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Collectables: Boxed or Not?

A problem that every geek has had to face in their life is if they wish to keep their collectables boxed, or to do the unspeakable – unboxing it. This article will look at the merits of both sides, as well as my own personal opinions on both routes. Whether you’re a boxed collectible kind of person, or the sort to ravage the wrapping, this article will look at both sides in a positive light, whilst discussion reasons for both.

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Top 10 Collectables

GeekOut Top 10s

This time, we’re gathering up every thought we could think of, to create a collection of… Well, collectables. Because of just how broad the collectables collective truly is, we decided to limit these collectables, based on two major criteria. A collectable to be considered for this list needs to either be:

  • A vast range of different things to get.
  • Something you get lots of to get something special in return.

As such, we’re not going to accept really vague collectables, or objects that are put in game with no big reward. We considered just about everything we could think of, from video games, physical mediums, literature, tv series, films – You named it, we’ve thought about it. These are the Top 10 Collectables within geekdom, but this is such a broad subject, get your typing fingers ready, as you’ll likely know of one we totally forgot! (more…)


Top 10 Rehashed Ideas

Creative minds are constantly finding ways to make a new story, or to tell something in a brand new, highly imaginative way. Except for these guys who have decided to use the easiest cop-out in the world and just rehash an idea that’s already out there. Sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, rehashing an idea is a sign that either something was such a good idea it had to be done again, or a lack of an imagination.

With this in mind, we’ve had a long and hard think, then we had a long and hard think and then we had a long and hard think. Now that we’ve thought about it a few times, we wrote a list then we wrote a list. We compared our new list to the original list and boom, we made our Top 10 Rehashed Ideas list. Be warned, we’re not on about a series that’s happened time and time again, but rather a concept that has been reused. Read on to see what makes it in. (more…)


Top 10 Collectable Games

Not all games are made to include everything in the box. Not all video games are made with all of the content ready. But all games have one thing in common: They’re generally pretty damn fun! However, is it really fun to have games that don’t have all of the required components in the box, or is it just a massive waste of money? We’d argue it’s not always that bad spending money on games that you’ve already poured money into for the base game, I mean some of our favourite games are some of the most expensive games in the world.

Today we want to take a look through what we think is the Top 10 Collectable Games! Join us as we throw all of the cash out of the window as we collect more pieces in the already expensive game of collectable gaming!

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Krosmaster Arena

Krosmaster Arena is a figurine tabletop game.

However, we’re not going to look at that part of it. We’re going to look at the online version of Krosmaster Arena and maybe in the future, we can look at a tabletop version of it.

Play Krosmaster Arena for free at http://www.krosmaster.com/en/play
Alternatively, buy the figurine game here. The figurines are adorable!

Krosmaster

How is it played?

Krosmaster Arena is an interesting little game. It is a figurine strategy game, where you play as a figure and are given their card which explains their powers and the likes.

You are given 6 Golden Galleons (GG) to start the game off with and each character you put on the board are worth a certain amount of those GG. If the character is to die in the game, then you lose the same GG that they are worth.

On the cards, it explains a few important details, such as how many action points each character has and how many hit points they have. How many movement points and how much damage each move deals are on the cards, too. But how do we actually play?

Krosmaster Arena is a grid-based game. Each tile you move is worth 1 MP (Move Point). For example, a character may have 3 MP, so they can move just 3 spaces per turn.

They can also use their action points. Let’s take the example of Oscar Kass (Yes, this is the game I know of Oscar Kass from)

If you want to get into Krosmaster Arena and are looking for the manual, here it is! It is freely available online.

Looks and presentation

Let’s be honest here, we can’t truly talk about the graphics of this, as the pieces are merely representations of the figurines.

So, how does this game look and feel, since we’re taking a tabletop game and playing it online.

A game in progress - starring me!

A game in progress – starring me!

So, the board itself is represented nicely and in fact, the characters look really good! Consider this – you can play this little game online for free. Now to collect more of the figures, you do need to do a lot of winning in order to earn enough points to get another character, but hey! If this game really hooks you, then you’ll likely have a new figure in no time.

The game is presented nicely and most people don’t chat, which can be quite nice. It means you get to have a little game with someone for a few minutes before you leave to carry on with your day. It’s casual, easy to pick up and play with enough documentation to get into it.

The coins on the map are used to get buffs/power ups and items. You stand on one of the demonic squares to get the rewards from using the coins and all of the information is quite clean.

You see the 5 in the sort of star shape? That’s my GG, as mentioned previously. The current character is displayed at the bottom along with his/her powers. Along the top left hand corner is the turn order of the characters.

In all honesty, this game is very quick to learn and very sweet. In terms of how it was recreated online by the guys who made the game, it’s worth a look!

Overall

This is a sweet little game that you can waste a little bit of time on. I’ve yet to play with people I know, though I am hoping to get one or two people into it soon enough so that we can have a nice, easy to play board game to play online.

If you’re interested and want to have a match against me, go ahead and drop me a line in the chat and I’ll have a game. I’m pretty much a push over. I’ve had 5 wins, 11 losses, so say! You can find me on there by the name of “Timlah”. Huh, go figure.

But of course, I’ll warn you now. I say I’m bad, but I have been known to win a match on occasion…

See!? I warned you! I can win in this game!

See!? I warned you! I do sometimes win in this game!

 

What do you all think about this simple to pick up little game? It’s a great looking little game with awesome style. The online version does detract from the “collectables” side quite a bit, sure enough… However, considering this is supposed to be a way to introduce people to the game, it’s quite short and sweet. Worth a look at.