Monday, July 29, 2013

Gifts For Gamers: Fluxx , Fluxx The Board Game, & Other Looney Labs Games

GIFTS FOR GAMERS - A weekly column at Cold's Gold Factory that focuses on bringing you some of the coolest gifts for gamers of all types. Remember to check back here for ideas for Gamer Birthday Gifts, Stocking Stuffers for Gamers, and Gamer Christmas Ideas.

Fluxx Games From Looney Labs

Top Card Games - Cthulhu Fluxx
My Favorite Edition:  Cthulhu Fluxx

FLUXX is one of my favorite family friendly table-top card games and I've featured it in an earlier Gifts For Gamers post on my Top 5 Table-Top Card Games.  Fluxx is an awesome card game because it is super fun, easy to learn, appeals to gamers of all different types, and can be played by the whole family.  Fluxx is a game of ever changing rules, which keeps the games feeling fresh and makes the entire Fluxx line have a nice replay value for years.  There is a version of Fluxx made for everyone:

  1. Fluxx 4.0
  2. Star Fluxx
  3. Zombie Fluxx
  4. Pirate Fluxx
  5. Family Fluxx
  6. Monty Python Fluxx
  7. Oz Fluxx
  8. Cthulhu Fluxx
  9. Eco-Fluxx
  10. Martian Fluxx

Looney Labs Launches Fluxx the Board Game

Looney Labs Fluxx Board Game

And now Looney Labs has just released the first ever FLUXX Board Game, which looks to be a ton of fun too!  Check out the video below for a preview on the new Fluxx board game.

From the Manufacturer

The board game that's all about change: changing rules, changing goals and now changing tiles. Occupy the right tile spaces to claim the current goal and reveal the next goal. getting you one step closer to victory.

Product Description

It's more strategic than the original card game and delivers everything you'd expect from a name like Fluxx; The Board Game.The ever-shifting landscape is made of tiles that can be rotated or uprooted elsewhere on the table.Ti win, players must position their pieces on places shown on goal cards.Victory requires accomplishing several goals but the exact number needed is subject to change!Rule changes are tracked on a comprehensive new game board.It's a game about change where everything can change - from the rules to the gameboard to the color of your pieces!

Other Fun Games From Looney Labs

Looney Labs creatures a large variety of really fun games.  I've played a lot of their games and have enjoyed every game of theirs that I've played.  Andy Looney and his wife are both super cool and friendly people who I met at one of the Origins Conventions.  Any convention that I've been to I always look for the Looney Labs room to hang out and try out their new games.  I recommend the same, if you are lucky enough to attend a gaming convention where Looney Labs is attending also.

Here are a few more of their games that you may be interested in checking out.

  1. Ice Dice
  2. Looney Pyramids
  3. Chrononauts
  4. Treehouse
  5. Are You A Werewolf?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Author Spotlight: Amanda Lei Murphy of Clover Quips

Author Spotlight On Amanda Lei Murphy

Amanda Lei Murphy
Amanda Lei Murphy
If you know me very well, then you should know that I like to support the works of my friends and fellow peers that I respect. Amanda Lei Murphy is a fellow gaming blogging that I follow on Twitter (@Amanda_Lei) as well as a read her blog. She has some interesting articles up on her site Clover Quips and has just started submitting her own Short Stories for purchase on Amazon.

You may be interested in some of the following articles from her site:
Here's a little bit of information about her, submitted by Amanda herself:

"I have a multitude of diverse technological and communication skills and responsibilities ranging from front-end and CMS web development, business and consumer writing, company communication and coordination, social media and brand management, and small to large scale event planning.

Having an incredible passion for the written word, I completed an Honors Degree in Communications and Digital Culture which lead into an IT and technology-focused specialization, including computer science, digital design, and programming emphasis.

Currently, I am involved in a software development company's Marketing initiatives, and am the project manager for the company’s internal employee collaboration Intranet portal. I am also the primary stakeholder for customer evidence, frequently liaising with Sales, Microsoft, and clients to put together compelling stories that showcase my company's technological strength. I have been involved in many large-scale event planning projects, including organizing, planning, and hosting events during National Retail Federation (NRF) and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in the company offices. In addition, I have organized and overseen several cross-country and multi-national events.

Being an avid writer and self-proclaimed Geek, I have written for a variety of publications and organizations, namely my University newspaper, The Brock Press, as a weekly article contributor to the Humor, Game, and Careers sections. Previously working in the video game industry as technical support for Linux and Mac, I am actively involved in the Toronto Video Game community. My name is featured on several small games and applications, with the most noteworthy being the Mac version of Dragon Age 2. I have written for several Video Game websites as a journalist and game reviewer, and run a mid-sized blog which houses dozens of my own fiction and short stories."

Check Out Amanda's Works On Amazon

So now Amanda has turned to writing short stories and those can be found on Amazon  for dirt cheap. Here is a compiled list of the current short stories available for purchase from Amazon for Kindle and iOS devices.  I recommend you check them out as you works are always top notch.
  1. The Shadow and Other Ghost Stories - Includes The Shadow, The Raven, The Closet, & Horror Haunted.
  2. Iris and Other Short Romance Stories (Paranormal Romance) - Includes the short stories: Iris, Green Door, Difference, & Sleeping.
  3. The Raven
  4. The Shadow
  5. The Closet
  6. Horror Haunted
So next time you are looking for something to read on your Kindle or iOS device, then check out these short stories by Amanda Lei Murphy.  They'll only set you back $0.99 or $1.99 for the compilations.

You can also follow her on the following social sites:

Facebook Group:

And if you only watch one thing today, it should be my favorite work of hers.  This video log detailing her opening of the gifts from a couple of fellows on Twitter during a gift exchange from a couple of years ago.  It's hillarious.

Images & Video Used With Author's Permission

Friday, July 26, 2013

Podcast News: Nev Joins The Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Warcraft Podcast News: 

Nev Joins The Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast As Second Host

Who Is Marcus Ty?

The Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast is a World of Warcraft Podcast dedicated to the art of WoW Gold Making.  Marcus Ty is a fellow WoW gold blogger and author of one the World of Warcraft gold guides that I highly recommend.  I've read his guide as a reviewer from front to back and it is very well written and is an excellent guide that covers everything you need to know about getting started as a gold maker in Warcraft. 

Hell, it's so good that once I read it I quickly scrapped any notion of writing my own full length guide for WoW Gold Making because he covered everything pretty much the same way I would have done it myself, which is another reason I highly recommend it.  He thinks similar to the way I do, so instead of writing my own, I just support his excellent guide.  You can check out the Journal of Marcus Ty Gold Guide here.  If you listen to the podcasts you will hear about some of the strategies included in the guide and it's a good idea to listen to the show, if you are undecisive about whether you would benefit from his guide.

Nev Joins The Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

My good friend Nev, of the blogs Auction House Addict and She Rides Dragons, has now officially joined The Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast as a permanent co-host.  Nev has appeared on Marcus Ty's podcast a couple of times before, but now is a solid second host.  So if you haven't checked out the podcast, I highly recommend it.  If you are a newer or fresh learning WoW gold maker, then it will be very helpful as the show is geared towards those players learning to make gold in World of Warcraft. 

I've appeared on the podcast with Marcus as a guest host before as well.  If you want to check out the episode that I was on, then have a listen to episode #5.  It's a good episode.  :)  Other prominent gold makers have been featured on other earlier episodes too.

You can find the Journal of Marcus Ty podcast on both iTunes and Stitcher Radio.


Recommended Guides: Secret Gold Guide | Journal of Marcus Ty | Neverwinter Secrets

Saturday, July 20, 2013

WoW TCG Reign of Fire - Contains All Old Loot Cards!

Gifts For Gamers:  World of Warcraft Trading Card Game Expansion

Timewalkers: Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire Booster Packs - Warcraft TCG Loot
WoW TCG Reign of Fire Boosters

This expansion for this WoW TCG is awesome because it contains all the previous loot code cards ever created and now with new improved drop rates!

The Reign of Fire WoW TCG Expansion Launches Soon!

The highly anticipated newest expansion for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game is launching very soon.  The Reign of Fire expansion is the last of the 3 expansion sets in the Timewalkers Block.  Even players who do not play the WoW TCG are excited about this release, which may become the best selling WoW TCG expansion of all time.  The Timewalkers: Reign of Fire expansion release date is set for July 23rd, 2013.

You may recall me discussing Reign of Fire with Rez and Nonmail on The Eviscerated Gaming Podcast Episode # 53 - "Party Pooper".  This WoW TCG expansion is highly anticipated by World of Warcraft players because of two awesome things:

  1. Every WoW Loot Card ever created in the previous WoW TCG sets will be included in Reign of Fire!
  2. The drops rates of all loot cards has been increased so you have better chances to get loot code cards!
The drop rate of the rare cards alone has been doubled and the common and uncommon cards have had their drop rates increased significantly as well.  So you now have even better chances to pull one of the awesome loot cards like the Spectral Kitten, Spectral Tiger Mounts, Feldrake or any of the other cool WoW loot codes.

Reign of Fire Boosters For WoW TCG
Reign of Fire Booster Box

Pre-Order Reign of Fire Boxes For Stupid Cheap Right Now!

One of the top deals I've found online for the Reign of Fire expansion is on Amazon.  The individual booster packs are priced at $3.99 MSRP, but at the time of writing this you can Pre-Order a Reign of Fire Booster Box for only $99 with Free Shipping!  That's $134 worth of booster packs for only $99!  If you are looking to try your luck at pulling loot cards, then you shouldn't sleep on this deal.  There are only 9 boxes left for pre-order and they just were added to Amazon last night!

Pre-Order Sale pricing is over, but more boxes are currently available:

Get Your Reign of Fire Booster Box Now!

Currently there are no individual Reign of Fire booster packs available for pre-order, but they should be on sale after the expansion officially is released on July 23rd.

Remember since this new TCG Booster set includes all previous expansions loot cards, these booster make for amazing stocking stuffers or gifts for gamers!  Every pack is a chance to pull something awesome that can be used in game by World of Warcraft players.

Good luck and happy loot pulling!

Let us know in the comments what loot code cards you pulled from your Reign of Fire booster packs.