Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:52

by Salt-Man Z

HBGamer wrote:

I love your dividers which makes me ask, do you have plans to make dividers for Adventures?

Absolutely! I started working on it earlier this week, but haven't had much time to devote to it. With any luck I'll get to work on them this weekend and hopefully have them uploaded by Monday. Thanks for asking!
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:37

by Salt-Man Z

This is the first I've tried this; it's really cool!

I noticed, though, with 5 or 6 players, the basic supply piles get listed as two piles, presumably because you're combining cards from two sets:

30×Curse 10×Curse 9×Estate 3×Estate 12×Duchy 12×Province 3×Province 25×Copper 60×Copper 40×Silver 40×Silver 30×Gold 30×Gold

Was this intentional?
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:27

by Salt-Man Z

Gubump wrote:

+4 Cards
If you don'™t have the Tribe token, take it and discard two cards from your hand. If you do have it, pass it to the player to your left.
Cost: $5
Type: Action

The way Beastmaster is currently written means you will never have the Tribe token after playing Beastmaster. If you start with the token, you draw 4, and pass the token. But if you don't start with token, you draw 4, take the token, discard 2, and then pass the token—because you check to see if you have the token after you take it.

If that's not the desired behavior (I'm assuming it's not) you should swap the order of instructions around, something along the lines of:

"If you already have the Tribe token, pass it to the player to your left. Otherwise, take the Tribe token and discard two cards from your hand."
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:16

by Salt-Man Z

rickert wrote:

Pillage '“ Ruins cards

Pillage uses Spoils cards, not Ruins.
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:46
Book review: Dead Boys by Gabriel Squailia: [3.5 stars]
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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:44

Dead Boys is a book I would have never picked up on my own. I’d never heard of it, nor its author, and a quick glance tells me it probably isn’t my sort of thing. But out of the blue one day I got an email from the publisher, saying there were review copies available, so I figured I’d go ahead and take a chance. By the next day, I had it loaded up on my Kindle and dove in.

I initially figured it was a book about zombies. I haven’t really consumed a lot of zombie media, so I don’t really know if I truly dislike it, but at the same time I have absolutely no desire to really try out the genre. But this book isn’t actually about the undead. It’s about the dead dead.

Dead Boys is a very surreal look at the afterlife, where the dead wash up on the shores of the River Lethe having lost the memories of their prior experiences in the living world. The zombie parallels begin and end with the dead’s physical forms: their bodies are in a constant state of decomposition, senses are dulled, and movement is slow and time-consuming. But the dead are always conscious, aware—essentially immortal in their new mode of existence. Squailia put in a lot of effort constructing the ground rules for the post-death life, and then spends the bulk of the book pushing that groundwork out to its logical conclusions.

Our main protagonist is Jacob Campbell, ten years a corpse, who’s on a quest to return to the living world. In death, Jacob is a well-regarded “preservationist”. In Dead City, the sight of bone is abhorrent, and as the dead’s physical forms are constantly decaying, Jacob and other specialists like him perform the services of keeping a body lifelike: filling deflated body cavities, replacing worn away flesh and skin with wood and leather, and similar cosmetic modifications. Jacob quickly picks up a handful of fellow travelers (the titular “Dead Boys”) and the quest begins in earnest: they must find the Living Man, rumored to have gained entrance to the Land of the Dead without having died himself, and who (Jacob hopes) holds the key to returning to the Land of the Living. That is, of course, just the beginning of their travels. Revelations await, and before anyone can regain the life they once lost, they must first come to fully embrace their new state of existence.

I definitely enjoyed Dead Boys. It’s not a particularly long book, and I read it in about a week. Jacob is an enjoyable protagonist, but is upstaged by almost all of the secondary characters, which is fine. It adheres very closely to the classic quest formula (travel to Place A, meet character B, travel to place C, meet D, etc…) of which I’m not a huge fan, and the plot stalls out for a bit in the second section, but overall it moves along at a nice clip. Some of the more surreal elements (of which there are a number) felt a little goofy to me, but there was a lot of neat stuff mixed in as well.

In the end, I think my expectations were a little off; I would have preferred a slightly deeper, more thoughtful or insightful novel. This book does have some good emotional beats, and obvious care was put into the characters and worldbuilding, but in the end it’s a fantasy quest story with a unique and interesting setting. Certainly there are a lot of readers out there who’ll fall in love with it. It’s by no means brilliant, but I enjoyed it, and I’m glad I took a chance on it. [3.5 out of 5 stars]

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:34
Yes, let's discuss in detail the airspace vulnerabilities of the nation's capital on national TV, that seems like a brilliant idea.
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:00

by Salt-Man Z

I regularly play it with my 11-year-old daughter (though she was 10 when she started playing) and my 5-year-old daughter also enjoys playing (and has even won once or twice!)

I should add that we always play with the 10-pile variant from the expansion (though I don't own the expansion.)
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:34
@AaronGleeman @PAOnTheMic: Are the segments not available for download any longer? Looks I can only stream through I ♥ Radio now...? #Bummer
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:24
RT @AaronGleeman: Shoulda figured all the Twins needed to break out of their horrible season-opening slump was to play the undefeated defen'¦
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:13

by Salt-Man Z

New edition will be available next week, and the components have been confirmed to be the same as the RGG edition.
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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:10

by Salt-Man Z

I always prefer to play with Leaders. I like that it gives you some direction at the beginning of the game, instead of just waiting to see which cards come up.

Cities is just fine. I like that it makes the game just slightly longer. And the new cards are a nice tradeoff between expensive and powerful. It also ups the interaction factor a bit. Not an essential addition, but unless someone specifically doesn't want to play with it, I always add it in.

The Wonder Pack is a no-brainer, just for variety's sake.

I haven't played Babel yet, but what I've heard of it recently has made me rethink its (initially-high) priority on my wishlist.
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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:31
The #MNTwins JCPenney catalog shots are all adorable, but the bestest is Tiny Trevor Plouffe. #TinyTrevorPlouffe
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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00
Off to Target Field to enjoy some good food and watch a good baseball team beat the snot out of the crappy #MNTwins
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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:35
RT @AaronGleeman: Target Field is essentially now just a giant outdoor patio with very expensive food and alcohol.
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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:52

by Salt-Man Z

Related Item: Puerto Rico

PR still remains my favorite board game after all these years. I still get excited every time I'm allowed to pull it out (my wife's not a fan). The previous sentence was not originally intended as a double entendre.
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