Friday, July 23, 2021

Pokemon Go Fest: A Success!

 


As most of you know, Pokémon Go Fest occurred last weekend and while I have no idea how lucrative this was for Niantic I can definitely say that this was a success in my area. People were driving/walking around, going from gyms to gyms, in an attempt to catch those legendary creatures or to complete their quests for the event.

In the game, you can conquer areas (called gyms) and you get to leave one of your digital creatures and your avatar there for others to see. On our travels, we found out the true identity of a few of the players we only previously saw in those areas. 

It was kind of nice to put a face to the name.

Game aside, this event was a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and I'm happy to say that my group of friends grew from this event.
What other games can you play where things like this happen? What other games can you play where you walk around and bump into other players that may, or may not, become lifelong friends (or at least a friend to play the game with going forward).

My hunt for digital creatures was a success. Not only did we hit our targets but we also made new friends and that, my friends, is what this game is all about - making friends.



Friday, July 16, 2021

Ashes Reborn - Santa Came Early

 


The first time I heard about Ashes was a few years ago from an article about the game being discontinued. The more I learned about the game, the more I wanted to try it but it was too late. Needless to say that I was pretty excited when I learned that Plaid Hat Games was bringing the game again in the form of a 1.5 "reborn" series. This time around I bought every pack I could find and do intend on keeping up with the expansions for as long as they're going to release them.

What is there to like about this game?

The thing I like most about this game is the fact that you don't need to spend a crazy amount of money to play. Sure you get expansions every quarter but those are 14-30$ (depending if it's a regular or deluxe pack) and that's it. It's relatively inexpensive to get into especially when compared with Magic the Gathering, Yo-Gi-Oh and Pokémon.

Is it fun though?

Mechanically speaking, I find the game resembles Magic The Gathering but with an heavier emphasis on strategy and you use dices instead of lands to pay for spells. Note that Ashes is available as a workshop item for the "Table Simulator" on steam if you ever wanted to try it out.

As of today, I'm happy to report that I'm up to date in terms of products available for Ashes Reborn. I might of missed out on the original release but I won't for 1.5. All I need now is for the Pandemic to end so I can meet up with some friends and get this party going!

Friday, July 9, 2021

I'm In a Card Playing Mood!

 I've been in a card playing mood for the last few weeks now but I've stopped myself from buying cards from games that forces me to buy many in order to get any good at it. 

In the early 2000s, I was into magic and attended a few tournaments in my local community. I did pretty poorly in all of them simply because the other players were a bit older, with jobs, and were spending all of their money on the game... there was no way that I could compete with my monthly allowance worth of cards.
Still, I joined these tournaments because I enjoyed the community and I still do in a lot of ways. I miss that community but I don't miss the price to pay in order to be good within it. 
When Wizard announced Magic the Gathering X Forgotten Realms coming at the end of July I really thought this would be the set that would lure me back into magic but then I remember how it was last time I played and decided I needed an alternative...

"Trading Card Games" have been designed with the philosophy that you need to "pay to win". This isn't a concept that people like in video games but seems to be widely accepted from within the TCG community. 

I'm no longer a fan of this philosophy...

So what do you do when you like playing card games but don't like investing too much energy/time into getting the right cards? Well you look for alternatives and the following 2 seems to be the most promising...

  • Keyforge - I've mentioned this game last week and I hope it catches on because there's something truly beautiful here. Sure, some decks are better than others but there are far greater chances of having decks at the same level than decks that are vastly superior. It's awesome to be able to sit down with someone knowing that the game that we're about to play will be with decks that are similar in strength while still having vastly different strategies.
  • Ashes Reborn - I found out about the original Ashes only after it was discontinued and I was really annoyed that it had been canned since it seemed to have been a great game to play. When I found out about Ashes Reborn, I immediately seized that chance to play and I wasn't disappointed. Similar to Keyforge, you don't need to buy millions of individual cards to build decks and the mechanics put a lot of emphasis on strategy rather than simply build an army and attack.

My hope is that these games will resonate with the community and we'll be able to play these for years to come.