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Last year I was a bad kitty. I didn’t keep up with the blog. This year is going to be different. There will be a new structure to the blog, with three weekly articles and a bunch of revolving monthly blogs. That way things are more consistent for you, the reader.

(Hope no one is offended by the graphic below.)

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Weekly

Wednesday – Life in a Box – Talking about geeky memories and emotions.

Friday – Card Shark – Weekly card spot light. How to use it, how it’s broken, or just how it’s awesome.

Sunday – Movie Time – Reviews, coming attractions, old movies

Monthly

What’s in the box?! – What we’re doing and where we’ll be.

Casual Time – Casual games I enjoy.

Brick by Brick – Talking about Legos… and sometimes Mega Blocks.

The Sandbox – Anything at all.

Toy Box – Toy reviews

Breaking Down 2015

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Some amazing movies and games came out this year. If you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, or Santa thought you ordered Fallout 3, you are missing out. You need to save up the $60.00 and go get it. It’s $49.99 on the Steam Sale right now. They’ve made major changes that allow you to build settlements and craft items easier. You have a home base but it can be customized. It’s also work the investment to buy the guide, which was only $18.00 when I bought it two days ago. Animal Crossing also came out with a spin off game called Happy Home. It’s fun if you like grindy games with no end. I’ll write more about these two later. Rock Band 4 came out. We’re finally getting to play it tonight… hehe.

LEGO! How could you lose the TMNT license to Megablocks? Seriously, why did your stuff have to suck so much for that franchise when everything else was amazing. ( Side note: the Back to the Future car… also terrible.) Lego did a great job this year on their Friends, Elves, Disney, City and Star Wars lines but kind of dropped the ball on a few other licenses they were holding. The Jurassic Park sets were amazing but they had a hard time keeping up with demand. This left a lot of collectors flapping in the wind. The architecture line has been amazing the past few years but this year they didn’t do their big box of all white blocks. Color me disappointed. This is a Christmas time set that they release only in Lego stores. It wasn’t release this year but they did a smaller box. I have to give Megablocks their dues though. They came out with some really great looking historical military sets and Call of Duty brand Zombie sets.

Tanto Cuore, I love you. I will never leave you… EVER. I can’t wait for OktoberFest to come out. I had the good fortune to volunteer with Japanime Games this summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait for the conventions to start up again this year. Luckily they had demo sets to show people for Pre-Orders and Previewing. The game introduces a new mechanic, beer cards, which affect your ability to play certain cards. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want a GOOD FUN card game for 4-5 people, keep an eye out for it. They should be shipping them out in the new year. Also, they have an associated company called Kamikaze games. They produce Barbarosa, which is an irreverant, sexy, World War 2 card game. You really have to be a good sport to play this because they base it off real battles, so… you sort of play as an invading Nazi army, featuring chibi sexy Hitler. It’s a great game though. There is a version of the game that has historical photos instead of the Ladies if that makes you feel more comfortable. ( I like the Anime version.) They also have several other new games coming out. One is called Gods Gambit, which they let me try out when I was at Kumoricon! I’m looking forward to Gods Gambit so much. It’s an Uno Style game. It will be a great fast game you can play with your buddies at a party. The art is really interesting too. I have some photos, I’ll dig out later and write about it in depth.

Cell phone games… well… If you didn’t play Alpha Bears, go work on that right now. They have made so many improvements to the game. They added a VS mode. They added a better system of replenishing coins. They’ve added seasonal, special event content. Kudos to Alphabear for listening to their users. It’s amazing. They are also developing a new game for Android in 2016.

Movies were really great this year. Do I even have to mention Star Wars? Holy Carps. Holy, holy Carps.

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Crimson Peak, Mocking Jay part 2, The Martian, Jurassic World were all pretty incredible movies. I hope Hollywood keeps up the momentum because so far all I want to see in 2016 is Civil War and Dead Pool. Hopefully, it will rev up quickly and not be an off year for movies.

That’s all for now. 2015 was a great year and 2016 is going to be even better. Happy New year!

2015

PAX 2013 I was sitting in the DS Play area. I had my DS plugged into a socket someone had managed to pry open. I was blissfully playing Animal Crossing trying to get people to visit my town. After a while two gentlemen sat down next to me and started talking. I was surprised because they just started talking to me right off the bat. One was clearly drunk and the other was trying to get DS Passes for his kid. The conversation went from DS games to first person shooters and then casual games. It was a strange turn but I can’t tell you how it got to that point. We began to talk about Pop Cap games. I mentioned I loved Bejeweled but I refused to play Candy Crush. The slightly drunk gentleman asked me why. I told him flat out, I won’t play a game where I have to buy additional content.

Plants Vs. Zombies 2 falls into this trap. I was eagerly anticipating this game because I played the HELL out of the first game. I played it on my phone, on my computer and on my tablet. I played it all the time. I replayed it. I played the levels over and over. I would sometimes play with the Zen Garden for hours and not realize it. I was looking forward to a second game for more of the same exciting casual gaming action. While talking with this guy, I found out one, he worked for Pop Cap. Secondly, he was one of the programmers and was trying to figure out why people weren’t liking the new game. Once he let this fly I told him how disappointed I was that the new game had PAY TO PLAY content. I am not sure he took it to heart.

The new game involves time travel. You get to play an Egyptian Level, a pirate level and a western level. They have boards that you unlock and plants you can unlock. If you don’t feel like taking the time to grind and unlock content you can BUY your way through the game. I like buying a game and owning the a game. I don’t like having to spend a ton of money on internal content. If you buy your way through the game it costs: $25.90.  I think IGN was pretty close on that amount. I would rather buy the game for $10.00 or $15.00 and have to unlock things.

They also took out the Zen Garden. This upsets me. I enjoyed that SO MUCH.

They have new plants that are interesting. In the Egyptian world you unlock the Bloomerang, Iceberg Lettuce and Bonk Choy. The Bloomerange allows you to hit a line of zombies all at once. Iceberg Lettuce freezed one zombie in place. The Bonk Choy hits with it’s fists. It’s a strong, fast plant. In the Pirate area you get the Coconut Cannon, Spring Bean and the Snap Dragon. The spring bean is cool, it bounces the zombie back. Coconut Cannon’s will hit all enemies in a line. The Snap Dragon breaths fire for three spaces in front of it.

The game also uses fertilizer. It’s collected from green glowing zombies. You select the fertilizer and then use it on a plant. They all have a different reaction and some have more than one reaction to fertilizer depending on who is on the field coming towards you.

Another weird thing they have introduced are three touch based attacks. You can select them using your coins and either pinch the heads of zombies, flick them backwards or electrocute them. I don’t like this and only use it when I am desperate.

They have introduced a number of new zombie types. Too many to talk about here. I like the Camel Zombies. There are three zombies hidden behind a sand picture of a camel. They are kind of like the screen door zombies in a way. I hate the Pirate Captain. He has a parrot that STEALS a plant and flies away. Hate. That is the only word I can use.

I haven’t finished playing through the game yet. I made it to the Pirate world, but I am going back through and playing through all the levels on their challenge stage to unlock more stars. That way I can open up more plants and have better tools. The game is long if you don’t buy your way through it. I am a grinder, but this feels a little excessive. In the pirate world, I’ve run into a part where the difficulty is suddenly ramped up. I haven’t been able to get past it.

I don’t recommend BUYING anything for the game. Just play it when you have time and you are satisfied. I feel good with playing one or two fields at a time.