This Week Online - April 14, 2014

Hola all - please enjoy some amusements I found online in the past week!

Lastly, you know I'm a big fan of Tabletop, the Geek & Sundry web show hosted by Wil Wheaton on YouTube. They've decided to crowdsource the third season of the show over on Indiegogo. Check out the campaign and give if you can. If he can reach $1m, we will get a third season of Tabletop with 20 episodes AND a new spin-off show all about roleplaying games. THAT is something I really want to see!

Enjoy your week!

Saturday is Tabletop Day!

thumbs_tabletopday_logo Yay! Saturday is Tabletop Day!

From game stores to individual households, Saturday is the celebration of all things tabletop gaming. Get out and check out your local game store, or invite some friends over to play a game. There are SO many games out there worth checking out. A few of my current favorites are:

The Tabletop Day website is where you can get information about game stores and events near you. Check out this video where Wil Wheaton talks about the day and some fun swag Geek & Sundry has worked hard to get out to participating stores.

Play more games!

This Week Online - April 3, 2014

Ok, to be honest, it's more like the last couple of weeks online. Getting back into the swing of things here. Hope you enjoy these things I found!

Tabletop Thursday - Fortune & Glory

Yesterday’s Tabletop episode featured the board game Fortune and Glory. The players are Felicia Day, Ryon Day, Wil Wheaton, and Brandon Routh. My first exposure to Fortune & Glory was on the game review site Shut Up & Sit Down. They did not favorably review the game, saying that there isn’t much strategy to the game and that if a player happens to roll poorly on a consistent basis they can end up not having a lot to do for the duration of the game. My favorite quote from their review is "This game, this beautiful game, this landfill of components, cards and color, this crush of cliffhangers, is everything that's wrong with Ameritrash."

As a quick aside, Shut Up & Sit Down is a fantastic gaming review site and I think it’s a great compliment to Tabletop (and On The Table) for gaming news. They’re raising funding to keep their website/content production going, so if you feel like tossing them some monetary love I think they’re worth it.

My thoughts about the game from this episode of Tabletop… well, 7 minutes in Wil cuts in and admits they got the rules all wrong throughout their gameplay so the episode isn’t really a representative sense of how the game plays. So, it’s hard to gauge. They certainly seem to have fun playing the game. But there are a LOT of bits involved… games with tons of bits can be a headache. There also seem to be a TON of rules and rules variants.

I think this is a game whose theme (Indiana Jones-style adventurers traversing the world to gather artifacts and fight Nazis) is very appealing. I will probably rent this game from my local game store to give it a try before thinking about purchasing it.

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If you take the time to watch this episode, I recommend you take an additional 10 minutes to watch SU&SD's review as well.

Don't miss Tabletop Day 2014!!! (April 5th)

thumbs_tabletopday_logo I don't know what you did for Tabletop Day last year, but I had a fantastic time going to my local game shop and playing games. Dragon's Den in Short Pump, VA is my store of choice, and they put on quite a game-filled day for last year's Tabletop Day.

I got to play Cthulhu Fluxx for the first time, and discovered that the rules for that variant of the Fluxx games are far more complicated than most. I also saw people enjoying wonderful games like Gloom, Sentinels of The Multiverse and Dixit, to name a few.

Here's an ad that Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton did to promote awareness of Tabletop Day on the USA Today website.

Take your family to your local game store and check out some new games. Tabletop games are all the rage right now, and there are tons of fun games out there. Your local game store owner will be happy to introduce you to them. You can also check out my link on the left for the full run of Tabletop episodes (Geek & Sundry's YouTube show), featuring wonderful games and how to play them.

If you need help finding a Tabletop Day participating store in your area, check out the official Tabletop Day website!

To quote Wil Wheaton, "Play more games!"

Tabletop Thursday - Takenoko

Today's episode features the game Takenoko, which I've heard of but have never played. It looks like a really cute game and the folks in this episode have a great time playing it. I'll definitely be picking this up for a future game night!

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I love the animated panda, but not as much as the Owlbear from Lords of Waterdeep.


Not The Flog - Episode 4

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This is the fourth installment of Wil Wheaton's occasional chat about board games that aren't the sort of games that would play well on Tabletop. Over the course of this episode, he recommends a lot of Halloween/Horror themed games and entertainment which are fun. I'll recap them here in case you don't have time to watch the episode. He is terribly funny in this, though, so if you like his humor I recommend it.

RPG in a Box Betrayal at House on the Hill The Last Night on Earth Arkham Horror The Fury of Dracula Castle Ravenloft Mansions of Madness A Touch of Evil

Game Guides/Game-in-a-Book Gurps Horror Dread

Card Games Spooks (out of print, Steve Jackson) Munchkin Bites & Munchkinomicon

Video Games Silent Hill 3 Slender Amnesia - The Dark Descent

Horror Movies Creep Show Evil Dead 2 Event Horizon Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original) Game Change Cabin in the Woods The Ring

Tabletop Catch-Up - Shadows Over Camelot and Betrayal at House on the Hill

I've missed the last two Tabletop episodes so I want to get them posted here before too much more time passes by. Shadows Over Camelot featured Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik from Penny Arcade and Tara Strong who voice acts everything everywhere (Bubbles, Timmy Turner, Raven, Ben Tennyson, etc.). It's a good episode but I have to admit I wasn't running out to pick up this game to play it. To my surprise, we'd already acquired it during a scratch & dent purchasing jag at a local game store, so we brought it out this past weekend at our Game Night party. It was great! More on that later... for now, enjoy this episode!

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The following episode was a two-parter featuring Betrayal at House on the Hill. This 2-part episode currently ranks as my favorite Tabletop episode of all time (narrowly edging out Fiasco - check the Tabletop page on the right to find all the episodes easily). The episode features three people I didn't know before the episode, but their chemistry is great and the humor is fantastic.

Enjoy Part 1 and Part 2 of Betrayal at House on the Hill:

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I own this game but haven't played it yet. It and the Firefly board game are on the top of my "must play next" list.

Tabletop Thursday - Lords of Waterdeep

This episode actually aired two weeks ago, but I wanted to get it posted here before tomorrow's new episode comes out. Lords of Waterdeep is a resource management game set in the legendary Dungeon and Dragons city of Waterdeep. Knowledge of D&D is not required to play this game. The interaction between Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Pat Rothfuss and Brandon Laatsch is great in this episode. Much fun is had. I have asked G&S if they would consider making the owlbear image available to folks to use... I'll post more here if I hear anything back.

Oh, and definitely watch the gag reel. There is so much owlbear goodness all over it.

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Postscript:  There must have been a lot of requests. Enjoy OWLBEAR!


The Bounty of the Internet

Goodness, the last few days have been a wealth of things to see. Let me share some of the wonderful things I've found out there over the holiday weekend.

  • The best Zombie-related short film I have ever seen'
  • Have you heard of what3words? I hadn't either. I think it's totally cool.
  • Thug Notes!!! I can't say it enough. Did you use Cliff's Notes in school? Did you like to read books? Do you have an appreciation of urban gangster culture? This is the perfect amalgam of all of these interests. I can't even pick out one particular review to point you to because they're all so good. Pick a book you've read and GO THERE NOW!
  • Here's what you missed by not playing Bioshock Infinite. (spoilers)
  • Here's what you missed by not playing Borderlands 2. (spoilers)
  • The Wheatons are asking for donations for their local humane society and offering an awesome geek calendar as an incentive. Even if you don't back their humane society, please consider donating money to your own local humane society. Animals are awesome.

More to come over the course of the week!