The Importance of an Icon in Gaming

Today marked the departure of one of the most charismatic dudes that became a legendary icon for the popular video game Hearthstone. His departure is due to his desire to develop his own game (hell yeah!) and I wish him success for that journey. His name is Ben Brode and he was the director. Ben Brode was more than the man behind the development structure of Hearthstone. He was the face of the game.

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My Favorite Video Game Songs #11 – Lyrics Edition

When it comes to telling a story, songs and video games can be very similar. They can both be incredibly emotional, and tone setting. They go hand in hand in building a world and with adding lyrics to specific songs in game, can add another layer of immersion and mood setting. These 10 songs do an incredible of just that. If you want to see more video game lists, perhaps check out list #10.

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Board Game Review: Farmageddon – Farm Fresh Edition

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend Protospiel San Jose 2018, an event dedicated to board game testing. It was free to enter and funded by those setting up a booth. All I had to do was play games in development while sharing my thoughts. It was an awesome event and within it there was a raffle for free board games. I won along with assumably most of the venue, and I chose this game to acquire for free because I liked the artwork and it looked fun. Viva la review!

Farmageddon is a hand management game where you plant crops that you can harvest on your future turns to get cash. The player with the most bank at the end of the game wins. You can compare this game to Bohnanza in the way you need to invest in your harvest, and Munchkin in the way that you can colossally dick with other people just for the sake of doing so.

This game is pretty short and goes by even faster when there are more people. The mechanics are overall simple and easy to understand, but also rewards handsomely to strategy, balancing risk and reward and offers satisfying natural combos and playstyles, and punishing players that overextend or don’t plan out their turns.

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In this article I’m going to go over what the game does well and not well and discuss whether or not Farmageddon – Farm Fresh Edition is the right board game to add to your collection.

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It’s Smash Time Fellas

Today there was a Nintendo Direct, which is Nintendo’s way of showcasing us what’s next for their platforms. This was a good one with a lot of good games announced or given release dates! And of course the only one that really mattered to me was announced today. Smash Bros. 2018. Here we go.

In this article I’m going to explain my hype and what my wishes are for this titular title.

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5 Board Games You Should Own

As a preface I’m neckbeard deep into board games. One ongoing project of mine is to assemble the ultimate bookshelf, where I have a board game fit for any table! So I’ve spent lots of research and time slaving away playing board game after boarding game (I know, life’s so rough) to come up with variables like subsets of genres, quantity of players, distinct game personalities, yadda yadda stats mumbo jumbo.

The list of 5 games you’ll see here are on this list because they are liked in MANY situations, are very replayable, they fit that delightful combo: easy to learn, challenging to master, and most of all, combined they should be the 5 games you should own to be prepared for any game night at your place.

Bias alert / disclaimer: I dislike Uno. If you think Uno is the strategic nuts, perhaps this article is out of line.

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Board Game Review: Cat Lady

Cat Lady is a new game published by the reputable board game comp AEG and is a game where you take the role of a crazy collecting cat lady. It is a drafting game where players take turns gathering food, toys, cat drugs, costumes, wanted posters, and certainly, a ton of cats. You gotta feed your cats to get points! There are a ton of ways to get points, from hoarding a variety of cat toys to finding stray cats that are great for developing cat feeding strategies. The game is relatively quick, is easy to pick up, and has a good amount of depth, which is a stellar combination to have in a board game.

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In this article I’m going to go over what the game does well and not well and discuss whether or not Cat Lady is the right board game to add to your collection.

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The Evolution of FeelsBad RNG Mechanics in Hearthstone

Yesterday broke in the dawn of the 11th Hearthstone expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, a set that I have already spent hours enjoying. However as I kept playing against the same degenerate Tempo Rogues with Keleseth and my Devolves on my Elemental Shaman deck produced a sea of taunts for my opponent, I couldn’t help but wonder if this set has the most RNG of any set. Certainly it makes sense for this time slice to be up there in RNG, since the way expansions flow has it such that this is the largest the card pool will be in the standard format. This makes it hard to play around much, especially in the early days of an expansion. Yet, after devolving my opponent’s Voidlord and Master Oakheart into an Al’Akir the Windlord and Grizzled Guardian which then proceeded to recruit 2 Tar Creepers, I asked myself how the history of Hearthstone’s RNG was.

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