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.

**Edit: 12/10/2017 I found out River Quest was closing!  Sad Day 😦 **

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. Star Wars Destiny
  4. Ticket To Ride
  5. Monsters & Other Childish Things
  6. Red Dragon Inn
  7. Arkham Horror/Eldrich Horror
  8. Star Wars X-Wing
  9. Red Dragon Inn 4
  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. Takenoko
  23. Code Names
  24. Shadow Hunters 
  25. Dixit
  26. Doctor Who Time of the Daleks
  27. Fury of Dracula
  28. Dead of Winter
  29. Hogwarts Deck Building Game

Link to my Board Game Reviews:

Blogger Recognition Award + Tags

After coming home from work, I saw BizarreBrunette was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the wonderful A Geeky Gal. I read A Geeky Gal to get inspiration for my own blog, so thanks for the tag!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you. (Thanks A Geeky Gal)
  • Do a post to show your award
  • Give a summary on how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers
  • Select at least 15 other bloggers for the award
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and give them a link to your post

BizarreBrunette’s Origin Story:

I started blogging back in 2014 or 2015. My friend started using wordpress to write her blog and I wanted to write more about my own geeky life. I’m surprised at how popular my blog has gotten. It’s taken years for me to get to a point where people care about what I have to say. It’s rewarding to come home and read the comments people write on my posts.

Advice For New Bloggers:

  • Join Facebook Blogging Groups – I cannot begin to describe how this has helped me. I joined two Facebook groups where I could share my posts and meet other bloggers.
  • Be supportive of other bloggers – Some of my followers have come from me commenting on their blog posts. They recognize that I’m an active reader on their blog, so they go to follow mine. This is a great way to get inspired, but also have people become aware of your existance within the void of the internet.
  • Plan out blog posts! – This is key for me. I start writing two or three posts on a Sunday and then schedule them for release. Throughout the week, I can devote myself to video games, watching TV and other relaxing activities besides writing all the time.

My nominations:

Michelle @ A Geek’s Girl Guide

Kristin @ SuperSpaceChick

Savior Gaming

Alyssa @ Nerd Side of Life

Shauna @ HideNGoShauna

Anyone else I missed

If I have ever commented on your posts and I didn’t include you, I apologize! I didn’t want to intentionally leave out anyone. Feel free to do this tag along with me. For all of you who have supported me in any way, I appreciate you all. I hope to continue this blog for a very long time.

My Loud Voice. . . An Insecurity

Astronomy Club in College approximately five years ago.

I was at a work sponsored happy hour, drinking beer and mingling with my coworkers. The conversation turned into this guessing game of “Which high school superlative would you be?” We went around the circle coming up with which superlative represented each person in the group. My turn came and within fifteen seconds, someone shouted “the loudest.” Everyone started laughing. I was nervously giggling. I recognize that I’m a loud person, but it’s a deep insecurity of mine.

When I was younger, I was soft spoken. My teachers were concerned because throughout elementary school, I had one close friend. In 3rd grade, I started meeting other friends, but I didn’t approach anyone I didn’t know. This behavior continued into middle school and high school. I stuck to my closest friends and didn’t socialize with anyone else. This all changed when I went off to college. My mom and brother came to visit me within my first month of attending school. My mom made a comment I will never forget. She said, “You’re a different person in the short month you left. You’re flourishing here.”

There was a shift in college. I became more open, less insecure and more apt to meet new people. My confidence increased and I found myself more passionate in wanting to suceed. This contributed to my so called “loud voice”. Since graduating from college, I have worked two different jobs. My first job, I was shushed at times when my voice increased in volume. When I say shushed, a manager put her finger to her mouth and shushed me in front of other co-workers. I felt disrespected and ashamed. This is the start of my insecurity of my loud voice.

Another reason I feel insecure about how my voice carries is because people can hear me. If I’m heard, it gives anyone the opportunity to judge me. If people can hear me, they may debate me on certain political discussions or gossip behind my back. I believe this is a huge reason to why I’m insecure in the volume of my voice.

I believe there are pros and cons to having a loud voice. I don’t want to change who I am, but I have to match the person I’m with. This is called mirroring. If I’m with someone who is quieter, I do attempt to lower the volume of my voice. I wouldn’t say I’m changing who I am, instead being respectful of the world I live in and who I’m socializing with.

Harry Potter WYR: Time Turner or Felix Felicis

I typed up my Deathly Hallows re-read post last week. Hedwig and Dobby were two deaths that absolutely ruined me. I stained the pages with my salty tears when I re-read how Dobby was buried by Harry. I wanted to pick a happier WYR question for this week

Harry Potter WYR: Have a Time Turner like Hermione OR a Dose of Felix Felicis “Liquid Luck” Like Harry??

Would You Rather: Have a Time Turner Like Hermione OR A Dose of Felix Felicis “Liquid Luck” Like Harry?????

Having a time turner would certainly be an experience. I personally would use it to go back and see my dad. I wouldn’t be able to say hi to him, but to see him alive and healthy would be indescribable. Otherwise, I would like to go back to save people from being victims of violent crimes. I have been listening to a lot of Crime Junkie (which is one of the best true crime podcasts I have ever listened to) and the cases described in the episodes are disturbing. Using the time turner to save lives and bring awful people to justice would bring a new meaning to my life.

On the other hand, Felix Felicis would be a fun potion to have. This WYR question does state a “dose” which I’m interpreting it to mean only one mini potion. I would save it for an emergency circumstance. If a loved one was sick, maybe the Felix Felicis would cause this loved one to be miraculously cured? Another situation where I would drink Felix Felicis would be before a vacation to prevent my flight from being delayed.

I’m picking. . .

Have a Time Turner like Hermione. Felix Felicis would be fun, but a Time Turner would last for multiple spins versus the Felix Felicis would be only one dose.

As always let me know in the comments which one you ended up picking and why.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Re-Read

I was surprised while reading Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows how much translated to the movie. It was a smart decision to split this book into two movies because there’s so much detail about the horcruxes and the attempts the trio makes in finding them. This book is the grand finale between Harry Potter, the boy who lived and Tom Riddle aka. Voldemort, the halfblood who wants to rule the Wizarding World. I wanted to share all of the details I forgot about in this book:

  • Voldemort has glowing red eyes with vertical slits for pupils (in the books)
  • Voldemort tells Bellatrix about Tonks marrying Lupin. Voldemort says she needs to “prune her family tree” to keep it healthy
  • Dumbledore’s father, Percival died in Azkaban after attacking three muggles
  • 1945 is the year when Dumbledore first pursued Grindelwald
  • The Dursley’s were actually liking Kingsley Shacklebolt (only because he learned how to dress like a muggle).
  • Dudley says Harry wasn’t a waste of space. Cute.
  • Petunia doesn’t say anything to Harry before she leaves. Dudley is the one who has the meaningful interaction with Harry instead.
  • Thestrals were used besides broomsticks in the “Seven Potters” chapter.
  • Harry is supposed to be heading to Tonk’s parents instead of the Burrow like the movie.
  • Hedgwig’s death in the book is FUCKING HEART WRENCHING. She’s killed as she lays dead in her cage. UGH.
  • Harry is forced to explode the sidecar with Hedwig’s cage in it, like make me cry more..?!?!
  • Hagrid leaps off the motorbike to attack a Death Eater. I love Hagrid
  • Mr. Weasley is trying to put Sirius’s bike back together, aww.
  • Not mentioned in the movie, but Hermione stole Mad Eye’s Polyjuice potion (from the Seven Potter’s incident) and that’s how they used it in the Ministry
  • The opening scene where Hermione uses obliviate on her parents comes from the book. It’s not seen, but Hermione made her parents believe they were Wendell and Monica Wilkins and that they wanted to move to Australia. Hermione says if she survives the war, she will come back for them. She tells Harry this story to remind him how serious she is in wanting to help him defeat Voldemort.
  • Ron went so far as to catch a ghoul, give him his clothes and have his dad tell everyone Ron is sick with Spattergroit. The reasoning for this is no one will know Ron is with Harry finding horcruxes. BOOK RON IS SO SMART.
  • This also prevents the Weasley’s from being harassed by Death Eaters
  • Remorse is how you put the soul back together, but the pain of it can rip you apart.
  • Ron’s random Quidditch facts are adorable.
  • Mrs. Weasley gives Harry a watch with stars for his birthday. It’s a tradition for any wizard who becomes of age.
  • Mrs. Weasley throws Harry a b-day party with a golden snitch cake and invites Lupin, Tonks and Hagrid to the party.
  • During Bill’s wedding, Harry was giving the Polyjuice Potion and disguised as one of their “cousins” named Barny
  • Arthur sends a patronus after Bill’s wedding letting them know they were safe.
  • Harry sees a vision of Draco being forced to torture Rowle, a Death Eater in the café.
  • Harry finds a letter address to Sirius from Lily. Within the letter, Harry learns Sirius bought him a broomstick. His parents knew Bathilda and Dumbledore on a personal level. Finally, James lends Dumbledore the invisibility cloak. Also they apparently had a cat.
  • Kreacher was volunteered by Regulus to put the locket in the cave along with testing all of the spells Voldemort set up.
  • Voldemort left Kreacher there to suffer.
  • The reason why Kreacher was saved was because Regulus summoned him home and that magic allowed Kreacher to apparate back to Grimmauld Place.
  • One of the reasons Kreacher betrayed Sirius to Voldemort (despite his horrible treatment of him in the cave) is Kreacher was loyal to Cissy and Bella. When they wanted info, he was happy to oblige. Sirius was never kind to Kreacher, so why not betray him.
  • Death Eaters are watching 12 Grimmauld Place b/c they know Harry was given the home by Sirius in the will.
  • After the wedding, Death Eaters tortured Tonk’s parents (SAD)
  • The muggle-borns are rounded up because “they’re stealing magic”
  • The thought of rounding up cute eleven year old muggles who are attending Hogwarts for the first time is terrifying.
  • In the book, they give one of the Ministry members a puking pastille instead of stunning them.
  • In the book, Harry stuns Umbridge, but in the movie he says to her “I must not tell lies” This was added in the movie.
  • In the book, Ron loses a layer of flesh while in the movie it looks like a deep cut.
  • During Ron’s departure, Harry pulls out the Maurader’s Map and watches Ginny. It’s sad.
  • Rita used Veritaserum on Bathila to write her book. Appalling.
  • Inside the locket, there’s an eye
  • Xenophilius has a Erumpent horn, it can explode at the slightest touch. (Hermione read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
  • Hermione says the cloak is the best Hallow, Harry says it’s the resurrection stone and Ron says the wand. I think this says a lot about what these characters have gone through. Hermione has wanted to be invisible as she has been persecuted for her background. Harry wants the stone based on everyone he’s lost. Ron wants the wand because he’s felt inferior based on his family and how his brothers have succeeded.
  • In the book, the trio are caught after Harry says Voldemort’s name
  • In the book, Bellatrix drags Hermione by her hair. ICK this scene where she tortures Hermione is the worst.
  • Dobby is so scared because he’s back at the Malfoy’s where he endured all that abuse.
  • I wish they kept Wormtail’s death in the movie.
  • When Dobby actually dies all he says is “Harry Potter”. This stuff about his friends was all added for dramatic effect. Personally, I think the book is more sad because Harry doesn’t get a chance to say goodbye.
  • “He dug with a kind of fury, relishing the manual work, glorifying in the non-magic of it, for every drop of his sweat and every blister felt like a grin to the elf that saved their lives”
  • Harry, Ron and Dean helped bury Dobby. Ron puts shoes and socks into Dobby’s grave and Dean puts a hat on Dobby’s head. (This is the point where I started crying)
  • Malfoy’s wand (now Harry’s) is Hawthorne and Unicorn Hair 10 in.
  • Ron is now using Peter Pettigrew’s wand. Chestnut and Dragon Heartstrings 9 ¾ inches.
  • I love how the other two names for the Elder Wand are Wand of Destiny and Deathstick < my favorite.
  • Lupin comes to Bill’s cottage to announce the birth of their son Ted.
  • The Goblets in Bellatrix’s vault has Gemino and Flagrante curses which causes the cups to multiply and burn.
  • In the book, this scene is more life threatening as there’s one point where Griphook falls underneath the treasure. He’s blistering and burning.
  • When the trio meet Aberforth, he reminds Harry that he’s only 17. That’s the issue. Dumbledore places this burden of carrying on the war when he shouldn’t have to worry about that to begin with.
  • Neville has been standing up to Death Eaters. He refused to perform the Cruciatus Curse on students and he defends muggles in the muggle’s study class.
  • The Death Eaters at the school went after Neville’s grandmother (since Neville was protesting at their school) and his grandmother kicked their asses. Imagine a little witch lady dueling two government dudes. The imagery. She lets Neville know she’s okay and tells him that he is his father’s son
  • Ravenclaw’s entrance of course would make you answer a riddle for a password.
  • McGonagall is fierce. “I will not permit your ineptitudes to passed onto the Hogwarts students”
  • Harry fires off a Cruciatius Curse against the Death Eater who spit in McGonagall’s face.
  • The original Quidditch team (Oliver Wood, Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell and Alicia Spinnet) come back to fight at Hogwarts.
  • Helena Ravenclaw, Rowena’s daughter, stole the diadem from her mother. She wanted all the wisdom. Her mother sent the Bloody Baron aka. Slytherin’s ghost after her. When she rejects his advances, he kills her then kills himself.
  • Neville lobs mandrakes over the wall.
  • Neville’s grandmother comes back to fight.
  • Hermione kisses Ron after he suggests to evacuate the house elves. This is such a Hermione thing to do.
  • Nagini is protected in a magical sphere unlike the movie.
  • Peeves dropping stuff on Death Eaters makes me happy.
  • Ron punching Malfoy in the face after they stun the Death Eater that wanted to attack him.
  • Luna, Ernie and Seamus all cast patronuses to save Harry, Ron and Hermione. Luna has a hare, Ernie has a boar and Seamus has a fox.
  • In the book, the cage Nagini is in encases Snape and Nagini wraps herself around Snape while attacking him.
  • Also Snape was killed in the Shrieking Shack in Hogsmeade. It’s ironic because this is the place where he was saved by James Potter, yet this is where Snape dies.
  • Petunia begged for Dumbledore to accept her to Hogwarts even though Lily gets to go. Dumbledore even wrote back with a kind response
  • In the King’s Cross scene, Dumbledore wears midnight blue robes (I wish they kept these in the movie)
  • Dumbledore equates himself to Voldemort as he wanted to escape death and rule over Muggles with Grindelwald.
  • The reason Dumbledore turned down the Minister position is he was afraid he would be selfish with all that power.
  • Voldemort summons the sorting hat and puts it on Neville’s head. He then lights the hat on fire which holy shit burning someone alive!?
  • Neville when confronting Voldemort grabs the sword and decapitates Nagini. Without hesitation.
  • OMG Mrs. Weasley telling people to stay away from Bellatrix because she’s her’s to finish is a whole mood.
  • As Voldemort attacks Molly after she kills Bellatrix, Harry holds a shield up to Molly. This is the moment where Voldemort knows that Harry is alive.
  • Voldemort doesn’t turn to pieces like in the movie, he falls dead like any normal person would
  • When Harry took Ron and Hermione to Dumbledore’s headmaster office, all the headmaster’s cheered and Dumbledore is seen crying in his frame.
  • Harry uses the elder wand to repair his own wand then is going to return the elder wand to Dumbledore’s grave. This will end the control it has.
  • “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years, all was well.

When I re-read this book, the two deaths that hit me the hardest were Dobby and Hedwig. When Dobby arrives to save Harry, there’s a couple of paragraphs talking about how scared Dobby is. Malfoy Manor is a place where Dobby has been abused for decades. Despite his fear, he shows up because Harry Potter is one of the few people who respected him.

Hedwig’s death is more brutal in the book because she was killed while still in her cage. Due to various circumstances, Harry is forced to blow up Hagrid’s motorbike which had Hedwig’s cage in it. He couldn’t even bury his owl who provided him peace while he lived with the Dursley’s.

2019 was the year I re-read the Harry Potter series. It was a wonderful experience going back to this book series.

Girls & Can We Enjoy Unlikable Characters?

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After seeing The Rise of Skywalker twice, I wanted more Adam Driver media to consume. His portrayal of Kylo Ren was outstanding. One of Adam Driver’s first roles was in the HBO series Girls written by Lena Dunham. After getting access to Amazon Prime, I decided to dive right into watching this show. Many of the main characters in Girls are extremely unlikable. This made me wonder: to what extent do our characters have to be “likeable” to be able to sympathize with them?

Before I go through answering this question, I wanted to provide background on this show. Girls is a Sex in the City for this generation. It tells the story of four 20 something’s living in NYC after graduating from college. Hannah (played by Lena Dunham), Marnie (played by Allison Williams), Jessa (played by Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (played by Zozia Mamet) are the main characters this show focuses on. The girls go through break ups, hookups and career shakeups throughout the series.

Each of the four girls are unlikable in a different way. Hannah can be selfish in regards to how she views her relationships. Marnie can be super judgemental. Jessa is flaky and Shoshanna talks extremely fast to the point where it’s hard to carry a conversation with her. These flaws can be annoying to witness at certain times. It became difficult to continue on in the series because I never felt I could relate to their struggles.

There are a couple shows I like where the characters aren’t likeable, but I’m not sure what makes Girls different. For example, I love to watch The Big Bang Theory. However, if you pay closer attention to the male four friends, they make fatphobic jokes towards Howard’s mother and act misogynistic towards women they find attractive. I like the show, but the characters can be awful at times.

One reason why I believe Girls became hard to watch was because I didn’t see the girls maturing into better human beings. Hannah can’t take personal critisism when she goes off to graduate school. Marnie sleeps with men in relationships while Jessa (despite being an addict) is rude to her friends. Shoshanna is probably the most likable girl in the bunch, but I don’t see her maturing either. For me, I don’t want “perfect” characters in media, but I want to see them learn from their mistakes and become better human beings. I didn’t feel this way from watching Girls. 

Let’s go back to Adam Driver’s character. His character is also named Adam and for most of the show he’s dating Hannah. Adam’s character initially is a douchebag who only sees Hannah as a hookup. He’s a slob and has quite a bit of growing up to do. As the seasons progress, Adam starts to develop. In season #2 we find out Adam is in AA because of his problem with drinking. This information makes me love Adam’s character. When Hannah is having an OCD episode, Adam makes his way across NYC to comfort her. Adam isn’t a perfect character, but he’s the only character who has grown up over the course of the seasons.

I stopped watching Girls mid way through season #4 because I discovered this show wasn’t for me. I don’t regret watching the show because I believe Girls does a couple things right. The sex positivity in this show is what makes watching the first couple of seasons worth it. Lena Dunham doesn’t have the sterotypical Hollywood body and it’s refreshing to see a different body type on TV. Some of the sex scenes were hard to watch while other scenes felt accurate.

If you want to watch Girls because of Adam Driver, go for it. I recommend watching seasons #1-#3 because that’s where you will see the best of Adam Driver.

Harry Potter WYR: Occlumency or Umbridge?

It feels nice to get back to a sense of normalcy. I’m going to be posting regular blog posts including another entry into my series “Harry Potter: Would You Rather”. Today’s question  is about which painful experience you would rather endure.

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Snape is photo bombing this WYR question. Harry Potter WYR: Have Detention with Professor Umbridge OR Take Occlumency Lessons with Professor Snape?

Would You Rather: Have Detention With Professor Umbridge OR Take Occlumency Lessons with Professor Snape?

I already know what my answer will be, but I will discuss each answer anyway. Detention with Umbridge would be literally tortuous. If she can use a blood ink quill against Harry, imagine what else Umbridge could have been capable of. The only good quality here is seeing a bunch of kitties on her wall. The kitties would bring me joy depending on what Umbridge would have planned for me.

Occlumency would be a fascinating magical skill to learn. Regardless of evil wizards penetrating your mind, this would be useful in protecting your secrets from others. I’m interpreting this question with “book” Professor Snape versus “movie” Professor Snape. Alan Rickman made a great Snape, but the movies add more sympathy to his character while the books don’t leave out any details of Snape’s demeanor in classes.

I’m picking . . .

Occlumency Lessons with Professor Snape. I picked this choice because f**k Umbridge. I don’t want to be in any room with her. She’s evil incarnate, but she has that annoying smile on her face. I would take lessons with Snape any day. 

This was an easier WYR question for me, but let me know in the comments which one you would pick.

 

 

2019 Pop Culture Year in Review

Happy 2020! This year marks the beginning of a new decade. The 2010’s was a decade of personal growth. I developed a sense of self and started becoming comfortable with who I am as a person. I’m excited to see what the next ten years will bring for me. I wanted to recap everything I did in 2019:

Movies I saw in Theaters:

Jaws Hello Kitty Shirt

Hello Kitty store at Universal Studios in Orlando

  • Bohemian Rhapsody (this movie released in 2018, but I didn’t see it until 2019)
  • Shazam 
  • Captain Marvel 
  • Avengers Endgame 
  • Spider-Man Far From Home 
  • It Chapter #2 
  • Joker 
  • Rise of Skywalker 

My favorite movie of 2019 was Shazam. This is a biased answer as I do lean more toward DC Comics. DC Comics is not known for making great movies and Shazam was funny, not too depressingly dark and worth re-watching.

TV Shows I Watched:

Lucifer

  • Ted Bundy Interview Tapes 
  • Queer Eye Season #2 
  • Shrill 
  • Hot Date 
  • Lucifer 
  • New Girl 

My favorite TV show in 2019 was a toss up between Shrill and Lucifer. Aidy Bryant is a lovely human being. She demonstrates her experience being constantly body shamed by everyone around her, but how she still succeeds professionally. I believe Shrill’s second season releases sometime this year. Lucifer is a fun show too because it’s a Los Angeles, Law & Order show with demons flying around wrecking havoc. Lucifer’s final season 😦 premeires sometime in 2020 on Netflix.

The two TV shows I watched in 2019 that I couldn’t get into were Castle Rock and Homeland. Castle Rock has potential, but I couldn’t follow the story or get invested in the characters. Homeland had a strong start, but I lost interest halfway through the first season. Life is too short to waste time watching shows you’re not interested in.

Video Games I Played:

Rami Malek

  • The Order 1886 < I didn’t even finish playing this because it was terrible
  • Until Dawn 
  • Heavy Rain 

This was a light gaming year for me. I’m looking forward to gaming more in 2020. I’m currently playing Kingdom Hearts III and I have plans on purchasing Jedi Fallen Order sometime in the future.

My favorite video game of 2019 was for sure Until Dawn. This game got me through our polar vortex in Minneapolis. By Polar Vortex, I mean the weather was -32 degrees. -32 degrees!?!?!?!?!? I stayed inside, so I wouldn’t freeze to death and played Until Dawn. 

Gaming in 2019

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  • War of the Spark Pre-Release in April of 2019 
  • Modern Horizons Pre-Release in June of 2019 
  • Cultists & Cthulhu 
  • Star Trek Ascension 
  • Throne of Eldraine Pre-Release 

My favorite game I played in 2019 was the War of the Spark pre-release. I did really well. I didn’t win a match (winning best of three games), but I won a total of three individual games. This set was wild. There were a bunch of planeswalkers wrecking havoc in everyone’s games. I’m looking forward to the next MtG sets in 2020.

Graphic Novels + Comics I Read this Year (probably not everything I read, I may be forgetting some)

Battlecats #1 Mad Cave

  • My Giant Nerd Boyfriend (web comic on webtoons) 
  • Hush Batman Graphic Novel 
  • Batman Knightfall series (series I received at Convergence in 2018)
  • Watchmen
  • Midnight Task Force (Mad Cave Comics)
  • Battlecats Vol #1 Hunt for the Direbeast
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home
  • Knights of the Golden Sun Issues #1-#4
  • Hellboy Volume #1
  • Afterglow
  • Paper Girls Volume #4
  • Badass Girl 3 issues 
  • Prometheite 
  • Riri Williams #1 

My favorite graphic novel / comic I read in 2019 was. . . a toss up between Watchmen and Midnight Task Force. When I first started reading Watchmen, I thought that this series wasn’t going to be for me. When I finished the graphic novel, I was deeply surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. This novel could create a discussion on some of the political messages layered into the story. With Midnight Task Force, I fell into the environment of this futuristic Detroit and how crime is exponentially high. The series left on a cliffhanger and I’m hoping the second trade paperback will be released sometime in 2020.

2019 Pop Culture Moments

  • Rami Malek winning the Best Actor at the Oscars
  • Jussie Smollett’s “fake” hate crime

I truly believe Rami deserved the Oscar for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. Many people were upset because they believed Bradley Cooper was snubbed for A Star is Born. Keep in mind, this is the 4th? remake of this movie. It’s not anything different, unlike a biopic of Freddie Mercury who meant so much to so many people. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I’m sticking with it.

Podcast I Couldn’t Stop Listening To:

  • This Podcast Will Kill You 
  • Babes at the Table 
  • Science Rules Bill Nye’s Podcast 
  • Not Another DnD Podcast 
  • Generation Bond 
  • The Love of Comics 

Last year, I picked Anna Faris’s Unqualified podcast as my favorite podcast of 2018. Sadly, I don’t listen to this podcast anymore. Apparently there was drama between Sim and Ana who were the co-hosts. Sim isn’t on Ana’s podcast anymore which destroyed the vibe I originally liked.

My favorite podcast of 2019 has to be Not Another DnD Podcast because it got me through the extremely long drive from Minneapolis to Indianapolis to go to Gen Con. My brother enjoyed this podcast too.

Catchiest Song in 2019:

This is a toss up between any song by Lizzo and Bad Guy by Billie Eilish.

Conventions I attended in 2019:

Thursday waiting to rush the vendor hall

Gen Con 2019

I attended six conventions: Con of the North, C2E2 in Chicago, MSP Spring Con, Convergence, Gen Con and Fallcon. This increased by two conventions from 2018.

Personal Memories

Top Three Memories from 2019:

Getting Engaged! 🙂

Me and Grant

ENGAGED! 😀 

He popped the question on May 4th which happened to be Free Comic Book Day and National Star Wars Day. This is something I will never let him forget.

Getting a New Job:

Working in downtown Minneapolis has been a blessing. I get to take the bus into work on most days which has saved me so much in gas money. I like my new coworkers. The job has better benefits and pay. This wasn’t something I was prediciting to happen in 2019, but I’m really glad it did.

Universal Studios Trip in Feb. 2019

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SO COOLLL!!!

My Resolution for 2020?

I have no specific resolution. I wish for a safe and happy 2020.