Anthology Review #3

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It's been a while but my last set of videos DIDN'T RECORD THE AUDIO!! So I had to start again hence the delay!

Here's a new set of quick fire reviews back to back to make up for it!

Narabi - 02:00
Isle of Skye: Druids - 05:30
Res Arcana - 11:45
NEOM - 16:44
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Rise & Fall of Anvalor - 25:15
Stone Age: Anniversary Reprint - 31:50



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Anthology Review #2

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Note - apologies - I had to set up the default camera etc after doing the solo play and I had the lens bokeh set wrong so the background is more in focus than the game I'm holding in my hand. It's a minor quibble and will be sorted for next vid. Here's a new set of quick fire reviews back to back! Walking In Burano - 01:25 Spy Club - 06:19 Chronicles of Crime - 14:52 Caverna: The Forgotten Folk - 23:05 Raccoon Tycoon - 26:56 Dinosaur Island: Totally Liquid - 35:52



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Solo Plays - Coffee Roaster

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Here you go!! My first tabletop Solo Play video since Season 1! Now I've started with a simple game and a simple setup because I need to figure out where the best path to go is. So I would appreciate constructive feedback particularly from the photography/video geeks out there. Just a few details from a tech side: I have 2 cameras in use here. One is my Samsung Galaxy S8 which records the view to my right. All the light is there and it's nice and bright and clear. Great phone camera. The overhead one is my Canon EOS 80D that I use for my normal videos, except I had to revert back to the original lens it comes with because the others I use are fixed zoom (24mm and 50mm) and have the bokeh effect that I use to slightly off-focus the gaming shelf. The basic lens is still fine but it has a high aperture rating (5.6) and this means I can't get the light to enter the lens no matter how hard I try. I would love a variable zoom lens that has a low aperture, but they would require my Patreon campaign to quadruple in size! For now I have my fixed zoom lens both with very low apertures. The Rode VideoMic Pro off to the left recorded the voice fine, but the phone audio wasn't bad either when I played it back, except for the huge hiss. Now I have a Rode VideoMicro that attaches to a mobile phone - is it worth giving that a try? - I didn't take the phone off the stand when it was on its Gimbal DJI cradle, it didn't seem necessary, but in larger games I can see it been needed. - The overhead view seeemd a little redundant but maybe that's because the game I was playing had such a small footprint that the phone view was good enough. But that aside, here is my solo play of Coffee Roaster!



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Top 10 Annoying Gamer Traits

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This is a tongue-in-cheek list!! Right we've got that covered! We are all guilty of these traits at times, but we all must admit when we play games with different people, you'll always have some personalities that rub you the wrong way and it's not usually intended in a bad way or deliberate just to be a jerk, but there's going to be something, you can't like everything and everyone!

So as a fun Top 10 I've wanted to do for a while, these are my Top 10 Annoying Game Traits - not poking fingers or singling anyone out, I'm not even specifying between genders here, I've met people who exhibit these traits from all aspects of society.

Do you agree with this list? Did I miss some traits that really tick you off? Let us all know in the comments!



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Comanauts Review

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Comanauts is the second installment in Jerry Hawthorne's Adventure Book system following Stuffed Fables. This game of exploration and danger builds on the mechanisms first introduced in that earlier title, providing a new experience for more mature players. Race against time to revive Dr. Strobal by exploring his tormented mind. As players work together to uncover the secrets of the doctor's subconscious, they will follow his inner child across eleven different Comazones. There they attempt to locate and overcome the Inner Demon that holds Dr. Strobal hostage. Assume the role of 22 unique avatars as you explore the dangers and secrets of each world locked inside the doctor's dream. Can you free Dr. Strobal from his own mind before it's too late?

I never played Stuffed Fables, but this theme despite being a bit overused right now is still interesting. Can this more adult version of the system win me over or is the story more interesting than the gameplay?




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Solo Plays - Mystic Vale (STEAM)

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SOLO PLAYS HAVE ARRIVED!

Right, now I know you're expecting tabletop plays. . . . and you'll get those, don't worry. What's going to happen is that this will be a "mixed" segment. Some will be tabletop plays using 2 cameras (testing still being done) and some will be app based.

Nomad Games were kind enough to donate me a STEAM key for the new Mystic Vale port and being a game in my Top 100, I was keen to see if they were faithful to the source material.

So what follows is a full solo play of me vs the nearly hard AI. Will I stand or will I fall? Let me know in the comments what you think, are you happy with this plan going forward, are there any other game apps you want me to look at in the future?



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Podcast - S03E01 - PortalCon

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I'm back!! Season 3 of the podcast begins with a simple talk about my experience in Poland attending Portalcon in January 2019.





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Top 10 Worker Placement Games

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Now I don't want to do many of these lists where it's just one designer or publisher or genre, but occasionally I feel some need mention. Mainly because of how oversaturated the industry is. Worker Placement games are a dime a dozen and there's so many to choose from and a ton of great ones, way more than a Top 10 can manage.

So with some difficult rankings, here's my Top 10 Worker Placement Games. What are yours, leave them in the comments and discuss, I'm sure you'll come up with many I love and the odd couple I don't! :P

Also thank you for providing feedback on the Rode VideoMic Pro audio from the last video, I'm glad to see this new setup is an improvement for you.




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Top 10 Ugly Games I Still Love

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Let's plough through some more Top 10 lists! Next on the list is my Top 10 Ugly Games I Still Like - art and aesthetics really help a game for me, but some ugly games I still give props!

Of course it's purely subjective as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but name a game you love that you consider ugly as sin?


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Gugong Review

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Players take on the role of powerful Chinese families trying to gain influence and power by exchanging gifts with Officials. The gift cards you offer as a player have to be of a higher value than the one you receive, forcing you to make strategic choices regarding which actions you want to take each turn. You will travel around China, sail down the Grand Canal, purchase precious jade, help construct the Great Wall, secure advantages through decrees, influence the game through intrigue, and ultimately, receive an audience with the emperor. If only 1 player succeeds in doing so, he wins. If several players succeed, the player with the most VPs among those players wins the game. With an interesting and unique card play system, can Gugong stand up against the rest of the mid-weight Euro crowd with a bit more care about the theme as well as the mechanics?




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