Lately, I’ve been playing a bit of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight . The game is seriously fun and quite strategic. Like most strategy games, there is a lot of token and phase tracking, something I thought could be easier with a simple web application! Introducing LotR TCG Tracker !
Random Board Game Selection using Board Game Geek
Using Board Game Geek’s API I wanted to create a simple Python tool for randomly picking a game to play. Below is some quick Python code to achieve my goal: from urllib2 import urlopen from lxml import etree from random import choice def get_xml(): req = urlopen('http://www.boardgamegeek.com/xmlapi/collection/flip387') return req def get_items(): xml = etree.parse(get_xml()) return xml.xpath('//item') def get_thumbnail(item): t = item.xpath('thumbnail') if len(t) == 1: return t.text def get_name(item): t = item.
Boardgame Geek API
Today I learned Boardgamegeek.com provides a XML API which appears to be pretty well documented. For example if I wanted to list all the Board Games I own I could do something like this in python: In : from urllib2 import urlopen In : from lxml import etree In : req = urlopen('http://www.boardgamegeek.com/xmlapi/collection/flip387') In : xml = etree.parse(req) In : sorted([ i.text for i in xml.xpath('//name') ]) Out: ['Arkham Horror', 'Bears!
Arkham Horror lives up to it's name
Last night the wife and I were able to give Arkham Horror our first attempt, and I have to say, this game lives up to it’s name. I love how each Location , Other World , and Mythos card all have a small story to add to the game. For example, one of the Mythos cards we drew was a Headline . This headline read much like a newspaper article and described how more murders by a particular killer ( I forgot the murders name ) have popped up in one of the city districts, until caught ( success die roll ) he murders one ally from our A lly deck until all allies have murdered.
The Nameless City
After picking up our last board game Arkham Horror , We’ve decided to look a little deeper in to the genre by reading up on H.P. Lovecraft .An author during the 1920’s, Lovecraft created the Cthulhu Mythos an American Horror genre. This genre has became a hit among game developers, especially Fantasy Flight Games who has created a handful of Cthulhu based games. We have also looked ever so slightly into Call of Cthulhu, Quick Start Guide and role playing game based on the Cthulhu Mythos were you take on the role of an Investigator.
Are you investigator enough?
Arkham Horror a classic game of Lovecraft adventure arrived in the mail the other day, and I’ve been itching to try it out! This game looks amazing, and has gotten nothing but good reviews, check out Boardgame Geek for a few of them. I’ve wanted to play this game for a couple years, but have never had the chance. I’ve also been discouraged to buy it as many people say it doesn’t work well with only two players (my wife and I) , though at 33% off I decide to take a risk.
Board game cleanup
Having some friends over for game night! Decided to clean the shelf a bit.
That’s no moon, it’s a space station.
Yesterday my copy of Star Wars X-Wing miniature game arrived in the mail. And I have to say, this game is amazing if you are into strategic space based dog fights and strategy games in general. I really enjoyed that the game was not played on a grid system, but instead uses a template for movement. It helps to add to the strategy and immersion. Overall I love how movement works with a facedown dial!
Pandemic and Samuel Adams
Just got our copy of Pandemic in the mail, couldn’t pass up on this great deal. The wife has been really excited about this one, opened up the box and poured a beer. We just glanced over the rule book until the wife’s finals are over, but excited to see if we can save humanity, or die horribly! If you’ve not seen game play of Pandemic , check out this great video by TableTop :
When it rains out side, the family will play Talisman !