My Reviews of Three Random Obscure Board Games from Board Game Geek

I have a huge collection of board games and I get to try even more board games at my job but I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to give some truly obscure board games a shot. So I kept hitting the random board game button on Board Game Geek (which is a directory of pretty much every board game in existence) until I came across a free board game that I can print and play or one that I can play with what I had already (like a deck of playing cards). Here is a review of the first three reasonable games that I came across. I say “reasonable” because I am not going to play a random 4 hour wargame. There are actually a ton of free print and play games out there so it didn’t take forever.

The first game is Spurs and Sprockets.

Spurs and Sprockets

This is a pure strategy tile laying game that is like tic tac toe with some actual interesting decisions. I made it by printing out the tiles and gluing it on file folders with rubber cement. In this game, each player has the same tiles and they take turns placing them until you form a 4×4 grid. You get points when you connect three or four tiles in a row. There is an option rule where you can “attack” your opponents tiles. All in all, this is a simple game to learn but wow it is such a brain burner. I recommend it if you like deep abstract strategy games.

The second game is a solo game that you can play with a deck of cards, The Bogey.

the bogey

The Bogey was an honorable mention in the Solitaire Print and Play Contest and I love, love The Bogey. I was looking for a quick solo game that doesn’t take up much room and this game is perfect. All you need to play is the rules and a standard deck of cards. In the Bogey, you have to arrange all the cards in less than 12 piles given that each pile has to go from high to low (King to Ace) and each row has to be the same suite. Of course there is a Bogey (a random card between turns) that can throw a wrench in your plans. If you are looking for a time killer that you can play solo, I can’t recommend this game enough. I actually play this between turns in Hearthstone while I wait for slow opponents to make a move. I am so happy I came across this game.

The final game is Hamburger Cardgame.

Hamburger Cardgame

There are 52 cards in this game so I just glue them on an old deck of playing cards. This game was created in 2010 and oddly there are now a bunch of make a burger card games. Overall, this game is really just a set collection game that is kind of like rummy. You have six rounds to build the best burger but what is interesting is you have to commit to one part of the burger each round so there is a bit of a push your luck element to it. You can go for big points by assembling the right combination of cards in the right order or you can get zero points for not completing your burger. There is something here but it needs a bit more refinement and there are better filler card games out there nowadays. But hey it was free and it was fun.

So there was one great game, one game that good for the right crowd and one OK card game. I think I got lucky.

I am not the only one who prints random games to try… right?

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My New York Comic Con 2016 Haul!

New York Comic Con is easily one of my favorite times of year. I go every year and I am always looking for fun and interesting things to add to my collection…

One of my first purchases was a mini painting of BB-8 by Brendan Shaw. I love it and I have a place for it right next to my computer.

BB 8 Mini Painting

Also got this convention exclusive Batman with Bomb Heroclix figure. The bomb is a like a game of hot potato so this seems like a fun figure to play with. I am going to try it out the next time I get to play Heroclix.

Batman with Bomb Heroclix

I also got Carcassonne: Gold Rush. Carcasonne is one of my favorite board games of all time but I played it a ton this summer so I was looking for something a little different. There were actually a bunch of board games I kind of wanted but I am running out of room on my shelf so I have to be more picky.

Carcassonne Gold Rush

Every year I pick up a mystery box and this year I picked up one centered around comics. This mystery box has a pack of 10 random comics, a graphic novel and two random items which can be Pop dolls, toys, valuable comics, trading cards etc. They claimed the items are valued at $60- $100.

Comics Mystery Box

I got a couple of interesting comics in my bundle (Doctor Who, Shadow of the Bat, Marvel Tales Starring Spider-Man, X-Factor, Fear Itself & more) and a Buffy graphic novel. My two random items are World of Krypton #1 (which has a $12 price tag) and a Batman metal business card holder which I now use to hold a game of Love Letter.

Another awesome comic I got was this Lucha Underground one I got from their panel.

Lucha Underground Comic

One of my favorite vendors in New York Comic Con sells sealed boxes of trading cards and I think I buy something from them every year too. This year I got a box of 2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling. I couldn’t resist eight autographs for $99.

Wrestling Autographs
Wrestling Autographs

And I got a great box! The eight autographs are of Lita, Al Snow, X- Pac, Chris Masters 3/50, Nick Bockwinkel, Nikita Koloff, Kama/Tatanka 4/15 and Ric Flair.

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Magical Collectibles from Walt Disney World

I made my annual trip to Walt Disney World and this time around I kept an eye out for some cool and interesting collectibles.

First off, I am a huge fan of Figment and I picked up two comics.

figment comics

I hope I can get these signed in New York Comic Con which is next week! I also got this awesome sketch.

figment sketch

I found this equally awesome sketch of Baymax on my last day and I had to get it too!

baymax sketch

Finally I read about Disney’s trading card game Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom and I got a bunch of cards.

sorcerers of magic kingdom

The best way to play the game is through interactive portals spread throughout Magic Kingdom but I also bought the board to play it away from the park.

Disney depression is a real thing and I am already planning my next trip!

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The Weirdest Thing Out of A Pack of Cards

This has to be one of the weirdest things out of a pack of cards. It is a Cards Against Humanity Retail Product (retail as in the cards are about retail stores). It is a Target exclusive and from the front of the pack, it has a $1 instant rebate…

cards against humanity retail pack

cards against humanity retail pack

It comes with 20 Cards Against Humanity cards and a crisp one dollar bill??? I don’t know if this is the weirdest thing I ever pulled out of a pack of cards or if the dirt from the Lewis and Clark Trail is.

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Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand Signed Books for $1!

I don’t really collect politicians’ autographs but I recently got this Elizabeth Warren book signed and this Kirsten Gillibrand book signed for only $1! I figured they have to be worth more than that.

Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand Signed Books

Elizabeth Warren Autograph

Kirsten Gillibrand Autograph

I got the Elizabeth Warren signed book by helping out a friend donate a ton of books and I stumbled upon the Kirsten Gillibrand signed book in the $1 section of a used bookstore near where I work.

Anyways, New York Comic Con is right around the corner and I got my tickets! I hope to pick up some interesting autographs this year to add to my collection. Matt Smith and Karen Gillan will be signing but their autographs will definitely cost more than a dollar…

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A 2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls Blaster Break

The Summer Olympics are back! I saw a 2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls blaster on sale at Target awhile ago and I couldn’t resist. I had a lot of fun collecting this set so it should make for a fun break. I know there is a 2016 version of this product and I hope to have a box break of that too in the very near future.

2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls

2012 Topps US Olympic Team & Olympic Hopefuls is actually one of the few sets I actually completed so I am only looking for the hit of the blaster and it is of

Arielle Martin Verhaaren Event Used

Arielle Martin Verhaaren. The name honestly doesn’t sound familiar.

Anyways I also found a blaster of 2014 Panini Golden Age on sale and I pulled

Hank Williams Legends of Music

a Hank Williams memorabilia card. Nice!

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The Weirdest Basketball Repack I Ever Came Across

This is the weirdest basketball repack I ever came across.

Basketball Floor Box Repack

For only $12.99, I got a lot. In this repack, I got a 2011 All Star Game floor piece (with what I guess is the Certificate of Authenticity), a rookie card of Keven Durant, a memorabilia card of Tyson Chandler, a mini jersey of Dwight Howard (only 1 in 4 boxes has one), a pack of Teeny Mates, two packs of 2014-15 Panini Prizm and one pack of Skybox Series II.

Basketball Floor Box Repack Contents

NBA All Star Game Floor Piece

I didn’t pull anything that interesting in the packs. Just a Chandler Parsons parallel.

Basketball Floor Box Repack Pulls

To me the All Star Game floor piece is worth the price alone. Everything else is just gravy.

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