Monday, March 27, 2017

I’ve got Claustrophobia


. . . the game, not the condition.

I’ll admit, I’m not fond of tight spaces, but this post will be all about the game not the phobia.

First off, I’m going to come right out and say it - this game is visually stunning! The tiles are just gorgeous, and it comes with fully painted minis as well.

So, when you set it up and get to playing, it looks absolutely fabulous . . . the visuals, not the TV show.

And, yeah, I hear you, aesthetics mean squat if the game play sucks. Luckily, it does not, and overall it’s a lot of fun to play.

Added bonus - it doesn’t take four hours to play a scenario either. More like half an hour!

It’s a scenario based game, and its one drawback, if you see it as such, is that it is only a two player game and has no solo mode.

This is a great selling feature for some, a turn off for others.

During the game you have a wide variety of are cards to play and dice to roll and quite a few decisions to make on your turn for both players.

It features totally asymmetrical game play, meaning both sides have completely different game mechanics and different objectives based on the scenario you are playing.

This is a really nice touch.

And the rules are very simple - which makes it accessible to entry level players.

So, is this game worth your hard earned cash? Maybe this will help you decide.

Here is my full play through of the game on YouTube if you want to just jump right over there and see what I’m going on about.

My Complete Play Through of Claustrophobia on YouTube

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Firefly The Game

Just to let you know I don’t really review games so much as talk about them and do play throughs of them no my YouTube channel.

In the coming days and months I will be showcasing here those games I have done play throughs of, because it’s my blog and I’ll cry if I want to . . .

So, as you have by now figured out, this post will be all about the board game Firefly.

It’s put out by Gale Force Nine, a company I really respect and so far have loved all the games I own and have played by them.

At its heart, Firefly is a pick up and delivery game. It drips with theme, if you are familiar with the show at all - and if you are not, just stop reading right now and go watch it!

Now! Go! Come back when you are finished . . . don’t forget to watch the movie Serenity as well!

You’re back . . . good, let’s continue.

You get to play as one of many different captains, including Mal of course, and you will travel the verse in your Firefly doing jobs for less than savory characters like Badger and Niska while trying to avoid Reavers and the Alliance.

There are quite a few difference game scenarios to play so replayability is very good. No two games will have the same jobs show up or items and crew members appear.

With the expansions this variability increases 10 fold or more!

My other greatest purchase for this game has to be the Whole Damn Verse playmat. You can use the mounted boards that come with the game and expansions just fine, but the giant all-in-one play mat is super awesome in the extreme.

The one downside is the fact that you  will also need a conference sized table to play this game on. It takes up a ton of room and will also take a couple of hours or more to complete. Even the shortest scenarios take a fair bit of time.

But, if you can get into the theme, captaining your Firefly around the verse trying to be the first to complete the scenario’s objectives, it’s a fine experience to have and the time will fly by.

I won’t cover off the rules and such here, but I will say it’s one of my favourite games but is not for everyone because of its length and footprint.

Here is the link to my YouTube play through of the game where I play the solo scenario. It may help you get a better idea of the game and whether it may be something you are interested in.

My Solo Play Through Of Firefly The Board Game

Until the next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Questions? Comments?

Yes, the job interview is over!

And . . . I think it went pretty well . . .

There was no swearing, fisticuffs or hot liquids in faces . . . that’s a good sign, right?

But who am I to judge, really. I mean, it’s pretty hard to make objective observations of oneself under pressure.

Still, I’m just glad it’s over with . . . except for the waiting to hear back now of course. At least they told me they will contact me one way or the other which I really appreciate.

I much prefer it that way so I know for sure if I got the job or not without adding to the stress of waiting days and days and days and then realizing I’m never hearing back . . . ever!

And hey, Iron Fist if out on NetFlix today so I may have to get into binge mode this evening.

And, as a added bonus, I managed to turn the comments back on here for my blog!

Which, means that anybody that wants to comment here can do so once again - just like in the old days when I first started this blog during that prehistoric era when fire and the wheel were all the rage . . .

So if you have any Questions or Comments for me, you now have an outlet. So you can stop swearing at my posts and write down yours swears instead!

See how accommodating I can be.

So, this is a short and boring yet somewhat informative post today - the weekend is just a beer away!

I’ve got some videos cued up for my YouTube channel and more filming to do this weekend for yet more board games.

My addiction.

No matter how much I want to kick the “buy-another-board-game” habit, I realize that resistance if futile. So, I’ll just keep adding to my collection and filming my play throughs and posting them online.

It’s a win win . . . except for the loss loss of money in my bank account.

Still, I could be spending all my money in a casino, wearing depends and drinking Mai Tais until my vision blurs and drool runs down my chin . . . so there is that fate I’ve managed to avoid.

Well, short and sweet and I’ve yet to prepare supper for the day, so I just thought I would let ya all know the comments are back on the menu.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Brain Pain

The weekend looms large . . . the sun is shining . . . spring has almost sprung, and I’m feeling a crushing mental weight like a ton of feathers squeezing my prefrontal cortex in an avian scented vice . . .

. . . which makes no sense. Which, is kind of the point of today’s ramblings.

Irrational fears. They suck - a lot.

You see, I am currently looking for meaningful work, and it’s an elusive bitch of a thing to find these days.

I have a part time job right now, and an interview for a casual job tomorrow and two aging parents to look after and my YouTube channel to maintain and grow and I think I’m out of milk . . .
                   
Now, I do realize that these issues I’m currently dealing with pale to insignificance in the face of the overwhelming immensity of the universe, but it doesn’t diminish the feeling of dread that has settled on me.

Today’s coping mechanisms will include a good workout, eating well, filming some videos for my YouTube channel, preparing for my job interview . . . and also catching an episode or two of something on NetFlix.

I hope it will be enough to cast out the rampaging demons and calm my inner turmoil. Does everybody feel this way before job interviews?

I suppose they do. It’s human nature I guess.

At least I was given the interview questions ahead of time, but they are tough ones to answer and, despite my years of experience in many different jobs, not all will be easily answered well.

And yes, my A type personality has me over analyzing everything adding to the stress, but it’s just the way I’m wired. I want to do a good job at whatever it is I’m currently doing . . . it’s just that some long term stability would be nice.

So what is with the plethora of casual and part-time jobs these days anyhow? Seems like every employer is trying to save a buck by cutting costs at the expense of workers.

But, that is a rabbit hole I think I will avoid lest my already taxed brain explode and, well, I don’t want that to happen.

So, I’ll get to exercising, prepare some good food, and put a plan in place for today to push my way through the next couple days and let the chips fall where they may secure in the knowledge that I did what I could.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Piles of Plastic

So, yes, about my addiction . . .

Hi, I’m Paul Darcy, and I have this little problem . . .

Okay, maybe problem is overstating it, but I do collect and play quite a few modern board games.

Which come with many, many, many plastic figures . . . Hey, don’t judge me! You may offend my inner 12 year old!

And think about it, I could be doing drugs, or pimping or abusing small mammals . . . so this life choice is far less evil than many others.

All I will say is that as of today I have a few more than 100 board games in my collection. I’ve done around 60 play throughs on my YouTube channel, so that kind of justifies my addiction . . . a bit . . . right?

I mean, others can benefit from my tastes by viewing my videos and then deciding if this is something they too would like to participate in . . . y’know, instead of pimping, toking or torturing small furry creatures - See, it’s a good thing I’m doing!

But as the collection grows, so too does the amount of plastic I help generate in the world and this bothers me somewhat.

Plastic is not good for our environment . . .

Hmm.

Maybe pimping, snorting and setting small creature on fire has a smaller carbon footprint . . . maybe I am a bad man after all?

You are judging again!

So, in future here, I will once again start showcasing some of the games I’ve “collected” over the past few years. Likely ones I’ve already done play throughs of on my YouTube channel.

Have I mentioned that I have a YouTube channel . . . yeah, rolling those eyes can lead to serious physical side effects . . . you should stop it!

Well, another day, another blog post.

Until next time . . . thanks for reading along!