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This Saturday is a super eventful day, because it is Free Comic Book Day and also Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you). Due to this rare alignment of Nerdly Venn Diagrams, the people at Nerd Titan are celebrating by posting our asses up at Borderlands Games (Salem, Or) to give away some cool nerd swag and to play table top games! The event starts at 11 AM and finishes up pretty late, so show up, read some comics, talk with us Nerd Titan folk and play some games with us! I have to work that day and won’t be able to get up there until ~4:30 or 5:00 PM, and I’m planning on doing some game demos while I’m there. Zac (a.k.a papa Titan) and I are talking with Borderlands about getting some weekly gaming tourneys started and this is going to be where we finalize a lot of those details. I’m also told that Bentley and King Richard will be recording an episode of their podcast on site and I will surely be popping in on that at some point!
All the details are documented on the Facebook Event page, so go confirm your planned attendance and post what games you would like to play with us! I will be bringing a bunch of games and plan to demo a couple of my favs (i.e. Ruse, Ascension, Munchkin, We Didn’t Playtest This, etc.) and talking gaming and game development. I am proud to be a part of a small commune of game developers in my area and I’m hoping some of them will also be attending. You might get a chance to play some games still in playtest mode or see some workshopping in action!
I will be bringing my game library and will be doing demos of many of them through out the day. This is my official invite to you to come out and play some games with your fellow nerds! The event is free (with encouraged donations going to the Boys and Girls Club of Albany) and will be a blast! Here’s the list of games that I will be bringing…
- Castle Panic
- Elder Sign
- Infinite Power (ECG)
- It’s Alive!
- Kittens in a Blender
- Magic: the Gathering
- Munchkin (+ Unnatural Axe & The Guild Expansions)
- Star Munchkin
- Settlers of Catan
- Small World (+ Two Expansions)
- Ticket to Ride (+ India & Switzerland Expansions)
- We Didn’t Playtest This
- Zombie Dice (+ Double Feature Expansion)
I will be printing out several QR codes for some of the games that have either mobile versions (Ascension, Elder Sign, Small World, Ticket to Ride and Zombie Dice) or have mobile accessories (Munchkin) like a level counter. You will be able to scan these QR codes with your iDevice (not sure if they have Android options) and download the app on the spot!
I am encouraging all comers to take pictures and/or videos while at the event and Tweet them to me for a post that I will be doing on Nerd Titan, and my YouTube channel! Should you be interested in Tweeting pics/vids to me to include in my video, you can Tweet them to @alloymatt using the hashtag #TableTopDay
You can find all the details about the event by clicking over to our event pages on either Facebook or Google+ and can find more info about what #TableTopDay is by watching the videos from Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton at the bottom of this post or by visiting the Table Top Day website where you can find similar events going on in your part of the world, should you not be local to the Oregon area.
Question time! What game(s) would you like to play/are you planning to bring with you on #TableTopDay? Tweet your responses to this question with (or just copy and paste) the following:
I’m playing [insert game name here; or just delete this part] with @BonsaiGames, @ElderhavenGames and @alloymatt on #TableTopDay! Join us! http://wp.me/p1Mdle-gd
Make sure you include the link at the end of the Tweet (to this article) so other people that you know that may be interested in also attending will know where to get the info on the event! You can also just grab the link and start posting it to all the other internets (Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, etc…) should you so desire.
Ascension is, for my money, the best deck building game on the market. I know the Dominion crowd won’t appreciate that statement, but Ascension is a better two player experience than Dominion. I like the Ascension system simply because of limitation of the “Supply” and the (virtually) unlimited amount of basic purchases and Monsters to defeat. There’s also some variety as it applies to strategy. I love that Ascension is available for mobile devices, as well. What card gamer doesn’t like the chance to strategize behind their opponents’ backs? This article is a little tl;dr for some, so if you’re just looking for the app link and not interested in the rest, here ya’ go.
I found out about Cards Against Humanity, the “Party Game for Horrible People”, back in the summer, but couldn’t seem to come up with a copy as it sells out so fast. I added it to my Amazon shopping cart back in August and asked my Amazon app to notify me when it became available for purchase. Sometime in October, the order was placed and I received my copy shortly after. Cards Against Humanity = Legit! This is not meant to be a review of the game, as any given person will either love it or hate it regardless of what I have to say about it. It has, however, become a favorite amongst my game group and my in-laws… I know. Weird, right?
On a completely unrelated (until recently) topic, I really love me some nerdy music. Jonathon Coulton, Paul and Storm and Marian Call are a few of my favorites. I heard about the Portland, Oregon based (that’s only a couple hours north of me!) Doubleclicks back in the summer and they quickly climbed into my top 5! I absolutely LOVE their nerdy folk tunes about Star Trek and con-life. Con-life actually means convention life, which is far less gangster than you were probably thinking. Although, I would totes listen to the Doubleclicks doing a cover of the infamous Tupac and Snoop Dogg collabo “Americas Most Wanted”. The answer to your question is “Yes.”, I would totally bust a verse on that track! #Goldmine
Well, my fellow nerds, I love when two different portions of my nerdom converge on each other to make one of those, “Holy shit! Mind = Blown!” Venn Diagrams. I just found out (a couple months behind in the times) that the Doubleclicks were asked to make the official Cards Against Humanity theme song! #TotesAmazeBalls!
Can this post get any better? You’re fuckin’ A it can! The song “A Good Game of Cards” (embedded at the top of this post) is available as a free download. Download it, enjoy it then go buy more stuff from the Double-clicks. Want more? You got it! Cards Against Humanity is, again, sold out. However, they offer the card templates as a free pdf download on their website, so you can download and print up your own copy of the game! Click the links at the bottom of this post to find some more awesome tunes from the Doubleclicks and/or to down-load your copy of Cards Against Humanity as a free pdf.
Regular readers here know of my affinity for table top games. I started with the basics, Uno, Skip-Bo, Monopoly and Yahtzee, when I was a kid. I got a Nintendo when I was 9 or so, and that is when video games became a thing. As I grew up, my gaming did as well. I started playing Magic: The Gathering in high school and my wife (whom I started dating in high school; Mushy, I know) got me into Rummy and Hearts. Around that time I started playing more video games because I had a job and could afford my own consoles and such. Video games took over my gaming for several years, but I wanted to start having friends over to game. However, when you invite friends over to play Portal 2, most of them think you’re a show off. So I started exploring table top games again because of a gamecon that my local comic store was putting on. Little did I know that table top games were going to become a huge part of everything I do know.
The above video is a short intro about the backstory of the game.
Backstory: I attended a gamecon in September in which most of my gaming group also attended. I was in a Magic: the Gathering for a couple of hours, and my gaming group spent some time running around the con checking out new games, as one should do at a game con. They met this couple that were demoing a game that they were creating themselves and played a card game called “Ruse” with them. Later, I got out of the Magic tourney (it wasn’t going well; so I dropped) and was talking to my group who were RAVING about this steampunk whodunnit that they had played, Ruse, and insisted that I play it. Well, we started playing a different game, more distractions happened and I ended up not playing Ruse. One of my group friended the developers on Facebook and they happened to be from the same small town as us! What are the chances! My group went over to the developers’ house for a game night and I finally played Ruse.
Currently: Ruse was developed by Levi Mote and Sarah Sharp of Bonsai Games (Infinite Power, Kaiju City) and the premise, if you didn’t watch the above video, is that each player is a character in the steampunk city of St. Sabastian. Amid all the steam, pulleys and gears, there has been a murder and the characters are all suspects!