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Loot Crate Unboxing – February 2015

Greetings all! Welcome to another unboxing post!  I have slipped into the next month again, but as you may be aware, things at work have been hectic and exhausting.  Along with that, I’m now a father!  Obviously that eats up a lot of my time, but now, on to business.  February’s theme: Play!

February's Theme: Play
February’s Theme: Play

The creative team at Loot Crate did another bang-up job this month!  In keeping with a running theme that last few months, the crate itself can be utilized as more than a simple box.  This month’s box and info magazine can be used to play a board game about packing Loot Crates.  That’s pretty meta.

Our first item is a DIY Munny from Kidrobot, complete with three dry erase markers.  I’m not all that great at art, so we will have to see how this goes.  Looters can enter a design contest with their Munny.  I may not enter, but here’s a link to see what the other Looters have made.

Next up, we have a book.  An honest-to-goodness, bound collection of words on pages.  The novel Ready Player One is by author Ernest Cline, and is apparently a New York Times bestseller.  While I look forward to reading it, and might even go see the movie, I will give you the synopsis found on the back cover verbatim:

“In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia know as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.”

I have seen a few videos of people playing the next item in the crate, and the game looks rather entertaining.  SUPERFIGHT, from SKYBOUND Games lets players create superheroes with strange powers and then vote on who would win in a fight.  I’ve looked through this Loot Crate exclusive deck, and it promises to be quite the game maker.

What game-themed crate would be complete without some form of dice?  The correct answer is, of course, none.  Loot Crate Labs made some special dice just for the occasion, and they stem from a well-known game that often decides how things will be: rock, paper, scissors.  Two colored dice, one for each player, each feature 8-bit looking hands meant to represent the three options of the game.

The next item is something that has been popular for quite some time.  Hexbugs have been around for a few years now, but I have never had the proclivity to get into them.  Well, here’s my chance!  Each crate had the possibility of getting one of six different choices, including two glow-in-the-dark options!  I’m fairly certain mine is one of the latter, as it is a neon, “look at me” kind of flashy color.

There’s a poster this month, too!  It’s a multilevel breakdown of an Atari cartridge.  After all, Atari started the home gaming craze.  The game cartridge featured on the poster is everyone’s favorite yellow eater: Pac-Man!  I think I’ll hang it up just above my computer desk, to remind me to snack when I game.

Lastly, we have an exclusive code for a game tied to Joss Whedon!  A premium ship unlock for the Firefly Online game.  While I’m not surprised this game exists, I hadn’t really heard of it prior to getting the crate.  I suppose that’s a fitting notion, since it is tied to Firefly.  I will have to check this game out and see if how much time it requires to be entertaining.  Maybe I can become the hero of Canton!

What was your favorite thing from the February crate?  Are you looking forward to this month’s loot?  I’m super excited about the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which starts back up in about an hour) exclusive item this month!