Mar 26 2014

One of the greatest feelings you will ever have, that we forget as we get older #blogpost

Holy crap GeekJock is back!

Yep and I hope to be back more if I ever get time. Well that, or if I ever figure out how to install the program to be able to voice to write. I am much better at talking and doing posts then actually typing (that’s why I have been podcasting SOOO much more then actually blogging lately due to time).

Today I want to touch a little on the Jock side of things. I want to get all us adults who spend way too much time saying “I don’t have time for that” — and I am guilty of it as well–, to take a moment to remember one of the greatest feelings we can ever experience in life and try to look for that feeling again. Try and find it and embrace it b/c things like this will bring us enormous happiness in a time where we don’t always get that feeling and often take it for granted.

That feeling is what I like to call the spine-tingling awe of the professional sports field.

I want you to close your eyes for a min (well metaphorically of course) and take yourself back to when you were a child. Unless you grew up real rich or happened to have season tickets to every sport there is you prob didn’t get to go to major sporting events a whole lot. Remember how rare it was that we were able to see the field or ice or court. Now bring yourself to that EXACT moment that you rounded the corner and got to the beginning side of the tunnel to get onto the concourse where your seats would be. That expectation of seeing what would be one of the best scenes you could imagine as a kid.  And imagine your feeling as you get to the END of that tunnel and there it was in all its gigantic and wonderful splendor. THE FIELD! I would always just stop and marvel at how large it was. How green it was and how bright and beautiful it was. Tingles would go up my spine as I just thought to myself “one day I will be out there”.

The same is true as I would go to NY Islander games with my dad as a kid. I would rush to the door, open it up to the inside of the Nassau Coliseum where the seats where and run up the tunnel! There it was. THE ICE! Where my favorite team the Islanders played. It instantly brought a smile to my face and made me jump for joy.

Why? Well b/c to us as kids, it was where the immortals got to play. Where the heroes of our world were in their greater then life size glory. There was just something special about that EXACT moment, that EXACT sight that released every ounce of endorphins I had as a kid.

30 years later…. I now have season tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes and I get to roughly 30-32 games each year. Do I get that rush when I come up the tunnel? Not as often as I like. It’s not that I don’t love that sight, b/c I do. It’s that in all the hub-bub of the world and rushing and no time for this or that, that I often forget to take a step back and HAVE that moment with the arena.

I say to you now. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy the AWE. Take the time before any sporting event you go to, to remind yourself to HAVE that experience. To have that spine tingling moment. It’s in that moment that nothing else matters. Work doesn’t suck, life doesn’t suck and there are no bills to pay. There is just YOU and your 8 year old self, enjoying the AWE of the field. I promise you, that if you remember to do this, you will be much happier for it.

The Ultimate AWE moment when I was announced and skated onto the ice at the 1st annual Canes Alumni Fantasy Game

The Ultimate AWE moment when I was announced and skated onto the ice at the 1st annual Canes Alumni Fantasy Game

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Dec 21 2013

3rd Annual Gamers For Cures 24 Hour Board Game Marathon for Turner Syndrome Society of US Recap

The 3rd Annual Gamers for Cures 24 hour board game marathon to benefit Turner Syndrome Society of the US came and went in a flash! What was 6 months of planning, begging, advertising, volunteering, networking, and organizing all culminated to an absolutely amazing event on Nov 9th 2013. I absolutely couldn’t have been happier with both the resuts and the turnout as we had right around 40 marathon players and around 10 more who were overnight players. The foot traffic for the day was in the multiple hundreds easily, as no table was empty at all during the day. All that culminated in us shattering our fund raising goal. When the games stopped and the meeples were all put away, we tabulated the numbers and we raised $13,500 for TSSUS!  I nearly fainted at that number and I will not lie it did bring a tear to many who were in attendance.

During the day we have a ton of events which go on including demos of games and painting/modeling, but we also had door prize raffles every 3 hours, in which anyone who was in the store had a chance to win one of a bunch of prizes we put out for each one. We of course also had the $1 raffles which could be bought and placed in one of 100 boxes to win the corresponding game/lot of games, and finally we had the big ticket raffles for $5 which we had a bunch of great prizes including an iPad and TV!

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Here’s a little re-cap of the day through my eyes.  (And I will do my best not to forget the games I got to play and what Lauren and DJ got to do through the day as well.

The event started as always, bright and early on Sat. , at 8am, with a bunch of great sandwiches donated by Chick Fil-A and some other tasty treats donated by Cinnabon as well. I didn’t get to do a whole lot of gaming in the morning time, between giving out the swag bags, making sure everyone had enough food for breakfast and just generally going over the day’s events and set up one last time with Crystal and Scott (The amazing store owners of The Gamers Armory who help make all of this possible with their amazing hospitality and help. Late in the morning Lauren got to play in a game of Ticket to Ride that I taught to a full group, and as always she had an absolute blast. She’s such an up and coming gamer. The TS often makes it harder for her to grasp some advanced visual and/or spatial concepts but she tries real hard and does an amazing job playing games.

After that game wrapped up Lauren wanted to try her hand at one of the demos going on for the day. We always have a ton of demos each and every event ranging from painting, to mini’s games to euro games to card games. This particular one was Wargames Factory’s Jim Goss leading a co-op zombie mini’s game for up to 8 people. It was a take on their Zombie Vixen’s line, in which up to 8 of us had to get from one side of the board to the other, all the while fighting hungry zombies lead by super model/vixen zombies which drew in hoards of male zombies to their side when they appeared on the map. What started as simply Lauren and myself commanding 8 survivors, quickly became 8-10 of us surrounding the table cheering and laughing at the game. It was an infectious fun that more and more people just wanted to be a part of.  I was real proud of Lauren for trying out new things and getting into some mini’s gaming. Thanks to Jim for the well done demo!

Shortly after the zombie invasion was over Lauren and my son DJ headed over to the painting mini’s demo table. There we had some tanks and space marines, which were donated and Sandy H was helping people get started in learning the fun points of painting. She did an amazing job showing people, especially my kids as I couldn’t believe how good those models turned out!

While they were getting some painting going I got our lunch set up for the marathon players. Once again this year lunch was provided by Jersey Mike’s. They have been with us since the beginning of our events and they have never ceased to provide us with the best quality lunch and plenty of it! Thanks so much to such a great company for their help!IMG_5854

The afternoon was full of more demo goodness for me. I was able to demo one of my favorite games, the DC Comics Deck Building game. It’s a ton of fun for all ages, it’s easy to pick up, it’s quick and of course most importantly it’s got DC characters!!! All the participants loved it, and I of course, can never get enough of this great game. This card game theme continued on as next up was a 5 player game of Northstar Games’ Clubs. This light, family friendly, trick taking game is easily one of my favorites of this year and to no surprise was also a huge hit. While this was going on Lauren was getting into a game of Cinque Terre.

 IMG_5950This is a real fun little Ticket to Ride meets Finca sort of game. She loved it, but she didn’t quite grasp all the deeper strategies of getting the tickets completed and getting the higher points for delivering goods, but none the less she couldn’t stop talking about how much fun she had playing it!

Next up was a small demo of the immensely popular Augustus. What has been dubbed “Gamer Bingo” by many, is easily one of my favorite games, both for that gate way game and for filling that small gap of time at the end of a night. My family loves it too, as it’s not too heavy and plays in less than an hour. We had fun playing it of course at the event, and the best thing you can say after doing a demo of a game, is not only that the other players loved it, but they immediately went and picked up a copy the very next day!

Dinner wasn’t far behind all of this demo fun (see how fast the day went? AMAZING!), and the marathon players enjoyed the food donations by Primo Pizza, Craft Public house and some delicious cheeseburgers from McDonalds!

The evening brought in some real fun social gaming. I am not usually one for playing in Werewolf type games but as I always say, those games are better with the right groupings of players so since I knew we had a bunch of great people around the table it was the perfect time for some! First up was BANG! The dice game. This is a quick moving game of (mostly) hidden objectives and (mostly)backstabbing. Each player has a hidden  objective, outside of the sheriff, who just always wants the bad guys eliminated, and they are all trying to get their objective completed, all the while trying to convince the sheriff that they are his deputies. Dice are rolled shots are fired, beer is drunk (to heal health in the game) and Indians attack. It’s a quick pace game with tons of finger pointing and no trust anywhere and most importantly ABSOLUTELY FUN. We played it a few times during the marathon and I had a blast each time. This social game turned right into another social gamer favorite, The Resistance. We ended up picking up a couple of more players so The Resistance was a perfect choice to head into next. Many of us had never played the game before, but we all really got into it and I have to say I really enjoyed playing it. It’s not a game I would like to play with strangers, but one in which I can say would be real fun to play again with a bunch of my friends. Both times we played the Spies won, but hey I was a spy in the 1st game so it didn’t hurt quite as badly.IMG_5936

After all the social gaming goodness, it was nearly time to  lock the doors and let the marathoners and over-night players get to the 2nd portion of the day, which is the overnight gaming. It seems like it went so fast but we still have 8 hours more to game!!!

But first, it was time for the raffles to be drawn!! We had the 90 boxes of $1 raffles and the big ticket raffles. I ended up winning Battles of Westeros and my lovely daughter came away with Cheeky Monkey. (A complete list of winners can be found at the bottom of this post). This was also the first year in which we opened up the raffles (both $1 and $5) to online sales through the Gamers Armory web story. It also was a big success. We had a bunch of winners for the box raffles and one of the big ticket winners was also an online sale.

Overnight is generally where I get in the majority of my heavier games. In the past I got to play some gems like Castles of Burgundy and a playtest of The Princes of The Dragon Throne. This year was no different with our test of the prototype of the Dice Hate Me 2014 release Brew Crafters. It’s an amazing game where you run your own brewery! It’s quite akin to Agricola in nature but a little less constricting on your available actions. A REAL good game , that I cannot wait to see next year.

While the Brew Crafters game was going on Adam O headed out to his patented Cook Out runs, that he frequently does during local cons and the like. While he was gone I got to play an old Reiner Knizia card game called Poison. It’s a typical Knizia game with math and funky scoring, but it didn’t overstay it’s welcome and I have to admit I liked it.

Only two more games to talk about so please stay awake with me!!!

Next up was our Wits and Wagers Demo/Game. W&W is quite possibly one of the best party/trivia game out there today. It’s a game in which you don’t actually have to know anything at all in order to win. You put your guesses on a erase board, they get sorted and everyone bets on who the correct one actually is. So in essence you can know nothing, and get none of the Q’s correct ever and STILL win the game. Thanks to Northstar Games for providing us with some copies of the game for prizes.

Last but certainly not least is an overnight staple at events and cons like these, Tier auf Tier (also known as Animal upon Animal, the on the bridge version). There is no replacement for the mindless fun and laughter this game brings. It’s a HABA game and you might have to hit up Amazon for a copy, but it’s one I CANNOT recommend enough. It’s for any age of player and weather you are a hard core gamer or just a new player you will LOVE the laughing and trash talking that erupts from a game of this.

So that about wraps up the 3rd annual GFC charity event. I really cannot thank all the sponsors, publishers, designers, the community enough(A good list can be found at the Gamers Armory GFC page). And another big thanks to Crystal and Scott from the Gamers Armory and their sons Alexander and Hunter who also did an amazing job helping out. Thanks to Carol, Mike and Robert who worked at the store during the event. A big THANKS to Adam Skelding who handled all of the graphical design of the posters and programs and online pieces. And of course a big thanks to all the volunteers from The Turner Syndrome Society who helped us that day, and for being there talking about TSS and for being great fans of our charity group.

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Lauren with 2 TSS members Courtney and Barbara

And naturally none of this could be possible without the best Wife in the world, Janice you are amazing, and two of the greatest kids a guy could ask for, Lauren and DJ.

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And of course thanks to all of you out there for supporting us and spreading the word about our event, without you none of these funds could be raised at all.

Remember next time you see me at a con or gaming event, I might just ask you to donate or be a part of the Gamers For Cures family! I know most publishers have seen my smile and begging face, and they will real soon again!!!

–GeekJock/Dan

(For another real good recap please check out Socially Inept Gamer)

Raffle Winners: Congratulations to our winners!!

Raffle Lot #1
Warhammer 40,000 Dark Vengeance
Donated By: Games Workshop
Winner: Adam Skelding

Raffle Lot #2
Venture Forth
Donated By: Minion Games
Winner: Ronald Watkins

Raffle Lot #3
Thunderstone: Thornwood Siege
Donated By: Travis Bryant
Winner: Cassandre Kowal

Raffle Lot #4
Coutier
Donated By: AEG Games
Winner: Casey Silva

Raffle Lot #5
Twilight Struggle Deluxe
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Eric Behymer

Raffle Lot #6
Descent: Journeys in the Dark (+ Token & Minis)
Donated By: Fantasy Flight
Winner: Brin Mackey

Raffle Lot #7
Bundle: Operation Cobra & Beyond the Beachhead 2
Donated By: Bounding Fire Productions
Winner:  John Muje

Raffle Lot #8
Dungeon Roll
Donated By: Tasty Minstrel Games
Winner: Ginger Cherry

Raffle Lot #9
Mr. Jack
Donated By: Asmodee
Winner: Mike Mayer

Raffle Lot #10
Space Cadets Dice Duel (Signed by Designer)
Donated By: Stronghold Games
Winner: Timothy Edwards

Raffle Lot #11
Duel of Ages II
Donated By: Brett Murrell
Winner: Steven Brady

Raffle Lot #12
Panic on Wall Street
Donated By: ACD Distribution
Winner: John Pace

Raffle Lot #13
Legacy Expansion: Forbidden Machines
Donated By: Floodgate Games
Winner: Nicki Courson

Raffle Lot #14
Viva Java – The Coffee Game + Expansion
Donated By: Dice Hate Me
Winner: Burke Drew

Raffle Lot #15
Munchkin Deluxe
Donated By: Steve Jackson Games
Winner: Ronald Watkins

Raffle Lot #16
Dominant Species: The Card Game
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Timothy Edwards

Raffle Lot #18
Apocalypse Survivors “The Men”
Donated By: Wargames Factory
Winner: Butch Arthur

Raffle Lot #19
Tahiti
Donated By: Minion Games
Winner: Casey Silva

Raffle Lot #20
Lost Temple
Donated By: Stronghold Games
Winner: Tom Gurgarus

Raffle Lot #21
Battle of Westeros (with miniatures)
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory
Winner: Dan Patriss

Raffle Lot #22
The Great Heartland Hauling Co. + Expansion
Donated By: Dice Hate Me
Winner: Kerry McManus

Raffle Lot #23
Dreadball Deluxe (figures painted by TGA in Display)
Donated By: Mantic Games
Winner: Matt Parker

Raffle Lot #24
Go Fetch It!
Donated By: ACD Distribution
Winner: Cassandre Kowal

Raffle Lot #25
King Philip’s War
Donated By: Multi Man Publishing
Winner: Allison Mcwaters

Raffle Lot #26
Relic Runners
Donated By: Days of Wonder
Winner: Adam Reeves

Raffle Lot #27
Command & Colors Ancients: Greece vs. Eastern Kingdom
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Ronald Watkins

Raffle Lot #28
Citadel Paint Hobby Starter Set
Donated By: Games Workshop
Winner: Luann Hensel

Raffle Lot #29
Fleet (Kickstarter)
Donated By: Matt Riddle & Ben Pinchback
Winner: James Neely, Jr.

Raffle Lot #30
City of Remnants
Donated By: Plaid Hat Games
Winner: Jeremy Maciejewski

Raffle Lot #31
City of Iron
Donated By: Red Raven
Winner: Ronald Watkins

Raffle Lot #32
The New Science
Donated By: Conquistador Games
Winner: Wray Ferrell

Raffle Lot #33
Space Empires 4X
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory|
Winner: David Wingler

Raffle Lot #34
Dixit
Donated By: ACD Distribution
Winner: Adam Reeves

Raffle Lot #35
Yoda Wooden Wall Art
Donated By: High Tech Treasures
Winner: Kelly Watkins

Raffle Lot #36
Chewbacca Wooden Wall Art
Donated By: High Tech Treasures
Winner: Crystal Blanton

Raffle Lot #37
Command & Colors Ancients
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Tony Chen

Raffle Lot #38
Pathfinder: The Inner Sea World Guide
Donated By: Paizo Publilshing
Winner: Mike Tavares

Raffle Lot #39
Compounded: Better Gaming Through Chemistry
Donated By: Dice Hate Me Games
Winner: Scott Blanton

Raffle Lot #40
Viticulture 2013
Donated By: Stonemaier Games
Winner: Lynn Dubar

Raffle Lot #41
MTG From the Vault: Realms
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory
Winner: Jacquline Coronilla

Raffle Lot #42
Star Wars Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
Donated By: Fantasy Flight
Winner: Robert Barker

Raffle Lot #43
France ‘40
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Mark Palmer

Raffle Lot #44
Ticket To Ride: the Heart of Africa
Donated By: Days of Wonder
Winner: Tracy Lankford

Raffle Lot #45
Time ‘N’ Space
Donated By: Stronghold Games
Winner: Steven Herr

Raffle Lot #46
Canterbury
Donated By: Quixotic Games
Winner: Dan Patriss

Raffle Lot #47
Ticket to Ride
Donated By: Alliance Game Distributors
Winner: Stephen Brady

Raffle Lot #48
Pathfinder Bundle: The Worldwound/Faith & Philosophies
Donated By: Paizo Publishing
Winner: Butch Arthur

Raffle Lot #49
Jungle Speed
Donated By: Asmodee
Winner: Chad Barker

Raffle Lot #50
Pathfinder Core Rulebook
Donated By: Paizo Publishing
Winner: Chris Olsson

Raffle Lot #51
Trains
Donated By: AEG Games
Winner: Tracy Lankford

Raffle Lot #52
Navajo Wars
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Mike Hartshorn

Raffle Lot #53
Milestones
Donated By: Stronghold Games
Winner: John Taylor

Raffle Lot #54
Pandemic
Donated By: Z-Man Games
Winner: Casey Silva

Raffle Lot #55
Pandemic: In the Lab Expansion
Donated By: Z-Man Games
Winner: Peter Soloninka

Raffle Lot #56
Pandemic: On the Brink Expansion
Donated By: Z-Man Games
Winner: Adam Yonce

Raffle Lot #57
D&D Magic Items Compedium
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory
Winner: April Gollar

Raffle Lot #58
Carnival + Expansion
Donated By: Dice Hate Me
Winner: James Neely, Jr.

Raffle Lot #59
Cuba Libre
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Matt Parker

Raffle Lot #60
Grave Business
Donated By: Minion Games
Winner: Wray Ferrell

Raffle Lot #61
The Supreme Commander
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner:  Andrew Henrick

Raffle Lot #62
Dominare
Donated By: AEG Games
Winner: Vincent Reyes

Raffle Lot #63
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner: Cassandre Kowal

Raffle Lot #64
MTG Return to Ravnica Guild Pack Bundle
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory
Winner: Shawn Purtell

Raffle Lot #65
Steampunk Jewelry (Necklace)
Donated By: Nenne’s Little Treasures
Winner:  Laura Drew

Raffle Lot #66
Steampunk Jewelry Set (Necklace & Bracelet)
Donated By: Nenne’s Little Treasures
Winner: Anna Naples

Raffle Lot #67
Advanced Squad Leader – Starter Kit #1
Donated By: Multi Man Publishing
Winner: Adam Reed

Raffle Lot #68
Advanced Squad Leader – Starter Kit #2
Donated By: Multi Man Publishing
Winner: Voss Graham

Raffle Lot #69
Advanced Squad Leader – Starter Kit #3
Donated By: Multi Man Publishing
Winner: Voss Graham

Raffle Lot #70
Mercante
Donated By: AEG Games
Winner: Breck Roundtree

Raffle Lot #71
Castellan (Yellow & Green International Version)
Donated By: Steve Jackson Games
Winner: Tyler Cooke

Raffle Lot #72
Fallen City of Karez
Donated By: Golden Egg Games
Winner: Chad Ramsey

Raffle Lot #73
Sword of Rome: Conquest of Italy 362-272 BC
Donated By: Wray Ferrell (Designer)
Winner: Tracy Lankford

Raffle Lot #74
Garden Dice
Donated By: Meridae Games
Winner: The Gaddys

Raffle Lot #75
Munchkin Apocalypse
Donated By: Steve Jackson Games
Winner: Ginger Cherry

Raffle Lot #76
Eight-Minute Empire
Donated By: Red Raven
Winner: Brant Guillory

Raffle Lot #77
Pathfinder Bundle: Chronicle o/t Righteous & Demon Hunter’s Handbook)
Donated By: Paizo Publishing
Winner: Swanson

Raffle Lot #78
A Distant Plain
Donated By: GMT Games
Winner:  Ian Harris

Raffle Lot #79
Canadian Crucible
Donated By: Multi Man Publishing
Winner: Vincent Reyes

Raffle Lot #80
Gamer’s Armory – Grey Game Bag w/ Lid
Donated By: The Gamer’s Armory
Winner: James Neely, Jr.

Raffle Lot #81
Hide the Kids!
Donated By: ACD Distribution
Winner: Evan Niconienko

Raffle Lot #82
King of Tokyo
Donated By: Iello
Winner: Elizabeth Calcutt

Raffle Lot #83
Bundle: Munchkin Fu & Munchkin Fu 2 – Monky Business
Donated By: Steve Jackson Games
Winner: Stephen Barrera

Raffle Lot #84
Bundle: Munchkin Bites & Munchkin Bites 2 Pants Macabre
Donated By: Steve Jackson Games
Winner: Stephen Barrera

Raffle Lot #85
Cartoona
Donated By: Game Salute
Winner: Jenny Purcell

Raffle Lot #86
Bundle: The Walking Dead Board Game & Card Game
Donated By: Cryptozoic
Winner: John Koski

Raffle Lot #87
Cheeky Monkey – Stuffed Animal w/ Game inside
Donated By: Eagle/Gryphon Games
Winner: Lauren Patriss

Raffle Lot #88
Bundle: Goblins Drool Fairies Rule Game & Puzzle
Donated By: Game Salute
Winner: Todd Derr

Raffle Lot #89
Bundle: Flames of War Achtung Box Set & 2 Blister Sets
Donated By: Battlefront Miniatures
Winner: Daniel Edwards

Raffle Lot #90
Bundle: DC Deck Building Game + Promos + Playmat
Donated By: Cryptozoic
Winner: Ruth Boyack

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Oct 27 2013

Post Gen Con, Pre- 24 Hour Gamers For Cures Potpourri post

So I was going to just talk about how the “What I want to Buy from Gen Con” turned out. BUT since the 3rd Annual Gamers For Cures 24 hour board game marathon to benefit Turner Syndrome Society of the US is 2 weeks away, I figured I would make this a potpourri post of sorts.

So first, how did my top ten to buy at gen con turn out? Well, I did come home with an absolute ton of games and some were actually on my list! So one by one here goes…

Oh well here’s what Dice Hate Me Chris and I did. On our trip to Gen Con we mapped out what our path would be for when we got into the vendor hall Thursday morning. We tend to get  there right at 9 to stand around and get a good spot for the doors to open and get right in and run to where we want to go. I won’t bore you with the details about where and how long it took us to to the lap but I will say we were fairly successful with out map. Adam, however stayed in the room and slept in, knowing he really didn’t need to get anything that early or even at Gen Con at all really. (He’s a hell of a lot smarter then the rest of us really)

10 Trains– Well Turns out there wasn’t really limited copies there. But Chris and I got to AEG real early and real fast to pick this one up. Neither of us had played it but we had heard all the buzz and figured we needed to grab one! I knew I would like it, b/c hell, I am MR DECKBUILDING so I had to add it to the collection. Still love it today and glad I grabbed it. It also helps that I got the limited edition Indiana Gen Con map, and that the wife REALLY likes it as well. GREAT BUY!

9. Spyrium– Here is the first on our list that I ended up not buying. It wasn’t that it was too expensive or that I played it and didn’t like it. It was cheap enough and in good supply. I just never did grab it or play it. And of those I am only regretting that I haven’t played it yet. I am sure it’s decent so hell, if it bowls me over I will grab it eventually.

8. Bioshock Infinate/Krosmaster Arena.– Ok back when I came up with my list I was worried that these might be too overpriced for my taste. Well I didn’t end up grabbing either one of these. First Bioshock is still pricey and I like Paid Hat’s work but it’s turned into one of those try before I buy. It’s just such a ginormous game and so much to it, that I want to see if I will actually play it at all before I invest $70+ into it.  So I do still really want to try it out but haven’t even seen it on any table at all yet to even ask about it. Krosmaster is a different bird entirely. I went over to Japanime games’ boot to check it out. And they were kinda swamped so I just kinda hovered taking it all in. I knew throughout the weekend if I ended up wanting the base game I could grab it. BUT, while I was checking stuff out I was observing the people working the booth. Sometimes these are just volunteers others they are employees. Without naming names I will say the people I saw that day were big wigs in the company that were there helping out. And oh my God where they ALL complete assholes to everyone. They didn’t want to be there and it was showing BADLY. Snippy to the customers and not wanting to answer any questions or talk at all to people. How they were still making money is beyond me. I did get to chit chat with one of the workers at one point and he was actually pretty cool but the rest were schmucks. SO I thought, well everyone has bad days I will come back and talk to them later. So when I went around on Sunday, when I was talking to a TON of publishers about donations for the GFC charity event, I figured I would touch base with them. Who knows maybe they would be nice. Nope, not at all. Again I won’t name names, but the person was not very nice at all. I barely got eye contact, got a complete a-hole attitude and got a card thrown at me. At least I gave them my card but that was it. I also mailed them later about a donation (which they told me to do), and what do you know??? Nope not even a flipping peep back to say no. Thanks Japanime games, you got yourself on my do not buy list!

7. Dead Panic– This was the zombie version of Castle Panic that I was wanting to get for the family co-op zombie romp I wanted to do. Unfortunately it wasn’t on my initial map, and it was Sunday before I even stumbled upon the booth again. This is one of those I regret not getting. It looks good and it was reasonably priced.

6. Dungeon Roll– Well I did grab one of these real cheap at the con. Hell, by Sunday Mindes was practically giving them away at the booth. So I grabbed one at a nice discounted price b/c well I do love dice and do love me some dungeons! I am glad I got it but I am also upset that I haven’t played it yet to this day. Yeah I know I am slack.

5. Rialto and Brugges– Once I got to the con I decided these two were try before I buy. Why? I don’t know, don’t ask me. I love Feld A LOT, and know I will love em but figured it was a way to save my wallet money. Brugges sold out REAL fast so that didn’t upset me at all anyway. Rialto, as far as I know was there but I don’t remember seeing it much anyway. SO, to this day I HAVE played Brugges. And I did like it a lot. There are some crazy combo’s and I am not sure why they didn’t cap some of them when testing, b/c quite frankly some of them are broken as all hell. That doesn’t stop it from being a good game tho. I really want to play this more. Hopefully soon I can get to try it out again b/c there are some more strategies I would like to try out. I went heavy building and reputation and it didn’t work out well. Mostly, b/c I didn’t get many good buildings in my hand so I still would love to try it out again. As for Rialto, it’s still escaping me, and I haven’t played it yet, but still REALLY want to. No regrets about not buying it, but I bet one of these ends up in my hands sometime next year.

4. Maximum Throwdown. This was an auto buy for me. Well, sorta an autobuy. I went to get it and then I heard it was going to be in the AEG night freebie box so I didn’t buy it. BUT I would have. I guess I kinda did since I did drop $40 on AEG night. Anyway, this game kicks ass. I have played it a ton of times and still LOVE it. It is just plain fun to throw cards onto a table. Bravo Tagmire well done on a great game buddy.

3. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game– I am pretty sure this was being sold at either 50 or 60 (I think 50 is accurate) at the con, with there also being the mini expansion pack being available at the con as well. So we kinda bypassed this one on day one with the big pass through mainly b/c the line was CARZY long, so we didn’t want to waste half of our day waiting in the Paizo line. They ended up selling out (IIRC) and I didn’t end up getting one there. I was a little upset about it, BUT once I got home a few weeks later I ended up getting it for something around $40 from a buddy of mine Dave who runs Games Well Played. He had a good price on the base game so I couldn’t pass it up! As with some Dungeon Roll, even thought I own it, to this day I am yet to play it. I am fairly certain that I will be getting a play of this in on the 24 hour Charity event in 2 weeks. I love the looks of this and am REAL glad I own it, and have heard nothing but great things about it. I am still not 100% sure if I can get the better half to play it with me but I am really hoping I can.

2. Space Cadets Dice duel— I made it a point to go say hey to everyone’s favorite game company owner, Steven Buonocore. He’s just the greatest guy and I cannot say enough about him. We ran over to the Stronghold booth and there was still a few left for sale so I grabbed one. I am glad I did but, as the theme is running here on the post, to this day I have not played it yet Frown. That’s despite TC Petty having read the rules for what seemed like 10 hours one night. He had it in his hand and he kept “reading” every few mins as we hung out and chatted but he still never told us how to play haha. Oh well hopefully soon I can get a play in. GLAD to have gotten this one tho, I am real sure I will be getting to play this with family real soon, especially since the holidays are coming.

1. Ascension: Darkeness Unleashed– Sequel to Rise of Vigil. I made no bones that I wasn’t very optimistic about this one, mainly b/c I thought the base game was WAY too swingy. It was a bit of a let down for me. I knew I was going to play in the world championships so I figured I would see how I liked it there. WELL, I got to play it a bunch in the tourney, as I finished in the top 10 I got a ton of games in. I have to say after playing this many times, ITS REAL GOOD. And to be quite honest, the set makes sense now. I spoke to a few devs as well. It’s way crazy and OP b/c they kinda just wanted to have some fun with this one. They pretty much knew it would be an insane set and they were cool with that. What’s even more intriguing to me, is that since they knew it was crazy, what do they have in store for us next time that will ramp the craziness and swingy-ness back to normal? I can’t wait to see that’s for sure. (Actually I think I am more excited to see when Ascension Online will be released b/c I will be playing an absolute crap-ton of it, and can’t wait to see how high up the ladder I can get— There isn’t too many games I can claim to be one of the best players there is of. but Ascension is truly a game I know I am among the best there is). The good news? Well b/c of finishing in the tie for the top 8 tourney and basically being the LAST one excluded b/c of the weird way they handle tiebreakers there, they gave the tieing peeps a copy of the full block with the expansion included. Which is real solid, b/c I now also have a signed board saying 2013 World Championships by Mr. Ascension himself Justin Gary! I still love that I have this for sure.

1A. Lords of Waterdeep Scoundrels of Scullport– Here is what I still say to this day, was the biggest money blunder and marketing mistake of the WHOLE convention. Somehow WOTC didn’t have ANY of these for sale at Gen Con. WTF? How can you not have the most awaited product for one of the biggest games there is (And The Geek Allstars’ 2012 GAME OF THE YEAR)? They could have sold out and made an absolute killing on this one. They had all the buzz in the world at their fingertips and they totally dropped the ball on this one. Sure I got it about a week later and I love the hell out of the expansion, but still there is a black mark on WOTC in my eyes. They really have no flipping clue about customers and/or marketing. I have heard this is really kinda their way. Clueless and careless about the fan/customer. Luckily for them most of their fans buy their crap without even a blink and Magic will keep them rich for years. Oh well, Love the expansion not the company.

The game that was on my “To play” list b/c I didn’t think it would be there but ended up being my first purchase was “Firefly:The board game” by Gale Force nine. Boy oh boy is this game fun as all hell and thematic as hell too. It might be a little bit of a table hog and longish b/c of the teaching time, BUT it’s a great game and I am sure it will be in my top ten when the year is over.

So that was Gen Con, and again I am real sorry I am so slack and this was so late. Tomorrow marks my last trip to ATL for work so I will be home a bit more in the coming weeks. Will I post more? Eh prolly not, but I am missing it so I am going to sure as hell try and post more.

I will try and get a better post up about the 24 hour board game marathon, but for now here is a killer poster for it and please check out www.gamersforcures.com and www.gamersarmory.com for more info.

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Aug 01 2013

Top 10 Games I want to buy at GEN CON 2013

Published by under board games,Games

Ok so I have been admittedly MIA from blogging for quite some time. Mainly it’s been b/c I have been concentrating on family and The Geek Allstars Podcast which I make. It’s been quite a ride and as always I cannot thank everyone enough for listening. Unfortunately it’s left me with little time to blog. NO NO I’m not shutting it down or anything but just sorry this has been so slack lately.

But hey, here without further delay here  is my list for what I want to buy. A quick note though, I didn’t include any games that are on KS or are for demo only. This is a buy list after all and not a play list. Also I am not sure if the Shadowrun DBG will be available, but it could very well make this list if it is.

10. Trains (60$-Limited copies?)

Ok this could end up on the over hyped list as well, but it’s getting a ton of buzz and it’s Deck-Building so instantly I am intruiged. I am pretty sure I am going to want to try this first though, so hoping it’s got a demo of it going on. The 60$ price tag seems hefty for what it is to me.

9. Spyrium (35$)

Speaking of a good price, $35 is a solid buy for this one. Also this is made by the creator of Caylus, so I am instantly interested. Yeah yeah I know I give Caylus some crap b/c it’s not very good anymore but for it’s time it was a lights out and it arguably started the Worker Placement movement. So with that, I am more then willing to give this one a shot. I think Eric Martin said it’s solid too, and I play with him a bunch and trust his take on games. I am sure I will get his take in person before I pick it up tho.

8. and 8A Bioshock Infinite (Plaid Hat 70$)/Krosmaster:Arena (80$, expansion pack 28$ each -6 of them)

Yep it’s a pure cop out to have 2 games here. BUT these two are ridiculously over priced, yet I still want to buy them. I think I will end up picking up one or the other tho and I am leaning towards my DT Network buddies the Plaid Hat gang on this one. Plus I love the Bioshock universe so this one screams GeekJock. But Krosmaster has the kid thing going for it and I am always looking for those games my daughter will want to play withme.

7. Dead Panic (Fireside Games 40$)

Again with the segway. My daughter LOVES LOVES LOVES Castle Panic. Being this one just looks like a re-skin with some fixes screams BUY ME. The only think keeping me back is the zombies part. I am just not sure if it’s gonna scare the kiddies or not. The orcs and goblins etc are cartoony enough to not scare anyone. Zombies on the other hand….

6.Dungeon Roll (TMG 15$ Thursday $20 others)

Yeah dungeon, dice and Darden, Good combo and I should have backed this on KS when I had the chance. I am not sure why I didn’t but I will fix that at Gen Con, and for 15$ with extras I won’t miss it this time!!!

5. and 5A Rialto (TMG $50)/Bruges (Z-Man $60)

Yep did it again! But honestly they are Feld so I gotta give em both a look. I keep hearing from buddies of mine like Chris “Dice Hate Me” Kirkman (sorry for the continued name dropping), that Rialto is 100% a GeekJock game so I might have to side with it. BUT, he’s already got it and I do most of my gaming with him so why double up? So I think I might be leaning towards Bruges on this one. FELD!

4. Maximum Throwdown (20$!!!)

This is a Tagmire joint so instantly it had my attention. And since I got to play it at Origins this year and LOVED it, it will have my money too. It’s a card flicking game with very little seriousness to it, so it’s going to be fun for all ages and gamer levels. My kids and non-gamer friends will even like it so SOLD

3. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set  (60$ Add on deck 20$ Paizo)

Ok so a not so well kept secret about me is I LOVE RPGs. I just don’t EVER get to play in any campaigns. I also love dice and cards. So this one could be the way I trick my gaming buddies into playing a pseudo-D&D campaign with me. Or hell I might be able to convince the wife to play one with me instead (EGADS!)

2. Space Cadets Dice Dual (Stronghold Games $50)

So I admit I have yet to play the base Space Cadets but I am likely going to at a local con in Sept. BUT I have no real interest in buying it. Not because I won’t like it but b/c I know there is very little chance I will ever get it to the table with friends or family. It’s longish to play and very longish to teach. Double whammy for the causal fam play. BUT the dice dual screams casual. It’s also got great buzz and Buonocore told me it’s great. And has he ever exaggerated before? I will let you guys answer that one!

1. AscensionGrinarkness Unleashed (Stone blade Entertainment $30)

Of course Ascension is going to be tops on this list. This is the expansion I hope fixes the crazy power creep that is Rise of Vigil. I almost put this lower down on the list b/c I am not thrilled with Vigil and I could see myself waiting for Ascension Online to hit b/c I backed it as expansions for life. BUT hell, who am I kidding, I HAVE to have this set right away. I am likely to try and play it a bunch b/c it will be included in the World Championships which I am playing in on sat as well. Ascension is an insta – buy for me every time.

1A.Lords of Waterdeep:Scoundrels of Skullport (WotC 30$)

Ok well this one is the REAL # 1 for me. Even though Ascension is an insta-buy for me, Lords Of Waterdeep is my reigning Game of the Year. I love the damn game and STILL love to break it out as much as possible. So then why is it sharing #1 with Ascension? Well to be blunt WoTC hasn’t officially said if it will be there for sale or not. If I was a betting man I would say 100% it will be though. They are a smart company and they cannot be dumb enough to actually make con goers wait till the announced “release date” of 8-20 (Tuesday after the con). SURELY they will have copies and sell it to a con of their rabid fans to get the buzz going and be declared the big sellers of the con. I will assure you though if they don’t you will hear me and A LOT of other people bitching about it quite a bit.

What’s your # 1 most anticipated games to buy at this year’s Gen Con?

 

 

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Jun 21 2013

The GeekJock Reel Movie Review– Man Of Steel

Published by under Movies

Man of Steel (2013– 143 mins) Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon
 
“No Guns, No Killing…” Who said that? I will get to that later. For now we will talk about one of my favorite movies in the last couple of years. Yup, I don’t want to spoil it but I loved “Man of Steel”. Oh, but don’t worry haters out there, I have some problems with it as well. I will attempt to review this movie as completely spoiler free as possible. I won’t reveal anything major or anything that will hurt your enjoyment of the movie or anything that you couldn’t have seen in any of the trailers. I will also let you know some thoughts of mine on the future of the franchise and the Justice League itself.
 
 
So “Man of Steel” (Or MoS from here on out) is the re-boot we have been waiting 30 years for. Yeah, yeah I know “but GeekJock you HATE re-boots. Yup that’s correct, but sometimes to get to a better future of DC movies you have to deal with a re-boot or origin story or two.
 
 
So just like in the 70′s original, MoS starts with us on Krypton. We get to meet his parents and see the way the Kryptonian government works. We also see how ruthless and psycho General Zod (Shannon brilliantly and as creepy as ever) is and how he is hell bent on taking over Krypton (more or less) to keep it the way it should be (according to him). Naturally the apocalypse happens and Krypton is destroyed, but not before our golden boy is sent packing for Earth.
 
 
As the history of one of the best super heroes our world has ever seen goes, he is found as a baby in Kansas and raised by the Kents. However, the good part of this movie is that they don’t bore us with Smallville the movie (not that the show was bad but we don’t need 2 hours of him growing up). Instead we get bits and pieces of it through flash-backs. But don’t worry they are real good and provide very meaningful points interwoven with current story.
 
In the past incarnations, Superman was a golden boy. The truth, justice and the American way sort of guy. Here, he’s a nice guy alien refugee seeking a home on our planet. He doesn’t quite know his place or where he fits in. And so since Zod has a score to settle with our boy Supes, he comes to Earth to take out our golden boy. I won’t ruin how he got her or what he’s up to but that’s the gist of it.
 
 
The movie is basically 2 halfs, the growing and learning about Kal-El (Superman) and the showdown with Zod. It’s action packed with well written dialogue, a good plot and a metric ton of Easter Eggs. The effects don’t look campy or cheesy and Cavill is an amazing Superman. It’s good for people of all ages and I don’t think it’s too intense for children. If your kids could get through Iron Man 3 without budging (IM3 gets a bit intense at parts) then they will be fine here as it’s a bit less intense. I only counted 1 bitch or ass, and I hardly audible sh!t being said.
 
 
Now the things people will complain about first and my thoughts… First, it’s a bit darker then we are used to in a Super man flick. We are used to the man in blue and red to be surrounded by some jokes and a very light hearted if not campy air about it. What happens with the nay-sayers and why they want this, is because they simply want more of the original 2 movies (the only REAL good ones ever made before this one). Me? I don’t care about the air. I am 100% fine with this being more of a serious tone. I actually really enjoyed it. I expected it to be brooding, whiny and a bit preachy (every damn movie these days, even blockbusters have entirely too much flipping preaching in it). Yes, it’s a bit brooding but thank God it’s not whiny nor preachy.
 
 
Next what I will complain about. I have only 2 things to really complain about. First, with all the fighting of Zod and his minions, there is entirely too much of them and Supes being thrown about and him doing the throwing into buildings and explosions and putting people, HUMANS, into harms way. Super man is a boyscout. He is the #1 super hero who will NEVER allow a human to be hurt let alone killed on his watch. He would not even go so far as to toss things to cause so much damage himself and take that chance. Sure they make it a point to show us him saving people, but it never gets to that point where we think he will NOT ALLOW anyone to be hurt. That’s the thing we got right away with Christopher Reeves’ Superman. That’s the thing we get in the animated series of movies and in the comics. I want to see this more out of Cavill’s Supes.
 
 
The other thing I disliked a little is the fighting. It’s fun to watch and all but the damage and the invulnerables beating the crap out of each other starts to reach ridiculous proportions. It almost becomes laughable at the damage the city has taken. Sure it’s a minor willing suspension of disbelief but eh it annoyed me.
 
 
Oh a minor SPOILER ALERT of one other thing that annoyed me with the whole plausibility of the fighting. And this is only the geek in me talking [so skip to end of this paragraph if you don't want to have anything at all spoiled]. So they make SUCH a big deal about Clark/Supes having to adapt to the environment and the extra powers and having to work so hard over years to hone them all. And they even make a big deal about the other Kryptonians not being able to take it too easily to breathe our air. Well I call shenanigans that Zod is able so damn quickly to adapt and use everything that he’s a rival to Supes’ ability in every way. NO DAMN WAY. But I guess they needed it to cause the fight needs to happen. SO meh I’ll just complain a bit but it’s fine.
 
 
The last thing that annoyed me…. How in the world can you have Zod and him NOT say “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!”
 
 
And finally, remember that question I raised earlier? Who said “No guns, No killing”? Nope it wasn’t any Superman, it was in fact, BATMAN during “The Dark Knight Rises”. You simply cannot let the Dark Knight show you up on the care and safety of humans!
 
 
Verdict–> This is a great movie. It’s over 2 hours but doesn’t even remotely feel that way. I loved every second of it. And every one of the people I saw the movie with in the theater clapped when it was over. (Pretty amazing). Go see it in the theater, the 3-d isn’t gimmicky but might not be necessary either. It’s just that good.
 
 
My Predictions and thoughts on the future of DC… (Minor spoilers potentially on the Superman 2 plots that I think are coming).
 
 
1. Superman 2– With one glaring Easter-egg being the Lex-Corp oil truck I am suspecting the next one to center around Lex being the bad guy. However, the worst thing is this very well could mean Kryptonite usage. And if there is one thing that drives every hater, semi-liker and fanboy’s like me crazy it’s Kryptonite. Yeah, I get it, it’s his ONLY weakness, and yes they really kinda used it already in this movie with the ship etc, so I shouldn’t be surprised but man I just don’t want it to be a cheezy usage. And Lex usually means cheesy usage. BUT with the comic Lex and the latest animated movie Lex’s are kinda bad ass, so they could go into that direction. We can just wait and see. What we DO know is they are trying like hell to push this out quick. They want it out possibly in 2014! Unfortunately this might mean a shitty plot and worse movie, but I am hoping!
 
2. Justice League- The latest of rumors has this one coming out in 2015. So WB wants. So it would seem that they might do this without a horde of origin movies for the likes of Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Cyborg, and whoever they might add to it. The early buzz around the DC and movie geeks is they kinda like this. It’s less waiting and they think they might get a better story if we don;t have to slog through all those origins and teaming up in one movie. Me? my gut says there is no stinking way they can pull it off and this movie won’t even make it to the screen and if they do it will suck. But my heart! My hear really and truly wants this movie to KICK the Avengers ass! Don’t let me down WB!
 
3. Easter Eggs–> You can do a search and find a ton of them out there but there is a few I didn’t read about anywhere and I am gonna touch on them briefly. Again Potential spoilers in here
– In the scene in which Clark is in the ship the first time and learning of the history they show a computer illustration which shows a pod leaving Krypton which looks nothing like Clark’s in MoS. In fact it looks exactly like the spiky ball pod that he came to earth in, in the original Superman the Movie. A nice homage…
– The other one I want to bring up is the whole fight in smallville with the chick Kryptonian and the other huge lug. It’s a direct homage to the other 2 Kryptonians from Superman 2, in which Ursa and Non fought along side Zod to try and take out Kal-El. A subtle but very cool homage.

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Apr 09 2013

Interview with DC Deck Building game designer Matt Hyra

I recently had the pleasure of corresponding with Matt Hyra, designer of the DC Comics Deck Building game (a favorite of mine), as well as many other great games. Titles to his credit include Food Fight,  The Locke and Key Card game, and Batman:Arkham City Escape. He also worked on the WoW CCG as well as the VS system.  As you will see below he’s got a ton of great projects he is working on and I think we will all enjoy them when they get released by Cryptozoic in the future.

First, I wanted to take this time to thank Matt for his time and look forward to talking to him some more in the future!

What was the first game you can remember playing that you said, I LOVE THIS HOBBY!

 

I was 15 or 16 and played in a genuinely spooky Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. That inspired me to write my own adventures and started up a love of creating fun times.

 

What game made you want to design board games?

 

There wasn’t one game in particular. Every game I played where I thought there was something that could have been improved started me down this dark path. I used to annoy my friends by introducing house rules to fix stuff that was not working well in previous plays.

 

When did you design your first game? What was it? Is it still in print?

 

Other than numerous RPG adventures, my first real game that I made more than one copy was Doomsday Cult 2000. A game akin to Illuminati. You had to choose a date in December 1999 that you believed the world would end and write it on the back of your Cult card. Then you recruit followers, attack other cults, and finally sacrifice your entire flock on your chosen date. Then make a roll heavily influenced by how powerful your flock was to see if the world actually ends. If it does, you win! If not, pick a new date and recruit more followers. It is not in print. A friend and I printed about 50 copies by hand on heavy cardstock and sold them around Seattle.

 

Do you still design for the WoW TCG?

 

No, too busy with boardgames and cardgames.

 

Did/do you have any input on Hearthstone?

 

Nope. Cryptozoic has nothing to do with it.

 

Will the WoW Deck Builder (WoW:Clash of Champions) Ever see the light of day? (I REALLLYY hope so!)

 

It is done and in Blizzard’s hands, so we have no say anymore on whether or not it releases.

 

Which came first the idea of the Cerebus engine or the idea that the engine you used in DC DBG could be used for other licenses?

 

We started the DC Deck-building Game first, then quickly realized that it could work with more than one license.

 

How long did you work on DC Comics DBG before it came to final product?

 

Little over a year.

 

Did you take a lot of cues from other DBG or even from your work with the VS system?

 

Since we did not originate the DBG category, there were influences, but VS wasn’t one of them. Different game entirely. We wanted to keep it simple so a non-gamer comic book fan could pick it up easily.

 

It’s no secret that The Geek Allstars (my podcast) love the DC DBG but it seems to be very polarizing to both sides (although I think many more people have liked it then not). Have you been happy with the way it has been received by the public?

 

Quite happy with the public reaction to the game. It is selling very well and most every review compliments the easy setup, fast play, and fun combos. That is what we were going for.

 

What is your favorite hero? What is your favorite card?

 

Favorite Hero is probably Aquaman. Favorite card is probably X-Ray Vision.

 

How many Expansions do you guys have planned per year?

 

We aren’t really thinking in terms of “per year,” as there are multiple Cerberus DBGs coming. We have a DC expansion coming this year, tho.

 

Do you have any new mechanics you plan to introduce in the next expansion?

 

Probably not anything that you could call a new mechanic. It’s only the first expansion, so we don’t want to immediately head into left field yet.

 

How many cards do you plan to have in the next expansion? Will it be a big box or small box?

 

It’s a full standalone big box. But it can easily be merged with the first set. Best way to merge them is to separate the cards by type, then use different card types from the two sets.

 

Can you tease any new heroes or Super villains that will be in the expansion?

 

No, but there will be more than one female Super Hero.

 

Can you hint as to the next IP that will be getting the Cerebus engine and becoming a DBG?

 

We hinted it before, but I will hint it harder here:  CapCom’s Streetfighter. Fully compatible with DC.

 

I actually enjoyed the Locke And Key game quite a bit as well, do you have any expansion plans?

 

No expansion plans, since the comic series is coming to a close.

 

Can you tell us any news on Arkham city escape? Any time table? It looks like a REAL fun and quality two player experience and cant wait to learn more about it.

 

I think it is releasing in June. I will put up an article at Cryptozoic.com talking about it several weeks before it releases.

 

Do you have anything else you are currently working on (not as if you didn’t seem busy enough!) that you can share with us?

 

Archer Boardgame, Ender’s Game Boardgame, Assassin’s Creed Boardgame, and many others.

 

What conventions can we plan on seeing you at?

 

SD Comic-Con, Dragonflight in Seattle, GenCon Indy, and PAX Prime in Seattle.

Once again I want to say thanks to Matt for putting up with my nagging questions about the DC DBG’s future as well as the future of the Cerebus engine. I am extremely exited for a ton of those titles he has mentioned and simply cannot wait to see what heroes and new cards we will see in a DC DBG expansions!

Not to mention the idea of an Assassin’s Creed board game is AWESOME!

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Mar 24 2013

DC Deck Building Game Solo play experiment Game 3 The Batman…. #Cryptozoic

Game 3 Batman

So in my random choice of the next Hero to use, up comes the Dark Knight himself. Now I will admit I am quite fond of Bats in the regular game so I was pretty excited to see how he will do in this solo set up. Generally there is no shortage of equipment and when people generally are not trying to block you or take them all for themselves it should be pretty easy right?

Ohhhhh soooo wrong…..

(As a refresher Bats gets +1 for EACH equipment he plays on a turn)

Turn 1 Kid Flash, Bane, ClayFace Penguin, Cape and Cowl
Power—> 5 Cape and Cowl (nice start!) Roll 3 Clayface gone

Turn 2 KF, Bane, Catwoman, Pen,Ssquad
Power—> 2 Kid Flash (at least something was there to buy right?) Roll 1 Bullet Proof gone

Turn 3 Power Ring, Bane,CW,Pen,SS
Power—> 6 (1equipment) Power Ring + Penguin Roll 3 Cat Woman Gone

Turn 4 Super Girl, B,Watch Tower, Poison Ivy ,SS
Power—> 3 Poison Ivy Roll 1 Super Girl gone (anyone surprised? 3rd straight game shes gone QUICK)

Turn 5 Fortress of Solitude, B, Watchtower,Cape + Cowl, SS
Power—> 6 (1E) Cape + Cowl –grab some def. and more equip Roll 3 Watchtower gone.

Turn 6 FoS, B, Grundy,Bat Signal, SS
Power—> 4 Bane Roll 4 Batsignal gone (grrrr)

Turn 7 FoS, Riddler, Gundy,SSpeed,SS
Power—> 7 (1E Ring for +2—>with power to a 3) SSp+ SSq Roll 1 Fortress gone

Turn 8 SSp, Rid,Grundy, Penguin, Trident
Power—> 9 (2E) R’as Al Goul Roll 4 Penguin gone

New Villain Anti Monitor—- As luck would have it no defense and after shuffling RAS goes to the line up. (um that’s kinda crappy luck)

Turn 9 SSp, Riddler, Grundy, Trident, Trident, Ras
Power—> 2 NADA soblue Roll 4 Trident Gone

Turn 10 SSp, Ridd.Grundy, Trudent, Ras
Power—> 10 (2E) Grab Grundy + Trident Roll 5 RAS IS GONE —- DOH!!!!
I know I could have gotten R’as back here, but my thinking was he would take a while to get to me, and Grundy goes straight to the top of my deck and I pick up a trident which is SUPER important in these solo games for top decking.

Turn 11 SSp, Ridd, Lasso,Lass (yeah I know who shuffled!), Ssquad
Power—>9 (1E) Sspeed, SSq, Lasso Roll 5 Zatanna gone

Turn 12 SSp, Ridd, Lasso, Swamp Thing, Riddler
Power—> 12 (3E including Trident) Anti-Monitor which goes to top (could this be the break I need?)
Roll 5 Riddler gone
New Villain Brainiac which I use Super Speed on his attack

Turn 13 SSp,Ridd, Lasso,ST, SStrength
Power—> 9 (1E) Anti Monitor destroys a couple of cards and I end up with Super Strength and Lasso
(Also a Harley Quinn came out making me put a punch on top of my deck slowing me a bit as well).
Roll 1 SSpeed gone.

Turn 14 SSquad,HQuinn, Lobo,Swamp Thing, Robin
Power—> 9(1E) Lobo + Quinn (need to thin out this deck in a HURRY) Roll 5 Robin gone

Turn 15 SSq, Man Of Steel, Cape and Cowl, SwT,Doomsday
Power—>5 SSpeed Roll 2 Man of Steel gone (apparently to hang with Super Girl)

Turn 16 Grundy,Bow, C+C,SwT, Doomsday
Power—>10 (1E) and naturally Brainiac is 11 so I am SoL, Grab Grundy and the Bow
Roll 2 XRVision gone

Turn 17 Util Belt, Doomsday, C+C, SwT,Doomsday
Power—>14 (1E) Also used Lobo to destroy some which might help but too little too late Defeat Brainiac
Roll 1 Belt gone New Villain Deathstroke— Lasso gone

Turn 18 Trident, Doom,C+C,SwT,Doom
Power—>10 (1E) Anti Monitor destroys SwT 2Face comes up Roll 6 pick 2 Face gone
New Villain Lex SSpeed to avoid it

Turn 19 Trident, Doom, C+C, Catwoman,Dooms
Power—> 14 (3E with BOW) Lex plus a Doomsday (Also used anti monitor in turn to mess with the board a bit. Roll 3 C+C gone

New Villain Captain cold and face down goes the Batman… not what I needed right now!

Turn 20 Trident, Zatanna,Batmobile, CatW,Nth
Power—> 19 (3E) plus BOW) Get Cap Cold, Zatanna,Trident Mobile and Nth

A good turn finally at the end but it was too luttle too late as Black Manta and THE JOKER escape! (Would have been cool and fitting to have the Joker as the final villain).

Final Tally
Villains 27
SSquad 9
Others 27
Total 63

Ugh not a great play. Obviously if Ras had not been ripped from me I might have been able to pull it off but alas the Dark Knight goes down swinging.
Total extra points from Equipment 22 not quite as much as Green Lantern who was able to get 24 total points from his ability in the game (and as a reminder WWoman got 17 extra cards over the course of a game)

And I cannot wait for the next time I get to take this out and play it.

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Mar 13 2013

DC Deck Building Game Solo Challenge Game 2 Wonder Woman #cryptozoic

Ok here goes session #2 Wonder Woman. (been picking them random)
For this one I made 2 slight changes.
I now refill the whole middle before rolling the D6. I missed the original author’s saying this and it makes sense to do so to “simulate other players”.
Also I have changed Poison Ivy to +1 Power and Draw 1 Card. I look at her as a cheaper Bane. He’s cost 1 more and now +1 more then her.

Soo on to game # 2!!!

As a Reminder Wonder Woman’s power is for each Villain you acquire or defeat you draw 1 additional card when refilling your hand at the end of your turn. I will put +1 +2 etc after the turn to denote if I drew more cards

Turn 1 Kid Flash,Penguin,Super Girl, Man Of Steel, GA Bow
Power–> 4 Get Penguin Roll 3 Super Girl Gone (2nd game in a row she gets killed on turn 1!!)

Turn 2 (+1) KF, Bat Signal,Heat Vis, MoS,Bow
Power—> 4 Bow Roll 6 Swamp Thing Gone

Turn 3 KF,BS,HV,MoS, SSpeed
Power—> 5 Kid Flash, Kick Roll 2 Bat Sig Gone

Turn 4 SSquad, Clayface, HV,MoS, SSp
Power—> 3 Kick Roll 3 Heat Vision Gone

Turn 5 SS,CF, Cheetah,MoS, SSpeed (3 Villains in lineup!)
Power —> 5 Cheetah + Kick Roll 6 Nth Metal Gone

Turn 6 (+1) SS,Clay, GArrow, MoS, SSp
Power—> 7 (w/bow) Ra’s Al Goul Roll 3 Green Arrow Gone ( soblue )

New Villain Parrallax (Discard all cost 2 or less)

Turn 7 (+1) SS,Clay,BatMobile,MoS, SSp
Power—> 4 (was left with 2 cards both kicks) Get Clayface Roll 5 Sspeed gone

Turn 8 (+1) SS,Cat Woman, BM,MoS, J’onn J’onzz
Power —> 7 (Plus I Cheetah’d SSq) Buy JJ’onzz Ra’s to bottom of deck Roll 4 MoS gone soblue

Turn 9 (+1) King of Atlantis,CW, BM,GArrow, High Tech Hero (Holy Heroes!)
Power—> 8 Get King o’ At + HTH Ra’s to bottom, Roll 4 Green Arrow gone (OUCH 2 GA now gone that hurt)

Turn 10 BLue Beetle,CW,BM, Doomsday, Lobo
Power—> 8 Doomsday Roll 2 Catwoman gone Parrallax becoming a problem for me to beat

Turn 11 (+1) BB, Grodd,BM, HVision, Lobo
Power —> 3 + JJ = 6 + Cheetah (took Bmobile) Buy BBeetle Roll 5 Lobo gone

Turn 12 SSquad, Grodd, AQM Trident, HV, Bow
Power—> 7 (w/Bow) Grodd + Cheetah a SSquad Roll 4 H Vision Gone

Turn 13 (+2) DKnight, BMobile, AMT, Catwoman, Bow
Power—> 7 + JJ’onzz = 14 Parrallax (finally!) + Catwoman Roll 5 Bow Gone
New Villain Atrocitus Punch randomly put under hero

Turn 14 (+1) DK, BM,AMT,Lasso, Bizzarro
Power—> 13 (including a King Of Atlantis to destroy a punch) Defeat Atrocitous and grab the Trident Roll 1 DKnight Gone

New Villain Sinestro 1 Hero in hand discard 1 Vuln

Turn 15 (+1) Trident(yep another), BM,Robin, Lasso, Bizarro
Power —> 8 Bizarro (I know he won’t be worth anything not getting any Weaknesses but I have to keep getting extra cards each turn so he’s a nec. Evil) Roll 4 Lasso Gone

Turn 16 (+1) AMT, BM,Robin,SStrength,Grundy
Power —17 (finally one of THOSE turns) Ras,Biz,SS,Doomsday,ClayF,Punch
Get Sinestro and Grundy (Grundy goes to top) Roll 5 Fortress of Solitude gone
New Villain Darkseid —No effect I obviously have a Villain in hand

Turn 17 (+2) AMT, BMob, R, SSt, Riddler
Power —> 6 + Parallax Just enough for Darkseid! Roll 1 Trident Gone

Villain Captain Cold (Flip WW after drawing up)

So now I have 3 turns to go and 3 Villains to defeat! The suspense is killing me!!!

Turn 18 (+1) GArrow,BM, R, SSt, Riddler
Power—> 12 (JJ’onzz is a monster in solo play) CCold and Riddler
Roll 2 Bat Mobile Gone

New Villain Deathstroke I choose to destroy a Batmobile in Discard

Turn 19 (+2) GArrow, Watchtower, R,SSt, Emeral Knight
Power —> 14 (W/Bow) Deathstroke and Green Arrow Roll 1 Scarecrow Destroyed

New Villain Lex Luthor but no villains in center (GRRR would have been nice with Bizarro in deck)

Turn 20 (+1) Arkham As,Watch T, Robin, SSt, EK
Power—-> 10 exactly plus Cheetah Lex goes down and grab a Robin

What a Dramatic Win on the last turn!

Final Points
Win +5
Villains +41
Green Arrow +5
SSquad +4
Others +24
Bizarro +0

Total 79

Total extra cards drawn to start turns 17!!! Good use of Super Powers

All in all I thought Wonder Woman went real well. There are SO many Villains plus the Super Villains, that it’s crazy how many extra cards you get to start turns when played well. She’s always been easily a top 3 most powerful Hero pick in my mind. There is rarely a game where you don’t get a pretty decent use out of her (unlike Flash where you can totally get hosed).

I thought Parallax was gonna be my downfall but once I got him down and was able to get rolling the rest was just fighting the clock. Good Game for sure.

The next one is done… a little foreshadowing… A Bat has a hard time in the night!

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Mar 12 2013

DC Comics Deck Building game my solo Variant Experiment with all Heroes has begun! #Cryptozoic #DCDBG

So I will apologize another time about being so slack and where the heck the time has gone and why I haven’t posted in a long time eventually. But for now, I wanted to post the 1st in my experimental series in seeing how I do with each of the Heroes in the DC Comics Deck Building Game with a great Solo Variant from Casey Hughes over on BGG.com

So basically here is how the variant works

Choose you Hero (random or select your favorite) or 2 Heroes if you want to do a team-up.
Super Villian deck as normal
Board set up as normal, except turn the Weakness deck facedown as it will be used as the game timer. You could use a D20 or any other way to track the turns, but the deck just happened to be 20 cards so it worked out perfect.
Begin the Game

At the start of each of turn, flip over a Weakenss card. Play your turn as normal up until the point right after you draw 5 new cards. Then choose one card from the line up and destroy it. Refill the line-up. If the card is a Villian with an Attack treat it like the On Patrol variant where you suffer that Attack. Flip over a new Super Villian if needed, suffering their First Appearance – Attack like a normal game. Proceed until the entire Weakness deck has been turned over(20 turns) and total your score. Award yourself +5 points if you clear the entire Super Villian stack and +1 point for each remaining facedown Weakness (turns).

Notes about certain effects:

Any of your cards that need to reveal or discard a card from your foe’s hand or deck use the top card of the Main Deck as a substitute.

And another poster, LunarKnite, posted some good clarifications on how certain villains and super villains would work

BANE: Attack: Each foe chooses and discards a card.
Changes to Attack: Draw a card.

BIZARRO: At the end of the game, this card is worth 2 VP’s for each Weakness in your deck.
Changes to At the end of the game, this card is worth 2 VP’s for each Weakness left in the time limit.

HARLEY QUINN: Attack: Each foe puts a Punch or Vulnerability from his discard pile on top of his deck.
Changes to Attack: You may destroy a Punch or Vulnerability from your discard pile.

POISON IVY: Attack: Each foe discards the top card of his deck. If its cost is 1 or greater, that player gains a Weakness.
Changes to Attack: Reveal the top card of your deck. If its cost is 3 or greater, replace a Weakness to the time limit.*

SCARECROW: Attack: Each foe gains a Weakness.
Changes to Attack: Replace a Weakness to the time limit.*

STARRO: Attack: Each foe discards the top card of his deck. You may play each non-Location discarded this way this turn.
Changes to Attack: Reveal the top two cards of the main deck. You may play each non-Location revealed this way this turn.

SUICIDE SQUAD If you already played two other Suicide Squad cards this turn, each foe discards his hand.
Changes to If you already played two other Suicide Squad cards this turn, you may draw 5 cards. (Though it is possible to play four or more Suicide Squad cards to get the effect again, I don’t think it’s entirely likely, but you may want to put a limit on it.)

*What this would mean is you get to increase your turn limit by one, essentially.

As for certain Super-Villains, here’s what I thought of to make them fit a solo game.

CAPTAIN COLD: +2 Power, and an additional +1 Power for each foe with a Hero in his discard pile.
Changes to +2 Power, and an additonal +1 Power for each Hero in your discard pile.

THE JOKER: +2 Power and each foe chooses: He discards a random card, or you draw a card.
FIRST APPEARANCE-ATTACK: Each player puts a card from his hand into the discard pile of the player on his left. If the card you received has a cost of 1 or greater, put a Weakness on top of your deck.
Changes to +2 Power and you choose: You destroy two cards into your hand or discard pile or you draw two cards.
FIRST APPEARANCE-ATTACK: You must destroy a card in your hand. If the card you destroyed has a cost of 2 or less, put a Weakness on top of your deck.

BRAINIAC: Each foe reveals a random card from his hand. Play each revealed non-Location.
FIRST APPEARANCE-ATTACK: Each player chooses two cards from his hand and puts them on the table face down. Shuffle all of the chosen cards face down, then deal two back to each player at random.
Changes to Reveal the top card of your deck and the main deck. You may play each revealed non-Location.
FIRST APPEARANCE-ATTACK: You must choose two cards from your hand and take two cards from the Weakness pile. Shuffle the cards face down, then deal two back to yourself. The other two are destroyed.

I decided to do a few things different.

I wouldn’t take the weaknesses away from my 20 round limit. I want them all to be 20 rounds and that’s all no more no less. And b/c of this I won’t use Poison Ivy to add weaknesses back for more rounds. (I might just take her out of the deck period for the rest of the games).

And finally, I won’t job the system. Meaning if I get some unforseen wacky combo (which can happen when you get ALL the super villains in your deck) I will try and not job the whole game to get higher points.

 

So as it should come as no surprise I took Green Lantern as my 1st Hero in the solo challenge.
To remind everyone his power is…. If you play 3 differently names cards with cost 1 or more you get +3 power. A killer mid to late game for sure.
I also rolled a 6 sided die at the end of each turn to see which card would be destroyed. If there was no card or I rolled a 6 I would choose myself. (Die rolls are also listed here)
Turns in which I used my power I will denote with a * before the power total.
Turn 1 Middle: Heat Vision, Super Girl, Harley Quinn, Green Arrows Bow, Green Arrow Villain Ras Al Goul
Power–> 3 Bought Harley Quinn Die Roll 2 Super Girl destroyed
Turn 2 HV,Suicide Squad,High Tech Hero, Bow, GA
Power–> 4 Buy Green Arrows Bow Roll-1 HVision gone
Turn 3 2 Face,SS,HTH,Cheatah, GA
Power –>5 HTH+Cheetah Roll 6 2 Face Destroyed
Turn 4 Grodd, SS, Poison Ivy, Dark Knight, GA
Power 3 (with HQuinn some destruction/thinning of deck started) Bought Kick Roll 6 P-Ivy destroyed
Turn 5 GG,SS, Bullet Proof, DK,GA
Power—> 5 Green Arrow (couldn’t take a chance he would leave any more) Roll 1 Grodd gone
Turn 6 Suicide Squad (yep another), SS, BP, DK, Fastest Man Alive
Power–> 2 + Cheetah (thank God for her) Acquire BProof Roll 5 Fastest gone
Turn 7 (starting to get nervous no good turns yet) SS,SS, Cape and Cowl, DK, Emerald Knight
Power–> 7 + Bow Defeat Ras Al Goul Roll 6 DK Gone
Turn 8 SS,SS, C+C, Bane, EK New S-Villain Joker ( So Bane made me discard a punch and Joker I destroyed a punch taking a Wound IIRC)
Power–> 3 + Cheetah Get a Kick and finally a SSquad Roll 5 Emerald Knight gone
Turn 9 High Tech Hero ,SS, C+C, Bane , Blue Beetle
Power –> 2 (crappy luck) but H-Quinn so got to destroy a Vulnerability Roll 3 Cape and Cowl Gone
Turn 10 HTH,SS,Super Strength, Bane, BB
Power —> *12 (FINALLY used my power) Defeated Joker, Rolled 4 Bane destroyed
New Villain Sinestro but no heroes in my hand
Turn 11 HTH, SS, SSt, Penquin,BB
Power —> *12 + bow Solid turn, I take out Sinestro and another SSquad (Ras now back to bottom of draw)
Roll a 5 and Blue Beetle gone (that one hurt a bit Frown really wanted him for protection)
New SVillain Anti-Monitor –> Cheetah put into the middle
Turn 12 HTH, SSpeed,SSt, Pen,Nth Met,Cheetah
Power—> 4 Gain High Tech Hero Roll 4 Penguin gone
Turn 13 Power Ring, SSp,SSt, Nth, Ch
Power—> *11 (incl Ras) Gain SSt and SS Roll 1 Ring Gone (DOH!)
Turn 14 Power Ring (lucky draw for another), Utility Belt, J’onn J’onzz, Nth,Ch
Power–> * 16 (Sinestro and Joker in hand) Grabbed Aquaman’s Trident from Sinestro Joker gave me +2 cards (SSquad+Punch) Took out The Anti-Monitor and got my power ring! Put the Ring on top of the deck due to AM’s trident (I didn’t think Anti-Monitor would be the best top deck for me here). Roll 4 Nth gone
New Villain Brainiac Put a Punch and Vuln in pile with 2 weaknesses shuffled and dealt me 2 got a weakness and vuln back DOH!)
Turn 15 Penguin, UBelt, JJ,Catwoman,Ch
Power—> *11 Power ring got me my +3 and also had the bow so defeated brainiac and got Catwoman
Roll 5 Cheetah gone New Villain Death Stroke Bulletproof in hand for defense and destroyed a Weakness
Turn 16 Pen,UB,JJ, Batmobile, SSpeed
Power—> 7 Got SSpeed and Penguin Roll 1 I picked JJ, just didn’t think he would be bought in last turns and used ever so had to take the chance)
Turn 17 Or as I call it one of the craziest turns I ever played X-Ray Vision, UB,Bat signal,Batmobile, Lasso
Ok heres where we start. I have Brainiac and Anti monitor in hand. I use Brainiac to reveal top of mine and main deck and use both. I reveal Joker from mine and clayface from the Main Deck. I could have ended up getting into a crazy loop on this turn but I didn’t. So I use joker to draw 2 (and the +2 power), so he draws himself and Sinestro. and then I copy Joker to draw 2 more cards with clayface. I then use Sinestro to DRAW clayface from the top of the main deck and use it to copy joker again.
When it’s all said and done here is what we end up with….
Trident, Bullet Proof, Anti-monitor (I used to destroy x-ray vision and a HEat Vision came up in spot 1), Joker X 4!, Cat Woman, SS, Power ring (+3), HTH,Kick, Punch, GL’s super power+3
I end up with 29 (It was either 29 or 31 my notes got sloppy here b/c the kids came home to talk to me but either way I had enough to sweep the middle deck and defeat deathstroke, whom I then top decked b/c of trident.
New Super Villain Lex Luthor– I gain 2 weaknesses
Turn 18 Robin, SSpeed, Bow, Grodd, 2Face
Power —>*16 Deathstroke grabs Robin who grabs a Bat Signal from my discard who grabs a High Tech Hero giving me 2 HTH in hand. Defeat Lex, gain Bow, 2Face Roll 2 SSpeed gone
Last Villain is Atrocitous
Random card under Hero Super Strength (GRRRR!!!!)
Turn 19 Catwoman, X-ray Vision, Mof Steel, Grodd, Kid Flash
Power–> *10 and a bow defeat Atrocitous and get Kid Flash… ALL VILLAINS DEFEATED!!!!
Final Tally’s
3 Weaknesses canceled 3 points
1 Green Arrow +5
1 Util Belt +5
3 SSquad +9
Super Villains +41
Rest of Deck 20
Cleared SV stack +5
1 round early +1
Total = 86
Not a bad showing for my boy Green Lantern! Hope to get another one in tomorrow night!
Thanks for reading please feel free to comment here or on the Session report when it gets approved on BGG!
–GeekJock

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Nov 16 2012

2nd Annual Gamers For Cures 24 Hour Board Game Marathon to benefit Turner Syndrome Society of the US Recap!

All of the Marathon Players at the start of the 24 hours

On Nov 10th 2012 we had the 2nd annual Gamers For Cures 24 Hour Board Game Marathon to benefit Turner Syndrome Society of the US.

During last year’s event we managed to raise just over $7,000 for the charity. To read the write up from last year you can go HERE!

After last year we wanted to reach for the sky! We wanted to set our goal at $10,000 raised, a lofty goal no doubt. So throughout the year we, as a group, talked about Gamers For Cures to anyone who would listen. I mentioned it a ton on my podcast, The Geek Allstars and we made sure all local gamers knew of the great cause. In fact I even went out to Gen Con with a few BGG buddies of mine (Adam O, Chris Kirkman Eric Martin, and John B.) had some business cards made up for the charity to spread the word, and spoke to anyone who would listen at booths about our event. Fast forward a few months and a trillion more begging mails and handshakes, and it was finally time for this year’s events (to save you some time reading about the planning and more on the gaming/fund raising part!).

The day finally arrived. We would be gaming from 8am Sat. morning until 8am Sunday morning, at the same GREAT FLGS as last year, The Gamers Armory in Cary NC (www.gamersarmory.com). Crystal and Scott are amazing owners and really reach out to their customers and the community, not to mention run a top notch and truly Friendly, local game store. This year we had a little over 20 total pre-registered “marathon” players, whom all donated an entry fee to play for the full 24 hours, as well as a handful of players who bought “overnight passes” which did not include the full day of meals but did include access to the store for the full night of gaming. We provided some great swag bags for the marathon players as well as breakfast from NY Bagel and Deli, Cinnabon and Chik fil A , lunch from Jersey Mike’s and dinner from a great Pizza place (Primo Pizza) which is located conveniently next door.

Among some other highlights were the plethora of raffle prizes and door prizes for the big day. We had a ton of great sponsors without whom we simply could not have had a successful event. There is too many to list so I will show you a snapshot of our T-Shirt which has pretty much all of them. BUT, I do want to thank a few of them in print as well. A HUGE thanks to Eagle/Gryphon games, The God-Father himself of the event Stephen Buonocore and Stronghold Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Dice Hate ME Games, AEG, Arcane Wonders, Martin Walace and of course our friends over at Game Salute.

To sum up some of the uniqueness of our raffles is easy. We had a wall of 80 YES 80!!! Items which we had corresponding boxes numbered (1-80) to in front of them on the counter. Attendees would buy raffle tickets for 1$ each, sign them and place them in the appropriate box of the game in which they wanted to win. This way, if you see a great game you want you can stuff the box full for that one game to help your odds of winning. Naturally nothing is written in stone. I stuffed the heck out of the box for Crude and Article 27 and Crystal (who put 2 tickets in EACH) won both of them.

But alas, that was not the only raffles we had! We also had a big raffle in which the top prizes were as follows:

1. iPad 3

2. Mage Wars

3. Defenders of the Realm + Hero Expansion 2

4. MTG:from the vault—Legends

5. Dreadfleet

6. DHM Viva Java+ Geek Spansion, + Carniaval w/ Sideshow Expac

Was that all for things to win? NOPE! Not only those but we also had hourly raffle drawings FREE each hour on the hour for every single person in the store to win great door prizes.

So enough selling it as fun b/c it 1000% was a blast. What all did we do???

Well a ton of games were played through the day, and I will encourage anyone who was there to comment/reply to this with what they played and if and how much fun they had, b/c I can only comment on MY fun of the day.

This year I brought my daughter Lauren right from the get go. Lauren is an 8 year old spark-plug and is the main inspiration for the event. She has been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome now for nearly 3 years and has been doing great since being able to start treatment with thyroid meds and daily HGH shots. (For some great info on TS please visit turnersyndrome.org) It was her big desire to play in the full 24 hours of the event this year. So we got started with some great new card games from Stronghold Games.

Lauren and Ruth playing Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom

Four of us played a full game of Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom and a full game of Lil’ Devils. She seemed to love Dr. Gloom more than Lil’ Devils, where as I enjoyed Lil’ Devils more myself. They are both quite fun little filler type card games but there just seems to be a bit more substance to Devils then Dr. Gloom.

Once that was over it was time for our annual Ascension tourney. This year we moved the tourney to 11am which I think hurt our turnout a slight bit for it. We ended up having to use a 3 table set up with one table being light a player. Adam Reeves ended up being victorious in the tourney, but again I think we all won seeing as we got to play my favorite game Ascension!

From there I was able to help out talking to various people who were new to the store and even some who were new to gaming but happened to hear about the event in one way or another. I showed them around the store and told them about various games going on at the time. There was some old standards and favorites including Agricola, Macao, Samurai Swords/Shogun, Endeavor, Stone Age and Galaxy Trucker… Some new favorites including Ahnk Morpork, Quarriors, Fleet, Vegas, and even a 5 hour plus game of Battlestar Galactica! We even had some daytime prototypes making an appearance with Darrell Louder’s Compounded getting a nice play (so jealous I missed this one).

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Some enjoyable Viva Java! (Image curt. of Dice Hate Me Games)

Before long I was longing for some more games and trying to get a work buddy of mine and my uncle (both newer gamers) into the fray. I introduced them to the 30 year old gem Can’t Stop and I could tell their excitement was building! From there I took a shot at getting them a piece of some larger scale gaming in the form of an 8 player game of Viva Java. It was about as unique the table for VJ as I had ever seen. We had completely new gamers, some fairly new gamers, some veteran gamers and even the developer (Dice Hate Me Chris) himself in on the game. One thing that was not unique was that even in what Chris described as “hands down the strangest game of Viva Java ever played”, it was an absolute BLAST for all who played it. No matter where people finished in the game we ALL loved the experience and the game, and not a better complement can be made to such a good game.

From there it was already nearly 11pm and time for the wrapping up of the dollar and big ticket raffles. Games were won throughout the day between hourly drawings and the dollar and big ticket raffles, but just about EVERYONE who either wanted to win or tried to win. I think I ended up walking away with the Thunderstone Advance Expansion, A Nightfall Expansion, Sunrise City, and a copy of Off your rocker.

Now, it was closing time for the store for the lay person, but not for us marathoners, or the people who donated to get the “overnight pass” to game with us until 8am! It was the REAL time to have some serious gaming going on!

This was the time I was looking forward to. Finally time for me to relax and to do so I got us started in a 4 player game of the upcoming Clever Mojo release Princes of The Dragon Throne. I was really looking forward to teaching this one to Adam O and Mario C and I know Chris was looking forward to getting some revenge on me for the smackdown I

Princes of The Dragon Throne… Yep it is THAT much fun. Keep your eyes out for it coming soon from Clever Mojo Games

Myself, the Mrs., Crystal and Scott from the Gamers Armory and my daughter Lauren

handed him at Gen Con this year. Well Adam O was the one laying the smack down and I took up the rear, but who cares we got to play this killer upcoming game. All four the players agreed that the game looks beautiful (ESPECIALLY for a prototype) and the game play is equally up to the task. We simply cannot wait until we can get them to take our money for this when the time comes!

Next up for me was a game of The Castles of Burgundy. Let me say that this game is one I truly LOVE. That’s usually a bad thing for me, b/c the more I love a complex game like this, the worse I am at it. Two rare things happened in this one… First I won, and somehow it was decently handily getting somewhere in the neighborhood of 270 or so points (and even somehow beating my gaming mentor/nemesis Adam O) but secondly I did so without ever getting out of the 3rd hole in turn order. No small feat, any one of those.

To wrap up the night, the current “in country” hosts of The Geek Allstars Podcast (myself, Adam O, and Red since Gyroplay is currently in Antarctica… and no that’s not a joke or metaphor for someplace else), along with our many time guest host Chris K, and finally Ruth B, sat down for a not so friendly game of Vannuatu. Dear lord is that game cut-throat. One thing is for sure when you play it, you need to make sure what happens in Vannuatu, stays in Vannuatu. It had us cursing at each other after 23 hours of gaming together and ready to throw wooden bits into each others eyes! Of course it was all in good hilarious fun, especially watching Red draw turtles completely screwing Chris over at  the same time… ahh screw your neighbor gaming fun!

And Just like that the day was over. We had played and ran an amazing and successful  2nd annual 24 hour BG Marathon for Charity. The numbers are still being tabulated for exact amounts BUT we already know we managed to raise over $8,000 for Turner Syndrome Society of the US!! I know I was and am still tired from being up so long, but I simply cannot wait for next year!!!

Can we do it 25 hours next year??? Only time will tell! Stay tuned and thanks for all of your support!

–GeekJock

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