Last Week’s Gaming – July 1st, 2019

End of Financial Year Specials are sleep, rest and relaxation. Please?

That’s it. My biggest work time is done for another year, which means I can get back into some proper gaming!

While I haven’t gotten much actual gameplay in last week, preparations are coming along nicely to ensure some great sessions are coming along in the future 😀

Final Fantasy X (Well, Blitz Ball really)

As I said last week, Blitz is far from a complicated game – but it is a fun one. This week I had time to sneak in a couple of games, and my the Aurochs are shaping up very nicely!

Maybe I should keep playing the main game a bit more and start scouting some better players though. That is a feature of the game after all!

Also wondering if I should try this on the PS4/Vita. I have Final Fantasy X on both, and a platinum run doesn’t sound terrible, just time consuming… Food for thought at least!

I didn't have much down time this week, but a couple of games of Blitz sure helped!

Beat Saber

The love I have for Beat Saber is ridiculous. If I didn’t already have a Vive and PSVR, I would seriously think about Oculus Quest just to play Beat Saber anywhere.

Honestly, that still isn’t completely off the books either…

But one thing is for certain – I haven’t played for months, and it showed. The new setup is taking a bit of getting used to sure, but the old body just isn’t quite in time with what I need it to do.

I am not 100% sure, but the tracking seems to go off in the menu screens now? I will play it a few more times this week and report if it was just the setup or something seems a bit off.

I am incredibly rusty. Back to some lower levels to get back into the rhythm!

Some Gaming Prep

So I haven’t had a heap of time to play games this week, but Sunday night I did get out some games to prep for playing this week.

Welcome to Dino World is getting the laminate treatment. For Roll and Write games, while I can make more sheets having reusables makes me feel better for some reason.

Four Against Darkness was the other Print n Play to be Laminated (not photographed), but I haven’t played that since last year.  Maybe I can teach Rabbit this week. Ooh and maybe some Roll Player, it’s been way too long as well!

Speaking of Rabbit and things being prepared…

Do you have to do this sort of thing? Nope. But I do find it very relaxing 🙂

Gearing up for regular games again

Settling in with Rabbit has been amazing the last few weeks, and while there are still things we want to finish off / finish sorting out, the house is pretty close to how we want it.

One area that is coming together nicely is the back balcony, set up for catching up and gaming! My photo doesn’t do the area justice, but especially as the weather starts warming up expect to see more photos from here!

I took a bad photo. You can't see the vines and lights in this shot 🙁

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,


Last Week’s Gaming – June 17th, 2019

Box of Rocks came with Tiny Dino

Alpal, Rabbit and I managed to squeeze in a few hours of fun this week, and it was a great time.

Even playing some heavier than expected games, there was a lot of opportunities to simply cut back and enjoy ourselves.

But what did we play? Check it out below!

This week, we kicked off games with Rabbit testing her wits with the Box of Rocks.

A lot of fun was had, and a bit of useless trivia was learned (at least short term).

Ultimately though, the Rocks bested Rabbit. This time.

For such a ridiculously simple premise, it is amazing the amount of fun and flexibility this game offers. Feel like a trivia game, but don’t feel like playing with the internet? Grab Box of Rocks. I am getting seriously tempted.

Is the Rabbit smarter than a box of rocks? Wait and see!

I have heard a lot about Tiny Towns over the last few months. A lot good, and a sizeable chunk of ‘not worth the hype’.

After playing a couple of games and correcting a couple of rules muck ups (blank squares are always -1 point, not just in other modes John!) we had a lot of fun.

There was a lot of thinking involved. A surprising amount in fact. Tiny Towns merges tetrominoes style placement with combo building and resource management in a surprisingly deep yet easy to teach package.

Bottom line – I am buying a copy for myself. We played Alpal’s copy and I don’t think she will tire of it soon. That’s a big compliment to any game 🙂

I have heard lots about Tiny Towns, and I was really happy to play it

I got this delivered from the Kickstarter the previous week, and got the chance for a couple of games.

I was worried going in. The basic premise was fine, almost standard for roll and writes – roll dice, choose actions from roll, get the most points.

There is a Lite mode to learn, a Danger mode with breakouts and such, and a few expansions thanks to the Kickstarter copy.

The game - first impressions are good. The manual... not so much.

And it took me an hour to learn to play it. Putting all of the rules in one section for all game types was really confusing, and if that’s what hits retail I pity the people seeing what they are missing with promos and the like. And I still doubted myself as I was playing, and I was right to once. I was right the first time most other plays.

Welcome to Dino World is ultimately a fun game though, and coming to retail in a couple of months from what I understand. A formal review will be coming.

Also on a side note, Alpal has been playing with some Lego minifigs, and the results I think speak for themselves. I didn’t want to mess with Dobby before, and I certainly don’t now!

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,