Monday, March 27, 2017

I’ve got Claustrophobia


. . . the game, not the condition.

I’ll admit, I’m not fond of tight spaces, but this post will be all about the game not the phobia.

First off, I’m going to come right out and say it - this game is visually stunning! The tiles are just gorgeous, and it comes with fully painted minis as well.

So, when you set it up and get to playing, it looks absolutely fabulous . . . the visuals, not the TV show.

And, yeah, I hear you, aesthetics mean squat if the game play sucks. Luckily, it does not, and overall it’s a lot of fun to play.

Added bonus - it doesn’t take four hours to play a scenario either. More like half an hour!

It’s a scenario based game, and its one drawback, if you see it as such, is that it is only a two player game and has no solo mode.

This is a great selling feature for some, a turn off for others.

During the game you have a wide variety of are cards to play and dice to roll and quite a few decisions to make on your turn for both players.

It features totally asymmetrical game play, meaning both sides have completely different game mechanics and different objectives based on the scenario you are playing.

This is a really nice touch.

And the rules are very simple - which makes it accessible to entry level players.

So, is this game worth your hard earned cash? Maybe this will help you decide.

Here is my full play through of the game on YouTube if you want to just jump right over there and see what I’m going on about.

My Complete Play Through of Claustrophobia on YouTube

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Firefly The Game

Just to let you know I don’t really review games so much as talk about them and do play throughs of them no my YouTube channel.

In the coming days and months I will be showcasing here those games I have done play throughs of, because it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to . . .

So, as you have by now figured out, this post will be all about the board game Firefly.

It’s put out by Gale Force Nine, a company I really respect and so far have loved all the games I own and have played by them.

At its heart, Firefly is a pick up and delivery game. It drips with theme, if you are familiar with the show at all - and if you are not, just stop reading right now and go watch it!

Now! Go! Come back when you are finished . . . don’t forget to watch the movie Serenity as well!

You’re back . . . good, let’s continue.

You get to play as one of many different captains, including Mal of course, and you will travel the verse in your Firefly doing jobs for less than savory characters like Badger and Niska while trying to avoid Reavers and the Alliance.

There are quite a few difference game scenarios to play so replayability is very good. No two games will have the same jobs show up or items and crew members appear.

With the expansions this variability increases 10 fold or more!

My other greatest purchase for this game has to be the Whole Damn Verse playmat. You can use the mounted boards that come with the game and expansions just fine, but the giant all-in-one play mat is super awesome in the extreme.

The one downside is the fact that you  will also need a conference sized table to play this game on. It takes up a ton of room and will also take a couple of hours or more to complete. Even the shortest scenarios take a fair bit of time.

But, if you can get into the theme, captaining your Firefly around the verse trying to be the first to complete the scenario’s objectives, it’s a fine experience to have and the time will fly by.

I won’t cover off the rules and such here, but I will say it’s one of my favourite games but is not for everyone because of its length and footprint.

Here is the link to my YouTube play through of the game where I play the solo scenario. It may help you get a better idea of the game and whether it may be something you are interested in.

My Solo Play Through Of Firefly The Board Game

Until the next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Questions? Comments?

Yes, the job interview is over!

And . . . I think it went pretty well . . .

There was no swearing, fisticuffs or hot liquids in faces . . . that’s a good sign, right?

But who am I to judge, really. I mean, it’s pretty hard to make objective observations of oneself under pressure.

Still, I’m just glad it’s over with . . . except for the waiting to hear back now of course. At least they told me they will contact me one way or the other which I really appreciate.

I much prefer it that way so I know for sure if I got the job or not without adding to the stress of waiting days and days and days and then realizing I’m never hearing back . . . ever!

And hey, Iron Fist if out on NetFlix today so I may have to get into binge mode this evening.

And, as a added bonus, I managed to turn the comments back on here for my blog!

Which, means that anybody that wants to comment here can do so once again - just like in the old days when I first started this blog during that prehistoric era when fire and the wheel were all the rage . . .

So if you have any Questions or Comments for me, you now have an outlet. So you can stop swearing at my posts and write down yours swears instead!

See how accommodating I can be.

So, this is a short and boring yet somewhat informative post today - the weekend is just a beer away!

I’ve got some videos cued up for my YouTube channel and more filming to do this weekend for yet more board games.

My addiction.

No matter how much I want to kick the “buy-another-board-game” habit, I realize that resistance if futile. So, I’ll just keep adding to my collection and filming my play throughs and posting them online.

It’s a win win . . . except for the loss loss of money in my bank account.

Still, I could be spending all my money in a casino, wearing depends and drinking Mai Tais until my vision blurs and drool runs down my chin . . . so there is that fate I’ve managed to avoid.

Well, short and sweet and I’ve yet to prepare supper for the day, so I just thought I would let ya all know the comments are back on the menu.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Brain Pain

The weekend looms large . . . the sun is shining . . . spring has almost sprung, and I’m feeling a crushing mental weight like a ton of feathers squeezing my prefrontal cortex in an avian scented vice . . .

. . . which makes no sense. Which, is kind of the point of today’s ramblings.

Irrational fears. They suck - a lot.

You see, I am currently looking for meaningful work, and it’s an elusive bitch of a thing to find these days.

I have a part time job right now, and an interview for a casual job tomorrow and two aging parents to look after and my YouTube channel to maintain and grow and I think I’m out of milk . . .
                   
Now, I do realize that these issues I’m currently dealing with pale to insignificance in the face of the overwhelming immensity of the universe, but it doesn’t diminish the feeling of dread that has settled on me.

Today’s coping mechanisms will include a good workout, eating well, filming some videos for my YouTube channel, preparing for my job interview . . . and also catching an episode or two of something on NetFlix.

I hope it will be enough to cast out the rampaging demons and calm my inner turmoil. Does everybody feel this way before job interviews?

I suppose they do. It’s human nature I guess.

At least I was given the interview questions ahead of time, but they are tough ones to answer and, despite my years of experience in many different jobs, not all will be easily answered well.

And yes, my A type personality has me over analyzing everything adding to the stress, but it’s just the way I’m wired. I want to do a good job at whatever it is I’m currently doing . . . it’s just that some long term stability would be nice.

So what is with the plethora of casual and part-time jobs these days anyhow? Seems like every employer is trying to save a buck by cutting costs at the expense of workers.

But, that is a rabbit hole I think I will avoid lest my already taxed brain explode and, well, I don’t want that to happen.

So, I’ll get to exercising, prepare some good food, and put a plan in place for today to push my way through the next couple days and let the chips fall where they may secure in the knowledge that I did what I could.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Piles of Plastic

So, yes, about my addiction . . .

Hi, I’m Paul Darcy, and I have this little problem . . .

Okay, maybe problem is overstating it, but I do collect and play quite a few modern board games.

Which come with many, many, many plastic figures . . . Hey, don’t judge me! You may offend my inner 12 year old!

And think about it, I could be doing drugs, or pimping or abusing small mammals . . . so this life choice is far less evil than many others.

All I will say is that as of today I have a few more than 100 board games in my collection. I’ve done around 60 play throughs on my YouTube channel, so that kind of justifies my addiction . . . a bit . . . right?

I mean, others can benefit from my tastes by viewing my videos and then deciding if this is something they too would like to participate in . . . y’know, instead of pimping, toking or torturing small furry creatures - See, it’s a good thing I’m doing!

But as the collection grows, so too does the amount of plastic I help generate in the world and this bothers me somewhat.

Plastic is not good for our environment . . .

Hmm.

Maybe pimping, snorting and setting small creature on fire has a smaller carbon footprint . . . maybe I am a bad man after all?

You are judging again!

So, in future here, I will once again start showcasing some of the games I’ve “collected” over the past few years. Likely ones I’ve already done play throughs of on my YouTube channel.

Have I mentioned that I have a YouTube channel . . . yeah, rolling those eyes can lead to serious physical side effects . . . you should stop it!

Well, another day, another blog post.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Board Game Channel

So, if you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time (since 2005 - Holy Crap!) you will know I’m a Huge board game fanatic . . .

My YouTube channel is called Paul Darcy’ Game Play . . . yeah, very original.

And as I look back now at how it’s grown, I’m kinda blown away.

As of this posting I have over 3400 subscribers and my views have exceeded 750,000 . . . yeah, absolutely frikin nuts!

It all began back in 2014 with a little idea I had about doing short videos about things I like. I made 6 of them . . . and, that was that.

It was full bore into board game play throughs after that!

But, let’s back up a few paces first. It really all started because I bought myself a camera that could record video in HD. The 720p type . . .

With this new toy, and an old 50s kitchen table I got at a yard sale for 5 bucks, I decided to do a play through of a board game I really liked called Dawn of the Zeds 2nd Edition.

I dutifully videoed each turn (they were short, I had slow internet back then) and posted them up to my YouTube channel and over at BGG.

Shock of shocks, the designer of the game left comments at BGG for me and really liked what I was doing.

It would seem I had a knack for this type of thing. It was around the end of this series that I also got my first 100 subscribers and I was thinking - Holy Shit, people actually like what I’m doing. How cool is that!

And here it is, almost three years later and my following has grown 34 fold since then. It’s just kinda surreal. Now, I’m no star by any stretch of a fevered imagination, but it is damn nice to be recognized for one’s work no matter how small.

If you’ve read this far, then thanks. I will say, thanks for reading along, which is a mirror to most of the YouTube comments I leave with my viewers which is, thanks for watching along!

And I really do mean it. It fills me with a sense of job-well-done

Well, enough rambling from me for one day. I’m off to look at my game collection and decide which one is going to get a play through next.

Until next time - thanks for reading along!

Monday, March 13, 2017

iWatch iZombie

So, my latest NetFlix obsession has been the show iZombie. They recently dumped 2 seasons into their line up.

It’s, at its heart, a crime drama. And just what do I think?

Liking it. A Lot!

If I were to compare it to my all time favourites (Buffy or Wonderfalls) I would rate it a 7/10 vs either of those shows.

Now, that sounds pretty poor, but let’s not forget just how damn awesome Buffy and Wonderfalls were in writing and execution.

I don’t generally like to nitpick, but sometimes I’m just not 100% convinced by the acting. So, a few marks are lost because of that.

And the way my brain works (yes, it entertains and scares me more often than not), I just wish they would go a little more overboard with the wacky . . . it seems to me that every time there is a golden opportunity to go clinically insane and off the rails in the show, on comes the straight jacket . . .

Now, maybe it has to do with staying as true to form of the source material (which I know nothing about), or Network execs with thumb screws, but either way it handcuffs the show a bit in that regard and has the inner writer in me screaming for alternates.

Still, despite those minor quibbles, the show is worth a watch and is, in my opinion, a decent waste of your viewing time.

And lets face it, the protagonist of iZombie, Rose McIver, is just so gosh darn adorable to watch!

And, can this be three posts in four days?

Nah, you must be hallucinating . . .

Until next time, which if it truly is an arrow, will be sometime after now . . .

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Buffy’s not a teenager anymore!

Say what!?

Yeah, Buffy the Vampire Slayer had it’s 20th anniversary yesterday . . .

Wow, that’s a little hard to believe. Time, once again, is messing with my grey matter.

I must say I didn’t jump on the Buffy wagon until it was in its sixth season, but then I started collecting the DVD sets as they were released, and binge watched them like an addict.

What can I say about this show that a million others have not already said and far more eloquently than I.

It was, and remains to this day, one of the best TV shows ever made.

And yesterday I spent a few minutes, okay maybe half an hour or more, watching the Twitterverse pour out its love for the show.

This love included tweets from Joss Whedon, Jane Espenson, Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Gellar, Emma Caulfield, Nicholas Brendon, Michelle Trachenberg, Anthony Head, Clare Kramer, Eliza Dushka, Amber Benson, James Marsters, David Boreanaz, Felicia Day . . . and hundreds of thousands of fans the world over.

It was a social media extravaganza of admiration and appreciation - and was really cool to watch live as it unfolded with tweets coming so fast and furious there was no way at all to keep up with them. Believe me, I tried.

I even added a few tweets of my own. I mean, how could I resist. I even scored a like from Felicia Day who played one of the potential slayers (Vi) in the 7th season . . .


Yeah, name drop!

Sue me.

Well, this marks 2 posts in 2 days after an absence of almost 3 years.

Of course, I don’t think anybody is reading this blog anymore, and the comments are broken, so nobody, even if they stumble upon this place, can leave a comment even if they wanted to.

Still, it feels good to get some words out again.

Until next time . . . which may, or may not be, soon or never.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wherefor art thou Time!

Holy Hell and Beelzebub’s Bong!

Like, almost three years ago my little blog here was cast adrift into the void and all but abandoned.

No, I haven’t died, or moved to another planet or become a monk.

Without getting into any details, which will likely bore you to tears anyhow, let’s just say the past two and a half years have been a heart-wrenching struggle.

Like all journeys in life, whether they be physical or mental, there are moments of ups and downs. I’ve been to the bottom of the well and am happy to say that I’m making a steady climb upwards.

My YouTube channel has been a refuge for me and I find board games a great way to take my mind off of my first world problems.

The intellectual exercise of learning new games and showcasing them with play throughs on my YouTube channel has been and continues to be a source of joy and entertainment for me - and I guess others since my following has been growing steadily every since my first video offering way back in 2014.

Will there be another post here within the next 3 years?

Likely.

Very likely.

The inner writer in my feels the need to cast words into the great expanse of the intertubes.

So, without any more ramblings I’ll sign off for now, contemplate what it is I’d like to communicate here and then post again when the urge hits me.

Stay frosty!