Board Game Recommendation – enDANGERed Orphans

UPDATED: Purdy Pictures

I like to play board games. Lots of different games. Most people don’t get to experience the good games out there as most of the developers don’t market, usually due to budget constraints. Some of the best games are Indy developed and need crowd funding to make it to market in the first place.

The big companies out there have big budgets allowing them to put commercials on TV and print copies by the millions to fill every Walmart and drugstore in the World. Games like Monopoly or LIFE that have the big studio behind it usually fall painfully flat on the fun-o-meter but sell like crazy due to the name recognition compared to the Indy developed offerings littering Kickstarter.

I own quite a few games myself, but nothing compared to a friend of mine. He is an addict. He has an entire double wide bookshelf dedicated to his addiction. This is beneficial to me and my friends because we can play lots of a really good games with out the price tag (Thanks Chris!). It will also allow me to review or recommend a bunch of games you’ve probably never heard of, and maybe you’ll see something you like!

Let’s start off with a card game, enDANGERed Orphan’s by Certifiable Studios. The tag line for the game is “A deplorable tabletop game devoid of joy, hope, or humor; which, regrettably, is also far more awesome than it has any right to be.”

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That is very accurate. The game centers around you and your adopted Orphan wandering around a creepy town trying not to be horribly butchered by the Boogeyman. You take turns playing Cove Cards to expand the town. Each card represents a different area of the town which can be played basically anywhere, and each area has perks if your Orphan is on that space. Subsequently, everyone also has Option cards that effect those spaces, usually to the dismay of the Orphan sitting there. These options can also effect you or the other players. As your Option deck runs out (or your Orphan runs out of options, lol) you might be forced to make an Act of Desperation. This is where the Boogeyman is hiding. You draw a card blindly from a randomized set of 6, and every Act of Desperation is a card that helps you stay alive, except the one card that kills you horribly.

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Once someone is forced to take one of these cards it’s burned for good, so the next time someone is desperate there is one less good card and a higher chance to get the Boogeyman. Short version? You run around a creepy, terrible little town trying to screw over the other players while attempting to not die.

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The key to success is not using your options deck too fast and forcing yourself to act desperate. Plenty of cards allow you to take from other players decks, put cards back into your deck, or out right steal from the other players hand. So it’s a slow race to the bottom of the Options deck hoping the Boogeyman will eat your friends and not you!

I should also mention the Options deck is static, which means the more players you have the less options you have, and the faster you’ll be brutally murdered by the creepy Boogeyman. So if you have 2 players, you get a set number of Option cards, but when you add more players you have the same amount of cards for the game, but between 3 or 4 players and not 2. Less Options means more panic means getting dead faster. We played with 2 and 3 players on my play through, and 3 was more fun for sure. More people to screw over.

Easy to learn, fun as hell, and hard to master. The game also doesn’t have a time limit as you can actually win turn 1, which is really rare but of course happened to me… Games usually last 15 to 30 minutes or so. So lots of time for multiple games! It offers tons of different ways to play as the game board is different every time you play. The art is incredible and losing is actually fun, as I figured out drawing the Boogeyman card 6 times in a row. A 1 in 6 chance, 6 times straight… Do the math on that. (Hint: It’s 1 in 7776 or 0.0000214% :/ and I have witnesses!)

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Worth a try. I have linked a YouTube playlist from the official Certifiable Studios account showing how the game works!

 

Have any good game recommendations? I hope to continue this as a series. I have a bunch of games lined up!

Hit me up on twitter @bikeronthemic and let’s chat board games!

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Nostalgia, you fickle beast.

I’m 31 years old. I was born in the 80’s but did most of my “growing up” in the 90’s. The 80’s and 90’s were both very interesting decades for pop culture. Music saw some major changes with the rise of Rap and Hip Hop, the resurgence of Punk, and my favorite, the explosion of Thrash and NuMetal.

While music and fashion is what most people remember from the 80’s and 90’s I fondly remember the killer cartoons and the beginning of mainstream video games. I vividly remember watching countless hours of Power Rangers, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Batman TAS and tons more. I was a fiend for these shows and all the toys that came with them. I remember Christmas morning when I was a kid and opening the full sized MegaZord that apparently my mom drove an insane amount trying to find. This made me a very happy kid. (Update: My mom read the article and said she drove 200km to find it in one day :/)

Video games were also pretty big for me as a kid. I owned the original NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and PS1. So many fun nights playing the old classics.

This brings me to the nostalgia. We all have it, and we all glorify it. I tried to watch Power Rangers (the original) on Netflix a few months ago in preparation for the new movie. Don’t. It’s awful. All I could think was “how did I like this?”. Was it just because I was a kid? Were my 8 year old standards really low? I think I just remember having fun as a kid and not the show itself. It was really bad.

So I set out on a challenge for myself. Try and remember my favorite shows and games and try them again. After Power Rangers being a bust I moved on. Batman The Animated Series staring Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and Joker is still amazing. That’s a win. If you haven’t seen it, fix that issue now. Mark Hamill’s Joker is the best version of the character ever. Shows like Transformers and GI Joe were fun but the animation and voice acting was really dated. Very hard to watch. The original TMNT was in the same vein as other cartoons from the 80’s and early 90’s. Bad animation. All over the place. Seemed like it was rushed. As most of these shows were made to sell toys it wouldn’t surprise me if they were rushed.

Games were basically the same. Most of the older games I remember were tough to play again. I had use emulators for most of them as I don’t own the old systems anymore. Mario still holds up, and so do other side scrolling platformers. But those games relied on mechanics that don’t change much as the technology gets better. Mario is the same year over year with a fresh coat of paint. 3D games from the mid 90’s on the other hand look so bad. One of the biggest games from the PS1 era is Final Fantasy 7. I played that game to death. Nostalgia has messed up my memory though. I remember that game vividly. This is the main character, Cloud. That’s how I remember him. He actually looked like this. Seriously…

Okay, so maybe I remember things the way I want, not the way they actually were. That’s okay though. It’s like the cartoon version of the fisherman’s story.

On the bright side though. There are a ton of new shows coming out that are worth your time to scratch that itch for a show from your childhood. The Ninja Turtles have a show on right now that is fantastic. For you guys going way back, there is a new VOLTRON series on Netflix that is amazing.

Maybe keep the fond memories of your childhood cartoons as memories. Stick to the modern. Except Power Rangers, that show still sucks. The movie wasn’t bad though.

I have a very long list of cartoons that are worth watching now. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean that you can’t watch good cartoons. Maybe I will do a “what to watch” list later on.

What were some of your best childhood memories around cartoons? Hit me up on Twitter and let me know. Or maybe ask for a recommendation on what to watch now.

@bikeronthemic

 

 

Allow me to introduce myself

Hi everybody!

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jordan Smith, the newest contributor to SD! I figured I would tell you a little about myself before you start seeing my posts on the site.

By day I’m a normal everyday working stiff, husband, and father of two incredible girls. By night I am a Play-By-Play broadcaster for the Victoria Cougars of the VIJHL and the Victoria Shamrocks of the BCJALL.

I have a very long CV when it comes to sports in my home town of Victoria, BC. I won’t dive too deep into how I got here (it’s a long story, maybe another time!) but I’ve been around the block a few times. I started in internet radio doing regular ol’ music before making the jump into sports over a decade ago. I have called PxP or been the PA for lots of different sports aside from hockey and lacrosse; baseball, basketball, soccer, field lacrosse just to name a few.

While sports is my bread and butter when it comes to broadcasting, it’s not my main passion.

I’m a comic book nerd. A real one, not just someone who enjoys the Marvel movies…

It’s part of why I’m here actually. I have a slightly different take on the major trend of comic book based movies that have exploded, and yes they aren’t going anywhere. I have read most, if not all, of the comics that these movies are basing their stories on. So when I review a movie or TV show I’m coming from the fanboy side of the argument.

I could go on about comics and nerd culture in general for days on end… So i’ll save you the eye roll my wife usually gives me.

I am also a Biker. I ride 365 days a year. If you see me ask me about the day I got caught in the snow last winter…

Oh, and another thing. I am huge into board games and table top games. No, not Monopoly, real board games. The fun kind, not the kind that makes you want to punch your brother in the eye for cheating because he had to be the banker this game…

So I’ll post once in a while when I have something that might be interesting. Might be a review of a movie (JUSTICE LEAGUE IS COMING SOON!) or a suggestion on picking up a board game for you to play with friends. In the end I’m still a sports guy so I will toss my two cents into the mix here and there too while I cry in a corner cheering for the Leafs.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @bikeronthemic

Just don’t follow me in real life.