Profile

Cover photo
Josh Totman
Works at Japanator
Lives in Federal Way, Washington
59 followers|88,065 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Josh Totman

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Had some X-wing goodness yesterday at my FLGS and I took my good camera along to record the action and try out some things. I really enjoyed how the miniatures turned out in B&W.
20
1
Winchell Chung's profile photoJoe Grimer's profile photo
 
Indeed, they actually look really cool in B&W!
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Local Game Events / Meetups  - 
 
Had a great night at Games and Growlers at my FLGS. I was stuck most of the night playing Pint Craft, which was an OK game, that kind of took too long to play when it got up to 6 players. Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was pretty noisy which is a good sign. I mean even "whoo hooo" and high fives were observed. Then I was able to play at least two games of Walk the Plank at the end. Can't wait for the next one!
8
John Gravitt's profile photoScott Galinac's profile photo
2 comments
 
Games and Growlers is a great name.
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Kickstarter  - 
 
So last weekend I was able to sit down and play Golem Arcana at my FLGS. Now I will come right off and say that I am not a miniature gamer in the fact of buy minis, but I do like playing those games when I have the chance to. It's the closest thing to a war game I will play because war games are my kryptonite.

Anyways, the demo that I played was a 2 player 3 on 3 match-up. This setup was just the same as in the gameplay mechanics video on KS. The game itself took only about 30 minutes to play even though I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't get destroyed quickly if that is what you are thinking. I held in there to the end and had played more times then I have. Besides all that, I had a lot of fun playing the basic prototype of the game. You can definitely see how much more customization the game can and will have later on while you play it.

The module tiles for instant are their own 3" X 3" square. These can be placed in any pattern on the table. So you could have say an L shaped board or a diamond shaped board or whatever you can imagine a bunch of 3" X 3" squares could be. Once it's built, you just tap on all of them for the program to understand where they are at. Then the computer can calculate all the moving and bonuses you may or may not get when playing.

The minis looked great for being just demo copies from a 3D printer. Plus the scale of the minis was nice too. I didn't feel like I was just playing with green army men sized minis that would have cost me the price of a nice board game expansion each. The bases are a bit thin and you can't just pick it up by the base to move it unless you got some wicked fingernails. So hopefully when the actual minis come out they will be firmly attached to the base for easy movement.

Now we come to the stylus. It worked like a dream. Every click that I did was pretty flawless except when trying to click some of the minis and they moved... It felt good using it and hope the finished product looks as good as the picture. The one we used looked like a black toothpaste tube, but damn it, it worked! 

We were using an iPad for the software while playing. The software will be compatible with all mobile devices and PC if they have Bluetooth compatibility. There was no slow down or loading on anything that we were doing. It was quick and responsive even to my erratic click all over the cards. I think this is why you have to either double tap to confirm actions or actually clicking confirm on your player card just in case you get a player like me not knowing what they hell he is doing. Smart move Harebrained Schemes.

So, who is this really for? That's a hard question to answer. This could be the gateway game for the video game crowd to board gaming and minis. This also could be the gateway game for board gamers to get into the miniatures world of gaming. This could be for the beginner miniature gamers not willing to plunk down an absurd amount of money just to have one army of minis. The choice is really up to who you are trying to talk into backing this next step in gaming. There is only a week left and they are still a bit short on their goal. Personally, I would love to see this fund so that I can watch it evolve later down the road. 
9
Ray Slakinski's profile photoSimon McKnight's profile photoJosh Totman's profile photoMark Montgomery's profile photo
6 comments
 
Interesting, Ray...I hadn't looked at it from that point of view. I looked at it as a miniatures game with not many minis to play with. I'll have to re-look now.
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Picked up my copy of Love Letter: Kanai Factory Edition at my FLGS. Its very pretty. :)
13
2
Jen-Yi Wuu's profile photoScott Dexter's profile photoSiegrid Pregartner's profile photoDerek Springer's profile photo
3 comments
 
I like the AEG art better, but I am grabbing this anyway. Because why not.
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Discussion  - 
 
Just got my badge for PAX and can't wait till tomorrow! Hope to see someone from the community here and maybe play a game.
9
Josh Totman's profile photoScott Hill's profile photo
2 comments
 
That's the best part of the media badge. It's like lickable caffeine.
Add a comment...
In his circles
50 people
Have him in circles
59 people
Nolan Koppelman's profile photo
Ellen Davis's profile photo
Harvie Jarriell's profile photo

Josh Totman

Shared publicly  - 
 
Happy Twintails day!!
1
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Pictures of Games  - 
 
My secret Santa from BGG came through and got me one of my favorite's at the moment! I kind of wanted to wait to open it on Christmas because I don't have any gifts, but I didn't even know it was coming and I thought it was something else so I opened it.

Anyways, I still want to give a big thank you to Santa! I love it!
13
Ryan Burke's profile photoNeil Robinson's profile photo
2 comments
 
Mines under the tree, can't wait!
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Discussion  - 
 
Had a great day of gaming today. Got to play:
Carson City
Bang! The Dice Game 2x
Dominion
7 Wonders
Lords of Waterdeep
Village
Cover your A$$ets 2x
Bohnanza 

Then I have Mage Wars afternoon and then a games and growlers that night for more adult gaming after the FLGS closes.

Oh, and I get to taught my prey on the BBG Secret Santa too.
8
Artem Safarov's profile photoMathew Utting's profile photoAshley Bower's profile photoJosh Totman's profile photo
6 comments
 
Pictures and details will be shared once it is over. You can count on that. ;)
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Local Game Events / Meetups  - 
 
Had a great day of board gaming with my new monthly gaming group. The game of the day for me was Vikings. Had a great time with that one, but it pains me to know that it is OOP and the cheapest I can find it is $75. sigh
5
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Pictures of Games  - 
 
Got to demo Golem Arcana at the game store. Great innovation in game design and I hope that it funds. Also playing Relic Runners for the first time as well. Interesting game with a lot of little details.
6
Josh Totman's profile photoAdam Day's profile photo
2 comments
 
+Adam Day Sorry I didn't get my thoughts up today about Golem Arcana. I'll make a new post that talks about it tomorrow after I get off work.
Add a comment...

Josh Totman

Pictures of Games  - 
 
I didn't take as many pictures of board gaming as I thought I did, but I did at least get a couple. The after hours gaming was pretty good and definitely crowded. It was actually hard to find a game that wasn't already going on. There were some people out on the hunt for extra players and I had more then a couple of people trying to join me on my solo Ascension learning game I was teaching myself. Oh, by the way, I picked up Ascension: Rise of Vigil. It's the first Ascension game I have played/owned. I understand why people like this deck builder. I also got two games from Grandpa Beck, Cover Your Assets and Scheming and Skulking. Grandpa and Grandma was demoing the games there and I got them to sign them after I bought them. They were super nice people and the games are great for just about everyone.

Well I'm sure I have loads more to say about the experience, but I want to cut it a bit short and answer questions if any come up.
8
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
50 people
Have him in circles
59 people
Nolan Koppelman's profile photo
Ellen Davis's profile photo
Harvie Jarriell's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Administrative Assistant III
Employment
  • Japanator
    Associate Editor, 2011 - present
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
    Administrative Assistant III, 2011 - present
  • Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
    Resystems Tech III, 2009 - 2011
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Birthday
December 20
Links
Contributor to
Story
Introduction
You may also know me as Totsu.  The cooking otaku!
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Federal Way, Washington
Previously
Anchorage, Alaska - Herrington, Kansas - Pittsburg, Kansas
Contact Information
Home
Mobile
907-297-9669
Email
Skype
Totsu11