May 5, 2013

BGG Contests

Posted in Board Games, Games, Hobby at 8:17 pm by Transmuter

So on Board Game Geek, the wonderful website that is all about board games, there is at least one contest a week. These contests require contestants to fill out a multiple choice quiz about a new or upcoming board game; more correct answers means more contest entries. Winning usually means acquisition of a copy of the game in question. The primary purpose of the contest is for game publishers to raise awareness of one of their games in hopes of attracting more buyers. I have entered more than a hundred of these contests.

I originally started doing the contests for the unique microbadge that you get for entering each contest. Up to five microbadges can be displayed under your avatar when posting on the BGG forums. It’s a fun little game on the site to collect as many as possible and display the microbadges most relevant to your current interests. Despite not expecting to win any of the contests due to large volume of entrants, I still entered the contests for these little geeky badges.

I actually, finally won my 56th contest, sponsored by Polish publisher Rebel.pl. I got my choice of one of five of their upcoming games, and I decided on The Cave. The Cave is a game where players control a team of speleologists, scientists who study caves, and race to achieve the best and most discoveries in a large cave system. Points are awarded for being the first team to photograph underground rock and crystal formations, the first to dive in and explore underground lakes, the first to get through tight squeezes, and so on. Teams must return to the base camp to resupply their stocks of rope, oxygen tanks, and most importantly food. I found the game to be quite fun, and I have enjoyed my half-dozen or so plays.

49 contests later I won again! This time I won a copy of Torn Armor, a miniatures skirmish game that was funded via Kickstarter. The game is scheduled to be released around November 2013, but I’m looking forward to trying it out. Painting the miniatures should also be fun.

Speaking of Kickstarter and miniatures, last year I went in with a couple of my friends to back Reaper’s Bones kickstarter project. This project was not for a game, but simply a huge number of plastic miniatures for use in role playing games and the like. It appears that the minis should finally be arriving sometime this month. It’s going to require a lot of painting, but it should be enjoyable. I will make a more detailed post once they come in and I have had a chance to paint at least some of them.

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April 11, 2013

So Many Games!

Posted in Board Games, Games, Role-Playing Games, Video/Computer Games at 9:18 pm by Transmuter

I have played a lot of games over the past four years, so I’ll just cover the highlights.

Role Playing Games

Right after we moved to St. George I tried to keep up with my California D&D group by playing over the internet, but it just didn’t work out for me. A year later, after we moved into our house we met some people in the area that were interested in RPGs and board games, so we formed a group. We played D&D 4th edition for several months, then I discovered Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies, which really caught my imagination. After the D&D campaign died due to lack of interest I decided to run a short S7S campaign, and everyone involved in the 4-episode adventure really enjoyed it. Unfortunately shortly after that two of our group moved to Alaska, where they lived for a year before moving back.

Board Games

Since the RPG group broke up I started getting into board games more, facilitated by the fantastic BoardGameGeek website. I found a few other people in my neighborhood who enjoy board games and play with them whenever we can find the time. I learned how to play Battletech by playing it on the computer via MegaMek. I played board games online at Yucata.de. Recently a primarily board game focused store opened up in town – Game Haven. I found out about and started attending the Saint George Area Board Game Group, which meets weekly at a local library.

PC Games

So shortly before the Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft came out I started getting pretty tired of the game. I got the expansion and played it for about a month before dropping WoW for good. I haven’t even touched the game since the Mists of Pandaria expansion came out.

So years ago I posted how I really disliked the Lord of the Rings Online, but every few months Turbine did a free weekend for returning players. After playing the game a few more times¬†courtesy¬†of these free weekends I really started warming up to the game, so much so that I ended up buying the first expansion, then the next, and then the game went Free-to-Play. I got my father-in-law and most of his sons into the game, and I bought the third expansion, but unfortunately started petering out on MMOs in general. At some point during this my wife and I got Star Wars: the Old Republic MMO, which was pretty awesome for a while, but rapidly lost interest and had zero interest in playing once it too went Free-to-Play. I played Age of Empires Online for a while – I was even in the beta – but haven’t played it much recently. My latest favorite is Mechwarrior Online, a team-based Free-to-Play online game based on the old Mechwarrior games, which themselves were based on the Battletech board game. MWO is really great, and I love the strategy of choosing your ‘mech and its weapon loadout and the tactics of helping your team achieve the battle’s objectives.

As far as single-player games go, here is a list of some of my favorites I’ve played in the last four years (in no particular order): Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed (I, II, Brotherhood, Revelations), Batman: Arkham Asylum / Arkham City, Sonic Generations, LEGO Lord of the Rings, FTL, Sins of a Solar Empire, Terraria, Mass Effect (1, 2, 3), Civilization V, Half Minute Hero, Cthulhu Saves the World, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Greed Corp, and Atom Zombie Smasher.

January 27, 2008

Board Games!

Posted in Board Games, Games at 3:18 pm by Transmuter

Today I think I’ll write about board games. I love board games – unfortunately I usually don’t have friends or family interested in playing. Fortunately now that my brother Brett is living in the same apartment complex as I, I will hopefully have more opportunity to play some games, at least some two-player ones.

One board game I actually got to play recently was Settlers of Catan, one of my favorite board games. This is one of the few board games that my wife Chiemi is willing to play. We got together with Brett and his wife Kellie one night and played. We didn’t have enough time to finish the game, but I had the most points by the time we stopped. I’m not going to explain the game in this post, but I might later.

Update: This just in! As I was working on this post, Chiemi mentioned an idea she had about a theme for the family gift exchange for next Christmas – board games! Great minds think alike. That’s going to be exciting. Now back to your not-so-regularly scheduled posting.

Some board games I enjoyed when I was younger include RoboRally, HeroQuest, Dungeon, and Master Labyrinth. Some games I like nowadays include the aforementioned Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, and HeroScape. Board games I am interested in include Attika, the World of Warcraft Board Game, Cathedral, and Dungeon Twister.