E3 Starts this week!

E3_LogoE3 starts this week, and I am excited!  This is potentially the year that the consoles (XBOX ONE, PS4)  and PC’s all have the ability to play cross platform for many if not all games.

A couple games I am looking forward to this year are Titanfall 2 (Releasing October 28, 2016) and Battlefield 1 (Releasing October 21, 2016).

Several of the game manufacturers and the console manufacturers will be streaming live this week on Twitch!  Check out the E3 website for links to those streams.

What games are you looking forward to and why?

Rocket League – XBOX ONE


Rocket League for the XBOX ONE came out today!  I have played this game for only a few moments and am madly in love with it!  XBOX also gave the DLC with the download for a nice easy price on the pocket ($19.99 US dollars or £15 English Pounds).

Also, I picked up one of the car packs (The DeLorean from Back to the Future!)

back to the future

If you are looking for a new game for the XBOX ONE, I would highly recommend this game, especially for the cost!

I will be starting a LEAGUE here at MeetTheMeeples.com for this game as well as some other games that I am currently playing.  If you are interested in joining the league and want to play online, please do the following.  Send me an email to join the league:  SKirkham[at]triad.rr.com and put “MtM league” in the subject line so I don’t accidentally delete your email.  Also send me a friend invite on the XBOX ONE – gamertag SKirkham1967A.

I look forward to some awesome game play with all of you soon!

Halo 5: Guardians for the XBOX ONE

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I have been playing Halo 5: Guardians a lot and really am loving the “Swat” mode in the multiplayer.

In Swat mode you basically can get a kill with one shot headshot.  There are no grenades.  So you have to have some mad skills at shooting and running.

The game play goes by pretty fast.  Also it’s nice to watch some of these matches in a spectator mode so you can pick up on some tips from other players.

This game is for XBOX ONE only, so if you have a PlayStation or Wii U you are simply out of luck.  If you ever want to join me in some Halo, send me a friend request to SKirkham1967A.  Thanks!

halo swat


Timeline by Asmodee Games

Timeline, by Asmodee Games is a fun educational game of some luck and some knowledge.  I personally own the three copies of this game shown below.  However there are additional versions.  And the best thing is each version can be combined together to make the game even more interesting.Timleline 2The game comes with 110 card in a tin box that have images and words on one side and the same image and words on the other side.  However the second side also has a date that is associated with the image/words.

Each player is dealt four cards face up (without the date showing).  1 card is then turned up to start the game (with the date showing).  On your turn you can guess where one of your cards fits in the timeline of cards showing.  Either Before, or After certain cards.  If you are correct you may place the card in the timeline, extending the timeline by one more date.  Then the next player takes their turn and attempts to guess correctly.

If your guess is incorrect, you discard your card and pick another one from the top of the deck.  However, I like to have a house rule variant that says, you still place the card in the timeline instead of discarding it and then take another card from the top of the draw deck (giving even more of a challenge due to a longer and more challenging timeline).

Timeline 1The winner is the first player who completely guess all their cards correctly.

The game says ages 8+, however I would recommend this with players 13+ just because they may have more knowledge and be able to guess a based on the knowledge they have learned.

This game retails for $15.00.  However, you can usually find the game discounted by purchasing online.


Extra-Life 2015 – Help Raise Money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

I am doing Extra-Life again this year!  I will be playing video games for 24 hours to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals!  All money is 100% tax deductible!  I hope you can help support.  You can find more information on my donation page at http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=152074

Or you can click on the widget over on the right hand side of my blog.

Also you can watch me play LIVE at http://twitch.tv/SKirkham1967A during that event!

Please consider donating.  Every little bit helps, even $1.00!


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 Tomoson.com 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 Tomoson.com. 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 Tomoson.com. 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!

Ascension Realms Unravelledand Ascension Realms Unravelled.

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?