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
  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:

Lesbian Frankenstein & My Latest Comic Reviews

Lately, I have been driving to my local comic book store somewhat regularly. Since my comics reading has increased, I have been reading comics faster than I can write reviews. I wanted to share the comics I read and my thoughts about them.

The Prometheite by Ari S. Mulch

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This graphic novel was one I helped back on kickstarter in June of this year. Ari is a LGBTQIA+ creator who launched this campaign during pride month. This novel is a lesbian retelling of Frankenstein. Frankenstein and gothic literature in general is one of my favorite genres to read. This novel captures the essence of the story. The artwork gives off a spooky vibe with the use of the black and white panels. The only other color used is red. The red is used sparsely, however when it’s utilized, it creates this horrific theme within the story.¬†Ari Mulch can be found on tumblr and twitter.¬†I rated this five stars on goodreads.

Paper Girls Volume #4

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Finally, I get an idea as to what the hell is going on in this story. If anyone else reads¬†Paper Girls, the first few trade paperbacks don’t go into why everything is happening, while this one gives more story background.¬†Paper Girls¬†stars four newspaper girls out delivering the newspaper in the 80’s. These girls witness an alien invasion of sorts which leads them to go time traveling. It’s been fun reading all the 80’s references. Recently, the girls travel to Y2K (2000). I was only six when Y2K happened, so there’s a lot I don’t remember. It’s fun reading about it in this graphic novel. Despite my earlier thoughts, I do recommend reading the series. The artwork is great and it’s clear Brian K. Vaughan has crafted an intricate story. I rated Paper Girls Volume #4¬†four stars on goodreads.

Riri Williams as Ironheart Issue #1

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Ever since Riri Williams was announced to take over Ironman in 2016, I knew I needed to eventually read this. I have mentioned numerous times on my blog how diversity is incredibly important within any form of media. When Riri Williams was announced, I wrote a blog post all about it.¬†I picked this first issue up in February during my Universal Trip on the Marvel Island side of the park. I loved Riri’s Ironheart suit. It’s a blend of pink with yellow on her shoulders. It’s feminine without being sexualizing. I highly recommend purchasing this comic. I rated this five stars on good reads.

During Small Business Saturday (November 30th) I picked up quite a few comics to read. There will be more comic reviews and I will probably write them in this format. Happy Comics Reading everyone!

Harry Potter Would You Rather

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My Harry Potter themed shelf with the Harry Potter Would you Rather cards. 

I love visiting my childhood home. My dad never threw out anything even cardboard boxes our toys came in. Every time I drive to see my mom, my mom finds something in our house for me to reminisce. The latest discovery was a “Harry Potter: Would you Rather” card game I made. To be honest, I think I made this in college when I became the president of the Harry Potter club on campus. I don’t believe this can be linked all the way back to my childhood. Since this initial discovery, I decided to turn this into a blog series. Every week, I’m going to upload a picture attached to a post of this “Would you Rather” question and answer it. I’m going to do my best to do this weekly, but there’s at least 20-30 cards, so this will go on for a while.

The first card is:

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Would you Rather. . . Be a Werewolf (spelled Wereworlf apparently?) like Professor Lupin OR Only Have One Eye Like Mad-Eye Moody? 

This question makes me sad. It makes me think of the ostracization of Professor Lupin in the books. He was made to feel less than especially by Umbridge. In answering these questions, I’m assuming I’m answering this question as if I lived in the Wizarding World.

Being a werewolf would be difficult, but there is the wolfsbane potion. If I could retain my thoughts, I could be a regular wolf wandering around. I would like both of my eye balls though because reading would be easier if I had two eyeballs.

I think I’m going to pick. . .

Only having one eye like Professor Moody. I picked this choice because if I wanted to transform into an animal, I would become an animagus. I wouldn’t want to not have control of myself as an animal.¬†

Let me know in the comments which one you would pick! I’d love to know your answers. Be on the lookout for weekly “Harry Potter: Would you Rather” posts.

 

 

New Girl & the Importance of Individuality

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New Girl promo poster. 

This was the first time having a four day weekend in my professional career. My prior job I had to work on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Besides playing the Sims 3, I have been watching a lot of New Girl. New Girl is one of the most binge worthy sitcoms I have ever watched. One crucial takeaway from watching the show is the importance of individuality.

Jess, played by Zooey Deschanel, is the quirky lead of the show. She moves in with three male roommates after she discovers her boyfriend cheating on her. Nick, Schmidt and Winston give Jess realistic advice while Jess allows the men to feel more comfortable with who they are as people. Plus Jess and Nick have this “will they or won’t they” relationship and I want to see them get together!

Jess’s personality may seem over the top, but I appreciate how she’s always herself. Her male roommates will tease her constantly over it, but Jess hasn’t ever backed down or been less of herself. As much as I pride myself on being comfortable with who I am, I have my moments. For example, I was working at my new job and I was telling me team how much I love Harry Potter. Let’s face it: it was a fangirl rant of how much I love Harry Potter in 30 seconds. When I thought back to this moment, I felt regret. Regret because I don’t want my new coworkers to think I’m weird. However, I don’t want to be someone I’m not and obsessively loving Harry Potter is an aspect of my personality.

In these last five years, I have grown immensely as a person. Yes, I have become more confident in myself, but the insecurity is there. I wish I could eliminate it, but I’m not sure if I can. Watching New Girl¬†allowed me to realize how I’m not alone. We all have a component of ourselves that’s a little “weird” and we shouldn’t feel ashamed. I would highly recommend watching¬†New Girl¬†as it’s made me feel better about myself during this holiday season.

Friendsgiving & Being Sensitive Around the Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are all thankful for. I’m thankful for having a family who respects me and encourages me to be my best every day. However, it’s crucial to be sensitive of how we talk about this holiday. Family members can be abusive or judgemental and it’s okay to not want to spend time with them. Sometimes this holiday gives this forced impression how our family is by blood, but there’s also chosen family as well.

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Friendsgiving 2019. 

Last weekend, I celebrated friendsgiving with a group of us. All of the ladies sipped on our glasses of wine, played party games and talked amongst the group. It puts into perspective how beneficial my friends are to my wellbeing. They allow me to vent while still giving me advice I need to hear. I’m fortunate to say my friends accept me for who I am and allow me to grow as a person.

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Happy Friendsgiving!

Thanksgiving can be tough for many because of a loved one who has passed on. My dad has been dead for 13 years and I have noticed myself being more emotional this time of year. I know I would feel a sense of loneliness if most of my family members have passed on.

My purpose for writing this post is to promote being sensitive around the holidays. This includes not assuming everyone you meet has the best family / home life. Offer to host a friendsgiving for those friends who are struggling. There’s no reason we can’t make someone’s day by being kind and inclusive.

 

 

 

Goliath Games Unboxing

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My Goliath Games Box. Photo taken by me. 

This is my second board game unboxing, but this time it’s from¬†Goliath Games.¬†When I secured my¬†Gen Con¬†press badge, I scheduled a time with¬†Goliath Games¬†to test out some of their newest party games. I was super impressed with the selection¬†Goliath Games¬†had to offer and they were kind enough to send me two of the games I played at Gen Con¬†with an additional game in the box. My plan for these games is to take them to a brewery and play them with my friends. Here are the games¬†Goliath Games¬†sent me.

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Virus, Side Effects and the Misery Index. Photo taken by me. 

 

Virus: The Contagiously Fun Card Game

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Virus the card game. Photo taken by me. 

This is the game I have never played before.¬†An experimental virus has escaped from the lab and players need to stop this contagious virus. However,¬†a fun twist to the game is being able to infect the organs of other players with this virus. The first player with four healthy organs wins the game. I’m all about the dark humor within this game of infecting other healthy players to stop the virus. This game can be played with 2-6 players ages 8+.¬†Virus¬†can be purchased through¬†the¬†Goliath Games¬†website or contact your local game store to see if they can order the game for you.

Side Effects: The Guessing Game With an Extra Dose of Absurdity

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Side Effects. Photo taken by me. 

I first played this game at¬†Gen Con¬†and it was hilarious. Imagine combing charades with drug side effects and that’s what this game is. All players are participating in a clinical drug study for a new drug set to be released. Of course there will be side effects. This game is played in two player teams. The first player is the test subject while the second player is the lab assistant. The first player has to get the second player to guess a word while performing two drug side effects simultaneously. When I played this game, I had to get my partner to guess the word “Tuesday” while making kissy faces and making goat sounds. For the record, my goat impression was second to none. I did pretty good as my partner was able to guess four words in a minute and thirty seconds. This is the perfect game to bring to a housewarming party because it’s going to get everyone laughing hysterically. This game requires 4+ players ages 13+.¬†Side Effects¬†can be purchased on Amazon for 24.95.

The Misery Index: Life Events on a Scale from Zero to Miserable.

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The Misery Index. Photo taken by me. 

This game is based off the wildly successful The Misery Index show on TBS. Hosted by Jameela Jamil from the Good Place, this game show forces players to rank events based on how awful the situations are. This is the card game version of this TV show. Each card has a scenario on it with a number from 1-100. One being pretty tame to one hundred being absolutely horrendous. Players have to rank the cards based on how awful the scenario would be. When I was at Gen Con, I had to rank these three events: getting caught masterbating by your mom, drinking a vomit milkshake or eating worm spagetti. Players get points by correctly sorting the events in correct order of being the most miserable. A couple of the other misery cards include: flat tire, pepper spray in the eyes and smelling like a fart for the rest of your life. Misery Index is for 2+ players ages 14+. The Misery Index can be purchased at Target for $17.99.

I’m thrilled to introduce these games to my friends.¬†Goliath Games¬†is a great game company and many of these games would be great for friends who aren’t hugely into board games in general. Once I rip open the wrapping on these games, I will be posting my in depth review of each game.¬†Goliath Games¬†can be found on their website and social media including: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.¬†

Emerald City Comic Con!

I’m excited to announce I will be attending Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle from March 12th through the 15th of 2020 on a press badge. I have never been to Seattle, but I have always wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest. I’m planning on flying in on Wednesday and flying out on Sunday. I want to explore Seattle in addition to attending the convention. I’m beginning to do my research as to celebrity guests to meet, comics to purchase and how much I need to budget for this convention.

Emerald City Comic Con hosted 98,000 fans in their 2019 show. That’s so many people! Reedpop has been hosting this showing for years and they also put on C2E2 which I attended this year in Chicago. Emerald City Comic Con does have a harassment policy which is super important. I have been harassed at conventions before and it’s an unpleasant experience to say the least. Attending a convention with a dedicated harassment policy makes me feel safer as a fan.

Seattle is a great city to host a convention for a variety of reasons. It’s important to point out that Funko is based in Everett, WA. Additionally, both¬†Image & Dark Horse¬†are based out of Oregon which is only a state away. I’m going to be on the prowl for graphic novels to add to my collection and I may pick up a¬†Funko¬†pop along the way.

To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I wanted to shout out Reedpop for giving me a press badge. As the convention gets closer, I will plan out what I intend to write about. It’s nice because when the show gets closer, I will start getting press emails which will allow me to plan out my days. I already booked my hotel which is 0.4 mile walk to the convention center. 2020 is already starting off with a bang.

 

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

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Re-reading the¬†Harry Potter¬†books is a massive task. I love¬†Harry Potter,¬†but I needed a break from the fantasy world. This is partly due to reading Hedwig’s death in¬†Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows¬†because Hedwig’s death is more emotional in the book than how it’s portrayed in the movie. I decided reading a romance book would be the perfect way to alleviate my sadness. I purchased¬†Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating¬†back in February for my trip to Orlando. Whenever I fly, I don’t like to pack books because they’re heavy and take up too much space in my luggage. Despite purchasing this book eight months ago, I finally finished it this month.¬†Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating¬†is one of the best romance / contemporary novels I have ever read and is a contendor in being the best book I read in 2019.

Hazel Bradford is an eccentric, quirky elementary school teacher. She has a foray of pets living in her one bedroom apartment in Portland including a fish named Daniel Craig. Many men Hazel has dated feel she’s a little “much” for them. Hazel reconnects with Josh Im, who she originally met in college by puking on his shoes. Josh is the brother to Hazel’s best friend and he’s more mellow than Hazel. After Josh finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him, Hazel sets him up on a date. This leads to both Josh and Hazel double dating with the people they set each other up with. Hazel and Josh start to enjoy their company together, but are they meant to be together?

One reason I instantly became attached to this book is it reminds me of my relationship. I’m the one who has my head in the clouds. I talk about all the traveling I want to do in my lifetime whereas my fiance is the rational one. Can I afford to travel? How much do I have in my 401k? I believe this is the reason we work well together. I lift my fiance up in the air with me, but he brings me down to earth. Hazel and Josh’s relationship is similar to my relationship in real life.

Hazel is a character I want to be best friends with in real life. Hazel doesn’t conform or change her personality for any of her romantic partners.¬†In one instance, Hazel goes on a date wearing a cow print tank top, a denim skirt and green cowboy boots. This is an outfit I would never forsee myself wearing, but I think it’s endearing how Hazel is who she is.¬†Josh is the complete opposite of Hazel as he’s quiet, resolved and put together. He’s a genuinely great guy and deserves to feel appreciated in any relationship he’s in.

The chemistry between Hazel and Josh is on fire. Their flirty banter feels authentic, but not over the top.¬†The sex scenes are perfectly written as they are “sexy” but they aren’t raunchy either. It’s enough to get a little hot and bothered, but not feeling gross while reading.

In the last quarter of the book, the plot takes a personal turn. I’m not going to reveal what this is because it would be a huge spoiler. Many reviews I read toward¬†Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating¬†is that this plot twist is unnecessary and dramatic. I personally disagree. I believe the book does a beautiful job highlighting this personal experience many women have gone through. My spoiler filled review of this book is on my goodreads account if you feel inclined to read what this event happens to be.

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating¬†is an adorable, personal contemporary novel. Hazel and Josh are well crafted characters and their dating experiences are awkward, yet realistic. This book warrents a re-read for me and I wish Christina Lauren would write a sequel¬†all about Hazel & Josh raising their kids. I would buy it in a heartbeat.