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646  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Board Games! on: October 10, 2011, 07:06:27 PM
None of these are two player, sorry, but here are some of my favorites:

Settlers of Catan.  Yeah, it's practically mainstream by now but still worth mentioning.  It's well-known for a reason: it's a seriously good game.


Catan is a lot of fun, easy to learn, and pretty easy to set up.

A few others I like are

Zombies: Fun, campy Zombie-themed board game where the players are survivors trying to get to the helipad and killing lots of zombies, or getting killed by zombies, on the way. The board is built out of square cards that are added as the game continues along, so you'll have a different board (theoretically) each time.

Betrayal at House on the Hill: OMG is this game fun. Super easy to learn, quick to play, and has an even campier feel to it than Zombies! You build the board out of cards like in Zombies, but the game takes the randomization on step further by making one or more players the betrayer. Basically, there are two three rule books: one for general game play, a scenario book for normal players, and one for the traitor(s). Everyone chooses on one of the pre-generated characters with basic stats, and they explore the house. After a certain point, the traitor is revealed, and the game proceeds down one of 50 or so random scenarios based on classic horror tropes. The player(s) who is(are) the traitor(s) get the traitor rulebook and find the scenario and learn their objective, while the normal players get their scenario rulebook and learn their objective. The two sides then compete. One of the best board games I've ever played. One warning though, the recent release of the game has most of its parts made out of really shitty cardboard, and they will warp easy. Not unplayable, but the pieces won't lie flat. Not a two-player game unfortunately.

Arkham Horror:  This game is fucking crazy. It took me and my friends 6 hours to play through this game our first time through. It has a ton of rules, and is not easy to learn, but it is FUN. It's cooperative, as in you and the other players are investigators who need to stop one of the Old Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos from awakening and fucking shit up. You all win or lose together (most of the time). You fight monsters, explore a large map, collect items and seal otherwordly gates. It's almost like an extremely simplified Pen and Paper game. You can play it solo or up to like 6 players. Not an easy game, both times I played we barely succeeded, which makes things very exciting.

Outside of Betrayal, these games can be played two player, but are best with a group of 4 or more. But not having such a group doesn't make them not fun.
647  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 08, 2011, 07:55:14 PM
Went down Zuccotti Park for a few hours and checked out the protest.

How was it? I really want to go, but I keep talking myself out of it.
648  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 06, 2011, 10:04:30 PM
Four hours into GOW Chains of Olympus this AM, nothing like some mindless fun, almost at end of Dragon Quest IV and Parasite Eve. Little lady started Sakura Wars yesterday after finishing Lunar: Silver Star, I kinda thought she'd go straight into Eternal Blue but she thought different, lol.

I tried going straight from Silver Star to Eternal Blue, but they're so similar that I got burned out. I do mean on coming back to it, it looks like it has all the charm of the original.

I've been trying Black Sigil again. Now that I know what to expect of the encounter rate, I don't mind it nearly as much, except that it's a drain on resources. I might need to grind to power up my characters so I can get through a few fights without needing to heal.

I don't like Aurora much so far. She's too reckless, almost to the point of stupidity.
649  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 05, 2011, 11:17:40 PM
Watched the premiere of American Horror Story. What a hot mess this show is. I have no idea why they edited it the way they did, but this show is moving at 100 MPH and leaves you to fill in the blanks. Seems like they're trying to pack a ton into the show at once too. Not very spooky, but it has a nice air and ambiance about it. Dunno how I feel about the characters so far either. I'm gonna give this one the season probably, but I'm undecided as of right now.
650  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: The Original RPGFan Post Count +1 Megathread on: October 05, 2011, 09:21:30 PM
Anamanaguchi - Helix Nebula

Just bought this EP too. :D
651  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 05, 2011, 04:13:49 PM
I'm re-reading A Clash of Kings in order to get to A Dance with Dragons, which I bought at release and its sexy hardcover self has been waiting patiently for me to re-tread stuff I've already read so I can remember who most of these people are. Anyway, still good the second time around. For those of you who have watched the show and loved it and find it hard to inspire yourself to read, try listening to the opening theme. It makes me wanna read every time.

Outside of that, I've been also re-reading House of Leaves. Its more of a mindfuck the second time around, since I'm realizing just how unreliable any of the narrators are. I don't even know if the editors are real or not.
652  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2011, 04:00:23 PM
is lost boys that vampire movie?

Yeah, like the only good one, too.

Lost Boys is great, but there were a few other good ones. From Dusk till Dawn is too ridiculous not to be fun, and Fright Night (the original) is so super cheesy that it is also fun. The sequel was subpar, but it had the best vampire ever (the one on the roller skates. He would totally be in my vampire posse were I ever to have one.)
653  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 05, 2011, 12:02:32 AM
Oh, I know I am not the sole gay guy here, by FAR. It's just starting to feel crowded. -.- Get back in the closet (Tunnels).

I see how it is. Does this mean we have to fight?!

Also, seeing my Username written out makes me realize how pretentious is is. :/ I blame Arcade Fire.

The Dark Crystal is and was a great movie. Pretty dark, too. Duh, I guess.

I really liked The Dark Crystal when I was kid. Those puppet things also creeped me the fuck out. Now I totally need to watch it again.
654  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 04, 2011, 08:58:08 PM
Revealing fact about Ole Yodes:

That was one of my favorite movies for some reason when I was a kid. We only had one tv and I'd watch that all the time for a few weeks one time. My dad was pissed. He probably thought I was gay or something.

My dad didn't like me watching the Golden Girls. He also probably thought I was gay or something. Which I am. And I still love the Golden Girls.
655  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Guild Wars 2: Were-Vikings, Technomidgets, and Plant-Based Pedobait on: October 01, 2011, 10:57:04 PM
Top 10 reasons to be interested in Guild Wars 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBC_ig73aMs.  Pretty much sold on this game now.  Hopefully it turns out well because it seems pretty cool.  The mass realm PVP could be a lot of fun as well.

Yeah, this video sold me as well. I'm gonna keep my eye on this game. Hopefully these changes will nix most of the problems I have with MMOs.
656  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: October 01, 2011, 04:54:47 PM

The best part of the whole game I swear to god. Everything else was gold, but getting my space hamster was fucking magical.
657  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 01, 2011, 01:27:45 AM
Brian Epstein was a pretty sexy dude

I feel this way about Walt Whitman and Ulysses S. Grant. Something 'bout dem beards, mmm.
658  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Holiday games, something about this years crop on: September 30, 2011, 04:03:22 PM
I'm probably gonna get Skyrim, and that's really about it. Maybe Dark Souls, but that's if I have the money, which is pretty tight right now. Nothing else really interests me enough.

Also, this is the quintessential holiday game.
659  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 26, 2011, 11:33:39 PM
I haven't been following much in the ways of anime/manga recently, but I did borrow Wandering Son from the library, and it is a really touching, beautiful story about two transgendered kids. I'd like to buy it, but the price tag is pretty hefty for just one manga. The volume is well done, but $20 is pretty steep. I'd like to support it though; I really wanna see where this story goes.
660  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: September 26, 2011, 03:33:09 PM
Beat Devil Survivor. I managed to beat the last string of bosses all on my first try, although the final boss was cutting it really close. I was down to one character, and said character was about to die, as was the boss. One hit either way was gonna end it one way or another, and the die rolled in my favor. Overall, very fun game. Gotta study for an exam, and then tomorrow or Wednesday I'll probably start something else, just dunno what yet.
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