For most of my life, I’ve had a fear/general distaste about using public restrooms to drop a deuce. I mean, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but if there is any foreseeable way for me to capture home field advantage, I am capable of holding my bowels for long periods of time. My dad and brother will probably never let go of the fact that I once drove 20 minutes to a casino for a bathroom break when we were ice fishing.
Some board games are fun. Some board games are long. And then there is Gloomhaven, the face-melting Euro-style game by Cephalofair Games. It’s a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio – it’s one of the biggest stars in the board gaming world, it’s got a lot of depth and it always brings quality.
I recently had a chance to sit in on a friend’s session, and came away with a healthy respect for the breadth and depth of the game. I expected it to be similar to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) with parties working together to complete quests while slowly increasing in power. Most of my preconceptions turned out to be off the mark.
I noticed this Tweet today:
Ruel Gaviola grew up around games, mainly at family parties where games of poker and mah jong were not uncommon. For years his idea of game night centered around poker and all of its variations. It wasn’t until he discovered Pandemic that he was drawn into the wonderful world of tabletop gaming and his passion for the hobby grew.
FACT: People love lists, consistency and alliteration.
With that in mind, I bring you the fourth edition of Top 5 Friday; a weekly (or bi-weekly, if I’m being honest) list of dork topics, random thoughts and balderdash.
As you may already know, I’m an avid board-gamer. It’s probably my favorite hobby. Unfortunately, being a responsible adult (and gaming with other responsible adults) means that I don’t get to play games nearly as often as I would like. In fact, I probably spend more time buying board games than actually playing them. With that in mind, I give you the Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection. Continue reading “Top 5 Unplayed Board Games in My Collection”
Tom Awesome and Jake spent a weekend playing a variety of board games, exploring a plethora of mechanics across genres. Check out their strategies and impressions on a variety of games!
The guys also discuss the top five games Tom Awesome is jonesing to play.
If you’ve never had the thrill of grabbing the idol and pointlessly rolling a d6 for hours and occasionally chanting “fireball yourself”, you’ve never played Fireball Island. I would say you haven’t missed much, but my friends would disagree. The game is very rare, but thankfully it is ripped off almost entirely and re-skinned in Kickstarter project Yeti Mountain.
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) recently announced the 2017 lineup for Smash Up, their shufflebuiding game that pits up to four players against each other with decks comprised of two nerdy archetypes, like pirate ninjas. Fans will see two new expansions in 2017, as well as a special All-Star event for retail stores, and virtual play on Steam.
What Were We Thinking
Factions: Explorers, Grannies, Rock Stars and Teddy Bears
Smash Up: Big in Japan
Factions: Unannounced – all four come from the far East.
Minions from existing sets have been selected to All-Star squads to play basketball….in space. The only way to get the All-Star decks are to win them in officially-sanctioned events at retail stores. AEG does not list a date, only stating the events will take place in the summer of 2017.
Play Smash Up Online
Nomad Games and AEG have teamed up to bring Smash Up to Steam, and will be releasing it on iOS and Android later this year. The game is currently in Early Access on Steam. You can play for free with three factions, or you can download a starter pack for $8.99 to get six more factions.
For more information on AEG’s plans for Smash Up this year, check out their page.
Buy it on Amazon: Smash Up Game