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Game Curious? Here Are 5 Under $15 To Try.

Posted by Amoebite, January 22, 2017 02:59pm | Post a Comment

Monopoly Deal

- By Chris Curtis

In tabletop gaming parlance, a “gateway” game is a title that is accessible and fun to new players, hopefully sparking their interest in trying other modern games. It should be easy to learn and teach, it should play reasonably quickly, and it should be fairly light-hearted and not too intensely strategic. Here (in no particular order) are five titles we stock at Amoeba Hollywood that fit the bill! They’re all inexpensive to boot, with none over $15.00. These games all have interesting mechanics and provide compelling choices for each player on every turn. You still will encounter a bit of the “luck of the cards,” but not at the expense of strategy. These titles also have solid visual design and quality artwork and components, along with interesting themes. But should a particular theme not interest you (maybe you don’t care for Tolkien-derived fantasy scenarios), don’t let it put you off from trying a particular title. Themes are usually essentially window-dressing for a quality game; effective mechanics and gameplay are what ultimately make or break it. Should you have any questions about rules or procedures, a wealth of information is available online, including video tutorials.

A final note: though all of the games on this list can be played with only two players, they are better with three or more. So let’s dig in, shall we?

Love Letter1. LOVE LETTER

This Japanese delight, designed by Seiji Kanai, launched a movement of “micro-games” - games with minimal components in compact containers but full of deep playability - after versions in English and many other languages were released. The premise involves getting amorous messages to the Princess, and earning tokens of affection from her. Only 16 cards are used, and the rules are direct and straightforward. Everyone is dealt one card. On your turn, take another card and play one of your two. Each card, however, interacts or affects the other cards in different ways, and it is here that skills of strategy and deductive reasoning enter the picture. With so few cards in play, you can start to make educated guesses as to what your opponents hold. This is the game that brought your humble blogger into the world of modern games, as its brilliance of design and efficiency is truly impressive. Most of all, Love Letter is actively fun and involving, and its quick rounds allow for speedy changes of fortune. Amoeba Hollywood carries the original edition, as well as a charming Adventure Time re-themed version. From the same designer, we also stock the quick two-player duel Braverats.

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1990's Promo Pics Pt VI: Andre Nickatina, Mack 10, 11/5, George Clinton, Above The Law, Erykah Badu, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Quik

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2017 08:40am | Post a Comment


The above Andre NIckatina promo pic was taken by Bay Area photographer Timi D.... in 1998 for both the artist formerly known as Dre Dog's Fillmoe Coleman company and for long defunct label DogDay Records who that year released the longtime prolific San Francisco rapper's album Raven In My Eyes.  The promo/publicity photo is one of ten photos in this sixth installment of the 1990's Promo Pics Amoeblog series. The series is a tribute to artists as well as the photographers and record labels responsible for sending them out at the time. The previous posts in this series (1990's Promo Pics Part I Part II, Part III , Part IV and Part V)  included such artists as Das EFX, The RootsMasta Ace Incorporated and Black Sheep.  In addition to the usual rap artist pictures, this latest installment also includes a few non hip-hop artists.

15 Albums to Look for in Early 2017

Posted by Amoebite, January 17, 2017 03:19pm | Post a Comment

15 albums to look for in early 2017

New year, new tunes. If your New Year's Resolution was to make your record collection bigger, bolder, and better (a common resolution, surely), then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of our top picks for albums coming out in the first few months of 2017. Featuring special colored vinyl releases, some of the most buzzed-about names in popular music, and some old favorites returning with new tricks, each of these LPs is available for pre-order now. 

Kehlani

Kehlani - SweetSexySavage (out 1/27)

Nominated for a Grammy (for her You Should Be Here mixtape) before she even had a full-length out, Kehlani's debut LP is hotly-anticipated. Produced largely by hitmakers Pop & Oak, the album features singles "CRZY," "Distraction" and "Advice."

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound (out 1/27)

What the Heck to Do With Yourself on Inauguration Day In The Bay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2017 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Inauguration Day

As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.

Robert Reich

However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your Inauguration Aggravation umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Nergal of Behemoth

Posted by Amoebite, January 16, 2017 07:34pm | Post a Comment

Nergal of Behemoth What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Nergal, singer and guitarist for Polish black metal band Behemoth, was recently at Amoeba Hollywood and shared with us the stories behind his two box set picks, as well as why he thinks it's important to buy records. "I just think it's right to buy stuff, to support it," he says. "I'm happy when people buy my records."

Behemoth was founded in 1991 by Nergal (né Adam Darski), drummer Baal, and guitarist Desecrator. They released their debut LP, Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. The band's profile grew with the release of their second LP, Grom, and its follow-up, Pandemonic Incantations. They made their live debut in the United States in 2003; shortly after this tour, Danzig invited Behemoth to join the Blackest of the Black tour. The group's latest release is 2014's The Satanist.

A mainstay in the death and black metal worlds, Nergal is set to release the debut LP from his nascent folk project, Me and that Man, March 24, 2017 on Cooking Vinyl. His memoir is titled Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane: Behemoth and Beyond. Nergal is a coach on the reality talent show The Voice of Poland. He has collaborated with Nile, Mastiphal, Ex Deo, and many other black and death metal bands.

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