Posts Tagged ‘PAX’

 

Cell phone games seem to be the only thing I’m interested in lately (after Animal Crossing and MONSTER HUNTER.) They are great because in the summer I’m often stuck on a city bus for an hour or longer to get home. One of the best ways to find a new cell phone game, look around you on a bus. I have a bit of an advantage because Big Fish Games is on my way home. A large number of their employees get on the bus only a few stops after mine. If you take time to look up, sometimes you’ll see someone playing a game. It doesn’t hurt to watch them for a bit. If they are next to you, just ask them what the game is. Since they are developers, they often play other games to either research different genre of games, because they like those games or because they hear what other developers are making.

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Friend I made on the bus

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I’m on a bus!

Even if you don’t have a game company conveniently on your bus route, take a look around during your commute. That’s how I found 2048. There were a few people sitting near me playing the game. Every day for a week, I saw someone playing it. When the lady next to me started playing it, I had to ask her what the game was because I was fascinated. If you’re uncomfortable asking a stranger what game they are playing, ask your friends. My friends, even though they are hard-core gamers, always have one of two games on their phones.

Another great way to find cell phone games is to look at the indie games that were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or your local video game convention. You can browse through the games and pick the ones that sounds fantastic. It takes a little more work because you might have to research them. Most conventions though have these games in the INDIE area. That’s where I’ve discovered some really fun games.

There are a few companies like Big Fish Games that have apps to help you find their games. The app lists the new games, top games and allows you to search for genre games. They also use the app to notify you when a new game is being released.

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Big Fish Games game App

If you’re lwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-38-31.pngooking for game on the play store, you can search by categories. After you’ve played through one or two games, it will suggest other games based on your downloads.  The play store also has a section for free games. Half the time the free games are limited versions of a full game. These allow you to play a few levels before you have to purchase a full version. The plus side is you get to try out the game and often, it explains the mechanics that are unlockable in the full version. Dinner Dash mobile edition is like this. You can play through three restaurants before you have to purchase the full version of the game. I can’t stress this more though, if you can buy a game out right, it’s better than games that need continuous “optional” in game purchases. When I like a game with a free version, I give those people my money. Take it! Take my money! You deserve it. Stop asking me to view adds though. If I buy your game, I want the freaking game. I’ll even rate it or review it. (Although Word Crack keeps asking you to rate it, even after you rate it. Super annoying.)

 

When purchasingwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-39-03.pngg or browsing free games, I like to sort by category. I tend to stick with puzzle games, strategy games and word games. There is a multitude of different styles including action, rpg, visual novels, hidden object, adventure, card and sports games. You really can find a game of any style. Some PC games are even available on mobile as well like Plants vs Zombies and World of Goo. Finally, a not so new phenomenon is the porting of old games to mobile versions. You can download several different emulators in order to play FFVII or any of the Final Fantasy franchise.

 

I still think the best way to find a good cell phone game is though is looking around your on the bus.

 

Ways to find games:
1. People Watching
2. List of games at conventions
3. Talk to Friends
4. Company Apps
5. Play Store recommendations and searches
6. Emulators

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Alphabear is a cellphone game that is based on a boggle style game mechanic. You are given letters and you get points for spelling different words. They have added some Scrabble-esque features like point values per letter, but made it their own. They have also added a power up/ RPG style feature where your party of bears grow and gain more bonuses from experience points.

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The mechanics they have added make the game really fun and challenging. Over time the point value of an unused letter diminishes until the tile turns to stone. Stone letters impede you’re progress. In each chapter there are bear characters that you can collect to help you through levels. They each have unique powers. Some give you end score bonuses for specific letters or word length. Other bears help you with timed puzzles or keep letters from turning to stone for longer time. The more you play, the stronger your chosen bears get. They earn levels and their score bonus will increase and make it easier to make either goal.

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Every day there is a big puzzle and a basic puzzle. The basic puzzle is usually timed. After you beat the two puzzles there are boss puzzles to progress from chapter to chapter. Two days after I started playing they added a feature that allows you to move from chapter to chapter. I’m so happy!

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One of the cuter aspects is the bears grown on-screen as you play, moving the board along to reveal different letters. You spell a word and they grow out of the one of the letters. As you use the letters around them, they grow bigger, longer and wider. At the end of a puzzle, a bear uses some of the words you spelled to fill in a mad libs style saying. You can share these to social media or just move on. I love them. I will sometimes use the remix button on the bottom left to find one that is really funny and post it to my Facebook.

Remember the in-game purchases I mentioned? There are two kinds honey and coins. Honey allow you to play the different daily puzzles. Coins buy you into the treasure events. The honey regenerates over time. Coins you gain by playing puzzles. You can unlock endless honey for $4.99. You can not get endless coins but you can purchase coins if you are having trouble earning them through the game. You can use money, honey or watching a video to earn more. Buying the endless honey is the same as just purchasing this well made and adorable game. Honestly, you can make as much coin as you want if you have endless honey. If you’re being impatient though, or you need coin fast they have given you the choice.

How do you win?  They give you two goals at the start of a level. Using the letter value, bears score multipliers and BIG WORDS you try to make one of the two goals. At the end of a game the bears that grew on your board add to the final score.

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The final score is a combination of all the points. You gain coins from playing each level. It can be as little as 5 or as much as 50 from what I’ve seen. As a bonus they take a few of your words, thrown then in a mad libs style generator and create a hilarious photo you can upload to social media.

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Spry Fox is the company behind this adorable game. I found out it’s only been available for two weeks. Their other games include Triple Town and Road Not Taken. All their games feature the signature art style of blocky bears. There is an older word game called Panda Poet which is more like Word Crack or Words With Friends, than Alphabears. Panda Poet you play against a computer or an online opponent. They have three days to spell a word. Triple Town you are building a town and have to protect it from the bears. Road Not Taken is a completely different style of game. It’s an adventure game where you rescue children lost in the woods. They still have bears though and foxes!

They go to PAX every year. I’m really surprised I’ve never run into their games before now. I’m going to keep my eyes open from now on. They have a cool looking dragon game called Free Range Dragons that they showed off at PAX. They used their testers at the con to improve the game on the fly too. That’s an innovative use of a focus group that doesn’t know they are a focus group!

I recommend this game. I NEED ALL THE BEARS!

Life in a Box: Consumable Geek

Posted: September 10, 2014 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Is “Geek Culture” just about conspicuous consumption?

There is a weird discussion going on in the community right now about what is “Geek Culture.”  Some people out there are trying to say that if we stopped buying stuff that geek culture wouldn’t exist. Defining a culture can be a difficult matter because some people have variations. Let’s figure out some common things that Geeks share.

1. A love of something very much, sincerly. ( Edited after speaking with a friend. It’s a way better definition! Thank you!)

2. Passionate about some variety of science fiction or fantasy. This can be anything from video games, movies, tv shows, print, music, role playing games, board games, card games, war games or comics.

3. Technophiles of some sort. This can be any kind of electronic device.

Once you have these three basics, there are so many different kinds of geek I could go on for days.

As a geek what do you do? You do consume the media you derive your geekdom from. Is our whole culture about that though? Entire economies have been derived off our passions. Let’s take video games for example.

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There are major conventions in the US for gaming and gaming technology. There is Penny Arcade Expo ( PAX) and Graphics, Gagdets and Games (G3 Expo). These are argueably the largest gaming conventions in the industry. They do drive us into a frenzy about the new games but… I think most of us have Steam. I know personally, wait till games go on sale during the BIG sales before I go on a binge. Gaming companies do generate millions of dollars but not everyone that plays games are geeks. You can’t say that the gaming industry would vanish if there wasn’t a geek culture. Look Candy Crush for instance. Everyone from children to grandparents play that horrific monstrosity. They buy add ons and pump money into a game about CANDY. The industry spends millions of dollart to go to the conventions and show you the games. They give you the swag ( t-shirts, toys, stickers, inflatable meat). Then they send you back out into the world to drool for months waiting for the games.

Let’s talk about Anime for a moment. There are different types of anime geeks. There are the ones that watch anime, there are the ones that only read manga and then there are cosplayers. Within the different subcultures you have lots of gray areas. Cosplayers are often not pumping money into a company that supplies cosplay costumes. They support the fabric stores, hardware stores and craft stores in their areas, but that purchasing power doesn’t make them geeks. It’s that love of dressing up as Sakura or Eren Jaeger that make them a Geek! If they had no money, they would find a way to do it anyway with sheets and drapes, Gone With the Wind style. So many shows are on Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, torrents or at your RedBox, video store or used video store that the money doesn’t always factor into our love. For instance, I watched Black Butler, but I bought the blueray used.

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Geeks meeting up and talking at a convention… you might recognize a few of us.

We definately don’t go out and buy every game, item, T-Shirt or mini that exist. Maybe some of us do but, the vast majority of us don’t do that. We tend to specialize in something and go crazy for one or two things.

I… love love love My Little Pony. Even though I am passionate about my fillies, I don’t buy every product put out. Just… a few of them. This was a gift from my husband. YES!

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Most of us are too poor to buy EVERYTHING. Even if the things weren’t there we would be sitting around talking about dragons and laser guns. We would be discussing who shot first. We would be talking about how cool it would be to own a proton pack. There would be ways to show our love for video games too… we could rent them from Gamefly or a video store and then return them. We could even return them in better condition than when we rented them. Or we could share… one person coud by the game and pass it around.

My conclusion is, before there was stuff, I still had dice and friends. It doesn’t matter that I now have a matching t-shirt and logo sticker. We would still have our imaginations and DRAGONS.

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PAX 2014 Tickets

Posted: September 3, 2014 by Noccie in Conventions, Noccie, PAX
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The tide has shifted. This year Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) felt different than in other years. Kane and I have been attending for 7 years and so, we have a bit of room to compare our experiences from this year and previous years.

I think the ticket scalpers may have done us a favor. There were so many passes out of general circulation, the place felt emptier than in previous years. I could move around, walk around, turn around, back up and all the other things I wanted. I could dance in the isles!

It’s my theory that this sense of space, was because so many badges were in the hands of scalpers. Even passing scalpers on the way into the building, on the last day, the scalpers had nearly an inch thick stack of badges for sale. They were super annoying and ALL over the place. It was SUPER annoying to be bombarded walking up and down the street with scalpers trying to buy and sell tickets. A friend of ours had a press pass, he was offered $10.00 for his pass. Yeah… no thank you sir. There is a bigger down side though.

It’s incredibly hard to get tickets.  Most of our friends didn’t get tickets this year because they sold out so quickly. There is no easy way to fix this issue. I don’t even know what to suggest to fix the issue besides making the solicitation, purchasing and selling of tickets on the street some sort of harrasment and making it illegal in public. That leaves thousands of tickets in the hands of ONLINE ticket brokers still.

You would think with all these tech savy people in one place we could figure out a better way of issuing passes to fans. A way must be invented to keep ticket scalpers from effecting a community in such a way.

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The company that took over for the creators of Penny Arcade have added many levels of security to the badges to keep out counterfits. That’s helped with the crowds a bit. They have a serial number, hologram, monogram sticker, a QR code, color coding and a super secret level of security. A black light reactive design was added to the pass. It didn’t photograph well but the design was a bunch of space invaders.

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This reminds me of when I was younger and impressionable. I used to go to a lot of death metal shows and the place had a problem with tickets. I went to everything thing there, death metal, speed metal, black metal,… etc. You get the picture. Well they started adding elements to the tickets so it was harder for people to make fakes. I understand why Benders Concert Cave did this, he was only charging $5.00 a ticket or $8.00 at the most. This was his bread and butter. Eventually they added a black light reactive element and then once you were in they stamped you with a black light reactive stamp as well. Don’t get me wrong, black lights are cool. I love the glowing freaking hidden stuff but in 20 years NOTHING has changed.

Can’t we come up with a better way to make the tickets hard to counterfit?

Secruity adds different levels. There is a level of safety, level of inconvience and many little levels that keep you safe or make your day harder. Everyone hates taking their shoes off in the airport. Does it keep the plane safe? I don’t know, maybe? I’m not saying that we need to be barefoot or that we aren’t allowed to bring in outside liquids. I do know that there has to be a better way to put tickets in the hands of people that love games.

Although, things really did change this year. I’ll write more later.

P.S. I’m not saying this because I want to stand in longer lines either… I just really dislike scalpers.

Tonight was special. There were people all over Seattle that have flown, driven, bused, caravaned, and taken the train for PAX 2014. This is the first time I’ve seen so many people come together before the convention to celebrate. They had a pre-PAX boardgame night at the Sheraton next to the convetion center. We were told they approximate 600 people came through to the event. This was just one event.

I know of at least four other parties being held near by for PAX 2014.

Everyone was having fun playing board and card games. We even sat down with people we didn’t know and played Tanto Cuore.

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Kane took time to show a friend from New Mexico and his friend how to play AGAINST THE HORDE. That’s the game Kane’s developing.

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It was wonderful to see everyone getting together already. Keep building the community.

Also, there were a lot of geek girls dressed up to play board games, including myself. There was about a 50/50 ratio of women to men, too!

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Good night and see you tomorrow.

I’m so excited for PAX 2014! Every year Kane and I head down to the convention center for this fantastic romp through video game heaven. I’m looking forward to all the flashing lights, nifty swag and good times. Every year I get a little more into going to panels. I’ve picked out a bunch but here are some gems that you should look into.

Friday

10:30 AM  – Story Time with Mikey Neumann is the keynote speech this year. The Keynotes have been awesome, even if I didn’t really know who the speaker was that year. Mikey Neumann works for Gearbox Software, so it should be an interesting talk.

11:30 AM – Building Inclusive Community in Analog Gaming Spaces – The panel is a great  conversation about how to bring in various groups of people and get them involved in gaming. They really mean it too. They discuss bringing in families with children, more women, getting girls interested at a young age, minorities and people with disabilities. They also bring up how to get new players involved! I’ve been to the panel before and I’m an acquaintance of Donna Prior, who is on the panel. It’s always a good conversation that involves the audience.

3:00 PM – Pop Cap – How We Make Games – I really just want to go to this panel because I disliked the second Plants vs Zombies. I think I deserve an explanation.

5:00 PM – Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection, Past, Preset and Future of RPGs – Hironobu Sakaguchi is the creator of Final Fantasy. It will interesting to hear him talk about the evolution of the genre.

8:30 PM – Friday Night Concert – The Doubleclicks are playing! I love them. Caught them last year and I’m addicted. They have catchy tunes that hit you right in the feels. They also have the Triforce Quartet and Paul & Storm performing.

Saturday

12:30 – Firaxis Mega Panel – I am so excited!!! They are going to show off what they are working on for the sequel to Alpha Centauri, Sid Meier’s Civilization:  Beyond Earth. I’ve been waiting for this game playing Alpha Centauri over and over.

4:30 PM – Grim Fandango: Bringing the Dead Back to Life – I loved Grim Fandango. This panel will be talking about how they are remastering the game for PS4 and Vita.

Sunday

10:00 AM – Are Twitch, YouTube and Podcasts Killing Traditional Games Journalism? – I am curious to see what the panel has to say. Maybe it’s not killing the traditions, maybe it’s giving them competition that they need to become better. Although, by Sunday I may be too tired to get there by 10AM. We’ll see.

12:30 – Women in Games Development: We Have the Best Job Ever! – I am a bit of a feminist. I do tend to go to panels that discuss women and their roles in my world. I want to contribute and be a part of this panel that discusses the industry spanning from big games to indie games.

2:00 PM – Bridge to Japan: The Process of Localizing Japanese Media – This will be all about bringing over Japanese shows, games, cards etc and how mistranslation can cause chaos with an American audience. They actually mention Cardcaptor Sakura. I am glad they do because there was originally a lesbian story line that was taken out to spare American audiences. Weird.

8:00 PM – Three Old Guys Playing Falling Block Games – I love Tetris. They are going to be playing a variety of games. I am curious what they are going to pull out.

Monday

12:30 PM  – Video Game Memories: What Makes a Game Special – They have a group of games journalists talking about what makes a game special. I’ll tell you what, FALL OUT. That is all you need to know about games.

2:30 PM – Beyond the Stars: How Games Are Keeping Science Fiction Alive – I don’t know who any of the panelists are but I like the subject. Being a science fiction writer, I try to keep games and movies in mind when I write my descriptions. That way if they are optioned, I’m all set!

I’m mostly just excited for the convention. I buy dice there every year and I want more of the Q-Workshop dice. I also want to visit the Funko booth and buy some bobble heads.

I’m only cosplaying two days. I have a Muad Pie outfit and a Star Trek costume. Although, I dyed my hair for Muad! 🙂

See you there!

Wedding Anniversary

Posted: August 19, 2014 by Noccie in Kane, Life in a Box, Noccie
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Kane and I have been married 7 years and been together for 12 years! The insanity of it all is beyond imaging. I can’t believe that much time has passed. We love each other more every day. We aren’t just husband and wife, we’re friends. Our interests overlap and we enable each other’s passions. That is how we make it work.

Our wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed. We were married by our dear friend dressed as the Chesire Cat. My Maid of Honor was the Unicorn and her daughter was our flower girl dressed as the door mouse.

To celebrate our anniversary, we spent Saturday with my parents. They bought us books and Lego Marvel. Sunday, we went to see Gaurdians of the Galaxy. After we had lunch there was so much time before the movie we played video games at Game Works. I tried Tekkan 6 for the first time. It’s been years since I’ve played. I love Tekkan and it was like getting back on a bike. We played the Taiko drum game together and made sweet music. It was a lot of fun.

He let me make weird Fallout references because we cut through the upper deck of the light rail tunnels on our way.

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Just as we did 7 years ago, we are going to PAX. That was our honey moon. We were poor and some where around here is a video from Yahoo gaming. We were interviewed standing in line for Will Wheaton. I have yet to make it through a meet Will Wheaton line, a few years ago we gave up. That year they cut the line in front of me because he had to run to a DnD session. Then the next day it was cut infront of me because he had to go somewhere else. Both time we spent about 30 minutes… maybe more in line to be sent off on our merry way without so much as a hi! After a few more conventions, I gave up trying to meet him. Since then, I bump into him nearly every year ( except last year). I never realize it till afterwards when one of my friends point it out. My Mom still makes jokes about him being my nemesis like on Big Bang Theory.

We are so lucky to have found each other, 12 years ago. I hope we have so many more years together.

Sometime, I’ll tell you the crazy way we wound up together.

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Coming back

Posted: August 18, 2014 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Earlier this year I gave myself a concussion. I never realized how long it would take me to fully recover. Even after the doctor telling me to do nothing for a week, there was a part of me that doubted it would take that long. Weeks after I was still having issues with dizzy spells, random headaches and fatigue. Seven months later, I still have some symptoms, my neck randomly gets tight and gives me a headache at the back of my neck. It’s slowly becoming less of an issue though.

My recovery was seriously hampered by, first of all my stubborness and secondly stress. There were lots of outside factors that slowed my recovery time. I wasn’t supposed to use a computer, use my phone, watch tv, play video games or even read. I could listen to quiet music and talk to people. NOT PEOPLE! I definately went back to work to quickly, after only three days. The doctor didn’t want me to do anything for a week. During this time, I slept a lot. I also started writing ( but that was stolen from my parents car!)

Once I thought I was good and ready to work on the blog again, I suddenly had pneumonia. That took several weeks to recover from and still shows in my lungs on x-ray. Then, I was finally not exhausted all the time and wisdom teeth started bothering me. About three weeks of pain insued. I had the offending tooth removed but again, as I recovered all I wanted to do was sleep. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was practicing or performing with my band. Yeah… that kind of hurts when you are singing. Now we are good to go again. Healthy enough to blog finally.

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The offending tooth.

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My puffy face after having it pulled out.

I missed writing the blog so much. Kane is my husband and he was taking care of me through out all of this. Please excuse our abscense because well… life happened. We are finally in a place to move forward with the blog. In the next few weeks there will be so many EXCITING nerdy things to talk about.

We have tickets to PAX and Geek Girl Con. We’re also planning to attend Brick Con in October. Lot’s of Kickstarters are coming in and we still get a monthly LOOT CRATE!

Both Kane and I are excited to start the blog up again. The plan is to have daily posts on a variety of topics. I’m going to resume my “Coming Attractions”  blog that talks about movies coming out in the next week, next month and next year.

My Little Pony is still a love of mine. I’ll be posting all the new gossip and any updates we discover along the path.

In the past few weeks we dug through all our video games. You’ll see a lot of retro game reviews in the future.

Either way, there will be a ton of content to plow through. I can’t wait to hear from all of you about our articles, to discuss all the nerdy things.

Yours Truly,

Noccie

Krosmaster Arena

Posted: November 4, 2013 by Noccie in Board games, Noccie
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This game will make you want to learn French. A few years ago Kane and I ran into Wakfu and Dofus at PAX 2011 and 2012. These video games are a ton fun. For some reason the line at their booth wasn’t long at all, so both of us stepped right up and tried the game. I loved it. The characters were cute and creative. The art style was creative. The game play was easy to pick up and fun.

They turned their creation into a fantastic board game. We bought Krosmaster Arena at PAX 2013. The characters are adorable, chibi figures based on characters from the cartoon and video games. There are different factions in the game. I enjoy playing the Tofus. The Queen of the Tofus can summon little birds that look like Chocobos. They help her fight and she can summon up to three. There are the Gobballs and they are like little sheep. Fern Sock’em can summon a little doll that blocks a path. There are characters that can shoot guns, throw bombs, shoot arrows, use magic and everything you can imagine. They have vampires and healers. Some of the characters are fairies with different magically powers.

The game play is really easy once you play through the built in tutorials. They come in the big book they provide with the box. There are several different tutorials that start with very basic explanations of moving and basic combat. They take you through bigger and bigger scenarios till they have explained all the rules. So far I have beat Kane every time we’ve played but he just bought some new characters. Who knows what will happen next. Mwahahaha…

The game play is just like the video games though. So if you’ve played Wakfu or Dofus, you can pick up the rules for the board game really quick.

I have two criticisms. The first is the wings on the fairy models are cheap and fall off easily. We’ve had two models come out of the box without the wings attached. The second complaint is there is only one real objective in the game. Their are no variations at this time. I am sure after playing for a while you can create your own but the main objective is always to get rid of your opponents gallons of glory. They are these star cards. You start with six. You can either collect coins to buy your opponents gallons of glory or you can win them through killing their team members.

There is also a cartoon. It’s French and I don’t know if it’s been translated officially.  We found it online with fan subtitles. Subtitles sometimes don’t make sense. That is why you must learn French. You will love this game so much, you will play the video game and still want more! Just like Penny Arcade explained in their strip this week.

The cartoon is really well made. It has a feel similar to the original Full Metal Alchemist. The characters feel really well rounded and fully conceptualized. It’s also just great to watch your favorite figures walking and talking and interacting. They give you a real feel for how you should be playing the characters and help visualize what’s really going on in the battle arena.

If you want a well made game to play with friends or enemies… pick up Krosmaster Arena.

Fat Loot!

Posted: October 10, 2013 by Noccie in Interwebs, Life in a Box, Noccie
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Kane bought me a subscription to Loot Crate for my birthday. It was so sweet of him because he knew I could never rationalize getting this subscription for myself. What is Loot Crate?

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Loot Crate is a subscription box. Every month for $13.37 plus shipping ($6.00), you receive a box of nerdy things. Usually there is a t-shirt included by my first box instead had something else epic. They pick a theme and then try and get the best nerdy stuff to put into the box.

We heard about this at PAX. We went to a panel about making your nerd passion into your nerd living. It was a really interesting panel that gave me a number of ideas but also made me a little CRAZY about Loot Crate.

People love Loot Crate so much that they take videos of themselves opening their boxes. They also take pictures, tweet, Tumblr, Flickr and every social media thing you can image about their Loot Crates.

Here is my very first Loot Crate.

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Opening the box, they have instructions about how to experience your box.

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They included a really awesome book talking about each item. I love it because of the Turtles. This theme was cartoons. Kane and I had a chance to meet Kevin Eastman at PAX this year. The fact that there was TMNT in the box made me incredibly satisfied with my life. In 1989 my Dad took me to see the TMNT movie in Bennington, Vermont. It sticks out in my mind because we were living in Hoosick Falls, NY at the time. Hoosick Falls is a small town and their main theater was a drive in. The theater in Bennington gave my Dad his change in silver dollars. He gave me the change and I still have that Silver Dollar in my coin collection. Raphael was my favorite turtle and Kevin Eastman said that Raph was his as well. J   SQUEE!

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The first thing I saw after moving the book was a Pop Vinyl figure of Leonardo. I love him. I haven’t taken him out of his box. He’s going to stay in the box for now.

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Second thing I saw was REN! Ren screams when you squeeze him and he has googley eyes. The tag says talking but… mostly he screams. He is super soft. I always expected Ren to be more rough and bristly. My friends used to come over on Saturday in highschool. We would crowd around the tv and watch Nicktoons and Cartoon Network all night. We all loved Ren and Stimpy. To this day I can still sing the Royal Canadian Yak song, Log and Don’t Wiz on the Electric fence.

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Then there was a box with the Simpson’s logo on it. I was excited. I love key chains. Right now, I am sporting a Billy Idol key chain from his HAPPY BIRTHDAY concert in Seattle. It was amazing. Back to the Simpson’s. The box had a Groundskeeper Willy key chain included. I adore him. His character is so weird.

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There was lip-gloss in the box. What the deuce? Sadly, this is the one item I can’t use. I have a cinnamon allergy. This is cinnamon lip-gloss, so I gave it to my husband. He hasn’t opened it yet.

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In the bottom there were two stickers and sweet magnet. The stickers are the weird Pikachu and the DBZ reference. The magnet is awesome though. Whoever thought of Turtl-izing storm troopers in an Andy Warhol tribute is brilliant.

That’s it. That is my first Loot Crate. I love it and can’t wait for next month. They have assured everyone that next month there is a t-shirt. The next theme is ZOMBIES!