Star Wars Destiny is a game I really enjoy playing but I am having a hard time finding people to play it with. Also I think if I played it competitively or in a tournament it wouldn’t be as fun. AND it cost a ton to play. Despite all that, the new set Star Wars Destiny Legacies has a lot of interesting characters, characters I want to collect. So I bought a couple of packs to see what I can pull before I buy any singles.
The most interesting pull is the only character I pulled, Wedge Antilles. Wedge seems like a fun card to build around especially since I have a lot of spare vehicle dice lying around. Also force throw and pirate speeder tank are legendary cards & dice but I don’t really have a deck in mind for either of them yet.
Overall not a bad couple of packs but unfortunately because the way the game is designed you can never have enough cards and dice you so have to keep buying more and more packs. Ugh.
So a deep freeze has been settling in New York City which means I am sort of cooped up indoors with a lot of free time to kill. So with that in mind I was shopping around New York City before it got too cold for some interesting board games to try. One of the board games I picked up was Strat-O-Matic Baseball.
My copy is of the 2011 season. Strat-O-Matic is a board game I have heard a lot about. It is renowned for its accurate simulations of a baseball game and if you do enough games, a baseball season. I admit I haven’t tried it yet and it is quite intimidating going through all the pieces. There are a ton of charts to influence the result (for example, there is even a chart for the ballpark effect). Each player has his own card and with all the cards and pieces just keeping everything organized is a game on its own. Also the instruction manual reminds me of a old college math textbook…
The very short answer on how to play Strat-O-Matic is that you roll three dice. One dice determines which chart to use (pitcher’s or hitter’s) and the other two dices determines the result using that chart.
Strat-O-Matic reminds of MLB Showdown, role playing games and maybe war games (but I haven’t played any real war games). But I love statistics so this game should be a lot of fun. I am going down the rabbit hole that is Strat-O-Matic.
I took my seemingly annual trip to Walt Disney World last week and wow it was a blast! I have been planning this trip for months and I got to check off everything on my to do list. Here are some interesting souvenirs from Walt Disney World.
First off and probably the coolest thing I brought back is this sketch of Hector from Coco. I kind of pregame for Disney and watched Coco the night before. Hands down, Coco is one the best movies ever. The music, the characters, the bright, vibrant world… just amazing. I also have to admit I cried a bit.
I also got this art print of Donald Duck for my room. It was a pain to carry back but I love that I went through all the trouble now.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite things to do in the Magic Kingdom. I got a ton more cards including four copies of the promo card they hand out during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I should be getting close to completing the whole set.
Finally I got into the fidget spinner craze late but that is a good thing since I can get them now for ridiculously cheap (like less than a dollar). I got these two light up fidget spinners from Disney for pretty cheap too ($5 each). One is of the Haunted Mansion which is my favorite ride and one is of random Mickey merchandise.
If you are a child of the 90’s, you probably remember those epic Crossfire commercials. I never own this game when I was a child but I have one now and wow, playing it was such a nostalgic trip.
So how was the game? Crossfire is probably best as a conversation piece. The game has fast frenetic action which is good but if the two players are about equal skill the game pretty much ends in a stalemate. Your finger also really hurts after playing with for awhile.
The components of the game is on the lackluster side. The gun jams from time to time but I like to think getting it to work is part of the skill of this game. The actual board is just a thin piece of cardboard and I am always scared one of the cheap plastic piece will break. It also goes without saying it super easy to lose the metal balls but you really can’t fault them on that.
But with all that being said, you can’t underestimate the nostalgia this brings. It just feels super 90’s (even though the original game first came out in 1971). Everyone I know from the 90’s vividly remembers those commercials. The best part of Crossfire is probably the awe people get when I first bring it out.
By the way if you are looking for variants to fix some of the problems above. The way I play now is 3 three minute rounds. You can get 5 points for get the puck across the board, 2 points for getting to the end zone and 1 point for getting to your opponents side of the board when time runs out. The player with the most points after three rounds wins.
Quick post today. Pax Unplugged was awesome! Here are some of cool games I picked up.
First off some promos and freebies I picked up.
I also won a copy of Pick the Lock, a little card game.
One of the coolest items is Zendo, signed by Andrew Looney. This game has been on my want list for a long time and they finally reprinted it.
Garbage Day is a fun, unique card game.
Finally I can’t leave a convention without a mystery bag/ box and this time around I got Battle Yahtzee Deadpool which intrigued me in the past and Are You the Traitor (not really a fan of social deduction games).
I am definitely going to Pax Unplugged next year and I can easily see it being my favorite convention.
I was recently introduced to the world of thrifting and the thrift stores in New York City. It is (in my opinion) the closest you can get in the modern world to digging for treasure. I really do enjoy the thrill of the hunt and reading other people’s thrift store hauls on reddit. So it about time to share some awesome board games I found in thrift stores.
My best find has to be Ingenius for less than $5 after discounts. It is pretty much brand new. I don’t usually like abstract strategy games but Ingenius is quickly becoming one of my favorite games in my collection. It is a tile laying game and how you place your tile each turn will score points in one or two of six colors. What is clever or dare I say ingenius about this game is you only score the points of your worst performing color. So you can’t go all in in just one or two colors. I highly recommend this game.
I got Rush Hour Deluxe Edition for $4. The box is a little banged up and it is missing two cards but everything else is there. This is a puzzle where you have to get you car out of a traffic jam. I got through the easy scenarios but I am having some problems solving even the intermediate puzzles. Rush Hour is probably the most well known game of the Thinkfun puzzle line and I also recommend Roller Coaster Challenge if you ever come across it.
Finally I got this party game, Emoji Cards for $3. I actually came back for it because I was surprised Tom Vasal of the Dice Tower gave a positive review for the game. It doesn’t look like much but it is Charades meets the game, Concept. I am also brainstorming a variant for this game. It is still in the testing phase but as a little teaser it can be best described as a reverse Codenames.
What have been some of your best thrift shop finds? In the past, I have also gotten Carcassonne for $5, Ascension for $5, Qwirkle for $1, Stonehenge with the expansion for $10 and Tsuro for $5 at a used bookstore but unfortunately they don’t sell games anymore.
I went to the new Target in Herald Square and I found these superhero collector box repacks. I haven’t seen these before and there is only one way to find out what is in it. The box is a bit bigger than the usual repacks. It costs $9.99 and it has 12 superhero items with over $30 in value. You can also win a graded comic book signed by Stan Lee.
Here are the items I got in my superhero collector box repack.
Marvel Captain America Heroclix
Marvel Age of Ultron Dice Masters
DC War of Light Dice Masters
Marvel Civil War Dice Masters
Suicide Squad Original Minis
DC Comics Original Minis
Marvel Hubsnaps x2
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Dog Tags
Suicide Squad Dog Tags
Batman vs Superman Magnetic Metal Card
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Magnets
This is really a random assortment of packs. At first glance, only the Heroclix and Dice Masters packs interest me and the Hubsnaps packs intrigue me. Anyways, here are my pulls.
The original minis are not the best quality collectible figurines I have seen. Also I don’t get what hubsnaps are all about. They just look like metal coins. The magnetic metal card was very cheaply made. Finally does anyone collect dog tags? I have zero interest in them but I am quickly getting way too many of them lying around the room.
And here are the good stuff. I don’t really need a Ant- Man figure but this is my first one of him in my Heroclix collection (I think). You never know when you need to build an Avengers team. As for the Dice Masters stuff, I don’t really play anymore but I will never say no to more dice in case I do play again!
All in all, not bad for $10. I have done a lot worst with repacks but with that being said I don’t feel like I need to get another superhero collector box in the future. There is just too much stuff I have no idea what to do with.