Monday, July 16, 2012

Bucket List of Games

I love to play games. And you know what, there are probably a million or so different games out there (many of which are probably similar to one another. I mean, how many times can you rename Slapjack, really?) But there are some games that before I die, I would love to play based off marketing campaign or word of mouth. And since Joe hasn't been able to tie me to a chair and force me to play all these games in one long sitting, I can still write this bucket list of games.

Smallworld: A strategic game that sounds a little like Risk, but with some awesome twists to the concept. One day I'll have enough time to play the game, but for now, it just looks friggin' awesome.

Heroclix: You control superhero figurines who have to fight against other superhero figurines. They keep coming up with various sets (and it's weird cause I keep hearing that this is supposed to be discontinued, but it seems like it's living strong.) But the game seems very unique and intriguing. Plus it's superheroes! It's a geek thing.

Shadowrun: I don't know what it is about this game that has me so intrigued. My brother played the RPG game in the mid-late 90s and, as always, never invited me to play. (I don't have younger brother syndrome or anything.) But as I saw a Kickstarter for a new Shadowrun video game, I got really intrigued to learn about this game my brother loved so much. A cyberpunk/fantasy is an awesome world to be in. I would love to get into this one day.

A full Dungeons & Dragons campaign: I've played D&D once. Don't really care to play it again except to try out a full campaign to see if I'm fully disinterested in it or if I really will enjoy it and immerse myself further into geekdom.

A color-wheel Magic: The Gathering game: Yeah, I've played Magic a lot. It's a game I love and know well. But there are many different ways to play the game. One of these is to have a five-player game where each player has a different color (or base color) and sits in the order of the color wheel: white, blue, black, red, green. (White and green are next to each other.) The goal for each player is to remove his/her enemy colors (the two people he/she is not sitting next to). So for white, this would be black and red. For blue this is red and green. And so forth. I just really like the idea. Well, either that or a five-player game where each person has a color and has to be the last one standing. Add the Planechase concept to it and it'd be an awesome game.

Batman: Arkham Asylum: Yeah, even a video game can get on the list. First, I love Batman. One of my favorite shows that KCAL 9 would show in So Cal was the 1960s Batman. But as I watched the Tim Burton Batman movies and the animated Batman series, I started to enjoy the darker feel that came with this character.

Ten-player Master Detective: Clue: I grew up loving traditional board games. Yes, I love chess. Yes, I love Monopoly. Yes, I love Sorry. And by all means, YES, I love Clue. But this version of Clue trumps all other versions of the game that has ever existed. Why? No friggin' clue. (How's that for a pun?) But you have more characters, more weapons, and more rooms. Also, it drops the hall (which I always found to be odd) and gives a not-so-even ratio between rooms, weapon, and players. I love it. Same game, just more. Sidenote: After months of being annoyed at eBay where the cheapest price for a used copy of the game was about $35, I found my copy of the game for $1.00 at a swap meet, which my cousin paid since I had spent the day helping her out with her own booth. I've played it like 5 times in my life, but I want to play it one day where all characters are being used.

Star Trek: Catan: It's Settlers of Catan set in the Star Trek universe. Do I geekily need to say more? I don't think so.

Well, that's 8 games I'd like to try/play one day.

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.

1 comment:

  1. Small world is a really fun/simple sort of game. I know at least two friends that have it!