By Kate Thompson
Do you love your mobile device? I do, too.
Do you love card games? I do, too! It’s like we were meant to be best friends!
This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be doing that focuses on digital board gaming. I’ve been aware of digital implementations of board games for some time now, and have been a fan of video and mobile gaming for even longer. Mobile gaming is getting more and more advanced and competitive, and the selection available is huge! Hopefully, this series of posts will help you find some new high-quality digital games to keep you entertained when a full-on traditional board game isn’t convenient.
Today I’ll start talking about my favourite card games, and I will give a brief review of the digital implementations that exist for them. This genre is one of my all-time favourites, I have always gravitated towards it. I have spent a large proportion of my gaming time on card games. I may not be qualifying for the Magic Pro-Tour, but I do have a good understanding of the strategies and mechanics that make a card game work!
Read on to hear about the digital implementations of Magic: The Gathering that I have tried!
by Globus the Elder
“It is not these well-fed, long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and hungry-looking.” – Julius Caesar
By: James Freeman
What is it about Edgar Allen Poe? Despite leaving this world more than 150 years ago, his stories stand the test of time and haunt us to this day. He's inspired and influenced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and many others. his likeness in comic books, albums, films, television dramas and even computer games, and yes board games.
Reviewed By: James Freeman
Anyone who knows me knows that my dream vacation is Japan. I have a mild obsession with... well all of it. The technology, the breathtaking scenery, some of the pro wrestling leagues and weird T.V. shows, Even the Bboys. When I see a game from Japan or about Japan, I'm in with no hesitation.
In Seikatsu, players take turns placing tiles into a shared garden area, with each tile showing a colored flower and colored bird. Players initially score for groupings of birds as they place them (if similar birds are adjacent, then you score for all touching birds). However, at the end of the game, they score for rows of flowers and only for the rows of flowers that exist from their perspective, i.e., that are viewable as lines from where they sit at the game board.
Written by: James Freeman
If there is one thing I can say as a stone cold fact, it's that games featuring I.P.s have dramatically improved over the last couple years. With that in mind, I present death note: confrontation.
Deathnote is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. In the game, the mysterious killer Kira has managed to take another life. Baffled by Kira's ability to strike anyone, anywhere seemingly, Interpol has called in the legendary detective "L." Now the cat and mouse game begins: L must feed Kira specific targets to deduce Kira's location, and ultimately his identity. Meanwhile, Kira continues to enact his supernatural brand of homicidal justice, racing toward completing his list and disappearing without a trace.
By Kate Thompson
I hope you guys like Twilight Imperium as much as I do because here is another post ENTIRELY about playing it with only two players. I can’t promise there won’t be more Twilight Imperium posts, but I’ll try to make this the last one about 2 player variants… For a while, at least.
Article by: Jillian Schmett
Hey everyone! Sorry for my absence in the past few weeks, but summer vacation is in full swing here and we’ve had birthdays, holidays, and general craziness abound, not leaving much time for gaming or writing. I’m back though and thought, what better way to get going again than to make a list? Because people love lists. I love writing lists. So, without further adieu, here is a list.
As usual, this list is in no particular order because I can never choose just one favorite and I mostly just enjoy sharing a bunch of games that I love and hearing the recommendations offered by others in response!
by Globus the Elder
“Gladiators seek to best all. It’s the only way to survive in the arena.” – Spartacus
By Kate Thompson
These days there is no shortage of fantastic gaming conventions that you can go to. I’ve personally been a big fan of Pax - I’ve attended Pax East three times, and Pax Unplugged once. My first convention experience was at Hal-Con in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I loved it so much that I wriggled my way onto the planning committee for that convention, and volunteered on the gaming team for the past five years. Hal-Con and conventions like it are very special moments. They allow us to devote an entire weekend to the hobbies we love and forget about everything else. It’s a kind of indulgence that we don’t allow ourselves very often, and it’s one we get to share with thousands of like-minded nerds. It truly is a magical experience.
However, there is not a convention every weekend. And when there is one, it’s not always in your hometown. Conventions are often quite costly, requiring travel and accommodations. Those things can be fun in themselves as well, but these costs are prohibitive for most. For me, an out-of-town convention is a once per year treat. I have to carefully choose which one I’ll attend.
But you can have the magic of a convention whenever you like. As long as you have a few friends whose nerdy interests align with your own, you can plan little mini-conventions for yourselves… And the beauty of those is that the programming will be tailored specifically to your interests!
Today I’m going to describe a few different mini-conventions I’ve taken part in with friends here in Nova Scotia. These events are obviously much more modest than a full blown convention, but they are still very very special to me.
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