Community Valentines Day Cards

A little late for this year’s Valentines Day a lot early for next year’s Valentines day, these cards by Julietta feature the cast of NBC show Community.

 

The Music Festival Experience

music-festival

I can’t agree more with this cartoon about The Music Festival Experience by Pleated-Jeans, I’m not sure if I’m just the wrong type of person for music festivals, but in my experience they are more hassle than they are worth. I’ve worked at more festivals than I’ve actually been to but even then, getting to the festival site was a pain in the back side, everything was overpriced when you get there, it was always either too hot, too cold (Arguably I went to a festival in the middle of winter wearing shorts and ended up wearing a space blanket as a kilt) or raining and muddy. You are surrounded by several thousand sweaty people who are on a cocktail of substances that make them total ass-holes. Oh and the music is usually rubbish, except for the one artist you went to the festival to see, but they cancelled at the last minute anyway so you didn’t get to see them…

Maybe I’m just too cynical…

Via Laughing Squid

Game of Thrones The Board Game: First Impressions

I had a go at playing the Game of Thrones board game on Saturday, and from what I’ve seen I quite like it. The game centres about the battle for the control of Westeros, and you play one of 6 houses (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Tyrell and Martel)

Depending on how many players you have some of the houses aren’t available to play, we were playing a 4 player game so houses Tyrell and Martel were out of the picture.

The game lasts for 10 turns 3 phases:

  1. The Westeros Phase
  2. The Planning Phase
  3. The Action Phase

The in the Westeros Phase you deal with a set of random events that happen as described by drawing 3 cards from the Westeros Card Deck, these cards tend to involve a choice for one of the players, usually the player at the head of one of the three tracks (Iron throne, Fiefdoms, Kings Court) or they allow players to muster their armies or change their resource levels.

During the planning phase each player puts a token on each area he controls face down, the tokens signify what they want to do in that area, the options are:

  1. Raid
  2. March
  3. Defend
  4. Support
  5. Consolidate Power

Raiding essentially equates to screwing up other players order, marching allows you to move troops to another area or attack an area, defending enhances the defence of an area, support allows troops in one area to support troops in another area in defending or attacking, and consolidating power allows you to get power tokens or under certain circumstances build up your army a little.

Once everyone has finished putting down their planning tokens they are turned over and the action phase starts.

First you resolve raid tokens and then march tokens, this is done by resolving one token at a time starting with the player who currently sits on the Iron Throne then rotating clockwise round the board allowing each player to resolve a their raids and then their marching orders.

I think this order of play is actually one of the games great strengths, because the players aren’t taking turns all the players have something to do all the time, which means that it’s less likely that players will get bored while waiting for their turn to come around.

Combat is straightforward, you win if you have more armies than the territory you are attacking, otherwise you lose. Each player can play a card to modify the results of the battle, these cards also affect the number of casualties from the battle. When a territory is lost the losing troops retreat, to an adjacent territory owned by that player, if they can’t do this I think they all die, but I’m not sure and I don’t have the rules to hand to check.

The game continues like this until one player has 7 territories with Castles or forts in them or until the end of the 10th turn at which point the player with the most castles and forts wins.

All in all the game is fun and is quite quick to play, I’ve been playing the Battlestar Galactica game an aweful lot recently and because this game is by the same people (Fantasy Flight Games) I was a little worried that it would require the same epic time-scales to play thankfully it doesn’t.

My one comment is that the starting positions on the map and the layout of the regions seem to favour certain houses, specifically house Lannister and house Baratheon, Lannister is surrounded with both forts and resources, while house Baratheon seem to have easy access to a very large empty area of the map to conquer. This (I think) is only really an issue when playing the game with 4 players, as the empty areas of the map are taken up by the two houses that you can’t play unless you have more players.

Having played a friend’s copy of this game I’m very tempted to invest in my own, which I think speaks volumes for it.

 

I’m Not Sure How I Missed This Review of Color

I vaugely remember Color being launched a year ago I think I may have downloaded the Android version to my phone, thought it was shit and promptly deleted it. Today I saw this review of it from a year ago that made me chuckle. I know it’s out of date, but I liked it so much that I thought I’d share it just in case anyone else hadn’t seen it.

As far as I can tell Color is still shit, and it still has a lot of bad reviews, I popped over to their home page and the interface looks an aweful lot like Pinterest’s interface… Anyway Read this and laugh:

Via Minyanvile

Star Trek Command Insignia Panties

Star Trek command insignia panties - UK size 10

Really… I know a lot of girls like Star Trek but seriously… The pants available on Etsy (From a UK based retailer in case you are interested) are um… interesting.

I’m really trying to stop myself from cracking jokes about getting into Picard’s pants…

The same shop sells a variety of geeky pants, including a pair of Periodic Table pants:

Periodic table panties - Made to order

Biodegradable Graffiti Made of Living Moss

I stumbled onto the image below which tells you how to make moss graffiti in simple steps, I did a quick Google and also found an instructables article on this and another that suggests beer instead of butter milk. All in all the idea is pretty neat, although I think moss can be a bitch to get rid of.

I wonder how long it will be before someone starts using this technique and a plastic stencil to do Banksy-esque graffiti using moss.

Via Real Lol