Escape: Stress of the Temple

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Gen Con this weekend means a couple of things. Firstly, it does mean a dip in traffic to our site as regular viewers instead enjoy a magical weekend of gaming – or just spending money on so many new games – and we stay at home and try not to be too jealous.

On the flip side, we do stay glued to Twitter mining a wealth of tweets to find what the most exciting new games turn out to be. While we will undoubtedly have to wait months to actually get our hands on them, it’s always fun to see what sells out, what gets people excited, and what hidden gems are unexpectedly uncovered.

As well as spending too much time on Twitter (and maybe Pokemon Go) over this weekend, we will finally have some time to play some games, as our schedules have at last aligned. Obviously, I’ll be hankering for some X-Wing, but also looking to maybe finally road test ‘And then we held hands’ or maybe ‘Tokaido’ or ‘Thunderbirds’, or any other game from our ever longer list of unplayed purchases. Who needs to go to a convention when we already have stacks of unplayed games at home?

I do actually love Escape: Curse of the Temple, but it has been known to cause stress, anxiety, broken friendships, confusion, sweating, swearing, game fatigue, dice hate, frustration, and existential dread. Other than that, I thoroughly recommend trying it. It’s only ten minutes long, and there is no turn structure. Everyone rolls their dice, moves around the board and shouts at everyone else to help them out. It’s a co-op game, but a more shouty, chaotic co-op than you might be familiar with. After a couple of plays, a group can get the hang of it and manage it with a lot less stress. It’s just convincing people to go again after the first time that can sometimes be the problem…

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Oh, youth

Writer_smallerOh, laptops

I had some computer issues right when I was due to write a post, so instead of writing a blog post all about how I had some IT issues which look like they’ve been fixed but still cost me the time it would have taken to write a post, I’ll just mention that I had some IT issues which look like they’ve been fixed but still cost me the time it would have taken to write a post. So:

I had some IT issues which look like they’ve been fixed but still cost me the time it would have taken to write a post.

Normal service should resume next week, as long as I still have a laptop to type on. If I don’t have a laptop to type on, my bigger problem will be that I won’t be able to play Fallout 2, which is the one I never managed to finish and for some reason, possibly connected to E3, I decided to re-download just this week. I’ve been spending more time these last few weeks playing video games. Other than Fallout 4, the trailer I was most excited about from E3 was Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Whatever your interest in the franchise, or in games at all, you will understand my excitement if you followed that link. How could you not?

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Season’s greetings 2014

Artist_christmasHappy Christmas!

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas. It’s been an amazing year for us, with launching Tiny Wooden Pieces, and we’ve been overwhelmed with the love and support for our little webcomic. We hope you will stay with us as we continue our gaming adventures in 2015.

But more importantly, it’s Christmas. I hope everyone gets the game they wished for, or, even better, gave the gift of a game. It’s an ideal time to introduce new people to the hobby, and we certainly plan to play a good few games over the coming days with friends and family.

So do let us know what you get up to over the holidays. May there be plenty of laughter and joy and merriment. As well as pudding and mince pies and mulled wine…

Merry Christmas everyone, see you in the New Year!

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Trade negotiations

Writer_smallerTrade negotiations

It’s been a while since we visited Catan. I always knew we’d come back, though. Catan holds a special place in gaming. That hexagonal hub represents the emergence of the board game from reluctant family gatherings at Christmas to college dorms, and apparently, even Silicon Valley boardrooms.

Catan represented an important shift in the perception of the hobby, both in what it was, and who it was for. All of this I have already touched previously, and I’m sure everyone has an opinion on Catan – not all as rose-tinted as mine, I would imagine.


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Problems at home

Writer_smallerProblems at home

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome my family to the site (hi guys!). Settle in, find a seat – not too close to the back, sit where you can see, please. To our returning guests, thanks for coming again, we hope you found the comic to your taste, and we’re glad you decided to stay for the blog posts as well. Not everyone does. This week we’re going to be talking about getting others into the hobby. But don’t worry, we won’t keep you too long. Just a brief chat, and then you can get back to work. I promise I won’t tell the boss you’ve been spending your morning looking at webcomics.


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