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I’m Playing in Albany, Oregon on #TableTopDay!

Flyer for the Albany, OR #TableTopDay Mini-Con! Yes, you may print these out and plaster them all over your school/work. [Click to Enlargify]

Flyer for the Albany, OR #TableTopDay Mini-Con! Yes, you may print these out and plaster them all over your school/work. [Click to Enlargify]

My good friends from Bonsai Games (Ruse, Infinite Power) & Elderhaven Games (Dig Site) and I have been planning a local event for #TableTopDay! Sarah and Levi of Bonsai Games put in MAD WORK on this getting several game publishers to send us stuff to demo and giveaway at the con!

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…

  • Ascension
  • Castle Panic
  • Dominion
  • Elder Sign
  • Infinite Power (ECG)
  • It’s Alive!
  • Kittens in a Blender
  • Magic: the Gathering
  • Munchkin (+ Unnatural Axe & The Guild Expansions)
  • Star Munchkin
  • Pandemic
  • Ruse
  • 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!

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.

#TableTopDay in Albany, Oregon:  Facebook Event Page | Google+ Event Page

Official Table Top Day Site

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“Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer” Review, Tutorial and Strategy Tips


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.

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iOS App of Note: Lost Cities

[Image]: Screen Cap from Lost Cities for iPhone (Click to Enlarge)

 “Lost Cities” is a strategic card game that has existed in the table top format for a while now, but was brought to iOS devices by the Coding Monkeys. Watch the short video above if you want details on how the game is played.

“Lost Cities” is an iPhone app, but you can get it for iPad and just use the 2X option to expand the app to nearly full screen. This does cause the game to pixellate a bit, but since this isn’t a game that’s driven by graphics, it’s hardly noticeable. This game is easy to figure out, simply by reading the tutorial at the beginning and grasping the scoring concept. I am a person that doesn’t do well just by reading the rules, so I prefer to skim them and then jump in. Sure, this model does give you a shitty win/loss percentage at the beginning, but that’s how I learn to play best. Then again, I am used to playing this in a table top setting where win/loss percentages are only tracked by people with Asperger’s.

There is an online play option, but I do not generally play online and, therefore, can’t really speak to the experience. There are a LOT of complaints about the online system in the iTunes Reviews for the game, but those complaints are not really focusing on the app, but on the lack of ability of other online players or just plain whining about how an opponent will take five minutes to make a play. I suppose the developers could build some sort of timer mechanic into the system that requires a person to play in a certain amount of time or they lose their turn, but  it is my opinion that online play should mimic IRL play as closely as possible, in which there is no temporal limits set in the rules, as far as I can recall.

I really like this app! The main reason is due to the ease of play. Play cards to build the biggest score. That being the case, I’ve also found that I can very easily get lost in time while playing “Lost Cities,” something that I don’t get when playing the IRL version of the game. Since it is a card based game, you always end up having to do that pesky shuffling. It’s a great way to pass the time of a boring car ride or, in my case, a slow day at work. You can pick up your iPhone/iPad and start playing and 3 hours will flash by.

It is this gamer’s opinion that this app is a great deal at $3.99 and well worth the money spent.

Download “Lost Cities” for iPhone or iPad

Review – Zombie Dice iOS App

Zombie Dice App Loading Screen [Screen Grab from my iPhone]

You may have gathered from my review of  Zombie Dice 2: The Double Feature here on CoinOpKids a couple of months ago that I am a big fan of the Zombie Dice franchise from (also the creators of the “Munchkin” franchise) Stephen Jackson Games. By “may have gathered,” of course I mean “should have gathered”.

I love it when developers take one of my favorite table top games and turn it into an amazing app! Trust me… there are developers that have tried to make the transition and gotten WRONG (Dominion Card Game comes to mind), so it is refreshing to see it done right!

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Review: Ticket to Ride iPad App

“Ticket to Ride” by Days of Wonder

Ticket to ride is published by the same company that publishes Small World, so I’m not that surprised by the fact that they released an iPad app for this game as well.  I have played both the table top version of the game (construct consists of a game board, miniatures and cards) and the iPad version of the game and wanted to write a review for the app like I did for the Small World app a couple of weeks ago.  Ticket to Ride also gives you the option to play online from your Mac or to download the game from Steam.

I am really impressed with this app! Far more impressed than I was with the Small World app! Luckily, that review has already gone out. 🙂 In fact, this app is so good, it kinda makes the Small World app look… well, to be blunt, shitty. The Small World App was very limited, but still enjoyable to noobs. Ticket to Ride is the full experience of the board game, minus the pesky counting and setup and it’s FAR cheaper than the table top version. On Amazon, the table top version of the game is going for around $37, whereas the app was only $5 or $6.

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