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August 24, 2016 / Jett

Avoiding Disappointment With Your Board Game Purchases

Oceania Board GameNot every board game is going to meet your expectations. This is true with all things in life. However, it sucks more when you buy a big box board game and it’s a bust. With a physical copy of a disappointing video game, you can easily sell it back to the store for credit. With no easy way of unloading a disappointing board game, it’ll either take up space and collect dust on your shelf, or you’re going to have to actively move it through Kijiji or Board Game Geek.

As hard as we try to avoid it, there will be times when we add lemons to our collection. The best we can do is to try and avoid them. Here’s some tips on how to minimize your losses.

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August 21, 2016 / Jett

Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great Review

Within the realm of board gaming enthusiasts, Animal Upon Animal is highly regarded as one of the best children’s games on the market. This game still eludes me, though I did get a chance to play its mini version. Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great! features tiny wooden animals in a tiny box. Besides its small footprint, this one shrinks the player count, as only two players can enjoy this game instead of three or four like the original. I can’t really provide an opinion on how the two compare, but I can tell you about how much I enjoyed this animal stacking game.

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August 18, 2016 / Jett

Street Fighter V Ibuki (Aozaki_Kyo) vs. Rashid (jettFTW)

Aozaki_Kyo immediately caught my eye with his ridiculously high ranking. Then he caught me with a beatdown using an Ibuki that’s less than a week old. Turns out, he’s also known as KusanagiMX, who placed 3rd at Japonawa X only behind Julio Fuentes and Chris Tatarian.

After the initial shock, I would settle down and give him a better fight. However, who knows how scary he could be if he keeps practicing this character. Maybe we’ll cross paths again!

Highlights

aozaki_kyo dizzy combo

Ibuki empties the kunai clip on me in a sweet combo


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I keep him locked in the corner until eventually breaking his defenses


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August 16, 2016 / Jett

Pokemon Go and the Use of Tracking Apps Like Pokevision

During my first few days of playing Pokemon Go, and impressive bird-like shadow appeared in my Nearby section. Wanting to strike before it disappeared, I rushed out of my home, trying my best to catch it. Unfortunately, I never actually encountered it. Using the old Nearby system, I wandered in circles with no meaningful way of tracking my progress. As it turned out, the game was actually glitched during that time where the steps weren’t decreasing in count as you got closer. I’ve done many embarrassing things in my day, but aimlessly walking around a kids playground as parents curiously watched me was up there.

After this incident, I started using Pokevision. Unlike the Nearby system or the crowdsourced solutions that were popular early on, Pokevision taps directly into the game’s API to show the exact locations of nearby pokemon, as well as how long they’ll be there. Whether you view it as cheating or as a valuable tool for catching them all, it’s certainly a game-changer.

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August 14, 2016 / Jett

Council of Verona Review

Council of Verona is a card game set in the Romeo and Juliet universe. Featuring the legendary star-crossed lovers as well as their supporting cast, this is a card game revolving around your actions as citizens in Verona trying to influence the events between the Montague and Capulet families. This may not be the most obvious focus for a Romeo and Juliet game, but does that make for a game that could catch you by surprise? Read more…

August 10, 2016 / Jett

Street Fighter V F.A.N.G (skisonic) vs. Rashid (jettFTW)

Best known for his work as a fighting game commentator and as a top 8 Evo finalist in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, I just so happened to run into Skisonic in Street Fighter V ranked matches. Check out how I fared against this prevalent fighting game personality!


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August 9, 2016 / Jett

Playing Pokemon Go at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in Toronto

Pokemon Go Jack Layton Ferry TerminalJack Layton Ferry Terminal in Toronto shuttles 25,000 people per day to-and-from Toronto Island. Over the past few weeks, it’s also been the hottest place for Pokemon Go players to congregate and catch them all. What makes it so appealing is that there are four overlapping PokeStops that are constantly equipped with lures. Furthermore, its geographic location by the water makes it a prime spot for land and water-based pokemon.

The ferry terminal has been so hot that it’s appeared on the local news. Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. Due to the increased traffic and players getting in the way of people that actually need to use the ferry, the city has asked for the PokeStops to be moved or removed entirely. Before Niantic shuts this down, Steff and I made the pilgrimage to Toronto’s pokemon Valhalla.

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