Game Review – Dead of Winter: The Long Night

Dead of Winter the Long Night is a stand alone expansion for Dead of Winter a Crossroads game. A complex game which challenges the players in many ways.

We seem to be coming across a common theme with new games we try that have really awkward rule books causing us set up issues or to play games wrong a few times until we get the hang of things. The best thing about this game is that it’s totally worth it in the end. Dead of Winter the Long Night is a stand alone expansion for Dead of Winter a Crossroads game. A complex game which challenges the players in many ways.

Now, bear in mind, we have never played the original Dead of Winter game, so we won’t be comparing this expansion to the original. The Long Night is a stand alone expansion, and our first experience of the Dead of Winter games.

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Gauntlet Games 2016 – Gladiators Ready!

Gauntlet Games is a fun packed obstacle course race, perfect for an OCR newbie to try their hand at some classic and some more ‘bouncy’ challenges.

After my 2014 Colour Run, and 2015 Mud Run, this year, I decided to give a slightly different obstacle course race a go. Gauntlet Games is an OCR race with a combination of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles. Not so much mud, but lots of water and bubbles!

The race was again held at Heaton Park, which seems to be the hot spot for Manchester’s 5/10k races. Once you’re there, you can see why. After 3 different 5k routes I still see beautiful areas of the park which are new to me each time.

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Game Review – Legendary: Civil War

Legendary Civil War is a stand alone expansion for the Legendary Marvel deck building game. With some interesting new twists, which side are you on?

After really enjoying my first experience of a deck building game with Legendary Marvel, we took the plunge and moved on to one of the expansions, Legendary Civil War. If you’re not familiar with the base game, you might first want to read my review of Legendary Marvel here.

Legendary Civil War is, in many ways, a very different game to the original. While still very obviously a Legendary game, players of the base game will not need to relearn any major game mechanics, but there is enough new content to make it feel like a game in its own right.

The basic setup, player turns, and aims are the same, but the specifics of certain aspects of the game are quite different.

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Urban Exploration – Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham

Selly Oak Hospital closed in 2012, and we visited as the main part of the building has already been demolished for a new housing estate.

It’s been a while since I last went exploring, although quite some time back, a friend and I discussed the possibility of visiting Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. After spending the weekend at EMF Camp near Guildford last month, the journey home would provide the perfect opportunity to stop off at our chosen location. If you’re not familiar with the concept of Urban Exploration, you can read my guide, here.

The first buildings on the site of Selly Oak Hospital were those of the King’s Norton Union Workhouse, built in 1834. Over the years the site was expanded, and the hospital continued to grow, until its closure in 2012.

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Via Lux Birmingham – My Third Ingress Anomaly

Via Lux Birmingham was our first experience at a hybrid anomaly, and this time as well as clusters we had shards to contend with.

Another year has passed and a few more Ingress Anomalies have come and gone, but August 2016 saw a return to the UK with the latest installment, Via Lux Birmingham.

Having once again spent the last year pretty much forgetting that Ingress existed, having an anomaly we can attend again brought us back out of the woodwork and into this amazing community. Since Niantic separated from Google, anomalies have seen many changes. Firstly, they run a lot more often, and in the past year we have seen Abbadon, Obsidian and Aegis Nova coming and going, we were now ready for the next installment, Via Lux. Secondly, the anomalies themselves are changing, and Via Lux would have us take part in our first ever hybrid anomaly.

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Trapped In – The Ruby Factory & Crazy Clown’s Carnival Reviews

Nine months after our first visit to Trapped In Bury, we’re back to play their latest games, The Ruby Factory, and Crazy Clown’s Carnival.

Nine months after our first visit to Trapped In Bury, we returned to play their next two escape games. We knew that after our last visit that they had a funfair themed room planned, but their second room was a complete surprise, and a rather pleasant one at that.

Last time we played Air Traffic Control and Time Machine, but this time, we were there to see what The Ruby Factory, and Crazy Clown’s Carnival had to offer.

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Game Review – Legendary Marvel

Legendary Marvel is our first experience of the deck building game world, with a great theme and superb re-playability, we loved every game!

Legendary Marvel isn’t a new game, but it is one of the highest rated deck building games out there. So with it’s superhero theme, it seemed a logical first step into the world of pool building tabletop games.

Considering that Legendary Marvel is a card based game, we were quite surprised at the size of the box, especially when opening it up, and finding that the cards within take up less than 50% of the interior space provided.

As it happens, Legendary Marvel is a base game, with multiple add on sets that can be used to make the game more interesting or complex as time goes on. We assume then that the box size is simply well thought out forward planning by the makers, who have already set you up with extra storage space for the expansions you purchase in the future.

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Women Climb – Beginner Rock Climbing Event

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ever climbing session by Women Climb, at Manchester Climb Centre, as part of the BMC Women Outdoors week.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my first ever climbing session by Women Climb, at Manchester Climb Centre, as part of the BMC Women Outdoors week.

I did some rock climbing when I was about 12, but I was terrible at coming back down (I have vertigo and abseiling makes me cry), and since then, I’ve become a lot less active, flexible and generally much more clumsy. I was pretty sure I was going to be the worst climber there, but I was happy to go along, give it a go, and see what I could do.

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EMF Camp 2016

EMF Camp is a non-profit UK camping festival for those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things, occurring every two years

Last weekend I attended my first ever EMF Camp. I’d heard of the event before, but with it being far away, and costing for a ticket, I’d not been in a position to go. Thankfully, this year I work for an awesome company who covered the cost of my ticket, so I was really excited to be a part of this amazing event.

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