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Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games!

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

Game of Thrones Rules For Other Games - Image 1

What are some other game rules for other games to turn them into Thrones rules? Leave them down in the comments below!

Top 5 Things About Strategicon: Game Convention!

This past weekend I took part in my first ever gaming convention. I guess it was everything I expected. It had a bunch of different kinds of people…and by different, I mean the socially awkward, the type that never see the light of day, and the type you wonder how they even make a living in the real world…Everyone from nerds and geeks to D&D players for 40 years to TV stars to 3 star generals in the United States Marines all converged on this gaming convention to match wits and strategies with other people in a broad range of games. From table top games like Warhammer, to any kind of board game from Monopoly and Clue to Settlers of Catan, Last Night on Earth, and Axis and Allies. Card games of all kinds and difficulties from Uno to Magic: The Gathering. There were even video games and a computer bay for online and LAN gaming. I saw eight people playing Age of Empires 2 for god sakes. Of course there were stores too. Game stores set up a presence in the back room where you could literally buy any gaming supply could ever need for any sort of game. But the real bargins could be found in the flea market area, where people just set up their own shops and would sell their own products. More on all of that later, but here we go, the top 5 things about Strategicon for me: 5. Magic: The Gathering Drafts – A Magic player’s dream. Although most of the players do not show up for this game until later in the day, there are drafts pretty much whenever you want them. You sit down and get 3 packs, draft a deck, and they have both single elimination games and swiss style tournaments. Of course, I stunk bad. I am not proud of that, but I guess that is what happens when you know very little about the new sets. All that aside, there is a reason the game of Magic is so popular, and when you can play it with new people and new cards and, in draft style, new decks, you can see why. It is a fun, relativity fast, card game that is easy enough to play but impossible to master. Strategicon provides a good experience if you are a Magic player.

4. Runewars – This was a game I had no idea how to play or actually know anything about before this event. To be fair, I still do not know much of the flavor of the game. However, I got to learn how to play it and play a game and it was a blast. It was complex but also very intuitive. The goal is to collect dragon runes, and you do that with one of 4 different armies (2 evil, 2 good) and a number of different heroes. Your heroes can do quests and aide in battle as your armies fight over lands and runes. Not to mention there are a ton of different creatures roaming the world that will strike at you if you get too close, like dragons and giants. The game could look daunting to someone who has never played it, but it is a Fantasy Flight game so trust that it will look complicated and overwhelming but at its core is rather simple and straight forward. However, like Magic, just because you know HOW to play it doesn’t mean you are better or worse than anyone else. It all comes down to personal strategy. This game combines so many elements of other games such as Citadels, Starcraft, Game of Thrones and any other fantasy game you could think of. I cannot wait to play it again.

3. Lord of the Rings: The Board Game – This was a surprise to me. Whenever I go to Target, I always look at the toys. That is just who I am. I love looking at Legos and action figures and stuff like that. But I always check out Target’s ever growing collection of board games and this one is always on the shelves. I always picked it up and debated getting it, but I never tried it and of course was skeptical. Well, I am here to tell you I am skeptical no more. This was the first game we sat down and played at the convention, and it was wonderful. It is a cooperative game where you and up to four friends (5 players total) try to get the One Ring to Mordor without getting killed along the way. Easier said than done. You play against a game engine and things become desperate rather quickly. Events take place quickly and in fast succession and resources become scarce.  We ended up losing the game, but the impression it left was substantial. The game also can be played rather quickly. It is rather simple to learn and requires a lot more team work than it does cunning. It seems to be a wonderful group game to play if you do not want to be at each others throats with games like Smallworld and Battlestar Galactica.

2. Flea Market – This is the area right when you walk on. People take over tables and set out their wares and offer them to whoever is looking. This is the area where you can find some real gems! People that are looking to make room in their collections sell all sorts of stuff. Some times it gets really heated too, and at one point there was even an auction. I personally stumbled upon a man who collected all sorts of miniatures. Any game that had miniatures, he had pieces or even full armies. A ton of the stuff was completely unopened and still in the original packaging. He just never got around to it because there was literally so much. He was moving to Vancouver and couldn’t take all of his stuff with him, so he was there selling it at extreme discounts. I personally picked up 2 full, unopened Warhammer armies for $35! I couldn’t be more happy about it. It was a great experience to go through everyone’s stuff and see what you could find on the open market.

1. Artemis – I have seen the future of multiplayer gaming, and it is called Artemis! Ok, maybe that is a tad dramatic given the graphic driven games we have now…but this is an amazing game. It sacrifices graphics and complexity for team work and a real sense of commanding and working on a ship. The coolest thing is you can get 6 copies of the game for $40 here online. You can use those copies to give some friends and create a space team. Communication is truly key in this game, as the jobs are limited in exactly what they can do. This game is best played with six people, and it is a complete blast. I recommend trying it for sure.

Overall, this was a super fun experience, one I look forward to doing again in my life. Until then, I have some new games to try out…so you’ll have to excuse me for now…

Teen ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Total Baller!

I am not sure if anyone out there with the exception of old women and friend of the blog Stu loves the show Jeopardy as much as I do. Recently, the Teen Tournament just concluded, and with it, one of the greatest Jeopardy ballers of all time. This kid gambled huge, even though I am pretty sure that  he meant 18 hundred, not 18 thousand, and then nailed the question. After that, he dropped an awesome answer to his final jeopardy question, and cemented his legacy as one of the wierdest but most awesome contestants the show has ever seen. Please enjoy and then read the article below by Yahoo! writer Dave Nemetz.

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With his towering afro and (ahem) informal attire, teen contestant Leonard Cooper didn’t look the part of a “Jeopardy!” champion. But he parlayed one big Daily Double gamble into a Teen Tournament win last night, topping it off with what has to be considered the best Final Jeopardy! answer of all time.*

Leonard came into Final Jeopardy! with a total of $37,000 — an impressive sum, though not enough to win outright. But that didn’t stop Leonard from calling his shot. Faced with the clue, “On June 6, 1944, he said, ‘The eyes of the world are upon you,'” Leonard wagered $0 and responded: “Who is some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000!”

Keep in mind, one of Leonard’s opponents had enough cash to surpass him if he answered correctly. But he didn’t, and Leonard walked off with the win and the $75K awarded to the Teen Tournament champion. Even the normally stoic Alex Trebek was delighted by Leonard’s confidence, giggling and exclaiming, “You did indeed! Way to go!”

How did Leonard amass his prodigious total? He made another bold play earlier in the game when faced with a Daily Double, wagering a massive $18,000 that he had the correct response. (The Jeopardy! audience gasped, and Trebek called it a “gutsy move.”) Luckily, Leonard came up with the right answer — or question, rather — and nearly doubled his total to a staggering $36,200. (We also love an earlier moment of Leonard groping his own body to come up with the word “collarbone.”)

So we basically want Leonard to be on every episode of “Jeopardy!” ever going forward. Failing that, can we at least see him take on Watson, that “Jeopardy!”-playing computer from a few years back? We’re pretty sure his responses would short out Watson’s circuits.

Top 5 Board Games That Should Be Made Into Movies!

Today, we will discuss the making of board games into movies. That’s right, there is a trend going on with making toy franchises, especially by Hasbro (Transformers, Battleship), into movies. Now we all know Battleship stunk bad, but the fact is that it made about $100 million in profit, which means it is likely there will be a terrible sequel and other movies to follow in its path.

We have a guest lister today as well. Sam Mark breaks down his top 5 first. Check out Sam’s blog where he writes comics and his father illustrates them. You can find the blog here! Here is what Sam has to say and his list to follow:

I’m a huge board game nerd.  I recently went to Strategicon, a board game convention which was down near the airport.  I literally spent money to go play new and upcoming board games.  What’s been most fascinating for me, is the recent spike in movie deals based on board games.  Most notably, Battleship, which hit theaters this past summer.  The movie cost $209 million to make, but domestically, only brought in $65 million.  Thankfully, outside of America has a terrible taste in movies, where internationally, Battleship made $237 million.  Which is why, I believe, the following movies could be made and be financial successes.

5. (Blank) With Friends
First off the bat, I know I’m cheating a little bit.  There’s a lot of types of “games” with Friends, but I could still see the following movies made:
 
Hanging With Friends
A group of college students becomes friends when they find themselves thrown together for a science project.  Little do they know, that their real chemistry was about to start.  Starring Jonah Hill, Hayden Panettiere, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Cera, Emma Stone, Josh Hutcherson, and Kat Dennings.
Words With Friends
A re-make of the movie “The Words” but re-shot with the cast of Friends. Even Marcel the Monkey.
Scramble With Friends
The sequel to Hanging, but the rights bought by a different studio.  This time, the movie revolves around a breakfast competition in Jonah Hill’s character’s hometown.  With the help of his friends, will they be able to out-scramble the rival bed and breakfast that’s threatening to bulldoze Hill’s family business?  The rival owners would be played by Adam Scott and Eva Mendes, where Hill’s parents will be played by Henry Winkler and Susan Sarandon.
4. Risk
The combination of strategy, world domination, and luck of the die would make for a fantastic war epic.  America most hold strong, as the ancient alien armies of South America, Africa, and Austrailia start to pour into North America, Europe, and Asia.  These armies planted in the Earth’s crust during the “meteor” strike and doom of the dinosaurs, rise again to bring extinction to the human race.  Starring Chris Evans, Gerard Butler, Ke$ha, Jesse Plemons, and Kate Upton.
3. Settlers of Catan
A fictional period piece, where the fruits of labor are in high demand.  When a thief takes all of the Green Family’s resources, they must build the longest road through desert and scarcity in order to take advantage of the sheep sea port, if they are ever to survive the winter.  Starring Anthony Hopkins, Kurt Russel, Sally Field, Judi Dench, Anne Hathaway, and Chris Hemsworth.
2. Candy Land
The animated tale of the kingdom of Candy Land.  When King Kandy mysteriously vanishes, its up to his son and daughter to find him.  From the Gum Drop Mountains to the Crooked Old Peanut Brittle House, these siblings discover a cookie-d’tat that threatens the realm.  Starring the voices of Mae Whitman, Ryan Reynolds, Sean Bean, Bob Newhart, and Angela Lansbury.
1. Chess
Such a classic game of strategy, this black and white silent film, directed by David Lynch, pits the forces of oppression versus classicism.  David Lynch plays all the characters.  He also writes the movie’s theme song, Checkmate Through My Heart.
Alright Sam, awesome list. Bringing the fire! Here is mine:
5. Stratego – The board game is a simple two player game of capture the flag. You move your pieces, some more powerful than others, in order to find your opponents flag. The movie would be like that as well, but instead of a flag, the bad army (Red) would be searching for something else. Perhaps a secret mineral known as “unobtainium”? Then, the good army (blue) would be forced to fight off the red army and stave off elimination. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana would star side by side as members of the blue army.
4. Trivial Pursuit – The Saw franchise has made a huge amount of money by putting humans in impossible situations and making them choose to live or die. The catch was that the people “playing the game” were actually not being murdered, they were killing themselves. Well, what if we combined Saw’s brutality with the drama of Slumdog Millionaire and made people play a game of life and death by answering questions? The catch is that it will be televised like the Hunger Games for all the world to see. The winner will live in a state of fame and comfort for the rest of their lives while the losers lose their lives. Too much for you? Well, then simply do not pursue trivia!
3. Magic: The Gathering – This one might be cheating a little bit because Magic is not really a board game. But it is played on a table top and some people (like a lame friend of mine in particular) play with little game mats that they roll up and bring around with them…for those reasons, we are counting Magic as a board game. Anyway, I would love to see Magic made into a movie, especially if made correctly. Most people see Magic as a total nerd thing, but what they fail to realize is that Magic is an ever evolving game full of writers who create story lines and characters that bring the game to life. It is not just a simple card game. It is a game that tells a story (multiple stories really) and those stories could be brought to life on the big screen. If I could choose one story, it would be the story of Kamahl, a troubled gladiator who turns his back on life in the arena for a life of solitude in the forest. But when the Cabal, an evil guild, plans to take over the forest, Kamahl is forced to fight back with all the might of the Krosan Forest. Gerard Butler could star as Kamahl, and the guy that plays Pyat Pree in Game of Thrones could play the evil leader of the Cabal.
 
2. Small World – Small World is a game about the overcrowding of different races (like elves, goblins, orcs, dwarves, trolls, halflings, humans, ratmen, etc) on a small piece of land. The races show up and have to fight for survival until they basically over reach and are conquered by a different race and become extinct. In the movie, we could follow one race as they fight to survive against multiple others before succumbing to the inevitability of extinction. It could be a wonderful commentary on humans as a whole on this planet. Morgan Freeman would narrate.
1. Pandemic – When doctors first discover the Scalabrine Fever racing across North America, they think it is nothing but a form of the common flu. But little do they know, that the disease kills people within eight days. There is no stopping it, there is no cure. The only thing saving the human race is the fact that some people, for whatever reason, are immune to the disease. The movie would start with the disease already spreading, but the twist comes when the dead people start rising again. That’s right, Scalabrine Fever turns humans into Zombies. The survivors quickly realize that they must stick together and they frantically try to survive. They will learn it takes more than love and antibiotics to cure the world of Scalabrine Fever!
A big thank you to my friend Sam Mark on his list. What games would be on your list and why? Leave them down in the comments below!

15 Things You Will Never Hear Gamers Say!

Our good friends over at Dorkly.com have made a most wonderful list of things you will never hear gamers say! Be sure to check out their list here!

 

“Garbordor – Now THERE’S a Pokemon!”