Last Week’s Gaming – June 3rd, 2019

Well it’s getting into crunch time

June is my busiest time of year.  End of financial year bites in terms of workload and general energy required just to be.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get in any tabletop gaming this week, but I did relax with a couple of digital diversions.

But not Void Bastards. Yet. Maybe Wednesday.

Final Fantasy X

Finally on the final steps of the hand holding parts of the game.  My party has arrived in Luca, and I think I am about an hour away (depending on mucking about) before my first blitzball tournament!

On a side note, I recently got my PS Vita working again and I was wondering if I should play the two games side by side and see how they fare.

Then common sense kicked in because this was late night John thinking and I have a bunch of other games I want to start getting through!

That's one way to open a door. Must get draughty here though.

Tetris 99

It’s one of life’s little mysteries how a game so chaotic and stressful can be so relaxing.

Playing a couple of rounds of Tetris 99 is a kind of barometer for how I am doing.  If I can’t make it out of the bottom 20, it’s time to pack up and rest.  Everything else can wait.

If I am making it into the top 10 regularly, everything is firing and I should be doing something productive.

While I enjoyed winning the game boy theme, I am not sure I will be keeping it though.  Retro wise I love it, the original theme seems to feel better though.

I made a mistake, and then I started getting targeted. Oops. It's not too bad though. Yet.

Zombicide

I have started playing with the Zombicide app, and early impressions are OK.  Not great, not bad, certainly solo it’s a more streamlined experience – but not a game I would yet be saying go out and try.

Originally I had the thought to show the board game next to the digital app.  I thought I could show the similarities of the games along with digital streamlining.

Instead, I think I will be able to use the app to show why I have become wary of CMON Kickstarters and their sales model. We will see where I landed in a couple of weeks.

The intention was to do a side by side review with the board game, but instead this app seems to show CMON in a nutshell

Geeky cabinet fun

I can hear you asking “You played a game with a cabinet? Is this a VR thing?”

Nope. But people that have come over to my place have seen the amount of knick-knacks I have accumulated over time. One of the things Rabbit was looking forward to when I moved in was combining our stuff into the cabinet(s?) of geek, and the first one has come along brilliantly.

We got the lighting 99% finished over the weekend, just setting up a proper power source remains.

No gameplay reviews, no real reason other than I think it looks really cool light up.  In the shadow, you can barely see the Lyin’ Werewolf plushy, but there are other additions still to come.

Over the next few weeks, there will be other bits of finished areas to continue to proudly show off 😀

Sort of real life tetris? All I know is, the fun stuff cabinet looks great, and we need another one soon 🙂

What about your geeky goodness? Anything you would like to show off? Let us all see what makes you smile!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – May 27th, 2019

The Clever Quacks win the Tournament and Throne

Big new game week this week – including a game I have been trying to get a hold on for a while now.

The move is still happening (still have a few boxes left to unpack and then sorting games wise), so does real life Tetris count as a game? I think I should start thinking of it that way!

Anyway, what I have been playing this week:

Quacks of Quedlinburg

I have been trying to play this for a year, and I finally have a copy of it!

Take the randomness of Potion Explosion and the combo building of That’s Pretty Clever, and you have Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018 winner Quacks of Quedlinburg.

Alpal and I had a game, and as expected it was a heap of fun. It can be a light push your luck or a deep card counting quest, but either way, I can see many people enjoying it!

Expect to hear more about Quacks of Quedlinburg over the coming weeks.

Take the randomness of Potion Explosion and the combos of That's Pretty Clever, and you have Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018 winner Quacks of Quedlinburg

Tournament of Towers

Another Alpal special that I would probably not look twice at, Tournament of Towers was a heap of fun to play.

Anyone that has played Junk Art will feel at home.  You have to make the best possible tower and score the most points to win – simple, right?

But mash in the card drafting of 7 Wonders and the random downside element of any Arkham Mythos Effect, and you have a game that just cannot be played the same way twice.

Oh, and full disclosure – the amazing tower I built and photographed doesn’t count.  I built it after I had thoroughly knocked everything down 😀

My tower was doing OK in the first round. Second round and randomness soon saw an end to that!

Dice Throne: Season 2

I have heard bits of pieces about Dice Throne, including grumblings that Season 2 wasn’t anything special.

Well, Alpal grabbed a hero pack (specifically the Samurai and Gunslinger) and taught it to me last week.

I don’t think it deserves any real grumblings.

Essentially combat Yahtzee, with standard TCG/LCG mechanics like abilities and instants. Coming from the back of Netrunner and Arkham Horror, I thought Dice Throne was a fun two player mix and a great way to introduce players to the TCG/LCG format.

I’m going to grab more hero packs, so expect a review in the future 🙂

Take the Yahtzee roll mechanic and mix it with Magic combat and variable player powers

Ganz Schon Clever/That’s Pretty Clever

I have been hearing a lot about Ganz Shon Clever/That’s Pretty Clever over the last couple of months, and I finally got a physical copy just before the move began.

I still haven’t really given the physical copy a good workout yet, but the app and website have been given a thrashing over the last couple of weeks, and now I am ready to review it!

For today, know that if you enjoy building combos from dice combinations this is a great game for you, but come back Friday for the full review!

To date, my best game. That may have changed come the review - it's a very addictive game

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – 20th May, 2019

I finally got some games back in!

Oh, I have been missing games SO much these last few weeks. A visit with Alpal helped to break this drought though! I may have only played ‘little’ or ‘casual’ games, but it just helps to show why these sorts of games are the most played all over the world.

I couldn’t have sat down to Twilight Imperium if you paid me, even Catan would have been a struggle. But Alpal had a couple of quick to setup and teach games that fit the bill perfectly.

Doodle Quest

Games with Alpal was a welcome return this week, and we opened with a game that my tired brain coped with very well.

The premise is simple – everyone has a clear piece of plastic and a dry-erase pen.  In the middle is a challenge, such as draw a circle around all of the divers.

The game and skill comes from having to draw the circles on your sheet, then placing your sheet on the challenge panel to see how well you did.

Is Doodle Quest a game that will have you hooked for hours at a time? Nope.  But it is a fun and quick filler game that I think may be an underrated gem.

Doodle Quest Gameplay - Circle the Divers
Drawing lines or circles might not sound like much of a game, but it's harder than you think!

MetroX

Roll and Write games are great little diversions that in general tickle a part of my brain that I really enjoy.

Gameplay is normally fairly basic, but the challenge of ‘You could have done better’ is always present in these games.

MetroX has you working to complete routes on the Japanese metro system (either Tokyo or Osaka – both pads are in the box).  No dice rolls, the score values are on cards that you flip similar to Welcome To…

Alpal and I played with slightly the wrong rules, but we had enough fun together that I am thinking of hunting down my own copy of the game.

MetroX Components - a score sheet, and a deck of cards
Similar to Welcome To..., the flip and write format continues to offer great gameplay

Final Fantasy X

A little round of Final Fantasy X during the week was fun.  I only played for about an hour, but I am slowly working my way through the ‘RPG Intro’. Those first few hours of almost every large RPG where you are slowly introduced to the world, rules and mechanics of the game – handy the first time, but makes replays a labour of love!

I am however one port closer to the first Blitzball game.  That will be fun!  I seem to be remembering things in the wrong order though. I haven’t found the blitzball on the ship that teaches you Jecht Shot after a mini game.  I am sure it’s around here somewhere.

Chocobo Powered Ship from Final Fantasy X
The HD remaster on the Switch looks amazing

Tetris 99

This weekend past was another Tetris 99 event after the first paid DLC drop.

Paid DLC?  Yep.  If you want to practice against CPU opponents or play a more traditional endless mode of Tetris, you will need to buy the Big Block DLC – $15 to play offline basically.  Luckily, I won $10 in the last event, so I nabbed it anyway but haven’t really played either mode yet.

Marathon mode I played quickly to make 150 lines, but there is an endless mode.  Hopefully, I can play more this week.  The Bot mode where you can play against 98 computer opponents will be handy if you want to play Tetris 99 offline, and would arguably be more useful.

My first Tetris Experience - Tetris on the original Game Boy!

I did play a half dozen games to get the 100 points in the last event for the Game Boy skin.  Apparently, you will be able to buy the skin if you didn’t participate, but it’s not really necessary.  Nintendo seems to have worked out this whole Freemium thing though – these prices are pretty high for what you get!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – 29th April, 2019

Donut County Trashpedia

So the Switch is great when you are mid-move…

With all of my games boxed up and ready to move, plus just being really busy, my gaming options have been a little slim lately.

But I did get a few games in this week thanks to the portable power of the Switch!

Donut County

I did the formal review last week, but you can’t really explain Donut County in a way to convince people to try it.

If you do, a fun light puzzler awaits.  If you don’t, there isn’t enough hype to remind you it exists anyway.

Donut County is fun, light, and is a great game for the Switch.  I recommend checking it out if you get the chance!

Donut County Story
Between each level, you find out a bit more of what's been happening

Tetris 99

There is always something soothing about a game of Tetris.  This week my games have been a lot harsher than normal though.  I had a few weeks at my normal Top 30 to Top 10, but this week I have had many games in a row where I was in the first 10 to be knocked out this week!

I did end the week with a very satisfying win though, so that made up for the frustration really well 😀

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Well this was a fun way to start. A few pieces in, and the pressure starts to mount

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy is a series I love.  One general truth I have observed over the years is that the ‘best’ Final Fantasy game tends to be the first one that people played.

Final Fantasy X doesn’t even crack my top 5 favourite Final Fantasy games, and I don’t remember even finishing X-2.  But X does have my second favourite mini-game in the series – BLITZBALL!

I don’t know if I will finish Final Fantasy X properly on the Switch, or just have a portable Blitzball league. I have a few hours to go before I get to that stage, so I will see how I feel then.

It looks amazing, and plays just like I remember – warts and all 🙂

Final Fantasy X Switch
One of the most commonly viewed scenes of the intro, but it looks so good on the Switch!

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Let me know what I missed playing this week!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – April 15th, 2019

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Mythos Tales

So the final case has been played.  This game has left me with a lot of ups and downs.  From the Kickstarter itself, the poor quality of the first edition, inconsistent case quality, it’s been a journey.

Expect the full review soon now, but the final case was a great night.  It was indeed an interesting round, with many possible choices.  Harls and I were wary as there are only a few pages to the case, but they were good ones.  Multiple choices, red herrings, logic leaps that are actually achievable – it was a great end.

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It almost always looks like the same shot. It's a book, a map, and some cards - it's hard to get action shots 🙂

Dice Town

I have been trying to play Dice Town for quite some time, and thanks to Alpal I got the chance this week.

Even though my luck with dice isn’t great, Dice Town is definitely a great time.  Essentially poker Yahtzee, players roll dice to make the best hand you can.

But it’s not straight poker – each ‘card’ has a corresponding ability section on the game board.  Win these sections, and you can get points and use special abilities.

Playing a couple of rounds, it was a great time and I am sure I can talk Alpal into a few more games for a proper review 🙂

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It may look complicated, but Dice Town is a great quick fun game

Istanbul The Dice Game

Ahh, Istanbul the Dice Game.  I don’t know what it is about this version of the classic game, but I love it.

Roll the dice, and adapt your strategy on the fly.  All three of us ended up with the 6 rubies required for the end game, but Elle definitely took home the tiebreaker.

Istanbul the Board Game is a great puzzle that I enjoy, but the Dice Game still gives me the same feeling in a lighter game mode.  Always a lot of fun to play.

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Roll your dice, and try to get more rubies than your opponents

Tetris 99

Tetris 99 has an event going this weekend, and I played quite a few games.  Even got a couple of wins, which was a great feeling 😀

If you have a Nintendo Switch and Online, grab yourself Tetris 99.  It’s free, it’s fun, what more can I say?

The Battle Royale format gives the games an interesting twist.  But at the end of the day, it’s Tetris – what can you really say about it?

A new patch has made the controls a little more sensitive, but everything is still working great with the Joy Cons.  I haven’t tried the Pro Controller or the Hori controller with the new version, but I am sure I will soon.

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Well this was a fun way to start. A few pieces in, and the pressure starts to mount

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – April 8th, 2019

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The tale of the ‘WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?’

So I didn’t get to do much gaming this week, but I have finally got around to that old gaming tradition of the ‘Shelfie’ 🙂 Let me know if you see something you would particularly like reviewed!

Mythos Tales

One more case down, and one more to go!

After the very frustrating Case 6, Case 7 taught Harls and I a thing or two but we didn’t feel bad for our lower than normal score.

Case 7 went back to difficult and stretching logic, as well as taking advantage of well-established gaming norms.

It was fun, but we are both looking forward to finishing the final case soon 😀

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It almost always looks like the same shot. It's a book, a map, and some cards - it's hard to get action shots 🙂

The Game Room Shelfie of ‘What have you been doing?

So I have mentioned a few times the size of my collection, and as I am moving in the near future this was just a great time to start reorganising my games.

And it needs it.  Over a year of throwing in new games and Kickstarters where I can, waiting for upstairs to cool in the Australian heat, has lead to an interesting file system.

Alpal came over and instead of playing games as usual, we played ‘what do you want to take home’ and ‘this belongs over here’.

That counts as a game doesn’t it?  Blokus eat your heart out :p

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How bad could it really be?
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Starting the circuit
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Turning, Turning - yes the corners are full of games
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A lot of busy and quickly changing games nights has led to expansions in the wrong spot
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The Gaming Canopy, Mansions of Madness figures and a box of Arkham LCG block a shelf
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And another corner full of games
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This corner is easier to get in to, as it's not against the wall on the other side
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And the circle is complete. Well, you would think it is...
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The corner from the opposite side - and showing the hidden top shelf
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What do you do when the shelves are full? Use the wardrobe!
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I could probably go a little higher, but I already don't like this system
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Dungeon Crawl Corner?

Any ideas on new a new filing system?  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Better yet, let me know what games you got to play – some of us had to get some games in!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – April 1st, 2019

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A Tale of 99 Mazes Dies Twice

So it was a quiet week back into it, but I am finally back into playing some games!

Mythos Tales

Case 6 has been played, putting Harls and I one step closer to finishing the campaign for good 🙂

We didn’t score well.  I forgot to record the score, but it was only 5 or 6.  I was playing tired and not in a great decision making place. Harls had been up for quite some time himself.  I thought all this contributed to not making some leaps of logic and underperforming.  After looking at some FAQ’s and their answers not adding up, I am pretty sure we hit our first ‘broken’ case.

I need to go through each section to make sure, but hopefully the last two cases work better than this.

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It almost always looks like the same shot. It's a book, a map, and some cards - it's hard to get action shots 🙂

Magic Maze Kids

I got to catch up with Alpal after a few weeks, and she pulled out Magic Maze Kids for us to chat over.

Magic Maze is a game that I enjoy but does have a reasonably harsh set of rules for social gamers. No talking, limited moves to each player, that kind of thing.  I have seen many adults fudge these rules to win the game.

Magic Maze Kids is the same basic gameplay but in a smaller play area.  Two adults playing meant that we kind of blitzed the timer, but it was still a lot of fun to play.

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The Kids version has simpler paths, but adds 'blockers' to puzzle around

Something I thought that was clever especially for younger players was the tutorial boards.  They all looked fairly linear, but when you are trying to explain the concepts I thought they were a great idea.

And for the ‘challenge’ part, you have animal blockers that must be worked around.  If you have younger players in your group, definitely give Magic Maze Kids a good look!

Tetris 99

When I got sick, I couldn’t handle Resident Evil 2 or any of my backlog.  This meant a lot of picking up and putting down the Switch, which didn’t make me feel any better.

So what about playing a game that is already pick up and put down?  The Battle Royale format worked well here, so I played a heap of Tetris 99 over the last couple of weeks.

And after 205 games, I finally came first!  And then promptly left the pics at home so I can’t add it here 🙁 So expect to see a random Twitter/Facebook posting in the near future!

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It's old school Tetris multiplayer on a massive scale. Can't complain about my first attempt! 😀

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

I have never been a ‘Soulsborne’ player.  This describes a player of the incredibly punishing games series Demon Souls, Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

If you haven’t heard of or played these games, developers From Software basically hit you over the head from the get-go, until you master the game or give up.

They are all pretty, and I appreciate the concepts but were never games I wanted to go back and punish myself with.

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It's a shot many saw in the promotional lead up, but the game looks this good

Then last year, I heard that the beautiful looking but probably not for me game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice started life as a Tenchu game.  The Tenchu series, while clunky and badly dated now, were favourites of mine back in the PlayStation One days.

So I spent a few hours thinking I was making progress, meeting a new bad guy that taught me otherwise, and starting again.  I don’t know how far I am going to make it through From Software’s latest offering, but it will be interesting to see.

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming – March 4th, 2019

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Chronicles of the World Championship Kung Fu Zoo leads Sherlock to call Cahoots between the 1643 Galaxies involved

Yep, that intro stretched the board game title gag, but wow apparently I made up for last weeks lack of board games with a vengeance!

So there are a lot of games to get through, so let’s get started!

Chronicles of Crime

Another case in and this one was advertised as a hard one.

It did not disappoint.  We mostly got to where we needed to be, but there was some time critical elements that we missed and got let astray on.

Lesson learned – do not let just Harls read out the crime scene :p

Just from the base game experience (I have not pulled out any Kickstarter specific items or expansions yet), this is getting a great run – a couple more games and I will be ready for the review!

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The new mechanics and possibilities of this system are amazing!

World Championship Russian Roulette

This was a fun little filler experience between Chronicles of Crime and Tiny Epic Galaxies.  Hadn’t played it for ages, so it was fun to pull off the shelf.

Yes, the theme of the game is dark and not something that should be joked about lightly, but if playing with people with a dark sense of humour can be a fun game experience still.

We played three players which worked fine, but it did bring home really wanting the higher player counts still.

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Still a fun simple game to pass a little while. Three was fun, but want more players.

Tiny Epic Galaxies w/ Beyond the Black expansion

Talking about games that haven’t come off the shelf for a while, we ended games night with Tiny Epic Galaxies: Beyond the Black.

There was a forgotten lesson relearned – if you don’t remember the flow of the game, it goes for a long time.  A really long time.  A 45-minute game went for the better part of 2 hours!

But even with this and a couple of initial rule missteps, we still had a lot of fun.  And that’s what playing games is all about, isn’t it?

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It may take a lot of table room, but Tiny Epic Galaxies was the first Tiny Epic game that clicked with me

Sherlock: Last Call

You heard about this not long after we played it in yesterday’s Ramblings.

A novel yet brilliantly simple premise, you have a bunch of cards and you need to play out the important clues to solve a case.  It’s like playing Bridge but instead of playing for points, you play for much higher stakes – information.

After Alpal showed this one to me, I will be looking out for more in the series as I am sure she will.  For around $15 on the pricey side, how wrong can you go?

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It's hard enough putting the clues together without making a game of bridge out of it!

Kung Fu Zoo

Another Alpal special, and a game I wouldn’t have looked at twice.  Kung Fu Zoo is a king of simplified Strike if you know the game.

Players have a number of dice that get flicked into the ‘arena’.  You can flick dice in from the centre point of any side, but it must be in the centre.  You are trying to be the last player with dice outside the cage (i.e. now knocked down the corner holes) or with their dice paws up.

I can see this being more fun with 4 players, but playing just with Alpal and I was still a fun and interesting experience.  You try to knock dice onto different sides while pulling off billiards shots – definitely something to get the crowds coming for a look!

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This lot was living on the edge, but mixing dexterity with dice values made for a fun experience

Cahoots

So I have enjoyed games like The Game and The Mind.  Having a relatively simple task before you to be completed with the limitation of not being able to freely communicate is an interesting experience on multiple levels.

Cahoots keeps this kind of experience alive but adds a kind of quick progression system to the game.  In The Game, it’s not until the end you know how well you went.  In The Mind, you go up levels and have a goal with the previous successes behind you.

In Cahoots, you have a number of objectives that must be met in order to ‘win’, so you always feel like you are accomplishing something.  It was a lot of fun, but I wish the colours had suits on them as well as I had trouble with a couple of the colours.

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Quick, challenging, and gives you a sense of progress as you play.

Claustrophobia 1643

A fine example of two-player dungeon-crawling done right.  Claustrophobia 1643 is a reprint and refinement on the game Claustrophobia, a highly regarded and sought after game for many years.

The catch with the initial run though?  Only a few thousand copies were being produced, and they were limited even further by region.  Alpal got in first with the Oceania pledge, and I lucked out when a few more were allocated.

It’s a great, fun and hectic experience that has been incredibly streamlined.  But I won’t go too much further into it here, because the last 2,500 copies are going up on Kickstarter on March 12th! If you missed out, here is your chance.

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I want to talk about this game, but it's REALLY hard to get. Look on Kickstarter March 12th!

Kingdom Hearts 3

Yes, I platinumed Kingdom Hearts 3 the week before, but I haven’t finished the game.  Not yet.  Not the way I want to.

Even though I played through on a lower difficulty, I kept flying around in my Gummy Ship and picked the first galaxy as clean as I can of combat, items and challenges.

One down, two to go.  Finding these blueprint crystals is hard, even with the radar!

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Captaining the Black Pearl in Kingdom Hearts 3 😀

Resident Evil 2

So now that I ‘finished’ Kingdom Hearts, it was time to go back to another game that I was looking forward to playing – the Resident Evil 2 remake!

I had finished the Leon A campaign before Kingdom Hearts 3 was released, but yesterday I got to smash out the Claire B campaign in one hit.  Well, a few deaths and reloads because of some “Come On!” moments, but all was done on Sunday.

Now that I have finished the story as such I can start with The 4th Survivor modes as well as some of the free what-if Ghost Survivors scenarios.  Even before I begin trying for those S+ rankings, I have a lot more game to play!

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Wow. And this was the shorter chapter. I did clear out the police station this time though 🙂

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Gaming February 25th, 2019

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You know when you think it’s Tuesday, but the week has already gone?

Yep, no trying to make a joke from the game titles this week.  I looked up from lunch on Monday, and it was Friday.  It was one of those weeks.

So while I didn’t get to play much, what I did get to play was amazing!

Chronicles of Crime

So this one is a little bit of a cheat this week.  I was fully intending to play along on games night, but I stopped.

I was teaching Harls to play for the first time, and giving Alpal a recap as it had been a while.  As for most games like this, I taught the basics and let them play through the tutorial.

Watching them play, I realised just how much I remembered from my only playthrough of the tutorial, so I withdrew from the game.  Everyone else enjoyed which is what you really want, but I can’t wait for the next time we play so I can join in again 😀

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Starting to hit retail stores, I can't wait to share more Chronicles of Crime with everyone!

Super Mario Odyssey

I was worried about picking up Super Mario Odyssey again, as it has been about a month since I picked it up.  And I had never played it in handheld mode.  But it was something to play while Rabbit and I were relaxing on the couch, and I figured worst case I just don’t save.

These concerns turned out to be unfounded.  I knew what I was doing objective wise, a quick perusal of the controls reminded me how to play, and I was collecting moons again within a few minutes.

I didn’t make too much headway, but I collected enough moons to leave the Luncheon Kingdom, but I will beat the bird boss first 🙂

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To leave a game alone for a month and then almost clear a world is just what you want in a game like this

Kingdom Hearts 3

Well, I don’t know how much longer I will be including Kingdom Hearts 3 on the last week’s gaming news.  After 57:09 according to my save, I have attained the Platinum trophy 😀

For trophy hunters, the Platinum has been made easier in this version compared to the re-released 1.5 and 2.5 versions.  There is still a grind, but you no longer have to finish the game on proud mode for example.  You also don’t have to completely 100% everything about the game.  I have only completed about 75% of the gummi ship challenges for example.

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One of the post game activities was completing recipes with Little Chef

But the story has been explored.  I have seen all of the endings, read all of the notes, and now the gameplay challenge is before me.  I will probably put that off though, as I need to do a Proud Mode run of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5.  I think for all three games, a single run through the entire numbered series on proud will be a suitable goodbye 🙂

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD

Last Week’s Games – February 18th, 2019

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Tales of the Railroad beating Downforce are overstated :p

A quick week of gaming this week, culminating in finishing the Kingdom Hearts 3 story!

But enough of that particular game, I got to play lots of other fun ones as well 😀

Mythos Tales

After the nice increase in difficulty and pace in the first four cases, we were thrown a little by the straightforward nature of this case.

It is disappointing that some misprint issues from the first print run have started to appear.  Not enough that we were overly disadvantaged, but enough that it threw the pacing.

We did well though – so well in fact, that we lose a time unit in case 6.  So as I said, not enough to ruin the case, but now we will have this doubt for the last cases.  Time will tell how this plays out though – it will be interesting.

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Case 5 down, three to go. Exploring Arkham is taking a few interesting turns.

Railroad Ink

Railroad Ink was a game that had me curious to look at, but not to buy.  Luckily Alpal is still on a Roll and Write kick, so we got to play 🙂

Similar to many other Roll and Writes, Railroad Ink has you filling a series of road, rail and stations to connect as many exits out of the grid as you can.

Everyone works with the same set of die rolls and abilities, but it’s all down to how efficiently you play that get’s you the highest scores.

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Another wonderful Roll and Write diversion, the basic game holds a lot of possibilities.

I am a little puzzled that the four expansion modules have been split over two box sets,  For four extra dice (the only difference between the red and blue versions), I can’t see anyone objecting to paying an extra few dollars to the base.  Instead, Horrible Games and CMON have opted for making people buy the base game twice for the ‘entire’ experience.

I will need a few more games and some with the advanced rules in order to see if this could be justified somehow, but on the surface, I find it puzzling.

Downforce

As I have said, Downforce is one of those games I will play and keep coming back to.  Alpal, Rabbit and I had a few rounds during the week, and as usual, it was a great time.

We had one of those games where Rabbit was just destined to win, with a fantastic combination of randomly dealt cars and hand of the movement cars.  But as usual, even with the writing on the wall of how things were about to play out, I was still having a ball even though I was set to be in outright last place.

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Always a fun racing game! One day my car/s will be in that top spot 😀

Alpal decided to be the agent of Chaos though and put one of my cars into second place at the cost of her own points.  Always one to mess with the status quo is Alpal 😀

Tetris 99

During the week, Nintendo held their February Direct event.  As usual, a whole bunch of things were announced.  I can now play Final Fantasy IX on the Switch, with the original Final Fantasy VII coming next month.  DLC announcements and game release dates galore also dotted the Direct.

But one announcement that took me by surprise as I thought it a massive swipe at the current Video Game landscape.

That announcement?  Tetris 99.

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It's old school Tetris multiplayer on a massive scale. Can't complain about my first attempt! 😀

Now I love Tetris, as discussed with the recently released Tetris Effect.  But the 99 refers to the number of players facing each other!  I have only played one round so far, and I came 13th – gotta be happy with that 😀

If you have Nintendo Online and enjoy old school Tetris, do yourself a favour and check out this free game.

Kingdom Hearts 3

No surprise this was going to be on the list – it is my game of choice at the moment.

I have completed the story and found all of the Lucky Emblems and treasures.  But like all Kingdom Hearts games, this is in a lot of ways only the beginning of the gameplay.

There are battle gates for example – a series of battles that seem to have replaced the old school Hades Cup.  I still have various challenges to complete, such as the Gummi Ship, Synthesis and Moogle Photo challenges.

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The summary screen at the end - It serves to tell you how much more is left!

I have been playing for about 45 hours now, and I have been enjoying all of it. Kingdom Hearts 3 feels easier to get into, but that could just be my experience with the series and playing in beginner so I could get all the story.

Either way, in a couple of weeks the full review will be on the site for all of my thoughts to be told – once I have gotten the Platinum Trophy 😀

What about you?  I hope you got some great games in.  Or are you looking forward to a new one?  Let me know!  Shout out on Facebook or @JohnHQLD me on Twitter!

Until tomorrow,

JohnHQLD