I had a lot of fun this year at Pax Unplugged. It is of course the biggest board game convention in the Northeast (I think?). I got to try a lot of new games and I came back with a ton of games.
First off, my pick for the board game of the convention is the Valley of the Vikings. It won the Kinderspiel des Jahres Children’s Game of the Year and it is so much fun. I love light games that I can teach in less than 5 minutes. It combines a dexterity game with a simple take that strategy game. The dexterity element comes from knocking down the right color pieces with a ball and the strategy comes from positioning yourself to maximize the amount of gold you get while trying to knock one or more players off the track. It is actually a lot easier to learn if you watch a video.
I got a bunch of Pack O Game for little stocking stuffers for my friends and got a couple of games in trades or random giveaways. I probably even have a few game buried in a bag I haven’t gotten to yet.
Here are a bunch of card games, promo cards and giveaways that I also got. I am honestly finding random cards everywhere in my bag (hiding in pockets, books, accidentally bent underneath a game…).
Finally you know I can’t resist mystery boxes and I got a mystery box of board games for $50. I got BattleCon Fates of the Indines, Current Number of the Beast, Captain Carcass (aka Dead Man’s Draw) + two playmats and Gameception. I am pretty happy with my box and probably bringing Current Number of the Beast and Captain Carcass to my next board game meetup since they are very easy to learn games. I also love playmats (I just can’t get enough). The only game that I am probably giving away is Gameception. It is just not my thing.
I actually got a little group from across the country that meets once a year at Pax Unplugged and we play a bunch of games throughout the weekend. It is something I look forward to every year!
As I mentioned before on this blog, I finding thrifting a lot fun! You just never know what you may find in a thrift store. Some of my big successes lately have been board games: Puerto Rico ($5), Five Tribes ($5), a brand new copy of Catan ($5), Surf’s Up Dude ($2) and Coup ($1). But at the moment I am probably most excited about this DVD of Pokemon Destiny Deoxys.
So I needed to find one more DVD because DVDs were buy 4, get 1 free. I pretty much randomly picked up this Pokemon DVD because I couldn’t find anything else better. To my surprise the DVD case still had the Deoxys promo card and also to my surprise this promos card is worth about $6. I got this in a way for free!
I don’t play the Pokemon TCG anymore but I do still collect it. I have a huge binder of shiny Pokemon cards and this card will fit right in. On a side note, wow the Pokemon TCG has quite the power creep. This Deoxys would be a horrible if it was printed right now since it only has 70 HP and a 40 damage attack for two energy and a really bad drawback.
As for the movie itself, the movie started kind of a slow but it turned out to be a fun watch. It would have been a lot better if it was like 20 or 30 minutes shorter. The plot is also kind of weak. Rayquaza was overreacting quite a bit and Rayquaza and Deoxys ended their blood feud quite suddenly. Also the twist that Deoxys was the good guy didn’t quite make much sense to me.
All that being said, this is fun trip down memory lane. Pokemon was probably my favorite show growing up and this DVD is just prove you can’t predict what you can find in the most random places.
I have been addicted to Disney pin trading lately and on my last trip to Walt Disney World I kind of went all out. I even got a pin bag/ case for it.
Here is my collection. I am planning to give away some pins as gifts to my friends.
I simultaneously love the case and hate the case. I love it because this is a great way to display my pins and carry them around with me. I hate it because the pins are a pain to put on the page and some pins keep falling out. Anyways as you can see I am trying to collect as many Figment pins as I can. I also love chase variants (the ones without color).
Just as a little PSA. There are A LOT of fake Disney pins going around Disney World and I have gotten quite good at spotting these fakes. There are a bunch of the same fake Disney pins that you see everywhere (there are some very good YouTube videos on this subject), some fake pins you can spot just by looking at it (faded colors, rough edges, etc) and some fake pins you can spot by feel (eg feels too light). You definitely want to come prepared if you want to get into this hobby. Also a common tip is to get “Disney” pins in bulk on eBay and trade those. These pins are almost certainly fake and I don’t want to be part of the problem. I like to go to the Disney Character Warehouse (their outlet store) at the beginning of my trip instead to get a bunch of pins to trade. You can get pins for as cheap as $2.50 a piece if you are lucky.
I have to admit I don’t really know the history of O-Pee-Chee baseball cards too well. All in know is they worked closely with Topps and were sort of the brand of baseball cards made for Canada. I am pretty sure I haven’t open an O-Pee-Chee pack before but I do have one now from a repack.
This is a 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier Baseball pack. It has 7 cards.
I find it interesting that the cards have both English and French on it and I pretty sure it because of a law in Canada. That is pretty much the most interesting thing about these cards. Roger Clemens is the biggest star in the pack and unfortunately it is also the only card damaged when I think the card was cut.
Also I got this 2008 Topps card of Joba Chamberlain in the repack.
I remember when Joba was huge in New York City and then nothing. Is it just me or did Topps pick a really, really weird picture of Joba? The pose is weirdest part and the picture is kind of blurry. I can’t imagine this was the best picture they had of such a superstar like Joba.
I am going to Galaxy’s Edge very soon so I have checking out all things Star Wars lately. Movies, cartoons, books etc. So today I have an older pack to open. I have two Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary rack packs. Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary came out in 2017 and I guessed I must have overlooked it when it first debuted because I haven’t heard about it until now. It says it is a Target exclusive and it looked interesting when I stumbled upon it. Each pack has 16 cards.
I was hoping to pull a buyback card or a hit but I guess I struck out. I did pull a code for Star Wars Card Trader (but it expired). Still this set is quite interesting. It highlights the history of all the Star Wars movies, books, comics, role playing games, video games etc. I actually learn a thing or two from just the 32 cards I opened. In fact, I discovered a book that combines Star Wars and zombies, Death Troopers and I had to get it. This product is definitely a more exciting break than the Topps movie products. Those sets are so shallow. Cards don’t have the cool tidbits in the backs, all the cards use similar looking promo shots from the movies, no cool inserts, boring card designs etc.
If I come across a hobby box of Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary, I might be tempted to pick it up. If I don’t, I guess I have to wait for the 50th Anniversary…
Since my local card shop went out of business, the closest place to get trading cards, baseball cards, basketball cards etc is actually Target. So you may have noticed that I have been buying A LOT of repacks. This time around I got a Hot Corner baseball card repack. It has 4 packs and 2 hits. One of the packs is a hobby pack.
Here is what in the box.
My packs are 2013 Panini Pinnacle Hobby, 2017 Topps Baseball Series 2, 2018 Topps Fire and a 2018 Topps Big League. My hits are an autograph of Zeke DeVoss (who I had to look up and he never made it to the majors) and an autographed relic card Carlos Hernandez who had a brief career with the Astros. As you can see the Carlos Hernandez autograph is fading a bit.
I got super lucky and pull a Carson Kelly autograph 47/50 in the Fire pack.
I didn’t pull any big names in this repack but it is still three autographs for only $15. As usual, I honestly was expecting a lot worst.
I love “discovering” obscure and rare media. Last year I came across probably Stan Lee’s most obscure comics and this year I was reminded about Grant Morrison’s most obscure “comic book” looking at random bargain bins in New York Comic Con. I found this.
It is something that shouldn’t exist… sort of.
First off the title of the blog post is not quite accurate. 18 Days as known as MBX is not actually a comic book (again sort of). It has a very weird history. (I find that this blog post has the definite history of 18 Days but I will do my best to summarize it.)
The story began in New York Comic Con 2008 where Virgin Comics announced a partnership with Grant Morrison with a project called MBX. MBX is Grant Morrison’s modern/ Western take on the the Mahabharata. But what is weird though is Grant Morrison has an exclusive contact with DC Comics at the time (for comics) and to get around that MBX was to be a digital comic (but they call it an animated webisode). But Virgin Comics unfortunately goes out of business shortly after.
But in 2010, Liquid Comics (the new Virgin Comics) publishes through Dynamite Comics a sort of script and art book hybrid of 18 Days which is probably whatever they had of the MBX project at the moment (the script of a few episodes presumably written by Grant Morrison and tons of art). I can’t remember seeing it ever at comic books stores. Here is my super quick review. The art is outstanding and the book is a confusing mess. A lot of the book reads like notes for a show (because it is) and it really feels like it wasn’t meant to be published. For example, “Yudish – as we’ll call him – is the only one of the 5 Pandava brothers who really benefits from a shorted name” or “He’s our Mister Spock”.
You would think that is the end of it but Liquid Comics aka Graphic India announced at San Diego Comic Con 2013 that they are rebooting the project as a Youtube animated show. It is called Grant Morrison’s 18 Days but it is unlikely that Morrison wrote anything beyond the first few episodes. I watch a bit of it and in my opinion it is not great. Also Grant Morrison’s 18 Days does finally come out as a comic but it is really only available in India. (While looking this up, I found that Grant Morrison also has Dinosaurs vs Aliens with Liquid Comics and Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness with Graphic India which can be even more obscure than 18 Days. Interesting.)
I am a huge fan of Grant Morrison and MBX aka 18 Days is probably Virgin Comic’s biggest what if. It has so much potential to be something awesome. I even have a signed poster of MBX from NYCC 2008.
I always wondered what happened to this project in the back of my mind and finding the 18 Day art book lead me down quite the rabbit hole.