Chess is what people call a ‘lifestyle’ game. That’s a game that has no randomness and the person who is most skilled at the game will win 99.9% of the time. You can get better at these games by playing them, but generally speaking if you want to be the best you can be, you must dedicate your life to playing it. This is a great TV news article about Magnus Carlsen who people call ‘The Mozart of Chess’. Watch it Here.
Month: August 2012
Didn’t make it to GenCon? Neither did we. But here’s a great video that tries to capture a bit of the GenCon Experience and ambiance. Have a watch!
The big news from Gen-Con Friday:
-Fantasy Flight announces Star Wars RPG called ‘Edge of Empire’ and it is currently in beta. you can read more about it Here.
-I saw in a FFG official video, in one of their case displays, a big box expansion to Mansions of Madness called ‘Call of the Wild’, they haven’t announced anything yet as far as i can see, but is clearly going to be soon.
-Wizards of the Coast didn’t release much concrete info about D&D Next in their seminar/key note, but they did mention that the novel universe is going to go through something called ‘The Sundering’ which Ed Greenwood mentioned would entail some form of war. And it looks as if the characters in the main Forgotten realms novels will be crossing over and come in contact with each other.
-Soda Pop miniatures announced an expansion to their game Super Dungeon Explore which looked like a lot of fire and fire like things. you can see pictures of the miniatures Here.
– The new game from designer Geoff Englestein called ‘Space Cadets’ is getting good reviews. It’s a co-op game where everyone is working together to control a ship in space.
-There will be a new expansion for the game ‘King of Tokyo’ which will include a new monster….and that monster will be….. a panda? okie.
-The Spoils CCG is still not dead after having been raised from the dead a few years ago, they are still coming out with new sets and people are playing this great game. See more about the Spoils Here. As a former Spoils player, it’s good to see that this game is still around, still kicking, and still making waves. It really is a great card game.
more news to come later!
So yesterday was the first day of Gen-Con, widely considered to be the biggest table-top gaming convention. From what I read and saw, here are the big ‘news’ stories to come out of Day 1:
-Fantasy Flight sells out of the Netrunner LCG in 7 minutes. Now we’re not sure how many of these they brought with them, and we saw many videos and pictures of people buying 5+ copies at once (FFG should have limited it to 1 or 2 copies per person but obviously did not), so there is that to consider.
-Paizo Publishing signs on for a Pathfinder version of Munchkin. Honestly, there is enough munchkin out there and we feel that the Beating the Dead Horse expansion was aptly named and should have been the last expansion.
– Fantasy Flight Games announces a Descent 2nd Edition Expansion called Lair of the Wyrm! As a big fan of Descent this was not expected so soon after the release of 2nd ed, but is definitely welcomed!
-The D&D Next panel was held at 7pm on Thursday, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, so I’ll pass on whatever info I think is important from it after i watch it.
I’ll write more news as I hear it!
Fantasy Flight do a great job with their video ‘recaps’ of each day of GenCon here is their recap of Thursday:
Here’s a great article about a Game Group in Arizona that has grown considerably since it’s inception in April of this year. Take a look at the article Here.
Here’s a great talk about ‘What is Fun?’ and how modern board games are just that. Take a watch!