Aldershot

Check out Aldershot on his YouTube Channel.

The Luckiest T-Shirt

Check out our own Dan Morton and his Magic: the Gathering Podcast.

JermEx Machina

Drop by and see Jermex on his YouTube Channel.

MichaelBtheGameGenie

Go See MichaelBtheGameGenie on YouTube.

Wasteland 2: My thoughts and impressions



Hey every one.
I got wasteland 2 and is enjoying it so far. I made an impressions video for the game going into the mechanics, and it's value for dollars. I give some suggestions to help improve the game, and did my best to remain fair, but critical.)

Fallout Series on sale at GoG.com

The folks over at Gog.com have the first 3 Fallout games in the series (1, 2 and tactics) on sale for free for the next 24 hours! If you have never played these classics I'd suggest picking them up now! Did I forget to mention they are FREE.

STARBOUND: Impressions + bonus band practice!



Hey every one.
I'm really really enjoying the game! After 2 days i got over 35 hours pumpmed into it, after 3 days over 45+ hours!

I did a detailed impressions video on the game where we go into the game's mechanics, it's features, and what every thing starbound is about.

At the end of the video we also feature a bonus clip of our server playing in a band using the instrument "band" mechanic.

I would of released this video earlier, but Starbound distracted me :P

Check it out and let me know what you think. I always welcome feedback!

Below Kryll: Showcasing Levels I've created in game.



Hey every one, Below Kryll just got released on Steam Greenlight not long ago. To help support a super amazing game, I decided to do another video on Below Kryll.

If you're not fimiliar with Below Kryll, it's a online platformer where players create their own levels which then gets added to the world. All levels link together into one cohesive game, where every one is the designer. Essentially it's crowd sourced game design! I assure you, it is as amazing as it sounds!

 In this video I go through 2 levels I created myself in full detail. Yes, it's kind of a show off piece, but you know... narcissism :D

Greenlight BELOW KRYLL on Steam!! Do it... RIGHT NOW!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=197415097
Play Below Kryll right now!
https://belowkryll.com/
Watch Below Kryll's official trailer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhazc8D16M4

Previous episodes on Below Kryll:
Follow up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DIJEw8oWa4
First Impressions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFjacw9i1lc

Youtube channels mentioned in video:
JermEx Machina's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Jerm3xMachina
Gor's Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NewAgeRetroGamer

Below Kryll players mentioned / levels created by said members:
Aldershot's levels: https://game.belowkryll.com/web/profile/view/Aldershot
JermEx's levels: https://game.belowkryll.com/web/profile/view/JermEx
Zubit's levels: https://game.belowkryll.com/web/profile/view/zubit
Gor's levels: https://game.belowkryll.com/web/profile/view/Gors

Papers Please, a video Impression!


Hey every one, I made an impressions video on Paper Please. I enjoyed the crap out of the game and gave my honest thoughts about it, as well as going over it's mechanics, graphic style, and story as well. If any one is  wondering whither they should make the purchase, or just curious about the game, perhaps this video could prove useful to you.

Dive Kick. a video impression



Hey guys, I did a video on Dive Kick.
Dive kick is an indie fighter that breaks down the fighting genre to just 2 keys, diving, and kicking lol. In the video we'll take a critical but fair look over the mechanics, it's gimmicks, it's flaws and successes. 

Hope you guys enjoy it, i welcome feed back 

Impressions: Nether

Hey guys, we got an early access to the closed beta to Nether, the latest entry to the ever growing genre of survival horror sandbox. We go through the goods and bads and recommend if you should invest into this game or not.

Surgeon Simulator 2013 derpy first impression video

Today I play some Surgeon Similator 2013. It's one of the oddest games I've ever played. Check it out, and watch me derp.

Jumping on the Kryll Bandwagon

Hey guys, after Jerm talked so much about this game i decided to check it out myself. Worst mistake ever.... Now i'm hooked and totally addicted >.<

My fifth adventure Below Kryll!

Hiya folks! Check out my latest adventure Below Kryll ^_^

Let me know what you think! Did you like it? would you like to see more?

Warframe Beginner's guide part 3

Aldershot back with yet another video! This is part 3 of my "Warframe Beginner's guide" and we'll be talking about the controls. Warframe is a free to play action RPG, 3rd person shooter, space ninja, sdfhgsdksdhgdfzsgahgjfdesga,bvfdk,vbzdb,kxzdbffdkb every thing game. So if you're into that check it out. If you don't know what Warframe is, PERFECT! these guides im producing will help you get educated on the matter in a hurry. So check it out, let me know what you think, and hopefully I'll see you in game! Warframe

First Impressions: Mercenary Kings

Hey guys, this is my first impressions of "Mercenary Kings". A indie game released on steam this year. It's still in early access but the game feels very complete. Some of the best sound and visuals in a 2D sprite game I've played this year. Looks kind of like "Metal Slugs", but plays a whole lot like Megaman. Check it out!


Get the game on steam! 

Enslaved Quick Cut. An editing trial and perhaps a new series? o.O

Hey guys, Aldershot again. I spent 2 days learning as much and as quickly as I possibly could about video editing. This is the end result. Think of it as sort of a beta format that all other videos I'll be producing in the future. This is enslaved, recently released for steam, and a bit of an underground gem that the media forgot about. A fantastic game!

Click here for the steam store page!

100% Spoiler free Stanley Parable review! Also, greetings from Aldershot!

Hey there folks, long time creeper, second time poster! (I made 1 post a long time ago about Skyrim). Aldershot here, and I've joined your ranks of awesome people of awesome. AWESOME! I'll be posting original videos and art when ever I can, and maybe a few write ups as well, that's if you can bare through mi trrabad inglesh. The video I posted above is a 100% spoiler free Stanley Parable review. The thing about The Stanley Parable is, there are so many secrets, Easter eggs, and play variations, it's nearly impossible to review the game with out spoiling some thing major. All reviews so far, even written ones, features HUGE spoilers that will have a heavy impact on how you'll enjoy and perceive the game on your first play through. I've managed to come up with a way to review the game with out spoiling even the smallest ounce of the amazing shock and awe this game presents. If you have the time, feel free to take a look!

Download the demo and get the game here!

JermEx is back and he is still playing Below Kryll ^_^.

Howdy folks, I'm JermEx. I've rejoin the roster of writers here at NLgamer. A game called "Below Kryll" has recently captured the entirety of my attention. It's a 2d sandbox adventure game that is fuelled by player created content. You play as a ninja named Mitsu. Your quest is to expand your ninja arsenal and save/condemn the citizens of Kryll.

The game has recently undergone some significant additions! Races, music notes, ambient music-box, and more. I cover most of them in this video.
BUT! I forgot to mention the extremely rad snapshot feature >_<. It's awesome if you are a pixel art nut (like me). Check out some snapshots after the jump.

The First Casualty is Also Last Laugh



War games are notoriously one-sided as a general rule, and couple their themes with gameplay that usually boil down to slaughtering mass amounts of your foes, they’d be the last place I’d go to for a nuanced look. Yet a great place to start for my first post here!


With that in mind, I just noticed an upcoming release for PC on Steam just this morning and as both a gamer and a former-historian, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to write a bit about it. Simply put, Air Conflicts: Vietnam boasts one of the most incredible store pages I’ve ever seen.  


“Fight for freedom!” calls the video, though the freedom they speak of doesn’t appear to be the freedom from foreign rule that Vietnamese nationalists fought decades for. Maybe they meant it more philosophical, like freedom from the burden of choice. Or perhaps existentially, freedom from this mortal coil.


“As Democracy and Communism collide!” I guess the game makers were not aware that the US directly put a stop to democratic elections in Vietnam because they knew what the outcome would be and didn’t like it. Instead the US championed an unelected regime they installed which adamantly refused to allow a vote based on American insistence. Provincial chiefs were replaced almost entirely with military officers obedient to a man from New Jersey.


“Prepare for mind-blowing flight simulation with exotic landscapes,” that you destroy and leave permanently marred I presume, for that’s what the US did when it dumped chemical weapons on the beautiful landscape of Vietnam and carpet bombed the nation. Speaking of carpet bombing, the video loudly and proudly assures us you will be able to do that.

Beautiful landscapes... for you to destroy!


"The Vietnam War, one of the most explosive and violent wars of all time. You are Joe Thompson, an intrepid and patriotic pilot fighting to uphold the values of his country.” What a line! And what values! No, what values? Keep in mind the US was not in Vietnam to champion democracy, they did everything in their power to prevent democracy. The full weight of the worlds richest and most powerful state was brought to bear upon some Asian peasants to make sure a democratic outcome was not achieved.


Perhaps freedom from colonial rule like the US did in their own War of Independence? No to that too, as the US forced pre-Communist China to hand back over the country to France, whom it then supplied over 80% of the funding to fight the Vietnamese nationalists. That was all before the US stepped in to install its own unelected colonial regime, led by a Catholic out of Jersey to rule over a Buddhist nation.

Uh no, not quite.

You wouldn’t know this from the developers it seems, as their own page declares that the US “decide[s] to support South Vietnam in the fight against the communistic Vietcong troops.” Fair enough on second thought, the US would choose to support it's own puppet regime, right?


I’ve begun to wonder if the whole thing is a joke. Or a bait and switch, and maybe when the game comes out it’ll pull a trick on us all and manage to show a view of history that’s not completely deluded. Maybe the developers will have a bit of a laugh at us come launch day. As of right now the promotional material has set this game up to make all the first-person shooters out there to look incredibly deep and balanced by comparison.


It’s not out for another two weeks so there’s few answers for me to give, yet the promotional material for the game alone is awe inspiring, in the same way an avalanche is: From a distance.


In the academic field of history, even supposedly professional historians are usually heavily predisposed towards their own countries war narrative, yet the Vietnam war lives on as a controversial one in American history. Even American historians have acknowledged that the fight for independence that started with Ho Chi Minh was first and foremost a nationalist one, and not by any stretch of the imagination a vanguard of world communism.


While at the time, US government analyst, Douglas Pike, studied the “communistic” nationalists and concluded that they were not warriors, but simply organizers first, who were teaching autonomy to the villages that were so long ruled from across the world by European powers.

It’d do the game makers of today well to remember that instead of painting them as typical game fodder.

Campaign to Help a Friend of NLGamer, A Must Read

Dear Friends;
                My name is Christopher Higdon and I am writing to you today in regards to something that I feel most important and something not often discussed. What you don’t know about me is that I am a Step-father, a Fiancé and believe it or not I am a Trans Identified Male.  I have decided to take my transition to the next step and I am finally taking the steps to become the man I have always dreamt of becoming. A man that my Daughter can be proud to call “her daddy” and my Fiancé call “her Husband”.

                I dream of a day that I could wake and be proud of who I am, a day when I could look in a mirror and appreciate what I see. Many people I know can relate to this feeling of inadequacies but how many of you can look in a mirror and see a different gender, a completely different person then who feel you are.  I know this is incomprehensible to many people as they don’t understand how one can be of a different gender then assigned at birth.

This is why many of us hide who we are, we become burdened with a hatred for our own existence and many of us commit suicide. Some of us have learned how to cope with our feelings and were diagnosed with the medical condition called gender dysphoria. We are able to then receive hormone replacement therapy and have learned ways to present ourselves as the person we feel until such time as we have our gender reassignment surgery.

 One of the ways we are able to present ourselves as whom we feel inside is to bind our chest. In doing this we bind our breast tissue tight against our bodies until we achieve a more male look. For some that is much easier than others.  For some, like me, this is extremely difficult as we have larger chests. The result from binding can cause painful medical issues like: constricting your lungs and labored breathing, breast lumps, and even blisters and scars. These are physically painful and yet the emotional pain from being perceived as the wrong gender than how I feel is a much deeper pain and so I choose to continue to bind night and day.

These are just some of the reasons my chest reconstruction is a necessary life altering surgery and I am asking for all your help to raise the approximately 14,000.00 Canadian dollars necessary to complete my transition.  To raise the funds I have opened an Indiegogo campaign called “Chris’ Campaign” This Campaign goes live to accept funds on October 31st, 2013 a date that is important to me as it is my 6 year birthday as Christopher and 5 years on hormones.  You can preview the campaign on https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/5ef70ef7, and once live if you feel inclined you can contribute here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chris-campaign.

I am also accepting recyclables at Evergreen locations under account number 709-682-1312. I have perks based on contribution and ask that if you cannot donate that you please share this letter so that my story can reach all sides of the globe. Thank you for your continued support and acceptance.

Christopher Higdon


“I wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try, dreams are made possible when people try.” Terry Fox         

7 Days to Die

Thanks to A friend I was just introduced to 7 Days to Die which is described by the developers as
"an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game that is a unique mash up of First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games combining combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth."
I personally want to compare it to a combination of Minecraft and DayZ but I don't feel that does it justice.  Although it is essentially true I know thinking of the game this way will have you greatly underestimating how awesome it really is.

Just last night I sat down with JermEx and we played for a short while and we were both fairly impressed with the game.  Although there are some obvious flaws it plays well and seems fairly complete  for an Alpha 1 release.  So guys I suggest checking it out although some might think the $35 is a bit steep for such a game in alpha the developers have said all future updates will come with this deal and I am sure once you play it you will know it is well worth the money.

Xbox One’s Announced Release Title Line-Up

Hey all Check out the list below of the release titles for the Xbox One, what titles are going to make you go out an buy the new 'One'?

Note: This list is current as of August 19, 2013.

Titles in
bold are Xbox platform exclusives or exclusively first on Xbox

Titles
colored in green will have exclusive or timed exclusive content available on Xbox

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
Below (Capy Games, Microsoft Studios)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
D4 (Access Games, Microsoft Studios)
Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft Studios)
Destiny (Bungie, Activision)
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix, Disney Interactive)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare, Electronic Arts)
Dying Light (Techland, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
EA SPORTS UFC (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
FIFA 14 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix, Square Enix)
Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Halo Xbox One (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios)
Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
Kinect Sports Rivals (Rare, Microsoft Studios)
Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix 1st Production Department, Square Enix)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
LocoCycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
Mad Max (Avalanche Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
Madden NFL 25 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions, Konami)
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition (Mojang Studios, Microsoft Studios)
Mirror's Edge 2 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 14 (EA SPORTS, Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PopCap Games, Electronic Arts)
Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
Project Spark (Microsoft Studios)
Quantum Break (Remedy, Microsoft Studios)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE, Electronic Arts)
Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios)
The Crew (Ivory Towers, Ubisoft)
The Elder Scrolls Online (ZeniMax Online Studios, Bethesda Softworks)
The Evil Within (Tango Gameworks, Bethesda Softworks)
The LEGO Movie Videogame (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – North America)
Thief (Eidos Montreal, Square Enix)                              
Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment, Electronic Arts)*
Tom Clancy's The Division (Massive Entertainment, Ubisoft)
Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (MachineGames, Bethesda Softworks)
Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)

source http://news.xbox.com/2013/08/xbox-one-xbox-one-games-list

Red Meat Games Launch Steel and Steam Kickstarter


Hey All just a quick little blerb. Today local game company Red Meat Games launched a Kickstarter for their game Steel and Steam.  check it out and if your an  RPG fan Pledge to help this project succeed, and I'm not just saying that because I want to get the copy I have already pledged for.

check it out here


How do you catalog your Games?

I do consider myself a collector of retro games, although I may not have near as many as most of you I still have a collection I am proud of.  As of lately I have been going through my games and trying to find a way to catalog them because I have found many games missing, presumably lent to a friend and forgotten about by all.  This has left the question as to if I pay for something, find something free, or just use the old school excel spreadsheet.  Well I am much too cheep to wast good game money on software or web service to keep track of my growing collection and the idea of using a spreadsheet seemed just crazy, although as I write this I do think of the advantages of having it in a Google doc.

During my search I came across a great free tool Sisimizi Game Catalog which I started using immediately.

Sisimizi Game Catalog is a free, non-commercial database software to catalog and manage a personal video games collection. It supports games from all classic to the most recent video game consoles and computer systems. The program is based on Ant Movie Catalog and open source software under GPL. 

Introducing Ninja Cats Vs Samurai Dogs




Hey everyone, recently I was speaking to someone from Eutechnyx Limited which you may know for their various racing titles like Auto Club Revolution, Ferrari Challenge, and various Nascar titles.  They have developed a new game for iOS which I downloaded and played some of just last night.
The game is called Ninja Cats Vs Samurai Dogs and as silly as it may sound, it is actually a pretty fun game.  For those of you who like Plants Vs Zombies and other tower defense games it does have a similar feel in that there are several lanes and you have to stop your opponent from making it through your barricade.  There is also a story line and what I found cool was the skill tree so you can customize your strategy.

I highly suggest you all check it out and leave feedback for the developers, they are very interested to see what the market thinks, and remember constructive criticism is a great way to facilitate improvement for the next game. Also letting them know how awesome you think it is will also help them to keep doing a great job.  When leaving feedback it is suggested you use the appstore feedback or the Forums.

MichaelBtheGameGenie


Today I wanted to give a little intro for my most popular YouTube friend MichaelB.  I met Mike through another Mike several years ago and we hung out a fair bit and shared a lot of laughs over some time.  Due to our personal lives changing and all parties giving in to "responsibilities" of "adulthood" we really drifted apart but I still consider him a great friend and I hope that feeling is mutual.  Now given that little background you would think that through our conversations over the years one of us would at some point say "oh by the way dude I am actually a huge nerd!" but neither of us did.  It was actually just earlier this year that I was browsing YouTube for one of my favorite hobbies (retro gaming) and happened across a YouTube channel with a familiar face MichaelBtheGameGenie when I found it I immediately logged into my Facebook and messaged Mr B inquiring about the newly found common ground.

So Mr. B has a lot of great stuff on his channel, right now he has a few different shows including Game Genie Reviews, Video Game Nostalgia, Game Pickups from the New Adventure Island, MichaelB's Top 10 Lists, and NES Complete Collection Chronicles & Game Genie POV and I have to say after sitting and watching majority of his stuff in one sitting i can certainly see why he has over 1600 Subs.  With all that said I think you all should go check him out MichaelBtheGameGenie and subscribe if you haven't already done so.

I leave you  the latest Game Genie Review Batman Returns for the SNES

New Looking For Group Google Group

Hey Everyone NLGamer has created a new Google group for people to use as a LFG or Looking For Group for any game you may have interest in playing.  It is intended to allow individuals to find groups as well as groups find members. 

This group can be seen and joined by going to NLLFG or by going to the page on our site at nlgamer.ca so drop on by and see if you can find others playing the same games as you.

You may just find that group or member you have been looking for!

Adventuring Below Kryll with JermEx Machina

Most of you will know our good friend JermEx Machina, he has been a big part of this blog and is one of the biggest reasons we even exist. JermEx just started his own Youtube channel in which he has begun to adventure the game Below Kryll which is an Indie platform puzzler currently in a Limited alpha and features a world map completely generated by the users.

After watching JermEx's first video I immediatly went to the belowkryll.com and joined so I could be part of this really cool game.  The video's are very entertaining, as well as very informative for those thinking of playing.




So in short go check out JermEx Machina on His YouTube
and check out Below Kryll before the beta fills up.

Fluxx: The card game with ever changing rules!


This review is on five variations of Fluxx (Zombie Fluxx, Cthulhu Fluxx, Oz Fluxx, Martian Fluxx, and Star Fluxx), which all start with the same basics. Fluxx differs from most card games because the rules and conditions for winning are altered throughout the game via cards played. The variations add additional elements or change up the Keeper or Creeper cards, as outlined below.

The game starts out with just two basic rules, presented on a card placed in the play area at the start of the game: each player draws one card and plays one card during his or her turn.

In addition to this Basic Rules card, there are five types of cards in the core game: New Rule, Action, Keeper, Creeper, and Goal cards:
• New Rule cards change the rules or add other rules.
• Action cards allow the player to perform one-time actions, such as stealing cards or eliminating rules.
• Keeper cards are used to

Cheat for Charity: Success

I would like to thank everyone for coming out for Cheat for Charity. Hope you enjoyed it and had a wonderful time. We collected $300 in cash and I estimate at least $450 in food donations!

Thank you to the stores that donated prizes: Outcast Gaming, Midgard Gaming, Timemasters, Nether World, Downtown Comics, Happy Hummus Hut, Formosa Tea House, and J Korean. Also thanks to Scott Bartlett and Matthew Ledrew for their donations.

Finally, thank you to Chris Lansdell and Matthew Rose (of St. John's TableTop Community) for stepping up and running the Magic and Warhammer 40K tournaments respectively. And a special thanks to everyone at Goodwill Gaming for running FOUR tournaments at the event! And of course all of the staff at NLGamer, as well as Cheat for Charity committee members Peter Deal and Conrad Abbott, and volunteers Daniel Power and Chris Higdon.

Hopefully we will do this again in the near future and have double the amount of food and money donations. I hope everyone had a good time and enjoyed their day. Again, thanks on behalf of NLGamer.

Tournament Winners:

Warhammer 40K 
1st: Patrick Warren
2nd: Matt Rose
3rd: Martin Sharpe

Magic: the Gathering
1st: Chris Lansdell
2nd: Steve Jeffers
3rd: Chris Stoyles

Goodwill Gaming
Diddy Kong Racing: John Michael Bennett
Super Mario 64 Speed Run: Clay Burton
Pokemon Stadium: Kenneth DeWolfe
Goldeneye 007: Matthew Daniels

Heroes of the Blitzkrieg by Lock 'N Load Publishing


Heroes of the Blitzkrieg aims to emulate WWII blitzkrieg scenarios; players can take on the role of the German, French, or Belgian armies. The game's interactive impulse system keeps both players neck-deep in the action.

The game includes six geomorphic maps scaled at 50 meters per hex, approximately 510 counters, 16 skill cards, complete Lock 'N Load rules and module rules, 16 scenarios, player-aid charts and dice.

This game is on par with what you would expect from Lock 'N Load Publishing. The boards are beautiful. The maps are all hex-based and have gorgeous artwork. The counters are clear, detailed, well-cut and sturdy. The most impressive aspect is the artwork and quality of the scenario cards, which are kept separate from the rulebooks to ensure easy reference. The only drawback is the inclusion of overlays -- a necessary evil to keep map boards varied.
The Lock 'N Load rules system is based on squad-level tactical gaming. The rules are fast and the interactive/competitive dice rolling helps keep both players involved regardless of whose impulse it is. Most of the rules are vague and complex, especially for new players; the rules do, however, allow a player to try different scenarios to learn different rule aspects before tackling larger scenarios. Also, the mechanics effectively replicate challenges of firefights, but are abstract enough to actually allow players to fight a battle in near-real time once the game mechanics are understood.

The variable special rules, reinforcement arrivals and surprise events help provide some "fog of war" to the solo player, making the game as much fun playing alone as with others.

Heroes of the Blitzkrieg, in my opinion, earns 7/10.

What to do at Cheat for Charity if you Aren't Playing in a Tournament

The main focus of Cheat for Charity is of course the cheat mechanics that will be used in our tournaments. But what if you aren't planning to play in a tournament? How can you use your cheat tickets? Here are a few options.

Play it Straight

Obviously, the simplest thing to do is just play some games and ignore the cheat tickets. No problem with that!

Buy Some Time

A number of video game consoles will be set up by Goodwill Gaming. One ticket will buy 15 minutes of play on one of these consoles.

Good Karma

Many games incorporate some type of

Cheat for Charity Prize - Royal Flush By Scott Bartlett

Royal Flush is a quirky little novel that has been donated to us by a friend of NLgamer, Scott Bartlett. I'm in the process of reading it myself, and can say that it's good for a chuckle, and that I look forward to reading more. But you don't have to take my endorsement alone as evidence of the books quality, as Scott has been awarded the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize for his novel. Royal Flush will be raffled off as a door prize at our event. Thanks Scott!

You can read more about, and buy the book over at Scott's website.

Cheat for Charity - Magic: The Gathering Prizes From Midgard Gaming and Outcast Gaming

I'd like to thank Outcast Gaming and Midgard Gaming for donating a number of Magic: The Gathering packs to support Cheat for Charity. For anyone who plays Magic, it will be well worth your while to drop by the event and get a chance to win some of these. Even if you are just a beginner, the intro packs can be a great way to get into the game! The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the intro packs is about $15, while the price for the the event deck is about $25.

Update (June 20, 2013, 2:00 pm): Whoever places first in the Magic tournament will pick three of these packs, then whoever places second will pick two packs from those remaining, and then whoever places third will pick one pack from those remaining. The three left over will be randomly drawn for as door prizes at the end of the night.

Update (June 20, 2013, 6:00 pm): The format for the Magic tournament will be half Modern, half Standard. Don't have a Standard or Modern deck? NO PROBLEM! You can buy proxies! One ticket gets you the first four proxies, with each two proxies beyond the first four costing an additional ticket.

Update (June 21, 2013, 1:00 pm): The tournament will start at 2 pm. You can proxy any card in the format. Please make and bring along your own proxies! For more details on how cheat tickets will be distributed check the bottom of this post.

Tank on Tank - Lock 'N Load Publishing

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Tank on Tank , created by Lock 'N Load Publishing, is a small board game consisting of 40 playing counters, 2 8.5" x 11" game maps, a players' aid card, rule and scenario booklet, and dice.
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Tank on Tank depicts tactical ground combat in Europe in the latter years of World War II. It's not to scale, as it's suggested to be focused on tactics. The American units involved are Shermans, Wolverines, Priests, infantry and the anti-tank guns that fight alongside them. The German  tanks consist of Panzer IVs, Tigers, WESPEs, and the infantry and their anti-tank guns.

The back of the box claims Tank on Tank is a "smaller game that can be learned in less then five minutes and played during a lunch break."  I found that can be true for those who have been into tactical games for a while; however, those who haven't will find this game to be a little more difficult. The terms used in the rule and scenario booklet will be familiar to those who already have the knowledge of tactical war games; Wikipedia helped me out in this regard.

The gameplay itself can be completed in as little as 15 minutes depending on your level of tactical knowledge; for newer players, it could take upwards of 45 minutes. The game can be played solitary or against a friend. Playing solo does, of course, take away the aspect of having the opponent as an umpire -- which is beneficial, as your foe draws an action point value and doesn't reveal it until you have expended that many points, creating a clever fog-of-war system. The game does have its luck-based elements, such as rolling the dice for shots fired, but really, even in war they aren't all hits (and it was mostly luck).

I found this game to be a little over priced for the details on the components. The maps are printed on a high-gloss thick paper and are quite flimsy; this does, however, make it easy to transport if you are using this as a quick go-to for lunch breaks at the office. The counters were of excellent sturdiness but, much like the game maps, lacking in artwork.

If you like a quick tactical game, this one is a good go-to. Really, what other game do you own that you can set up in 5 minutes and play in 15? If you are looking for a scale game with factors like weather, morale, smoke, detailed terrain etc., you may want to look elsewhere, as you would be highly disappointed -- and what did you expect? I did tell you it was based on tactics!  

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Cheat for Charity Prizes from Nether World Collectibles!


We've posted a few prizes that will be available to win at Cheat for Charity. We'd now like to thanks Nether World Collectibles for donating the prizes below. Their generosity is greatly appreciated, and both of these games look like a lot of fun. Kind of jealous I won't be able to win Zombiegeddon! Remember, you get a chance to win these just by attending the event. Just come along and donate what you can.
Retail Price: 25.00
Players try to bring the city-states of ancient Sumer to the fore. Each turn, players boost the importance of one of the city-states by flooding it with their traders, boosting its power. Each time a city-state gains power, one will lose power; the aim is to gain control of the pre-eminent city-states during the scoring rounds at the end of each dynasty. Players have to time their movements, as a city-state can quickly lose favour. (Taken from BoardGameGeek.com).

Suggested Retail Price: 25.00
Well, it was nice while it lasted! You have gotten word that the end is near, and Armageddon is right around the corner -- actually, it begins tonight! Since it may be a while before you can get to the store, today would be a good time to gather as many supplies as possible. After all, tomorrow might be the beginning of a long, cold, (nuclear) winter!

Reiner Knizia’s Zombiegeddon is a fast-paced, perfect-information strategy game. Each player spends the first half of the game rushing around the board collecting supplies and trying to stop your pesky neighbors from taking stuff that is rightfully yours -- at least as far as you are concerned! (Taken from TwilightCreationsInc.com)

Cheat for Charity Prizes From Timemasters!

Thank you to Timemasters for graciously donating these great prizes for the Cheat for Charity Warhammer 40K tournament, being run by Matt Rose of St. John's TableTop Community. If you attend St. John's TableTop Community's Warhammer 40K Kill Team league, or would like to give the format a try, these sets are an excellent choice. Each can be used to build a Kill Team, and offers many options for customization. The player that ranks first place will get first choice between the two sets, while the player that ranks in second place will get the remaining set.

Grey Knights - Retail Price: $39.50
The Grey Knights are the most mysterious of all the Imperium's many organisations. The most advanced psychosurgery and bioengineering is used to condition them into the mightiest warriors in the galaxy, immune to fear and sights that would destroy the sanity of lesser mortals. The Grey Knights are the unflinching hammer with which the Ordo Malleus smites the forces of Chaos.

This multi-part plastic boxed set contains 118 components, which you can assemble as a Grey Knight Strike Squad, a Grey Knight Interceptor Squad, a Grey Knight Purifier Squad or a Grey Knight Purgation Squad. There are enough parts to make five Grey Knights with Nemesis force swords and the option to build one of them as a Justicar. There are also unit upgrades including Nemesis falchions, Nemesis force halberds, a Nemesis Daemon hammer, a Nemesis warding stave, two psycannons, a psilencer and an incinerator. This set includes five Grey Knights and five 25mm round closed bases. (Taken from Games-Workshop.com)

Space Marines Tactical Squad - Retail Price: $44.75

Tactical squads are the most numerous in a chapter and form the backbone of a fighting force. As their name suggests, they are highly flexible having the tactical adaptability to deal with virtually any foe. Armed primarily with the holy bolter, some squad members carry more specialised weapons such as the plasma or meltagun.

This box set contains 10 multi-part plastic Space Marines, and includes a host of additional parts enabling you to make a Sergeant with a variety of weapon and wargear options, make a special weapon trooper with a choice of special weapon, and add extra details to the rest of your squad. Models supplied with 25mm round bases. (Taken from Games-Workshop.com)

Help Milo the Dog Beat Cancer!

Just saw this post on St. John's Tabletop Community's Facebook page and wanted to share it with you all.

"Hello ladies and gents,

A member of the St. John's gaming community has recently had some bad news. Jeff Locke's dog Milo has been Diagnosed with cancer. Milo urgently needs some serious veterinary attention to make it through and in some serious need of some funds to be raised for his cause.

Brad, from Outcast Gaming stepped up and provided us with a venue on short notice for a warmachine and hordes benefit event. If you are familiar with the game or want to learn, this is a great opportunity to get some games in, learn or just look at some pretty models. And yes, we all know what kind of models.

The Milo Melee!

Help Milo the dog beat cancer!

Warmachine/Hordes!

5:00 start at Outcast gaming, 116 Duckworth street

20$ entry

25 pt custom zone control scenario.

dice rerolls! 1$ per die re-rolled! (1 die= 1$, 2 but 3 dice= 3$)

Damage shifting! move the damage a column to the left or right on a damage grid for a beast or jack, 1$

First prize is a watercolor painting of the winning caster/lock

More prize support to be announced.

Loaner armies are available!

Come one, come all and help Milo beat cancer!"

Just saw this post on St. John's Tabletop Community's Facebook page and wanted to share it with you all. The event will be taking place June 14, at 5:00 pm. I urge anyone that plays Warmachine/Hordes to join in on this event. Even if you don't, there's no reason you can't drop by to watch and donate a little money to help the cause!

Cheat for Charity Prizes From Downtown Comics!


A big thank you to Downtown Comics for donating these prizes toward Cheat for Charity. If you want a crack at winning one of these prizes, all you have to do is attend the event! Entry is by donation, so just donate what you can. We are accepting non-perishable food items or money. All proceeds will go to support the Canadian Food Sharing Association.

Retail Price: 29.99
Based on the epic HBO series, Game of Thrones is a card game in which two players wage war in the fields of Westeros and conspire to crush their opponents at court in King's Landing. Two fixed, fifty-card decks allow players to take control of either House Lannister or House Stark. Each deck includes the show's most recognizable characters and locations, including Eddard Stark, Cersei Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Littlefinger, and Jon Snow.

Game of Thrones streamlines the rules of A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, the core set of the living card game series, to make it more accessible to a wider audience. (Taken from BoardGameGeek.com)

Retail Price: $40.00
Celebrating the 65th anniversary of Stan Lee’s employment at Marvel Comics! In five all-new 10-page tales written by "The Man" himself, Stan meets his web-slinging creation, journeys to Greenwich Village to catch up with his old pal Doctor Strange, is abducted to Latveria by the sinister Doctor Doom, makes the mistake of bicycling past Yancy Street and surfs the stars with a certain silver-skinned space-farer! Plus: Today's hottest writers and artists pay homage to Stan's life and career in five new 10-page stories. Also featuring classic Stan-scripted stories from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #87, FANTASTIC FOUR #79 and #87, MARVEL PREMIERE #3, and SILVER SURFER #14! Collecting STAN LEE MEETS SPIDER-MAN, DR. STRANGE, DR. DOOM, THE THING and SILVER SURFER. (Taken from Marvel.com)