January. What a month it has been. Stuffed after Christmas. Marinaded on New Year. Then tickled pink on the Birthday.
I did get to play quite a few games as well. Some family favorites as well as some new ones that flew under my nose. From the wonderful Clans of Caledonia (Karma Games) to the Wall in Catan (Fantasy Flight Games), with the Brotherhood of the Watch. I hiked around the beautiful Okanagan: Valleyof the Lakes (Matagot) and visited an old favoratite place with a Splendor (Space Cowboys) new view of the city.
There were a few Kickstarters that came my way as well. One, I have been playing for a long time and have seen it evolve over the year. That is Batman: Gotham City Chronicles (Monolith Editions) which is coming very soon. The other, which is currently running is Blockchain: The Cryptocurrency Game (Say Cheves). You can find these in my Kickstarter page.
And I delve into board game app's. As there were a few time in the month where I played Mansions of Madness (Fantasy Flight) alone. Or I was joined with my daughter in the fight to save the galaxy in Rising 5 (Holy Grail Games). playing with these app's got me thinking, are they good or bad for the hobby? And most importantly, do they work?
But you can see and hear about all these things, in my double-back monthly blog
What is "the Monthly Video?" 0:20
A Review of Reviews 1:41
First and the Last 3:15
Question Time 12:50
The Monthly Giveaway 21:52
Let me know in the comments, what you think about board game app's.
And if you have a question that you'd like me to open up in Question Time.
A new day, a new year and a new adventure awaits.
As you probably saw from my Top Ten Games I'd Drop Everything For... list, I like to play the same games again and again. For me, nothing beats playing a game that you don't have to explain to your competition and you can just go head to head in the challenge to becoming the master of that game.
But there is also nothing like trying something new and different. To cleanse your pallet. And although I am not a fan of the "Cult Of The New," I find myself being wrapped up in it's web. This year, I will be working for game publishers on their newest games. Mainly Kickstarters. As always, I will be producing videos that show pertentual backers how the game works and feels.
Here are some of those titles:
So, not only am I making reviews of game, but with some of them I will be helping in the support as they are running on Kickstarter. As a campaign manager, which is kind of nice. Another bonus from this is I get to learn how these games work, not from reading a rule book. But from actually being taught by their designers. And that is a whole different sensation. You get inside their head and understand every facet and rule tweak that they have made over the many years that the game has been created. It's a wonderful feeling.
You can check out these titles in more depth on the BGG website:
And who knows what will be further down the road.
All I can tell you about the things that have happened in the past month. While I am getting older, I am finding it harder to retain information. I have even forgotten my birthday! Old man.
So instead of typing about all the wonderful things I seem to remember doing in December, I have recorded them into a little video for you.
And that is just a fraction of the things that are coming in 2018. Unfortunately, I can not cover everything, but if I get a chance to, I will.
If you have a question that you'd like me to answer in next months video or advice about a game, please leave it in the comment section below. Until next time, play nicely together.
Ciao for now...
Never has a video review taken so long. In perspective, I used to make a video review in a day. For a while now, I've been taking a little more time and effort to make a video. So normally they take between 2-6 days to make.
"this is the story of the curse of the dark souls"
I started filming the review for Dark Souls at the beginning of October. The 9th to be precise. But it was put on the back burner while I produced the Dragon Castle and Paper Tales videos. As these were Essen releases. I did get time to go back and carry on DS just before Essen, then continue when I got back. Then things went black...
I had my car break down. I had a windows update that went wrong. I had a memory card give out after filming, loosing an hour of recordings. I had a new memory card that made an unreadable file. And the worse was I had a very ill Player 4, who I had to babysit for over a week. Then I fell ill for two days. On top of that, I broke a nail.
So little by little, I have been working on this video (which is in two parts) trying to get it finished for you. And now that it's done, I can crack on with other (hopefully shorter) videos. Plus some interesting Kickstarters...
Dark Souls is a dungeon crawling game that is supposed to replicate the video game series of the same name. Not that I know that it does, as it is a video game that I have wanted to try but never got around to buying. Even when it was on a reduced price. I was using all my time and fun in the world of Skyrim. Also know my temperament as a gamer...
Yes, I have a habbit of getting frustrated. For example:
I play a game and I mange to get 60% of the way through. Cool.
I play the same game again and I get 70% the way through. Excellent.
I play the same game once more but get stuck around the begging 20%. What the fudge!
Something is not right. From now on, I can't jump to a platform or kill a mini-boss that I found easy before. The game has not changed. The player has not changed apart from he should be more experienced than before. Something is not right! Hench a control gets it's pilots licence.
Therefore I didn't pick up a copy. Although I did watch may reviews that praised the game for capturing the difficulty of arcade games from the 80's and 90's.
The board game does capture the same feeling as the video game. It is hard...