Analog Gaming

Husband and I are friends with another nerdy couple. On occasion, they come over to our place and we play games together. Sometimes we provide the games, but more often than not, the other couple brings a board or card game with them to play when we’ve all tired of wandering around LA. The last time they visited, Husband and I provided the card game.

Illuminati – it’s a long game that is full of laughs even though it’s 20+ years old

I have many stories about Steve Jackson but the one pertinent to this post is:

Husband learned to  play Illuminati with Steve Jackson – the creator of this and many other games. Steve is a friend of a friend from the days we all spent in Austin. The decks we have are from 1995 and Husband got from Steve.

Here’s a peek at my first draw:

Going through the cards it’s clear some issues just never clear out of the pop culture zeitgeist. I present the cards for Bill and Hillary Clinton as evidence:

I think it’s especially funny when playing with people significantly younger than you are. It was soooooo much fun to explain some of the history of why the cards were even made. There is a Dan Quayle card! Imagine having to explain the horrible VP to people who barely remember who was president.

Here’s my favorite set up of the game:

Big Media controls science fiction fans and video games! Still part of the pop culture zeitgeist! I suggest reading up on the game to really understand how to play but, essentially, each player is an Illuminati faction and they control various groups for world domination.

Like D&D – it takes all day to play a proper game. Grab a deck, grab some trusted friends and deal the cards!

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Overwatch = Nerd Love

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I am loving Overwatch! I normally HATE first person shooters but this one has caught my attention. I started playing, at first, to help fill out a team with my hubs and few friends. Now…

Hi! I’m a nerd and an Overwatch addict. Thanks for having me here!

I am just as surprised as anyone else. I like the relatively short games and variety of character types. I tend to like the mid range, high damage characters the most. I don’t want to snipe and I don’t want to melle on the either.

To be fair – most of the rest of my team is already bored with the game but I keep playing away. Even though there are relatively few maps, no game is ever the same. Everyone who has played since the beginning knows the layouts pretty well so now it’s a matter of skill versus brute force. Every team has their own way of playing; it’s really interesting and challenging to go against a new team every round with a group that you or may not have played with before.

The cast of characters is amazing – they all require slightly different skill sets to appeal to the widest range of gamers possible.

My favorites are:

  • Pharah – high power, medium range. BONUS – She can FLY!
  • Bastion – high power, medium to long range. BONUS – he’s essentially mobile artillery
  • Lucio – medium power, medium to short range. BONUS – he heals the team by proximity and speeds them up
  • Zarya – short range, high power. BONUS – She can shield her team mates and herself temporarily

I may do a post about each and why I like them.

I only connect in game with people I know in real life so if you know me for real, drop me a line and I’ll add you to my friends list.

50 Nerds of Grey

If you are a nerd/geek/etc. and aren’t following this feed on twitter – go do it NOW! It’s HILARIOUS!

I really love the feed – there are some great puns in the vein of 50 Shades of grey. Both naughty and not at the same time.

These joke twitter feeds usually get a boring after awhile but whomever is running this one is doing a stand up job!