13 Dead End Drive was an awesome board game that came out in 1993. In this board game, you want to be the sole inheritor of a huge fortune and you do that by killing the other characters with deadly traps sprinkled around the mansion. What is unique about this game is you can control any character on your turn (perhaps to lead them to a trap). I describe it as Mouse Trap if it was a good game. It had a very visual board that definitely draw your attention. I remember playing it when I was in elementary school and this youtube video reminded me of it. 13 Dead End Drive is unfortunately long out of print so it now fetches a pretty penny.
13 Dead End Drive was a fairly popular mass market game but did you know it had a lesser known sequel 1313 Dead End Drive that came out nine years later?
1313 Dead End Drive actually streamlined the game and fixed a lot of the flaws of 13 Dead End Drive. First off, in the original game the traps broke way too often and it isn’t a problem I believe with the sequel. The board in the sequel was also easier and faster to set up and while playing the game, it had less things to keep a track of.
As for the rules in the original, there was a portrait on the wall which said which character is the going to inherit the fortune and if he or she escapes the mansion, the player who controls that character wins. So if it is your turn and if you don’t own that character, you have to kill him or her. 1313 Dead End Drive takes that out and replaces with a money track aka the will. Certain characters start off with more money but as characters start to die the money trickles down and you also don’t instantly win if you escape the mansion with one of your characters. Instead the player with the most money after the last card of the deck was drawn wins. This works a lot better.
Both 13 Dead End Drive and 1313 Dead End Drive are still fun games to play. There is a bit of deduction, a bit of bluffing and a bit of take that in this game, all mechanics that I love. If you want a unique light filler I highly recommend either game.
I wanted to get the Pokemon TCG repack with 5 random packs that had a small chance of having a vintage pack because they are getting quite popular. But K-Mart was selling them for $29.99 which is $6 a pack! Even if I did get a vintage pack, it just wasn’t worth it. Instead I went to Target and got this Pokemon EX figure cube repack. I can see it comes with a Machamp EX, a Roaring Skies pack and a Evolutions pack. This repack also has a foil card, a figure and 2 coins.
Nice I pulled a Slowbro EX from the Evolutions pack. It is not the strongest EX but it is always nice to add another EX to my collection. As for the other pack, I opened so many Roaring Skies packs and I haven’t pulled a Shaymin EX card, which is probably the most sort after card in the game. Still this repack was totally worth it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!