Love Letter\Munchkin Loot Letter, Playing Commander for FNM - Boards & Swords #32

2014-10-28 17.02.02
2014-10-28 17.02.02

I talk about the popular Marvel Dice Masters game, the board game store that I found in DC, and the time gaming tricked me into going to a baby shower. I've also got a breakdown of Munchkin Loot Letter and briefly discuss my experience playing Commander/EDH for Friday Night Magic.

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.

Pandemic, Munchkin Apocalypse 2, MTG: Conspiracy - Boards & Swords #23

2014-06-25 05.14.31
2014-06-25 05.14.31

A little behind the 8-ball here, but I still wanted to get out an episode to you guys.  I've got some great board gaming news, a look at a new strategy I tried for D&D, and my thoughts on the new Magic set Conspiracy.  Not to mention, we've got a breakdown of one of the staples of Co-Op gaming: Pandemic!

Board Games

Munchkin Apocalypse x2

Cards Against Humanity

Lords of Waterdeep

News

X-Wing Wave Five!

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4869

Pandemic: Contagion!

http://zmangames.com/product-details.php?id=1608

Board Game Breakdown

Pandemic by Z-Man Games

This podcast is a part of the Dice Tower Network.  Go check out some of the other great shows at dicetowernetwork.com

Roleplaying Games

When the world begins to fall apart, how do our heroes begin to build it back?

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2014-06-25 05.51.28

Featured Topic

Ticket to Ride - The Dice Tower Network Game of the Month

Magic The Gathering

No deck this week, instead I talk about my Conspiracy experience

Feedback/Shoutouts

Closing

This podcast is an Obsessive Comics Disorder production.  Please visit 

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 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 

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

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2014-03-30 18.55.51

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

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.

Relative Dimensions #35: "We're Bringing It Back Now, Geek Talk Style"

That's right - we thought the show we getting kind of stale just talking about games, so we took our current format and threw it out the window!  If you've been listening since the beginning I intended Relative Dimensions to be a general "Geek Talk Radio" type show, and that's the style that we are going back to.  We are currently coming up with new ideas for the show, so if you've got an idea then send it to us!

chris@ocdcast.com http://ocdcast.comhttp://twitter.com/ChrisTheProfhttp://twitter.com/Philip_RDhttp://facebook.com/obsessivecomicsdisorder Intro/Outro Music - "L3" by Skyhawk on his album "Function"

Topics Covered

Philip isn't playing STO?!? / Sins of a Solar Empire Cherry Chocolate Rain? Chris' Birthday! / New Board Games Star Trek Attack Wing (Preview of the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtssIje1tZo) Munchkin Legends Pokemon games Kindle Books vs Physical Books iPhone repair issues - do it yourself??

News Stories

Steve Jackson Games Announces Munchkin® Legends http://www.sjgames.com/general/press_releases/130619.html

Google launches Internet-beaming balloons http://bigstory.ap.org/article/google-begins-launching-internet-beaming-balloons

My Nerdy First Year of Marriage

This is probably going to be a shorter post this week, but I am hitting an important milestone and I definitely wanted to talk about it today.  Past the break, I take a good look back over the past year as I continue to move into a new phase of life.

This weekend is very special for Ashley and myself.  One year ago, we tied the knot and officially became Husband and Wife -- though in our hearts we've been married to each other much longer than that.  Much has happened to us over the past year, sometimes to the point where it surprises me that it's only been one year.  Having married a fellow nerd, I'd like to look back at some of our more nerdy highlights over the past year.

We started off our life together by traveling down to Myrtle Beach, SC for our honeymoon.  We were there only for a couple of days, but I wish we could have stayed there for longer!  We made sure to sprinkle in plenty of nice dinners and being with each other, but we definitely sprinkled in a few nerdy aspects as well.  For instance, we played mini golf at the Dragon's Lair golf course; playing through several medieval themed holes as they spiraled around this castle looking structure.  It was during our honeymoon that I got a glimmer of hope that Ashley would one day play Munchkin with me as we found Munchkin Zombies in a store while we were looking around.  She saw it and mentioned that version she would be more inclined to play than the other sets that I already had; so of course I bought it.  We also stumbled upon this place called "MagiQuest", which ended up being this real-life fantasy game that we very much enjoyed playing.  In it, you create a wand and carry it around waving it at objects to activate items or collect objects that you can use to complete quests (I talked about it in depth on an episode of Relative Dimensions if you are interested).

Ashley and I try and attend Baltimore Comic Con every year, and we attended this year as well.  This year we felt like pros - knowing exactly which booths to hit first and try and make sure to get some good deals.  Ashley managed to find several of the premium World of Warcraft action figures for only $5!  That's a heck of a bargain!  Baltimore wasn't the only convention this past year that we hit, as she went with Chloe and I to the LEGO Kids Fest in Richmond back in February.  We all had a great time looking through the various LEGO brick statues and activities that they had scattered through the convention hall.  I know there will be many more conventions in our future; from Baltimore to Boston (I've got her possibly interested in going with me to PAX East next year) to one day perhaps even San Diego.  I've heard her say a couple of times that she wants to go to San Diego Comic Con one year.  One year, I hope to take her there and explore it together.

One of the passions that I've developed over the past year has been my love for board gaming - and Ashley has done her part to stoke the flame.  I already mentioned up above that she showed some interest in learning Munchkin, one of my favorite games - well later that year she finally broke down and I taught her how to play.  Now, its a game that we can both play with Chloe when we get a chance to sit down and spend some family time together.  She even surprised me one day when I came home from work with a new Munchkin set - Star Munchkin - for no reason at all!  And imagine my happiness when I woke up on Valentine's Day to find a copy of Ticket to Ride waiting for me.

So as you can see, Ashley and I have definitely had our moments of geekiness together this past year.  It has definitely been a wonderful year, and I look forward to sharing many more wonderful years with her!

My 9 Geekiest Moments With The Cloverfield

This weekend is Chloe's (otherwise known to me as The Cloverfield) 9th Birthday.  With that, I thought I'd dedicate this week's blog post to her by going through the 9 geekiest moments that I've had with her - or at least the 9 geekiest moments that I have pictures of.  Click through to find out what those moments are…

For those of you that don't know, Chloe is my daughter.  She's actually my step-daughter, but I've accepted her in my heart as my daughter.  I've known her for just about 4 years now, and during that short time have come to teach her the ways of the geek.  As I was going through the pictures I have of her on my phone/facebook/etc, I picked out a couple that stood out to me as some of our geekier times, listed chronologically:

1) Playing Video Games With Her

I am a pretty big video gamer (as most of you are well aware of), so it was only natural that I would try and share this love of gaming with Chloe.  Being too young for some of the games I was playing such as Halo, Call of Duty, etc., we started off with games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero.  Later, we moved on to games like Castle Crashers, Mario Kart, and even Minecraft!  In fact, we even did a whole podcast devoted to the games we played, until we decided we wanted to talk about other topics too.

2) World of Warcraft

Technically a video game, WoW deserves its own category just from the amount of time we've played it compared to other games.  It all started back one day when Ashley was over at my apartment with Chloe.  She was borrowing my shower (it may have been after we had been outside rummaging through the snow), and Chloe was watching TV while I was playing WoW.  She came over to where I was, curious as to what I was doing.  So instead of telling her about it, I let her make a character and showed her how to play.  She took to it in no time (I've got video proof of this below), and has since fallen in love with the game.  She got her own account so that she could make multiple characters - probably her favorite aspect of the game.  Sometimes, we will both play next to each other, but nowadays if we are both playing we will jump on our Goblins.  We've been leveling them together, and we've gotten them up to level 26 or so.

3) LEGO

Another early moment between Chloe and I (although the picture is from this past Christmas) is our fondness of LEGO Bricks (I've been recently corrected that they are LEGO Bricks, not LEGOs).  Back before I moved in with Chloe and Ashley, I was searching for things to have at my apartment for when Chloe would come over.  When I was growing up, I LOVED LEGO Bricks.  I used to build all sorts of contraptions with them, both sets and just free building things with whatever random pieces I had laying around. So, I thought that it would be nice to have a bucket of LEGO Bricks that I could pull out whenever Chloe came over.  They were a hit with her, and we've been playing with various LEGO sets ever since.  She's in love with the LEGO Friends sets, so I imagine that her LEGO collection will not be ending anytime soon.

4) Annapolis Comic Con

I'll talk more about comic cons in a little bit, but I threw Annapolis Comic Con up here separately because it was the first 'con that I attended as a participant, not as a fan.  I bought a booth, had signs and handouts made - even had a contest!  Chloe got excited for the comic con too - she had us buy a Batgirl outfit that she wore for the 'con and stood at the booth handing out fliers and promoting the show.  She had a blast!

5) Halloween 2011

Chloe and myself love to dress up - especially for halloween.  In 2011, we were looking for costumes in Kmart when we stumbled upon some "The Walking Dead" costumes for the creepy zombie girl in the pilot and Rick Grimes.  We bought the costumes and went as a matching pair for Halloween that year.  Chloe was so creepy as a zombie!  She hated the mouthpiece that got glued onto her face, but it just fully completes the costume.  People don't believe me when I talk about how creepy she looked as a zombie, so I like to have these pictures available on my phone for me to pull out and prove to them.

6) The Avengers

Fast forward to May 2012 - The Avengers is in opening in theaters!  Chloe loves comic books, so we knew that we should take her along to see the movie with us (and we weren't going at midnight this time).  She had a couple of the Thor pieces that were available in the toy aisle, so she threw those on and went to the movie with us.  She was tired, so she did fall asleep in the middle for a few minutes, but overall she loved the movie.

7) Baltimore Comic Con

We've taken Chloe to about 3 or 4 comic conventions over the years, but our family's favorite convention each year is Baltimore Comic Con.  It is close by, has lots of great stuff to look at, and there are plenty of great deals to be had!  The past couple of times we have went, Ashley has found us some great deals on World of Warcraft action figures, combining two of our geeky hobbies.

8) Magic: The Gathering

Deciding that Chloe was not geeky enough after all of this, I taught Chloe how to play the card game Magic: The Gathering.  She had seen me look at the cards in the game aisle and watched me play the Duels of the Planeswalkers video game, so she had been curious of the game for quite awhile.  I had been waiting for her to get older to understand the game, but finally I took a risk and taught her how to play.  She beat me on her first time playing!  Needless to say, she picked up the game pretty well and even got her own Magic deck to play with for Christmas.  I'm hoping that she can get good enough at the game on her own that we can play in some local tournaments at some point.

9) Munchkin

Last on the list but probably first in her heart is the card game Munchkin.  I taught her how to play around the same time that I taught her Magic, and she caught onto this game the most.  Any time we have a free moment, she is asking to play Munchkin.  I think she's been playing it too much though - she is getting really good at it!  She has become really devious at the game; pulling out monster enhancers at the best time so that you have to have help, then offering her assistance.  I'm going to have to keep my eye on her from now on when we play.
So there are my geeky moments with Chloe.  I'm sure we will have many more over the years and I can't wait to share them with her.  You can hear about them as well, by listening to our podcast "The Adventures of Chloe". It's all about me teaching her how to be a geek, while she teaches me how to be a dad.

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*

If you would like a copy of this game, click this link to Amazon -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00857S1WY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00857S1WY&linkCode=as2&tag=obsescomicdis-20 You'll get a great game at a great price, and a tiny bit will come back here to support more reviews/videos/podcasts!

Munchkin Axe Cop Review

I review one of Steve Jackson's Munchkin products - Munchkin Axe Cop! See how it compares to the original game and what my thoughts about it are. If it sounds interesting to you, click on the link below to buy it from Amazon, and a part of the purchase goes to helping me create these videos!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005J2RU84/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005J2RU84&linkCode=as2&tag=obsescomicdis-20

Note: This copy of Munchkin Axe Cop was provided to me by Steve Jackson Games for the purpose of reviewing it.

The Adventures of Chloe #3: "The Magic of Chlomunchkin"

It's been awhile, but it's a new episode of the Adventures of Chloe! We briefly mention some of the things that have happened since we last podcasted, but mainly focus on stuff I've introduced Chloe to recently, such as:

Munchkin Magic: The Gathering DC Universe Online

What? You've Never Heard Of Munchkin??

Yesterday, I spent a lot of time talking about this card game called Munchkin. However, in the midst of some twitter conversations I had throughout the day, I reminded myself that not everyone is familiar with this game. So instead of the post that I originally had planned for today, I decided to take a step back and introduce you guys to an amazing card game that you are sure to love! Read on to find out why...

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I was introduced to Munchkin about 4-6 years ago (can't remember exactly) thanks to one of my college friends. Ever since then, I have fallen in love with the game. Later on, I decided to buy the comic book version of the game Super Munchkin, and ever since then I have been picking up different versions of the game.

So what is this game? In it, you and your friends are Munchkins - comic parodies of the stereotypical D&D type nerd. You are exploring a dungeon, fighting monsters and trying to stab your friends in the back in the meantime. It may sound complicated, but it is so simple. Put it this way - I've even taught my 8 year old stepdaughter how to play - and she loves it! She won't stop asking me when we can play again.

The best part about Munchkin is that there is a version for everyone. The original Munchkin set is a fantasy themed set, poking fun at D&D, Lord of the Rings, etc. However, according to their website (www.worldofmunchkin.com), there are over 14 different games spanning all kinds of genres. I have 4 sets myself: the original set, Super Munchkin (parodying comic books), Munchkin Bites (vampires/werewolves/etc.), and Munchkin Zombies (duh, about Zombies). Not only that, there is a space set, a pirate set, one themed after Mission Impossible, etc. etc. So there is bound to be one that appeals to you.

Curious about what this game is like? Recently, Wil Wheaton has started a YouTube show called Table Top, where he plays games with other celebrities and friends of his. A few weeks ago, Munchkin was one of the games played, so now you can see for yourself a good example of how the game is played:

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So, have I gotten you interested yet? Are you asking, where can I buy this game? You can use this link right here to buy Munchkin on Amazon.com (FYI its an affiliate link, so you'll be supporting the site when you click the link first before you buy). If you happen to have a comic book store nearby, you can also find many of the different versions there as well. Surprisingly, I have also seen the game at my local Target as well, so there is another option for you. Let me know if you try out the game, I want to see what you think!

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What Happens When You Get Too Many Munchkin Cards

As many of you who follow me on Twitter know, I am a HUGE fan of the card game Munchkin. One of my college friends introduced me to the game over 4-5 years ago, and I've been playing the game ever since. When I bought the game for myself, being a comics guy, I purchased Super Munchkin. However, I didn't stop there, and now I own 4 different versions of the base game, with many different boosters as well. How do I store all of these cards? Read on to find out.

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I have been searching for a way to store all of my Munchkin cards for awhile now. Keeping them in their separate boxes is alright for the base sets, but lately I've been buying up a lot of the 15 card booster packs and my vanilla Munchkin box was starting to overflow. Plus, I like the idea of having all of my cards in one place in case I ever want to combine multiple sets together into a game. Steve Jackson Games does have their own solution: the Munchkin Boxes Of Holding. They are 2 cardboard boxes: one for your door cards, one for your treasure cards. However, I wasn't sure how these boxes would hold up, plus that still gives me two boxes to keep track of, and looking through the craft stores near me I knew I could come up with my own solution.

My first idea was to take one of the generic wooden boxes that you can find in any craft store and paint it up Munchkin style. Yet, I couldn't find one that would work best for me that wasn't 20+ dollars. Plus with the move coming up, I didn't have time to work on the painting. So, I decided to hold off on that idea...until I saw this:

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It is some sort of wine box that I happened to find (okay, my wife happened to find) in the clearance isle for only $10! Now, I'm not a wine drinker or anything, but I love the style of this box! It has the medieval chest look that I was hoping to create with the wooden boxes. Once we got it home, Ashley took two of the cardboard pieces within the Munchkin boxes and folded it up so that it would fit in the box and hold the cards without them flopping around. The finished product:

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Now ALL of my Munchkin stuff can easily fit in this chest (minus the game board, but that isn't needed necessarly), including all the rule books and bookmarks that I've acquired from various 'cons. If I ever fill up this box, I can always pull out the cardboard pieces and fit in more cards.

How do you store your Munchkin cards? I am really interested in seeing how other people store their cards as well. Leave a comment below and tell me how you store your cards. Do you just keep them in the original box? Do you have the Munchkin boxes of holding?