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10 Minute Marvel – Episode 5 – Board Games and Wolverine

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 5 – Board Games and Wolverine

This weeks episode of #10MinMarvel takes a look at some news coming out of GenCon. The creation of a new Marvel board game. We also talk about the Wolverine Podcast, The Long Night and The Lost Trail. I look at how it compares to the […]

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 4 – WandaVision, Doctor Strange, and Mutants?

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 4 – WandaVision, Doctor Strange, and Mutants?

Forgot to post this when I got back into town on Wednesday. But a new episode of 10 Minute Marvel (#10MinMarvel) came out on Tuesday. Since I had to record early, there’s no news segment, but I talk about what I think might be coming […]

GenCon Recap – The Con Games

GenCon Recap – The Con Games

Besides being a spot where a lot of new games are released, therea re also ticketed events that you can go to as well. In these, you can play board games, demo out new games, or play RPG’s. There’s never a shortage of things to do if you’re in these games or events. We decided to get into a few of these games, so here’s a quick rundown of how things went, and some thoughts on the game.

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The first game that we played was a mid-Alpha version of a game called Roll Player Adventures. If you’re not as familiar what Alpha or Beta testing is, Alpha testing is when you’re testing out a concept and still fine tuning it. You’re seeing what works, what might not work, and taking notes on that, Beta testing is more focused. You have a professional or nearly professional looking copy of the game around and you can play through it, you’re just looking for those few flaws that are left, but the mechanics are generally locked in. This was the earlier stage, and there were things that were just pieces of paper, or the story book was just pages in a binder. With that said, this was one of the highlights of the con. The game play was already a ton of fun, the story in the game was good, and the table was great. Role Player Adventures is going to be a cooperative campaign game where you are winning the favor of different groups, fighting different monsters, and reading story as you go. The game it’s based off of Roll Player, is about rolling up your D&D character and manipulating the dice to get the best character possible, and this one allows you to use a character in a game for a real adventure. We had a good group, so it was a bunch of silly fun, and the story was well crafted so that it was serious, but also lighthearted at points.

The following day, we played an RPG to start our day. The game was run in the Savage Worlds system and themed around The Dresden Files. If you’ve read many posts, you know that I love The Dresden Files. It was an interesting game to play, and I definitely had a fun time playing it. However, I didn’t love the system that it was run in. Savage Worlds is meant to be that kind of setting agnostic system, where you can play a Dresden Files game in it, but you could also play a World War II game in it with no magic, or it could be a Sci-Fi game set on a far off planet. I don’t think that is a major flaw with the system, but as a person who played a magic user, I had spells that were all flavored with ice. The spell cards though, were just like “blast”, so my “ice blast” did “blast” damage, and it could have just as easily been fire damage, force damage, any sort of damage. It made the system too devoid of that flavor that would make a character seem unique. The game itself was fun, but I will knocked the GM for the game a little bit. We had the BBEG for the one-shot on the ropes in the first battle. Instead of just having this generic BBEG bite it, he had them escape after a lot of unlikely things happening. It would have been better to let us win, and then have the BBEG’s cousin show up later in the final battle to get his revenge. Overall, I had a good time, but it was lacking.

To end the day, we played Village Attacks. Village Attacks is a tower defense game. But as compared defense game where you are the heroes fending off wave after wave of bad guys. In this game, you’re the bad guys, who are fending off wave after wave of villager who is coming to your house with torches and pitchforks. We had a couple of different experiences with the game, but we both ended up liking it. I had a fun group to play with, and we bum rushed the objective of the game. The game played pretty fast, probably an hour and a half after being taught the game or a little bit less. And you feel the tension of the game as more and more bad guys are placed onto the board. The other cool thing was that we got the scenario, and the full set of scenarios that we played as well as some character sheets for moving some guys from another game into our game.The downside was that my friend got stuck in a game with a person who had slept 1 hour thus far for GenCon, didn’t pay attention to the rules, and then left for ten minutes to go get pop and didn’t actually help the team in this fully cooperative game. So that was frustrating, but my friend still liked the game a lot, and that led to the other downside, it’s hard to find the game right now. And both of us want it, because it’s a very fun game.

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The Saturday started out with the North American Championships for Ice Cool. And I love the game already, I learned a little bit from watching other players who were “better” than I was, and I made it to the semi finals. I won’t go into this too much, because I’ve already written about this game. Needless to say, it’s a game that I love, and playing in the tourney was a lot of fun. I might have been able to make it to the finals, but ran into a bunch of bad luck in the first round, which was just kind of funny. There were a few people who took this silly penguin flicking game too seriously, but overall, people where there to have fun.

Our other Saturday event wasn’t actually a game. We went to Hobbit Drinking Songs with Marc Gunn. That was just a funny old time, and even though he had some issues with his amp, the room was small enough that he was able to just play without the amplification and everyone could hear it. He’s a good performer and he has a lot of fun songs to sing. Also learned about ALEP (A Long Expected Party), Hobbit/Lord of the Rings event that happens in Kentucky. Seems like a small educational event and celebration of Tolkien’s works.

Sunday we were supposed to have two games. We actually skipped the first one, the Harry Potter miniatures game because the game just costs too much, so it wasn’t really worth the demo. We should have known because it was a miniatures game. But we did play in a win a box game with the new expansion for Marvel Legendary. That was a fun time, and I really liked the expansion. The most interesting part was that we were the only two people there, so that meant that one of us was winning the expansion, and with having spent $8 total between the two tickets, my friend who has collected most of Marvel Legendary, was able to get the game at a very discounted price. The expansion itself was a lot of fun, and we flew through the game, but just ran out of time at the end before dealing the killing blow, not because we were losing, but because we got started a bit late while seeing if other people would show up.

Overall, I think we planned out basically the perfect amount of gaming and events. With the Harry Potter Miniatures Game, I think that it would have been fun, but our Sunday would have felt a bit full. When we go back in the future, I think we’ll want to keep ourselves as busy as we were this time. A good balance of having things to do, but as you’ll learn in the next article, there is a lot to see and do on the dealer floor.

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10 Minute Marvel – Episode 3 – Disney Expo and Jumping into Phase 4

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 3 – Disney Expo and Jumping into Phase 4

A new 10 Minute Marvel (#10MinMarvel) that for your listening pleasure. It’s available on both Google Play Music and Apple Podcast. I take a break from talking about the MCU Movies in chronological order, because there’s a lot to talk about with Phase 4.

Hawkeye – First Impressions

Hawkeye – First Impressions

So, with the announcement of Phase 4 by Marvel at Comic Con, I do a quick rundown on 10 Minute Marvel yesterday, I thought I should start going back to some of the comics. In particular, I have the first two trade paperbacks (tpb) from […]

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 2 – Hall H and Captain Marvel

10 Minute Marvel – Episode 2 – Hall H and Captain Marvel

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There was a lot of news in this weeks episode of 10 Minute Marvel (#10MinMarvel), as Marvel took Hall H by storm at Comic Con. So we do a quick rundown of what has happened for Phase 4.

Then I talk about what I thought of Captain Marvel, what worked well for me, and what didn’t work, all in 10 minutes.

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Marvel Phase 4

Marvel Phase 4

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, do we have a lot of new Marvel news. I do a quick rundown on 10 Minute Marvel, coming out on Tuesday, but let’s look at what we know is coming out. I will say that speculation content is […]

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Spider-man: Far From Home

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Spider-man: Far From Home

I’m all caught up on Marvel movies, though it’s a bit until I’ll get to this movie in 10 Minute Marvel (now available here). But I got to see the movie in theaters last night. I’m going to keep this review spoiler free and try […]

10 Minute Marvel

10 Minute Marvel

I’m going to be putting up articles on this from time to time and I talked about it on twitter yesterday.

Dungeons and Flagons and the The Trilogies content is going to be going away. If/when we decide to do more Dungeons and Flagons in whatever way that might look, that content is saved and will be backed up, but it wasn’t worth the effort and money to keep those around. So in December 1st, those will be going away.

But at the same time, I want to announce 10 Minute Marvel (#10MinMarvel), a podcast where I talk about Marvel for 10 minutes. That includes a quick intro of the topic, talking about the latest Marvel news, and then discussing a Marvel topic. I’ve gotten two episodes recorded and released which you can find on Libsyn currently.

This first episode covers where I’m coming from as a Marvel fan and why I’m making this podcast. To just summarize it, I started in Marvel with the Spider-Man and X-Men cartoons in the early 1990’s but I didn’t start reading comics until the MCU happened. And I wanted to do a 10 minute podcast, so that it’s something you can listen to on your way to work or from work, every Tuesday, and so that it’s fast and not that much work for me.

Just to put it into perspective, Dungeons and Flagons would take about an hour to record an episode and 1.5 to 2 hours to edit it. So take that down to 15 minutes to 20 minutes to record, depending on how much I goof up, and then 30 minutes to edit, I’ve now freed up time for myself which is nice and is more sustainable.

But I also put up an actual first episode where I go on to talk about Captain America: The First Avenger and what I think about that movie. I don’t do much of a recap of the movie, which is probably something that I’ll do in the future. And I talk in the news about the panels that are announced for Comic Con this week.

The podcast will be showing up on iTunes and Google Play hopefully soon. And I’ll be looking at getting it up to Spotify as well so that it’s easier to find.

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Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Captain America: First Avenger

Revisit, Rewatch, Review – Captain America: First Avenger

I would expect me to put out more on this later, but Kristen and I are starting to watch through the Marvel Cinematic Universe again, and we’re doing so in chronological order, as it is in the films. So Captain America: First Avenger takes place […]