Posts Tagged ‘board game’

Review: Runewars

Posted on July 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

In the last days of March, Asmodee sent me a copy of Runewars: The Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games. Originally I had planned to do an unboxing article, but many people also got Runewars at Adepticon so instead, I decided to take my time with th…

Showcase: Vastaryous from Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

In this post, we are taking a look at Vastaryous for the Sword and Sorcery Board Game by Ares Games. This figure was one of the Kickstarter add-ons, so I do not know if he will be available on retail markets, but he certainly looks cool!Vastaryous from…

Showcase: Vastaryous from Sword & Sorcery by Ares Games

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

In this post, we are taking a look at Vastaryous for the Sword and Sorcery Board Game by Ares Games. This figure was one of the Kickstarter add-ons, so I do not know if he will be available on retail markets, but he certainly looks cool!Vastaryous from…

Showcase: Ullr’s Table Paints Conan

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Robert Morris, a guy in my local gaming circles, has recently started a new commission painting business called Ullr’s Table. Being that I like to support local businesses and the Conan board game (by Monolith Games), I decided to do a quick showcase o…

Showcase: Ullr’s Table Paints Conan

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Robert Morris, a guy in my local gaming circles, has recently started a new commission painting business called Ullr’s Table. Being that I like to support local businesses and the Conan board game (by Monolith Games), I decided to do a quick showcase o…

Unboxing Fireteam Zero

Posted on June 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Fireteam Zero is a game that I watched on Kickstarter and became very interested in recently. Thematically, the theme fits Must Contain Minis very well. It looks cool, contains minis, and combines World War 2 with a horror twist into a board game. I am…

Unboxing Fireteam Zero

Posted on June 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Fireteam Zero is a game that I watched on Kickstarter and became very interested in recently. Thematically, the theme fits Must Contain Minis very well. It looks cool, contains minis, and combines World War 2 with a horror twist into a board game. I am…

Review: Shahrazad by Osprey Games

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This post is Must Contain Minis’ first review of a non-miniatures game. The game comes from Osprey Games and I am more than happy to offer my opinion of their product.Must Contain Minis Reviews Shaharazad.The game sent was Shahrazad. This is certainly …

Review: Shahrazad by Osprey Games

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This post is Must Contain Minis’ first review of a non-miniatures game. The game comes from Osprey Games and I am more than happy to offer my opinion of their product.Must Contain Minis Reviews Shaharazad.The game sent was Shahrazad. This is certainly …

Throwback Thursday: Gaming Unplugged

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

http://www.gamescience.com/?AffId=3UNPLUG definitions.
disconnect (an electrical device) by removing its plug from a socket.
remove an obstacle or blockage from.
relax by disengaging from normal activities.

Looking that those definitions, I can’t help but to think back to simpler times. Back when the phone was attached to the wall, and NEVER in anyone’s hand all the time. In 2014, Android users combined looked at their phones one billion times a day, according to Google I/O’s keynote! Fast forward to 2017, and I’m sure those numbers are even more staggering. So how do we detox from this smartphone addiction? Well, one great way is to unplug for a few hours and play tabletop games!

Smartphones at the game table are a pet peeve of mine, and unless someone needs to be on call, not permitted. How can you possibly be immersing yourself in the tabletop experience if you are surfing social media? It reminds me of a friend who went to Disney with another family. He explained how the oldest daughter spent most of her time posting selfies. It was more important to let everyone know what she was doing, rather than to enjoy the experience herself.

I found all the pictures below at 2warpstoneptune, and thought they were perfect. Do me a favor and look them over for fun and nostalgia. But most importantly, what device is missing?

1978

1981

1982

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

No smartphones! I’m sure someone might say, “well duh, they were not invented yet.” If that is your retort, then I will suggest you have missed the point of this post entirely. The gamers at these tables are experiencing the session together, role-playing, and having a blast. They are not allowing a voluntary, external source to distract them. Look, no one can accuse me of being some crusty old guy that does not like technology. I use my smartphone liberally, and post on social media platforms all the time. But when I play a tabletop game, I like the escapism, and everyone unplugged.

In my last post, I was a 10-year-Old Dungeon Master, I spoke about recapturing your imagination. Being willing to put down your smartphone for the majority, if not all a game session, will help with that. You must make time for yourself, free of external distractions, as an adult. It’s great that someone posted a picture of their favorite pizza slice on Facebook, or a new meme appeared on Twitter, but how does that pertain to your tabletop experience? The essential point is it can all wait until a break, or after the game session.

In all honesty, I think we are seeing a renaissance of sorts in terms of being unplugged. People really need to interact in a face-to-face social setting. That is why we see so many tabletop related Kickstarters, and even a new convention in Philadelphia this November, Pax Unplugged. By the way, I will be there, and maybe even running a game session. That said, your smartphones may need to make a saving throw!

But it’s just not us that needs to learn how to do this. Everywhere I go tweens and teens have their faces buried in their devices. Pull your kids away from the smartphone abyss occasionally, even if they protest, for some tabletop gaming. The adage of “everything in moderation” could not ring any truer. In my professional career, I see 20-somethings that have virtually no ability to articulate themselves in a face-to-face setting. But they sure can fire off emails all day long! Just a theory, and anecdotal at best, but I bet that has a something to do with not unplugging enough.

So get out there for some fun tabletop when you can. Gaming unplugged need not just be a throwback, it can be all the time!

Throwback Thursday: Gaming Unplugged

Posted on May 18th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

http://www.gamescience.com/?AffId=3UNPLUG definitions.
disconnect (an electrical device) by removing its plug from a socket.
remove an obstacle or blockage from.
relax by disengaging from normal activities.

Looking that those definitions, I can’t help but to think back to simpler times. Back when the phone was attached to the wall, and NEVER in anyone’s hand all the time. In 2014, Android users combined looked at their phones one billion times a day, according to Google I/O’s keynote! Fast forward to 2017, and I’m sure those numbers are even more staggering. So how do we detox from this smartphone addiction? Well, one great way is to unplug for a few hours and play tabletop games!

Smartphones at the game table are a pet peeve of mine, and unless someone needs to be on call, not permitted. How can you possibly be immersing yourself in the tabletop experience if you are surfing social media? It reminds me of a friend who went to Disney with another family. He explained how the oldest daughter spent most of her time posting selfies. It was more important to let everyone know what she was doing, rather than to enjoy the experience herself.

I found all the pictures below at 2warpstoneptune, and thought they were perfect. Do me a favor and look them over for fun and nostalgia. But most importantly, what device is missing?

1978

1981

1982

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

No smartphones! I’m sure someone might say, “well duh, they were not invented yet.” If that is your retort, then I will suggest you have missed the point of this post entirely. The gamers at these tables are experiencing the session together, role-playing, and having a blast. They are not allowing a voluntary, external source to distract them. Look, no one can accuse me of being some crusty old guy that does not like technology. I use my smartphone liberally, and post on social media platforms all the time. But when I play a tabletop game, I like the escapism, and everyone unplugged.

In my last post, I was a 10-year-Old Dungeon Master, I spoke about recapturing your imagination. Being willing to put down your smartphone for the majority, if not all a game session, will help with that. You must make time for yourself, free of external distractions, as an adult. It’s great that someone posted a picture of their favorite pizza slice on Facebook, or a new meme appeared on Twitter, but how does that pertain to your tabletop experience? The essential point is it can all wait until a break, or after the game session.

In all honesty, I think we are seeing a renaissance of sorts in terms of being unplugged. People really need to interact in a face-to-face social setting. That is why we see so many tabletop related Kickstarters, and even a new convention in Philadelphia this November, Pax Unplugged. By the way, I will be there, and maybe even running a game session. That said, your smartphones may need to make a saving throw!

But it’s just not us that needs to learn how to do this. Everywhere I go tweens and teens have their faces buried in their devices. Pull your kids away from the smartphone abyss occasionally, even if they protest, for some tabletop gaming. The adage of “everything in moderation” could not ring any truer. In my professional career, I see 20-somethings that have virtually no ability to articulate themselves in a face-to-face setting. But they sure can fire off emails all day long! Just a theory, and anecdotal at best, but I bet that has a something to do with not unplugging enough.

So get out there for some fun tabletop when you can. Gaming unplugged need not just be a throwback, it can be all the time!

Alone by Horrible Games (Kickstarter)

Posted on May 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

As many of my readers know, I like to keep my eyes out on what is new and interesting in the Hobby world. One of those new things that has caught my interest of late is the board game Alone being Kickstarted by Horrible Games. Alone is a Board Game cur…

Alone by Horrible Games (Kickstarter)

Posted on May 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

As many of my readers know, I like to keep my eyes out on what is new and interesting in the Hobby world. One of those new things that has caught my interest of late is the board game Alone being Kickstarted by Horrible Games. Alone is a Board Game cur…

Buried Alive – An Update

Posted on May 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Neanderthal solo play is awesome!

Well, that’s a bit melodramatic, but fact is that while I’ve been able to play some games and squeeze in some time for hobby stuff I haven’t had much time or energy over for blogging. My planned Jovian Chronicles month that would have coincided with the kickstarter was the first casualty, but I can happily say it wasn’t needed as it still hit every stretchgoal

Buried Alive – An Update

Posted on May 1st, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Neanderthal solo play is awesome!

Well, that’s a bit melodramatic, but fact is that while I’ve been able to play some games and squeeze in some time for hobby stuff I haven’t had much time or energy over for blogging. My planned Jovian Chronicles month that would have coincided with the kickstarter was the first casualty, but I can happily say it wasn’t needed as it still hit every stretchgoal

Shadows of Brimstone: Part Four

Posted on December 6th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hello there happy people, we’re back with another whistle stop tour of progress on the Shadows of Brimstone commission!

It’s going to be a bit whistle-stop because these were (with the exception of the scout) some of the, how to put this politely, …

Shadows of Brimstone: Part Three

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

Somewhat belatedly (I’ve been ill, some kind of ear/lung-murder-virus thing) we return to the weird world of Brimstone and a pair of likely lads from rather opposing ends of the socio-economic spectrum:

Yep, today it’s the turn of the Doctor (for w…

Shadows of Brimstone: Part Two

Posted on November 4th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Continuing our Shadows of Brimstone mini-odyssey, this time with the two "Jargono Natives":

Apparently there is some sort of jungle/swamp thing in the Brimstone setting and these two are residents of it. They’re actually some of the nicer cast models in the game that I’ve painted so far.

The "male native" – if these characters have names, I don’t know them – is supposed to be armed with

Shadows of Brimstone: Part One

Posted on November 1st, 2016 under , . Posted by

Hi folks, today we’re kicking off the first of a new commission, painting minis from the Shadows of Brimstone game. I’m completely unfamiliar with the board game so I’ll be focusing on the painting only!

First things first, they didn’t photog…