Review: Mystic Vale Card Game

  • March 22, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Mystic Vale, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Fantastic Game First, I absolutely love Mystic Vale. It’s probably my favorite game of the last six months, at least. In Mystic Vale two to four players play as druids trying to build out their starting cards to earn the most points. The cards are the most interesting and fun part, so I’ll start there.

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Review: Grammar For People Who Hate Rules

  • March 3, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Grammar For People Who Hate Rules, written by Kathleen Watson. A Great Little Book to Help Improve Your Grammar and Spelling Well over a decade ago, at my first job after college, I had the opportunity to work quite closely with writers and editors in a communications department, before my subgroup of web developers was moved over to IT. This experience, combined with the pursuit of a philosophy degree in college, and working with editors in the years since, has lead to me having a real interest in making sure that my spelling and grammar are correct.

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Review: SteelSeries Spectrum 4xB Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 (White)

  • February 24, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of SteelSeries Spectrum 4xB Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 (White), received as part of the Amazon Vine program. So Many Wires, But Great With Computers A number of years ago I received the SteelSeries Spectrum 4xB Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 for review. At the time I kept putting off reviewing them since the wires kept driving me crazy when I tried to use it with my Xbox 360.

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Review: DII Natural Coir Fiber, 18x30 Entry Way Outdoor Door Mat with Non Slip Backing - Home Cat

  • February 24, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the DII Natural Coir Fiber, 18x30” Entry Way Outdoor Door Mat with Non Slip Backing - Home Cat, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. So Far Works Great Outdoors First, based upon Amazon reviews it appears that there’s some number of individuals who are selling rip-off and/or copy-cat versions of DII’s doormats. Given the quality of doormat I received, I would highly recommend making sure you purchase this product from an Amazon Prime eligible seller.

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Review: Order of the Gilded Compass

  • February 11, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Order of the Gilded Compass board game, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Dice Rolling With a Bit of Setup, But Enjoyable First, if you’re not very lucky with dice, you should probably move on as Order of the Gilded Compass relies very heavily upon the luck of the roll. Two to five players take turns rolling dice, assigning some number of them before play continues to the next player.

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Review: London Dread

  • February 9, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of London Dread, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Cooperative and Atmospheric, But Probably Best With A Single Group of Four London Dread is a cooperative board game for two to four players, where they attempt to travel around London over the course of a day or two, investigating areas, tackling location events, before taking on an antagonist, and then eventually moving on to another story.

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Review: Conan Board Game

  • February 3, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Conan board game, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Amazing Components, Unique Gameplay, for Dedicated Players/Fans Recently I started really getting into the second edition of Descent, where a single player plays as the overload, and up to four other players take on the roles of adventures in either one-off missions or as part of a larger campaign. So when I had the opportunity to try out the new Conan Board Game, I leapt on the chance.

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Review: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

  • January 17, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. A Nice Bump From Mysterium, But Don’t Expect Short Games I picked up a copy of Mysterium back in July 2016, and recently picked up a copy of the Hidden Signs expansion, since my girlfriend wanted to play the game every time we had a game night, and when she’s interested in a game I try to keep her interested in it.

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Review: Microsoft Surface Mouse

  • January 16, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Microsoft Surface Mouse, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Nice Mouse, But I’ll Stick With My Logitechs The Surface Pro 4, by itself or combined with a Type Cover, is already pretty sufficiently covered when it comes to a pointer device. However, since I already had some with my old laptop, I ended up using a Logitech M310, putting the wireless dongle in the USB port.

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Review: Microsoft Surface Keyboard

  • January 16, 2017
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of the Microsoft Surface Keyboard, received as part of the Amazon Vine program. For Desktop Use, Works Great When I purchased my Surface Pro 4 a while ago I ended up purchasing a Type Cover to go along with it. In addition to protecting the Surface’s screen it works great as a keyboard. When given the chance to try out the Surface Keyboard I took the opportunity, to see if it would provide a better experience when at home.

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