Board Game Bucket List

I used to believe that gaming meant only using a console, handheld or using a PC. This summer, when I stayed in Winona, I discovered a cute little gaming store called River Quest. My roommate got a job working there, so I was in the store at least once a week or every other week. I got to know the owner, who is one of the coolest guys in the Winona area. I was opened up to a world of a different type of gaming.

I’m creating a Bucket List of Board Games that I haven’t played yet, but I intend to. I will sticky this to the front page of the Gaming Section and I plan to update it as I play new games. Also I hope to post a review on some of these board games especially the ones with the strike out through the name. In the meantime, enjoy my bucket list! Also feel free to comment with various board games that I can add on the list.

Here is my Board Game Bucket List:

  1. Exploding Kittens Card Game
  2. Munchkin *any version*
  3. Ticket To Ride
  4. Dungeons & Dragons Role Playing
  5. Red Dragon Inn
  6. Arkham Horror/Eldrich Horror
  7. Star Wars X-Wing
  8. Red Dragon Inn 4
  9. Force of Will *card game*
  10. Pandemic
  11. Love Letter *card game*
  12. Smash Up
  13. Bang *card game*
  14. Red7
  15. Sentinels of the Multiverse
  16. Letters from White Chapel
  17. Here Kitty Kitty 
  18. Stone Age
  19. Agricola
  20. Betrayal at House on the Hill
  21. Seasons
  22. Ticket to Ride
  23. Takenoko
  24. Code Names
  25. Shadow Hunters 
  26. Dixit

Link to my Board Game Reviews:

D&D One Shot Monsters and Other Childish Things

Becoming a game master in my own D&D campaign is a recent goal of mine. Last Saturday, I was fortunate to be included in a one shot campaign using the rules from Monsters and Other Childish ThingsPlayers take on the role of children whose best friends are monsters as you play through a custom story about surviving the school day. Ironically, our story didn’t even occur on school grounds instead happening during a sleepover at my character’s house. This campaign can be adapted into a longer campaign or a one-shot which is what my group did on Saturday.

One shot campaigns are campaigns that begin and end on the same day. Most D&D campaigns I have heard of continue for weeks or months. I like that one shots are short because if you’re schedule is as chaotic as mine is, it’s difficult to carve time for a D&D campaign weekly.

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I was required to draw Mr. Waffles, so this is what I came up with.

Ellie Ferguson is the character I created myself. She’s a sassy 7th grader living with her dad, little sister and her monster. Unfortunately, her mother passed away when she was young, so her dad struggles to put food on the table. This circumstance has influenced Ellie to be overprotective over her little sister. Ellie’s monster is named Mr. Waffles who is an orange tabby cat when he’s happy. If Mr. Waffles is threatened, he turns into this raging orange lion monster complete with a sword. Mr. Waffles also has menacing claws that when he scratches his opponent, an ooze leaks from his claws that causes his enemies to hallucinate.

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My character sheet for Ellie Ferguson.

Over the course of the story, Ellie’s father starts dating a woman who turns out to be a witch. The big conclusion to this story is when Mr. Waffles is fighting her in the house. Mr. Waffles constantly is scratching her head to cause her to go insane because of the ooze that leaks from his claws. Also Mr. Waffles can breath fire so the house burned away ultimately collapsing on the evil witch, killing her.

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My inspiration for Mr. Waffles. This is Ajani from Magic the Gathering. Photo by Magic & Wizards of the Coast.

D&D is a way I can express my creative side by envisioning Mr. Waffles walking alongside Ellie. Monsters and Other Childish Things can be found at a local game store that carries D&D handbooks. Otherwise the book can be found online in paperback and PDF format. Hopefully, the more experience I get role playing, the more comfortable I would be in being a game master.

 

Team Scorpion Geniuses for Hire

Summer is meant for binge watching new TV shows. Currently, I’m attempting to binge watch Capaldi’s season of Doctor Who which I had been meaning to do for a while now. Recently, I finished my binge watch of Scorpion which is a fantastic show that my friend introduced me to. We were hanging out one night at her apartment when she nonchalantly mentioned this show. After pulling up Amazon Prime, we watched the first episode, I was instantly hooked into the premise of the show. By the way, my friend purchased all the seasons to Scorpion, it’s not included with Amazon Prime. Scorpion will be on the fall TV line up for CBS, but I have no idea when the fourth season will air.

Cabe Gallo

Agent Cabe Gallo Home Land Security. Photo by CBS.

Happy Quinn

Happy Quinn, mechanical prodigy. Photo by CBS

Sylvester Dodd

Sylvester Dodd photo by CBS.

Tobias Curtis

Tobias Curtis, photo by CBS

Walter O Brien

Walter O Brien photo by CBS.

Scorpion tells the true life story of Walter O-Brien, a man with an IQ of 197 who hacked NASA when he was younger. Walter recruits other genius’s like him to join a group titled Scorpion. His recruits include Sylvester Dodd (human calculator), Happy Quinn (a mechanic prodigy) and Tobias Curtis (behaviorist/psychiatrist reads people like they’re an open book). In the pilot episode we meet a young waitress named Paige Dineen played by the gorgeous Katherine McPhee. She is raising her young son Ralph who is also a genius. Walter with his team get recruited by Cabe Gallo, a homeland security agent to save the world which sounds corny, but in some cases this statement is genuinely accurate.

One reason why this show is addicting is because of the on screen chemistry between the cast. Walter is cringe worthy at times because he doesn’t understand human emotion. However, Paige teaches Walter what’s appropriate in emotional situations so he can learn from his past mistakes. Sylvester is the cute nerd of the group and I adore his love for board games. Happy provides the negativity at times, while Toby is usually the one who is inappropriate for the most part. Cabe tries to control his team, but ultimately, he’s proud of the team he put together.

Scorpion is one of my all time favorite TV shows. It’s worth taking the time to watch all three seasons especially to get emotionally invested with each character. Scorpion can be purchased through iTunes or Amazon. CBS under their CBS All Access subscription service has 6 free episodes of Scorpion waiting to be watched.

Moving Out! + Stress About Money

This blog may get neglected over the past week because I just signed a lease to move out of my mom’s place into an apartment with my boyfriend! We toured the place yesterday and we both knew this would be a good place to start out. Cat rent is only an extra $15 a month and we get a small balcony. By December I’m hoping to rescue an older kitty from the Humane Society to pet after I get home from work. A couple hours after signing the lease, I got a little worried about money.

After my road trip in June, I was adding on to my savings after dipping into it a little bit for gas and fun activities. Since my last paycheck, my savings is the highest it has ever been which I’m extremely proud of. I also have to compete with once a month a withdrawal from my savings for my life insurance and Roth IRA. I know these withdrawals are going to be great for my future, but I still get nervous seeing money exit my savings account.

My boyfriend has been trying to calm my fears by saying if anything were to happen, he would have money to help me out. Maybe I’m stubborn, but I detest the feeling of relying on someone else. However, I trust myself in the sense that I am a hard worker. I make commission at work, and if I work hard them my commission will reflect that.

Even though I’m stressing about money, I need to start switching my focus to the positive. I won’t owe any debt from my college education nor do I have credit card debt to pay off. This means that I can fully focus on adding money to my savings each month. Plus me and my family have talked about a Orlando Harry Potter World trip next February and I’m determined to save for this trip.

Coffee Shops and Green Arrow; Comic Haul

Last Monday, I was shopping at Marshall’s with a gift card the boyfriend bought me. I enjoy buying clothes for a bargain plus I needed to mature my wardrobe for my full time job. I randomly popped into my local comic shop after I spent my gift card and bought a couple different comics. One mini goal of mine is to go to my local comic shop once a week or every other week to keep up with a variety of comics. Here is my haul from last Monday:

Moon Struck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle

Comic

Thanks to dePepi for this comic recommendation! dePepi is a female geek blogger who sometimes writes about comics to add to your pull list. I hadn’t heard of this comic, but it looks like a lovely body positive indie comic. Julie is the barista trying to serve all of those fancy coffee drinks with her centaur best friend Chet. Apparently a magical conspiracy occurs so now Julie needs to manage working as a barista and save her friends.

Green Arrow #1 by Benjamin Percy, Otto Schmidt and Juan Ferreyra

Green Arrow

My sole reason for purchasing this is Benjamin Percy is from Minnesota! Plus I just finished Red Hood & the Outlaws Rebirth #1 which was pretty decent. I must admit that I am loving Rebirth versus DC’s New 52.

Jade Street Protection Services #2 by Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay

Jade Street

I bought the first issue of this comic at Convergence 2016 and when I saw Katy Rex at MCBA Comic Con this past May, she was sold out of the second issue of her comic. In Jade Street Protection Services Kai, Saba, Noemi, Divya, and Emma are rebellious students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for girls with magical abilities. This comic is about following these punk rock sailor scouts attending a school similar to Hogwarts.

KaijuMax by Zander Cannon

Kaiju Max

Kaijumax is a comic that I have been missing out on and I was able to score this first issue for a dollar. Kaijumax is a prison filled with Kaiju monsters and vicious guards. I haven’t read this comic, but I have heard it’s somewhat violent so this comic isn’t for everyone.

I always need new comic recommendations so feel free to comment below with some of the comic series you’re enjoying so far. I plan on taking some much needed time on Tuesday, which is my day off from work, to read and get caught up on all the comics I have bought for this haul.

 

“You Have Failed This City” Arrow Season #5

My fourth post in “Bizarre Brunette Binges” spotlights another DC superhero TV show. Arrow was the first DC superhero show to air on the CW in 2012 during my freshman year of college. I already briefly explained how I became hooked on Arrow in my Flash Season 3 Review, but I have yet to watch the current seasons of Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. The boyfriend couldn’t stop talking about the Arrow season finale so I made watching Arrow a priority. My all time favorite season of Arrow was season #2 with Deathstroke and so far the most recent seasons of Arrow couldn’t top season #2. However, this season was epic and I’m still shocked about the season finale.

Wild Dog

Photo by Screen Rant 

Season #5 starts with Oliver Queen attempting to assemble a new team after Thea and Diggle quit. Laurel died in the last season and her void means there needs to be another Black Canary. At first I was skeptical of new team members as I was attached to the old team. The new crew includes Curtis the tech genius, Wild Dog the rebel, Evelyn the one obsessed with revenge and Rory the survivor of the nuclear attack Damien Darhk launched. Wild Dog is someone who I originally despised, but after learning his back story and how he connects with Quentin throughout the season, I really think he adds to the Arrow team.

While Oliver is recruiting team members, Star City is being plagued with a series of murders by an archer titled Prometheus. He is specifically targeting Oliver and reminding him of his past. The season revolves around uncovering Prometheus’s identity and reminding Oliver why he became the Green Arrow.

The reason why I rave about season #2 so much is because Slade Wilson was terrifying. Oliver felt his family was constantly unsafe because Slade killed his mother so his sister could have been next. Slade with the mirakiru became a formidable enemy for Oliver to fight and the back story of how Slade evolved into Deathstroke was told brilliantly. I will say Adrian Chase who is Prometheus is as horrifying as Slade Wilson which I wasn’t expecting.

Lian Yu Season 5 Arrow Photo by IGN

Photo by IGN

Let’s talk about that season finale though, how did the Arrow characters make it off the island? Adrian Chase kills himself in the last moments of the season finale triggering the explosion of all the bombs on the island. Except all of Team Arrow and everyone Oliver cares about is still on the island. I don’t believe all of them were killed off, but the boyfriend has a theory where Cisco vived them off the island. I’m certain with the combined intelligence of Curtis and Felicity, they probably came up with some escape plan we don’t know about. Regardless, October cannot come around fast enough.

Arrow is my favorite DC superhero TV show. It has some fantastic seasons and some mediocre seasons, but Green Arrow is getting the TV show he deserves. My ultimate wish is for Green Arrow to appear in the Justice League movie coming out in November, but sadly, Green Arrow is only for our TV screens.

 

 

 

Minnesota Fan Fest!!

My convention schedule only includes Convergence in Bloomington, MN because frankly conventions are expensive. A new affordable convention has popped up in the St. Paul area titled Minnesota Fan Fest and I’m excited to attend this year. Minnesota Fan Fest has a similar convention in Phoenix, AZ which I have never attended. This is the first year that Fan Fest will be in Minnesota and I have high hopes that it will be a fun convention. By the way I have 50% off any day pass coupons that I can give out to anybody interested in attending. Comment on my post if you’re interested! 🙂 

Guest appearances include Zander Cannon, Dave Wheeler, Dan Jurgens and Barbara Shultz plus more that I haven’t mentioned. Zander Cannon created Kaiju Max a comic about monsters in a prison. I personally haven’t read Kaiju Max yet, but I know I’m missing out on a great story. Dave Wheeler has written comics about dinosaurs eating Nazi’s which sounds crazy however, I’m enjoying the comic Totem which is a native American superhero fighting crime. I only have the first issue and I’m anxiously waiting for more. Barbara Shultz is especially talented having written for Dark Horse, DC and Image Comics. The comics guest list alone is worth noting.

Dave Wheeler

Image from Minnesota Fan Fest

Zander Cannon

Image from Minnesota Fan Fest

Jason David Frank will also be attending who you may know as the Green Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The Power Rangers was one of the cartoons I would watch on Saturday mornings with my brother and even though I always preferred the pink or yellow rangers, the green one was still just as cool.

Like all conventions, I am prepared to spend some money on the creators and artists tabling. I’m still unsure if I’m going to meet Jason David Frank yet because usually I skip the celebrities because of the cost of getting a picture or an autograph. For all of my local readers near the MN area, I highly recommend checking out this convention. Also I do have coupons for 50% off any day pass for Minnesota Fan Fest given to me by Kristin Rowan Director of Marketing. Comment below if you’re interested and I hope to see you all there! Minnesota Fan Fest will be on August 19th – 20th at the Saint Paul River Centre.

 

Finally, a Female Doctor

I discovered Doctor Who in the summer of 2014 when I was bored at my house. I first knew of Doctor Who when I went to a convention and a Dalek was rolling around the floor of the con. My first reaction was what the hell is that robot with huge 3D polka dots on it. I got hooked on Christopher Eccleston’s sass and ever since then I have called myself a fan of Doctor Who. However, once Matt Smith left the role, I felt disconnected from the fandom because Peter Capaldi didn’t charm me as the other doctors had. In my excitement of this announcement, I wanted to talk about some of my most memorable moments of Doctor Who. 

My Doctor:

Nine

Image from BBC

Nine introduced me to the series and I appreciated the chemistry that him and Rose had throughout his whole run of Doctor Who.

Favorite Creature:

Whovian Con 2015

The Adipose is my favorite creature in Doctor Who! This episode is fun to watch because it relates to my major and the Doctor comes back to meet with Donna. I always wished I lived in a world where gyms would have adipose collecting sites and adipose would pop off every time you burned a pound of fat. My stuffed adipose is the cutest piece of Doctor Who merchandise I own.

Creature I Fear the Most:

Weeping Angel

Image from BBC

Weeping Angels are the scariest creatures in Doctor Who because even though they don’t physically harm you necessarily, transporting you back in time away from your family is a hard thing to endure.

Favorite Doctor Who Character who was also in the Harry Potter Franchise:

Arthur Weasley

Image from Radio Times

No I wasn’t going to say David Tennent, that would be way too easy. I enjoyed seeing Arthur Weasley play Rory’s dad.

Favorite Color of Dalek:

BLUE 🙂

Episode that Made Me Cry Ugly Tears:

Doomsday, Blink and Angels in Manhattan all made me use many Kleenex throughout their entire episodes.

Doctor Who Cosplay Inspiration:

I want to cosplay Amy Pond with the red plaid shirt and tally marks from the Silence because that would be easy to do. I also would love to do a female 11 cosplay with the blazer and a tight black skirt.

I cannot wait for Jodie Wittaker to take over the franchise because the Doctor can be anyone including a female. It offends me that many men are upset because of a female being the Doctor, yet if they can’t accept it than I don’t want them to watch the series anyway.