A few weeks back a few of us here decided to check out DexCon, a pretty local gaming con filled with tabletop gamers of all kinds. We played a bunch of very fun games that day but for me none were better than Tessen. To put it simply, Tessen is a set collection game with the gas pedal stuck to the floor. After playing a few rounds, and I’m pretty sure breaking an actual sweat, we sat down with designers/creators Chris and Suzanne Zinsli from Cardboard Edison to chat about the game on our podcast.
Now the game has found it’s way to Kickstarter, and in addition to it being an insta-back for me I want to take a few moments to tell you about the game as well.
Ready? 1, 2, 3, Tessen!
In Agents, a brand new card game that just hit Kickstarter, players fight one another with both Faction Agents and Free Agents to gain the most points and win the game. This game of intrigue and suspense is surprisingly deep and full of tension, but can also be a lot of fun.
Looking to spice up your board game night with something quirky and interesting? Then you might want to check out the Kickstarter for a game called Krackades. It’s “Charades on Crack,” as creators Cyrus Khajvandi and Jeffrey Pickhardt call it. We were lucky enough to be able to ask Cyrus a few questions about his game, which you should check out (and Kickstart!) when you’re done reading this. It’s finished this Friday, so hop in quickly and help it get funded!
Apocalypze is a card game in which survivors of a zombie apocalypse fight against each other to the death. Playing as one of four factions – Bikers, Civilians, Police, or Soldiers – you defend your stronghold, scavenge for supplies, and use Raiders to mercilessly attack the other survivors. The last faction standing – meaning the last faction with enough resources to still feed its people for one turn – wins.
Apocalypze is a complicated game, but once you’ve played it once or twice, it’s easy to get the hang of. The directions have a handy cheat sheet in the back that gives you the quick and dirty rules of how each turn is supposed to go. The rules themselves are long and fairly complicated, and I’m pretty certain we did most of it wrong the first time.
This week’s show is very largely about Bioshock Infinite. While we stay as spoiler free as possible, especially since only 1/3rd of the people talking about it have completed it, we just wanted to state that up front. If you want to play the game and go in TOTALLY fresh you may want to skip over that segment of the show. I sense a spoiler filled podcast in the future about the game, but that won’t be for a little bit.
Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!
If you’re anything like us (and if you listen to this show you probably are) then there’s a good chance you’ll be heading to Boston for the 2013 edition of PAX East. Well, if that’s the case we’re here to serve up this week’s podcast early to guarantee earhole delivery before you hit the show. For those of you not going to the con… well…. early show!
Welcome to this week’s Geekly, the PGM round-up of all the cool geeky things around the web! Read on for some neat ways to store your books, some of my favorite Kickstarters going on right now, and why the next three months are going to be busy ones for geeks.
I’m an avid reader, so book nooks are a fascinating thing to me, and something I aspire to one day have in my own home. This one is lovely, and I would imagine I’d spend hours folded up inside of it. But for a real masterpiece, check out this wonder. You could actually read by daylight, curled up in the sun! What a dream come true for a book nerd. I also adore this neat bookcase, even if it’s not really practical. Whatever!
Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!
If you don’t find something to enjoy in this episode, I don’t even know why you’re here. We’ve got movies, board games, TV shows, comic books AND an interview with Douglas Wilson, the creator of Johan Sebastian Joust. I mean, C’MON! That’s a whole lotta awesome right there! Get on with it!
Hello and welcome to another exciting edition of the Geekly! You better hide your wallet, because I’ve got a lot of things here that you’re going to want to throw money at!
First up, let’s talk aprons. My buddy Tristin Hightower (the Philly Geek Awards Geek of the Year, no less!) found this Etsy shop Haute Mess Threads, which has a plethora of geeky aprons for you to wear while you’re making your Star Wars cupcakes or Portal cake or whatever it is you’re making! Dress up like Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, or, my personal favorite, R2D2. She’s also got pot holders, makeup brush rolls, and bibs. Be careful, though, because some of these are a little risqué.
“Duchess, please, a moment! Won’t you please join us in the parlor? Now, you’re probably all wondering why I’ve called you here. It’s my duty to inform you that there’s been a MURDER (cue lightening crack)…. a murder most foul! What’s more one of you is the killer! Like it or not we’re going to sit here and brainstorm who’s guilty and why, and if they don’t have a viable alibi then I’ll have no problem taking them away!”
This is the scenario played out in Ruse: The Murder Mystery Card Game. Players take on the roles of different characters in a Victorian Steampunk setting, and then toss out accusations and offer up alibis to try and force someone else into a corner to admit their crime.
Hello, and happy October! I’ve got another Geekly for you, this one loaded with more cool and strange things I’ve found out in the deep, dark Internet.
Thinkgeek has been driving me insane the last week. They’ve got some Star Wars collectibles that I absolutely want, specially the Admiral Ackbar Talking Plush. Not only is he adorable, but when you squeeze him, he says “It’s a trap!” Yeah, a trap set… for my heart.
Once Thinkgeek sets that trap for me, I’m stuck there for quite a while. I debated with my boyfriend whether or not wearing these pajamas made someone a furry or not. The consensus seemed to be that they are a bit much. They’ve also got some of those cheesy t-shirts that one wears on Halloween to get away with not having an actual costume. I have to admit, the Claptrap costume tee is actually pretty awesome.
Hello, and welcome to the inaugural post of the Geekly, the PGM’s weekly report of cool geek things on the Internet! I am always on the hunt for great t-shirts, and in that great adventure, I come upon the awesome, the cool, and the just plain strange.
In the awesome department, we’ve got Portal 2-themed lady briefs over at Jinx. This is a great gift for your ladyfriend, but please… don’t incinerate her.
I can’t figure out who managed to dig into my brain to piece together such seemingly disparate likes of mine, but somehow someone did it. Deck building card game, retro video games and Abraham Lincoln have been combined into some strange real world manifestation of the pleasure centers of my brain. I should probably be upset by the mental invasion, but I get to kill John Booth with a chicken cannon… so I’m not complaining.
Borogove is a colorful card game based around the characters and creatures found in Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” poem. The gameplay is similar to Uno, in that you discard based on the number or suit of the card discarded before you. It’s a quick, fun, easy game to play anywhere and anytime, but the real draw is the gorgeous fantasy artwork.
Each player is dealt seven cards. Once everyone has their hand, the rest of the deck is placed in the center and one card is flipped over. The first player must then put down a card in their hand that matches either the number or the suit on the card that is face up. Suits are indicated by dots underneath the numbers on the cards – one dot is the Manxome suit, two is Twonsie, three is Thricewise, and four is Snicker-Snack. If a player doesn’t have a card that matches the number or suit, they have to draw a card.
I’ve been making a habit of prowling around Kickstarter these days pretty regularly. There’s something about putting your project out there for the world to judge that I find incredibly exciting and inspirational. I’ve also found some really awesome projects to back, and love the idea of putting the money right into the pocket of the creators.
Woe to the Living the card game grabbed my absolute attention the second I was on the page. The art style is arresting, it’s such a throwback to the pulp comic feel from back in the day. Horror that’s not just gore for the sake of gore, but the real classic Thing From The Black Lagoon, Dracula type stuff. I’ll admit to not knowing much about how the game worked when I decided to throw down my money and back it, but for $9 bucks for the game with shipping I really figured I didn’t have much to lose. You’re getting a game plus an awesome looking card deck that can be used for regular old poker, that’s tough to beat.
I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to feature the game makers here in our little spotlight column, and luckily they accepted! So, let’s learn a little more about Woe to the Living!
I always enjoy when we do one of these Kickstarter Spotlights. There’s so many great projects on there worth backing, and I love getting to know a little bit more about them and sharing all that info with you!
This time we were lucky enough to talk to Chris Kirkman from Dice Hate Me Games. He’s one of those fantastic stories that I think we can all be enviable of. For a long time Dice Hate Me was a game review / podcast site to cover the hobby that we loves so much. But then he took a step forward, and decided that in addition to covering games, he would start making them.
Their first game was called Carnival and now they’re running a Kickstarter campaign to fund and produce their second one, called VivaJava: The Coffee Game. Let’s learn a little more about it.
This past weekend, my wife and I celebrated our seventh anniversary. Like any good geek couple shackled with the responsibilities of jobs, school, and parenthood, we didn’t have our hopes set too high for a night on the town or a weekend away. Instead, we celebrated the only way we knew how – by cracking open a brand new game. Lucky for us, it made our anniversary a memorable one. Why? Because Eminent Domain might just be our favorite game so far.