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EFG Podcast – PS5, Xbox One SAD, and New Switches – Oh My!

This week Stephen and Amanda come together to chat about The new PS5 details, The Xbox One S All Digital Edition, and rumors about new Switches coming later this year.

This podcast was produced in partnership with SuperParent.com

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from April 21 – April 27, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are going to be released between April 21st and April 27th.

Monday, April 22nd


Ding Dong XL- Switch
Robox- Switch

Tuesday, April 23rd


Beyond Enemy Lines: Covert Operations- Switch
Cytus Alpha- Switch

Wednesday, April 24th


Deponia- Switch
Theatre Tales- Switch

Thursday, April 25th


Aggelos- Switch
Death Coming- Switch
Homo Machina- Switch
Joe Jump Impossible Quest- Switch
Lost King’s Lullaby- Switch
Picross S3- Switch
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech- Switch
Type: Rider- Switch
Vandals- Switch

Friday, April 26th


Box Boy! + Box Girl!- Switch
Dig Dog- Switch
Hotel Dracula- Switch
Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands- Switch
Ugly Dolls: An Imperfect Adventure- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Zeroptian Invasion- Switch

Saturday, April 27th


GoatPunks- Switch

For the Grown-Ups


Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen- Switch (Tuesday, April 23rd)
Mortal Kombat 11- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch (Tuesday, April 23rd)
Days Gone- PS4 (Friday, April 26th)

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EFG Podcast: SOME of the Games from PAX East 2019!

This week Stephen and Amanda come together to chat about some of the video games they played at PAX East 2019!

This podcast was produced in partnership with SuperParent.com.

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Cuphead and Mugman flying planes in Cuphead by Studio MDHR

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that will be released between April 14th and April 20th.

Tuesday, April 16th


Eternity: The Last Unicorn- Xbox One
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster- Xbox One, Switch
My Time at Portia- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Path to Mnemosyne- Switch
Tanks Meet Zombies- Switch
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions
World of Warships Legends: Premium Edition- Xbox One

Wednesday, April 17th


Revenant Saga- Xbox One
Snooker 19- Xbox One
Truberbrook- Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, April 18th


Cafeteria Nipponica- Switch
Cuphead- Switch
Dawn of Survivors- Switch
DayD: Through Time- Switch
SlabWell: The Quest for Kaktun’s Alpaca- Switch
Sudoku Relax
The Knight and the Dragon- Switch
The Padre- Switch

Friday, April 19th


Active Soccer 2019- Switch
Moto Rush GT- Switch

For the Grownups


Wasteland 2 (Tuesday, April 16th)- Switch
World War Z (Tuesday, April 16th)- PS4, Xbox One, PC
Katana Zero (Thursday, April 18th)- Switch

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Ravnica Allegiance – an MtG Set Overview

Ravnica Allegiance is the most recent expansion released for Magic: The Gathering. It features the continuation of the long running narrative featuring the planeswalkers in the “Gatewatch” and the would-be dragon god Nicol Bolas. Bolas is up to something, and is trying to pit the various planeswalkers against each other. What is he up to? We shall soon find out!

Ravnica Allegiance Set Info

  • Release Date: January 25, 2019
  • Card Count: 259
  • Available for purchase as:
    • Ravnica Allegiance Bundle
    • Ravnica Allegiance Booster Box
    • Ravnica Allegiance Guild themed booster packs – 30 cards including 1-2 rares or mythic rares
    • Ravnica Allegiance Collector’s Booster Packs – 15 cards included 3 rare or mythic rare
    • Ravnica Allegiance Planeswalker Decks – 60 cards, 2 booster packs, code for the deck in MtG Arena
    • Ravnica Allegiance Deckbuilder’s Toolkit – 125 cards, 100 basic lands

Ravnica Allegiance Guilds

One of the key features of Ravnica is its assortment of Guilds. These organizations represent different color pairings. Wizards designers used those color pairings to help create personalities for the guilds and use those personalities to determine their abilities.

The Grull Çlan – Red/Green

The Grull clan is a band of violent warriors the break, bash, and crash through the expanding edges of civilized space. Order and subtlety have no place in their tactics or their home on the Rubblebelt. The Grull represent the aggressive force and overwhelming strength of red and green.

Riot Cards ask you questions related to the board state. Do you need to crash in quickly or build big?

The Orzhov Syndicate – Black/White

The Orzhov Syndicate is institution both religious and financial. Money and power are brokered by clerics both living and dead, and those who default to their debts end up paying in blood and spirit. The Orzhov represent black and white’s mastery of the forces of life and death.

Afterlife cards reinforce the value of card advantage, specifically that afterlife creatures will often take more than one card to deal with.

The Simic Combine – Blue/Green

The Simic Combine is devoted to growth through physical evolution. What is strong can always be made stronger. Their wizards barrow from all manner of natural and magical creature to augment themselves. The Simic represent blue and green control over the forces of nature.

Adapt reinforces the idea of a consistent mana curve by giving early game cards that also have powerful late game effects.

The Rakdos Carnival – Black/Red

The Rakdos Carnival is a never ending show of grim comedy and violence . The performers fuel their works through blood, pain and flames and when they eventually themselves die in the act… an audience member will do just as well. The Rakdos represent the relentless violence of Black and Red.

Spectacle cares a lot about order of operations and sequencing events. Spectacle cards work best when you cast them in the right situation (most often after combat) or in the right sequence.

The Azorious Senate – Blue/White

The Azorious Senate sits in a position of absolute control. Their goal in the sprawling Ravnica is to enforce an endless number of rules and regulations, and to bind and imprison those who defy the law… or their authority as lawgivers. The Azorious represent the absolute order of blue and white.

Addendum cards teach about timing in magic. They are instants (or cards that can be played at instant speed) so they could be cast any times, but they are more powerful when they are played during your turn (during the main phase). Beginner players often have trouble with instances/responses/the stack. These cards might not be what players want to play with, but they are cool to play against.

Hybrid Mana and Split Cards

Hybrid mana is a type of mana that first appeared in the original Ravnica block. It represents a cost that can be paid with either type of mana represented in the cost. Visually this is represented by using a design that incorporates both colors and small versions of the mana symbols within the a circle.

It allows for increased flexibility in deck-building because cards with hybrid mana in their cost can be used by either color even if the deck was being designed to be only one color. For example, you can use a black/white hybrid creature in a mono-colored white deck. The added flexibility is valuable in decks that are both colors, but it isn’t required.

Split Cards first appears during a block called “Invasion.” These are cards that are printed sideways on the standard magic card. They are, essentially, two separate spells printed on one card. If you have that split-card in your hand, then you may choose to pay the mana cost for either spell on that card and cast that spell.

Resources from Around the Web

Magic: The Gathering is a very popular game so there are many, many great resources across the web. Below are just a few of the resources that are specifically related to Ravnica: Allegiance that we thought you might want to look at.

Rules Explanation Video

Loading Ready Run has created a wonderful rules overview to help explain the different mechanics and rules at play when using Ravnica Allegiance cards.

Visual Spoiler

Wizards of the Coast has a Visual Spoiler that includes images of all of the cards in the set.

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EFG Podcast! -Moral Panic Begone: Real Talk About Raising Gamer Kids
Our PAX East 2019 Panel!

****Note: Sorry for some of the audio quality on this one. This was recorded in a rather echoey room. Our Wizard did the very best he could!****

Stephen and Amanda were joined by:

Dr. Rachel Kowert – Research Director, TakeThis.org

Karlyn Meyer – President, Chicago Nerd Social Club

Michael Futter – Contributing Editor, Superparent.com

John Phipps – Founder, Super Deformed Gamescast

At PAX East 2019 for a great parenting panel. The description is below:

“Video games have gotten a bad reputation over the years, especially among parents. But as our kids get older and the tech becomes more sophisticated, a lot of parents are afraid of losing their children to games altogether. But just as our parents didn’t lose us to video games (or television or the Em-Tee-Vee), we’re not losing our kids, either. Join us for a discussion about kids, video games, moral panics, and why Fortnite won’t melt your kid’s brain.”

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from April 7 – April 13, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between April 7th and April 13th.

Monday, April 8th


Jungle Z- Switch

Tuesday, April 9th


Dangerous Driving- PS4, Xbox One
Neo Atlas 1469- Switch
Out There: Omega The Alliance- Switch
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Wednesday, April 10th


Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2- Switch
Switch ‘N’ Shoot- Switch
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain- Switch

Thursday, April 11th


Back to Bed- Switch
Bot Vice- Switch
Box Align- Switch
Doggie Ninja: The Golden Mission- Switch
Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain- PS4
Reigns: Game of Thrones- Switch
Shadowgate- Switch
Silence- Switch
Super Star Path- Switch
The Demon Crystal- Switch
Vaporum- Switch
Way of the Passive Fist- Switch

Friday April 12th


Rolling Sky- Switch
Street Basketball- Switch

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Video Games VIDEO GAME DEFINITION OF THE WEEK: “Invincibility Frames”


Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!


This week the EFG staff is going to define the term “Invincibility Frames!”

Invincibility Frames are a short period of time, lasting one frame of animation, often after the player has suffered an error or negative consequence, where players can briefly not suffer the same or similar consequence.

For the every day gamer, invincibility frames allow for players to have a moment to collect themselves after an unlucky sequence of play. Getting hit by a red shell in Mario Kart or coming back to the stage after losing a life in Smash Brothers Ultimate will both result in a moment where the you can get back into the game without other players effecting you.

This is a video that teaches how to create Invincibility Frames in GameMaker, but it also serves to explain how it all works.

Invincibility frames are often indicated visually, with the character briefly flashing a different color or becoming transparent. Occasionally, there might also be a sound effect such as when Mario shrinking down from his mushroom power.

In more advanced play, players may injure themselves intentional to use their invincibility frames to their advantage during play. This is often referred to as “Damage Boosting.”

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Engage! A Family Gaming Podcast:  Small Board Games to Fit in Small Places

This week Stephen and Linda talk about great board games that come in small packages… for some reason… in case you wanted to put a board game somewhere small. 

For some reason. 

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from March 24 – March 30, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T that are releasing between March 24th and March 30th.

Monday, March 25th

Inventioneers- Switch
President F.net- Switch

Tuesday, March 26th

Air Conflicts Collection- Switch
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers- Switch
Air Conflicts: Secret Wars- Switch
Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland- PS4, Switch
Dragon: Marked for Death- Switch
Final Fantasy VII- Switch
GALAK-Z: The Void: Deluxe Edition- Switch
Gems of War- Switch
Generation Zero- PS4, Xbox One, PC
MLB The Show 19- PS4
Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World- PS4, Switch
OMG Zombies!- Switch
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: Decisive Edition- PS4
The Princess Guide- PS4, Switch
Xenon Racers- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

Wednesday, March 27th

Neon Caves- Switch
Windscape- Switch

Thursday, March 28th

Croixleur Sigma- Switch
Fun! Fun! Animal Park- Switch
Gods Remastered- Switch
Goken- Switch
Inferno Climber: Reborn- Switch
Istanbul: Digital Edition- Switch
Lyrica- Switch
She Remembered Caterpillars- Switch
Snow Battle Princess Sayuki- Switch
The World Next Door- Switch
Ultrawings- Switch
Undead’s Building- Switch
UNI- Switch
V.O.I.D.- Switch
Warparty- Switch

Friday, March 29th

Yoshi’s Crafted World- Switch

For the Grown Ups

Danganropa Trilogy- PS4 (Tuesday, March 26th)
Outward- PS4, Xbox One (Tuesday, March 26th)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season: Episode 4- PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch (Tuesday, March 26th)


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