Magic: The Gathering – Explorers of Ixalan

The first question I had when I saw this box was “what the hell is this?”. Well, it’s a big box with 4 pre-built Magic: The Gathering (MTG) decks and a bunch of cardboard hexes. The game within is standard 2-4 player free-for-all MTG with the addition of a simple (but effective) exploration module. My second question was “who is this for?” and, it turns out, it’s been designed specifically for me. This box is aimed at anyone who knows how to play MTGand likes it–but doesn’t actually own any MTG cards. This is a small niche, to be sure, but it’s one that’s inhabited by most of my friends. We love Explorers of Ixalan, but it’s easy to understand why it has struggled to find an audience. Continue reading

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Werewolf Cards

Silly Werewolf "logo"This Sunday I’ve organised for some friends to get together and play some tabletop games.  It’s our first time.  We played a lot of Halo (system link ftw) during high school but with the dawn of internet gaming it became less and less frequent.  I was primarily spurred on by this (excellent but long) video from Shut Up & Sit Down.  We’re gonna start off easy, safe with Settlers of Catan and Werewolf.  I’ve only played Werewolf once in my life, but had the privilege of doing it with some really wonderful people at IndieCade 2012.  I had a great time with it, despite leaning on some common roots I shared with another player to manipulate her allegiances.  Sorry, Brenda.  I wanted to share it with my friends and to try to make it a little special I decided to make some cards to assign the roles rather than just scrawling them on paper (though my design is basically just doing that with Photoshop). Continue reading

One Hit Kill Card Game

One Hit Kill LogoSo I made a little card game!

I call it “One Hit Kill”.  It’s basically Rock, Paper, Scissors where you can only win with scissors.  Two players play head-to-head with five cards each: 1 KILL, 2 DODGE, 2 REST.  Each turn, both players select the card they want to play and place it face down on the table.  The cards are then turned over simultaneously and as bombastically as possible for MAXIMUM DRAMA.  The object of the game is to play a KILL when your opponent plays a REST.  The winner is the first to 3 KILLS. Continue reading

Snap

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My first column in the newsletter I called “Snap!”.  There’s a story behind it.  The College has a running joke that Northern Irish students are invited over for “International Freshers Week”.  The idea behind International Freshers week is to give students from different and varying cultural backgrounds a chance to acclimatise a little to the way of life in England.  I think it’s a pretty good idea.  Northern Irish students obviously don’t actually need this, but it’s a very inclusive form of mockery. Continue reading