Ring Side Report Let’s Play Green Bay Day 3 and post show thoughts

And now my final day at Let’s Play Green Bay!

The last day of Let’s Play Green Bay was semi-lightly attended.  All of the show presenters were there, so it felt like I had the run of the show. Good times!

The day started with a game of Adventure Maximus! by Eden Studios.  This game is still in beta, so I am not sure how much I can discuss mechanics/ect, but from what I tried, I LOVED IT!  This is the game I wanted from Dragon Storm.  Also, I did get the seal of approval from the target audience of 8-12 year old kids as my brothers (age 10, 11, and 11) loved the game.  Few minor concerns, but I think this will get worked out.  Its telling when a product isn’t even in kickstarter and my brothers want to give money TODAY!  Make sure your company has an option to buy two games as a kickstarter level!  I know I will do it!

From this point, I wanted to play a game of Call of Cthulhu, but due to some happenings, I wasn’t able to.  However, I did go play a game of DnD encounters.  My brothers easily jumped on, and we played DnD Next.  All and all a great time, but my brother who loves wizards was angry that his LEVEL 1 WIZARD could not stand toe-to-toe with a Elven FIGHTER.  As a 3.5 veteran, I have to say mission accomplished on getting it back to old school!  Me likey!

Not wanting to leave too early, my brothers and I played another game of Tsuro of the seas.  Good times and I will get this game as soon as possible.  I like this one more the the original as  it has a nice combination of Euro and American influences.  MSRP $40, $10 more then the previous game but worth it as the new game can be used to play the old!

The final game of the con was Snake Oil by Out of the Box.  The game is Apples to Apples for a younger generation.  My brother who has problems reading loved this game and got the chance to work on his reading skills.  Great for that alone!  I know what he’s getting for Christmas!  MSRP $20.

And with that I left the con to go home and play more games there!  I left the con around 3 and didn’t stop gaming till 1 AM.  All and All a great con!


Final Thoughts-Basics-Great con!  20 Bucks for a weekend with almost NO payed events.  Some tournaments with prizes cost money, but I didn’t do those.  Class acts by all the game companies around, decent con food and a semi-cheap price.  I was able to speak and have full conversations with game designers after I played their games, which is always awesome!  I will be back next year!

Ok now the good, bad, and ugly

Good-Open con with a cheep price and friendly people.  That makes me happy!  Class acts by Wizkids, Mayfair games, and Fantasy Flight!  Heck new games were announced at the con!  And its not GenCon or Origins!  Also, I love Gnome Games.  They make me happy as they love games as much I do!  I talked with game designers as we played their games.  I spent time with my family.  It was a great weekend.

Bad-I want more RPG times!  I would have liked more types of RPGs instead of just Pathfinder.  I tried as many other kinds as possible.  Also, for pathfinder I would have went more con specials and “We Be Goblins!”  But those are my choices.  And, while I love Gnome Games, the show didn’t have many venders except Gnome Games.  This means no haggling or show specials.  I like that at cons.  Some spots had show exclusive extras like “Kill the Overlord!” and I bought those, but I didn’t have much reason to buy at the con.  Don’t get my wrong, I did because I love the games, but I would have like a bit more reasons too.  Also, weather and other commitments kept some companies away and that made me sad!  They were class acts like Fantasy Flight who STILL SPONSORED PARKING AT THE SHOW EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT ATTEND!  Awesome stuff!

Ugly-I hate bracelets at cons.  I prefer badges.  Why?  Well I go to the bathroom several times a day and shower at least once a day.  All that gets water on my hands and wrists.  Also, in the booklet, I would like end times for events.  That would make me happy!

Even with the bracelets, I’ll be back.  See you next year!

Daily Punch 4-15-13

Its been a long time since I posted a simple feat for pathfinder, how about one now?


Excessive Charge-Feat-Double all penalties and bonus from a charge .  This doubles bonus given by other feats.  This feat may be taken by monks and fighters as a bonus feats.

Ring Side Report-Let’s Play Green Bay Day 2!

It’s another day in Green Bay and another day playing games!


Day started with Kill the Overlord.  The basics of the game is hot potato with a card that kills a character.  You respawn each round.  There are two ways to win and both require you to be the overlord.  If you heave enough money or you kill all the other characters.  Quick game that is good family fun.  I ended up buying the game as the producers of the game were giving away kickstarter rewards if you bought it at the con.  MSRP $20


Next I played Tsuro of the Seas.  It plays just like Tsuro, (see tabletop), with one major exception.  In this game you roll dice to see if dragons move.  The dragons can instantly kill your character, but they also now erase paths allowing you to possibly be saved by the bell!  Great game, family friendly and quick!  You can play with and without the dragons for the base Tsuro game.  MSRP $40


At this point, I was able to convince my brothers to play Brass and Steel by Pemean Games.  This is a steampunk game set in 1905 with a bit of magic thrown in for extra fun.  The basic mechanic of the game is add a skill to a ability and roll lower then the number.  My brothers turned an intricate mission into a smash and grab.  Fun times and it really got my 11 year old brother into steampunk.  I’d play again and will by the book from Drive through RPG because if you prove you bought the physical book PDF is free!  Also, BOOK IS $25!  YOU CAN NOT BEAT THAT!  STEAMPUNK FUN ON THE CHEAP!

During this game, the 501st cosplayers ran a promotion where you got to shoot stormtroopers for money with procedures going to charity.  Class acts all around, those guys.

After the RPG, I played Flapjacks and Sasquatches.  Its a card game were the basics are draw one/play one with limited interruptions.  To score points you roll dice to cut down trees.  First to 21 win.  Quick, easy, and family friendly.   Unfortunately, the game at the con is the base game without the bacon expansion for $15.  With the expantion (reprints on the way), $25.

The last game of the day was was Hit the Trail.  Its card/dice game with the object of removing cards from your hand for points.  If you get to 100 points you win.  Quick, easy, and family fun with MATH!  I bought this game because it was a total of $12.  You can NOT beat that!


Well lets go home and play some games!  See you at the con for the final day!

Ring Side Report-Let’s Play Green Bay Day 1!

This weekend Throat Punch Games is at Let’s Play Green Bay!  Green Bay Wisconsin’s premier gaming convention!  Let’s Do a run down of what I did on Day one of the Con!


I was one of the first people through the door.  Mayfair games just released a few copies of the new expansion to Settlers of Catan: Explorers and Pirates.  Every day at the con, Let’s Play is allowed to sell 4 copies, and we got one!

From there, my group went around the con and checked out the booths.  Sadly, some of the companies were not there due the the Wisconsin weather or complicated engagements.  One of these was Fantasy Flight.  They originally said they would be at the convention, but they had to move their offices and this was the weekend they were able to do so.  While sad, FF proves they are once again a class act by not only paying for parking for the WHOLE SHOW, they send a crap load of demo games for people to play in the board game area!  Nice one FF.

After walking through the con, I sidled up to Passport Games and Tokaido.  The theme of this game is a group of people walking across feudal Japan.  In therms of play,  this game is a semi-hard Eurogame.  The main mechanic is your player may move to any spot ahead of any other player, but not with the player and have an encounter there.  Their is little randomness in the game with the only randomness coming from what food and items you by or people and rest you meet.  I won, but what I really liked was how my thoughts about the game changed over time.  When I started, I was not very impressed as I thought the game was a glorified game of leapfrog, but later when my money ran out, I had to make hard choices and that made things fun.  MSRP $40 , and ya know, I think I might do it.

Next, my family split up, and I played some games for a younger audience.  I played a few balance games from Haba games.  It was fun.  One game was Super Rhino!  Now, I might not be in the target audience since I’m almost 30, but I think using my shot glass from Passport Games with the Rhino game might be an awesome combination!  MSRP $12

After that I went to Eden Studies and talked about All Fresh Must Be Eaten.  I’ve wanted to play this game for a long time, and I got to talk with one of the principle writers for the game.  That was pretty great!  He is demoing a game that will be kickstarted in a few months.  I plan to get my family to play his game, and I’ll talk about it tomorrow.

From there I went to Prolific Games and played Hirelings: The Ascent.  Now this is the exact opposite of Tokaido as this game is completely random and crazy.  The main idea is run from the dragon as fast as possible.  It plays a bit like shoots and ladders.  If you want a hard eurogame, do not play this.  If you want a fun game at the end of a day of DnD when the pizza is cold and the beer has come out, this is your game.  MSRP $35 bucks.  I with I got on the kickstarter as I this game was pretty sweet.


Ok, con tomorrow.  Lets see what fun happens tomorrow!

Daily Punch 4-12-13

I saw something in DnD Next that I think my players need.


Shared Fortunes-Level 1 necromancy for cleric, wizard, druid, ranger

Cast-1 Action

Duration-1 Day

Effect: When you cast this spell choose one other person.  When an effect would increase or decrease one of the target’s hit points, you may reduce the effect by as much as half.  The effect then occurs to someone else under this spell.

Adaptation:You may cast this spell at a higher level then 1st.  For each level above the first, you may place this spell on one other person.

Daily Punch 4-10-13

How about some more flaws for Pathfinder?


Chemical Dependence-Flaw-you need something or things go bad in a hurry-Choose one of two levels for this flaw-Minor  or Major-Minor is equivalent to one feat, while Major is equivalent to two.  You must consume the object of your dependence once every 24 hours for minor or twice every 24 hours for major.  If you fail to do so, you take a -2 on all check for minor, and a -4 for major.  When presented with an opportunity to use the object of your dependence you must make a will save-DC 10+1/2 level for minor and DC 15 15+1/2 level for major.  Your dependence may be used against you to force your character to things they would normality not do.



Daily Punch 4-9-13

More flaws for Pathfinder!


Quick to anger-Flaw-you find it hard to control your temper-When a character says anything that would anger or contradict your character, you must make a diplomacy check using your own charisma for the check DC.  If you fail you become one step more hostile to the character.  You may need repeat this check several times.  If you become hostile toward the character and must attack the character.  After this attack your attitude become unfriendly.