but still.

It may beat me down for the rest of the week physically - I’ll have to wait and see how I feel. Wish me luck, or at least no injuries!

On the book front I’ve started the last Paratwa book by Christopher Hinz called, um, The Paratwa.

It’s been pretty good so far, but I’ve forgotten a lot of the world since the first two books. It’s not going as quickly, read wise, as I would like. For some reason it’s just not capturing my imagination like the first in the series “Liege Killer” did.

I will finish it just because what I’ve heard is it ends the series pretty well - and I am a huge fan of series actually ending.

And I’m not going to talk about the weather this week - nope, not going to talk about it at all!

Well, another week has flown by and it looks like I’ll be needing to get on to filling in the income tax forms soon - grrrrrr.

And my furnace filter needs changing, and . . . not going to talk about the weather, nope, not going to happen!

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, March 23, 2014

dungeon zombie

No, this is not a new game, but I did buy a couple small ones yesterday in the Big City . . .

So, I got Dungeon Roll, a small quick game, easy to learn and fun to play.

I also picked up a copy of Zombie Dice, the deluxe version in the plastic screw-top canister.

Um, and why did I do this when my friends already have these two games . . . er, well, last night was games night at the church and I needed something that was easy to teach and play and could handle a lot of people.

No, I’m not going all religious on you, this was just an opportunity for me to head out and play games.

Heck, if this was a KKK gathering to play games I may have gone . . . okay, I wouldn’t . . . but games!

Enough about that. Suffice to say fun was had and lots of dice were chucked and I lost every time - with a smile on my face though because the others were having fun.

And last week I was scorching on the tennis courts. Yup, one of those weeks where my game was much better than average and I cleaned up.

This means, due to the law of non-consistency, that this week I will suck heavily.

I’ve learned to deal with it . . .

And my new play through over on the Tubes of You is Conquest of Planet Earth, a rather silly game from Flying Frog Productions in which you play an alien race intent on, you guessed it, conquering planet earth.

Fun and campy but you need to realize that you are totally at the whim of luck in this one due to card draws and dice rolls.

I should wrap it up this week sometime.

And, on the reading front I finished “Ready Player One” and I actually gave it 5 stars over on Goodreads . . . I rarely give a book 5 stars, like ever.

It just hit me the right way as I was, and still am, a pretty enthusiastic computer gamer and love those old arcade games on the 80s, and Gygax pen and paper Dungeons & Dragons modules, and Sci-Fi movies and  . . .

Well, let’s just say this book had a fun adventure cyber-story loaded with references to all those things I grew up with and I really, really liked.

So, 5 stars.

Well, times up, gotta scoot.

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, March 16, 2014

the temple of Chac

So, as promised from last week’s rambling - here is yet another game I snapped up on my recent trip to the Big Game Store!

It is “The Adventurers: the temple of Chac” and it is a pretty light family game.

That is not to say it is not fun as our family does enjoy it, I merely state this fact for those wanting to know how it plays.

The mechanics are dead easy, you move more or fewer spaces depending on how much loot you are carrying, and try to get out of the temple with as much stolen loot as you can carry (more loot = less movement generally) before the boulder either crushes you or seals the entrance and you are trapped inside forever.

The boulder, as you guessed, is the timing device in the game which lasts about 45 minutes tops.

A few days ago we played a 5 player game and everybody actually escaped the temple with their original adventurer - and this was the first game for three of them.

Well done!

I tied for last . . .

Hey, nobody said that just because I own the game that I’m any good at it.

On other fronts - my play through of Mansions of Madness is complete over on my YouTube channel. I need to think of the next game to do a play through of starting next week some time.

I have so many choices - it’s going to be tough.

On the tennis front, I actually did the best on our court last week and yes, I’m back to using my dinosaur 1980's era Max 200G rackets again . . . I do have three now so will likely never switch again to something else.

On the book front I’ve managed to read 12 already this year with the goal of 36. I know this sounds low, but I look at page count not book count for my personal goal.

And that goal is 20,000 pages. So 20, 1000 page books would do it - if you follow me.

Well, not much else to say except I am looking forward to spring, which appears to be several months off based on the weather we have had recently and in the near forecast . . .

And when I transition into weather talk, you know I am stumped for content . . . so.

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, March 09, 2014

in the desert

Yup, another one. Just like I said I would talk about last week.

This time it’s another great family game - Forbidden Desert.

This one is a total co-op for 1-5 players. Your helicopter crashes in the ancient ruins, the sands are building up, water is scarce - but you can build an ancient flying machine if you find the parts, that is if you don’t get buried in sand or die of thirst first.

A great game that is not easy to beat.

So, it’s March break, and it’s still very much winter here.

Not fun. Enough about that.

Off to my daughter’s concert today and looking forward to it. She switched orchestra’s at Christmas and the one she is in now she likes so very much more.

On the old guy front - I was doing tennis aerobics two days ago, did a nice backhand volley, and pulled some old guy muscle in my middle back.

Yeah, don’t get old kids - it’s not all that fun.

Two days later and I can still feel it, but it is mostly gone - and I didn’t have to take any pain killers along the way - bonus!

And I’m almost done my Mansions of Madness play through over on my YouTube channel.

I’m finding a slight addiction to posting up these game play videos . . .

Not sure what that says about me.

Maybe I don’t want to know . . .

And I did sally forth into the Big Smoke yesterday once again - and did go into the game store of Awesome . . . and yeah, two more games on my shelf.

But, telling you what they are now would just eliminate the suspense.

So, the next two weeks I will be revealing a game a week.

Until next Sunday . . .

Sunday, March 02, 2014

the king

You knew it was only a matter of time . . . until I got another game, um, or two.

And yes, I should have picked up “King of Tokyo” about a year ago, but there were just so many other shiny objects to purchase first . . .

Ahem . . .

So, I did finally pick this up at the Gigantus Game Store in the Mega Metropolis this weekend, and we played it last night.

The indication that it is a hit with my family - my daughter wanted to play it again immediately after we finished.

We didn’t get the chance to since it was so late, but here is how it went.

I was Gigasaur, my wife was Cyberbunny and my daughter was the Kraken . . .

Which means little since all monster stats are created equal. My wife sprung out to a huge point lead but stayed one turn too long in Tokyo and was crushed (by me) and then my daughter just couldn’t put enough hurt on me to get me to leave.

And so I won by points . . . sounds dull, but it was really fun. Oh, and there are about a hundred (okay, maybe not that many) special ability cards you can buy for your monster at the end of your turn with energy cubes . . .

This is one of the best and most fun family games I’ve played. Well worth the half hour it takes to duke it out with your fellow monsters for control of Tokyo.

I’m looking forward to playing it with a larger group, but it works fine with three as we found out.

I did pick up a second game . . . but I’ll leave that mystery for next week.

Hey, I need to have some hook here to make you come back . . . er, okay.

And it is March, and it is damn cold, and I’m going out soon to shovel another pile of snow from the driveway . . . remind me of this when I bitch and moan about how hot it is in July.

Well, now that I’ve strayed into talking about the weather, it is a sure sign that I have nothing else of interest to talk about and so . . .

Until next Sunday . . .