Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gamer Girl Giveaways week of Oct 23


There will be an ongoing linky, but will be published each Thursday. Stop in weekly and link up any gaming related giveaways. Or come on by and browse for gaming giveaways to enter!

Wondering how to participate? It's easy!

Under Your name: put the name of your giveaway prize and the end date. For example something like this "My Cool Blog - Excellent Prize (Can/US 3/12)" or  this "Awesome Prize, 4/16".

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Ulitmate Video Game List - H




At And She Games we love all kinds of gaming, and all types of games! So we have been curating some Ultimate Game Lists to show off to you!  We have been working our way through the The Ultimate Board Games List for a while now, and would love if you would check that out as well!

We wanted to work on Video Games next.   But first, let me say that there are a lot of video games out there.  Every type and variety, and I am sure we will miss some a long the way.  Also since some games and systems are obsolete and "current" can be a relative term, we went with 2005 and newer, and as many as we can find.


We would love your input on any we may miss along the way!  We would also love to hear your thoughts of some of these games.  If you would like to write a review of the game on our blog (we can link back to your game or business), please email us.


Check out the other letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G



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Halo

Halo is a top-selling military science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood. The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a group of supersoldiers codenamed Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana.

The games in the series have been praised as being among the best first-person shooters on a video game console, and are considered the Xbox's "killer app".


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 Harvest Moon Series

Harvest Moon is a farm simulation role-playing video game series. The main objective of the game is to rebuild a run-down old farm and turn it into a successful one. Over a period of time the player tends to crops and livestock, befriends nearby townsfolk, and eventually in some series get married and start a family. The first game was Harvest Moon, released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1996.

The player's character has primarily been male, but some games offer the option to play as a female character. The most common story line of the series involves the player taking over a farm that no longer has an owner tending to it, growing crops, raising livestock, making friends with the town's people and creating a family while running a successful farm. Each game provides objects to collect or goals to complete, whether it is befriending villagers, collecting musical notes, finding sprites, making rainbows, or ringing bells.

Money is obtained by growing crops, raising livestock, fishing, mining, and foraging. With a limited time and limited energy, the player has to find a balance between the two in order to accomplish their work for the day.

Platforms: Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Wii

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Hearts of Iron 2

Hearts of Iron II is a grand strategy computer war game. It takes place in the period from 1 January 1936 through 30 December 1947, and allows the player to assume control of any one of over 175 nations of the time and guide its development through the years before, during and after the Second World War.

Hearts of Iron II is a grand strategy game. The player can build land divisions, aircraft squadrons, and naval ships/fleets, and combine these into corps and armies. The player also has the ability to control the appointment of commanders of forces under their nation's flag or that of controlled nations as well as to control the appointment of individual government ministers and military commanders in key General Staff positions. The player also has a broader ability to control the heads of state and government; however, this option is only available to democracies and only then through elections, in which the player chooses the winner. Technological research is controlled by the player. All this is on a global scale, with the player simultaneously dealing and interacting with nations across the world. The game can be paused at any point.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X

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Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is an interactive drama action-adventure video game.

The game is a film noir thriller, featuring four diverse protagonists involved with the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses extended periods of rainfall to drown his victims. The player interacts with the game by performing actions highlighted on screen related to motions on the controller, and in some cases, performing a series of quick time events during fast-paced action sequences. The player's decisions and actions during the game will affect the narrative. The main characters can be killed, and certain actions may lead to different scenes and endings.

Platforms: Playstation 3

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Heroes of Might and Magic V


 Heroes of Might and Magic V is the fifth installment of the Heroes of Might and Magic fantasy turn-based strategy video game series. Like the other games in the series, players control "heroes"—leaders with magical abilities—who recruit forces—often monsters—from strongholds such as castles. The heroes and their armies battle the opponents, who also use heroes to lead their forces. It features a campaign series of levels, stand-alone and multiplayer scenarios.

A hero can learn a new skill, upgrade an existing one, gain a new ability or create combos of multiple abilities upon gaining a new level or visiting special buildings on the adventure map. There are two sets of skills available to heroes: racial skills and regular skills. A hero can have up to five regular skills and always has the proper racial skill. Skills are divided into four levels: Basic, Advanced, Expert, and Ultimate. Each skill is associated with three to five abilities, depending on the race of the hero. Each level of skill gives the hero a chance to learn one ability under the skill. That is, a hero with Basic level of a skill can learn one ability, Advanced level two, and Expert level three. An ability is not immediately learned when the hero increases the corresponding skill level.

The racial skill that a hero learns is dependent on their native faction. All heroes from a faction learn the same racial skill and racial abilities. Each racial skill culminates in an 'ultimate ability' that can only be gained by learning a very specific set of regular skills and abilities. In addition to the three levels of skills that apply to regular skills, the racial skill can reach an ultimate level when a certain artifact is worn by the hero.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X

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Hinterland

Hinterland is a high fantasy role-playing video game with city-building elements by Tilted Mill Entertainment.

During play, the goal is to establish and grow a village successfully in the wilderness of a fantasy kingdom, clearing out all nearby threats. Set in a world roughly based on the lore of both the Norse and the Celts, the game features characters and creatures of fantasy which inhabit the lands surrounding the village.

The player controls an adventurer acting as the leader of the settlement, required both to defend it from attacks and to provide funding for its expansion. While the player's profession is chosen from among a number that specializes in combat, city management, or resource gathering, other non-player characters with more menial professions also periodically visit the village. These peasants and tradesmen can be persuaded to settle in the village if their requirements are met and a home is constructed for them (at the player's expense). Once resident, they can either perform their designated job function (e.g., growing food or smithing weapons), or be conscripted to join the player on expeditions into the unknown.


The primary challenge of the game is keeping the village safe while adventuring to find much needed resources for its expansion. Choices must also be made into how to spend funds, in terms of upgrading existing dwellings or adding new ones.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

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Hitman: Absolution


Hitman: Absolution is a stealth video game.

The game takes place primarily in the United States, mainly around the city of Chicago, Illinois, and a fictional town called Hope in South Dakota. This game introduces an online option to the series, where players can create their own missions for other players to complete. In addition, the game features "Instinct Mode" which allows 47 to predict enemy patrol routes, much like the "Sonar Vision" that was featured in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360



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Homefront

Homefront is a first-person shooter video game. The game tells the story of a resistance movement fighting against a near-future foreign military occupation of the Western United States.

The single-player campaign is focused on first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, and it takes 5 to 10 hours to finish the game, all depending on the player's experience.

The multiplayer component of Homefront is focused on large-scale vehicle-based combat reminiscent of Kaos Studios' first title, Frontlines: Fuel of War. The defining innovation of Homefront's multiplayer is its battle points system, which is an in-game currency that allows a player to purchase weapons, gear, and vehicles. Players can earn points by completing objectives and increasing their amount of kills, and can choose to spend their points between many small purchases such as weapons, missiles, and drones, or larger, higher cost items like helicopters and tanks.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and OnLive


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Hospital Tycoon


Hospital Tycoon is a business simulation video game.

The game lets the player manage a hospital from a god view. Each different hospital is staffed by medical teams and is packed with ill patients. The player needs to manage the staff, ensure patients are cared for and have the correct treatment facilities. As time progresses, new equipment will need to be built in order to cope with incoming patients. The game can also be played in a sandbox mode.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 3

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Ski Resort Tycoon

Ski Resort Tycoon is a business simulation game in which the player must successfully create and run a ski resort. The player is able to add a variety of structures including skilifts, lodges, bathrooms, warming huts and various accommodations. The goal is to become a 5 star resort. The game has a 3D mode where the player can view their resort. A Yeti can also be seen in the game, and it can be found eating the guests.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows






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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a 2D top-down action video game by Dennaton Games.


Hotline Miami is divided into several chapters, each of which is further broken down into several stages. At the start of most chapters, the unnamed protagonist wakes up in his apartment and listens to cryptic messages on his answering machine. These messages tell him to perform an arbitrary task at a certain location, which in each case is inferred as a metaphor for killing every person at that location, such as giving VIPs of a hotel a 'great stay'. Prior to commencing a mission, the player is asked to select an animal mask to wear, each of which provides unique advantages or handicaps. In each stage, the player navigates a building from a top-down perspective, and the goal is almost always to kill every opponent therein. Occasionally the player must also defeat a boss at the end of the chapter or find key items as they explore, but most levels are very straightforward. Some levels will also include hidden masks for the player to find along the way. The player has access to a wide variety of melee, thrown, and ranged weapons, and will need to handle challenges through either stealthy tactics or overwhelming force. The player character is no more resilient than the enemies, however, so any mistake is usually fatal. Enemy AI varies slightly, causing them to occasionally move unpredictably, making it difficult to plan a perfect approach. To make up for this, the game allows the player to restart each stage the moment they die, allowing them to quickly fine-tune their approach over several attempts. The game grades the player's performance at the end of each chapter based on a number of factors, also granting them points that unlock more weapons, and may also unlock additional masks depending on their score.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita

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Hyrule Warrior

Hyrule Warriors is a hack and slash action video game.

Hyrule Warriors mixes the hack-and-slash gameplay of Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series of video games with the settings and characters from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. Amongst many other characters, the player controls an original iteration of Link in melee combat to take on large numbers of enemies from the Legend of Zelda series. While there is a much stronger emphasis on combat than other games in the Legend of Zelda series, the player may use common weapons from prior games in the series, such as a sword, bombs, and Link's signature spin attack.

Platforms: Wii U


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Monday, 20 October 2014

Ultimate Board Game List - L





I assembled the "Ultimate Board Games" list, and we are currently working our way through it! So here are the Ks.

(Visit the 0-9, & AsBs, Cs, Ds, Es, Fs, Gs, Hs, Is, Js, Ks)



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Landslide! 

There are 2 versions to Landslide:

The newest version was released in 2004, and is a  Monopoly-style track around the outside of the board. The cards contain some humorous citations.

The first board game titled Landslide was published 1971. Up to four players aim to obtain as many electoral votes as they can. The players use their popular votes to bid for states, and whoever has the most electoral votes at the end of the game is the winner. The game follows the 1970 census, and correctly represents the electoral college apportionment for each state.

The board features a circular track in which players moved their tokens to land on spaces that had various rewards or triggered game action. The country and states are divided into 4 regions (East, South, Midwest, West) and the circular track is divided into these four sections as well.    

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Las Vegas is a game for two to five players. It consists of six small boards representing different casinos, a set of money in various denominations of the United States dollar, and five sets of eight dice, each set coloured differently.

The game is played for four rounds. At the start of each round, each casino is randomly dealt a banknote from the bank. Each casino must hold at least $50,000. If the banknote's worth is less than that, the casino is dealt an additional banknote, until the casino holds at least $50,000.

Players take turns throwing their dice. At the start of a round, each player is holding all of their eight dice. After the dice are thrown, the player must choose which casino they are betting on. This is done by choosing a number and placing all the dice showing that number on the respective casino. Betting is mandatory, there is no option to voluntarily pass a turn. A player can only pass a turn when he/she has no dice left for the round.

Once all players have bet all their dice, the winnings are dealt out. For each casino, the winnings go to the player who bet the most dice on that casino. The majority has to be strict - on a draw, the winnings go to the player with the next most dice, or if all players are equal, the winnings go back to the bank. In case a casino holds multiple banknotes, the players bet on the largest banknote first, and then the smaller ones in order of decreasing value.

After each round, the players get their dice back and the casinos are dealt a new set of money. After four rounds, the player who has won the most money wins the game.

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Le Havre

 Le Havre is a board game about the development of the town of Le Havre. It was inspired by the games Caylus and Agricola.

The gameplay takes place in the harbour of Le Havre, where players take goods such as fish and wood from the wharves. These goods are used either to feed the players' community, to construct buildings and ships, or are processed into finished goods. For example, a smokehouse building may be constructed in which players may process fish into smoked fish, which is more valuable.





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Life
 
Spin the wheel of fate and take a drive along the twisting roads families have enjoyed for more than 40 years! Chose a College or Career path and start down the road of life, making money and having babies. You'll have adventure after adventure until you reach retirement. If you reach it first, you get a big chunk of change – and if you're the wealthiest player in retirement, you win!

For 2 to 4 players.





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The LOGO Board Game is for 2 to 6 players (or teams) aged 12 and up. Players travel round the board of purple, yellow, green, and red spaces, based on correctly answered questions, until they reach the winning zone in the center. The questions are based on logos, products and packaging of well-known brands.

There are three types of question card:

    Picture cards
    Pot luck cards
    Common theme cards

The game includes 1 playing board, 6 playing pieces, 400 cards containing 1,600 questions and rules.


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Keltis is a board game that in the has been re-marketed as Lost Cities: The Board Game.

It is a multi-player board game that is based on the same theme as Knizia's two-player card game Lost Cities.

Players score points by playing cards, which must be played in ascending or descending order. Each turn, a card is played which advances the player's token along a stone path. Playing only 1 to 3 cards in a color results in negative points for that color. Each card played improves a player's score, and when at least 4 cards of one color have been played, positive points are scored for that path. Each player records progress using tokens. One token is taller, and points it collects are doubled.

Extra points are gained by collecting stones or landing on bonus squares during the game.


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Luck of the Draw

Luck of the Draw is a drawing game published in 2006. Distinguishing it from other games in the genre, all players draw the same subject and advancement is effected by voting for the most appropriate drawing in various categories rather than guessing a subject. Because the categories are not directly related to artistic skill, players with advanced drawing ability are not favored. The game was conceptualized by Donald W. Scott and is produced under license by Gamewright.






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Ludo

Ludo is a board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to die rolls. Like other cross and circle games, Ludo is derived from the Indian game Pachisi, but simpler. The game and its variants are popular in many countries and under various names.







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