Wednesday, December 14, 2016

| It sure would be a bummer if 2016 had no posts at all, wouldn't it?

Who's up for a game of Blood Bowl?  Anyone?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

| Why'd I drink coffee at 3 pm?

too jittery

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

If you like Infocom stuff: this is amazing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

| Think this was my idea at Rudies house.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thanks for the lead jr0n.  I didn't think of checking BGG, but I'll check that too.

When did you guys move back down to SoCal?  Where are you living?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

| I guess I should read the blog once in a while!

Yeah, things have kinda trailed off, huh?

Anyway, holy shit, congrats dude! April's not far off! Now I feel guilty that I didn't see your news last week and so I will forgive you if you don't name the kid "jr0n".

Good 2-player games... really depends on the complexity level. If you don't mind some fantasy theming and a little (very light) combat, Small World is a great 2-player game. Five Tribes is supposed to be good as well, but a little heavier and I haven't played it. In other companies, Agricola is REALLY good, with a great theme about building your farm/growing your family, but is heavy. Takenoko is supposed to be really good, but haven't tried it... Love Letter is fun, quick, and also is cheap.

You might try poking around the Family Games section of BGG and see if you see anything that whets your whistle.

The game I've been playing lately (with Rude and Pumpkin [I live in SoCal again btw]) is Kingdom Death: Monster. I backed this over Kickstarter 3 years ago and it just got delivered a few weeks ago! Pump and I both backed it because of the pretty, pretty minis, but it has unexpectedly turned out to be a really good, although grim and creepy, game. The crazy thing is that the kickstarter price was $100, it's currently selling for $295, and it's actually selling pretty well at that price. Gamers be crazy.

There was a Star Wars trailer, look around in the Internet for it if you want to check it out!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello!  I am not sure how everyone feels about Bernie Sanders, but I guess it doesn't really matter.  I think everyone, except Art who does not care for the Descendents, can appreciate this.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I surfed this morning, which reminded me how lucky I am to live here.  I don't make all the bucks so I won't be rich, but man, it is pretty beautiful sometimes.  Just as I was bursting with admiration for this place, a HUGE rainbow popped up.  I really don't believe in God, but that was the closest I came to something spiritual in a long, long time.

Now having said that, THIS is crazy!

I hope everyone is well.  Miss you guys.  No homo.

Friday, October 16, 2015

I introduced the wifey to Ticket to Ride board game, then we discovered the app was way easier to get through a game.  Got Europe and Switzerland too, but the OG one is still the best (USA, all the way!).  Apparently there is a Pennsylvania expansion version?

Since Days of Wonder produces some good games, we decided to go all in and get Gang of Four (which we can't play, because we are a gang of two) and we got Pirate's Cove, which we sadly discovered is a 3+ player game.  Oh well.  I taught her Cribbage and Gin, so we can play that too.  Any other suggestions to wet our appetite? Preferably 2+ players?

I have to write 45 grade reports this weekend, which is brutal. This consists of basically writing 500 word explanations of the grades that kids got and how they can improve. I have probably cried about that to you guys in the past. :'(

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Officially in the second trimester.  Yikes!

Came across this funny Simpsons moment LINKAGE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I watched a pretty good documentary on Amazon Prime the other night.  Salad Days is about the DC hardcore and punk movement in the 80s.  Lots of cool pictures, videos, interviews, and insight about which I was not aware.

The Cubs have made it to the next level of playoffs.  I am cautiously optimistic about their chances, as I have been burned before by getting my hopes up.  I also have to remember that they are, after all, still the Cubs.  You never know, a 107-year-long drought may end this year, making Back to the Future II the best sage of all time!

How many iterations of "Generic Eric" was this song on in high school?  Mordred

Keeping the Action Team alive!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

About three weeks ago, I found out that I am going to be a dad.  Our kid is due on April 14.  I am nervous.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sad the decay of this blog.  Decided to torture myself today.

Whipped Cream.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

| So there I was... there I was... in... the Congo

Been playing this mobile app called Slingshot Braves which is a pretty nifty single player / multiplayer combo with some RPG elements. At least it was until the devs slowly succumbed to the power-creep greed cycle... which basically took what was an interesting strategy / turn based combat game that involved the player 'pulling back' and firing their character through the map to bounce off and hit / damage bad guys, build combo damage for consecutive hits, that combined when your partner was successful in making contact with your player on their turn, etc. It was great. Then, they started introducing more and more powerful weapons with more and more powerful special attacks, and more and more powerful bosses that required a very specific special skill to do any real damage too... that typically required the player to buy gems with real money.. and now it has become a game that unless you exterminate every bad guy on the screen within 1-2 moves, you get killed yourself. It's kinda stupid. The RPG side of the game has nearly completely disappeared and the dev on that side is at a standstill. I don't remember the last time they added in any actual storyline or new towns/villages to explore.

On the upside, a co-worker just recently told me that Plague Inc. has been released on mobile. I've heard a lot about it on the PC and was tempted to buy it but not at the $15-20 price point. Free mobile app with a 99 cent no-more-ads-option? Hokay! It's a decently fun little game! Kind of morbid playing as the bacteria/virus/fungus/etc that tries to spread across the globe before being discovered, and then racing against the cure to try and take down civilization.. which of course means the death of the player as a plague as well... with all the hosts being dead. So that doesn't make a lot of long-term sense but that's overthinking it. :) Do recommend, good time waster.