Samuel McConnell

Games commentator

Samuel McConnell is a games enthusiast who has been playing games in one form or another since 1991. He was born in northern Maine but quickly transplanted to Wichita.

Though he spends a great deal of his time at his day job helping people with their computer troubles, he carves out as much time as he can to play video or board games, or to tinker with his home cinema.

Labels that apply to Samuel: Gamer, nerd, geek, techie, trekkie, whovian, cinephile.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

How To Play Games And Meet Friends Without Spending A Penny

Bart Brunscheen

I’ve talked a lot about board games here, but, you know, board games are expensive. Some of the games I’ve mentioned cost upwards of $50. And some other games I’ve played, with all of the expansions added, cost well above $100.

This is comparable to video games, sure, but finding copies used or deeply discounted can be a problem. Many board games simply fall out of print instead of being sold for less than the asking price. For many people, they’re simply unaffordable.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Your Move: Bringing D&D Down To A Manageable Size

Credit Jon Reynolds

Many people are at least sort of familiar with what Dungeons & Dragons is - a role playing game that a group of friends play together using dice and books, rather than a TV and a controller. I love playing D&D, but the games are long, and finding people that aren’t so busy that they can’t play these long campaigns for hours at a time, weeks in a row... well, that’s difficult.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Your Move: A 'Metal Gear' Teaser

Screenshot from 'Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes'
Samuel McConnell KMUW

I’ve been a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series since the first one in 1998. Since then, I’ve played them all and followed the story of the two main protagonists, both code-named "Snake."

The latest, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, was released last week.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Show Off Your Knowledge In 'QuizUp'

Samuel McConnell KMUW

I don’t play many games on my smartphone. I don’t normally want to sacrifice the battery life, especially if I have a dedicated gaming portable like my Nintendo 3DS with me. But sometimes, smartphone games grab me, especially if they play quick and have a social aspect to them.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Your Move: Short Stories Meet Beautiful Artwork in 'Dixit'

Credit The Shifted Librarian / Flickr / Creative Commons

Last week, I asked a friend to introduce me to some lesser-known games that don’t take very long to play. He immediately pulled out a game called Dixit. When he told me that it’s a game about telling short stories, I didn’t really understand how short he meant.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Your Move: A Gaming Table Like You've Never Seen Before

Samuel McConnell KMUW

Normally, furniture isn’t something I’d be talking much about on a segment dedicated to gaming. But where you play can be just as important as what you play.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Your Move: Carcassonne and 'Gateway Games'

Credit mandydax / Flickr / Creative Commons

There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Your Move: New 'Zelda' Removes The Tedium, Keeps The Fun

Credit Morku / Flickr / Creative Commons

Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series is practically mythical at this point.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Move: 'Fluxx' Is Rarely The Same Game Twice

Credit C_Dave / Flickr

Some card games have entire books and online forums devoted to debating their rules. The game Fluxx, on the other hand, has exactly two rules: draw one card, and play one card. That is, until you actually start playing cards.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Your Move: Play These With Your Family

'Apples to Apples'
Credit Chapendra / Flickr / Creative Commons

With everyone home for the holidays, Christmas time is a great time to break out games to play with the whole family around.

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