May 16

A bunch of kickstarters

Having spent most of my non-Magic nerd time playing Vs and Game of Thrones, I haven’t managed to write anything about these yet. A chunk of other time has been spent on reading graphic novels, some reviews may follow soon.

The pile of unplayed games is still piling up faster than the JSitP crew can get through them and some kickstarters are adding to that.


Red Markets is one I just found yesterday and got pretty excited about it. A huge number of games have come out over the past few years which add a zombie skin to them. The reason for doing so appear to be the success of the Walking Dead more than any gameplay reason.

Red Markets is about trying to rebuild after the zombie apocalypse.

In Red Markets, characters risk their lives trading between the massive quarantine zones containing a zombie outbreak and the remains of civilization. They are Takers: mercenary entrepreneurs unwilling to accept their abandonment. Bound together into competing crews, each seeks to profit from mankind’s near-extinction before it claims them. They must hustle, scheme, and scam as hard as they fight if they hope to survive the competing factions and undead hordes the GM throws at them.

Society rebuilding after a disaster has always appealed to me more than the oh god what is this walker/shambler? especially in a universe of people ignorant of the zombie trope. Jericho was a great TV show for a reason.

There’s a facebook group for Red Markets here and an actual play podcast here.

Star Bastards: A Two-Fisted Sci-Fi Adventure Gamebook is a modern take on a choose your own adventure book. As well as the physical book you can get an e-book which has all the jump points linked etc. An interesting way to release a classic gaming tool. Can’t not back that.

Recently fulfilled

Scoville: Labs Expansion arrived but I’ve not had a chance to play it yet. I was initially excited by this game, but the promise of being colour-blind friendly did not deliver.

101.1 arrived and seemed really cool. An attempt to play it failed due to the poor lighting on the location we tried to play it though. Again colour-blindness due to the colour of the lettering on each side not having enough contrast to see which side was which.

As well as these, there have been a bunch of cool Humble Bundles for comics and through similar sites which have scratched the nerd itch lately. One by Image was insane. For $15 I got a massive pile of books, some of which I owned in physical copy anyway, but when you were paying about 10c per comic in the volumes you can’t complain.

Jan 14

This week in Gaming

Well this week was less gamey than I expected mainly due to hitting this blog repeatedly trying to fix the white screen of death.

Wednesday 8th January 2014

It was Cerberus games night and I got through some games of Braggart, No Thanks!, Love Letter and Zombie Fluxx.

Thursday 9th January 2014

Constructed Standard Magic at Highlander. After doing really well with my deck before Christmas I got a run of bad luck, total mana screw and ended up 2-2. Won mirror. Lost mirror against Ferg 2-1 (final game we were both at 1 life top-decking). Lost 2-1 to white wheenie after forgetting about their pro-colour spell and not killing something when he was tapped out. Won final game against Control.

This guy was always late to the party

This guy was always late to the party

Friday 10th January 2014

Constructed Standard Magic at Major Arcana, got absolutely smashed due to mulling to 5 repeatedly and then getting mana screwed. Final game against Colin though was hilarious. He mulled to 5 and I had 2 Thoughtseize in hand. I kindly left him a Rakdos and nothing to hurt me with. Game two went the same, we were next to the finalists and probably put them off with our tears of laughter.

I could show up but it's more fun to hide in Alan's library

I could show up but it’s more fun to hide in Alan’s library

Saturday 11th January 2014

No gaming today, instead we had a Game of Thrones marathon at Alzos. Totally pumped up for next season now, again.

Sunday 12th January 2014

Read Saga volume 1, fantastic wee graphic novel from Alzo. I had missed this when it started, if I knew the writer I would have definitely picked it up.

Monday 13th January 2014

Not much nerdy shenanigans, just some Wallabee and internet Not-Scrabble.

Tuesday 14th January 2014

Finished the week with a bit of X-Com and a bit of Pratchetts Long War

How have you spent this week in gaming and what are you playing next week?