Month: April 2016

Have You Heard Of: Lost Girl

Have You Heard Of: Lost Girl

Welcome back, fellow nerds! We’re trying something new here at Nerdologists today. Have you ever had that moment where you’re watching a great show or movie or reading a great book and thought, “Holy buckets, this thing is amazing…why is it not more popular?” Well, […]

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 24: Dead Elf Gold

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 24: Dead Elf Gold

There is one elemental creature left. Will they be able to defeat the fire elemental and what is the lich’s plan? Will Tate get himself into trouble? Also: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/therpgacademy/acadecon-2016-leveling-up/description Here is the link for AcadeCon 2016: Leveling Up. Consider giving even if you can’t go […]

Board Game Types: PARTAY Games

Board Game Types: PARTAY Games

Tsuro
Image Credit: Amazon

So, early on I did a post on different types of board games, and I’ve been wanting to come back to that topic, but I’ve been distracted by other posts, time constraints, and forgetting about it from time to time. Now is the time, though, where I’m going to be running a more in-depth look at board games and the different types of board games.

The first category that I want to touch on, keeping with the theme of Board Game Nights, is party games. Party games don’t have to go along with a specific board game night, but can be worked into a lot of different get-togethers.

What Makes Games Fall Into This Category?

Party games are generally games that can be played quickly, can be easily incorporated into the social side of a party, and are easy to pick up. You don’t want to stop the interactions to get the game rolling, but when there is a lull in talking, or as people wind down, you can pull out these games and add some energy back into the room.

What Are Some Examples?

I would say that some of the most common and classic examples are games like Scattergories, Catchphrase, and Apples to Apples. These games are the ones that my parents had, along with games like Taboo and Guesstures. These games are aimed at getting you to speak with other people and laugh as you try to get other people to guess a word, and are generally for keeping people entertained.

There are some games that have continued in that line which have come out recently. Games like Stipulations, which was just kickstarted in 2015, and Wits and Wagers have built upon the concepts of previous party games, and games like Cards Against Humanity have taken them to a darker place.

stipulations

But these aren’t the only types of games that would fall into the category of party games. There is a card game series (each a stand-alone game) that is themed many different ways — the game Fluxx. This game, and its various versions, is a fun simple game where the rules are always changing, so you can’t plan ahead and make any strategy. And another example, Zombie Dice, is a game where you try and collect the most brains and avoid being shot, just by rolling dice. There’s also Tsuro, which Kristen wrote an  article on recently; it is another fun game that goes fast and is always changing. And finally, We Didn’t Playtest This At All is a game that can last as little as five minutes, and you can play it over and over and over again. These are all great examples of games that you can play instead of games that fall into the more classic party game category.

Finally, there are games like Telephone Pictionary that you need nothing more than paper and pencil to play. And any game that makes you act out something or do something silly works well for a party. Cranium is the combination of Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, and charades; most people have heard of this one, but a similar game, Dicecapades, is a fun dice-based twist on that. These games keep you active and involved more than other games.

Image Source: Amazon
Image Source: Amazon

Do They Get Old?

This is an important question that you probably won’t think of all that much, but if you play these games often, especially the ones from higher on my list, they do get old. Catchphrase, while a fun game, has a limited number of options, and eventually, it seems like the same thing over and over again. Even Cards Against Humanity can get old. With a limited set of cards, you end up playing the same cards over and over again, and the variety eventually runs out. Thankfully, they are putting out expansions, but even those don’t change up the game greatly. But a lot of the games further down on my list have higher replay value. Fluxx changes every time, as the name would suggest, and Tsuro has some different strategies while going by quickly. We Didn’t Playtest This At All runs into the same issues as some of the other games on mylist, but they offer you some twists to the usual format. I think the most important thing is knowing your group. If you have creative types playing, games like Scattergories and Stipulations are going to get a much longer run for you.

If You Were to Recommend a Couple of Them, Which Would They Be?

Image Source: Looney Labs
Image Source: Looney Labs

The top three that I would recommend are Fluxx, Tsuro, and Zombie Dice. These games offer you a variety of playing styles, and are luck-based games. And most other people have some of the “thinking” party games like Scattergories. The nice thing about Fluxx and Tsuro is that they are easy to transport, so if you want to take them along to someone else’s place, you can do that.

What party board games do you like?

———————————
Share questions, ideas for articles, or comments with us!

Email us at nerdologists@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter at @NerdologistCast
Message me directly on Twitter at @TheScando
Visit us on Facebook here.

X-Men: Apocalypse: One Last Trailer

X-Men: Apocalypse: One Last Trailer

I’m very excited for this. Every trailer has been getting better and better. I’m really digging James McAvoy in the role of Xavier. The movie looks very nice big and epic, while maintaining a plot. And that last little reveal is very awesome!

Dungeons And Flagons Episode 23: I Can Feel It Calling In the Air

Dungeons And Flagons Episode 23: I Can Feel It Calling In the Air

Now we are back with better audio than before. They continue battling the elemental creatures that the Lich sends at them. Will they be able to defeat the air elemental? Also: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/therpgacademy/acadecon-2016-leveling-up/description Here is the link for AcadeCon 2016: Leveling Up. Consider giving even if […]

Everyday Cosplay

Everyday Cosplay

As a novice cosplayer, I spend increasingly more time thinking of cosplays I want to do, and scheming of ways to put them together. My next cosplay event isn’t until July, and I’m already well on my way to having my costumes figured out (and even some of the pieces bought!).

But though I spend a fair bit of time plotting future cosplays, it’s always a long time between events, and a lot of work ends up going into costumes that really, I’ll only spend a few hours wearing. As much as I enjoy going to cons and cosplaying, sometimes it’s fun to have something that I can get a little more mileage out of.

What am I talking about? Why, everyday cosplay, of course! Simply put, it’s a way to rep your favorite stories and characters during a normal day — to subtly (or not-so-subtly, if you choose) show your geeky pride, just for the sheer joy of it.

There are tons of ways to incorporate casual cosplay into a regular day–ways that go beyond just wearing a t-shirt with your favorite superhero on it (though that’s always great fun too). You can go subtle with clever jewelry, like this Divergent-inspired necklace:

Image Credit: Etsy
Image Credit: Etsy

Or a little bolder:

Image Credit: Mashable.com
Image Credit: Mashable.com

You can wear an accent piece that can be covered or shown at will:

Image Credit: Wanelo
Image Credit: Wanelo

Or go all out and put together an outfit inspired by your favorite character’s look:

Image Credit: Fashion-of-fandoms.com
Image Credit: Blog.Fashion-of-fandoms.com
Image Credit: Blog.fashion-of-fandoms.com
Image Credit: Blog.Fashion-of-fandoms.com

And you can even take it one step further and decorate your house with nerdy swag:

Image Credit: Etsy
Image Credit: Etsy
Image Credit: homemade-modern.com
Image Credit: homemade-modern.com

These are just a few ways to incorporate fandom love into your everyday environment. Don’t wait until the next convention to bring the magic of your favorite stories to life in the real world — carry a little piece of that magic with you all day!

What’s your favorite way to engage in everyday cosplay? Share with us below!

———————————
Share questions, ideas for articles, or comments with us!

Email us at nerdologists@gmail.com
Follow us on Twitter at @NerdologistCast
Message me directly on Twitter at @Kefka73
Visit us on Facebook here.

What’s Your Gamer Group?

What’s Your Gamer Group?

One topic that I wanted to spend more time on was talking about different types of games for different types of board game nights and board game groups. Depending on who you have coming, it is really going to make a difference in what type […]

TableTopics – Tsuro

TableTopics – Tsuro

Sometimes, as a gamer, you want something complex, strategic, and highly competitive — a game that will take you a few hours to play, and several sessions to really master. Sometimes there’s nothing like spending a whole afternoon really digging into a game and living in […]

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer

Woo hoo, we have our first teaser for Doctor Strange. Being kind of a comic book nerd, I’ve read some of his older comics (there isn’t a current Doctor Strange title), and watched some of his animated movies. I really like his character, and in this trailer, Benedict Cumberbatch nails it. I’m very excited for this movie, and I think it’ll be another great example, along with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man on how Marvel takes lesser known or not currently known characters and makes good movies out of them.

Who else is excited by this trailer?

Board Game Night

Board Game Night

I grew up playing board games, and I’ve always enjoyed playing games. And I’ve also enjoyed finding new games, though it was always hard to find enough time or people to play some of them. So over a year ago, my wife and I decided […]