Betrayal at House on the Hill, Superfight! - Boards & Swords #34

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Merry Christmas everyone! Just a regular episode this week as I've been so booked that I have been unable to prepare any sort of Christmas special. Don't worry, I've got a couple of new things planned for the new year. In this episode, we talk about Superfight, along with a breakdown of Betrayal at House on the Hill, and we wrap a bow (HA! Christmas joke) on the ongoing D&D campaign I've been discussing.

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The Resistance, Dungeon Master's Guide - Boards & Swords #33

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Lots of board gaming talk this week! Between Thanksgiving and other side trips, I share plenty of gaming experiences from the past couple of weeks. I've also got the brand new 5th edition Dungeon Master's Guide to talk about, and we breakdown the social deduction game The Resistance!

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production. Please visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, making fun of comics and all the other geeky things we obsess over. Like to contribute to the show? Send me an email with what you are playing to feedback@boardsandswords.com. On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder. Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

"Philip's A Dirty Rotten Cheater" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #65

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We try out some new mic stands this week that I made from Ikea lamps, I finally got my hands on a new iPhone 6, and Philip is overjoyed with the new expansion to Star Trek Online. Plus we've got more monster manual mad libs and a letter from a douchebag editor as well!

If you'd like to comment or contribute to the show, send us an email at feedback@ocdcast.com.  You can also talk to us online, I'm @ChrisTheProf on twitter and Philip is @Philip_OCD.  You can also follow us on facebook at facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder.  The background music in this episode was composed by Andrew Allen and can be found on his CD's "Free Play" and "Smooth Federation" - thanks for letting us play them on the show!  Check out ocdcast.com for other great stuff, including my tabletop gaming podcast "Boards & Swords".

Boards & Swords #16: Munchkin, Friday Night Magic Fails

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Lots of great stuff this week - a couple of FNMs gone bad, news about the next X-wing pack (I CALLED IT!), what happens when my party gets into the dungeon I made, and a breakdown of the card game Munchkin!

Board Games

Quarriors on iOS - very nice, may even replace the print version.

Cards Against Humanities - Bought it, haven't had a chance to play yet

X-wing: Imperial Aces

News

Not sure about the next episode - will be at PAX East!

Journey into Nyx Prerelease is at the end of April!  Which means there will be a special in depth episode - send in any questions/comments about the last episode for me to answer on the show.

Rebel Aces Pack announced for X-wing!

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4705

Magic The Gathering

Friday Night Magic Tales - hard time getting cards, made a 2 color deck and was not doing well with it.

- This week, had a good idea, got some sweet cards, but then released while playing the theme I was going for didn't really work in limited

Roleplaying Games

More D&D 4th edition campaign tales - The party begins their trek through the dungeon I created!

Featured Topic

None this week

Board Game Breakdown

Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games

Feedback/Shoutouts

MTGyou Podcast - 

www.mtgyou.com

Closing

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Boards & Swords #12: Carcassonne, What Makes A Good Gaming Store?

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This week, we see the return of some roleplaying game talk, chat for a bit about what makes up a good gaming store, and break down the classic game Carcassonne!

Board Games

Android: Netrunner - Still cannot win at this game! Bought the first data pack, made a pretty killer Haas-Bioroid corp deck

X-wing Miniatures - Also lost. My “tried and true” A-wing setup doesn’t work well against non-swarm builds.

Recently purchased, but can’t wait to play: Forbidden Desert, Rampage

News

“Join the Rebel Alliance” - Looking at the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion beginner game

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4613

Magic The Gathering/Roleplaying Games

Continuation from the news segment, but I talk about getting Chloe interested in Roleplaying games.

Featured Topic

What makes a good gaming store? I talk about some of the experiences I had on travel and 2 stores in particular that I went to up in New Jersey.

Board Game Breakdown

Carcassonne by Z-Man Games

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Feedback

None this week - let me know what you guys are playing!

Closing

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production. Please visit ocdcast.com for more great videos and podcasts, such as the main Obsessive Comics Disorder podcast, talking about comics and all the geeky things we obsess over. Like to contribute to the show? Send me an email with what you are playing to feedback@boardsandswords.com. On twitter, you can find me @ChrisTheProf or on facebook go to facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder. Also check out my instagram (ChrisTheProfessor) to see pictures of all the games that I'm currently playing.

Boards & Swords #8: Android: Netrunner & How I Screwed Up Pandemic

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This week I have LOTS of board games to talk about, I mention how my wife and I could not beat Pandemic until we read the rules again, and what happened to my D&D group in my second adventure.  Then we wrap everything up by breaking down the card game Android: Netrunner!

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Boards & Swords #7: Quarriors, Commander Decks, & The First Adventure

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This week, I talk about my first time playing the Magic: The Gathering Commander Decks and acting like a first time player in Friday Night Magic.  I also discuss what happened at the end of that first D&D session that I set up, and finish the episode breaking down the board game (dice game?) Quarriors!

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Boards & Swords #5: Ascension, Theros Game Day, & Hearthstone

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What's this?  A video game being discussed?  Yes, but not quite, as I recently got into the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft closed beta.  Hearthstone is an online collectible card game based in the Warcraft universe, and you guys will definitely want to check this game out when it comes out of beta.  In addition, I discuss how the Theros Game Day went, how I finally won in X-wing, and elaborate some on the world that I set my recent D&D campaign in.  The episode finishes off with my Board Game Breakdown of Ascension by Stoneblade Entertainment.

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Boards & Swords #4: King of Tokyo, Buying Cards in Magic, Starting a D&D Campaign

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Not as many new board games to talk about this week; but I highlight a game I did NOT like.  I also won my first Friday Night Magic, and I give an inside look into how I started my recent D&D campaign and a couple of the thoughts that went into that first adventure.  Then, of course we finish up with a Board Game Breakdown of Richard Garfield's King of Tokyo by Iello Games.

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Boards & Swords #2: Ticket To Ride, How To Get Started with Magic and D&D

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This week, I back track a bit and discuss what D&D and Magic the Gathering are and give pointers on how you can get started in these games if you are interested.  I also talk about the new Small World iOS app, a kickstarter that I think D&D fans should support, and close out the show by breaking down the board game "Ticket to Ride"

Tabletop Connect Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/840448191/tabletop-connect-3d-virtual-tabletop?ref=live

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Ticket to Ride video review:

Boards & Swords #000: "Who Am I, & What Is This About?"

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Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I'm going to be burying my head in a bunch of work for the rest of the month and unable to publish any blog posts/videos/or podcasts.  But, before I did, I wanted to put out something for you guys to check out while I'm busy.  Recently, I've become a much bigger fan of TableTop gaming, specifically board games and card games.  Ever since, I've had this big desire to put out a podcast where I can talk about these things, but I wasn't able to figure out how I wanted to do it.

Until Now.

What you've got before you now, is a *very* rough idea of what I want to do for this podcast.  I don't have any titles or album art yet, so this is just a barebones pilot episode for me to get some feedback from you guys on how to create this podcast.

In this episode - I introduce myself and give a brief history of my gaming experiences, talk a bit about what I want to do on this podcast, and then go into a review of Wizard of the Coast's latest D&D reprint: the 3.5 Rule Supplement "Magic Item Compendium".

Question of the Week - A question that I'd like answered by you guys and will read responses on my next episodes (for now, email them to chris@ocdcast.com, or comment on this episode).

Relative Dimensions #36: "Android: Netrunner Playthrough"

It's a bit of a long show this week, but Philip and I have been chomping at the bit to try out Android: Netrunner.  It's a two player cyber-punk card game developed by the same person who created Magic: The Gathering.  So sit back and enjoy us fumbling over ourselves and trying to figure out this game.

Review: "Gatecrash, The Secretist Part 2"

Before I start on this post, I realize that a few weeks back I mentioned that I was trying to avoid doing written blog reviews.  What I meant to say was that I am trying to not constrain myself to just writing review posts, I want to make sure that the blog posts I write are constantly entertaining and not pigeon holed into one type of writing.  Having said that, I was recently sent copies of Parts 1 and 2 of The Secretist by Wizards of the Coast, written by Doug Beyer.  The Secretist is the story that accompanies the current Magic: The Gathering set, Return to Ravinca.  If you're a fan of Magic or a big lover of fantasy books, you will want to click past the break for more.

For those of you who may not be that familiar with Magic; it is a collectible card game where you and your opponent take the form of powerful mages called "Planeswalkers" who duel each other.  Each year, Wizards of the Coasts releases a "block" of Magic cards.  This block of cards consists of 3 different sets that are released throughout the year.  Each one of the sets within the same block of cards take place in the same location, sharing a common theme and background story that weaves its way into the various characters, abilities, and flavor text.  This background story is typically expanded upon by a series of novels that are released around the same time as the individual sets.  So each year, a block will contain 3 sets of cards and 3 novels; one to go with each set.  This year, Wizards is experimenting with this formula a bit; releasing 3 shorter novellas throughout the year as ebooks.
The first part, Return to Ravnica, The Secretist Part 1, stars Jace Belerin, a Planeswalker who specializes in mind magic.  Jace has discovered an ancient code within many of the structures located in the world of Ravnica, a world consisting of one giant city rules by ten various guilds.  The code that Jace has discovered is believed to lead to an "Implicit Maze," which at the end of it is rumored to contain some sort of weapon.  In February, the second ebook in the series, Gatecrash, The Secretist Part 2, the discovery and subsequent exploration of the Implicit Maze has caused dissent between the ten guilds, causing their leaders to prepare for all out war.  Jace finds himself in the middle of the guilds' tensions and must find a way to discover what is really inside the Implicit Maze before war tears apart the entire world of Ravnica.
Up until this point, I had never read Magic's background novels.  Each year I see them, and am tempted to read them, but they always get placed low on my to-do list.  When I got the copies of "The Secretist", I was determined to finally get off of my butt and read these Magic stories.  I downloaded both parts for the Kindle app on my iPad and got to reading.  The availability of the stories as ebooks made it so much easier to obtain and read through the stories, and I really enjoyed that.  If Wizards of the Coast were to release all of their Magic stories as ebooks from now on, I could see myself reading more of them.  Especially because I loved this story so much.  The way that the author describes the various people and guilds, most of which are available as different cards in the Magic set, allowed me to get more immersed into the story and location.  The description of the different guilds battling it out is very vivid in its description; you can easily see in your mind the way that the characters cast their spells to attack and defend against their opponents.  I am more of a Science Fiction reader, but I have read a couple of different Fantasy books.  None of them have gone into as detail as these books on the magic and the way that the spells come into reality.  The fact that the card game is called "Magic: The Gathering" probably is a large reason why this is the case.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed these two books, and I am really excited for the final part of the story.  Not only that, but I am excited for the next time that I get to play the Magic card game, as I feel I will have more understanding as to why the cards are the way that they are and why certain mechanics behave in a particular way.  That, of course, is probably Wizards of the Coast's goal in publishing these Magic stories; and for this Magic Block, I feel that they have succeeded.
Gatecrash, The Secretist Part 2, along with the first part of the tale, can be found for $1.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.  If you are a big Magic: The Gathering fan, or someone who wants a different sort of fantasy tale, then I highly recommend that you pick up this book.  If you do, let me know what you think and if you are as excited as I am for the final part!

How To Make Car Rides Better With Munchkin

That's right, I passed the time during this holiday season by playing munchkin in the car with Chloe (well, we also tried out the Ticket to Ride app on the iPad but more on that later).  Want to know how we did it?  Read past the break to find out.

My family and I live in Maryland near Ashley's family while my parents and my extended family all live in North Carolina.  We typically spend Christmas here in Maryland but go down to NC a few days later to spend time with my parents up until New Years.  The trip from Maryland to NC can be 6 hours or more - and anyone with kids will tell you that's a long time to keep a child still.

Over the past few months, Chloe has become addicted to Munchkin.  She loves playing it and is always asking me to play with her.  I may have to watch how much she actually plays because she's getting REALLY good at it - specifically the backstabbing part.  She loves to bump up monsters so that I have to ask her for help.

So, for the car trip down to NC, I decided to ride in the back seat with Chloe and keep her entertained.  We decided that we would play a few games of Munchkin during the trip.  Wait, you might be saying, isn't Munchkin a card game?  How did you play it in the car without all the cards going everywhere?  Truth be told, it wasn't easy, but we managed to make it work.  Here's how we did it:

1) Ditch the board and game pieces - we tried at first to play the game like we normally do, which is with the official Munchkin board and pieces.  However, the first time Ashley turned the car, the pieces just slid off the board.  So we decided to not use the board and stick with just the level counter apps for our iOS devices (I used my iPhone, she had her iPod touch).

2) Use cup holders for the doors and treasure decks - my car has a small arm that comes down in the middle of the back seat that contains two cupholders.  We used one of these for the door deck and one for the treasure deck, placing them in the cupholders sideways so they would fit.  The discards would just get put in the back of the cupholder arm.  They would occasionally slide together, but for the discards it wasn't that big of a deal.

3) Use pillows for tables - I had two pillows in the back seat, so both of us had one in case we got tired.  I end up hurting my neck when I snooze in the car against the door, so for long trips I like having a pillow available.  Well, as you can see in the image above, we used these pillows as card tables for our items.  The pillow fabric made it so the cards would slide all over the place as the car moved and made it possible to actually play the game.

Other than these 3 things, everything else was pretty normal.  We were able to play the game, but it wasn't without its trials and hardships.  Yet it helped pass the time and it kept Chloe from being bored like kids easily get during car trips.  I did, however, come up with a few ideas to make the gameplay easier:

1) Magnetize the game board & pieces - this way we could still use the game board without worrying about the pieces sliding around.

2) Card Holders for draw/discard piles - I want to get plastic cases (probably magnetized to the munchkin board) where I can slide in the draw and discard piles and not have to worry about piles of cards falling over.

3) Non-stick tables for items - pillows are nice, but get too many items and the cards will start sliding down the curvature of the pillow.  I think something similar to a laptop desk covered in non-stick materials would be much easier for holding cards.

Ill have to work on these ideas before we go on our next big road trip.  Do you have any suggestions I could use?

Munchkin Zombies Review

The last in this set of Munchkin review videos, this week I take a look at Munchkin Zombies!  One of my favorite sets to play, this version of Munchkin by Steve Jackson Games has the Munchkins be zombies and do whatever it takes to get to level 10, using whatever they can find around them as equipment.  Check out the video, and if you want to purchase the game, click here to go to Amazon and order it.  I'll get a cut back, and you get a great game!

Munchkin Conan Review

In this video review, I take a look at one of Steve Jackson Games' latest games - Munchkin Conan!  Its the same great Munchkin you love, now set in the Conan the Barbarian universe.  What do I think of it?  Take a look and find out!

*This copy of Munchkin Conan was provided to me by Steve Jackson Games to review*

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