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Back or Brick: Chronicles of Crimes: Millennium Series

Back or Brick: Chronicles of Crimes: Millennium Series

I almost forgot to do this today, but I want to keep it regular, would you back this game or is it a brick? Pros Based on a good game Can back part of it and decide more later Interesting premise/settings Not just a board…

Picking Up a New Hobby

Picking Up a New Hobby

I’ve been trying to stay away from anything that is directly, do this while social distancing for Covid-19, but I ran across something interesting that I think has something that can be unpacked for more than just the upcoming weeks and months. It came about…

Frosthaven – Cephalofair Talks Crafting

Frosthaven – Cephalofair Talks Crafting

So we’ve gotten some new information about Frosthaven out on Cephalofair’s website where Isaac Childress wrote a post about crafting in the game, you can find the whole article here.

Now, normally when I do these posts, I’m writing up information from a video so that you don’t have to watch an hour long video or a twelve minute video. In this case, I’m still going to hit some highlights, but reading his post is probably going to be as about as fast.

So let’s talk about this in my normal bullet point fashion.

  • You start with 1-12 items that you can craft
  • Crafting items for loot drops versus gold
  • Buildings can be upgraded with crafting items
  • Alchemist/Apothecary you can make potions
  • But you won’t know what potion, use Pandemic Legacy style dossier
  • Rare loot/crafting supplies
  • Do you use them to upgrade buildings/buy awesome items
  • Character unlocks can unlock new buildings or characters
  • Unlock retirement quests in batches so never takes too long

There’s even more in there as well, but a lot of stuff that we’ve already known. We’re a week away from the launch of the Kickstarter which is crazy to thin and I’m really excited for it and for getting this game in my hands come 2021. So next week keep an eye out for that and my breakdown of the page.

So if you just wanted the highlights, there they are for you, but I’m going to continue talking about this a little bit longer, just nothing new.

What intrigues me about this post is that there is most certainly going to be more of legacy aspect to this game. Now, you’d be able to play scenarios again and go through the main story, but unless it comes base with a reusable sticker pack or as part of the kickstarter addons, you’re going to have a city that is too built up to start another play through of it just like it is. Now, I love legacy games, and if this is another 100 scenarios, it’s going to take me two years to get through, so it’s not a problem, but if you know you’re going to play this 6 hours a week every week, you’re going to get through it way faster.

But, I love that legacy aspect, and I love the idea that you are going to get something brewed and it might be poison or it might heal you, or it might be bog water that does nothing, you don’t know. And as you unlock more you’re probably going to get, minor health, power, and stamina potions or something like that unlocked, do you then push further in to see if you can get better potions faster, earlier in the game? And the fact that resources are used for both upgrading the town and making items gives you another point of decision.

I also like that the unlocked characters (buildings) are being released in batches. We started out in Gloomhaven with a Cragheart who retired after every other character because of the quest that they pulled to start and we just didn’t have the ability to do a quest that they needed completed. In this, it sounds like that problem is being taken care of, which is really nice. Granted, it wasn’t too bad, but to know that we’re not accidentally going to run into a situation like that, that’s cool.

Needless to say, I’m stoked for this game and ready to see what the Kickstarter page is going to look like. What do you think of the new news about Frosthaven, are you down for crafting?

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The Top 10 Area Control/Influence Games

The Top 10 Area Control/Influence Games

I started doing Top 10 Lists last week to talk about my top 10 deck building/deck construction games. This time, I’m continuing that with some area control. I like area control games and I think that there are some good ones out there, but there…

10 Minute Marvel Episode 36: Covid-19

10 Minute Marvel Episode 36: Covid-19

News was light this week and probably will be for a few weeks with Covid-19 slowing down filming, casting, and basically anything that causes people to get together in a group in this weeks episode of #10MinMarvel. It’s also pushed back films, notably for Disney,…

Dungeons and Dragons: Birthright

Dungeons and Dragons: Birthright

I’ve talked about a lot of games that are about that epic adventure for a small group of characters. Birthright is about epic things, but not on that smaller level. Birthright is about great leaders going to battle against other nations, probably with other world ending events happening as well.

Image Source: Wizards of the Coast

This is a setting where your characters are going to be heading up nations and divinely appointed leaders. You might have to build up your nation and lands, but it has been divinely appointed to you. Birthright is a setting where you are going to play a more political game and where battles might be fought off screen or by giving orders to large armies versus the dice rolling and hacking and slashing and spell slinging that you get in other settings. You have things called domain actions where players hand out decrees and edicts that are month long actions. You could start building a castle, wage a war, or establish a treaty, any of these things that might take a while. Birthright has it built into the game to allow you to take these bigger actions. Even magic can be bigger in Birthright. You cast domain level spells or war combat spells which are going to be for a whole battle than just slinging a fireball. You might give orders to your wizards to cast 100 fireballs and that does something to the enemy troops or things like that. Every aspect of Birthright is going to be focused on this larger level.

In terms of the actual world, I don’t know that the feel of the fantasy in the world changes massively from other settings like Forgotten Realms, it’s still a fantasy setting with standard fantasy trimmings. But it’s going to feel different. This is kind of a setting where you would play Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), you can take on roles as different houses and fight over the greater lands, or be all from the same house, make allies, and grow your influence in hopes of eventually taking the Iron Throne. That compared to a smaller game which can feel more like Lord of the Rings or Wheel of Time where it focuses in so much on the characters that you don’t pay attention to all the political maneuverings.

Image Source: Wizards of the Coast

For some people, that’s going to be the type of game that they really want. I never really got that into Song of Ice and Fire, I prefer that smaller focus of the story, and while Song of Ice and Fire did have the characters is focused on, it was all about the grander political maneuvering. So I’m not sure that this setting would be for me. I think that there would be some interesting aspects to it, but I also have board games that give me more of an army versus army combat focus. Obviously in Birthright and any D&D or RPG setting is going to have more of that role playing feel to it. That part seems obvious, but it would make it a bit more unique, still I’m not sure interesting enough to really fully engage me.

How about you, would you play in this setting? Do you like the idea of a more political game?

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TableTopTakes: Marvel Champions

TableTopTakes: Marvel Champions

Yes, I did just do a Board Game Battle and a Beyond the Box Cover for Marvel Champions, but I’ve had a chance to play it a handful of times now, with a few different heroes and villains, solo and multiplayer, so I think that…

Top 10 Deck Building/Construction Games

Top 10 Deck Building/Construction Games

I’ve been toying around for a little while the idea that I might start doing some more top 10 lists. We might still do some video ones in the future, but finding the time with a toddler is tricky. So I wanted to do, from…

Skywalker Saga – The Best to the Worst

Skywalker Saga – The Best to the Worst

Star Wars, it’s a controversial topic, especially when it comes to some of the new movies. Some people have hated all of them, some people have loved all of them, and some people, it’s a mixed bag, but everyone, almost, is willing to give you their opinion on them. So I’m going to jump into that fray with something dangerous, rating, from worst to best (this is my opinion), the movies of the Skywalker Saga.

9 – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
This part of the list is hard, I know that for some people, this is the best of the prequel trilogy, but for me, it just feels like such a waste. We get a story that is told where characters who have to die off die off, where characters who have to become bad, they become bad. It doesn’t tell me anything interesting, it’s just what I expect it to be, and then there’s the whole Padme dying off because she just can’t possibly go on knowing that Anakin is becoming evil, this movie is just a waste of time and space in my opinion. It doesn’t have amazing action, it doesn’t have compelling duels, it just kind of falls flat at the end of telling a story that wasn’t needed.

8 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
This is hard to put this low, because there are some parts that I really do think are interesting. About 65-75% of the stuff that we get with Luke, Rey and Kylo is pretty interesting and works well. I think that the moment where Luke projects himself and taunts Kylo into fighting him is just brilliantly done, and the development of the relationship between Rey and Kylo works well. However, then there is the rest of the story focused around Finn, Poe, and Rose, and that’s just hot garbage. It takes characters who were developing in an interesting direction, makes them stupid, changes up the characters completely, and then sends them on a stupid mission that makes no sense. Such a waste of time and space and such a waste of Snoke as well.

7 – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
This is probably considered by most people to be the worst, but I think it tells more of an interesting story, when we’re not getting Hayden Christenson trying to act romantically. We get Clones, we get Geonsians and the starting constructions of the Death Star. Count Dooku is out there. It just tells a more of an interesting story in a space where there is still room to tell a story. We’re not in the endgame of Anakin becoming Darth Vader and while we still have to have some characters end surviving of dying, it doesn’t feel like it’s as forced. Now, the romance in this is just awful and creepy and should be stricken from the records, but we get to see a group of Jedi in action and see what they can do that we really don’t get to see in any other film. These bottom three were hard to put in order, as I consider all of them pretty bad, this just best the best or at least the least disappointing.

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6 – Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
What, this movie is garbage, how could I like it? No, you’re wrong, this movie is great, it had everything Star Wars in it, it must be the best. That’s what I feel like I hear about this movie, but I wrote a longer review of it, so I’ll only recap it here. I feel like it brings back, Finn and Poe to characters that we got in The Force Awakens, which I prefer to what they were in The Last Jedi. Plus, we got more awesome force stuff with Rey and Kylo and a good conclusion to that story with a redemption arc that feels more fully developed. Plus, it wrapped up the whole saga nicely, and I think, that’s what the movie set out to do, finish up the stories of Luke, Leia, and Han, as well as the new characters, but to bring this part of the world of Star Wars to a close. I think that it succeeds at that, and for that reason, I like it quite well, yes, it is rushed, especially early, but it tells a story that works and brings things to a fitting end.

5 – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
What, you might say, this movie this high, but Anakin is a whiny little boy and Jar Jar Binks. Yes, Jar Jar is in there for no good reason except to be dumb comedy. But I do enjoy this movie. I think that it blends the balance of the senate with a plot that makes some sense and has enough action that the movie doesn’t bog down. It also isn’t a movie about Anakin becoming Darth Vader, like the previous two, so it tells a more interesting story because of that, when it’s just progressing us to where we know it’s going to go, it’s a bit more dull. Plus, it tells a complete story. If they hadn’t made Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, this movie still stands alone telling a complete story.

4 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
JJ Abrams might not be everyone’s favorite Star Wars director, but I really enjoyed this film. I thought that the characters were created in such a way that they had good depth, and interesting plot lines that could be run with. In particular I liked Finn, this person with no real identity because he was supposed to be a mindless soldier like a Clone Trooper before, but then finding out that he was more and thinking more about that. Also, Kylo was an enjoyable villain, I liked that they didn’t just make another Darth Vader, but made someone who wanted to be Darth Vader but didn’t understand what that truly meant and couldn’t ever live up to what he thought it was for himself.

Image Source: Disney

3 – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Ewoks are the best, aren’t they? I think this movie has one of the better space battles and one of the better lightsaber battles, and the whole bit with Luke and the Emperor trying to tempt look to turn to the dark side is just well done. But then there are Ewoks and the battle on the moon of Endor. It just drops the level down to more of a kids level than either of the other two original trilogy films. With that said, I do think it does a solid job of taking the original trilogy to a satisfying conclusion and more satisfying than any of the other trilogies in the Skywalker Saga.

2 – Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
More original trilogy love, but Empire Strikes Back just works as a film. We get Yoda in the film, and there’s just a nice level of action, betrayal, double crossing and more that goes on. I know for a lot of people, this is their favorite, but for me, there’s one that beats it out. Empire Strikes Back doesn’t have an ending, which drops it a little bit, yes, that’s because there’s a film after it, and yes, it has a bit of an ending to it, but I want an ending to my films, which is why this is a bit lower. I think that this is also one of the most serious ones in terms of the story that it tells, but that is a good thing, because it tells it well.

1 – Star Wars: A New Hope
Yes, this is my favorite, I think that there’s just something about the almost stand alone nature and the way that we’re introduced to characters that works really well. We get a good arc for Han as a character where he kind of becomes a better guy, but overall isn’t a great guy. It just works for me, I also like that it’s a bit more of a lighter space story in how everything is done, and that’s probably because it’s more stand alone in the nature of the story. So, for me, there’s just something about the original that makes it the best, maybe because it is the first, and you don’t know what you’re getting into if you watch it first. It just kicks off such a big world that is interesting to explore.

What is your order? I’m not going to ask why I’m wrong, it’s like my opinion, man. But what is your order and what draws you to some of the movies more than others?

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Back of Brick – Steamwatcher

Back of Brick – Steamwatcher

The world is an icy wasteland, can you lead your clan in surviving the fallout from a new ice age apocalypse in Steamwatchers by Mythic Games. Pro The setting looks amazing Mythic is known company Aesthetic is amazing Hidden action selection Cons Game play didn’t…