The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

As this series continues, it should become increasingly obvious that there are many things I have not done and do not know. I’d go so far as to say that I’m a leading expert in the field of not knowing or doing things.

Among the many things I have not done is play a tabletop RPG. I have neither dungeoned nor dragoned. Some of my favorite video games are computer RPGs, but I’ve never sat down with a group of people and had a dungeon master describe the ruins of an ancient elven strip mall. It’s not that I don’t want to. I’ve just never had willing friends and I’m too lazy to join a group at my local comic shop.

Luckily for me, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game sets out to evoke the feeling of a tabletop RPG. It’s got character sheets you can print out. It has dice with unusual numbers of sides, so rolling takes less time than interpreting the result. There are traps to overcome, locations to explore, stat checks, and quests to complete. It also passes my skeleton test:

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Board Game Article: Arcadia Quest

Until recently, the last board game I touched was a dungeon crawler called HeroQuest, in the late 90s. Back then I was a young idiot. Now I am an older, far wiser idiot.

In this new series I’ll be checking out all the interesting board games that have come out while I wasted my life with other things, like playing video games and writing humor in the hopes of earning a living wage. As it turns out, board games are currently in something of a golden age.

There’s so much creativity out there that we’re spoiled for choice. Want a board game with lots of dice and cool miniatures, or no dice and simple wooden stick figures? Want a card game that’s also a persistent RPG or a simple card-based game about spies or love letters? Want a large-scale space battle commander game with collectible ships, or a similar self-contained game featuring birds and mice warrior pilots? Well, whatever your choice, you’ll probably buy everything, then build a gaming table and cover an entire room in shelves to store all these big dumb boxes.

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Playing Games With Your Kids

Who likes to play kid games? Everyone likes to play them. Well, everyone should like to play them at least. Ever since the first child’s imagination began to develop, is when these games were most certainly developed. This is because a game created by a child could be just about anything. Playing one doesn’t take a huge amount of skill, nor any age requirement. Playing these games is for everyone. Of course they are called KID games, but adults still often like to enjoy them as well. There is an infinite amount of games available. Some were made by adults, and some were made by children. They could have been made on accident, or could have been made on purpose, either way it doesn’t matter, because the end result was enjoyment. Now, there are a couple of different kinds of games for kids, and different forms of playing them. There are movement and activity games, thought and memory games, singing and dancing games, and many, many more. The categories really never end.

Now, everyone knows kids like to move. Kids like to be hyper, run around, and have fun. What better way to have fun, then make games out of the activities they already do? When kids are together, they really don’t do anything other than play. It’s the question every child asks their friend, “Do you want to come over and play?” Whenever kids are together, they are almost always playing some kind of a game. The one game everyone has heard of, is tag. Tag is the classic outdoor game, that every single kid and adult will play some time in their life. It’s a simple form of entertainment, where one person chases everyone else, trying to tag them so they are no longer, “it”. When this was no longer good enough, the creation of toys to aid kid games were added. Balls, trampolines, pools, etc; whatever it is, a kid can make a game out of it.

When it’s time to put away the toys, and head inside, there are still plenty of ways for kids to play games. They can play memory games, like matching things together. Board games are one of the biggest forms of entertainment. There are many, many different kinds of board games, with something that will appeal to everyone. Even drawing, or playing hide ‘n’ seek, are all good ways to have fun indoors. With the access of the internet, people will find that this is the biggest gateway to playing kid games. They’re easy to find, and fun to play. You can find any genre of game, and any type of game, for kids to play. They can be educational, or just plain for fun.

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Chess, 4 Player Style

Finding someone to play chess with can be hard work. I taught my son how to play chess but he grew up and left home! Of course living 48 miles from the nearest neighbor does limit your options for chess companions.

For years I played chess against myself and since I do not know what move I am going to make until I make it, it isn’t boring.

I have even made chessmen out of nuts, bolts and washers!

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