Introduction to Tabletop Games



Dungeons and Dragons

Hello and salutations gamers! My name is furphinatrix and I’m here to introduce you to a different type of gaming that maybe you have heard of but aren’t familiar with. These types of games don’t require a TV, monitor, gaming console, PC, or controllers, although some of the games have an electronic version also. You can use paper and pencil or a cell phone or tablet to keep track of your stats, depending on the game. I’m talking about tabletop games! (And I don’t mean Monopoly, Clue, or The Game of Life.) Tabletop games come in many shapes, sizes, genres, and difficulty. There are games for beginner, intermediate, and expert gamers, as well as games for children and adults.

My name is furphinatrix (or Shanna to the real world) and I have been playing video games and board games since I was a child. Some of the oldest memories I have of playing games are Candyland with my family, Pitfall on the Atari, and Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. I have only been playing tabletop games for a couple of years, so it’s a relatively new adventure. I have some experience in RPG (role playing game) games like Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons. Here are a few popular tabletop games:

• Dungeons and Dragons
• Pathfinder
• Ticket to Ride
• Zombie Dice
• Star Wars X-Wing
• Sailor Moon Crystal Dice Challenge
• Settlers of Catan
• Warhammer

I’m usually the designated cleric healer of our group. Clerics are capable of physical combat and use divine magic to heal creatures and can use magic to attack.

I wanted to keep this article short as an introduction to tabletop games and myself. Be on the lookout for my next article hopefully next month!

Freedom Planet Review with Übernerd527


Freedom Planet is a love letter to classic Sonic the Hedgehog games while giving you it’s own flavor. Check out the rest of my review and watch me play through of the first level in this video.

backround music from:

Freedom Planet Soundtrack
by Woofle and Strife

you can purchase the soundtrack at

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The Electric Circus Episode #5- VIDEO GAME MOVIES!!!

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Electric Circus New Logo copy

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Hey Arcaders!

If Megacon wasn’t Enough for ya’- guess what? we’re throwing in the next episode of the Electric Circus! and it’s a doozy! So, get you extra large drum of popcorn with the artificial butter flavored topping, an ice cold superdouperlargegrande sized drink and enjoy! And don’t forget your 3D glasses!

Direct Review 11/18/13

Hey Arcaders,

Ubernerd527 here! So I want to try to start a new post and here is how its going to works; Above I put the Nintendo Direct video so just in case you didn’t watch it you can. Then after you watch it then you can read my review of the video and then feel free to add you own feelings by replying to my post. So as you know I am a big Nintendo fan and I get really excited to see a new Nintendo Direct (We are going to call it ND for the rest of the post). I think it is one of the things that the other systems don’t do.

What better way to get people excited for the future then to show some new titless. In this video Nintendo introduced us to games like Hyrule Warriors (not the final title according to the video), Chibi Robo Photo Finder, NES Remix, Yoshi’s New Island and Dr. Luigi. What do I think about these new titles? Well, I think they are all pretty interesting especially Hyrule Warriors. I have never played games like Dynasty Warriors or anything like that but this game seems very interesting. Being able to attack an entire army with just my sword and a few weapons is amazing! Plus it’s pretty cool to see a second Zelda game on the WiiU so close after the first one. Its also interesting to note that Nintendo is trying something different with one of its more popular titles. As for Chibi Robo, I never really played the original so I can really get to excited for its 3DS debut. However some of the features of the game look pretty interesting like taking a picture of something in real life and it appearing in the game. NES Remix is another game that I think would be cool to have but I think my friend and owner of this blog raygunn1 would enjoy it more. Going on to Yoshi’s New Island I think this game looks interesting but I don’t know if I am eager to play it as much as the other games they announced. Finally there is Dr. Luigi which I will admit is a pretty cool idea that I think will improve on the original game. Now I will confess that I haven’t played any Dr. Mario games since the Gameboy game for the Original Gameboy! Even so I am kinda thrilled to see how this game plays out.

Now on to other announcements New DLC for Sonic Lost World, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze gets a new (or should I say old?) Character, a new Kirby game for the 3DS; Kirby Triple Deluxe, a free trial version of Bravely Default, a new game for Wii Sports Club, a new Character for Smash Bros. for the WiiU and 3DS, and finally more News about Mario Kart 8. Nintendo announced free DLC for Sonic Lost World that will start coming out for the WiiU version of the game. The first is a level designed like Yoshi’s Island. First of all when I heard this my mind exploded because this is only something that fans have been dreaming about since first playing Sonic. Now I have not played Sonic Lost World due to the low reviews that the game got but I may pick up this game if not for anything else but for the DLC. Donkey Kong is coming back and this time he is bring friends. In the new game for the WiiU Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Nintendo announced that Cranky Kong, who has long been a background character gets his time to shine. I can’t help but notice that Nintendo is also making a DuckTales reference with Cranky by giving him a cane that he can use as a pogo stick. But hey I love DuckTales and this will add a new element to the game so I am not complaining. Before we get to Kirby, a side note one of these days I want to do a post about Kirby because I think this is one of the most overlook Nintendo characters. Which is why I got eager to see a new Kirby game for the 3DS when it was originally announced a few months back. But now the game has a title, Kirby Triple Deluxe. The game looks great and the new additions don’t hurt either. Even the side games, Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash look like it will give the game a long shelf life.  Another cool looking game for the 3DS comes in the form of Bravely Default. I really think that Nintendo of America is trying to get this game to be popular here in the states. How you may ask? By letting you download a free demo of the game. But not just any game demo but a game that is a prolog to the main story. Where not only can you get items that carry over to the main game but other perks as well. I guess this is pretty cool I might actually download this game demo if not for anything but for a almost free game. Next is a new mini game you can download for the Wii sports Club. This game is Golf and I will have to say it is one of the most innovative uses for the touch pad controller that I have seen. Using the Wii-mote as the club you use the touch pad controller to see where your ball is for more accurate hitting. There is even a course that they based off of an old NES golf game which would be interesting to play. my only problem with it is why only give people a 24 hour trial of the game? Why couldn’t they have just made this game free to download like the previous game. This game is pretty much a game to show you what you can do with your WiiU much like Wii Sports was with the Wii. So why not let people download it for free? Or even do a special like they are doing with WiiFit were you have to get something to go with the game to get it for free. But lets move on to some news that I am always eager to see; A new Smash Bros. character. This time they introduce Rosalina and Luma. These two characters must becoming more and more popular because Nintendo seems to add them to a lot a there new games like Super Mario 3D World. I am not putting Rosalina down I have fond memories of  Super Mario Galaxy and it is one of my favorite games for the Wii. However I didn’t really think Rosalina was all that great of a character in the game cause you really didn’t learn anything about her other then Nintendo hinting that her and Peach my be sisters. But I am thrilled to see how she plays in Super Smash Bros after playing her in Super Mario 3D World. The video that they showed introducing Rosalina was kinda interesting and it made me wonder if this was the first part of a story mode that the game might have. Lastly we have Mario Kart 8 which is another game that I am interested in. Sonic All-stars Racing Transformed showed what a Kart game could be on the WiiU and it really thrills me to see what Nintendo can do on its own system.

Now I know that I left one announcement out from the top and I did that on purpose. Pokemon Bank is the one thing that I am most thrilled for. However, the reason I didn’t add it was because they didn’t really introduce anything new about it. Just like they said before you will be able to store up to 3,000 Pokemon on a cloud system and also transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2. The only new piece was that if you download it you will be given a free Celebi. Which make me happy cause this Pokemon is one of my favorite legendary Pokemon. The 27th can’t come fast enough!

In Conclusion, this is the final ND for 2013 and I believe that Nintendo was trying very hard to get those last minute Christmas shoppers and convince them to buy a Nintendo system. Did it work? Yes and no. Yes, they showed off what is coming soon and for the Nintendo gamers out there I think it worked really well. No, because for those who aren’t Nintendo fans there wasn’t a lot of third party titles like Call of Duty or something else that they announced. Most of the games featured in this video were first party titles. If Nintendo wants to grab people who are more Sony or Microsoft fans they have to get some third pary titles. To finish this I want to add a grade for the video and I think I will give this an –A. Why? Because it gets people excited for the new year as well as show that the WiiU still have some punch into it. But if Nintendo wants to compete with other systems they will have to start getting some more third party titles.