The Gamer Crash Awards 2018: My Game of the Year

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Don’t forget to visit the awards hub for more information on each award, the winners, and the schedule of what’s next. 

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally here. The final award this year. The big one. What better way to end the 2018 year then by detailing my game of the year. So before we jump into the promise of 2019, let’s take a look back at what was awesome.

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This past year gave us a ton of great content to play. The list below features games that had the biggest impact on me, regardless of if it was something I was anticipating or ultimately came out of nowhere. As I always say, picking a winner out of this list was ridiculous and massively difficult.

Alright, let’s get to it then.

and the nominees are…

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I thought I knew what I was getting into with this game when it launched but…

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TBG Game of the Year 2018

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Every website and publication has a countdown to their game of the year, and we at Two Beard Gaming are no different. 2018 has produced some rather outstanding games across all three of the current generation consoles, however asking someone what their favourite game of this past year was is a tough question. When I’m asked what’s your favourite film, song, TV show or book, my response changes dependent upon my mood, sure I have favourites, yet to pin down one above all, really is quite difficult.

With this in mind, the team at Two Beard Gaming were asked to submit their top three games across each of the three formats, should they own them. The results are both predictable and interesting, the winner is simply the game which garnered the most mentions. In the case of multi-format games, votes were consolidated. The following games received one vote from our…

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2018 Hall of Game

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The results are in. With a little careful bookkeeping over the past year I can declare some clear winners from both my High School Games Club (now in year 16!) and the Thursday Night Game Group. What games hit the table most often in 2018? Too Fat Lardies miniature game rules providers and board game giant Fantasy Flight Games had the lion’s share of games played while High School Games Club attendance remained strong.


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My Top 10 Games of 2018

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What a year it has been for video games

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2018 has been a great year for video games. There have been so many awesome games released this year that it was impossible for me to play all of them. It’s that time of the year where people list their favourite games of the year and that’s what I am going to do now.

It’s been hard but I’ve come up with my top 10 games of 2018. Which games have made the list? Grab a drink, sit down and find out what my top 10 games of 2018 are.

10. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory

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Another year, another good Digimon game. Bandai Namco has been knocking out great Digimon games for the past two years and this year’s entry, Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory is fantastic JRPG that has a gripping and emotional story too.

It…

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Creating Diverse NPCs

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One of my favorite things about writing a D&D adventure is the opportunity to create a plethora of NPCs for my players to interact with. They are the primary conduit for helping the party learn about the world around them and communicate vital story elements. NPCs are also a fantastic tool for introducing players (young players especially) to a rich variety of races, perspectives, and identities…This not only allows the players to explore their own creativity, but it introduces them to different ways of looking at and thinking about the world around them, to find the beauty in diversity. By contrast, games with static NPCs end up feeling lifeless…Here are some things to consider, starting with the basics, that will help you create diverse NPCs!

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Diversity goes beyond just race, but this is the simplest topic to tackle first. Think…

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Tangible gaming

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Over the course of this week I’ve done almost no MMORPG gaming, but I’ve been lucky enough to do a good amount of other gaming. We’ve played two different rpg sessions in the room with friends or family (Starfinder & 5E D&D). Although we played Starfinder using Fantasy Grounds with everything ‘virtual’, including the dice rolls; for D&D we opted to go a hybrid route and used FG for the character sheets and the battle maps, but with all dice rolls done using my nephew’s very extensive polyhedral dice collection.

The second game really brought home the tangible aspect of this type of ‘in the room’ gaming that is, unfortunately, missing from virtual tabletop equivalent. To be clear without Fantasy Grounds we’d have done a lot less rpg sessions over the years, it’s a great asset to my hobby. There is a certain frisson from getting to physically roll real…

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Listmas 2018: Games that I Want to Play (or Finish) Next Year

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Merry Christmas (belatedly) and Happy New Year (almost)! Hope you’ve enjoyed our #Listmas posts as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them. 🙂 Here now, with 2019 coming into plain sight, it’s the perfect time to look forward into my gaming crystal ball to see what games, old and new, will hopefully receive some quality time in the coming months. While I predict that my 2019 in gaming will mostly be a year of me picking through my backlog, as evidenced by my list, there’s at least one new game that I will likely buy, should it actually be released next year. (The crystal ball remains optimistic but murky on that front.) So, without further ado, here are just a handful of games that I’d like to play, or finish, next year. 

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Games Played 2018

Me Vs. Myself and I

2018 is quickly coming to a close and I typically do year in review style posts like the rest of the community. This year I don’t really have a game of the year that I want to nominate or even a list of the best games of the year. I don’t have movies or music that I want to talk about. I do however want to talk about things that I did during the year as a sort of wrap up. As such, I have this post and another where I’ll talk about my year in Magic: The Gathering. For this post in particular, I’d like to go over the games I played throughout the year to sort out what I actually did.

At the tail end of 2017 I started working on my backlog in ways I hadn’t in the past. Due to Steam sales, Humble Monthly and…

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