As we unwind in our fifth year of doing this thing we find ourselves reflecting on what we could do. We want to be the best version of ourselves for you, the fans. In order to do this we would like to upgrade some of our equipment to make content creation just a little bit easier.
Rather than run a Kickstarter or a Patreon that would require us to put up a paywall we want to keep doing what we do for the same price we always charge, Nothing. So we are leaving it up to you, the fans, to decide whether or not we should upgrade our equipment. If you think our hard work and dedication to the industry and community is worth building upon then please donate to our GoFundMe project. If you think we’ve done all we can then please, enjoy your holiday and enjoy the content we still wish to give you.
If you can’t donate please share the link to get the word out to those that might be able to.
Thank you so much to all of those that cheer us on and stand by us. You are the real MVPs.
GAMES ON TAPE
TL;DR: Exclusives suck so we want to upgrade our equipment only if you want us to.
Hot off the heels of the announcement of the Fourth Edition, Luke wanted to get a game of Third Edition in before it became Obsolete. Read a first-hand account of a first-time player enjoying this amazing game.
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We are still working out the issues with our FTP server, however, we are all itching to show you the new stuff we are doing so enjoy this link to another website to hear our podcast that is only available here! and there.
In this episode we get to know our new co-hosts. We talk about what we have learned. We start a contest. And finally, we interview James Ernest of Cheapass Games. Check out Button Men in it’s final few hours here!
This one is dedicated to Jake Cleveland:
In this the very newest episode of Games on Tape we are joined by new recruit Luke and the Chief Strategist to King Torg (ALL HAIL KING TORG) himself, Chris O’Neill. We discuss Bearicades, Music, Comics, and Harvey Firestein.
To learn more about Bearicades check out the kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9thlevel/bearicades?ref=nav_search
The music in this episode is used courtesy of Knichael Might and his album HYPERSPACE. Find more about Knichael Might and Buy his music at https://knichaelmight.bandcamp.com/releases
This is long overdue and I owe a large apology to James Gray the creator of Crazier Eights for not having all of my shit together and putting this out sooner. I hope that my excitement for this game is enough to put the campaign over and get this produced. Here is my thoughts on James Gray’s Crazier Eights.
Crazier Eights: Camelot
Designed by: James Gray
Play Time: 10-30 minutes
When I was a child growing up in the middle of a field in the rural area of Pennsylvania we would get snowed in like what. Whenever we would get snowed in one of two things would happen. We would play video games, or we would play analog games as a family. Snow days were how I learned the rules of Chess and the bullshit that is Candyland. We would play games from sun up until way too late in the evening for a school night. One of my fondest memories of this time was learning the long form game of Crazy eights. Eight rounds of a game with an unforgiving point structure that made giant swings a norm and insane world burning plays a very real thing. I immediately fell in love with the elegance and simplicity of Crazy Eights as a card game. It was simple to learn and savage to play. So naturally when I see a game named Crazier Eights I become intrigued.
How can you make a game that is so simple and yet so shit-bonkers with its scoring and round end rules any better? You keep the core idea of the game and throw the rest away, of course. Crazier Eights is a love letter to it’s predecessor. Still a card game, Crazier Eights introduces events, actions, and permanents that change the end game conditions and the overall flow of the game. Instead of color and symbol matching being the core of the game, what people have in front of them as permanents and what they have done, or can do, becomes the focus of a game that holds up to the name. The game truly is a crazier version of Crazy Eights without being purely chaos. The structure of the game is tight and the mechanics added to the game work so well you almost forget that you are playing a variation of a simple card game. The strategies that are engrained in the sets and the control over many of the random elements make this game a surprise slam dunk coming from a place no one was looking.
The Rules are fairly simple and do not get lost within themselves as you play. On your turn you play a card as a permanent or an event and then you discard a card that matches the suit or number of the previous card in the discard pile. First person to achieve a win by card ability or to run out of cards in hand wins the game. This makes a round of Eights go fairly quick and allows for more plays within a set amount of time.
I see a lot of games pitched as “It’s this, but better” and it usually isn’t. It is either less good, or not anything like the game it is compared to. Crazier Eights is the first game that lives up to the claim that it is like Crazy Eights, but better. The game is currently on Kickstarter and is set at a price that works. I think the only thing that is holding people back from this one is that claim of being something that it might not be. I am here to assure you that it absolutely is what it is billed to be. Any person that loves the OG card games and is looking for a fresh look at a fantastic classic please, look at Crazier Eights. I personally am excited that this game was created and presented to the industry and I feel that the industry as a whole will be remiss to overlook this title. This is a game that works for all ages and can be taught within minutes. I am most excited to share my love for a classic card game with my kids through Crazier Eights.
Kickstarter page is here.
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HERE IT IS!!!!! The first episode of Games on Tape! and we have a SCOOP!!!
Anthony and Eric from Devious devices sit in and talk shop on all things ‘Nado
We talk about the future
and then we tell Doug to suck it!
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Wow has it been a while, sorry about that. But, WE’RE BACK! and have we got a lot in store for the coming months. Not only has Jeff made the next Swarm! game available for purchase at the Game Crafter HERE. But Tim has been a busy little beaver doing his networking and expansion thing. He has started a tournament series called the Absurdament that is exactly as bad as it sounds. He also has about a dozen more Humans of Tabletop recordings that are ready for launch. Couple this with the newly added Games on Tape show that is a stylized and better produced Sorry Man, I Farted and well, Tim doesn’t sleep much. Anyway, while the kettle is on We figured we would share some Kickstarter goodness with you and help out a few of the friends we have made during our absence.
Up First and ending soon is Bottom of the 9th Clubhouse Expansion: Tim acquired this game at PAX East this year and won’t shut up about it. Louder and Mullins expand a heavily thematic filler game with more mechanics and Peanuts! If you like baseball or absolutely hate the idea of it you will probably enjoy this riveting edge of your seat big things in small packages game. Click the image for more information on Bottom of the 9th and back it!
Next up we have Super Pocket League Extreme Wrestling from Button Shy Games: In this pocket game of extreme power moves and heel turns you play an intergalactic wrestler out for glory. Two players take on each other with bluffing, hand management and an oversized playmat add on that will make onlookers mark out. You only have a few hours to back this one so get going! Click the image to back and for more information.
Next I bring you Plot Twist: Tim met Darrell M. Stark at PAX EAST and found him to be delightful even if he is going to die a gruesome death at the pen of GRRM. Plot twist is a story telling game for four to six players that has you crowbarring your plot cards into a story generated by a trope card that provides the inspiration for said story. As play continues the stories become more and more rich and by that I mean more and more ridiculous. The game is a great Ice breaker for parties and a great way to ignite the imagination of those that find it difficult to tell stories. If you live in the NYC area you can find Darrell at game meets at various pubs. If you are not in the NYC area click the image and back this fun time in a box.
And now it is time for the most formal of ferrets. Friend of the show Gil Hova is expanding Bad Medicine: Bad Medicine: Second Opinion offers 100+ cards to the base game with a few surprises. In Bad medicine you are a pharmaceutical company developing a new drug to cure a malady. The drug you create is pitched to the other players and the side effects of the winner become the new malady. The game is absolutely insane and is a laugh riot through and through. The Expansion throws in complications that cause conditions to be added to your drug thus affecting your pitch. If you feel like having a gas at the state of affairs in our medicare system then back Gil’s effort. I can assure you it is worth it. Click the image for more information and back it!
Last but not least in the new game category comes Meeple Maker from Val Teixeira: in Meeple maker you are a CEO of a board game publishing company and you don’t trade in dollars because in this market that is foolish, no, you trade in fans. Where do you rank among the vast populous of board game collectors? You will need to recruit a team of people that help you create the best product ever. Meet the demands of production and you will gain fans and be able to add to your ever growing staff. A simple yet stylized design carries this game to a near meta status as the people you recruit are actual publishers, designers, and general employees of game publishers. Now we just need to find out how to get our likenesses in it as a bad review card! Click the image for more information and to back it. Val is a great guy and this has been a labour of his for a while now. Tim is excited to see this one get produced.
And finally in FLGS news Woodbury, NJ is getting an upgrade! Tiki Tiki Boardgames is Kickstarting their rehab of a new location and while it is in New Jersey it deserves a look. The store is a buy trade and sell boardgame shop and they are some good people. We will have our name on a ceiling tile, will you? Click the image to make this happen.
007: Vargr an Exercise in Futility. By Tim Mattes
Warren Ellis has long been a favorite writer of mine. From the first time I read through Transmetropolitan to the confusing reads of Bad Worlds and the like I have been enthralled with his writing style and the way that he can take real world scenarios and inject insane science fact into it. When you read Warren Ellis’ works you find yourself looking up the principles that he presents to see if they are true or could even be possible only to discover that they are in fact completely plausible or real things.
I have followed Warren Ellis to the darkest depths of Publisher whoring (Red2) and have witnessed surprise nuggets of Genius in his works (Iron Man:Extremis). I have read his novels and I follow him on the social media outlets that he subscribes to. I love everything the man writes. I feel like he could wipe his ass on a broadsheet and send it to Marvel and I will buy the special edition hardcover release of it. So imagine my delight when I found out that Warren Ellis was doing a 007 run. I felt like it was the perfect fit with the current film run being a grittier more violent Bond and Warren Ellis injecting his own bizarre form of writing into the series would make for the greatest Bond story ever told.
How could I have been so fucking wrong?
The first issue has a multitude of flaws that I could rant on about until my fingers fall off in a neck-bearded super rage. That isn’t going to happen though. I have taken my Xanax and ingested the necessary amounts of tobacco to make it through slamming my favorite comic book writers work in the hopes that it isn’t his fault. I know that wishful thinking in comics is futile but I can dream right? (Before Watchmen I’m looking at your scarred version of what could have been.)
007:Vargr Issue One is one of the most pointless issues of a series that I have ever read. Completely anticlimactic and devoid of any kind of energy or tempo. Not only do you have to get to the eighth page to read a single word, The only interesting part of the issue are the last two pages. James Bond starts the issue off as a silent badass and ends it looking like one of Archer’s still born abortions. At no point once Bond starts talking do I feel like he is a super spy. He seems like someone that got confused and walked into the wrong building and just went with it. The set up of Bond not having his lady gun on british soil is so beyond transparent it actually made me cringe. I haven’t cringed reading comics since I ventured into Steve Niles’ earlier works. The final two pages finally offer the Warren Ellis science bullshit that I look for in his work and it barely scratches the itch. I know that we will never get a Fell Volume two or a Before Transmet, but unless this series takes a violent spin down the Ellis rabbit hole it will go down as the worst run I have read from Ellis (Congrats Thor you are off the hook). This doesn’t mean that I won’t be buying it and reading it, but considering that it is one of only ten issues I have bought this year it will make me question buying Warren Ellis’ single issues in the future. This was a huge factor in me going to trades only for the last six years. The bad single issue makes me sad, I don’t want to spend upwards of twenty dollars on monthly issues and then buy the trade only to have buyers remorse from the overall story.
Dynamite tricked me into another series from them and like always I was crushed. The worst part about this first issue has nothing to do with the story. No, It has to do with Dynamite’s marketing of the book. Ten dollars for an artless variant? 24 fucking covers? Why the Fuck do I need a short box to store an issue one? I am relieved that I hated this issue so I don’t have to hunt down all of the variant covers.
All begrudgery aside, Jason Masters has done a skillful job polishing up a turd. His artwork invokes a feeling of nostalgia and have at least salvaged enough respect in me to buy issue two.
Fuck this shit.
Tim Mattes knows nothing about comics and probably shouldn’t be writing reviews for them, but the internet gives him an outlet and he knows that at least three people will read this. And in the end, three is all you need.
Oh crap, the fireworks competition starts in thirty minutes and we haven’t even unpacked the van. Even worse the show runners have refused to let us use lights to see what we are working with. We have to bumble around and organize our show in the light of everyone elses flashbangs. Will our inept American team be able to put on an honorable show or will we fail and bring shame to our families?
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Tim forces Jeff to tear up his beloved Magic Cards when they sit down to play Pack Wars Iron Man. In this format of the game you take a sealed pack, open it, you don’t look at the cards and you play a game of Magic. The only difference is that when playing Iron Man you must rip up any card that would go to your Graveyard.
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