Martian Dice – Review

Martian Dice is a game that has 13 dice, a dice cup, and a set of rules where players will compete to get 13 points or more before another player to win the game.

The Dice are six sided dice that contain either a picture of a cow, chicken, human, tank, or laser.  The play of the game starts by a player rolling all 13 dice at once.  If the player rolls any tanks, they have to set those aside.  Then they may choose to keep either, all chickens, cows, people, or lasers.

Chickens, Cows, and People are how you score points.  For each one you keep you score one point.  At any time you may bank your points and pass to the next player.

Why would you want to bank and pass?  Remember those tanks I mentioned above?  For each tank, you will need to, at some point, set aside lasers to offset the same number of tanks.  If you do and you have points from the chickens, cows, or people, then you are safe.

However if at any time you have more tanks than lasers, you will not score any points for that round.  That is the main reason you will probably want to not push your luck and continue to roll the dice, and pass.

This game can be played by 2 players or more.  In a 2 player game, it took my wife and myself to complete it in less than 10 minutes.  Of course the length can be shorter or longer depending on the luck of your dice rolls.

I would give this game a 9 out of 10.  I like playing dice games in general.  This game did not disappoint me.  Hearing the dice shake up in the dice cup was awesome.  Who doesn’t like hearing dice in shaker cups?  The rules are well written, and the game is small enough that it can travel with you to any place, even take it to dinner out and play a quick game while you wait for your food!

Tastry Minstrel Games is running a contest to win a free copy of this game.  To be entered for a chance to win a copy, use the widget below to be entered.

I received a review copy, thanks to and Tasty Minstrel Games!


Solid Cordz 4K High Definition Multimedia Cable

I have never realized what a difference a really good HDMI cable could make on a TV set until I received the 4K High Definition Multimedia Cable from Solid Cordz. Before using this cable, I was using a standard HDMI cable my cable company provided from my Cable Box to my HDTV. I was occasionally loosing the sound signal from the cable, and thought it might be the cable box or the tv itself (the TV is not a top of the line model). I tried the new cable once it came and so far I have not lost any sound from the cable system at all. I have been running this cable for a little over 1 week and am thoroughly impressed on how much difference I have noticed both in sound and the picture also seems better quality as well. I would recommend that when you are looking for an HDMI cable, do not go for the cheap ones. Pay a little extra and get something that says and shows quality!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

100 Wacky Things Card Games by Patch

100 Wacky Things by Patch games is a card game that is a lot of fun for a group of people. The way it’s played is you would take a card on your turn and follow the instructions on the card. It may be something you do immediately or it may be something you do at a later time. Either way, it’s sure to bring a lot of laughs to your party. Imagine having to “Whistle Dixie” while someone else is acting like a chicken by flapping their arms. This is how whacky the game can get. In the mean time everyone is laughing because of the different hysterics this game brings.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

MACE 2014 – Another great convention is completed!


MACE2014-2MACE 2014 has come to completion. Thank you to Jeff Smith and Ron McClung for another great con!

This year, I was the GM for 2 games:

Vava Java Dice GameAngry Dice Dice Hate Me Games

VivaJava: The Coffee Game, The Dice Game  – Designed by T.C. Petty III and Published by Dice Hate Me Games.

I would personally like to Thank Chris Kirkman from Dice Hate Me Games for sending 2 copies of the game to give away as prizes.  Chris also sent along 5 packages of Angry Dice to give as prizes as well!

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D&D5th Edition Players Handbook

I managed to get into several games of D&D 5th Edition.  This was my main gaming time this weekend.  I played in 4 campaigns and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I’m hoping I can convince my 3.5 D&D group to convert to the new 5th edition.  I think they will enjoy this as much as I have this past weekend.

I am already looking forward to MACE 2015.  I am even thinking of checking out MACE WEST and/or Mini Mace.  Maybe I can convince my wife, Beverly to join me?




Minecraft – XBOX ONE Edition

Minecraft XBOX ONE Edition

Minecraft XBOX ONE Edition

I have recently started playing this game!  I can’t believe I have not played it on other platforms prior to this version.  Sometimes I feel I am so far behind and at other times, I feel that I can conquer the world.  However I feel does not alter the fact that I am addicted to this game!

Minecraft will be on my list of games that I will play during my 24 hour marathon.  The cool thing is, this game makes the time seem to fly by!  This will definitely get several hours of playtime during that marathon.  Maybe I can convince some of you to join me in my world?  If you want to add me on the XBOX ONE, send me a request to SKirkham1967A on the XBOX.


Extra-Life – Help heal kids!

Extra Life Twitch DisplayHi everyone!  Just a quick note that I will be playing Video Games for 24 hours straight on October 25, to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals.  I would love to see if you can donate any money at all, even $1.00 helps!  The donation goes directly to the hospital and you also get a tax deductible writeoff for it. You can visit my Donation Page to help out!

I will also be streaming my 24 hour marathon on my twitch channel.

I hope you will consider helping us out this year and heal kids!  They are the future of our world, and they deserve a chance to see that future!


XBOX Gold Games for August 2014



This month XBOX Gold Members may download the following games for Free:

Go grab them for FREE while you can!

I’ll try to have a review for a couple of these some time soon.

Mario Kart 8


Mario Kart 8 arrived at my house and I have been playing it for a couple days now.  I have to say this is a really nice version of the game.  The graphics are incredible, the music is awesome, and the overall play is just as we remember it with other Mario Karts.  I prefer the Wii U wheel when I play the game, but each person I know has their favorite input devices.

Right now there is another incentive to buying this game.  If you buy it and register it at Club Nintendo by July 31, 2014, you can receive a free digital download of one of the following titles:  Super Mario Brothers U, Pikmin 3, Wii Party U, or Zelda Wind Waker.

Pikmin 3 SuperMarioBrosU WiiPartyU ZeldaWindWaker

Right now I am thinking this might be a system seller to get people to buy the Wii U if they have not already done so.  The package can be bought for $329 and comes with Mario Kart 8.  I’ll be posting more about Zelda at a later date, since that is the free game I chose.

Until then, if you want to play online with me, please feel free to add my Nintendo ID:  SKirkham1967A.