Monthly Archives: May 2014

Saturday Songs – May 31, 2014

Sometimes, you just have to go digging for a song.  In this case, we dig into the 1980s.

Here is Safety Dance by Men Without Hats.

Box Creation

The other night I posted I was not able to put up a regular post because I was making boxes.  In truth, I was making a lot of boxes.

Regular followers know about my new propensity of organizing my games within their game boxes.  Mostly this has been through creating tuck boxes for a lot of the card games I play through a couple of different tuck box generators.  And I have been doing well with them.

The problem with tuck boxes is that there are limitations as to what you can do with them.  They are great with cards.  But they are not so hot with tokens, dice and the like.  The few tuck boxes I’ve created for these items just did not do all that well.  While cards are big enough to hold down the tongues of the tuck boxes, tokens don’t.  And if the tongue is not long enough, it will just fall out.

(and, yes, I realize how all that sounds… cheeky monkeys)

I figured I was limited to tuck boxes and store bought plastic boxes for game component storage.  At least, I thought I was until I found this web site:

Free Template Maker

This template site creates a multitude of objects.  Yes, tuck boxes are represented.  But, so are boxes with lids, and match boxes, and gift boxes, and mailers, and envelopes, and… well you get the idea.  Granted, this site will just generate the basic box template in a PDF form.  If you want graphics on it, you will need to bring the PDF into an art program (I use Paint Shop Pro).  But, you do not need a lot of graphics experience to create some nice looking boxes.2014-05-19 05.14.31

I have posted my picture of my Red Dragon Inn box before.  All the cards are neatly packed into their own boxes, yet the coins and tokens are just tossed in the box in plastic baggies.

2014-05-29 23.49.06Now, thanks to the above site, my Red Dragon Inn box is much better organized.  The coins have been divided into three matchbox style boxes, just as the tokens are within a smaller matchbox.2014-05-29 23.49.33

This organization extends to other games as well.  Lords of Vegas is a great game.  The biggest problem with the game is that the box insert that comes with the game obviously does not go with this game.  Worse still, none of the components of the game fit well into this box.  And if you add the Up! expansion, forget it, you are fighting for space.
2014-05-29 23.50.24Now, thanks to tuck boxes and boxes with lids, Lords of Vegas is organized, and ready for even more expansions.  Furthermore, each player had their own boxes, with all the dice and tokens within.  Now there is no need to fish out pieces from a central bag.2014-05-29 23.50.33

Now, I just have to figure out which game is going to be updated next.

Picks of the Week – Culling Special

This week continued the dropping of comics from my collection.  We are not talking one or two books either.

This week, it could be called a culling.

I used to pick up a lot of books a week.  There were a lot of DC titles, a good deal of independents, and a couple of Marvel titles (having grown tired of the constant Marvel crossovers and events).

This week, I picked up 16 books.  With the exception of one Avatar title, they were all DC Comics.  And a couple of them I will not be collecting after this week.  Granted, this is because three of the titles, Nightwing, Suicide Squad, and Larfreeze are cancelled.  Yes, Nightwing is being replaced by Grayson, and Suicide Squad with the New Suicide Squad.  But Larfreeze is done and gone.  To be honest, it isn’t that much of a loss.  I found it to be the least enjoyable of the Lantern titles, and Larfreeze himself is a character that never should have gotten his own title.

A few more of the titles picked up this week are also winding down.  All-Star Western, which really lost its direction when Hex time jumped to the present, has been announced as cancelled, as well as Adventures of Superman, which told stories that did not fit into the New 52 canon.

Still, there are more DC titles that will be dropped soon.  Catwoman just had not been keeping my attention lately.  It is most likely that the issue I picked up today will be my last issue.  Red Lanterns also teeters on the brink.  As much as I like Dex-Starr, the whole concept of the Red Lanterns works best in small doses, much like Larfreeze.

And to be honest, I am really not sure why I picked of God is Dead from Avatar Press.  We can consider this dropped as well.

Gaming Monday

This Memorial Day, I had two choices.  I could sit home, waiting to do something and hoping the family would do something eventually, or I could go to my local Game Store and enjoy a holiday filled with games.

I chose the latter.

The first game on the docket was one I had played before.  However, since playing Stone Age that one time, I have downloaded the app version and have been playing it constantly.  It is a pretty classic worker placement game and tons of fun, even if I didn’t win.

Next up was Dice Town, which I played on International TableTop Day.  Unfortunately, I did not have the luck I had the last time and did not win, or get the opportunities to play corrupt sheriff.

We followed Dice Town with Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers.  This is a variant on the classic Carcassonne game.  Here, the players are trying to score points by completing river ways, forests and fields filled with animals to hunt, but not tigers.

Next in line was Arctic Scavengers.  This is a deck building game that I had picked up some time ago and wanted to try it out.  The theme of this particular game is that each player is the head of a group of survivors in the world of the frozen future.  Through scavenging and fighting, we seek to gather the people and resources to make out tribe the largest of them all.  We played two games of this.  The first was a three player game, and the second a four player game.

Finally, we wrapped up with a couple of games of Survive: Escape From Atlantis.  This board game has players trying to get their people off a sinking Atlantis and to safety, either by boat or by swimming.  Along the way, you have to deal with sea monsters, sharks and whales, all trying to either eat you or destroy the boat you are in.  And if they don’t get you, the other players will.  I learned pretty fast why the other players had another unofficial name for the game: F–k You.  This is because you usually say that once another player does something dastardly, like steer a shark into your treading water meeple, or just steering boats away from you.

The day was broken up by some traditional Memorial Day festivities, namely grilling burgers and hot dogs brought in by one of the gamers.  The store owner also provided ice cream for the players and many of us brought in chips to snack on throughout the day.

X-Wing Sunday

It was a relatively quiet X-Wing Sunday.  Things are gearing up for next week’s big tournament.  I played one match with my Fett’s Raiders, which did not fare all that well against an X-Wing squad.  It is definitely not being considered for tournament play.

I decided that I’m going to stick with my tournament tested squad… sort of.  I’m playing my Millennium Squad, which consists of two YT-1300’s (A.K.A. the Millennium Falcon).  However, I swapped out my named B-Wing pilot and replaced it with an unnamed Y-Wing pilot with added weapons.  The only thing I did wrong was misremembered the cost of the Ion turret, which is not 3, but 5, leaving me less to work with.  Still, I think I will fare well with this… unless I decide to swap out the Y-Wing for an unnamed B-Wing with weapons.  I’ll check into that.

Saturday Songs – May 24, 2014

I have to admit that I did not put a whole Hell of a lot of thought into this week’s pick.  In fact, it is a replay of one I posted a long while back.  Still, Hero by Skillet is a song that I think is cool, so I picked it again.


Comic Drops

Over the last few weeks, I have been going over the titles that I read, wondering which I should stick with, and which I should drop.  Since then, I have begun to pare down my titles, though I have had some help with some of the titles I do read getting cancelled.

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Picks of the Week – May 21, 2014

It’s the Wednesday before Memorial Day, and, I have to admit, it has not been a great week for me.  I do have some picks, but for the most part, there seem to be more drops than pick ups for comics lately.


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