Monday, January 16, 2017

Love Letter - Tempest Review



I normally save gaming related posts for Halls of the Nephilim, but this game is more casual and I feel like this is the better venue for a Love Letter review.

Love Letter - Tempest is a game designed by Seiji Kanai and released by AEG. It is an simple game that really does feel quite elegant in its design. The point of love letter is to get your love letters to Princess Annette and woo her. However, all of the other players are trying to stop you. The game uses 16 different cards. The cards represent different members of the court and each type has a different effect.  The rules are quite simple. You draw a card and play a card (doing whatever the card says). You win a round (and a pretty little wooden red cube which represents a token of affection), but being in the game at the end of the round and having the highest value card. Having a certain number of tokens (as determined by the number of players) is how you win the game.

Love Letter - Tempest is a fun game and worth the $9.99 retail price. There are also several different themed versions of the game (including Batman, Adventure Time, and Archer). Check out the product page for more information.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dollar Bath Bombs

It might not be a classically masculine thing, but I love taking long hot baths. There's just something great about relaxing in the tub. It's even better when you add a bit of alcohol to the mix. I'm pretty vocal about this love and for Christmas, my friend Alex got me several bath bombs from Dollar Bath Bombs. We've both seen videos about "blacker than my soul" bath bombs that turn the water black and thought they were cool. Well being the awesome friend she is, she ordered several for me. They smell delightful, don't stain your tub, and just make the whole bath experience more enjoyable.

Three black, one purple, one pink, and one red
Two Things: 1.) I felt like I was in a horror movie. 2.) I really need to clean my tub.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

BookBub

I still prefer print books over digital, but Ebooks are nice too. While you should definitely check out your local library for Ebooks, another source of free ones is BookBub. To use BookBub all you have to do is sign up. During the sign-up process you'll be asked about what genres of books you like, favourite authors, and favourite Ebook service (Kindle, Nook, Itunes, etc).

That's it. Sign-up and you'll receive daily email updates about free and reduced price Ebooks.

You can also check out this link daily to see what's available for free.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Unboxing 2016

"Now, as you celebrate that this product is going to expire real soon just remember it's actually humanity that makes things unbearably shitty."


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Take Shots

Just a reminder to everyone that I was in a music video this year. You can see my #SulfurSelfie at 1:19.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anxiety

I saw this video earlier this week and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm a successful person. I have a wonderful son. I have a family (blood and not) that cherish and love me. I was the first in my family with a bachelor's degree and the the only with a master's degree. I work for an award winning and cutting edge library and I love my career. 
That doesn't stop the anxiety though. I always called the voice my Shadow (because I like fantasy and cope with things using it).

They don't really care about you. You're a waste. People just tolerate you. You're too needy. You're not a bad father. You're always going to be alone. You do more harm than good. Everyone would be better off if you just disappeared. 

Don't get me wrong. I know these things aren't true, but that doesn't mean the thoughts don't crowd my head. When I'm not focused on a task the thoughts get too loud.

I fidget. I chew on my fingernails until they bleed and are tender for days after. I play with my beard. I run my fingers through my hair. 

I break out in hives. Red bumps cover my skin. I itch. 

I blog. I blog a lot. I have this blog and a gaming one. In the past year, I've made over 200 posts on the gaming one. I talk about projects I'm going to work on. Great plans. Grand schemes. They're just a momentary distractions.  

I get fixated on things. I become obsessed with games or movies. I bug a friend about a cool idea that ultimately in the end we both know I probably won't follow through with.

But if I don't dream, hope, and try, then I go to a dark place that it's hard to come back from. 

But I'm fine. Always fine. Ask me how I'm doing, 75% of the time, you'll get a forced smile and "I'm fine." 

It's me. It's what I do. It's how I am.

I'm fine.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Feel Good Jams - Dressed in Dreams

This song comes to my mind when I need a major change in my life. I feel one coming (hopefully sooner rather than later).
Where is the sun?
You're numb and, you're numb and dumb
Please, please I need the seeds of change
it's wearing a new dream
it's ripping at the seams
I've come undone
And there is one place left to run... And that is...

Never let yourself give in
When you're trying to start again
Put on your dreams and let's go

I've come so far and gone so, and gone so low
I've fallen in decay
Always try to find a way out and up to better days
Are waiting for me
And I will come dressed up in dreams

Never let yourself give in
When you're trying to start again
Put on your dreams and let's go

I won't give up at all
I want the freedom to dream the impossible
I will make it real

Monday, November 28, 2016

MCM - Dylan Marron

I am convinced that Dylan Marron is a perfect person. If he seems familiar, that's because I featured on of his Unboxing videos in a previous post. He's just a super charming, socially aware chap that's just a delight. He's also the voice of Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale.