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.

 

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.

 

Pixel Puzzles

Penguin Puxxle - The Pixel Puzzle

I’m not sure you can really call these puzzles, but I like the idea behind them. Each Pixel Puzzle seems to consist of a set of square stickers in various colours. You are supposed to stick the stickers together to form the image on the box. Although singe the stickers don’t seem to interlock I assume you could make any image you wanted to with the included stickers.Penguin Puxxle - The Pixel Puzzle

There are currently 7 of these to chose from: 3 hedge hogs, a cactus, a shark, a reindeer, a penguin, a squirrel and a crocodile:

3 Hedgehog Puxxle - The Pixel PuzzleCactus Puxxle - The Pixel PuzzleShark Puxxle - The Pixel Puzzle

Reindeer Puxxle - The Pixel PuzzlePenguin Puxxle - The Pixel PuzzleSquirrel Puxxle - The Pixel Puzzle

Alligator Puxxle - The Pixel Puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

You can find them all on Luisa, Catarina Lente‘s Etsy Page.

A Plethora of Whovian Knitwear

I noticed a whole bunch of Dr. Who knitwear over the past couple of days and rather than post them individually I’ve decided to put together one mammoth post with all of them in it. So Enjoy and feel free to buy or make me any of this if you are that way inclined. 
TARDIS Socks (Technabob)/Ravelry (Or another version also on Ravelry)With pattern on Google Docs.

Another TARDIS sock Design on Wee Little Knitter with Chart.

Dalek Gloves for which you can buy the pattern on Etsy.

TARDIS gloves by Enchanted Craft on Etsy.

Another set of Dalek gloves also by Enchanted Craft (Enchanted Crafts have a lot of coll stuff actually)

TARDIS beanie with tassels by Amlowi on Etsy

Also TARDIS beanie sans tassels and Dalek Beanie from Amlowi

 

Zombie Wedding Cake Toppers and Cakes

Zombie Chaser Topper

The Zombie Wedding cake topper above and the one below are from ZombiesbyZombiatch on Etsy, Sadly the one on the top looks like it’s sold out, but there are other designs. But who the hell would want a zombie wedding cake? Who the hell wouldn’t! Who killed bambi? have compiled a collection of Zombie wedding cakes they found online.

Victorian Cake Topper

 

 

Sterling Silver Origami Necklaces

I bought @Avarinne something like this from a craft market a while ago, but I don’t think it was Sterling Silver if it was it certainly didn’t cost as much as these things do… Still they are very pretty. They are on sale for the next day or so: Origami Crane (Above) Origami Triceratops & Origami Dog (Below) all $139.50

Via Fab

 

Game Of Thrones Valentines Cards

I’ve said before that I don’t post enough song of Ice and Fire stuff so when I saw these cards by Chris Bishop I figured I’d seize the opportunity to post them then I saw these:

 

 

 

 

Via The Young Wolf and these on Reddit:

 

52 Reasons Deck of Cards

It’s that time of year where people get sentimental and soppy, while I’m against the over commercialization of Valentines Day the sentiment it almost acceptable. This project by PaperVine is quite creative transform an old deck of cards into a deck of 52 reasons you love your significant other.

Is there a Valentines equivalent to “Bah Humbug?” I still want to express a certain amount of cynicism for the holiday in general…

 

Video Game Characters Feminized

The video games industry is filled with male role models, not too many female protagonists, sure we get the odd Lara Croft or Ms. PacMan but on the whole girls seem to be more like princess peach or Zelda, a plot device or the reason the male character is out stomping mushrooms or killing baddies.

While this series by artist Marques Cannon does a little towards changing that it hard not to notice the focus on tits an ass in the series. Still they are pretty cool, by why does every woman in video games have to be half naked?

Kratos

Okami

Dante

Mega (Wo)Man

Katamari Damacy

Sonic the Hedgehog