Wow a lot has changed since my last blog post. I hope everyone is safe and doing well. It has been a crazy last couple of weeks and I only just got the time to do some organizing. I “found” these Pokemon TCG Sword and Shield promo packs in my bag that my friends got me from Pax East. I have 11 packs total and they have 3 cards each.
I am excited to pull Stonjourner V and it is going straight to my shiny cards binder. I also got a Snorlax and a few other cards to improve my Rillaboom theme deck. I used to play Pokemon TCG a lot but haven’t really played in years. I have been getting back to Pokemon (mostly due to Pokemon Go) and I will have a lot of free time so I guess now is good time to relearn the game.
I love finding deals in thrift stores and I found a Catan Junior board game for only $3!
Despite so many options for board games, Catan is still the most popular gateway game out there. In fact, I met almost everyone in my gaming group through playing Catan. Still when introducing someone to Catan (especially if Monopoly is the most complex game they ever played to that point), it can get a little overwhelming. I am hoping Catan Junior will fill this niche. The trick is to call this game Pirates of Catan and not Catan Junior…
This game streamlines the rules and takes out almost all the feel bad, take that mechanics. You don’t get to choose the starting positions so everyone is on equal footing. It is also plays very fast (often can finish games in 15 minutes). These are all good things for beginners and it is also an ok option as a filler between games. It is also a version of Catan that can play with 2 players.
I was so so on the trading mechanic first but I found I like it. Instead of trading with players, you trade with a market. You basically take 1 of the 5 resources available and put 1 of yours back. It starts off with 1 of each of the 5 resources but as people start trading you often find you can manipulate it to your benefit. It is easier because everyone’s hand is not hidden.
One thing I don’t like is the coco tiles which are like the development cards. They are too powerful since most tiles gives you resources back so you can buy a lot of tiles in one turn. You also get a free pirate fortress at spooky island if you have the most tiles (the goal is get all seven pirate fortresses on the board). My house rule is that you can only buy one coco tile per turn. In addition, I have house rules that you can’t have a fortress on spooky island if the ghost pirate is still there and you only check if you can put a fortress there when you buy a tile. (But you still lose the fortress if anyone beats or ties with the number of coco tiles.)
All the components are very nice and I actually like the pirate theme. I host a weekly Catan meetup in Bryant Park during the summer and this game is definitely going to be added to the collection.
2/27 was Pokemon Day! I spent most of the day catching pokemon on Pokemon Go. I got a bunch of new pokemon for my pokedex including an armored Mewtwo! Also I decided to stop by the Nintendo store to seeing if they are doing anything special. There was a photo opportunity with pikachu and there was also a little freebie if you purchase any of their pokemon products.
So I got a Pokemon TCG tin the shape of ultra ball. It has three packs (Sun & Moon Burning Shadows, Sun & Moon Lost Thunder and Evolutions). The freebies I got was a pin and a postcard.
Didn’t really pull anything special from the packs but I love the pin!
Finally Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution debuted on Netflix on Pokemon Day and I highly recommend it! After all these years, I still think the Mewtwo saga is still the best pokemon story ever told. I remember watching the original Mewtwo movie with my friends in the theater when I was young. Story wise I think this is even a better movie than Detective Pikachu and I love that movie. My only complaint is the new animation style. I didn’t really like at first but I grown to be OK with it. I still think the human characters are little stiff and robotic. But the pokemon look awesome.
Next year is the 25th anniversary of pokemon and I can’t wait to see what’s in store then.
Game Trade Magazine is a magazine for board games and card games. I get it every month and it usually has some sort of freebie or promo. In this month’s GTM (GTM #241), I am pleasantly surprised to find a pack of Dragon Ball Super Card Game Miraculous Revival.
I am always cautious in getting into another Collectible Card Game/ Trading Card Game. They are a huge money sink. The back of the pack even says “due to the nature of the product, multiples of one card may appear or it may be difficult to assemble a full set”. Also I almost never find time for 2 player games. But I love the Dragon Ball universe and I always considered checking out the Dragon Ball CCG. I honestly don’t know much about the game but just reading the cards, there seems to be a lot going on.
I actually recently rewatched the Majin Buu saga and it moved SOOOO slow. It is so repetitive and like 80% of the show feels like filler. I have no idea how I watched this series in 30 minute increments every week. I definitely don’t have the patience for it now.
I picked up another mystery box that promise 6+ items worth over $20 in value.
I got from this box:
The Walking Dead Dog Tag Season 6
The Walking Dead Chibis
Super Mario Dog Tag
TeenyMates Baseball Series 3
Ooshies Pencil Topper
My Hero Academia Collectors Bag Clip
There are a bunch of dog tags in this repack again but overall I am a lot happier with the packs and selection than last time around. Here is what I pulled.
I am keeping the My Hero Academia collectors bag clip sealed. It can be a nice gift. I am also pretty excited about the Walking Dead chibi figures. But these chibi figures are quite cheaply made. There are really noticeable air bubbles in the clear zombie figure. But I am thinking I can use them one day as miniatures for a zombie board game. Just those two packs alone are worth the $5 I spent.
I just cleared a good chunk of my unread comics pile. I don’t keep a lot of comics for collection (since I don’t have the room) but here are few I am excited about.
Star Wars #1 Signed By Charles Soule
I enjoy most of the new Star Wars comics by Marvel but there are A LOT of them. I recently got the latest reboot of the Star Wars comics signed by the writer Charles Soule. It looks into the events after the Empire Strike Back and the first issue focuses on a big space battle. It is pretty fun story and it is definitely action packed.
Justice League Odyssey 2 Variant Cover
One of the comic book stores near me just stocked a bunch of comic blind bags that has 13 comics and 1 one of them is a limited variant. I am very happy to get a Justice League Odyssey 2 variant cover. It is of Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and she is one of my favorite comic book characters right now. Jessica Cruz is a superhero capable of great things but she also suffers from anxiety. It is a fresh take on a modern superhero. If you want a good introduction to the character, I highly recommend the animated movie Justice League vs the Fatal Five. As for Justice League Odyssey 2, the art was top notch but the story is very confusing but I did start it in the middle of an arc. I may try to finish the story.
Dungeons & Dragons Infernal Tides #1
I am a huge fan of D&D but I never really got into the comics. I read Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty and I didn’t like it (too much going on). Dungeons & Dragons Infernal Tides however did catch my attention. It has everything I want in a epic fantasy story (an interesting world and intriguing villains). I am definitely interested in the next issue. I also just watched the Dungeons & Dragons movie and it is terrible but the DVD does comes with a fast play adventure, Sewers of Sumdall. I highly recommend it as a starting point for anyone interested in D&D. I just ran it for people who never played a RPG before and it was so much fun.
I have put it in the back burner lately but I am still trying to complete the Detective Pikachu Pokemon TCG set. I should probably just buy the singles that I am missing but it is more fun to find the cards in packs. Plus the Pokemon TCG Detective Pikachu On the Case Figure Collection was on sale in Target. It has 4 foil promo cards, 1 Dectective Pikachu figure, 3 Detective Pikachu packs, 2 other Pokemon TCG packs (Sun & Moon and Sun & Moon Burning Shadows) and a code card.
I really wanted the 4 Detective Pikachu promos cards of Pikachu, Snubbull, Psyduck and Bulbasaur. I was always on the fence on getting this when it first came it, full priced.
I also pulled a Charizard GX and foil Pikachu card for my collection from one the Sun & Moon packs.
The figure is kind of cute.
The Bad & Ugly:
I didn’t get a single card I needed to complete my Pokemon TCG Detective Pikachu set! I am still missing #5, 12 and 17. Ugh. I should probably just buy the singles I need…