Firefly: The Board Game, Playing Pathfinder with Chloe - Boards & Swords #44

I'm posting this on both the Boards & Swords and the OCD feeds since it has been so long since I last podcasted.  I've barely had a chance to breathe, let alone play some board games but in the midst of GenCon packing I got a few moments to sit down and record an episode for you guys!  Listen as I talk about my experiences playing the Firefly board game, what I'm looking forward to playing at GenCon, and walking Chloe through her first tabletop RPG with the Pathfinder Beginner's Box!

Come find me at GenCon!  I'll be working the Dice Tower booth (#3030) from 11-12 on Friday, and I hope to see you guys there!

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. 

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

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2014-12-23 05.57.42

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.

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.

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

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2014-11-25 17.32.06

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.

"Flashing My Walking Dead iPhone" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #64

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2014-10-12 21.44.28

Lots of news out of New York Comic Con this week, I tried and failed to get a new iPhone, and Philip and I are super psyched about the Walking Dead starting up again!  In addition, we've got more Monster Manual Mad Libs and another new bit - let us know what you think!

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".

“Hulk Smash Puny iPhone" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #63

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2014-09-08 16.50.48

Gotham is the most pirated show, people wont stop sitting on their iPhones, and we tweak a previous segment to make it even...geekier?  How is that possible?  You'll just have to listen and find out!

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".

“The Adventures of Action Figure Philip" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #62

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2014-09-28 20.58.31

Philip's got himself a "mini-me", Gotham smells too much like Batman, and we bring back a favorite segment this week on OCD!

- Dumb Crime Links

Fugitive Desma KaShay Brown Hides In Oven http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/desma-kashay-brown-hides-oven_n_5867604.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

Robbery Suspect John Fecteau Tells Police Stabbing People ‘Better Than Doing Meth' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/john-fecteau-stabbing-better-than-meth_n_5875670.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

Suspect In 100 MPH Chase Says Her Foot Got Stuck On Gas Pedal http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/23/star-shields-williams_n_5870210.html?utm_hp_ref=dumb-criminals

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".

"Just As Fuzzy As The Bromaster 5000" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #61

2014-09-13 11.07.53
2014-09-13 11.07.53

Back to a more regular episode - including the return of "Mad Lib Blog Posts"!  Also, Philip FINALLY went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy, so we chat a bit about that as well.  And something about Microsoft creeping up Minecraft?  Find out in this week's show!

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".

"Got That Ice Cold Water...Just For A Dollar" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #60

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2014-09-07 10.31.50

We're back from Baltimore Comic Con!  We've got lots of stories and things to talk about - especially since the interviews we recorded while at the show got lost!  But it's okay, we still talk about the people we talked to and the things we saw (or didn't want to see).  Not to mention we finish off the show with a new Letter from a Douchebag Editor! Runners -

http://www.runnersuniverse.com

First Law of Mad Science -

http://www.firstlawofmadscience.com

Team Genesis -

http://www.farcornersstudios.com

Stronghold -

http://twitter.com/strongholdcomic

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".

"Like A D20 With 1's On Every Side" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #59

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2014-09-01 14.55.57

THIS WEEK - I get beat over and over again in board games (I know, nothing new), we are both super psyched for Baltimore Comic Con this coming weekend, and we find ourselves redeemed as Letters from a Douchebag Editor returns!!  All of this and much more!

Hashtag of the Week #worstconever

Last week's favorite #failedgenconreleases: Chris:

“The Sharknado LCG!” “Monday Night Football: The Board Game”

@docxen “Guardians of the Laxative"

@popculturecube: "EXPANSION! - The Base Gameless Game” “ALL 1’s - D&D Botch Dice"

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".

"Out of the Swimming Pool" - Obsessive Comics Disorder #58

2014-08-17 20.04.40
2014-08-17 20.04.40

We are back!  Pardon our mess as my studio flooded last month and we are finally to the point where we can record again.  We slowly figure out what this podcasting thing is again, and try out a couple of new things (I try telling jokes, for instance).  In addition to that, with Gen Con this past weekend we take some time to talk about some new games that we are interested in.

This week's hashtag - #failedgenconreleases

Last week's #reallifevideogamings:

Chris: “Mailing out invitations for friends to come farm crops next to my fields” “For Philip - tactically taking out enemy vermin (groundhogs) sneaking into your base (yard)” “Packing up a moving truck” “Throwing banana peels on NASCAR tracks during a race” “Why is it every time I pop these white pills my coworkers turn into ghosts? Blue, delicious looking ghosts” “Parachuting off the top of my apartment building because I’m too lazy to take the stairs"

@popculturecube: “At the dump, jumping into old pipes and punching cardboard boxes, before jumping on toadstools.” “Growing crops - then foisting them off on friends"

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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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.

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 #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.

If you are interested in purchasing Ascension via Amazon, consider using this affiliate link: http://ocdcast.com/ascension

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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 #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).

D&D Review: Against the Slave Lords Reprint (OCDtv#28)

I take a look at Wizards of the Coast's recent reprint of "Against the Slave Lords" - a series of D&D first edition adventures that were designed for tournament play D&D at GenCon years ago.

**Disclaimer: Thanks to Wizards of the Coast for providing me with a review copy of this book to look at**

The D20 Experience: Editions And Whats Next For D&D

The D20 Experience is a column I run on this site where I talk about the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons, both aspects of the game and how they apply to my adventures playing in a regular D&D group. If you are curious as to what D&D is about, I suggest you take a look at this previous article. If you've been around D&D long enough, you've probably heard people talk about "editions" and which edition is their favorite to play. Some people get really heated about which version of the game is the best one. If you want to get a bit of insight into this, and are curious about what this "beta" edition of D&D that is going around, stay tuned for a short story on editions and the thought process I went through when I decided to take a spin in the DM chair.

I had this big post planned out and written up about the various editions of D&D and why people get so fierce about one edition over the other. Well, Evernote decided to erase it before it sync'd back to my account and I lost that post. I was not looking forward to rewriting it, so instead I'm going to summarize it here. For any extra information, I'll point you over to this wikipedia page. There have been 4 editions of Dungeons and Dragons; two by the original company TSR, Inc. and two by Wizards of the Coast when they bought the rights to D&D when TSR went bankrupt. Fourth Edition is the current edition of the game, but many players did not like the changes to the game have stayed with the very popular "3.5 Edition".

There is a 5th edition of the game that is currently being worked on called "D&DNext". Wizards of the Coast has been "beta" testing the game by releasing versions to players for free and encouraging their feedback. They have been incorporating the best aspects of all the other editions and rolling into one improved edition. According to what I've seen, this edition will come out sometime in 2014.

Being a giant D&D nerd, I have been really interested in D&DNext. I have access to all the beta materials, read through all the materials, and have been listening to the official D&D podcast talk about it. Everything that they have been talking about has me really excited to try out the new rules. In our group, our DM has mentioned that if any of us wanted to take the wheel on the adventures for a little bit we were more than welcome to. Given all of this, I started thinking about creating my own D&D story, using it to experiment with the D&DNext rules (and not touch our current campaign).

I've been a DM before, several times in fact. However, usually when I had been running games, I could not get people together often enough to have a regular running campaign. So the adventures that I created were one-time stories, maybe with a possibility of extending into another session if I got the same group of people together. With the regular schedule that my D&D group keeps fairly well, I wanted to experiment with building a "world" and creating an extended story that would last several sessions.

With this in mind, I went about delving into the D&DNext materials to get as knowledgable about the rules as I could. Yet, the more and more I read/heard about the game, the more I began questioning my decision. You see, I would have to teach everyone at the group these new rules, which would make the first couple of sessions rocky to say the least. On top of that, every couple of months they send out revisions of the rules to address concerns/ideas that players had submitted. So, every little bit, I'd have to teach everyone the rules AGAIN. That's when I realized that for now, D&DNext would work best for one off dungeon crawlers instead of a long ongoing story.

So what did I do? That's a story for next time :)

 

 

How Chloe & I Stumbled Upon A New Geeky Tradition

This past Monday, Chloe and I did some geeky bonding by heading to a new store that has recently opened in our area. We weren't sure of what to expect, but we both ended up having a really great time. To be honest, I think I'm seeing the beginnings of a new weekly tradition between the two of us. What did we do? Read past the break to find out.

Recently, I was thrilled to find out that a new gaming store had opened up not too far away from me. Now, I love my "local" comic book store, but while it has a decent selection of board games and gaming supplies, the shop's layout does not lend itself to doing a lot of gaming events. Not to mention, this comic shop is like 30 minutes away from me. These two things don't detract from the fact that its a great store, and I will still frequent when I have some money to catch up on a few comics. However, the great thing about this new gaming store, other than its so close, is the atmosphere around it. The store itself does not have *that* much product, only a couple of bookshelves filled with the more popular board games. The rest of the shop, though, is filled to the brink with tables. You can tell that when the owner set up his shop, he wanted to have a lot of space for people to actually play various games.

For right now, the shop is primarily geared towards Magic the Gathering players. Practically every night of the week, there is some form of Magic tournament being hosted by the store. I've stepped in the store about 3 different times over the past two weeks. Each time that I step in there, there is at least two people playing Magic against each other. But I've had a chance to talk with the owner, and this is just the beginning. He's told me that he's pushing so much Magic right now because that's what the people in my area are really into. Over time, though, he wants to get that consumer base into other board games, and I can tell from just looking around the store that he's not kidding. By one of the sets of tables, there is a small shelf stacked with the more popular "geeky" board games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Dominion, to name a few. These separate games are open, with the words "STORE DEMO" labeled across them. Anyone can walk off of the street into the store, pick out one of these games, and plop down on a free table and play the game. I haven't been to a lot of stores that solely focus on gaming, but I've never seen a store have demo copies of games for customers to buy. It makes it very appealing to someone like myself who is interested in a new game. I can simply go to the store and try out the game with a few friends. If I like it, then I can go purchase an unopened copy right then and there.

Further extending this idea, I found out by looking at their event calendar that every Monday they are having "Board Gaming Nights". Every Monday, a new board game is featured on their website, and if you show up to the store then, you can sit down and learn to play that specific game. Not only that, but the event is free to everyone! I told Chloe about this and she said we had to go check it out. So this past Monday, we showed up at the store to learn how to play Small World. Its a game that I had seen played before on Wil Wheaton's TableTop, but had never experienced it myself. The game is very much a combination of the classic game Risk with a fantasy motif. In the game, there are several different races such as Amazons, Orcs, Trolls, Skeletons, etc. Each turn, you try and spread out your forces across the map, earning points for all the different spaces you conquer. However, each race/player also has a special ability, which might help you conquer areas quicker, or provide defenses against enemy players. The player with the most points at the end of 8 turns is declared the winner.

This game was a blast! Once I got the gist of the game down, I quickly was able to start forming some sort of strategy; which worked well for me for a large portion of the game. At the beginning, I was slightly worried whether or not Chloe would be able to pick up the game easily, but after 2 turns or so she was doing pretty well for herself. When the game ended and we tallied up the score, it turned out that my "strategy" had worked out to make me the winner! Keep in mind here, I SUCK at strategy games. I refuse to play Risk with my father and brother because they stomp me into the ground so easily. While Chloe did come in last, she was close enough to the other two people playing that had the game kept going for another round or two, she could have easily overtaken them.

At the end of the night, when Chloe and I were helping put away all the gaming pieces, she turns to me and says "So, we're buying this game right?". I just laughed and told her that we couldn't tonight, but that I would keep my eye on it in case I saw any good deals on it come up in the upcoming weeks/months. And as we said goodbye to everyone and headed for the car, she asked me another question that drew a smile from me:

"Can we come back next week?"

You bet we will.