"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on." – Dean Martin

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Music Additions to Playlist (15th October 2018)

So here are the five latest songs that are added to the playlist.

SUPERCUT by LORDE: A love song. But not quite the average love song, as this takes the rose-tinted glasses view and literally crafts the song about it. The supercut is how they just remember the good stuff.

CLOSER by SIX60: Another song that uses word repetition in order to start. Once again, a song about a night out but it has a strong rhythm that makes the song work. It feels like the song keeps building but the closest thing to a traditional chorus is just the word “closer”.

IF YOU EVER WANT TO BE IN LOVE by JAMES BAY: I’m not sure what to make of this song. The music is very upbeat. The lyrics and vocals are more downcast. Regardless, it forms an intriguing mix at the moment.

WOKE UP LATE by DRAX PROJECT: Just a nice song that tells a story about how things are easy during a night out then when the lights come on (the next day). Nice melody and beat run through the song that builds and cuts off at the right moments.

NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY by ARIANA GRANDE: So Ariana Grande is trying to do a more diva-style song in the like Mariah Carey or similar, but seems to shy away from doing the whole song like this as they make it more a dance number. It stands out for the chorus because no other songs currently are trying to do this, but I feel that this wouldn’t have stood out if there were other diva-style songs available.


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New Board Games

So some new games consisting of sales and Kickstarters have come in that I am looking forward to playing.

Chronicles of Crime looks like a really cool mystery style game using VR and clues. I am currently going through Mythos Tales but this is next on the mystery list as I am not that interested in Detective.

Lets MakeĀ  A Bus Route I have already played and is pretty good. Steamrollers is another of the Write to Fill In games that look really cool. Lets Make a Bus Route is played on a shared baord while Steamrollers is a more complex roll-and-write. Both look cool and Bus Route is cool.

Spy Club is another legacy-style (but resettable) deck building game. It also looks really cool, with the solution changing as you are going through the campaign to solve a puzzle. It sounds like a unique idea.

And Dream Home is you are building a home. This one I got purely for the theme. It looks so cool, building a Barbie-house type structure. It looks like it will be very light and fun.
So that is 5 recent games that have come onto the shelves. I have also sold a few more than 5, but will probably detail them later.

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Webcomics I Read

So here are a list of my current favorite webcomics:

Daily Dilbert- I really enjoy the comic. It has been long-running and updates daily. His blog about politics and technology is also interesting (although the actual politics behind it is take-it-or-leave-it as long as you can separate an interesting read from having to agree to everything).

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal- It also updates every day or two. Quite funny with different takes on things. Not every joke is a hit but there is funny alt-text and a red post-script joke button at the bottom.

Penny Arcade- A comic about gaming, mainly. Some of the comics are quite niche for whether you have followed the news stories or not, but it tends to be okay. I thought their earlier works were better.

Cyanide and Happiness- A dark webcomic with off-kilter humor. However, it is more main-stream dark humor so no danger of it going over people’s heads.

Awkward Zombie- Another gaming webcomic. They don’t update as much as the others (tending to be once or twice a week), but the comics are always funny. Once again, limited enjoyment if you don’t know anything about the games being parodied, though.

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Kickstarter Quick Thoughts: 25th September 2018

So here is another big month of Kickstarters. So without further ado, here they are.

EVERDELL EXPANSION by STARLING GAMES: Well the first game was very well recieved. However, this expansion is very expensive compared to the base game. It does have some upgrade, but for me, considering it has been described as an intro worker-placement game, the price is giving me pause. Undecided but probably pass.

LOCK-UP by THUNDERWORKS GAMES: I love Roll Player. I was less keen on the expansion, as I feel it makes the game swingier. I was unsure looking at this, so I watched a couple of playthroughs. This game looks really good. Backed.

EYE FOR AN EYE by DARWIN GAMES: I played this game at a convention. It was… okay. It reminded me of Roar-a-Saurus, but I preferred the simplicity of Roar-a-Saurus. It is a shame, as I probably would’ve backed it if I didn’t have Roar-a-Saurus as a duelling real-time game. Pass.

DALE OF MERCHANTS COLLECTION by SAMI LAAKSO: A very highly regarded game. It has a river offer where decks (like Dominion kind-of) are placed and you have to buy them and make stalls to win. It looked really good awhile back and I was trying to hunt it for awhile. However, now I feel other games that have come out have kind-of supplanted it. I really want to try it first. Pass.

ARTEMIS PROJECT by GRAND GAMERS GUILD: This looks really pretty. It also has a cool way of making both low, medium and high numbers good in your dice allocation phase, meaning you want a good spread of rolls. This seems really cool. Probably Back.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe- Some Thoughts

I was thinking about how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has the Hydra was part of Shield, revealed in Winter Soldier

For me, this was a cool twist. It also fixed one of the problems of the previous movies. For example, in The Avengers, why did Shield not want the Avengers team put together. And even when they did, why did they go for nuking New York.

I mean, it still made a couple of problems. But thinking about how there first (not last) resort was to nuke all their heroes as soon as they were together foreshadows that maybe they aren’t that good.

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NRL Finals Week One

So after the first week of the NRL finals, I have been following them closely. I thought it was a relatively exciting first week of the finals. Most the games were close, and those that weren’t were exciting for being upsets.

I guess seeing the Warriors and Broncos get eliminated was exciting. The Panthers and Dragons were written off and they put in the two most dominant wins of the week. In all fairness, these were more Broncos and Warriors playing very badly but the competition is nothing if not momentum driven.

It was good not to hear about referee errors constantly. There was still there fair share of poor decisions, but it was good not hear constantly about really poor calls. I guess this will change when teams get knocked out after losing close games. Because the NRL players can’t help themselves.

I guess I am looking forward to the next week and see what happens.

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Board Game First Impressions: Rise of Tribes and My Little Scythe

So I just wanted to share a couple of first impressions for a couple of new games that have come in:

Rise of Tribes- Only played it at two player. It plays very quickly. The goals and event cards feel quite swingy but I enjoy how fast it plays. Curious to see if multiple plays allow multiple strategies.

My Little Scythe- I was concerned that it would feel like dumbed down Scythe. Instead it manages to feel like its own unique game using the Scythe engine. It is now a pure race game. My only concern is the game start feels scripted but I think it is a home run for a faster playing war game.