Smash Up, Legendary Paint The Town Red, Gen Con News! - Boards & Swords #25

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It has been awhile, but I'm back with some board gaming to talk about!  No Magic the Gathering in this episode, expect a whole episode talking Magic to come out really soon. In the meantime, we've got Gen Con releases to talk about (at least the new Fantasy Flight Star Wars announcements), and a breakdown of AEG's Smash Up card game!

Star Wars Imperial Assault!

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4994

X-Wing 3rd Faction! http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4998

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STAR WARS ARMADA! http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=270

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

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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

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Roleplaying Games

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

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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

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #52: "The Many Colors of Free Comic Books"

This week we wonder in what world do students get suspended when teachers show porn, find out how well Philip can pick out comic books from Free Comic Book Day, and put my Magic the Gathering knowledge to the test!  In addition, we have another classic Letter from A Douchebag Editor; which quickly goes off the rails when Philip tries to figure out a character being referred to.  All of this and much much more!

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".

Obsessive Comics Disorder #51: "It's Bad When Your Own Mom Wont Pay Your Ransom"

In this episode: Aunt May tries to show up Peter Parker, Robin tries to barter for his own batsignal, and a Ninja Turtles fan finds out his comics can get even grosser than he thought.  Also, Philip and I talk about our recent adventure to Pax East, and can he tell the difference between a Greek God and a Magic: The Gathering card?

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 #18: Pax East 2014

This week, its a special edition episode talking about all my board game related experiences at Pax East!  Don't worry, the Journey into Nyx Pre-release episode is still coming this weekend, but I recorded this last week and just haven't had the spare time to put it out!  I hope you guys enjoy it!

Obsessive Comics Disorder #50: "Superman's New Side Job"

This week, Philip and I get a little loopy and try out some more new stuff.  We've revised "This Week in Gotham" to be a bit more fun for both of us (and fail badly attempting to do so), talk about how excited we are for Pax East, and demonstrate a new game called "Letters from a Douchebag Editor".

This Week In Gotham

"Dog Dials 911 On Owner's Smartphone"

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5041266/

"Man Expecting Quintuplets Gets HUGE Shock"

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5028094/

"Man Named Christopher Reeves Busted For Meth In Superman Shirt"

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5034202/

Current Obsessions

Chris:  Diablo 3, The Tonight Show, Boss Monster

Philip:  Pax East, X-wing

FAIL! of the Week

http://www.epicfail.com/2014/03/20/karate-kick-fail/

Closing

If you'd like to comment or contribute to the show, send us an email at 

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  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".

Obsessive Comics Disorder #48: "We've Got Tone....And It's Gone"

Not our best effort this week, as my internet couldn't decide if it wanted to work or not, which meant that we were recording without show notes, without a live chatroom (really trying for one next week), and even without a way to check to see that we weren't making stuff up.  Enjoy!

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Boards & Swords #14: Rampage, D&D Tales Return, and Lots of Board Gaming Talk

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Lots of good stuff for you guys this week, almost every segment is bursting at the seams with good stories and information to share, and then I finish the episode off by talking about one of my new favorite games: Rampage!

Board Games

Rampage - Will discuss more in the board game breakdown this week

Lords of Waterdeep - Finally played the iOS version against other people and not AI

Battlestar Galactica - We've had this game sitting around for a year, glad we got to finally try out the game

Werewolf / One Night Ultimate Werewolf - Had a lot of people for board game night and didn't want to split up into multiple groups, so we played Werewolf using Magic lands for all of the different roles

Forbidden Desert - This week's board game night, got to try this game out for the first time and compare it to the first game (Forbidden Island)

News

"Upgrade Your Fleet: Announcing the Fourth Wave of Starship Expansions for X-Wing"

http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4645

"Ticket to Ride Turns 10 Years Old.  Let's Celebrate!"

http://blog.daysofwonder.com/2014/02/13/ticket-to-ride-turns-10-years-old-lets-celebrate/

Magic The Gathering

Tales from last week's Friday Night Magic - one of the best ones I have ever run!

Roleplaying Games

Continuing my tales of the D&D 4th edition campaign that I am currently running.

Featured Topic

None this week

Board Game Breakdown

Rampage by Repos Production

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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 

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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 

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #46: "Power Laces, Far Out!"

We're back!  Between work travel, sickness, and redoing the studio, its been a busy month...or two.  We make up for it though, with some new segments, new bumpers, and even a new background track or so.  Send us some feedback on what you like!

Current Obsessions

Chris: X-wing, Duck Dynasty, LEGO Movie

Philip: Pax East, Duffel Blog

I Want This!

Get to Your Transport

http://ift.tt/1aMStgI

Fantasy Flight Games [News]

http://ift.tt/1p3n39A

Newest NERF blaster has baked in camera for capturing your foam firefights

http://ift.tt/L4ddnR

Back to the future: Nike designer touts 2015 arrival for Marty McFly's Power Laces

http://ift.tt/1jIps8Y

Official Images Of The Lego Ghostbusters Set Are Very Convincing‏

http://ift.tt/1e1NEeh

FAIL! of the Week

Ice-T records D&D audiobook: "This s%!t is impossible to read."

http://ift.tt/1iwMo7m

Man has narrow escape after car ploughs into his kitchen at 30mph

http://ift.tt/1bC8ZL9

This Week in Geek

Batman/Superman casting news – Lex Luthor and Alfred found

http://ift.tt/1f6N6Vt

Taco Bell to unveil cutting-edge mobile ordering system, and other news for Feb. 14, 2014

http://ift.tt/1dP3J6Q

Guardians of the Galaxy trailer is here

http://ift.tt/1buD3xF

Closing

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".

Obsessive Comics Disorder #45: "If You Are Going To Build A Robot, Why Not Do It With Some Style!"

A bunch of great stuff for you guys this week - we test out some new segments, and even class up the joint with some background music as well!  (I mention in the podcast that the music is by Andrew Allen, but I forgot to mention that everything you hear is off the album "Free Play", available on iTunes, etc.)

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Current Obsessions

Chris: Zelda, Tetris and other 3DS games

Philip: X-wing, Kindle books

I Want This!

Home Defense Table

http://i.imgur.com/4VyAdbn.jpg

This Week in Geek

NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/11/5198124/nasas-valkyrie-robot-made-for-darpa-robotics-challenge

Ant Man Casting Finally Wrapping Up With Paul Rudd Negotiating His Deal To Star

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/12/18/paul-rudd-in-early-talks-to-play-ant-man/

DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s

http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/darpa-tried-to-build-skynet-in-the-1980s-1451000652/@charliejane

Someone is finally going to make 6-inch Firefly action figures

http://io9.com/someone-is-finally-going-to-make-6-inch-firefly-action-1485169115?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29

Fully wearable Iron Man Mark III suit is made to 3D printed order for $35,000

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/17/wearable-iron-man-mark-iii-suit-made-to-3d-printed-order/

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept is powered by a roof panel, rolls to CES next week

http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/02/ford-c-max-solar-energi-concept-/

Missouri Bar Responds To Cease And Desist From Starbucks With Epic Letter And $6 Check

http://elitedaily.com/news/world/missouri-bar-responds-cease-desist-starbucks-epic-letter-6-check-photos/

Relax in this $30,000 'Star Trek' Enterprise basement

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57616288-1/relax-in-this-$30000-star-trek-enterprise-basement/

FAIL! of the Week

Tourist falls off pier while checking Facebook

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10524656/Tourist-falls-off-pier-while-checking-Facebook.html

Boards & Swords #11: Star Wars X-wing Miniatures, 2014 Gaming Resolutions

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Lots of X-wing talk this week - so I decided to break it down so that those unfamiliar could follow along! Also, I mention what I am looking forward to/gaming resolutions for 2014. How did you guys fare this Christmas? Send me an email letting me know what games you got/played this holiday season.

Board Games

Lords of Waterdeep (iOS) - Finally beat it! Starting to get the hang of this game

Arkham Horror - Played it, has a good theme but I feel like its lost a bit underneath all the mechanics

News

"Flying With The Aces" http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4572

- Inside look at the pilots from the "Imperial Aces" X-wing Expansion

Magic The Gathering/D&D

Nothing this week - look to see these segments return later this month!

Featured Topic

New Year's Gaming Resolutions/Things I'm Looking Forward To This Year

1. Podcast frequency

2. Pax East 2014

3. Star Wars X-Wing! Capital Ships! Imperial Aces! Wave 4...?

4. Playing more new games

Board Game Breakdown

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games

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Feedback

@popculturecube - "Board games for Xmas: King of Tokyo; Smallworld; Mans. of Madness; Escape; Gloom; Fluxx; Theros Fatpack; TONS of D&D 4e stuff!"

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 #10: Zombie Dice, Last Minute Gifts For Gamers

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Merry Christmas everyone!  I know most of you have finished your shopping, but in case you find yourself needing a last minute gift for a board gamer, or have some free money to spend on yourself, I've got a couple of lists for you.  First is the 5 games that you should look at for someone who is relatively new into board gaming, and the second list is just 5 games that are on my Christmas Wish List just to give you ideas for other people.  I hope you all have a great holiday and get to spend time gaming with your friends and family.  I'll see you guys next for more great gaming talk!

Send me feedback on what you guys are playing!

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #40: "Nothing's Better Than Rocket Engines On A Mini Cooper"

That's right, nothing's better than watching a rocket powered Mini Cooper launch through a goal post (video below).  After I share this with Philip, we move into talking about the X-Wing miniatures game that he's been learning recently, followed by a LOT of comic talk (Larfleeze, Trinity War, Forever Evil).

Behold: The Con of Awesome

UPDATED: As mentioned in the comments below, Tobias from Mind of the Geek pointed out that the Warhammer 40k demo I witnessed was actually put on by someone from the Beltway Gamers group. I've adjusted the post to reflect this. As I stated last week, last weekend Ashley and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary. We went up to DC and spent the weekend relaxing together, enjoying the remaining cherry blossoms, etc. However, Saturday morning she really needed some time alone to work on a paper for one of her classes. It wasn't a problem, though, as I had tickets to AwesomeCon DC, a new comic book and pop culture convention for DC this year. Did the convention live up to its name? Ill spill the beans right after the break.

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I had been hearing a lot about AwesomeCon over the past few months - I've met both of the organizers multiple times over the years. One of them is Steve from Third Eye Comics in Annapolis/Prince Frederick, MD (my favorite comic shops ever), who I've always regarded as the most knowledgable comics guy I've ever known. The other guy Ben started up the Annapolis Comic Con with Steve a couple of years ago - I met Ben at the first one when I bought a table at the show (the first and only time I've ever had a booth at a comic con...so far).

To say that I was pretty pumped at the idea of another comic convention being started up within driving distance would be fairly accurate. I showed up at the con just a few minutes before the con to make sure I got the full experience. For the first 30 minutes, I roamed the con floor checking out all the retailers, artists, guests, etc. For its first year, they really were able to pull out the big guns by having names such as Phil LaMarr, Billy West, and Ernie Hudson at the show. Even on the comics side, big names like Ben Templesmith and Larry Hama were there.

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Due to a couple of reasons I'm not going to go into here, I was a lot more reserved in my buying that I normally am when it comes to conventions. Therefore, I did not spend a whole lot of time out on the "main floor" of the conventions. There were some panels that I wanted to attend, but they didn't start until 12, so I had some time to kill. I decided to go check out one of the other cool things that I wanted to check out: the gaming room. Hosted by the website Mind of the Geek, it was a smaller room next to one of the panel rooms solely devoted to playing various board games. They had a stack of board games that people could check out and play on some of the random tables they had in the room. There were even a couple of people from the website willing to show people how to play these games.

When I walked into the game room, there were already a couple of events beginning. In the middle of the room, a group was getting ready to play Pathfinder; led by a volunteer who appeared to be affiliated with Mind of the Geek but I wasn't positive of that. Up in the front of the room, two people were learning how to play the X-Wing Miniatures Game from Fantast Flight Games. I decided to go and listen to that for awhile, as I've been very interested in that game for a little while. Once I got the basic gameplay down, I moved on towards the back of the room where a massive display of Warhammer 40k was set up.

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Having been in quite a few game/comic/hobby shops in my life, I've known about Warhammer 40K for a long time. Yet, I had never actually seen a game played before. So I walked over to the display and watched as one of the Mind of the Geek guys a representative from the Beltway Gamers group was teaching a random person how to play the game. He had set up the game and had everything that was needed to play; they were simply going through a few rounds battling it out to give the guy a feel for the game. I watched them duke it out for awhile, flipping through the core books that were on display to get a sense for the game. I gotta say, I see why people get into this game. Had I the money and the free time to get into all the painting and creating the landscapes, I could totally see myself getting into the Warhammer gaming. Heck, Ashley's even told me she would enjoy painting the armies and scenery when I showed her some of the pictures I took.

As I was watching the Warhammer demo, people started getting organized for the X-wing miniatures tournament that was being run. However, there did not appear to be that many people participating. Seeing an opportunity here, I walked over to the organizer and asked if there was any problem with me entering even though I had never played before. I knew the basic gameplay and was willing to purchase a core set so I could play. Unfortunately, I found out that the core set does not give you enough miniatures to play in a tournament. But a couple of the more experienced players offered to loan me a couple of ships to fill out my squad so that I could play.

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I quickly rushed back to the main floor of the con and bought a core set from one of the vendors there. Mind of the Geek had some stuff for sale in their room, which I would have purchased to support them had someone in front of me not bought out all of their X-Wing supplies so he could enter as well. I got all of my stuff unboxed and got help setting up my squad. I'm not going to go into a full review of the X-Wing game here because I expect a full video review to come soon, but overall I had a blast playing the game. I lost in the first round of the tournament, but it was anyone's game up until the very end.

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Out of the tournament, I looked at my watch to see I had missed one of the panels I wanted to see and the second one had already started. I decided to go ahead and depart AwesomeCon so that I could go back to celebrating with my wife. For the 3-4 hours that I spent at the con, I had a wonderful time. There wasn't as much for me on the main floor, but the gaming room made the trip completely worth it. My hat's off to the fine folks over at Mind of the Geek and the various gamers that showed up for being the perfect example of what gaming is all about. I'm sad that I missed out on some very interesting panels (including a Futurama panel on Sunday with Billy West and Phil LaMarr), but I had fun hanging out in the game room learning about a couple of new games to geek over. I cannot wait for next year's con, which I hope is even bigger and better than this years. If you are near the DC area, you need to mark your calendars for next year's con - April 19th and 20th!