Archive | May, 2014

Loudmouth (1988)

23 May

1989. I had only lived in Ohio for a few years at this point, so I was still new to the whole concept of cable television. We didn’t have it back in Indiana, so I grew up with just a small subset of local channels, and WGN. But once we got cable, a whole new world opened up. MTV showed me music I couldn’t hear on local radio, ESPN showed me Australian Rules Football (Go Magpies!) and many other unusual sports, and WWOR 9 out of Seacaucus New Jersey showed me what pure, unadulterated insanity looked like.

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Kickstarter Love – Pull! by Chevee Dodd

16 May

Pull! is down to just a few days left in it’s Kickstarter project time, and it needs a little love to get funded.

Pull! is a trick-taking game, themed around the world of trap shooting. It’s not just the theme of the game that is unique. Teams will also be vying for two tricks at the same time!

Don’t shoot the animals!

Another aspect to this game that captured my attention was that the second card played in a round is done simultaneously…this is a mechanic I adore in card games. Take a unique theme and interesting bluffing mechanics…and you’ve got a game that really appeals to me.

It only costs $16 to buy in for a copy of the game. There are higher levels, including one with a fancy wooden “Shooting Box.” Recently announced as part of that level are the inclusion of some awesome looking fowl “Foul” tokens.

You can add those tokens in at lower levels if you’d like as well.

If you would like to help Pull! get published, head over to the Pull! project page and join in on the trap shooting fun!

Daring Eagle (2003)

7 May

IMG_2025Ever since the armed forces became all-volunteer in the 1970s, there have been many attempts to try and make joining the military an attractive career option. We’ve all seen the super slick Marines commercials, the Army put out a video game (America’s Army), the Navy had the Village People… ok, maybe not. When I first came across Daring Eagle, and it’s Army National Guard logo on the front, I thought I had a found a board game recruitment tool. It was probably going to be cheaply made, it was going to be SUPER rah-rah, and it was probably going to play poorly…I mean, we’ve seen the government make a game before, and that didn’t go well. Here’s what I didn’t expect: I didn’t expect this to NOT be a recruitment tool (in the traditional sense), and I didn’t expect a decent game. Continue reading