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Episode 164: New York Toy Fair 2019!

This week Stephen and Linda record a ridealong podcast where they talk about the highlights from their trip to New York Toy Fair 2019!

They talked about Linda’s impressions of the show, Peaceable Kingdom, Gamewright, Brain Games, North Star Games, Asmodee, and iEllo. 

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from  February 17 – February 23, 2019

Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that being released between February 17th and February 23rd.

Monday, February 18th


Trine 2: Complete Story- Switch

Tuesday, February 19th


BlazeRush- Switch

Wednesday, February 20th


I Wanna Fly- Switch

Thursday, February 21st


Almost There: The Platformer- Switch
Devil Engine- Switch
Gigantic Army- Switch
Hell Warders- Switch
Q.U.B.E 2- Switch
Raining Coins- Switch
Rotating Brave- Switch
The Journey Down Trilogy- Switch
Warplanes: WW2 Dogfight- Switch
X-Morph Defense- Switch
Yumenikki: Dream Diary- Switch

Friday, February 22nd


Anthem- PS4, Xbone, PC
Dirt Rally 2.0: Deluxe Edition- PS4, Xbone, PC
Quest for the Golden Duck- Switch
Tyr: Chains of Valhalla- Switch
UnExplored: Unlocked Edition- Xbone

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Episode 163: Apex Legends Comes Out of Nowhere!

This week Stephen and Amanda have a cozy fireside chat as they talk about some of the biggest news to hit the video games this past week. They talk about their impressions of Anthem, and the surprise release of Apex Legends.

This is a cooperative venture with SuperParent.com!

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 27 – February 2, 2019

The following is a list of all the video games that have been rated E-T by the ESRB that are coming to stores between February 10th and February 16th.

Monday, February 11th

Darkest Hunter- Switch

Tuesday, February 12th


Minesweeper Genius- Switch
The King’s Bird- Switch
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince- PS4, Switch
The Sims 4: Get Famous Expansion- PS4, Xbox One
Trials Rising- PS4, Xbone, PC, Switch

Wednesday, February 13th


Away: Journey to the Unexpected- PC
Iron Crypticle- Switch

Thursday, February 14th


Cinders- Switch
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm Expansion- PC
Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~- PS4, Vita
LOVE- Switch
OlliOlli: Switch Stance- Switch
Strikey Sisters- Switch
Tokyo School Life- Switch

Friday, February 15th

Dreamworks Dragons Dawn of New Riders- PS4, Xbone, Switch
Ice Climbers Amiibo
Jump Force- PS4, Xbox One, PC
King K. Rool Amiibo
Piranha Plant Amiibo
Space Lift Danger Panic!- Switch

For the Grownup

Crackdown 3- Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)
Far Cry: New Dawn- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)
Metro Exodus- PS4, Xbox One, PC (Friday, February 15th)

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Kickstarter Preview: Alliance The Card Game

Card battling games have been a popular genre for decades (arguably as long as playing cards have existed). We have seen countless variations on similar themes. A handful of those variations succeed and others have fallen short. Alliance The Card Game is one of the few that rise above the rest.




When I first started writing reviews I was taught to frame my review as a comparison of execution vs. expectations. This way I would avoid comparing a game to others in the genre. In essence, I am looking to compare the game to an idealized version of itself. (Please forgive the navel-gazing. I promise I’m getting to the point.) Alliance the Card game succeeds because it does exactly what it promises that it should do. It is a straight forward card game that is easy to set up and tear down. It is also, most importantly, a game that is so simple to learn that young kids can take it out and teach each other to play with no outside intervention.

That last point is super critical for me. I can’t tell you the number of times that I have been pulled away from another game, or from another activity to have to walk my younger kids through games or to help them teach their friends how to play. Alliance solves for that problem by being simple enough to be taught by a kindergartener.

This ease of use doesn’t come at the expense of quality either. Players are treated to an interesting battle game with some strategic decisions to be made. The cards feature amazing art in a new, but familiar, sword and sorcery setting.

It is worth mentioning that this Kickstarter is for a Starter Kit that will only feature two armies. The intention is to design and sell more cards and card sets is expansions that will help deepen the strategy of the game.

Alliance The Card Game plays with two players ages 6+. Each player plays with a 35 card deck that includes a Leader, generals, and various warriors. Play begins by placing the leaders in their respective places on the game board. Players then take turns taking cards from the top of their deck and placing them in one of five spaces towards the center of the board.

The real action takes place once the front rows of each side of the board have been filled. Players take turns activating two of their five active creatures to attack creatures on the other side of the board. Activation is straight forward; you choose a character and then roll a metal die. If the number that comes up matches an attack number on the card, then damage is dealt to the target.

When cards are defeated they are moved to the slain pile. Each player can only replace one card per turn so the goal is to put the pressure on and get ahead. Once all five spaces have been cleared you have a chance to attack the enemy leader.

Conclusion

If you back Alliance the Card Game at $39 on Kickstarter, then you will get the base game. There is a $44 pledge level that includes the designer’s autograph.

If you and your family are looking for a straight forward card battling game set in a sword and sorcery setting, then I think this will be a great addition to your collection.


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This week Stephen was joined by the team over at Respawn Aim Fire!

They’re a couple of young bucks who run their own gaming podcast. They met at work a handful of years ago and are a great example of content creators who deserve a look.

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 27 – February 2, 2019


Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between January 27th and February 2nd, 2019.

Tuesday, January 29th


Kingdom Hearts III- PS4, Xbone
Mages of Mystralia- Switch
Playstation 4 Pro: Kingdom Hearts 3 Limited Edition
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy- Switch
Unworthy- Switch

Wednesday, January 30th


Drowning- Switch
Fishing Star World Tour- Switch
Hyperide– Switch

Thursday, January 31st


Agartha-S- Switch
Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings- Switch
Bombfest- Switch
Bleep Bloop- Switch
Downwell- Switch
Dragon Marked for Death: Advanced Attackers- Switch
Dragon Marked for Death: Frontline Fighters- Switch
Eggggg: The Platform Puker- Switch
Gabbuchi- Switch
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander
Merchants of Kaiden- Switch
Necrosphere Deluxe- Switch
New Star Manager- Switch
Piczle Colors- Switch
Planeterian- Switch
Stray Cat Doors- Switch
Tangledeep- Switch

Friday, February 1st


8-Bit Hordes- PS4, Xbone
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unkown- PC
Animal Super Squad- Xbone
Thea: The Awakening- Switch
Wargroove- Switch

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Episode 161: Our Most Anticipated Board Games of 2019!

This week Stephen, Linda come together to chat about their most anticipated Board Games of 2019!

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Family Friendly Video Game Releases from January 20 – 26, 2018

Here are all the video game releases that have been rated E-T by the ESRB that are being released between January 20th and January 26th.

Monday, January 21st

Ihugu– Switch

Tuesday, January 22nd


At Sundown: Shots in the Dark- Switch
FutureGrind- Switch

Thursday, January 24th


Achtung! Cthulu Tactics- Switch
Adivine Hearts II- Switch
Cursed Castilla- Switch
Doodle God: Evolution- Switch
Fishing Universe Simulator- Switch
JackQuest: The Tale of the Sword- Switch
LEGRAND LEGACY: Tale of the Fatebounds- Switch
My Memory of Us- Switch
Pikuniku- Switch
Smite- Switch

Saturday, January 26th


Inops- Switch

For the Grown Ups


Resident Evil 2- PS4, Xbone, PC


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Is Mortal Kombat 11 Ok For Kids?

Mortal Kombat 11, from NetherRealm Studios has been formally unveiled during a live stream event. I can’t really show a single frame of the show, but if you are a curious parent you can go to their YouTube page for the announcement trailer.

I don’t know how OFTEN it will come up, but here is my answer to questions about whether or not Mortal Kombat 11 is age appropriate for kids:

No.

Niet.

Não.

Nein.

Non.

いいえ.

“Sometimes “No” is the kindest word.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Real freedom is saying ‘no’ without giving a reason.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“If something is not a “hell, YEAH!”, then it’s a “no!”
― James Altucher

“NO” is a complete sentence. It does not require an explanation to follow. You can truly answer someone’s request with a simple No.”
― Sharon E. Rainey, The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal


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