Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Gaming A-Z

R.a.n.t. for month of April
I know it's been a while since I've posted. To be honest, I've been in kind of a funk.
I feel like my writing is not all that great, and I've not been very motivated to do much writing.
But I miss it, and I wanted to let everyone know I'm still around, just laying low for awhile.
It's possible I will be back. I also want to let everyone who stopped by my last post and left a comment, that I am sorry I never got back to you with a reply. I shall endeavour to get back to everyone, at least by stopping by their blog and saying hi.

What sucks the most for me now, I'm missing a feature I got involved in two years ago; the A-Z posting in April. So I have decided to do at least one post this month, and see where I go from here.

Enough blah, blah. Since I am missing the April A-Z which I love so much, I will include a fun (I hope) A-Z in this post. This is the proposed A-Z I was planning for this year. Perhaps, I will use this next year and expand on it, if indeed, I get back to writing. Once again, thanks for stopping by.

Jeffrey Scott's A-Z favourite games

A is for Angry Birds
Type: Computer
A fun game I love to play to kill time.

B is for Boss Monster
Type: Card Game
My son asked me to get this.
Essentially, you are the boss of a side scrolling video game (and yet it's a card game. Go figure).
Your goal is to make the hardest castle for the other players to battle. Can you make sure they die in your dungeon before you die trying to run theirs?

C is for Carcassonne
Type: Tile Game
The object is to lay down tiles to form the best kingdom possible. Included on each tile is either a city, a road and/or a field. Each tile interconnects with one another. Depending on how you lay down the tiles, you can score more points. Use your "meeple" to indicate which city, road or field is yours. At the end of the game, the person with the most points, wins the game.

D is for Dealers Choice
Type: Card/Board Game
You are the owner of a sketchy car lot. Your goal is to pawn off your crappy cars to potential buyers.
But beware, you may accidentally sell a classic car worth more than you realize. As the game progresses, you also have to shop around at the other car lots. Will you get a deal? Or will you, yourself, get stuck with a lemon?
This is a classic game from the 70's that was always a family favourite. I recently purchased it online to play once again.

E is for Expansions
Type: Various
Expansions is not a game in itself. An expansion is actually an add-on to a previously released game.
Generally for card games, it also can add on to existing board games.
As an example, one of my favourite games, Dominion, is a card game with a base set of cards. The goal is to score the most points by collecting cards with Victory points on them. But to help you acquire those, you can purchase additional money or action cards. Each card help in a unique way. With the expansion, you have a greater set of cards to select from.
Buying an expansion is a great way to enhance a game you love, but is not required to purchase if you are not fond of the game. The core game is playable by itself.

F is for Firefly the Game
Type: Board Game with Miniatures placed on a galactic map.
Based on the Cult Classic TV show. In Firefly, you are the captain of your of ship. There are different game winning goals, can you be the first person to complete the winning goal before other captains? Fly around the 'verse, hire crew, take on odd jobs, and win the game. But keep on your toes and don't let the Reavers capture you.

G is for Gammarauders
Type: Card Game / Board Game
You live in a time after a horrific atomic war. Large creatures have mutated. Fortunately, you have captured one of these creatures and you must battle other bioborg to gain control of the world. Cards included in the game, give your bioborg grafted weapons, which will help insure you can defeat the other mutated monsters. As an older game, this was one of the first games I ever found that broke out of the pure 'board' game format.

H is for Heroclix
Type: Miniature
Heroclix is a game with miniatures of your favourite super heroes. Each minature has a card that tells you how to use it. Each miniature is different, i.e. it has different super powers. Your goal is to fight a rival super hero team. Can your heroes/villains defeat your opponents heroes/villains?
Depending on the version you buy, you can be either DC or Marvel heroes. There are also Star Trek type ship battles available, and a few other interesting versions. This game relies heavily on expansions.

I is for Intellivision
Type: Video Game Console
Back in the time when not everyone owned a video game console, my family owned the Intellivision game console. This was awesome at the time. The graphics were far superior to that of the Atari 2600 and there were even a few games that could TALK!!! Can you believe that? I video game system where you could actually hear it talking to you? One of my favourite games was called 'Space Spartans'. It was like Star Wars. It was simply amazing. As you flew through space fighting wave after wave of tie-fighter type ships, the computer would let you know when your ship was damaged, which feature was damaged and how far repairs were progressing. This was no side-scrolling game. It was simply jaw-dropping. To this day, I would play it if I were to find it.

J is for Jenga
Type: Family Game
I think most people I know have actually played this game at one time or another. The goal is simple. Take a piece from the bottom of this wooden structure, and place it at the top of the structure without making the entire structure fall over. The person who makes the tower fall, loses the game.

K is for Kerplunk
Type: Family Game
This was another of my favourites growing up, though we never owned it. Probably a good reason for that. The game was a cylinder tube with sticks poking through the tube. On top of all the sticks, were a pile of marbles. Each player in turn would remove one of the sticks, releasing more and more of the marbles below. The person who released the most marbles lost the game. AS you can imagine, it could be a very loud game to play at times. Especially when you have five other siblings and a mother and father who simply wanted some quiet.

L is for Love Letter
Type: Gard Game
This is a real quick game. The goal is to end the game with the highest point value card. Each card allows you to do something different. Change cards with another player, discard your lowest point value card, play a card to make you immune from other attacks. The possibilities are endless. The game is fast paced and you can complete a game in under ten minutes. A great filler game to play during a family game night.

M is for Mad Magazine
Type: Board Game
This game is a spoof of Monopoly. As you might imagine, Mad Magazine is played in a ridiculous way. The object of this game is to be the first person to LOSE all your money. That's right. You don't want to win. The player who wins this game, actually loses and the player who loses, actually wins the game. Can you lose all your money before everyone else? Be careful, you might be on the verge of losing all your money, when you are suddenly forced to either exchange money or even change your seat (leaving your money) with another player. Cards and stunts you perform can also help you lose more money.

N is for No Man's Sky
Type: Video Game
This is a new game released last year. It's a space exploration game. The goal is to get to the centre of the universe and explore the galaxy. As a procedurally generated game, each planet you visit is slightly different. From planet to planet the flora and fauna you discover changes. Also, each planet has different minerals you can mine. As you continue to explore, you can enhance your starship, find a better starship and build a home base. It's a great time waster and is essentially a solo game with little to no interaction with other players.

O is for Once Upon a Time
Type: Story Telling / Card
This is a very unique game. The goal of the game is to tell a fairy tale, utilizing the cards you have drawn. Every player has a specific card telling them how the story should end. As you play the game, others can interrupt your story (with specific cards) which will allow them to continue the story in hopes of finishing the story the way they need to. Each player also have specific elements they need to add to the story before they can conclude it. One player may need to make sure a dragon is included in the story, another player may need to make sure a room full of gold is found somewhere in the story, or a wicked step-mother or... well, you get the point.

P is for Pizza Party
Type: Dice
Another quick game. The goal is to completely fill a pizza pie with all the required toppings. The first person to do so, wins. Each die depicts different toppings to put on your selected pizza. To match the toppings on your pizza, you must roll the die. When it matches what you are looking for, you place it on your pizza. Hurry, finish the pizza before your opponent does.

Q is for Qix
Type: Arcade Game
Back in the day, you went to an arcade to play video games. This, along with Tron, was one of my favourites. The object was to surround an energy beam in the centre of the screen. In order to do this, you simply drew lines to make boxes. When the box is filled, you score points. But if the energy beam catches you before you complete the box, you lose a life. Can you completely surround the energy in boxes, or will he catch you before you can finish?

R is for Risk
Type: Board Game
Would you like to play a game? How about world domination? This is quite a safe way to control the world. And no one has to die. At least not in real life. The goal is to place troops in different countries and use those troops to battle other countries. If you can are skilled enough, you can take over other countries without losing the countries you currently hold. If you can do that one simple thing, you will control the world. Of course, your competitors are trying to do the same thing. Who will control the world, will it be you?

S is for Star Trek CCG
Type: Card Game
This is another game that relied heavily on expansion card packs you purchase in the store. The object of the game was to fly around the universe, attempt missions on various planets and score mission points. The first to 100 points wins the game. This game was unique in that you could play with any number of different factions. You could play with any number of different factions: Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Borg, Ferengi, Bajoran, Cardassian and more. With different 'treaty' cards you could even play with two different factions. You start the game with one outpost and you 'report' ships and crew to that location. When you think you have a decent crew and a decent ship, you can explore the galaxy. Be careful though, different planets and missions require specific player types to complete. To complete, you might need one of many different skills, Computer Skill, Medical, Officer, Science, Security, Astrophysics and many, many more. Truly, the possibilities were endless.

T is for Trivial Pursuit
Type: Board / Trivia
How good are you at trivia? You'll find out in this game. A classic game with many different variations out now. I have a few variants including: Doctor Who, The 80's, Saturday Night Live and Star Wars. Are you as good at trivia as I am? Let's find out.

U is for Utopia
Type: Video Game
A video game that goes with the Intellivision system, this was one of my favourite games. Not only could you play with another person, you could play alone if you were bored, against the computer. Each player must build up their island to the most perfect utopia possible before time runs out. In peace mode, you each tend to your own countries and fear the awful weather patterns that transpire. Or if you want to be evil, you can create PT boats to destroy your opponents fishing boats and place rebels in their country.

V is for Vector TD
Type: Computer Game / Tower Defence
Just another version of a tower defence game. The goal is to set 'towers' which shoot at to eliminate 'creeps' that scroll across your computer board. There are various towers you can place and you can make each tower stronger.

W is for Water Works
Type: Card Game
A classic card game. One of my families favourites. In this game, you are a plumber (naming yourself Mario is optional) and must lay a set of pipes leading from the tap valve to the faucet. Your opponents will try to lay leaking pipes for you to fix. If they do so, you must repair the leak before you can proceed. Can you finish your set of pipes before everyone else?

X is for X-Wing
Type: Miniature
This is actually a game I do not have, but would love to get into it if I knew enough people that would like to play. This is also another game that relies on picking up expansion ships. As you may imagine, the goal of this game is to fly around the map destroying all the other players ships. Every possible ship you can think of can be acquired in this game (each sold separately, of course). This makes the game rather expansion to collect and play. Part of the reason I have not picked this up yet.

Y is for Yahtzee
Type: Dice Game
Yet another game I don't think I really need to explain. You don't really even need to purchase the game as long as you own five dice. The object is to get the best score. Playable with others or solo. You can purchase game sheets or you can find ones online or just simply scribble on your own scratch paper. A fun and easy game for yourself or with a small group of people.

Z is for  Zelda
Type: Video Game
Okay, so I'm cheating a little with this one. The official title is the Legend of Zelda. However, most people I know simply call it Zelda, or the Zelda series as there are many games in the Zelda series. Though most people think the lead character is named Zelda, in fact his name is Link. Your goal is to walk the land, collect various objects in your quest to complete the game. Each item helps assist you in completing the game and defeating the boss monsters, and then finally, Gannon. How long will it take you to complete the game?

Which games sounds the most interesting to you?
Do you own any of these games?
Do they sound fun?
Would you like to learn more?
Would this be a good A-Z list to expound on at another time?
Would you play / have you played any of these games?


  1. Good to hear from you!
    Can't go wrong with a Firefly game.
    We still play a lot of games at my house, many of the trivia games. (Movies and music - no surprise there.)
    No Challenge for me this year. Taking time off instead.

    1. Yea, I really wanted to do the challenge. As you can see, I even had a list prepared. Sometimes, we all need a little time off.

  2. Some of these are classics, especially Trivial Pursuit and Yahtzee. You could play it without buying the game, but you'd have to find a scorecard so you'd know how many points everything was worth.

    John Holton
    A to Z Challenge Co-Host

    1. Sometimes the classics are the best. Which is why I've included them in my list. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Such a great post as a comeback!!! Take care of yourself and prayers that the funk subsides.

    1. Thanks. Ho0pe you have had time to play a few of these games.
      Yes, perhaps I'll be back soon.
      No promises though.

  4. Hey there, Jeffrey!

    It's nice to see you again, good buddy. Being rather long in the tooth (aka ancient) and not much of a gamer, I only knew a few of these 26 different games you listed and I am in awe of you for thinking of them. Pizza Party sounds like fun if real pizza is being used.

    Take care of yourself, good buddy. I hope to see you again soon!

    1. There are so many games out now, I can't imagine possibly knowing them all myself. Everyone has their own favourites.
      I actually got the Pizza Party for a friend of mine who absolutely LOVES pizza.

  5. So nice to see you, Jeffrey! ☺ You have been missed. I'm not a gamer, so don't know many of these. I am good at trivial pursuit, since my head is full of useless information. 'Once Upon a Time' sounds challenging and creative.

    Best wishes and hope to see you again, soon. Cheers!

    1. Yes, 'Once Upon a Time' is the only story telling based game I am aware of. You have to be creative. Anytime you stumble for a thought, that is when others can interrupt your story.
      It certainly keeps you on your toes and makes you think.

  6. Nice to see you are still around. I think we all are own worse critics sometimes. Some of the games were blast from the pasts and some I had never heard of before. It is an impressive list.

    1. Yep, I'm certainly my own worst critic.
      Glad you remembered a few of these games.
      What's kind of cool/sad is the number of games not included in this list that I own. I tried to limit the list to one per game.

  7. Hi Jeffrey - good to see you around .. and yes we all need time away sometimes. Love these - I've only scanned but will be back to look through ... Jenga caught my eye and we play that ... I expect it'll be out at Easter ...

    Take care and look after yourself ... cheers Hilary

    1. Jenga is always a great family game. It seems to be the game that makes the most noise any way. Odd how the game can be so intense at times and create such reactions from those playing it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hiya Jeffery, I'm glad you made it back for the big A2Z challenge! One of my favorite multi-player board games is Aggravation. When the kids were little and we'd visit the in-laws, we all loved playing Aggravation with my FIL around the table. My MIL wasn't big into games. However, my FIL likes playing board games and our kids just loved playing with Papaw. In fact, it was my FIL who taught me how to play Spider Solitaire. I have this game on my phone and usually play it every day. Another good game I enjoy and haven't played in forever is Backgammon. We used to pull the ole Backgammon board out every Sunday with the children and I taking turns going against DH. He's good at it. I rarely win against him. Thanks for popping in for a visit and please feel free to visit when you have time to check out my latest A2Z Art Sketching Through the Alphabet contribution. Be well, my friend and God bless!

    1. I love Spider Solitaire too, in fact I have been playing it on my phone a lot lately.
      Wow, for a gamer such as myself, I've never heard of this game, Aggravation. Sounds like you've had some great times with family playing it. Which is what it's all about.

  9. Hey Jeffrey. Thanks for coming by my place and coaxing me out of my temporary state of unpluggedness... :)
    I have to admit though: it feels good to take a break, doesn't it? I do miss everybody though and will be getting back to Battle of the Bands in a month or so... I definitely am bummed that I bailed on the A-Z this year though. I had half my posts done (One-Hit Wonders of the 70s) but just didn't feel it this time around. Like you I just plain and simple needed a break.

    I think your A-Z Games is a great idea! I'm not much of a games person: just the basics: I've always liked Monopoly, loved playing Trouble when I was a kid, have great memories of playing Yahtzee with the family. I'm really a loser when it comes to computer games. I did Angry Birds a few times and enjoyed it while I was playing it but I'm just not into computer games for some reason. I will say though that I used to totally kick ass back in the day at PacMan! Oh, and Pictionary is a BLAST when everyone is stoned... :)

    It's great to connect again Jeffrey. Maybe we'll both come back to blogging at the same time... Take good care and enjoy yourself!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. I think sometimes we all need a break. From one thing or another. It's when we start getting the bug to go back that we realize how much we actually miss it. But yes, a break is certainly what I needed and still unsure when I will be back 100%
      You've listed some great games. I know how it is when a game is fun while you play it, but then you walk away from it for a bit and don't seem to miss it so much. Much unlike blogging for me.

      Yes, it's very possible we will both be back at blogging at the same time. That would certainly be interesting.

  10. Hey Jeffrey, this would have been a GREAT A to Z! I remember playing Intellivision with my husband when we were first married. Our favorite game was Burger Time. Wish that one was still around. Thanks for sharing this and nice to see you!
    E is for Elton John

    1. I loved Burger Time too.
      Did you know you can play that online now?
      It's great for nostalgia.
      I shall endeavour to participate next year and go with this list. I'm hoping to flesh it out with photos, more detail and perhaps a video of the game play.

  11. Hope you'll start blogging again. Don't beat yourself up about the writing--you do just fine. And I for one always enjoyed your posts. I especially miss your BOTB posts which were clever and interesting.

    A lot a games I've never heard of as well as some that I've played often. My favorites from your list are Trivial Pursuit and Yahtzee. Kerplunk and Jenga were also fun. I think the only game we have around our house now is an unopened "Apples to Apples" which we haven't played because there is never anyone besides my wife and I here. If I were to buy another game it would be Scrabble which is my all time favorite game. I love playing Scrabble.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  12. Angry birds, Yatzee, Zelda... I almost got the Firefly board game. It looked good, but it was a little bit too pricey for my budget, and the reality is, I can barely stand Monopoly. What made me think I could sit through two to four hours of Firefly? (Unless it's on DVD.)

  13. I haven't played video games in ages. I used to like Lara Croft and Crash Bandicoot. Super Mario Bros and Kirby.

  14. Just passing by to say hello and hope you're doing well. Miss you and especially your Battle of the Bands posts.

    All the best for the future.

    Tossing It Out

  15. I am not a fan of playing video game. It looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Its like Captain Kirk says to Bones "Damit Bones I need you... Badly" haha well Merry Christmas Jeff