Year: 2018

2018 Top 5: Video Games

2018 Top 5: Video Games

One last post for 2018 before we hit the new year, and this time it’s my top 5 video games. I will say that while I do enjoy video games, sometimes it takes me a while to get through them and I don’t play a […]

2018 Top 5: TV Shows

2018 Top 5: TV Shows

I don’t remember what my previous years list was, but let’s see if my tastes in TV shows has changed at all. This is also likely going to be the last post of the year, though there might be a New Years Eve post, but […]

2018 Top 5: Movies

2018 Top 5: Movies

I wasn’t sure that I was going to have anything new on this list, but let’s be fair, I don’t remember last years list, so there most likely will be something new, and then I realize that there is definitely one new one.

1 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
I love this movie because it’s the right balance of humor, action, and satire that just works really well. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer knock it out of the park, and it works. It’s also a movie that takes place around Christmas, so clearly a Christmas movie. The writing is really well done and the movie is a lot of fun. Going off with lots of satire to the buddy cop and Lethal Weapon movies, if you like action movies, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

2. Avengers: Infinity War
I told you there would be a new one. I really really liked this movie. Again it blends action with some good humor. But mainly I loved it because it was so different. Yes, it had the massive super hero feel to the movie, but Thanos was a great bad guy. He isn’t the smartest bad guy in terms of his solution, but he really believes in what he’s doing and that what he’s doing is right. I could easily do a separate list of top 5 super hero movies as well, but Infinity War makes it to the movie list.

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3 Dale and Tucker Vs Evil
Another satire, this one making fun of horror films. It’s done really well taking the expected tropes and turning them on their heads. It feels like a horror film, but then is just hilarious and Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine just are amazing in the film. Even if you’re not a fan of horror films, you’ll probably enjoy this film.

4 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
A highly innovative movie being the first one to green screen everything and do pretty heavy digital effects on everything. Then Avatar came out about a week later. I like the camp and nostalgia that they can create in the film with the effects placed on the film. It feels like it should be a 1950’s Sci-Fi film, but it’s a bunch shinier. I know of plenty of people who don’t like this film all that well, but I really like.

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5 Cabin the Woods
A horror film, but also a film that is somewhat satire. It’s hard to explain because it is very aware of the fact that it’s a horror film. And there are scenes in there that really take you out of the horror aspect, but they also still maintain a horror feel without it just being all goofy like Dale and Tucker vs Evil. Again a film that isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a horror buff there are plenty of cool moments where you can see what horror films they are pulling from.

It is really hard to just pick 5, plus 5 honorable mentions. When I went back and looked at my previous list, I realized what used to be my #1 movie for a long time wasn’t in my top 5 anymore, but I think that’s fair. It’s still an honorable mention film.

Honorable Mention:
Finding Neverland
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Mutant Chronicles
Big Trouble in Little China
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

What are your favorite movies? Based off of my favorites what movies would you recommend?

2018 Top 5 Anime

2018 Top 5 Anime

I’m trying not to look at my lists until after the fact to compare them, but I can basically guarantee there will be some change on this list. 1 Steins;GateI love this anime. It’s smart with well written and developing characters throughout the story. It’s […]

2018 Top 5: Books/Series

2018 Top 5: Books/Series

I always have to add in series, because a lot of the time, my favorite is because they are a series. And a good series can really take a good book and bring it to another level. I’ve also written about bad series before, but […]

2018 Top 5: Board Games

2018 Top 5: Board Games

Yes, it is going to be an annual tradition doing the top five lists of my favorites in the categories of board games, video games, movies, TV shows, books, and anime. Possibly other things as well, but I can’t remember right now if there were other things that we did lists on.

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1. Gloomhaven
We have a change up from what I remember as being my #1 last year, but Gloomhaven has gotten to the table so much, and I’m really loving it. The story is a lot of fun in the game, and I really like the combat in the game. Playing two cards and then using the top half of one card and the bottom half of the other card makes for some interesting strategy and changing characters keeps the game feeling nice and fresh. It is a beast of a game to get set-up, move around, and use, but we have it down now so we can get scenarios set-up fast and it doesn’t seem to suffer because of that.

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2. Pandemic Legacy
Was a pretty easy choice for the top two. Pandemic Legacy Seasons 1 and 2 just hold up so well. These are big experience games that are a ton of fun. Because they are legacy games they can’t be replayed, but it is fine, after playing through the stress and ups and downs of the games you feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth from the game. How the story unfolds and the game mechanics progress just makes the games and systems tie together and work really well.

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3. Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game
This game just tells stories of the Dresden Files well, and there is so much tension in the game play and when you win it feels good. The limited resources and card management works really well. The game also works really well as a solo game and they keep the tension with every number of players. They also keep on releasing expansions for further books in the series that keeps the game even more playable.

Betrayal At House On The Hill
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4. Betrayal At House on the Hill
I still love this game for how unbalanced it can be. The stories and moments that you have in the game are great as you try and escape this house. I’m a big horror film buff, though I haven’t seen as many as I’d like. The exploration part of the game is a lot of fun, and I cannot wait to play Betrayal Legacy as I think a more directed story in that system will be amazing. There’s also some good campiness to the game that allows it to channel the movie Cabin in the Woods.

5. Smallworld
There are so many game options I want to put down here. For right now Smallworld holds the spot as it’s a game that is always one I’ll play. The expansions for it are a lot of fun and keep the game feeling fresh, but even without an expansion, it still feels unique with the different combinations of races and powers. The high conflict and area control of the game could be mean, but because of the artwork and style of game that it is, you can’t be annoyed and someone when they try and take you off the map, because you can do that again in a turn or two.

Honorable Mentions:
Xenoshyft: Onslaught – A great deck building game that actually has a point for the deck building.
Sushi Go! Party – Fast card drafting game with really cute artwork.
Sagrada – A fun dice drafting game that looks great on the table.
T.I.M.E. Stories – Only played on scenario in it, but it’s a lot of fun and gives you a fun feeling of role playing and puzzle solving as you go along.
Arkham Horror LCG – A good story based Lovecraft game with very puzzle like mechanics.

It’s been a good year for gaming and trying new games. What are your current top 5 favorite games? Have you gotten a chance to try any new games this past year that would have broken into your top 5?

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Holiday Gift Guide: RPG

Holiday Gift Guide: RPG

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Holiday Gift Guide: Super Heroes

Holiday Gift Guide: Super Heroes

I’ve been told by some wise people sometime long ago, that there is more to this world than just board games and RPG’s. That might be the case, but I find those interesting, so I write about them. Another thing I love is Super Heroes, and there is no shortage of Super Hero stuff that can be given as gifts, including some board games.

Avengers: Infinity War
Now, this is going to be for both the trade paperback and the movie. For those who aren’t familiar with the term trade paperback (TPB), that is when comics from a given run, generally six or so issues, are put into a single book, so  you can get the whole story arc without having to track down the separate comics themselves. If the person is a big super hero fan, I wouldn’t be shocked if they already had Infinity War, the movie, but they might not have the TPB. And my guess is they would like to read it.

Marvel Legendary
A massive game if you consider all of it’s various expansions, but even in the base game, you have a lot of fun to play with. In it, you are building a deck of cards by spending points and then also having to attack villains. The game gives you a solid super hero feeling, and since my initial review of it, I’ve come around on it being a better game a bit more. I think it is possible with this game to get some bad combinations of characters when you have more expansions. However, if they already have the base game, consider getting them an expansions for the game as they do add in fun new characters.

The Reckoners
A book series about super heroes, this is a great trilogy of books that looks at a group of insurgents who are trying to stop all the super heroes, because none of the super heroes are good. It’s a young adult book series written by Brandon Sanderson, and they are really fun and enjoyable as adults, not just for teen age kids.

The Reckoners Board Game
Maybe you know someone who already likes the series, the board game would be something to consider getting them. The game has some pretty simple mechanics, but is extremely hard to win. Also, the components in the game are amazing.  It is also a lot of fun because you get to see the Epics as the super heroes are known from the books, and you get to play as various members of the Reckoners team. Both The Dice Tower and Watch It Played have good information on the game.

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Cold Steel Wardens
Maybe you want to go in a different direction and the person is a super hero fan and an RPG fan, Cold Steel Wardens one of the possible super hero RPG’s. This game is grittier than your standard super hero fair leaning into the Iron Age of comics where things were tougher and grittier in the comics. You still get to have super powers, but the world isn’t going to be flying around and having flashy parades, it’s going to be doing the grunt work and worrying about being attacked. Kristen wrote a nice review on it a little while back, or at least the system, so you can go check out her article on that.

Action Figures/Funko Pops
Maybe they already have the books and the games, there are plenty of other things that are super hero related to consider. One of the biggest areas is the action figure realm. There are tons of amazing action figures out there. I personally am a big fan of the Marvel Diamond Select figures as they are bigger than your standard action figure and come with nice props and amazing details. DC also does some very nice figures as well. Or maybe you don’t want to spend that much money or a looking for a stocking stuffer, Funko makes figures with large heads and very cartoony looks that are very popular right now.  Try and find their favorite hero in those and give them that. 

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Super Hero Legos
Maybe you want something for a younger kid who might not what something that people would consider collectible. Lego now has a ton of super hero sets that you can get. They often tie into the movies, so if they have a favorite movie, see if you can track down the characters in Lego form. This also works well for adults.

Blackest Night/Brightest Day
Finally a dip into the world of DC. If you have someone who is into the DC universe, consider the TBP for those two sagas. In particular Blackest Night tells a really good story. It also something that is very different from your standard super hero fair in Blackest Night, while you do get plenty of hero moments there is good depth in the story being told.

TPB
Finally, there are a ton of classic stories and TPB’s that you could look at getting.  From Marvel, House of M and Secret Invasion are two that stand out as really strong options. DC has Infinite Crisis that is really good. Then there are non-Marvel and non-DC options that are strong. I personally am a huge fan of the Powers series by Brian Micheal Bendis. It’s super hero adjacent as it follows around a couple cops who are dealing with super powered criminals.

There are a ton of other options for super heroes as well. There are a lot of movies, obviously, in the Marvel world, so if someone who is a big Marvel movie fan, help them fill in their collection. Or go into a lot of other areas as well, movie posters, custom artwork, or clothing.

Have you gotten a super hero themed gift before? If so what did you get or what have you wanted to get?


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