I really enjoy my LGS, but my main complaint concerning it is that some of the guys there are total dudebros and complete assholes towards women.
For example, I was talking to a girl that I usually play against that’s really good. She had just made some changes to her deck and said something along the lines of, “I’d say we could sit down and you could take a look at it, but there’s nowhere to sit.” As if on cue, this guy shifts around in his chair and says, “There’s a seat right here for ya,” motioning to his lap.
Seeing a golden opportunity to teach this guy a lesson I moved toward him and said “Awh sweet! Thank you!” Just as I was about to not sit on his lap he threw a string of “no’s” and curses at me, which the girl I was talking to followed with, “Well, you did offer.”
After many years of trying to defeat the diseases that threaten mankind’s existence, the tables have been turned. You are now the disease and guess what? There is no cure.
In Pandemic: Contagion, you are competing against other diseases (fellow players) to see who can eliminate humanity. With no cure to be had, the one of you that wipes out all human civilization will come out on top as the most deadly disease ever known to man, may he rest in peace.
Pandemic: Contagion includes a deck of contagion cards with differing colored borders, city cards with similar colored borders, event/WHO cards, player disease card and disease cubes. On a turn you take two of three possible actions, and you can take the same action twice. Those actions are:
Draw contagion cards equal to your current incubation rate.
Advance one of three mutations to the next level.
Spread disease equal to your current transmission rate.
When the number of diseases equals the city’s population number, the city is wiped out. The player who placed the final disease earns a special action. The player with the most diseases scores the population number. The two smaller numbers are awarded to those with the second- and third-most diseases.
Your disease card has three mutations: Incubation (number of cards you can draw), Transmission (number of disease cubes you can spread), and Resistance (number of cubes/cards you can protect). As an action, you can advance a mutation one level by discarding the required number of cards.
Event cards are drawn at the start of each round and affect everyone during their turn. You might benefit from the card or it could have a negative impact. WHO cards are always bad, but your resistance will lessen whatever the penalty would be based on its level, if you planned ahead.
Mid-game scoring occurs when the second, fourth and sixth skull comes out. When a city icon appears, a new city is introduced.
Once the event/WHO deck runs out or only two city cards remain in play, the game ends, with players conducting a final scoring round to see which virus is victorious.
We have it in store now so come down and pick up a copy if you’re interested.
“Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Guillermo del Toro?”
Skylanth here! Berlynn Wohl and I had a lovely day visiting comic book shops, dropping off flyers about our convention, and using the above as our opening line. It was great to see the look in the shopkeepers’ eyes turn from worry to absolute glee.
We canvassed a number of stores and nerd hangouts from Ballard to the U-District all the way down to Renton and Auburn. Many of the folks behind the counter were interested in attending the convention as well!
If you’re in the Seattle area and are looking to pick up some comics, games, geeky toys, and other pop culture goodies, please check out these fine shops:
Arcane Comics in the Ballard neighborhood has tons of comics, as well as graphic novels, posters, and toys. They even had Pacific Rim action figures!
Card Kingdom in Ballard is full of more games than you could ever play in a geeky lifetime, plus it’s connected to Cafe Mox where you can play said games while enjoying delicious eats and brews.
Comics Dungeon in Wallingford wouldn’t be such a bad place to be locked up! A wide selection of comics and toys, plus signing events and their own podcast!
Hills of Comics in Auburn may not have mountains of comics, but they certainly have hills and hills and hills of them, plus gaming nights and Magic: the Gathering tournaments. Spider-Man himself has been photographed at this location (probably taking a selfie, like he does).
The Dreaming in the U-District has a nice clean layout and friendly gaming tables right down the middle of the store so you can wage epic RPG battles.
Ancient Comics in Burien is the store for the purists. Boxes of comics, shelves of comics. They’ve got comics from the 1940′s to 5:33 pm yesterday, and Magic cards, too!
AFK Tavern in Renton is a great place to get your game on, hang out with friends, and enjoy a menu full of delightfully-named goodies (anyone want to split a “Chocobo and Unicorn Fight Over the Alps” with me?) in a classy tavern setting.
Join us for Shatterdome Seattle at the Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle, Washington on Sunday, May 3, 2015! Tickets are $26.87 and include all programming including workshops and panels, and a screening of the movie Pacific Rim in Broadway Performance Hall’s theater! Please visit our website for more info and get your tickets here at Brown Paper Tickets!
Though I’d do a series following the development of our various Free RPG Day booklets.
For those that haven’t experienced it yet,Free RPG Day vibes off of Free Comic Book Day. Both are excellent ways to to support your FLGS/FLCS (Friendly Local Game/Comic Store), as well as to dip your toe into comics/tabletop RPGs in a nice, friendly manner, with a wide selection of free booklets to try.
Catalyst has been a big support of Free RPG Day for numerous years, and this year is no exception.
At this stage, the Valiant Universe RPG QSR (Quick-Start Rules) is all written and is currently being vetted by Valiant. To help layout cut down on their time (since they’re always working on a pile of books/games, I comb through Valiant art archives and select pieces that can be used appropriately with this booklet.
For example, here’s the opening paragraph of Event 2: Disaster Relief:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In response to the recent spate of
earthquakes causing extensive damage and rioting across the San Francisco Bay
Area, California Gov. Frank Bartlett has activated the California Army National
Guard’s 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to assist in responding to this crisis.
Rioting and looting have overtaxed local police, and though some rescue and recovery
efforts are already underway, the National Guard deployment is expected to ensure
this crisis is resolved as quickly as possible.
The top left panel looks like it’s gonna work really well for that section.
So yesterday I wore like a green dress/clover pin and made themed cupcakes that I brought to my local game store/ hang out spot. But then my friend started going on about "Happy Religious Oppression day" and I'm just like.. I just want to give people cake.. And wear some green.. I know cuz I'm white ppl get annoyed when I say I'm part irish, but that's what I mostly am and my last name is irish and I just want to be able to be interested in Ireland without people being asses?? Idk