Crossover Crisis


There was a super sale on Board Game Bliss so I picked up Crossover Crisis, a deck building game by Cryptozoic. It is also compatible with all other Cerebus Engine games that have a similar play style.


This set had characters from a bunch of Cartoon Network shows including Adventure Time, Dexter, Samurai Jack and Johnny Bravo. The point of the game is to collect as many strong cards as you can to gain the most victory points. This is done by strategically buying the cards in the middle of the table.

It was actually a very easy to pick up game and we can’t wait to try it with more people.

Dungeons & Dragons

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My friends and I started playing Dungeons & Dragons recently. I didn’t realize it had so many rules but at the same time also allows for a great deal of imagination.

We did play one night with premade characters but at our last session we made up our own. I am Aarilyn Sweetwater (the last name I read off a can of radler) a High Elf cleric!

New Card Wars Deck


I found two new Adventure Time Card Wars packs! Ice King & Marceline and Lemongrab & Gunter! Both these decks add a new level of play: The “Frozen” status. Before there were no such states.

I also found the Hero Pack that I had been searching for.

Now off to have some Card Wars!

Exploding Kittens

I finally received my copies of Exploding Kittens aka the most funded Kickstarter thing like ever. It is a game created by Elan Lee, Shane Small and Matthew Inman, who we all know as The Oatmeal.


I contributed more than $30 so I received both the regular and NSFW set (which is actually a great deal). I also received a mini personalized poster.


The regular deck when opened up actually meows and reveals a photo of a cat vomiting rainbows. The NSFW deck is more of a normal box but the cards in sign are legitimately ridiculous.

DSCF2225 DSCF2224Can you guess which cards are NSFW?


The instructions are fairly simple. Before you even finish unfolding the instructions they recommend you just watch a video. The object of the game is to not get an exploding kitten. Here’s that video:

See it’s fairly simple and the new greatest game ever.

Adventure Time’s Card Wars

When we saw Finn and Jake play Card Wars in an episode of Adventure Time, we wished so hard that it was a real game.

And it turns out it is. A single Card Wars Collectors Pack is approximately $20 and has two decks so two people can play right away. I decided to buy all the decks out so far (I think they will release more later). That way, we can switch it up and games would be different each time.


One thing to note is that it is exactly like the game in the episode meaning that the Adventure Time characters (Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum etc) aren’t actually part of the deck. Though you can imagine you are one of those characters if you wish. In fact, there is a “Hero deck” (optional) that exists where you can pretend you are characters from the show and gain special bonuses. The cards are actually ridiculous made up characters with hilarious descriptions in brand with the show. There are landscape cards, spells and even punch out hit points so you are fully ready to go in each box.


Like in the show, the winner of a match is damed the “Cool Guy” and the loser the “Dweeb”. Players try to protect their land so that their “Hero” (yourself) doesn’t get any hit points. Certain monsters need specific landscapes in order to work. The game is  a lot of strategy, fun and laughs.

Boss Monsters Card Game


Ever wanted to be the evil villain in video games instead of the Hero?


Well now you can with the Boss Monsters card game. Essentially you are the boss of a dungeon and heroes go through your various rooms and try to survive. Your objective is to make sure they don’t. If five survive you loose, if you destroy 10 you win.


The original deck comes with heroes, monster rooms, trap rooms, bosses and spells. We also purchased the first expansion set which introduces hero items. The cards parody classic video games.


We have been playing the game with the two of us and it’s fun but we feel like it would much more of a challenge with 3 or 4 people.


Apparently a Boss Monsters mobile game is coming out. You can find out more at Brotherwise Games.

Dollarama Review: Bejeweled Blitz


One of the biggest treasure troves of Dollarama is its toy selection. I wish I had such a cheap selection of toys at my disposal when I was a kid. Anyways, recently I picked up Bejeweled Bitz, a game that began originally as a Facebook game.


The box comes in a nice case of 84 cards that have two gems on each. There are also 7 plastic boost gems you collect for extra points.


The game is played by drawing cards and making lines of cards. Matching 3 in a row combines those cards into a deck. Chains can also be made as a result (like the real game). The game is over when the deck runs out. The winner is the person with the most points. Points are calculated by counting the numbers of cards in your largest pile. The jewels count as 5 extra points each and are obtained by being the first person to make a row of the corresponding shape.

The game is a lot of chance, but there’s some thinking involved to in terms of where you place the cards. For $3, this was actually worth it as it’s a great adaptation of the mobile game.

12 Days of Bullshit by Cards Against Humanity Roundup

IMG_1393Last month I participated in Cards Against Humanity’s 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit. For $22 (I had to pay more as a Canadian), the idea was that I would receive 12 individual gifts in the mail. Since the mail around the holidays was a bit crazy, I ended up getting my packages in chunks. Each came in envelopes with creative doodles.

Untitled-1In the end I received 10 envelopes. I was missing one the contained a lump of coal and on the 10th day our dollar was donated to I thought that was an awesome way to give back during the holidays.

IMG_1405About half of the packs were themed cards that could be added to existing Cards Against Humanity kits. They were as offensive as I’d expected. I personally don’t have a deck, but now I feel like I need one.

IMG_1394My favourite card was of course this one with my name on it. This could lead to some sticky situations.

IMG_1399 Day 6 included these really random posters from The Post Family. You can download your own versions of these posters here.

IMG_1401Day 8 was a commissioned funny pages which included works from Allie Brosh, Ryan North, John Campbell, Nick Gurewitch and more. All the comics can be read here.

IMG_1397What made this experience worth it was being the first to have access to Clusterfuck!, a new card game. It’s a simple game where the goal is to have a threesome.

“Clusterfuck is played in two phases. First, players go around the table and pass each other sexy notes. Once each player has passed notes, everyone closes their eyes and points to the people they want to hook up with with one or both hands.

Then, everyone opens their eyes. If two players are exclusively pointing to each other, they score, and each gets one point. If three players are all pointing to one another and forming a threesome they each get three points for their feat of sexual teamwork. The first player (or players) to get three or more points wins the game. A successful threesome immediately ends the game, just like Quidditch.”

IMG_1395I haven’t had a chance to try this game yet, as it requires a group of people (and not suited for family play) but it sounds hilarious. Just like Cards Against Humanity, you can download your own pdf version of the game on their website.

I didn’t expect any extravagant gifts from this experience, so I thought it was a lot of fun. I don’t own Cards Against Humanity because I mostly play it at Snakes and Lattes but now I feel like I should. I love mystery mail so I hope there will be more stuff like this in the future.

This Ain’t No Piece of Cake

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This board game is named Piece O’ Cake. However, when you assemble it and put it together, it is clearly pie.

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Anyways, the object is to gain as many points as you can by eating the most out of the matching pieces. You also gain points for discarding (or forfeiting) pieces you know you won’t have the most of.

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Simple enough. Here’s a photo of a sandwich, just because.

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Anomia, Topple, Carmen Sandiego, Labyrinth Board Games

game6Another day at Snakes and Lattes led to more board game adventures. This time there was four of us, which opened up more possibilities and challenges.
game7In The aMAZEing Labyrinth players pushed the maze in different directions until they could reach all their treasures. The funny part about this game was that the treasure cards and the ones on the board sometimes looked nothing alike.

Like the TV show, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? you solved crimes by answering geography questions. I suck at geography but some of the questions were obvious and the board (which was a map) definitely helped.
We couldn’t figure out how to play Pairs in Pears because the instructions were gone. Even after we looked it up on our phones I still think we played wrong because as we chose our 26 tiles none of us had enough vowels to make any words!
game8Topple is pretty self-explanatory and none of us ended up toppling it over. So do we all win?
game3My favourite discovery of the day was Anomia, the card game. Players took turn flipping over cards from the deck. If we had symbols that matched we had to yell a thing related to what the card said. For example if it said “Seafood” the opposing player with the same symbol had to name a seafood. The player who collected the most cards won. It was hilarious when players pointed to the matching card but couldn’t get the right word out!