New Pandemic scenario covers 2013 events

Cool! The developers of Pandemic have freely released a slight mod / scenario to their amazing cooperative board game Pandemic.

Scenario 2:

… covers one of the more notable events in the US this year: the Government Shutdown. It introduces some new elements and changes the way you play Pandemic.

Will you be able to save humanity with the Government Shutdown?

Download the PDF of Scenario 2 here.

Aiiee! The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing. Too much temptation.

Over the last few years I’ve become more of a fan of Steam and a couple of other online delivery services for my PC gaming needs. I can’t actually remember the last PC game I bought in a brick-and-morter store for my desktop.

And now, the Steam Summer Sale is reaching its mid-point and so far, I think I’ve been a very good boy; not bought anything. Yet.

Yes, I have a few items on my Wishlist but I may not pick them up just yet — being a PC and MAC gamer, I tend to prefer games that swing both ways, and also use Steam Cloud for storage / sync.

Though if any one of those games on that list drop below $5.00 – I’ll be getting them, and looking at expanding my local hard drive storage.

Ahh, yes, the pleasure and problems of a lovely summer season and digital gaming. Temptation, monitoring the deals page, and the constant hunt for more drive storage space. Man, I’m livin’ the life :/

I’m quite enjoying Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol!

Yep, I’m having fun with Ace Patrol, as you may have seen in my previous post, it’s a light single/multiplayer, World War I strategic combat game. Airfights consist of up to 8 combatants, four per side, and vary depending on aircraft, pilot skill, and game difficulty level.

Ace Patrol is currently only available for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone in the Canada iTunes store, during this pre-launch period, but it will be available worldwide on May 9th.

I’m having a blast, check out the ingame images below:

Guild Wars 2 Open Beta Weekend Overview


There are those who eagerly anticipate online gaming events. And then there’s the rest of the world. I kinda fall into the first category.

This past weekend I participated in such an event — the first Guild Wars 2 open beta test. Basically it was two and a half days of fresh Guild Wars goodness! But first a little background.
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I’m Moving to Empire Avenue!

This likely won’t come as a shock to many of you; I’ve been invited to go work on Empire Avenue.

Of course, I said yes.

Starting Thursday, September 1st, my role will be, as with any startup, kinda fuzzy to begin with. Officially I’ll be the Director of Social and Community Management. In reality, I’ll be blogging, working with the various communities, and helping the team get things done. Whatever those things may be. Clean up after the Squirrel, you know.

What I’m leaving behind
For the last five years, I’ve been a Web Content Specialist and Web Business Analyst with the Alberta Motor Association.

It’s be a great time with a marvelous people and a great employer who’s allowed me to make mistakes, grow, and test the corporate waters with innovative social media experiments (hello @AMARoadReports)!

If you’d like to check out the position I’m leaving, here’s the link to the official posting. And I’d be happy to discuss the role, or the organization should you have any questions — email me (

The Future
Well, as I said, it’s going to be kinda fuzzy. Empire Avenue is a startup, and as such, there are lots of cool things that we’re doing, and that can be done! And in my work with community, I’m going to be working with and asking a lot of questions of *you*.

So, what can we do, together, on ‘the Avenue’, hmmm? Let’s find out!

Not an April Fools Joke: Trainz for iPad


Ever since the Apple II days, I’ve been a flight simulator geek. I’ve always been interested in aviation, but due to my less-than-perfect eyesight, a career as a pilot wasn’t in the cards. But that didn’t dim my interest in aviation. And given my interest in computers & technology, it seemed natural that I’d gravitate toward flight sims.

Which is why I can recognize the passion of folks who are interested in Train Simulators. True, I don’t ‘get’ that interest or passion, but I can recognize and appreciate it when I see it.

And that’s why I’m taking the plunge later today and picking up Trainz, an iPad Train Simulator (when I’m on Wi-Fi and not 3G, it’s a 136MB download!). It also helps that it was on sale for $.99 (down from the usual $4.99) :smileyhappy: Maybe I’ll learn something about someone else’s passion!

The company line

Based on the successful PC franchise, TRAINZ Simulator arrives on iPad and is coming very soon to Android!

Build and operate the railroad of your dreams.

Trainz Simulator for iPad includes everything you need to build and operate your own dream railroad. You can build a fun layout in minutes, faithfully recreate a steam railroad from days gone by or develop a fully fledged prototypical route; the choice is yours.

The Video
As you’ll see, it’s not only a train simulator, it’s actually a train layout simulator. About 1/2 way through the video you’ll see you’ve got the ability to create your world, building the terrain, lakes, etc. Very cool little app. And on sale this weekend for less than the cost of that coffee you’re drinking right now :smileyhappy:

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