A Fun Game with the Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box

So this is a follow up to my Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box blog post. I can’t be the only one who thinks the items you get are super random. I gave it some thought and designing a board game with these components could be a fun challenge. So again the five things that came in the box were: a mini poster, a lanyard with a Warcraft card, a Horde patch, a coin with the Horde symbol on one side and the Alliance symbol on the other and finally a Warcraft hammer key chain.

Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box Contents

I designed a fun (although that can be subjective) game that uses everything but the mini poster and nothing else. Also everything can be hanged on the lanyard so it is portable and travel friendly.

This is only a two player game and it is a coin flipping game with a dexterity element which requires quick reaction times.

Warcraft Game

First the players have to sit across from each other. To set up, put the card on the middle of table, the hammer on the far end on one side of the table and the Horde patch on the far end on the other side. The card in the middle represents the base, the hammer represents attack and the Horde patch represents defense.

On your turn, you will flip the coin. If it lands on the Horde side, you are the Horde for the round and you have to quickly take the Horde patch and place it on the card in the middle. Your opponent is the Alliance in this case and he or she has to take the hammer and tap the base before you place the patch on the card. If it lands on the Alliance side, you have to take the hammer and tap the card before your opponent places the Horde patch. Whoever succeeds scores a point and players immediately lose if they touch the wrong item (if both players touch the wrong items they both score zero for the round). Reset the board, take turns flipping the coin and let’s say first to three points wins.

Be care not to hurt your opponent with the hammer and it can be fun psyching them out so they touch the wrong item.

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Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box Break

I am going to be honest. I never played World of Warcraft and I haven’t even seen the movie (but I heard it was pretty bad). I have however played a lot of Hearthstone so I am somewhat familiar with the lore. I got this Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box Break for two reason. 1) – I got for really, really cheap. 2) – I think it can be a fun box break. Each box is guaranteed 5 collectibles. A mini poster, a Horde or Alliance patch, a coin, a lanyard and a mystery item.

Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box

Think Geek Warcraft Epic Box Contents

The only thing in the box that I left out in the picture above is a little pouch that the coin comes in. Going to be honest again and this box is closer to meh than epic. I would be pretty let down if I paid the full retail price of $20. The poster is like something they give out for free in comic cons and the like. The lanyard is super, super random. I don’t really collect or use patches but I can see it being more exciting to someone else. The coin is pretty cool though and I may or may not use for seeing who goes first on board game night. The best item by far though is the doomhammer??? keychain but I probably won’t use it because it is a bit heavy to put in my pocket with my keys.

Overall I can see why these haven’t sold well…

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Comics and More from the Five Points Festival

There is a new comic con within walking distance from me and I had to check it out. It is actually a festival for comics, designer toys, street art and food! It was a lot of fun and I picked up a few things.

Five Points Festival Haul

Of course I had to pick up a bunch of comics but I have to admit I haven’t even read the comics I got from last year’s New York Comic Con. I also got a mystery box and there was a bunch of interesting prints and postcards. The one thing I am most excited about is a custom pop doll of stormtrooper. I am not sure whether I should keep in its packaging or take it out and display it on my shelf.

Overall I am glad I went and I’ll keep an eye for it next year.

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Star Wars Destiny Spirit of the Rebellion Packs

This is a little update of the previous blog post. I finally found some Star Wars Destiny Spirit of the Rebellion Packs for sale and I picked up nine of them.

Star Wars Destiny Spirit of the Rebellion Packs

Star Wars Destiny Spirit of the Rebellion Pulls

I pulled a Jyn Erso and a Mon Mothma. I have to go through the cards I have but these two cards seem to be a start of a deck. I am very happy with my pulls even if I didn’t pull a legendary card.

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Star Wars Destiny Rey & Finn Starter Deck

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you. Honestly I was hoping to open some packs of the newest Star Wars Destiny set, Spirit of the Rebellion for this special occasion but I couldn’t find any for sale. Instead I got the next best thing, the Rey & Finn starter deck!

Star Wars Destiny Rey and Finn Starter Deck

Star Wars Destiny is probably my favorite tabletop game right now. It is actually one of the reason I don’t really collect and play Magic anymore and it is biggest reason I don’t play Dicemasters anymore. It has a great theme and it has the perfect combination of luck and strategy built into the framework of the game.

Despite that, this game has some flaws and it really doesn’t have anything to do with the game itself. A) – The collectible card game model makes this game very expensive to play especially if you are planning on playing in tournaments. B) – The game is sold out everywhere and distribution of the game is a bit iffy. C) – Starter decks don’t give you a complete deck since it has only 20 cards of the 30 cards you need. So for A you really can’t do anything about it. Fantasy Flight is supposed to have fixed B with a bigger print run but given that the new set was supposed to come out on May 4th and I haven’t seen packs in stores yet give me some cause for concern. Finally for C, Fantasy Flight should really just put any 10 cards to fill out the deck.

Anyways when the packs do come out I highly recommend that game. It is easy to learn and fast to play but it still gives you some interesting choices. I can’t wait to build my Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe deck!

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WWE Topps and Teenymates Repack

This repack has 3 WWE Topps wrestling packs (1 pack of 2014 WWE Chrome and 2 packs of 2014 WWE Road to Wrestlemania), 2 Teenymates packs and 2 Eraseez packs. It was only $5 and I couldn’t resist. Here are my pulls.

Topps WWE Cards

The Iron Sheik Chrome insert probably stands out among the rest of the cards especially since Road to Wrestlemania is not may favorite set.

WWE Teenymates

I probably pulled some of the biggest stars with the Teenymates packs and I think they would be perfect for my print and play set of the board game Can’t Stop I am making.

WWE Eraseez

The Eraseez are kind of weird. They are like a 3D puzzle so all the wrestlers come as a jumbled mess… like something like out of horror flick. Plus even if you do put them together they don’t quite look right and they can’t stand on their own.

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Lost CCGs: Naruto CCG

I was looking through the discount DVD section the other day and I found a Naruto Volume 5 – Shinobi Weapons DVD. To my surprise it also came with a Naruto CCG promo card!

Sakura Haruno Promo Card

The card was loose in the DVD case so some of the corners were damaged. Oh wells.

Anyways, I played the Naruto CCG years ago and I may have played it two, maybe three times. I used to own a bunch of cards but not really enough to build a tournament deck. I did have a friend who loved the game so I just borrowed his decks to play.

Again my memory of the game is kind of hazy. But as you can see there are two combat stats for each character, one for when he or she is healthy and one for when he or she in injured. A big mechanic of the game is organizing all the characters aka ninjas into teams and have them attack your opponent. Also on your turn you will be playing missions, charging chakra and playing jitsu cards.

Unfortunately any CCG is a huge money sink and it is a very, very competitive market so it is no surprise to see Naruto CCG out of print. So many in the past have. But if I can get some Naruto CCG cards for cheap, I wouldn’t mind picking it up again and trying out the game again.

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