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.
This year, I can’t say New York Comic Con was a lot less crowded but I can say it was noticeably less crowded which is a good thing. Anyways, I went in looking for good deals for board games and I have a huge stack of games sitting right next to me.
I love mystery boxes and a booth was selling one with board games and card games. I couldn’t resist.
I got Evil Genius Deathray along with an expansion and a tiny card game called Save the Cupcake in it. Evil Genius Deathray does not look like a good game. It feels like a bad Munchkin and I hate Munchkin. Save the Cupcake on the hand looks like a good quick 2 player card game. It is actually quite fun and interestingly enough it hasn’t had a retail release yet.
You know how I said I couldn’t resist a good mystery box well… I bought another one on the last day of comic con. This one was a Carl Chudyk themed box. It had Innovation, Innovation: Artifacts of History expansion and Red 7. I don’t know much about these games but at first glance they both have elements of Fluxx. These games have a good rating on Board Game Geek so I am interested in trying these out.
I got this push your luck dice game, Dancing Dice for $3 and Le Boomb for free. It was bundled with Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate (with promos) and Tuchulcha which my brother bought. Dancing Dice is high on my to try list. I like push your luck, Yahtzee like dice games and this seems like a nice twist to the usual formula. Le Boomb is barely a game but it could be an interesting way to determine who goes first in a game. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is the new hotness in the board gaming world. It is a D&D reskinning of Betrayal at the House on the Hill, one of my favorite games. Finally Tuchulcha has really, really boring box. Looked it up and it is a fancy Parcheesi like game. Not really my thing.
Finally I got this copy of Tak, signed by Pat Rothfuss. This is probably the coolest item I got in New York Comic Con this year. Tak is 2 player abstract game that is quick to teach and a lifetime to master. I usually avoid abstract games but I played this game a couple of times and I loved it. Throw Pat Rothfuss (my favorite author at the moment) in the mix and it was a no brainer.
I also bought a bunch of comics but wow that is a lot of games!
I have been trying to save money for New York Comic Con and Pax Unplugged. But I saw a single pack of Funko’s Disney Moana Mystery Minis for sale and I just could not resist a good deal.
And I pulled one of the coconut pirate guys. Moana, by the way, is probably my second favorite Disney movie at the moment. (Wreck It Ralph is still my favorite). Moana was just incredible. The music, the top notch animation and the fun characters (Moana, Maui, Tamatoa, even the ocean) are all part of the package. It also introduced a vast world, ripe for adventure. I can’t wait for the inevitable sequel and I can’t recommend checking out this movie enough if you haven’t already.