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I am no connoisseur of board games. I am not the DM that knows the ins and outs of a campaign. Or a pro at buying all the appropriate properties in monopoly with an errant disregard for my opponents wallets. However, I am a lover of all these things, an expert at fun and a consumer—so let’s start there.
I had the pleasure of demo play with Livestock Uprising, a board game by Dog Might, the creators of which are Michigan natives. Already my interest was piqued before the game even began. In this line of work with examining press assets first hand you hit the stumbling blocks with independent ventures. All that glitters isn’t gold. I have had to learn that the hard way. But as I stared at the game board comprised of resource tiles and terrain (Catan players will understand perfectly), I was excited to start.
Livestock Uprising is an uplifting and all around brilliant creation. #ownit
The gameplay is between four different factions is probably the cornerstone of the amazing gameplay you are allowed through this. Whether you are playing any one of the factions (Pig, Cow, Goat, Chicken) you are guaranteed a good story to tell, or even comical animal sound imitations. Here is a brief breakdown of the benefits of the different animals you can pick.
Pigs – Higher Yields in the harvesting phase.
Cows – Defense stats highest in the game thus far.
Goats— Attack Stats highest in the game.
Chickens— Ability carts that increase number of movement tiles.
When the game begins each faction starts with three generals, these will be the flagship pieces for harvesting crops and moving along the 8×8 board. Initially the game play style is very much like a lot of tactical resource management games. But resources go for troops, each troop unlocks a new resource that can be harvested. Plus has its designated value and a combination of resources needed to amass an effective army.
Now before you start worrying about your friend Steve who is already planning on loading up on the high troop total and steam rolling the competition; there are checks and balances. Seeing as you can only have five troops per General that would make it difficult. This is not even taking into account poor Steve having to defend himself from the coming onslaught you could potentially bring to his doorstep.
Though you have to keep your guard up, at any point in the game several things can happen. One being the use of a Command Card (CC) that can tactically change the tide of battle. CC’s keep the game exciting, springing new situations to defend yourself, or just hinder your opponents Harvest phase. The operative word here should be ‘tactical’ because while it would seem easy to overtake the appropriate resources, stack up the proper troops, and still make out like a bandit on the offensive there are things you have to always remember. Such as…making a bad impression on the three other players that may in fact tag team you.
You know those moments when everything seems fretful? Where there is a player on a resource you need? Well that is where your attacks come in. It wouldn’t be much of an Uprising if it was all peaceful now would it? Dog Might studios’ game handles its own with flying colors. With the success of the present edition, the studio is going to be gearing up for a KICKSTARTER for the next expansion.
Livestock Uprising information can always be found at http://www.livestockuprising.com
Be sure to grab your own copy so you can join in the fun with your friends!
Everything seems to be shaping up nicely for the next 2k & Turtle Rock collaboration. The same two studios brought us the action packed Left 4 Dead, that occupied many an hours on most of our consoles. Now they are rolling out their new game Evolve, a game that explores the possibilities of having four players against one player controlled monster. Evolve will be release globaly on October 21st of this year for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.
Pre-ordering from participating retailers will get you the Savage Goliath skin at launch, and a new monster character when available after release. Personally it is one of the games that is top on my list of pre-orders
From our experiences with the game at PAX EAST the game is living up to all of the hyper provided. As the monster is plays on it grows stronger, levelling up and becoming more difficult with more abilities to accompany the growth. Using savage abilities and an intuitive animal sense to kill your human enemies. Evolve depends on heavy team work, knowing your roll and fulfilling that spot on your team to make the beast easier to take down. Or choose one of four hunter classes (Trapper, Support, Assault and Medic) and team up to take down the beast on the planet Shear, where flora and fauna act as an adversary to man and monster alike. Level up to unlock new hunter or monster characters as well as upgrades, skins and perks. Earn your infamy on the leaderboards and become the apex predator.
Evolve is set on an alien planet in the distant future, and the players take on their play with adrenaline-pumping gameplay. On launch there are more than a dozen maps, providing gamers with incredible gameplay scenarios all to follow suit with the beautiful play style and variety making the replay value limitless.
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Pokémon: The Origin
Surrounds the story around the original Red and Blue Pokemon games. Following the story of Red as he sets out to challenge his Rival for their first Gym Leader, Brock, for his Boulder Badge. When this franchise surfaced I was wholly excited for it. However, containing my excitement to write about it had been hard for the first twenty or so minutes. Nintendo is finally doing it—recapturing childhood in the best way possible. There is no real footage otherwise suggesting Ash or his companions will be making an appearance—seemingly it is a new series altogether. By all means go for it Nintendo, it is about time if you ask me. Seeing as I have been a fan of the First Generation of Pokemon (151) seeing those stories put into animation will be pretty amazing.
And it is done so spectacularly with a completely engaging trailer. Already it is shown to have some pretty amazing art direction, while still affording the growth of seeing our stalwart protagonist reach the apex of his journey. While there is no true telling how closely they will stick to the game, until otherwise proven we can only hope that we get to see a full reenactment.
There are hopes that it is divided into a series of movies to extend this franchise, or at least a short seasonal television stint. There is still much to be uncovered about Pokémon: The Origin, but this trailer is a fantastic start to what could be a step in a great direction. Slated to launch in Japan October 2, 2013 only ten days before Pokémon: The Origin there will only be more bits of news dropping as the months drag on. Maybe the tail end of 2013 will be the year of the Pokemon.
All the cards are being laid out on the table, and things are really heating up on the movie front. We’ve all seen the announcements as they filter in for the new X-men movie slated for theater in 2014. We’ve got the cast all lined up, we have a rough synopsis of a possible plot, but all that was left was the tentative announcement of what X-men really pop. Sentinels, so it is with a relieved heart, and bundles of excitement I bring you the teaser shots, and a little something extra. Enjoy my friends, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel bellow, and follow us on twitter.