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Top 10 Fictional Nations

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To be proud of where you come from – That’s what we all wish to be. To be able to say, with your head held high, that you come from a proud, noble people. Your homeland is the envy of the world and you are one of its many fine citizens. A nation is defined as a large body of people united by common grounds (culture, history, language, etc). So, it’s time to fly your flags high for our Top 10 Fictional Nations!

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Pirates Of Penryn – An in depth look

I mentioned in my UK Games Expo Kickstarter Roundup that while I was at the event this year, during my lunch I was set upon by pirates. While my initial thought was that they had turned up for the Viking LARP, but not read any of the memo’s, it turns out they were a mother and son team peddling their wares. Amongst their wares was a board game called the Pirates Of Penryn, but sadly I was not able to play a game during the Expo. It took a few days and a bit of back and forth with e-mails, but Caitlin wrangled up a magic eye so that I may see a game in play and indeed take part, albeit virtually.

Check out the Pirates of Penryn Kickstarter campaign here.

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UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 2

The phrase ‘so nice we will do it twice‘ comes to mind. Yep, I’m back with five more projects that I saw at UK Games Expo that will be on Kickstarter in the future, games that I declare are worth looking at. What do you mean you didn’t read Part 1? Go do so now and come back. For the rest of you, I’ve rambled enough, it’s time to kickstart this post into action (see what I did there?).

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Board Game Review – Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time

In a world filled with dangerous hackers, the board game Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time puts us in the position of power. Designed by József Dorsonczky and published by Mind Fitness Games, Hack Trick paints a picture of two hackers looking for world domination… Or at least, cyber domination. But this cyberspace isn’t big enough for the two of us, as we have to deal with our opponents, as well as taking over servers all across the world. Make sure you’ve got a secure connection, as we’re about to check out this simple, easy to understand board game.

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Top 10 – Hard To Watch Moments in Games

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Games can sometimes be a little bit tense; or they can be so gruesome that you can’t bare to continue staring at it. There are lots of reasons why you may struggle to watch something unfold, be it grounded in reality or absurdity. Whatever the reason, you chose this one, you strange people, so here are our Top 10 Hard To Watch Moments In Games.

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UKGE 2018 – Best Bits

UKGE was huge this year, and Chris and I were two incredibly busy people all weekend, it’s a wonder either of us had chance to talk to the other. In fact if we hadn’t perhaps we’d have seen everything, played more games, chatted with more developers, designers, dug into the playtesting tables to find some new nugget of talent among the up and coming game designers who find their break at events like UKGE, or refine their ideas to try again next year, and maybe we’d have squeezed in a few more seminars.

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UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 1

Wow, what a weekend that was.

I’ve not been to any other board game expo to compare UK Games Expo to (although I would love to go to Spiel) but this year it felt huge. I would estimate that it was around 10-15% bigger than last year, at least my feet certainly feel like it was. There is so much to see and so much to play and Joel and I tried to do as much as we can. Let’s start with part one of two posts on Kickstarter projects that I encountered, some of these are active now and some will be sometime in the future but certainly, all of them are on my list of ones to watch or I want to invest in or I have already invested in. I’ve got lots to say, so let’s crack on!

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Top 10 Boring Boss Battles

Whenever we say ‘boring’, a few images can be put to mind. A boss battle should never be boring; they should be a test of all that you’ve learned in-game up until that point. It should be a celebration of everything you’ve done, every key item that you use. It should never be boring – But lo and behold, we scoured video games for some of our most boring boss battles. Before we continue with this one, our definition of a boring boss battles is either:

  • A boss battle that’s excessively long without being sufficiently interesting or unique
  • Mechanically dull, to where the fight is just ‘do the thing over and over again’
  • Too easy or too hard, to the point where it’s completely unfitting to the rest of the level/zone you were in
  • Just poorly written, giving you absolutely no desire to fight it.

With these rough definitions in mind, let’s check out our Top 10 Boring Boss Battles.

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Magic: the Gathering – Building A Casual Fun Deck For Modern

A lot of people seem to think that after I created one hell-raising deck, that I’d create nothing but destructive decks. I had a discussion a little while back, which made me reflect upon all of the terrible decks I’ve built. So, I wanted to make this right and build a deck that was a lot of fun for me, but brutal to play against. Without any hesitation, I started to make my strangest deck – So here’s a look at how I go about building fun decks for Modern.

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Top 10 Over-Designed Weapons

Over-designing a weapon is something that I thought would go more to anime, but no. It turns out that over-designed weapons are all over. Video games, films, books – You name it, they’re everywhere. But what is it we mean exactly by an Over-Designed Weapon?

The weapon must be aesthetically overly thought-out; it can’t be something that just looks the usual part. It must be visually over-the-top to some capacity. However, a weapon doesn’t necessarily have to be a conventional sword, axe or so on – But it certainly helps with categorisation! Let’s check out this week’s list – It’s our Top 10 Over-Designed Weapons!

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