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 ūüė¶ **

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

Link to my Board Game Reviews:

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Favorite Video Game Worlds

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I’m a gamer for many reasons, but I have always liked becoming immersed in the story. Reading is great, but I don’t visually get to see the characters or the setting. A great video game to me makes me feel like I’m a part of that environment or I start to feel for the character I’m playing. This topic randomly popped in my head while I was eating my eggs this morning, I wanted to recall my favorite video game worlds I played through.

Rapture

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Image from Bioshock Wiki

Rapture is the fictional underwater city in¬†Bioshock.¬†Rapture is a 1940’s themed underground city created and constructed by Andrew Ryan.¬†Bioshock¬†is one of my all time favorite video games because of how brilliantly Rapture is set up. Of course I wouldn’t want to live there because there isn’t any food plus drug infested people trying to kill you in the game, but the idea seemed great at the time.¬†Setting up an underwater city where people could go in case things get bad above the water. I love the beauty in it even though I can still see the darkness.

Animal Crossing New Leaf

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How could you not want to live here? Living in a cute town of your creation with animal neighbors and constructing lighthouses. Animal Crossing New Leaf is my guilty pleasure, cutesy video game. When I first got my 3DS in college, this was the only game I played for about 5 months.

Colombia

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Image from Bioshock Wiki

Bioshock¬†Infinite¬†wasn’t too bad considering it didn’t take place in Rapture. Can you tell I love the¬†Bioshock¬†series a little too much? Colombia was the fictional universe in the sky and you could travel around by zip lines. That would actually be kinda cool yet freaky because I hate heights. It’s a beautiful environment with different influences from the United State’s founding fathers.

Boyfriends Choice: Assassin’s Creed

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I asked the boyfriend what video game world he would want to live in, he chose the world of Assassin’s Creed due to it’s expansive setting. I have to admit this would be a pretty cool place to explore.

 

Planet City Comic Con!!

I cannot believe I haven’t already written about this already. I’m excited to announce in February 2018 I will be attending Planet City Comic Con¬†in Kansas City, MO and meeting Jason Momoa! I am super excited to meet him even though I don’t watch¬†Game of Thrones,¬†I’m still a big fan of him as Aquaman from¬†Justice League.¬†My friend hasn’t been to a comic book convention so this will be a new experience for her too. We will be planning on driving there which I’m happy about because I enjoy road trips.

As far as our tickets go, me and my friend decided against getting a picture with Jason. It was expensive and pictures to me look really awkward. An autograph though, that will last a lifetime. I’m planning on bringing a New 52 Justice League graphic novel for him to sign since I enjoyed¬†Justice League¬†and I’m interested in his solo¬†Aquaman¬†movie. Also Matthew Lewis aka. Neville Longbottom will be there and me and my friend might pay for his autograph because we both are apart of the Harry Potter fandom.

Besides the autographs, I’m excited to spend money on comics and cosplay for this comic con. I have never been to¬†Planet City Comic Con¬†so I have no idea what to expect. I’m a very casual cosplayer as in I would rather thrift a cosplay together than hand sew pieces of cloth. I’m sure once I know who I’m cosplaying, I’ll make a post about it here.

February 2018 cannot come faster. I’m happy to escape the MN area and explore other comic book conventions out of state. My next comic con I want to attend would be C2E2 or New York Comic Con.

 

 

Geeky Holiday Traditions

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One Facebook group I’m apart of, Geek Blogs Unite¬†was hosting a Holiday blog theme week. I decided to participate because I was pondering what to write about when I started recalling how my geekiness can be found in my older holiday traditions. I wanted to share a few of those traditions in this post.

Hanging Geeky Ornaments

Me and the boyfriend hung up our first Christmas tree together as a couple. Our ornaments couldn’t be geekier. I attached pictures of my favorites which include: Buzz Lightyear, Justice League lunch box and a holiday dinosaur. These ornaments were passed down from the boyfriend’s parents old tree which makes me adore them even more.

Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas

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I’m a huge fan of¬†the Peanuts.¬†On cable TV, they play this movie every year and me and my mom used to sit down and watch it. There’s something so charming about Charlie Brown picking out the most unstable tree and decorating it. This movie always warms my heart plus Charles Schultz the creator of¬†the Peanuts¬†is from Minneapolis, MN.

Seeing the Christmas Carol at the Guthrie

My dad loved the Guthrie Theater and for a couple years we would attend A Christmas Carol originally written by Charles Dickens. I always enjoyed seeing Scrouge slowly change from being this grumpy old man to this grateful and happy soul. Theater is something I could never be good at so I have respect for all the actors on stage.

Toys!

Toys were a big part of our family Christmas. We would get a “big” present from Santa each year. One year I got a Disney castle that I still have sitting in my closet. I also remember getting My Little Ponies for Christmas. I also got the old Harry Potter computer games that me and my brother would play together. Old school toys were a big part of my Christmas holiday season.

How did being a geek fit into your holiday traditions? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

 

Ode To RiverQuest

It’s been six months since I graduated from college and there are times I miss being a student. Having Sunday relaxing days while I study for an exam or getting coffee and walking around town. One college memory that has stayed with me is my gaming marathons at my college game store¬†River Quest Games.¬†Unfortunately, I was alerted by a Facebook status that River Quest would be closing their doors permanently and hearing this news left me shocked and disheartened. I wanted to reflect on how much¬†River Quest¬†meant to me.

Facebook post stating River Quest games is closing

Photo taken from River Quest Games Facebook Page

I started attending River Quest two years ago after my best friend got a job there. I was pleasantly surprised by all the employees who were nice and relaxed. The owner does a great job at creating an accepting environment for all gamers. I also learned how to play Star Wars Destiny at a pre-release event River Quest hosted.

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Souvenir dice from River Quest! Photo taken by me.

As a broke college student, I never felt pressure to buy anything. I wish I could have supported River Quest more, but going to college is expensive and I was often living paycheck to paycheck. I drove to River Quest two weeks ago and I was surprised by how dead it was in the store. It made me sad to see that there were less people gaming.

I’m thankful for¬†Riverquest¬†and how I could¬†hang out with friends, play Magic or the occasional board game and unwind after a tough week.¬†One message I want to reiterate is to support your local game store! I wish I could have supported¬†River Quest¬†more to prevent them from closing their doors. Local gaming stores need your business. Plenty of customers will buy from Amazon or Target, but to get the absolute best customer service, it’s best to shop local.

 

 

Breaking Bones in the Punisher

If a new Marvel TV show is released on Netflix, I will watch it within the week.¬†¬†Daredevil¬†blew me away with the inner battle between Daredevil & Wilson Fisk. The Punisher was officially introduced in the second season of¬†Daredevil¬†and Jon Bernthal blew me away with his performance of the character. One scene in season #2 I always think back to is when the Punisher is at a pawn shop when the owner acknowledges to him he’s selling child pornography. The Punisher barely bats an eye as he walks back to the owner and seals his fate. This is realistic to the Punisher as a character because of how he uses violence to achieve justice.¬†The Punisher¬†season #1 is addicting, thrilling and at times hard to watch.

Punisher Picture from Forbes

Punisher in Action Photo by Forbes

The Punisher is probably the most violent and graphic show Marvel has to offer. Frank is often severely beaten in some episodes along with a video being shown of a man being tortured. If violence is something that provokes you or triggers any memories you may have, I do not recommend watching this and instead quickly scrolling through Wikipedia for a summary of the show.

The Punisher¬†begins with Frank Castle attempting to live a normal life. He’s contacted by a super computer hacker named Micro who believes there is a conspiracy involving the murder of Frank’s family. This first season details Frank’s struggle of PTSD in losing his family and also trying to move forward.

At first, I thought the first couple episodes were a little bit slow. I did find by episode 3 or 4, I was more likely to binge the rest of the season. I also found 13 episodes seemed a little long. I would have been fine with 8 or 10 and I think it could have still effectively told the story.

'The Punisher' TV show premiere, Arrivals, New York, USA - 06 Nov 2017

Deborah Woll and Jon Bernthal. These two have great chemistry together in the show. Photo by Shutterstock

I am so glad Karen Page is included in this first season. I like how Marvel turned her into a character that fights for the truth and she’s often seen defending¬†the Punisher.¬†My only wish is that she had a bigger role in the plot of the show.

I’m curious to know all of your thoughts behind this first season. I’m interested in having¬†the Punisher cross over into¬†Daredevil or Jessica Jones¬†because I think Jon Bernthal does a great job at accurately bringing the comic book character to life.

 

Steelheart Book Review

Steelheart

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Yay I’m finally writing a book review! I used to write book reviews quite frequently on this blog, but somehow I have gotten away from that. I think it’s because I’m finishing books at a slower rate due to my chaotic work week. Normally, I never do re-reads of books, but I made an exception with the¬†Steelheart series by Brandon Sanderson. This series is one of my all time favorite sci-fi trilogies! Six months ago, I bought the last book in¬†the Steelheart¬†series titled¬†Calamity.¬†It was collecting dust on my bookshelf which led me to just re-read the series once again to be more in the mood to finish¬†Calamity.¬†If you haven’t touched this book series yet, you are missing out on one epic sci-fi adventure.

Imagine a world where¬†X-Men¬†exist, but they are evil. In¬†Steelheart, the mutants are called Epics born out of the rise of a bright orange star called Calamity. Once this star rose into the night sky, humans were given powers. David Charleston as a young boy witnesses his father murdered by a high epic known as¬†Steelheart. Every epic has a weakness which can be used to destroy them. Steelheart’s weakness is unknown which makes him more powerful. David ultimately joins the Reckoner’s, a group of humans who’s ultimate goal is to end the epics and encourage the human race to fight back. This book details David’s taste of revenge to burn Steelheart along with him working alongside the Reckoner’s.

David as a character is just a cute, nerdy kid. He’s incredibly smart with detecting the weakness of epics. He’s also fearless; he puts his life on the line multiple times to get more information or to save a team member. Steelheart is absolutely brutal in his rule over the city of New Cago aka. Chicago. He’s the ultimate foe and it’s so satisfying to read about David and Steelheart’s showdown in the last couple chapters of the book.

Besides David, the Reckoner’s team are great side characters. Megan is the “attractive”, but bad ass character. Tia is the genius who constantly is chugging coca-cola. Prof is stoic, cold yet caring. Abraham is the weapons expert while Cody brings the humor with a mix of a Scottish / Southern acccent.

There are multiple twists in this book I didn’t see coming. Re-reading the book was more enjoyable this time because I could pick up certain clues to lead to the twist at the end. I’m not going to spoil anything because it’s worth reading about for the first time.

Steelheart¬†blew me away with it’s story, setting and character development. This series is great for any comic book fan because I felt a lot of correlation between the X-Men comic book characters. Now, onto re-reading¬†Firefight.¬†

Fall Tag

Anyone from the Midwest knows that Winter is coming. Fall is my favorite season and always goes by way too fast. I was doing my annual blog reading and found this cute Fall tag from¬†The Blended Blog. I haven’t done a blog tag on here in a little while so here are my fall themed questions and answers. Feel free to do this tag on your blog and link it in the comments.

Teddy Bear Park

Favorite Fall Sweet Treat

This isn’t really a “Fall Sweet Treat”, but I love going to a local coffee shop during the Fall season. Walking outside and seeing the leaves change with a hot cup of coffee in your hands is bliss.

Red, Yellow or Green Apples?

Yellow if I’m looking for a sweet apple, green if I’m doing baking and Red apples to take with me for my lunch at work.

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Favorite Fall Sport to Play?

I don’t play sports, but I love to go on long Fall walks before it gets chilly.

Must Have Fall Purchase?

This season I bought a new plaid shirt to wear. I ordered a size up because I love having it fit loosely on me. Also I like to buy longer cardigans. They are a great way to make my geek t-shirts more fashion forward.

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Pumpkins Pick Your Own or Store Bought

Store bought this year. Living in the cities, there isn’t really a great place nearby to go pick a pumpkin. My college town had at least 3 orchards with apples and pumpkins.

Real of Fake Pumpkins

Real pumpkins to carve, fake pumpkins for home decoration.

Favorite Halloween Costume

I was Waldo this year, but my favorite Halloween Costume is Robin.

College Football or NFL? Neither. I am not a fan of Football.

Fall or Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor of course. We are still using my Halloween hand towels in the kitchen.

Raking or No Leaves to Rake

No leaves to rake sadly.

Favorite Soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup!!

Fall Candle Scent

I have 2 pumpkin spice candles at my apartment right now. Clearly, that’s the best fall scent.

Love or Hate Pumpkin Spice

Love the Pumpkin smell in candles, hate the pumpkin spice lattes.

Short or Tall Boots

Both! I love short ankle boots with a slight heel. Tall boots if there’s a slight snow fall on the ground. Also rain boots are needed where I live. They are perfect for the rain and the snow.

Favorite Halloween Candy

I used to love Halloween candy, but now I look at all the candy I put in my freezer, and none of it sounds appealing to me. I will say Pretzel M&M’s are my downfall. I don’t buy them because they are too tempting for me to eat.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Yes or No

Hell no. I like my coffee black with almost little flavor in it. Pumpkin to me is too sweet in coffee. I like black coffee with some coconut milk in it.

Hayride or Corn Maze 

Neither, Haunted Houses are always fun along with an apple orchard.

Favorite Fall TV Show

I don’t have a Fall themed TV show I watch every year. I usually just watch my usual Fall TV which is¬†Arrow, The Flash and Riverdale.¬†

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