Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmassy Stuff

Another Christmas has come and gone...a little less stressful this year since Tracey and I decided to not worry about buying anything for each other. I bought two games which I wrapped and put under the tree for myself - 'Revolution' and 'Blood Bowl Team Manager' - the latter I could not resist the 60% off price as I was shopping on Amazon, although it looks like it is more complicated than the darn miniatures game.

The kids got a 'Kinect' from Santa, and it did not take long before something was broken in the basement - one of Liam's Beatles glasses I told him to put in the sink. Irelynn was a bit too excited in one of the games and kept moving too far forward for the Kinect sensor - she eventually bumped the table with the glass and glass tends to not do too well against a concrete basement floor.

The parents each received Kindles from my brothers, so I ordered cases for them and set them up with access to my Kindle/Amazon account, which gives them access to all the books that Tracey and I have bought in the last year. There are plenty of public domain books available for both right now - Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes for my Mom; Zane Grey books for Dad. They also each have Scrabble as well - that is one nice thing about the Kindle - being able to link multiple units to one account.

In the days leading up to Christmas, I watched my favorites for the season - The Office (British) Christmas Special and Christmas Story on TBS (don't need the dvd much anymore). Continuing in my zombie research, I also watched the original 'Dawn of the Dead' which is still a classic - I love the biker gang dude that keeps going back to the 'Blood Pressure' machine...I guess he just had to know? It always amazes me in these movies how long power is still operational in the Zombie Apocalypse.

I usually watch the Father Ted Christmas special (Christmassy Ted) as well, but my disc is cracked - I guess I just need to by the updated boxed set when the price drops again on Amazon - it is quite amazing how much they play around with their pricing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

IT Crowd - Great RPG Scene from Season 4

One of my new favorite British Comedies...with a classic RPG scene.

The subplot is the Jen is the new entertainment manager - the clients are used to going out to strip clubs and being set-up with hookers; Roy is distraught over his GF breaking up with him.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

North Coast Gamers - Holiday Bash 2011

Well - the week got away from me and I meant to post this sooner...but last weekend, I attended the Holiday Game Bash hosted by the North Coast Gamers (December 10).

I left Toledo eventually, and arrived in Richfield, OH right around noon.

Walking into a room full of strangers is never the most comfortable thing for me to do, but I was fortunate to be pulled into a game with 3 great people.

The first game we played was 'Belfort'. Normally, I do not really like worker placement games (Puerto Rico, Agricola), but I do enjoy area control games. This game is really a well balanced game the involves both and works quite well. You have a pool of dwarves and elves that you use to get resources - the resources are used to buy buildings, and you place your buildings in the 5 districts to get majority control and victory points. There are also gnomes that you can purchase to unlock additional functions for most of the buildings. This is definitely on my list of games to buy.

We took a lunch break and then played the game 'Revolution'. I remember playing this some time ago for some reason. It is a neat game where you are using tokens representing Blackmail, Force, or Bribes to influence people into supporting you revolutionary group. There is an area control aspect as well. Click on the link above to to read a better explanation than I could ever come up with. Somehow, I did manage to win this game.
 Tom and Robin showed up - Robin was running her 'Other Tower' game using her Peryton RPG D20 rules. Tom was able to play for a few hours before having to leave for work. I really like some of the new features Robin has put into Peryton RPG that separate it a bit from other D20's; and the twist on the end of the first adventure is making me definitely look forward to 'InConTroll' coming up in January.

The North Coast Gamers really had this planned well. There were over 60 games on the raffle table - unfortunately, I did not win a thing. There was also a huge table of games there were given away to one lucky winner - alas, that was also not me.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekly Rant, 12/4/2011 - Late Edition

Busy busy busy with work, the holiday, and once again flooding in Toledo.


New Tom Waits album that I have been listening to. Some stand out songs are 'Bad as me' and another classic anti-war song, 'Hell Broke Luce' - which may be his most powerful song yet.


And my favorite Christmas song from the Pogues...when Shane McGowan could still actually sing...for the most part. Look for the semi-famous actor playing the role of a policeman.

And since we are talking the Pogues...musically, maybe the best band out there.


Just completed a double sleepover for the kids...UGH!