MACE auction is almost over and the games are about to start up again. Tonight on the Meet the Meeples gaming radar is a King of Tokyo tournament.
The MACE gaming auction will be happening soon. Lots of good stuff up for grabs.
Mace 2013 is only a few more days away. I will be headed there with a few of my friends from my local gaming store as well.
This year, I have committed to playing in a D&D 3.5 campaign on Friday night and learning Heroclix on Saturday Morning.
My friend Sean and I are also in a King Of Tokyo tournament on Saturday night. Hoping to win some prizes from that tournament.
If you are headed to MACE 2013 stop me when you see me and say Hi! I always love meeting new folks who have a love for gaming like I do.
If you stop me and let me know you saw this on MeetTheMeeples.com I just may hand you some cool SWAG! That’s just one way to get some SWAG. There will be other opportunities during the weekend to win some as well. Watch for a pick up game or two.
Meet the newest member to the MeetTheMeeples team, M.O.N.K.
Monk is a Planet Sock Monkey from Patch Products. He keeps the jams coming to Meet The Meeples on a daily basis with his flashy style. M.O.N.K. brings back some old school ideas with new flare!
There are several different Planet Sock Monkeys to choose from on the Patch Products site. With the Christmas Season right around the corner, these items make great stocking stuffers for the kids in the family! Some adults may even be proud to own them as well and bring back some great childhood memories of once owning a Sock Monkey when they were kids. Planet Sock Monkeys retail for $21.99.
Forbidden Desert is a cooperative game played by up to 5 players. The object is to get out of the desert before you get swallowed up by the mounds of sand that drift.
Components: 49 Cards, 48 Sand Markers, 24 Tiles, 6 Pawns, 5 Water Level Markers, 4 Flying Machine Parts, 1 Flying Machine Model, 1 Sandstorm Meter, 1 Sandstorm Meter Stand, 1 Sandstorm Meter Marker, Rulebook, Tin Box.
One of the coolest features to this game, besides the awesome components inside, is the Tin Box that the game comes in. This box is very similar to what Forbidden Island came in except square in shape.
The game is played by setting up the 24 Tiles by randomly shuffling them and laying them out in a 5X5 square with the middle area not containing a tile. Then several of the sand markers are placed on the tiles (diagram is in the rulebook).
The players each get 4 actions they can take on their turn. The first action is to move one direction to an adjacent tile. The second action is they can remove a sand marker that is on their tile or an adjacent tile. The third action is they can pick up a part for the flying machine. The fourth action is they can excavate and flip a tile over.
Some of the tiles contain arrows either left to right or up to down. Once both tile sets have been excavated you can place the part for the flying machine. That part will always stay on that tile until a player picks it up on his turn.
After the 4 actions are taken, then cards are drawn to move tiles, put sand on them, or make you drink water.
Some of the tiles that are excavated also contain gear markers. If you excavate one of them you also can draw a gear card which will help you during the game.
There are 3 ways the players can lose the game: First, any one player runs out of water. Second, if they run out of sand markers they are totally covered in sand and lose. Third, the sandstorm meter reaches the skull which means they have run out of time.
If players can get all the parts and get back to the Launchpad, they are able to put the flying ship together and fly off to safety wining the game.
This game is fun and allows players to help each other. After all isn’t that what cooperation means?
This will be my 3rd year attending MACE. The first year I attended it was in High Point NC and the convention was awesome, but the facility was not that great. Last year they moved MACE to the Charlotte NC region. I think this was a good move for the whole gaming community. Last year it seemed like some of my friends from the Raleigh Durham area did not make it to MACE because it was a little farther to drive and they really wanted to make sure that the new venue was a good choice. I’m encouraging them all to go this year. I had a blast and the facility was top notch!
Although this convention may not be as big as a Origins or GenCon, it still shines as a staple for the Carolinas.
While at MACE this year I intend to give away a couple Eagle/Gryphon Games that have come out this year. Anyone who is attending MACE will be eligible to win these games. On Saturday, I’ll be wearing my Eagle/Gryphon Wingman shirt and if you see me stop by and say hi and get entered to win one of the games. The gams are: Salmon Run and I’m The Boss – The Card Game. I’ll also have a couple demo copies with me to show you the game.
I hope to see you at MACE, if you are going please stop me and say Hi!
While on a family vacation in Upstate NY (Specifically the Syracuse NY region) my wife was kind enough to take me to “Play The Game Read The Story“, a gaming store. One of the games that I was thinking of seeing if they had in stock was Las Vegas.
This game can be played by 2 to 5 players. The game starts out by revealing cards that have money amounts on them for each of the 6 casinos (Represented by Dice Pips). For each casino you reveal money until you have at least $50,000 then you stop and move on to the next casino until all casino’s have been populated with money cards. Then each player in turn rolls all their dice and selects a number of dice that have the same number of pips, for instance all dice that have 3 pips on them and they take those dice and pace them on that casino. Then when it comes back to the player again they do the same rolling and placing again until all their dice have been placed.
Once all the dice are placed the player who has majority on a casino wins the top amount card of value 2nd place gets the next one and so on until their are no more cards left. In the case where players tie each other on a casino for the number of dice they placed, their dice are removed and they score nothing for that casino.
The play continues for four rounds and then the players will tally all their money cards and whoever has the most is the winner.
This is a push your luck dice game and plays in less than 30 minutes.
Another game I picked up was Unexploded Cow.
The game is played where players draw 2 cards at the beginning of their turn and then they can play any or all of their cards in that turn. Players place cows on herds on the board. If they play a cow into their own herd they pay the amount shown on the left of the card. If they play a cow in someone elses herd that player must pay the amount for the cow.
Next the player rolls the dice and counts from the right hand side of their herd to the right. This may continue counting into another players herd. That cow then explodes and pays out to the owner of that herd. If a cow in your own herd explodes on your turn you also get the price that the cow pays plus a City card from the middle which has additional benefits.
Every time a 6 is rolled, the dice pass to the next player and another roll is thrown on the dice and continues unless a 6 is rolled again which means the dice is passed again. You get the picture.
At the end of the city cards being gathered, there is a sudden death mode. Each player rolls the dice on their turn and collects or pays out money to the pot for cows exploded.
So those are two new games that came home with me. When I returned home I had a box waiting for me with a game that I traded for: Ra – The Dice Game.
Right now I am not going to tell you much about this game except this was a great trade. I’ll tell you more about the game in another post in the future.
I listen to a lot of different Podcasts when I can get time. Some of my favorite are Board Game related or Video Game related.
So, I thought I would share some of the links to just a few of my favorite podcasts, and a little blurb about each one.
Board Game related:
Exploring Games with GamerChris - In this podcast, Chris Norwood AKA: GamerChris, talks about different games he has played recently. He also puts in a audio review of a game or two and gives his opinion on the games that have been played. I tend to favor this one a lot since Chris is in a local gaming group in Burlington NC with myself and several others.
The State Of Games - This podcast is put out by Chris Kirkman AKA: DiceHateMe. Chris is also relatively local to my area. He lives in Durham NC and hangs out with another bunch of great gamers in that area. Occasionally he makes it up to our local store and games with all of us as well. His podcast usually tends to focus on a couple games, some of which may be what his rather new publishing company DiceHateMe Games has published. He also talks a lot about unpublished games that he and the gang of played lately.
Garrett’s Games and Geekiness - Doug and Shelley Garrett talk about 2-3 games per episode. They do a great job of talking about some of the game mechanics as well as do a good job of telling us what they actually thought about the game.
Video Game related:
The Married Gamers – Chris and Kelly Brown talk about video games, mainly on the XBOX 360 and PS3 related side, although Nintendo is mentioned every now and then. Chris tends to be a more “Hard Core” Gamer while Kelly plays some Hard Core as well as more general types of Video Games. They bring this podcast to all of us from a “Married” point of view and how it relates to “Married Couples” playing video games together.
Some Other Castle – Elaine and Leah do a great job of telling us what they really think of video games. Warning: Language can be at a rated R level in this podcast, so this is only recommended for mature audiences. These two ladies talk a lot about XBOX 360 and PS3 games as well and throw in some 3DS/DSi and Nintendo games as well. They are funny to listen to and have been in and out of the podcast world for the last couple years, but it’s good to finally have them back again.
GoNintendo – I hope you guessed it by the name of the podcast. Yes, folks this podcast is all about Nintendo. Every once in a blue moon one of the other systems gets mentioned, but these folks try to keep it real for all of us Nintendo fans! Thank you!
Snackbar Games – This group of folks has a mixed bag of game styles (board games and video games). I personally know two of the guys on this podcast (Chris Ingersoll and Graham Russell) and love the way they all express their love for Nintendo games as well.
I’m sure as the console wars tend to heat up in the next year with the new systems coming out I will probably add a PS4 style podcast in my top listening. The only thing is I have a lot more on my list and have to start weeding them out because there are only a certain amount of listening hours a week I have available and with the number of podcasts on my list I tend to not hit them all on a regular basis.
Anyway, I hope this gives you a variety of podcasts to listen to on your travels or if you are just relaxing. If you ever get a chance to let them know where you heard about them, please mention that you heard about it here at MeetTheMeeples.com. I thank you in advance!
I have been playing D&D 3.5 with a bunch of friends lately and am thoroughly enjoying the couple campaigns we are currently involved in. One is every other Wednesday at Hypermind in Burlington NC, the other campaign is one that is being run at Bob’s house (One of our regular gamers).
The cool thing is I learn something new each time we play. Currently I am running fighters in both campaigns although in one I am a Dwarven Fighter and the other I am a Human Fighter. I have never played a dwarven character before so this was something new for me. I’m really liking some of the added abilities that dwarves have with their Race.
I used to play D&D back in the 70′s and 80′s and have not played since 1985, although I tried to get an online campaign going back in the 90′s during the BBS years. That did not work so well, because I think we were limited back then when it came to playing things online.
Recently I have been reading that online games are in full swing and working well with today’s technology. I’m thinking about trying a couple one-off adventures with an Online community at some point in time. We’ll see how that goes. I think this would offer folks a great opportunity to play when they are away, long distance, tied up and can not get out of the house, etc.
I’m thinking that if we start another campaign any time soon I might try a wizard or cleric type character since I tend to shy away from those types for whatever reason pops n my head at the time.
Anyway, if you have never played, you may want to try it some time. You just may enjoy a very classic Roll Playing Game of D&D!