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Video Gaming in 2013 – 37 Titles I Recommend

Video Gaming in 2013 - 37 Titles I Recommend

January is historically the best time to buy video games. The following is a list of games I played in 2013 and recommend as great bang for the buck, regardless of release date, ordered from least expensive to most expensive as of 1/10/2014. As a side note, many of the accompanying videos I’ve selected are by YouTuber Northernlion – check him out if you like reviews or let’s plays – he’s pretty entertaining. 1. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft $0 (Free to Play) Still in beta – Blizzard – PC/MAC/iPad – World of Warcraft Themed CCG I love collectible card games (CCGs). In table form, they can often be expensive and fiddly and tough to play with other people. Some of the most popular games (Magic, […]

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Angry Dice Now Live on KickStarter

Angry Dice Now Live on KickStarter

My first tabletop game design, co-designed with Compounded designer Darrell Louder, is now live on Kickstarter as part of the VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game (aka VivaJava Dice) campaign. You can pledge to get a starter set of Angry Dice by itself for just $8! Please consider supporting this project – the campaign ends on 7/21/13. Click here to view the campaign on Kickstarter.

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Soup and Duck Play: FlowerFall

Soup and Duck Play: FlowerFall

The Game FlowerFall is a card-dropping, garden-building, physics-defying throwdown by Carl Chudyk and published by Asmadi Games. We’ve played the 2 to 5-player version (the pre-release copy printed for Origins 2012) from Asmadi Games but until 11:59 PM on July 20 you can Kickstart a 2 to 7 player version for $15. Germination In FlowerFall, you and your opponents drop flower cards onto a playing surface consisting of four randomly placed starting gardens. By strategically (or luckily) choosing to throw either flowers in your color or green flowers, you grow gardens and contend for control of the rapidly expanding greenspace. A game can be as long or short as the players make it, but the average game plays in less than 20 minutes, even with […]

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A Soup Quickie – Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

A Soup Quickie - Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

I’m not 100% sure why I’m writing this – I can’t say I’ve ever been compelled to write anything about video games before, and certainly not about Banjo freaking Kazooie. This time, though, I was watching a video game review on YouTube (This One), and it’s the first time I’d seen a negative review that actually made me want to try a game. I know that sounds weird, but the whole time the reviewer was making fun of it for not being enough like the first two games, I noticed how the game looked like fun. It let you build your own vehicles, Lego-style (cars, boats, planes, rockets, hovercraft, a rock w/springs stuck to it – whatever), and had a strange Super Mario 64 meets […]

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Revolver: The Wild West Gunfighting Game – A Duck/Soup Board Game Review

Revolver: The Wild West Gunfighting Game - A Duck/Soup Board Game Review

We’re not receiving any compensation for this review. It’s the Wild West, pardners, and it’s every game for itself! Welcome to the inaugural Duck/Soup Game Review! We hope our perspective on gaming for two can help you decide what to bring to your gaming table. Who We Are Soup is an experienced boardgamer and fledgling playtester while Duck is a novice gamer who prefers cooperative gaming and never likes anything on the first play. The Game Mark Chaplin’s Revolver is a 2011 release from Stronghold Games that we discovered at Origins 2012. It goes for $25-$30 and plays in around 20 minutes once you have the rules down. The Scuttlebutt (Quick Take) Revolver is a crazy back-and-forth 2-player shoot-em-up that will keep tension high as […]

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VivaJava Now Live on Kickstarter!

VivaJava Now Live on Kickstarter!

This game is one I helped playtest (a little), and is honestly one of the most unique and fun games I’ve ever seen. Please consider helping to get it published (and get a copy of the game – it’s a win-win)! Visit the Game on Kickstarter! Official VivaJava Site BoardGameGeek Entry

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The State of Games, Episode 22

The State of Games, Episode 22

Check me and Jacki out on Dice Hate Me’s podcast, The State of Games Episode 22 – The One About Two Pairs! The blurb: Sometimes when you’re gaming, it’s better to be sitting back with an easy pair than dealing with cleaning up after a full house – if you know what we’re saying; and if you listen to this podcast you’ll certainly get the reference. So grab your significant other, pour a glass of your house finest and let The State of Games bring you closer together. You’re welcome.

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