Friday, October 9, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Imagination, Partners, & Take That!

Over on, they interview "Michael Witwer On ‘Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons and Dragons’" here.

Also, on, they suggest the "Top 10 Games to Play with Your Partner" here.

Finally, on The Dice Tower YouTube channel, "Tom Vasel, Sam Healey, and Zee Garcia discuss their favorite games with a mean vein of 'take that!' gameplay!"  Enjoy!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Champions of Krynn, Might and Magic, & OS-CRPGs

Three Old School video game blog posts this week from with the first being "Old-School RPG: Champions of Krynn (1990)" here.

Also, check out "East vs. West: Might and Magic" here.

Finally, have a look at "Role Playing vs. Action vs. Utility: Games Win!" here.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - The Return of the Wham

Tom Wham got back in the gaming saddle yesterday and requested we play a local favorite, Augustus (2013).  Ernie and Paul joined lunchtime regulars Brian Blume and Mark Meier, so we had six players around the table for this homecoming.

The description from Board Game Geek is as follows:
In Augustus, you vie with your fellow players to complete "objective" cards for special powers and ultimately for victory points. Each card has 2-6 symbols which you must populate with legionnaire meeples in order to complete the card. These symbols are drawn one at a time from a bag, with all players gaining the benefit equally, but interestingly, the bag contains more of some symbols than others.
So the pivotal skill you'll deploy is in making your choice of which three objectives you'll start the game with (you're dealt six) — balancing potential difficulty of completion against value of the reward — and then which of five available objectives you'll add to your plate each time you complete one of your three. The game ends when someone completes seven objectives.

It's a straightforward card game with some bingo-esque features combined with worker placement.  It plays fairly quickly though we had a couple of false endings when detrimental cards stymied the end trigger.  In the end, Tom acquitted himself well and seems quite ready to return to his old form.  Welcome back, Tom Wham!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Pizza Pouch, Qwerky Keyboard, & IKEA Hack

Over on, you can find a Portable Pizza Pouch here.

Also, on, have a look at the nifty keyboard here.

Finally, on the Eric Strong YouTube channel, check out the cool IKEA hack.  Enjoy!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Media News Monday - Bone Tomahawk, Alec Guinness, & The X-Files

Over on, they fill us in on the new Kurt Russel film, Bone Tomahawk, in which he hunts down cannibals in the Old West.  Learn more here.

Also, on, "Alec Guinness Stars In The Best Science Fiction Movie You've Never Seen."  Find out more here.

Finally, on, "Watch The X-Files Online" here.

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Crafty, Hungry, & Retired

Over on, they tell the tale of a careless crafter who confused "builder’s foam with her hair mousse" here.

Also, this meme on the best cuts of meat from dragons and unicorns has been bopping around Facebook and G+.

Finally, on, check out the "Eagle 5 Starbago" here.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Creature College, Scroll Play, & the 7th Continent

Three Kickstarter projects this week with the first being "Creature College" by Orhan Ertughrul here.

Also, have a look at "Scroll Play: A Deck Box & Playmat All in One" by Binh Vu here.

Finally, check out "THE 7th CONTINENT - Explore. Survive. YOU are the hero!" by Serious Poulp here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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