Month: August 2016

TableTopTakes: Lost Woods

TableTopTakes: Lost Woods

As we’ve mentioned, Peder and I have had an absurdly busy summer — sadly, this has meant we’ve been woefully short on lake time this year. However, we were lucky enough to get a small slice of it last weekend, when we got to stay overnight […]

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 36: The Dance of the Dryads

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 36: The Dance of the Dryads

After a meeting with the Satyrs, our adventuring party get’s their first bit of relaxation in a long time, as they celebrate with the Satyrs at a great feast. What will they get up to? If you have questions for Nerdologists: Dungeons and Flagons emails […]

Super Hero Line-up Part 3: Teen Titans

Super Hero Line-up Part 3: Teen Titans

I’m finally getting back to some super heroes. Tackling a fun team of heroes this time, the Teen Titans.

Image Source: Watch Play Read
Image Source: Watch Play Read

Robin: Yes, this is Batman’s Robin, Dick Grayson. He is the leader of the team, and generally quite serious about that what they do as a team. He is probably better known as Batman’s sidekick, but through Teen Titans and other iterations, he has started to make a name of himself.

Cyborg: Cyborg is a genius, being made that way by his parents. However, when things break down in a laboratory experiment that his parents are doing, and his mother dies and he is injured, he becomes the man/teen that is part human and part machine. He joined up with the Teen Titans because like him, they weren’t normal, and they didn’t have a normal existence.

Starfire: An alien that has come to earth, Starfire, was a princess on her home planet and set to take over as a ruler, passing up her older sister. Her powers are based around the fact that she can absorb energy and then use that to fly. She is extremely friendly, too a fault, which makes for interesting situations for the Teen Titans since she does not fully understand human interactions.

Raven: Raven is the daughter of the demon Trigon, her mother was not a demon, however. This gives Raven an unique set of abilities.  Her father wanted to convince her to join him, and as she understood that was happening, she fled to Earth and joined the Teen Titans. Her abilities are magical in nature, and she can open doors between dimensions, realities, and perform many other forms of magic.

Beast Boy: Beast Boy can turn into many different creatures. He is, I would say, similar to Spiderman, in that he falls into the category of characters who are often relied upon for comic relief. Like Cyborg his parents kind of screwed him over, he was traveling with his parents while they were studying a type of green monkey, he was bitten, and gained the ability to transform.

This seems very short to touch on each of the characters, and while they do have arcs and stories of their own that you can check out, I wanted to focus on the aspect of the Teen Titans and the different iterations that come. Currently the television version of the show is very chibi and cute, that teaches you lessons that you should never learn. However, they had an animated series earlier in the 2000’s that was quite serious.

Also, there is a difference in the comics now and what I listed above for members of the Teen Titans. The ones that I have listed are the classic members of the Titans, but now Nightwing, Donna Troy, Flash, Tempest, and Omen are members of the Titans. Like any super hero group, they change who is in them fairly often, however, there are always some who are considered to be the classic members. They have a number of different bad guys whom the fight out of their tower in Jump City.

Image Source: Convergence/Us
Image Source: Convergence/Us

PS. Here’s us as Beast Boy and Raven.
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Table Top Picks: Kristen’s Favorites

Table Top Picks: Kristen’s Favorites

It’s my turn for Table Top Picks today (shout out to @Mundangerous for the delightfully punny name)! Though I’m not nearly as much of a gaming aficionado as Peder is, I’ve gotten into board games in a big way during the last couple of years, and I’ve come […]

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 35: Friends in the Wild?

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 35: Friends in the Wild?

As they return to the wild, they meet from of the denizens of the land. Can they become friends or will the creatures of this realm be their undoing? If you have questions for Nerdologists: Dungeons and Flagons emails them to nerdologists@gmail.com or find us […]

Table Top Picks: Peder’s Top 7 Favorite Board Games

Table Top Picks: Peder’s Top 7 Favorite Board Games

This idea came from a Twitter friend, @Mundangerous, one of the hosts of the ENnie nominated podcast, Total Party Thrill. Since both The RPG Academy and Nerdologists have gone away from using the name Table Topics, which you can read about in the Five Tribes post, he suggested that we go with Table Top Picks. That doesn’t make great sense for a review series, but it was too good not to use. So the next two posts are going to be Kristen and my favorite board games.*

* For this article board games can mean card/dice games as well but not RPG’s.

Image Source: Fantasy Flight Games
Image Source: Fantasy Flight Games

7. Elder Signs

Why: Elder Signs has a theme that I really like. Lovecraft and his world of horror is very interesting. It takes some ideas from games like Arkham Horror, where you are trying to defeat a great old one, but it takes less thinking to play Elder Signs. As compared to high strategy and traveling through Arkham, you are just in the museum, and different scenarios happen which you need to roll various symbols on the dice. It combines enough strategy with luck though to keep it very interesting and moving. And one of my favorite parts is that fact that you play different unique characters.

6. Lord of the Rings: Board Game

Why: This is Lord of the Rings. You go through the parts of the story that everyone knows which are so great. And you play the characters that everyone knows, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Fatty Bolger. Yes, this is from prior to the movies. This is another game where I can play a unique character. And we have an expansion where someone can play the bad guys, which adds a new level of stress to a game that always makes you feel like you are doing well, and then all of a sudden you are within danger of losing.

Image Source: BoardGameGeek
Image Source: BoardGameGeek

5. Smallworld

Why: Smallworld if a world of slaughter and laughter. An area control game that mixes unique races and abilities, it s a blast to play. I really like the fact that with the different map sizes, the maps are never so large that you can just sit there, people will always be going after another player, and because it is so inherent in the game, And the combinations are great, dwarves who can fly, giants who pillage, or merchant elves, the game plays out differently every time.

4. Betrayal at House on the Hill

Why: It’s another horror based game and it is semi-cooperative. There will almost always be a traitor in the game, and there is always an end game. But who knows who it is going to be, and who knows what horrors the house will reveal. This game is good because, while there is a traitor, no one is actively playing against the group in the first part of the game. This means that you don’t end up with hurt feelings, and it is just a fun game.

pandemic

3. Pandemic

Why: Another cooperative game, you can see what I play most often, where you are part of the CDC fighting against diseases that are spreading around the world. It is one of those games, like Lord of the Rings, where you feel like you are doing well, and then all of a sudden, things start to go poorly, and you don’t know what to do, and are scrambling to keep up. It’s a blast to play and one that I would highly recommend that people buy.

2. Pandemic Legacy

Why: A lot of it can be summed up with – see above. However, it is a Legacy game. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Legacy games, how it sets up is that whatever you do in previous games affects the board and how things will work in future games on the board. It also tells more of a story. So you gain more abilities, and there are other things to escalate and it is always stressful and a ton of fun.

Image Source; Geek Alert
Image Source; Geek Alert

1. Dead of Winter

Why: This game potentially has a hidden traitor, it has high stress situations as you look to feed your colony of survivors, keep the zombies from getting in, and complete an objective. The fact that their may or may not be a traitor means that it is questionable if someone is working against you. It is a subtle game, and a high stress game trying to figure out what is going on with helping the colony and trying to find the traitor.

What are some of your favorite board games, or your person Table Top Picks?

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TableTopTakes: Five Tribes

TableTopTakes: Five Tribes

First off, wasn’t it TableTopics before? Yes, it was, however, the guys who run The RPG Academy ran into a flimsy copyright attempt against them and their podcast called Table Topics. So preemptively we are going to be changing the name. The first try at […]

Anime Flashback: Inuyasha

Anime Flashback: Inuyasha

Hey, all! So, this post was meant to be a Throwback Thursday sort of post, but as per usual these days, time got away from me…I guess it’ll just have to be Flashback Friday or Saturday, as it’s now after midnight, but WHO’S COUNTING! Today I’d […]

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 34: A Whole New World?

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 34: A Whole New World?

A new tree and new possibilities… will our adventuring party get back on their quest, or will they find the answers that they are looking for from an unexpected place?

If you have questions for Nerdologists: Dungeons and Flagons emails them to nerdologists@gmail.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter! We’ll be doing a recap and Q&A every twenty-five episodes.

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The World of Dungeons and Flagons!

The World of Dungeons and Flagons!

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Peder (@TheScando)

 

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Superhero Line-up DC Part 2

Superhero Line-up DC Part 2

Flash/Barry Allen: The fastest man alive, The Flash — not to be mistaken with Flash Gordon — can run faster than the human eye can see. Barry Allen started out as a police scientist until one day he was given super speed thanks to some lightning […]