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I was looking back at what I had blogged about this summer, and it turns out I forgot to write about Arcon! Arcon is a Norwegian board game festival, held at the “fortress” you can see in the above images.

As you might imagine we play a lot of board games, but we also have shops (who sells board games), play miniature games, role playing games, fights with foam swords, cosplay competition, and probably some more geeky stuff.

Before I post all the images I just want to write a short breakdown of how my weekend went.

It opened at Friday ten o’clock, so pretty late. I showed up to play a round of Power Grid. It was a pretty good game and one of the longest I’ve played them I think. Went to bed around 2 o’clock. Up next morning around nine to be ready to host Arcadia Quest event at ten. It was me and a new friend, and 8 people showed up to play!

After that I hosted a Heroclix demo, there where surprisingly many who where interested, but only one showed up for the tournament on Sunday. Next year, if I’m hosting, it’s not going to last for four hours. After that I headed over to the room where they hosted Talisman and tried that one out. I hadn’t heard much about it before, other then that it was a “love or hate” type of game. Turns out, I loved it! So much that I ended up buying it the same night! Talisman is a slow game, and I think we played for around four hours, and wasn’t done before 3 o’clock. I’m glad I only lived fifteen minutes on foot away.

On Sunday it was yet another early morning, and I was at the premise around 11 I think. Just in time for the auction to start. They have a yearly board game auction, where you can get your hands on some rare, obscure, or cheap games. You can see my loot at the bottom. After the auction I hosted and judged a Heroclix tournament with Fing Fang Foom as the prize! Sadly we only managed to gather 7 players, but we had fun non the less.

So, hit the jump if you want to see some footage from my weekend.

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Last November I pledged for the first (?) cycling game (at least as I had seen), called Cycling Party. Then a month later it arrived.  I was a bit unsure of how well the game would work, as I wasn’t huge cycling fan, and the English rules was a bit fussy (the original rules are in Spanish), but, my brother and I played a round and had a lot of fun.

Our first race
Our first race

 

CYCLING PARTY is a board game that brings together the excitement of road cycling as a sport and the enjoyment of strategy games. Direct and manage your own cycling team. Choose your race strategy, and look for the best opportunities by taking advantage of the situations that occur during the race.

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This last weekend (January 23 to 25) was the Global Game Jam 2015 and since it was a long time since last time (and I had a “free” weekend) I wanted to participate. So I persuaded my girlfriend and a friend of mine to join. As the Global Game Jam physical jam, and not a online one, you need to sign up at one of the many events. The closest for us was the one in Oslo. We had some trouble sign up our account at the web page, as it seemed that they had some issues with their e-mail, but it all ended well.

As all proper game jam, there should be a theme. This years theme was “What do we do now?”. It was not something I had anticipated, so we struggled to come up with something good, so we ended up with a lost giraffe that needed help to get home, I guess…

You control the giraffe by record the movements in advanced, and the let them play out. So you need to properly time your jumps and ducks. We also used a rather peculiar resolution, 1200×700. So you need a bigger screen then that. In the feature image you can see the red line at the top, showing what you have recorded, a hump up means jump, and a hump down means slide.

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You can download the game for Windows (an executable) and for Unix (but you need to download Löve2d first).

Gift code Indie Game Magazine Subscription

I Kickstarted Elysian Shadows and recieved a gift code for Indie Game Magazine, but there was an internal server error, so everyone ended up with two codes. So if you want it, please take it!

Due to an internal server error causing a problem with the order number of Magazine issues (perhaps due to the year change), some backers experienced difficulties while attempting to redeem their vouchers. The problem is now resolved, and new instructions and alternate vouchers are below. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Hit the “more” button to see the code.

Here is your personal Subscription voucher: VXYXW58SIA1R

(Please note: The code expires on February 28, 2015. Please redeem your subscription before then.)

 

With this post I want to try something new, and that is to start write some small reviews of the board games I have. Not sure of the quality or if this will be a good source for reviews, but it will be what it will be. Let’s start!

A few weeks ago I received the fantasy RPG Arcadia Quest by Cool Mini or Not and Spaghetti Western Games, which is a board game I Kickstarted back in March. I mostly pledged for it because CoolMiniOrNot was behind it, the same company behind Rivet Wars (an awesome war game for two players), so I didn’t know what I was getting, other then that there where cool chibi miniatures in it.

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Åpen Sone Game Jam fall 2014

It’s over a year since last time I competed in a game jam, but this weekend I was (nearly) free to participate in the fall edition of Åpen Sone Game Jam (at University at Oslo). The theme this time was “limit”. There are of course several ways to interpret this, but I took it as a handicap. So I made a spaceship game called “Little Big Spaceship” (a tribute to Little Big Adventure), where you and one or two friends shot out in space with a spaceship. The kicker is that each spaceship type has a limit, either in turn rate, fire rate, or speed. So you have to fit your play style with the type of ship you have chosen.

So with this little game I manage to sweep up the third place, winning myself a little trophy and the book “Realm of Racket”.

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Game art from Kenney.

You can fork or clone the project over at Github.
Executable for windows, and regular .love.

Åpen Sone Game Jam fall 2013

This week Åpen Sone at University of Oslo held their second game jam. Since I won the first one I was the lucky one to decide for the topic. I went for “geometry”. In the coming week you can see all the entries at http://sonengamejam.org

Since I knew the topic before hand I wasn’t allowed to participate, but I still made a small game. I call it “Snake in Space”. Clone the source-code from git or download the executable love file from here.

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