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Posted on Friday 29 February 2008 at 1:02 pm

Rachael's newest addiction


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There's this game. It's a Facebook application and I'm hopelessly addicted! Seriously. I can't stop playing. On the plus side this upcoming week is Spring Break so I have the time to play right now. On the down side, I could use that time for things like working on my Dutch and writing fanfic. I'm sure I will do all that but all my days will be divided with a few hours for school work (they had papers due yesterday that I need to grade over the break among other little things), a few hours for Dutch, a few hours for fic, a few hours for chores, and a few hours for my new game. That sounds about right.

So this game, PackRat, is amazingly awesome. The whole point is to collect little cards from different sets. So far I've completed three sets and am one card each away from completing three other sets. You can steal cards from your friends (your real ones and the 10 non-player character rats that everyone has for friends), you can get credits to buy cards from the different stores, and you get cards as random pop-ups and bonuses for inviting friends and things like that. That's fun but not the really good part. The really good part is that some cards don't exist in the game automatically. You have to create them. For example, in the magical/fantasy themed collection (called Ancient Realms), you can make a castle card. To make a castle you have to mix a dragon, a wizard, and a stone golem. Of course, none of those exist and have to be made as well. When you actually break it down, it takes 13 original cards to make the one castle card. There is one card in the Ancient Realms collection that you end up needing almost 20 copies of to get the entire collection. It's nuts trying to get all those copies. The more friends you have the easier it is, especially playing coop which is what I do. Playing cooperatively, I leave notes on my page beneath my pack cards telling my friends what I'm working on, which cards I'd like them to not take and which cards I need to complete a set. I check all my friends' packs for what they need and if I see something to help them, I grab it and get it to them and they do the same for me. That also means no one will steal a card that I spent a day and a half finding all the pieces to make. Which is good because most of the fun from the game comes from the thrill you get when you find the last card to make some mega combo. My roommate started playing PackRat and couldn't see what I liked about it until she started making cards. Then she got all excited as well, though she's not quite as addicted as me. So for those of you on facebook, I highly recommend PackRat, as long as you don't mind getting addicted. If you want to play, let me know and I'll send you a formal invite so we'll be friends to steal from each other and so I can get the invite bonus cards ;-)

If stealing meaningless cards on a facebook app isn't quite your cup of tea, you may be more interested in IconBuffet. IconBuffet is run by the same people who do PackRat (IconBuffet came first). Over there, you get one free icon set per month and beyond that you can share your sets with other users. Any set you have, you can share with someone else (you don't lose it). And these actually mean something. They are downloadable icons you can use in designing any webpage, including an LJ layout. So if trading and swapping sounds like fun but you want something with practical use then cards on Facebook, check out IconBuffet (this link will give me ref points if you do sign up).

Comments:

Jules
littlepixiechic at 10:56 pm on 29 February 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm super addicted to PackRat as well:)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:47 am on 01 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)
We seriously need some type of PackRat intervention.
ext_87679 at 5:46 am on 01 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)

PackRat

Thanks for the awesome review! Glad you're liking it. --Scott, one of the PackRat developers
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 2:47 pm on 01 March 2008 (UTC) (Link)

Re: PackRat

No problem. Do I get a leopard for providing free advertising ;)


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