Friday, January 12, 2018

Top Ten Games - 2017

I have put together my top 10 games for 2017. Note that these are games that I have played for the first time in 2017, not necessarily games that were released in 2017. With all the games that I already have, I got another 37 games plus expansions last year. Some were gifts, some were purchased at the thrift stores, and some were new.

The new games were: Batman Miniatures Suicide Squad, Blood Bowl (2016), Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game, DC Universe Miniature game, Dracula’s America, Five Points: Gangs of New York, India Rails, Iron Dragon, Iron Man 2: Game of War, Kill Team, Knightmare Chess 3rd Ed, Lanterns, Lost in R’lyeh, Lost Patrol, Mad Dogs With Guns, Marvel Universe Miniature game, Oddville, Pamplona: Viva San Fermin!, Perpetual Commotion, Risk Europe, Rogue Stars, Santorini, Shadows Over Camelot: the card game, Super Mario Bros. Power Up Card Game, Sushi Go Party, Zombies!!! 5, Zombies!!! 6, Zombies!!! 7, Zombies!!! 8, Zombies!!! 9, Zombies!!! X, Zombies!!! 11, Zombies!!! 12, Zooloretto.

The ones I picked up not new were: Bananagrams, Cathedral, Flames of War: The World War II Miniature Game, The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game, Zombie Fluxx.

A lot of these did not hit the table this year. Some games from previous years were finally played.

Games that I played for the first time that did not make my list were:
Don’t Take My Word, Double Feature, Happy Salmon, Kittens in a Blender, Mars Attacks: Ten-Minute Takedown, Set, Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi – The Sarlacc Pit, Zombie Fluxx

13 – Zombie Run – has a Blind 31 feel to it. You have four face-down cards and you start by seeing two of them. You have to swaps cards out to try to get the lowest amount of zombies on your cards at the end of a round. The lowest score at the end of five rounds wins.

12 – Cars 2 Sorry Sliders: World Grand Prix Race Edition – a pretty simple flicking game. It works fine for younger kids as well as for adults.

11 – Sheriff of Nottingham – a bluffing game about smuggling goods in to the market. You don’t have to lie to win, but it is easier to win if you do lie at the right time.

10 – Sharp Shooters – an older Yahtzee-type dice game where you are trying to score points by finishing hands on cards. It seems to be a precursor to Roll For It!

9 - Dealer’s Choice – Despite being both heavily overproduced – with the blue books and the huge card holder, and having some of the cheapest paper money, this game still holds up surprisingly well. It represents buying used cars for your lot. The car values are very dated but the gameplay could be updated without too much trouble.

8 – Scotland Yard – one player plays Mister X and the rest of the players try to catch him based on his movements. They can see how he moves and occasionally get to see where he is. It is an older game but still holds up quite well. The logic trees in solving the location really appealed to me.

7 – Sushi Go Party – it is a larger version of Sushi Go! It has all the basic cards plus more cards for variations. While it is great with all the extra choices and the ability to play with up to xx people, it does require more setup time than the classic Sushi Go!

6 – Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game – A surprising good game. You have to try and mix paints to make the landscapes before Bob does. We played it with people who didn’t know Bob Ross and it still holds together. It plays just long enough to get the idea but not too long to become boring.

5 – Lanterns – You place tiles to match lanterns by color to get cards. You can cash in the card sets to get scoring tokens. It’s pretty easy to pick up, looks pretty, and has a nice light depth for the length of time it plays.

4 – Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game – You play as the villains and are trying to get enough resources to level up enough to win. Batman is a game mechanism that smacks you down. I like the way it plays. Our first play was a bit long but l am looking forward to trying it again.

3 – Lemonade Stand – similar to the old Apple II game. It has cute art and simple rules but it is a bit complex to start for such a short game.

2 - Pamplona: Viva San Fermin! – A quick game about running with the bulls. It looks like it should be quite simple but there is definitely something there. It is a bit confusing to start but by the second of the four heats you have most of the play down.

1 – Acquire – an old classic about buying stock in hotel chains that I was finally able to play. It still holds up well with strategy about which chains to merge and which stocks to buy and when to do both of those.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Figure Painting Total - Dec and 2017

I ended up getting Blood Bowl for Christmas. I also picked up some assorted Heroclix to use for Marvel Universe and some western games. I did not add those figures to my total as they were already painted and, if I don't paint them, they will go with my Heroclix totals.

My list for the year was:
BM Heath Ledger Joker – 1
BM Black Flash – 1
BM Suicide Squad Starter – 13
BM Affleck Batman – 1
BM – Objectives Game Markers - 4
BM – Watchmen – The Comedian – 1
BM – Watchmen – Rorschach – 1
BM – Watchmen – Silk Spectre – 1
BM – The Dynamic Duo – 2
BM Bat Signal – 1
BM Construction Set 2 – 11
BM GCPD van – 1
BM/DCU – Black Manta – 1
BM/DCU – Clayface – 1
BM/DCU – Deathstroke – 1
BM/DCU – Flash – 1
BM/DCU – Green Arrow – 1
BM/DCU – Harley Quinn – 1
BM/DCU – Hawkman – 1
BM/DCU – Killer Frost – 1
BM/DCU – Lobo – 1
BM/DCU – Professor Zoom – 1
BM/DCU – Ravager – 1
BM/DCU – Soloman Grundy – 1
DCU – Trinity – 3
GW The Lost Patrol – 17
GW – Kill Team – 23
MU – X-Men starter – 4
MU – Brotherhood of Evil Mutants starter – 4
MU – Guardians starter – 4
MU – Avengers starter – 4
MU – Dark Avengers starter – 4
MU – Deadpool – 1
MU – Gambit – 1
MU – Nightcrawler – 1
MU – Sabretooth – 1
MU – Groot – 1
MU – Nova – 1
MU – The Thing – 1
MU – Black Panther - 1
MU – Dr. Doom – 1
MU – Hawkeye – 1
MU – Vision – 1
MU – Emma Frost – 2
MU – Jean Grey – 1
SM/MU – Spider-Man – 1
SM/MU – Daredevil – 1
SM/MU – Green Goblin -1
SM/MU – Punisher – 1

Blood Bowl – 24

Dec figures bought - 24, figures painted – 0

Final total 2017 – figures bought 155, figures painted 0

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Books Read September - December 2017

Sept War Zone Fenris:Curse of the Wolfen: The Rules by Games Workshop in Nottingham
Codex Deathwatch (7th edition) by Games Workshop in Nottingham
Codex Genestealer Cults (7th edition) by Games Workshop in Nottingham
Codex Imperial Agents (7th edition) by Games Workshop in Nottingham
The Academy Awards: the complete history of Oscar by Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza
The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read
Drafting Scenery for Theater, Film, and Television by Rich Rose

The Original Canadian City Dweller’s Almanac: facts, rants, anecdotes, and unsupported assertations for urban residents by Hal Niedzriecki and Darren Wershler-Henry
Grinding it Out: The Making of McDonald’s by Ray Kroc with Robert Maderson
Guy Fieri Food by Guy Fieri
Magic 1400s – 1950s by Mike Careney, Ricky Jay, Jim Steinmeyer
Batman: The official Book of the Movie by John Marroit

Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino
Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Flames of War: The World War II Miniature Game (2nd edition) by Peter Simunovich and John-Paul Brisigotti
Pirates of the Spanish Main: Swashbuckling Roleplaying in the Age of Piracy by Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams
The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett & Paul Terry
Suicide Squad: Behind the Scenes with the Worst Heroes Ever by Signe Bergstrom

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Not a creature was stirring

We had mice again this year. We haven’t heard anything or seen any sign for over two weeks now, so we are calling this year’s invasion done. The end count was another six, with three being really small ones.

We didn’t catch any using the regular spring traps. All were caught using the sticky traps. They didn't get into as much as they did last year. But they did get into the end of a box of After Eight mints.

We’re going to have to spend some time this summer checking the foundation carefully to see where they are getting in. I thought I had blocked everything last year, but there must be more places that I have missed.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Danger zone!

When the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out they had miniature toy figures that were a bit bigger than 1/35. They also had some ships that were actually closer in scale to 28mm figures. They had also brought out an Avengers Quinn Jet that fired heroes on motorbikes that were also about the same scale.

People have picked up both the Milano and the Quinn Jet to use as scatter terrain in Marvel Universe Miniature game. I had it on my list when I went to the States and have been looking for them spring but have not been able to find either. I see them on ebay but haven’t been able to pull the trigger due to the shipping costs.

But I was in Save On Foods at the end of November, and they had some toys out on their Christmas section, and they had a Quinn Jet. It looked like it had been opened, but was on sale for half price from $30 down to $15, so I snapped it up.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Light the Batsignal

I had already picked up a Bat-Signal at Chapters already, but I ended up getting the official one from Knight Models from FunAgain when they were on sale.

The one from Chapters is already made in a grey plastic. It looks okay out of the box. A simple wash would make it look better but you would have to be careful of the electronics. It has a working light, and is slightly bigger than official one.

The one from Knight Models has to be built and painted. Like most of their kits, it goes together pretty well without trouble. You could add a light to it, but it does not come with one. It costs about $10.

There are also two Heroclix Batsignals. The larger one was an object from the Streets of Gotham set. It is a bit bigger than the others. There was also a small one with the Commissioner Gordon. It is the smallest one but also probably closer to actual scale. Both are already assembled and prepainted. Lighting either would be a major alteration. They go for about $12 and $2 right now respectively.

The cost for them is all within the same range so it really depends on which one would be easier for you to buy. If you can’t buy one locally, shipping would skew the cost significantly. Unless you want to make one from scratch.
Which one is better for you? If you only play with friends it really doesn’t matter. But if you are playing in official events, you should get the official one.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Figure Painting Total - Oct 2017

Miniature Market had a sale last month and I picked up the Justice League and Secret Society of Supervillians sets for the DC Universe/Batman Miniature game as well.

BM/DCU – Black Manta – 1
BM/DCU – Flash – 1
BM/DCU – Green Arrow – 1
BM/DCU – Hawkman – 1
BM/DCU – Killer Frost – 1
BM/DCU – Professor Zoom – 1

Oct figures bought - 6, figures painted – 0

Running total 2017 – figures bought 131, figures painted 0