Legendary Marvel Expansions for 2021

Look at what expansion goodness for Legendary Marvel that Upper Deck Entertainment announced yesterday!

I was a die-hard fan of the Legendary Marvel deck-building game and all of its expansions.

Unfortunately, when the Deadpool expansion hit and the cards were a bit warped, and then I tried to fit the cards in my 2 boxes and discovered that it was getting tighter and tighter, I kind of swore off the game.

It was just becoming too big.

I still followed the game and all the new expansions on Boardgame Geek, but I just wasn’t buying them anymore, or even playing the game.

It was getting too heavy to take to game days and I wasn’t playing games at home anymore.

Due to COVID, that has changed a little bit.

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App Review – Fury of Dracula from Nomad Games

You know a game is old when I was actually still in high school when it came out.

The classic deduction game, Fury of Dracula, originally came out in 1987.

Now in its 4th edition and a game that many people love, it’s only natural that it would finally get an app version.

The 4th edition was designed by Frank Brooks, Stephen Hand, and Kevin Wilson and the app version was just released last week by Nomad Games.

What is the game?

Up to 4 players are trying to hunt down Dracula (played by a 5th player) in a frantic search across all of Europe. Nobody knows where he is…unless you stumble upon his trail.

Let’s take a look at the game (briefly) and then the app.

(Note: the App is only 2-player at most, with one player being the hunters and the other player being Dracula. Solo play is either you as hunters or you as Dracula, all against the AI)

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Async App Plays and Recording Boardgame Stats

Longtime readers of this blog know that I am an avid recorder of my boardgame play stats, using the wonderful Boardgame Stats app.

My February 2020 stats.

I also love playing boardgame apps or boardgames online asynchronously.

A few months ago, I got into a little discussion with Sarah Reed on Twitter. Sarah’s a boardgame designer but in this case she was talking about keeping stats for her online games played.

I mentioned that I don’t record my stats for games that I play asynchronously.

She was curious why and I told her.

In thinking about things, I thought I would expand on what I told her and actually do my first opinion post in a while on here.

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The Pursuit of Happiness – Big Box by Artipia Games on Kickstarter

I’ve really enjoyed my couple of plays of The Pursuit of Happiness, published by Artipia Games.

Designed by Adrian Abela and David Chircop, with gorgeous and whimsical art by Panayiotis Lyris, the game was published in 2015 but I missed it on Kickstarter.

This is the basic stuff.

This is basically a much better version of the game of Life. You are trying to live the best life you can, getting a job, doing leisure activities, hobbies, buying stuff, finding love, maybe even having kids (if you have the Kids expansion, as base game Happiness is child-free, which actually makes me happy!)

When the The Pursuit of Happiness: Community expansion hit Kickstarter, though, I jumped on board and bought both.

I then backed the last expansion, Experiences, when it hit in 2019.

Including the promos, the extra small expansion Thug Life and other stuff, the original box is getting pretty full! And so disorganized that it intimidates me. Last time I pulled the game out to play with new players, deciding that I was just going to do the base game so I didn’t have to explain too much, I found it very difficult to actually separate the expansions out.

The organizing issue is mine, but it still presents a dilemma for me.

How to get this great game to the table without too much fuss?

How does a Big Box sound?

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Boardgame Geek Top 200 – Play or Played – #140 – 131

Welcome to this week’s edition of BGG’s Top 200 games! The series where I look at those games in the BGG rankings from #200-101, ten games at a time.

Two weeks in a row?

That’s gotta be a record.

Things are actually looking pretty good so far. I even actually have a review of an ACTUAL BOARDGAME in the hopper (along with a boardgame app review and other stuff).

That would be the first one since the beginning of 2020, I think.

I know I’m not the only one who’s astonished.

Also, if any of you were worried about me regarding the beginning of last week’s “New to Me: October 2020” post, hopefully this one will be a sign that I’m doing better.

There’s actually humour in this one!

Well, things that are supposed to be funny, anyway.

Your mileage may vary.

Oh, before I forget, this list is taken from the BGG Top 200 as of September 20 the order may have changed since I did this. I’ve made note of the changes.

So let’s begin!

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One of My Faves Makes a Game! Red Dust Rebellion from GMT Games

One of my favourite Youtube boardgame personalities is 3 Minute Board Games, a channel that consists of quick and concise boardgame reviews (Editor – So, a channel that you couldn’t be part of, right?). Yes, everything you need to know in 3 minutes!

I have been subscribed to J. Carmichael’s channel for a couple of years now and I like to consider him a friend (despite not knowing his name). I always love his tweets and his videos are awesome!

(Edit: and after reading this post, he tells me it’s Jarrod. Nice to finally know!)

When GMT Games sent out their October update (yes, I promise that this is related), there was a game that sounded really interesting. A COIN (that means “Counter-Insurgency”) game that was removed from the historical basis that they’ve been kept to and instead is science fiction, a COIN game set on Mars in the future.

I unfortunately don’t get much of a chance to get COIN games to the table, so while it sounded fascinating, I didn’t pre-order it.

Then I discovered…that my friend 3-Minute Boardgames actually designed it!

The game is called Red Dust Rebellion and it looks phenomenal.

The game hit the P500 from GMT Games a couple of weeks ago and it’s already at 1046 pre-orders (and that is when I originally wrote this post last week, so I’m sure it’s probably way more by now)

The game plays up to 4 players (as do most COIN games) and each player will be faction in the rebellion trying to keep Mars in its own image.

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Boardgame Geek Top 200 – Play or Played – #150-141

And we’re back from the long hiatus that I seem to periodically take, like, every month or so.

I really need to have a chat with these demons that seem to get inside my head all of the time and keep me from feeling there is any value in these posts.

You know it’s bad when you say “Next week!” in your post and then it’s almost a month later when the next entry in the series comes out.

At least this time we have an entry where I’ve played half of the games (though one of those was so long ago I don’t have any pictures).

There are so many games in this list and others that are perfect convention games, or at least games that would suit me better playing at conventions.

So many that it makes me really miss the conventions that I’ve gone to over the last few years.

A great bunch of guys!

I miss the camaraderie, meeting new people, and all of that good stuff.

Dice Tower West being the last convention I went to before all of this COVID stuff locking everybody down really emphasized the point. I met so many great people there, both brand new people to play games with as well as Internet “personalities” that I had interacted with but never actually met.

There was Kiki, Anna-Maria, Meeple Overboard (sorry, I don’t remember your “real name”!), briefly meeting Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer, and so many others. (And here’s where we’ll confirm that none of these people read this blog…)

I will try for a humorous introduction next time, but it’s kind of hard right now, so let’s just get on with the next 10!

Maybe when this is done (you know, sometime in 2021), I’ll do the Top 300!

Oh, before I forget, this list is taken from the BGG Top 200 as of September 20 the order may have changed since I did this.

I hope you enjoy this one.

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Alderac Micro-Expansions Looking Really Cool

Just a brief post today because I saw something that I found very cool on Boardgame Geek and I felt I had to share.

What is a micro-expansion?

Micro-expansions are a set of cards or some other small piece of an already-published game that doesn’t meet the standard of a full expansion (adding new rules, etc).

Looking at Alderac Entertainment Group‘s (AEG) micro-expansion page, they seem to like to do this a lot for games like Mystic Vale, Space Base, and Valley of the Kings.

So why am I mentioning this today?

Because of what they show as “coming in 2021”.

Yes, that is a Cat Lady and a Smash Up micro-expansion showing there.

For Smash Up, it appears to be a new faction, Goblins. Much like the Sheep expansion (which is very cool and was available for free for a while but now you can buy it), this gives you a new faction that will probably add new abilities and new interesting stuff to the game. Alderac has always done well with their faction expansions for Smash Up and I can’t see this being any different.

Then there’s the Cat Lady micro-expansion with kittens!

Designer Josh Wood confirmed a little bit on Boardgame Geek earlier this week.

“Yes! There is a Kittens Micro expansion coming soon! It adds kittens to the deck. Kittens can be paired with adult cats to be fed, or fed on their own!”

What will that do to the strategy?

We won’t know until we get more information.

It will be interesting to see what these micro-expansions add to the game experience for these two games.

You can’t go wrong with a new faction for Smash Up (other than the fact that I play Smash Up at work on lunch and right now due to COVID I am not in the office).

I also am a bit annoyed that these are probably only available from Alderac and shipping to Canada is probably atrocious (we have a post box in the US but I don’t know when our border is going to open up so I can actually get stuff there).

Still, by 2021 maybe that won’t be quite as bad. I don’t know if shipping is based on weight (and thus you don’t get a benefit buying more items at the same time), but shipping to Canada isn’t actually that bad!

Once these come out, maybe I’ll binge on micro-expansions and get the Space Base and Smash Up: Titans micro-expansions.

Bring on 2021!

It would be cool to put 2020 in the trash bin.

What do you think of these? Are you interested or do you hate not only expansions, but micro-expansions like these?

Let me know in the comments.

New to Me – October 2020

What is this? A “New to Me Games” post? This is the first since August! So basically skipping September.

That’s what COVID has done to us.

It’s not for lack of trying, but I have been so “not in the mood” to play games right now. The only outlet I have right now is playing 2-players with the wife, but I’ve been in such a depressed state that each Sunday when we talk about playing games, I end up deciding I’m not up for it.

It’s not her issue. It’s mine.

I’m hoping that will change this weekend, but we’ll see! But “this weekend” will be November, so that will be next month’s post (we have two Roll Player expansions as well as perhaps Speakeasy Blues or It’s a Wonderful World this month, so maybe?)

We’ll see.

Yes, COVID does suck, but as Jess’s dinosaur says, extinction sucks worse, so wear your mask and avoid people!

I’m really having difficulty with gaming and COVID. Maybe I’ll do a separate post about it, but as you can see from the lack of blog content the last couple of months, I’m really not enjoying this.

I’m going to try and do more in November, but we’ll see what happens.

One of the “self-care” things I am doing for myself is not worrying too much about not posting as often.

Not as much as avoiding huge asteroids would have helped the dinosaurs, but it’s something!

It’s helped somewhat. Though I’m sorry if you’ve been looking for more.

Hey, I’m Canadian, so I’m always going to apologize.

So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was taken away by the Roman Senate anyway), let’s get this started!

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Online & Available

(Edit: they’ve released more of their schedule! See it (and probably the same page when there are more updates) here!)

Last year, we decided that we wanted to get a little more culture in our lives.

We had heard good things about the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, but we weren’t able to go see them before.

But now we could.

We bought tickets to six different concerts spanning from November 2019 to June 2020.

Sadly, due to COVID, four of those concerts were cancelled but we really enjoyed the two concerts that we got to see before everything went to shit.

We actually bought season tickets to 10 concerts this year, but when COVID stuck around like an unwanted guest who had no intention of leaving, the season was cancelled.

But now, again due to COVID, the VSO has gone online.

At The Concert Hall, the VSO is putting a 40-performance season online and available to anybody. You don’t even have to be in Vancouver!

For $130 CDN (almost a pittance for US customers with the exchange rate right now), you can get unlimited access to these performances throughout the year, going all the way to June of next year.

You don’t even have to watch it live. You can watch the performances again and again.

The orchestra has bowed to the COVID-induced social distancing guidelines, giving plenty of space to their musicians as they work to entertain us.

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