Friday, October 24, 2014

Humble Comics Bundle
The Humble Comics bundle this time around is Star Wars comics. I paid the minimum because in the first tier of stuff you get is the first Star Wars Omnibus which collects the first 26 issues of the 70s Marvel comic. I don't know if you guys remember hearing this, but the first 6 issue arc is based on an early draft of A New Hope, so there's some rad differences in the story and a bunch of characters and scenes that never made it into the movie. The rest of the comics don't really interest me, but I'm sure I'll eventually check them out.

Random Expansion Review
Marvel Legendary Fantastic Four! More okay than fantastic.
Of all the expansions for Marvel Legendary, my least favorite so far is Fantastic Four. The main issue is with the heroes. They're predominantly "money" cards, so if you play with the 4 main peeps and Silver Surfer, you're mostly gaining money each turn. This is counter balanced with a few keyword ability called FOCUS, which is neat. It will be something like "FOCUS 9 to get 9 fight" or "FOCUS 2 to draw a card". They let you spend your money that turn on special effects instead of just recruiting heroes.

Thematically, I kinda get it, since the Fantastic Four are all about money (are they? I really don't know), but it was underwhelming. That said, when they show up in a random mix with different heroes, as will be the case most of the time, they'll probably be a lot of fun.

On the bright side, the bad guys were cool. Galactus, Mole Man, and their respective villain groups. The game needs to add some new henchman! Those are always fun.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh, wow. I thought he was living big off that RoboRally money.
A family friend of ours was one of the architects who helped build Richard Garfield's house.  Let me tell you...  Magic has done that dude well.  These types of card games are fun, but wow, I had no idea how rich it made him!
I watched the BGG TV interview they did with one of the designers of the Magic Boardgame and it looks interesting. I think I'm done buying those types of games because they're not gonna get much play in my house, but it looks like it'd be a lot of fun at a Con. Minis, cards, AND dice. I wonder why it took them so long to come out with this.

Magic's been around for twenty years! Holy shit. I'll never forget that first gaming convention post-Magic where there were just HUNDREDS of people paired off into Magic games, and it seemed like the end of an era. Things balanced out, but what a goddamn phenomenon.