What do you think of when you see the word "wargaming"?
In the fashion world, it is the year 2018. We observe the everyday human as they walk down the street: they wear jeans with waistlines starting at their belly buttons, backpacks with cartoon buttons, and glasses are the size of two very big grapefruits. We see floral patterns that match your mother's curtains, full body jumpsuits in singular colors, and dresses that fall just below the knee. No, it is not the year 1980. It is, as we said, the year is 2018. But the trends from this time appear to have resurfaced, you finally conclude. Interesting.Similarly, it is also the year 2018 in the world of games. Our current observation is that video games and consoles such as Playstation and XBox have long since taken over classic games of the past. If you want to play Cribbage, perhaps Meema at the care home would be up for a round. But since the rise of Kickstarter.com, we've seen a fashion world-esque surge in trends of the past in that board games are the new "in" games like Exploding Kittens and Unstable Unicorns have thrived in this new era of gaming from their feeble starts on Kickstarter, and you will notice many others trying to do the same. So in honor of Kickstarter and the revival of the great board game, here are some of their newest additions that you're going to want to add to your collection for the upcoming year!
MTG Standard format is possibly one of the most difficult formats to play, due to the fact that the cards are constantly rotating out. Though with the Newest set, Rivals of Ixalan, and its predecessor, Ixalan, vampires came out with a lot of powerful synergies. Though the dinosaurs have as well, they are just too high cost. The recent bans with MTG standard removed a few cards from the Kaledesh block that saw a lot of play and combo out to win turn 4-7. This clears a path for the newer cards of Ixalan and even some of the Amonkhet block to make their appearance on the battlefield. Vampires, specifically. The appearance of Maverin Fein, Dusk Apostle, and Elenda, the Dusk Rose allows for vampire token plays to become more prominent. When combined with cards like vicious conquistador and other low-cost vampires you can easily run a vampire deck that can combat the popular Beckett brass deck with chump blockers or the Naya-saur Dino deck due to the high cost of Dinos not being on the battlefield fast enough. Though fairly weak on their own, these synergistic vampires will allow for a new era of standard tournaments. My recommendations for success are to run a black white vampire token deck with cities blessing mechanics in order to annihilate the opponent with sheer overwhelming power. The other side of vampires, though, is not just power, but time. these decks should be thinking longer term than two or three turns. No, you need enchantments. The enchantments in standard rotate out so often that I lose track, but the best approach is to have enchantments with bolstering effects and buff your 1/1 vampires.
The fantastic game that is Dungeons and Dragons has come a long way since it was first introduced into the world in 1974. For the most part, people no longer believe that it is a gateway to the Dark Lord, nor that it is going to start making our little ones sacrifice to the almighty Baphomet (though, there are still some that believe that).
Even if you have been playing Dungeon & Dragons (D&D) for over forty years, there are still ideas that you can add to your repertoire and master, and if you’re thinking about taking the initial plunge into the realm of role-playing games, there a few basic player mechanics that you should learn. I’ve consulted with a few lifetime gamers around my city to come up with a short list of general game knowledge that will help anyone trying to get better at D&D. Adhering to this list won’t automatically make you a superior player in a few days, but they make you a better teammate and can potentially lead to greater things if you stick with it.
Shuffling, cutting, and splitting up my deck, has been an amazing adventure for the past twenty three-years. Building my deck's always consisted of carefully planning how I would bring about my opponents demise with a few drawn cards. Whether it was milling through their deck using my island deck or shutting them down with a few walls, magic cards, and my powerful minions.
After moving to a new city last year, I found it hard to make new friends. Life can be hard when you don't have many people to hang out with or get into trouble with. It wasn't until I found a small comic shop that I realized that friends were easier to find than I thought.
I am John Moore, some call me Boo Boo. I’ve been playing tabletop games for about 20 years, mostly card games. I also design games for fun and love to break down games to the bare mechanics and analyze. Let’s take a look at an awesome card game called EPIC by White Wizard Games.
I've been writing for years. My first "novel" was finished when I was in seventh grade. It was a mystery novel, based on my two best friends Rachel and Sean. Only ninety-five pages, but I had never been more proud of myself. My family was amazed, but now all those weekends cooped up in the family office made sense. My friends thought it was awesome, and loved the characters I had made them into: Rachel was our Daphne, pretty and bright. Sean was our Freddy. The one with the plan. And I was our Velma. Geeky, intelligent, and snarky.
I’m a board/card/word game nerd. I love games. I was happy to find myself with a guy that’s willing to play all of these games with me. When I got this new word game I was excited and Dale and I rushed to give it a try. It was really fun and we ended up playing a couple rounds.