Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Back to the Drawing Board

Thursday night we had a grand old time doing our first three player playtest of our game, which, is tentatively named Donisi. Donisi is Latin for "vibrations" and describes the threads of memories that players draw from to build their decks. At point the game was called The Enders, but the story has changed enough from there that we made a switch recently. My firefighter and board game nerd neighbour came over to try out the game with Aaron and I and we learned (at least) four important lessons.

Lesson Number One - Aaron is an amazing artist
Poor Aaron has only had me buttering his biscuits lately about his artwork, but on Thursday he got to hear it from someone else. Don't get me wrong, I've tried to make it very clear to Aaron how amazing his work is, but he doesn't always believe me. When Brad, my neighbour, saw Aaron's stuff, he was so impressed. He was even more impressed when he found out this is the first time he's done anything like this. Aaron, you rock. Whether we have your final artwork in the game or not, it's been an amazing inspiration and grounding point as we've built this game together.

An example of Aaron's work - the stone shifter (a work in progress).

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Thiefiest Thief

It's important to be self-aware. Knowing yourself is the key to growing as a person. I'm well aware of the fact that I am a sore loser. The worst way to lose, though, is to lose at your favourite game. Especially when I lose to Brennan every. Single. TIME! 

My dashing character.

To practice for our upcoming campaign in Clank! Legacy, two of my closest friends (both of whom I've known since kindergarten) came over to revisit the rules in a normal game of Clank! I have the Upper Management Pack, so we chose characters from there but just played on the base game map (the hard side).

Monday, October 7, 2019

Top Ten Solo Games of 2019

In response to the most recent podcast by SoloSaurus where they shared their top 10 of 2019, I jumped over to Pub Meeple's ranking system to sort out my personal top ten. They show you two games at a time and you simply choose one or the other. In the end, they rank them from 1 to whatever. I used Pub Meeple last year, but I didn't realize that you can just upload your BoardGameGeek collection and start sorting those! I sorted through 52 games in about 10 minutes with this program. Very nice.

When making my decisions on Pub Meeple, I basically thought about two criteria:

  • Do I love this game?
  • Do I love to set this game up?
I didn't want to make this crazy intensive or based on my reviews, but more just on my gut feelings! I think this year the feasibility of playing the game had more impact, which may show why certain games dropped a spot or two while others moved up the list.

So, without further ado, my Top Ten Solo Games 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Aaron having our game on Tabletop Simulator makes it really easy to jump in and play a quick game to see how things are going. I did this last night. A few observations from my disappointing loss last night:

  • I feel pretty proud of the uniqueness and variety of the cards. This time I went a mystic/magic/arcane focus and one of the first cards I picked up were the Levitating Boots. They allowed me to give a -1 to all enemy melee attacks. This saved my life a few times when I was surrounded by giant Rat Warriors. I also acquired the Charm of Absorption which allowed me to get an extra point of XP for each enemy defeated. On the round where I scorched 5 enemies, that gave me 10 total XP. That made for a fun little shopping spree!
  • The game, at least this first mission, is pretty balanced. This first mission is a little easier than the follow up ones, but it's still very possible to lose (as I made apparent this game). There are certain ebbs and flows to the game. Things start to seem easy on round 9 when you've built up a nice deck, but then round 10 comes and the enemies hit the next threat level and all of a sudden you're swarmed by new spawns.
  • Gnome Hunters don't care if you're levitating. I was able to fend off the assassins and warriors pretty easily, but when four hunters pulled a card that gave them a +1 attack if I was within two spaces, well, my 6 health level and 0 block cards couldn't handle that.
Should be having a meeting with that mysterious publisher this week. Will keep you posted!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sucktember? Sweetember?

"They have a cave troll!"

This September has been, unfortunately, the hardest school year start up to date. I’ve got twenty-nine wonderful grade fours to teach, but quite a few are below grade level in math and English. Our new provincial government is also out to get teachers, so there’s a lot of extra tension around the school. And to top things off, my poor baby girl is in grade one now and has dealt with two bullying issues and a week of ear infections. There has not been much time for board gaming.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

New School Year Update

A new school year and I've got 29 eager 9 and 10 year-olds to guide and teach each day. They seem like a pretty nice bunch so far! Right now is the first real break I've had between teaching, planning, and working with my student teacher. I wanted to update you on a few things that I had mentioned during and before the summer.

You know I've been working on my board game? Well, I pitched the game to a board game company and they want to give it a try! my co-designer and I have been working on uploading everything to Tabletop Simulator (let's be honest, it's been all Aaron - I've just playtested it). It's up and working but we're trying to smooth it out a little bit still. Hopefully in the next week or two we'll show them the game. Even if nothing comes from it, we'll get some great feedback from an experienced and successful designer and producer. Very exciting! I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Living Like We're Renegades

This will be a short post, but I got very lucky today! I recently sold a few board games and with the new money I was looking to buy some expansions for games I already had. I called my local game store and asked if they had the Upper Management Pack expansion for Clank! Sure enough, they did. AND it was 10% off today. I didn't ask why, I just drove there was fast as I could!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

First Foray into the Dungeon

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Not much to report here, but at the end of the month I'm going to be diving into my first ever Dungeons and Dragons session! I've wanted to try it out for quite a while, but I just haven't found the right group or the right time. A long time friend of mine messaged me this week, though, and said they have room for one more at the table for the beginning of a new campaign.

He said they could really use a ranger. Since I'm a dwarf at heart, I decided on a crossbow wielding dwarf gloom stalker (keep in mind that this is my first time and so I have no idea about what makes a "good" choice for a character). We only confirmed this last night and so I haven't had much time to think about it yet, but here's what I've got so far.

Thalgot Rockforge is looking for his brother, lost five years ago in the attack on a deep, dark elf city. Thalgot can speak drow, as he is often used as a scout due to his stealth and survival skills. As he seeks out Madam Eva, the mystical fortune teller who lives outside the small trading town of Charlton, what will he discover?

I imagine my character to look something like this...
From https://www.artstation.com/artwork/q8v4R

...although I'd give him longer, darker hair on top.

This is my first time in a real RPG, so, any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

A Midsummer Night's Recap

You might guess that the summer is a great time to get ahead/caught up on gaming and blogging, but it is turning in to quite the opposite. At work, I have a computer in front of me all the time and the government mandates that I get breaks. Breaks, that I can use to type and write (so long as I'm caught up on all my marking). Even though I have all of this spare time in the summer, I'm rarely around a computer and usually playing with/colouring with/feeding/breaking up fights with my two kids. So what, if any, gaming have I been involved in?

Landscaping: The Real Time Dexterity Game has continued to take up most of my free time. I'll be happy when this game is done and then I WILL NEVER PLAY IT AGAIN.

Still haven't managed to play Renegade. Maybe I'm a dummy, but I just can't get started. The rules are tough and there are a lot of words/pieces to remember and manage. Liz at Beyond Solitaire mentioned in a recent blog post (click here for that) that she loved the game but it does have a high entry cost. That's what's keeping me from playing it still. Any suggestions?

Unbroken finally arrived this week. I believe it was due in December or January? I'm kind of a "Kickstart it and leave it" kind of a guy. I don't really follow the comments or threads that much, but I couldn't help keep a little bit of an eye on the controversy surrounding this project. If you wanted to learn more about that, you can check out my thread on BoardGameGeek here. I personally haven't had any negative experiences, I've only interacted with Artem, the creator, and he seems just lovely. I'll keep you posted though as I haven't received any official "asking for more money" emails. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Godfrey the Great (Goblivion: A Playthrough)

King Loko the Brute was preparing to defend his innocent people from the invading goblins. What his innocent people didn't know, however, was that The Brute had picked this fight. Things got too boring without a good head or two to lop off.