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Jaybird is Birdmojo on Xbox Live and Jaybirdmojo on Playstation's network. He's been playing consoles since the Atari 2600 and it was Zork that taught him how to touch-type. If you've got a song for Wednesday, a commercial for Saturday, a recommendation for Tuesday, an essay for Monday, or, heck, just a handful a questions, fire off an email to AskJaybird-at-gmail.com

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  1. Avatar Fish says:

    Hearts of Iron IV is on sale for ten bucks on Steam, and I keep eyeballing it…but it looks faaaaaaaar to complicated for me to actually enjoy. I still need to finish the last operation in the Legacy Operations pack on XCOM 2 (the attraction here is listening to Bradford tell war stories–they’ve masterfully captured the aura of soldiers telling stories and not quite getting all the details right). Otherwise I’m just collecting achievements in BB 2 and thinking about snagging 2 Point Hospital (remember Theme Hospital?) while it’s on sale.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Guys, guys, guys. Seriously. You have to check out this board game Humble Bundle. Computer versions of multiple *AWESOME* board games (ported to computer) for $12.

    Carcassonne and all of its DLC (and the base game by itself is awesome… I’ve talked about Carcassonne before here).
    Small World and all of its DLC (and the base game by itself is awesome I’ve talked about Small World before here).
    Both of those are good games in their own right.
    *BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE*
    This bundle includes Mysterium (a cooperative deduction game), Love Letter (a competitive game about getting your love letter into the hands of Princess Annette whilst blocking the love letters of your competitors), Twilight Struggle (a game where you’re either the USA or the USSR and you replay the Cold War), Scythe (an awesome game set in an alternate history 1920s where you’re building your farms and trying to turn them into an industrial engine), Splendor (a board game about jewel trading that I’ve heard nothing but good things about and I’m pleased to finally get to play it at my own pace), and the Lord of the Rings card game (I know little about it but I know I liked Magic and it’s got decent reviews).

    Out of all of those last games I mention, I’ve only played Scythe and I’ve only played it once so I can’t really endorse any of them… BUT THE BUNDLE IS TWELVE BUCKS. Holy cow! The Lord of the rings game all by itself is $20.

    If you like board games, you *NEED* to get over there and check this bundle out.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

      And there are two more games I forgot to mention!

      Kings and Assassins
      Patchwork

      I’ve not played either but, seriously, this bundle is out of this world.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Jaybird says:

        Okay, Patchwork is one of the toughest 1v1 board game I’ve played. The basic idea is this: you have a 9×9 quilt. You need to patch it in a limited time period. Some of the patches have buttons. All of the patches take time to patch onto your quilt. Each patch is a different shape that has between 2 and 8 squares on it (there might be two 4-square L shapes but, seriously, all of the other shapes are unique). Each patch requires a certain number of buttons to purchase (and some are more expensive than others). Every time you pass a checkpoint on the timer, you get paid a number of buttons that are on your quilt so far. Oh, and you get a bonus if a 7×7 square on your 9×9 square is completely covered.

        And I cannot even come close to consistently beating the AI set on the easy setting. I’m always short of buttons. When I do win, it’s by 3 or 4 points and when it wins, it’s usually in the teens.

        And there’s no asymmetric information, so it’s suitable for a hotseat game.

        I’m pleased to have picked up this game. Seriously, check out this bundle.Report

        • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

          What I find with games like this is you just have to play them a lot and each time, try to emphasize one thing — play to get all the Resources of one type, play to get as wide a diversity of resources as possible, play to make a “blob” of area, play to spread as wide an area as possible, go for the bonus scores, ignore the bonus scores entirely; and explore how each of those affects your options during play. Like, break the gameplay in various ways and see what the pieces look like. Maybe “the nation that controls Red controls the universe”, maybe castling up in Australia is the best play, maybe you should rush for the bonus points and then fill in the rest as endgame play.Report

          • Avatar Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

            It’s an engine building game and buttons are the engine. Due to how my brain works, I look at the quilt and say “I need to tetris that thing up” but I don’t know if it’s even technically possible to make a full quilt.

            But I finally reach the point where I can consistently beat “easy” and I cross over to “medium” and I’ve got no idea what I’m doing again.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

      Something I’m not clear on: If I buy that bundle for myself, how do I play the games with other people?

      Do all the people I want to play with need to own the same game? Or can we only do multi-player by sharing the same computer?Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to DensityDuck says:

        I haven’t tested all of the games but if you want to play multiplayer online, both people need to own the game. Without both people owning the game, yeah, you’re stuck with local hotseat multiplayer.Report

        • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

          ah, I see. Thank you!

          I do like Jackbox games, only one player needs to own the actual game and shares their screen via a Zoom call; the other players get sent links that open a client on their smartphone/tablet/computer without them needing to own the actual game.Report

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