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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Winter's Tale

First off let me start by saying how very disappointed I am in myself for my lack of movie, craft, or game updates. My immune system decided that November was a good time to get sick and stay sick through the holiday season. That though is no excuse. So I am going to start small. A new post once a month (crossing my fingers) and the hopefully more often. Ok on to why you stopped by...

While I may not be one of those girls who needs the chocolate and the flowers, Valentine's Day brings out the lovey dovey in me. A movie and dinner with my hubby are all I need to make my day. This Valentine's Day was no different. The plan was to go see Winter's Tale and pick up vittles on the way home. The day did not go as planned and my movie was switched to The Monuments Men. The Monuments Men was an outstanding movie. I laughed, I cried, and I learned a little piece of history, but a love story it was not. Against his will, I dragged my husband back out to the theaters this week to watch my original movie choice. I am so happy that I did! Based on the book by Mark Helprin, Winter's Tale was everything I wanted in a love story. 

Collin Farrel plays a thief with a heart of gold who's biggest score is the heart of Jessica Brown Findlay (of Downtown Abbey). There was magic, angels, demons, chaos, and destiny. I don't want to go into too much detail because it would spoil the movie. All I can say, is that even though it did not do wonderfully in the theater, Winter's Tale is worth the watch. I enjoyed it so much, that the book has just made my must read list.

Now I know this post was short but hopefully there will be more to come!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

It's a Showdown... a gaming Showdown

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If you are one of the few people who visit my blog, you know that lately (for the last year or so) I have been obsessed with games of every type. I am still fairly new to gaming (since some have been doing it most of their lives) and one of the ways I have kept myself informed is by a site run by Tom Vasel called The Dice Tower. Not only has the site been informative, but they have a channel on YouTube as well. I got my hubby to sit down and watch a couple of reviews and the hubby has finally succumbed to the gaming obsession as well. Tom (like we are a first name basis) does such a great job and is so thorough with his reviews that we usually just add to our wish list from his recommendations.

Where is this going you ask, I mean yay you found a gaming site.. la dee da..

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So anyway my buddy Tom started a Podcast called The Dice Tower Showdown. He moderates as gamers take on topics such as KickStarter, is it good for the gaming industry, which game is better and why, and other great gaming discussions. Whether you are new to gaming or have been doing it for quite some time, this podcast is highly entertaining and makes you stop to really think about the subjects being discussed.

So please go check out The Dice Tower Showdown either on iTunes or here:

Until next time!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Update on my {Game} Crazy Life

Hi my name is Mercedes and I am addicted to gaming. What started with a little game called Ticket To Ride turned into a full blown addiction. I have no shame and there is no foreseeable end to my addiction in sight.

I thought I would talk a little bit about my current favorite games, what is on my wish list, games I want to try, and probably some other game related stuff. If your eyes have already glazed over I am going to assume you are not a gamer. I totally get it, but my hope is you may have a spark of interest and are going to stick around to read the rest of the post. So here we go!

Favorites: There aren't many games that I don't like, but within the group of games that I own and have played I have some favorites.

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Forbidden Island: A cooperative game in which 2-4 players are attempting to collect the four (4) treasures and make it to the Fool's Landing to fly away before the island sinks. Each turn players get 3 actions which they can use to move spaces on the board, shore up tiles (flip tiles that are sinking), move other players (if you have that special power), or give cards.  Once a player has completed his or her action the player then receives 2 treasure cards and flips the appropriate number of Flood cards. I promise it is not as complicated as it sounds and is a lot of fun. One of the greatest things about this game is that you are working as a team to beat the island before the island beats you!

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King of Tokyo: King of Tokyo is a fun and quick game in which the purpose of the game is to {you guessed it} become the King of Tokyo. Each player picks a monster and rolls dice that let you accumulate points, enter Tokyo, deal damage, and heal damage. The graphics are great and the game plays in about 20-30 minutes.

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Resistance The 2nd Edition: Resistance is a game for a slightly bigger group, it plays 5-10 players. In the game you are either part of The Resistance or a Spy. As part of the resistance you are fighting against a government who is corrupt. As a spy you are attempting to subvert the resistance from the inside. The game is fun and if you are a Battlestar Gallactica fan, then you will love this game!

Wish List:
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Lords of Waterdeep: A Dungeons & Dragons Board Game: Until a few months ago I had not even heard of this game, but thanks to Geek and Sundry it is on my MUST own list. I have not officially played it yet, but I suggest watching the game play on TableTop.

Dying to try:

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Takenoko Board Game: I feel silly that I have just barely heard of this game, and I am still not 100% sure what the point of the game is, but it looks AMAZING! Hello Panda's and Bamboo, how cute is that?

Gaming Inspired Cooking Wishlist:

I enjoy cooking, but I am like a school girl when I get to do theme cooking (i.e. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Trek). Recently Chris Rachael-Oseland from Kitchen Overload put out a Settler's of Catan themed cook book. Chris does a spectacular job with all of her different Catan themed food bars. She has totally inspired me to try some out. If you are going to pick up the cook book make sure to pick up some cooking essentials to help with the theme.

Of course all of this game talk only scratches the surface of my gaming addiction. I will be back with more soon(ish)!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Hubby's B-Day

So I know oh so long ago I mentioned the hubby's up coming birthday. I didn't take as many pictures as I had intended, because my camera died (boo). I thought I would share the few pictures I managed to take.

Let's start out with the birthday boy, the whole reason for the party:

{Don at his favorite Burger Joint the day of his Birthday}

We did a Star Trek color schemed setup:

 {Left: Medical/Sciences, Center: Command, Right: Engineering/Security}

 Each place setting had a black plate, color coordinating napkin, silverware set, cup with color coordinated straw and a Star Trek Milk Carton filled with Dilithium Crystals (or Pop Rocks and Zots). The Milk Carton was printed from a file I got on Etsy courtesy of aLittleBirdTweetme.

 Now no party is complete without presents, and so I thought I would share some pics of the birthday boy opening some of his:

All the gifts were Nerd approved, but the wrapping on one of the gifts was spectacular:

{Our friend wrapped my hubby's gift like the TARDIS, complete with blinking light on top. As if that was not enough, she photoshopped a picture of my hubby's favorite Doctor (David Tennant) peeking out the TARDIS window right next to my hubby was was photoshopped into the TARDIS too! BEST.WRAPPING.JOB. EVER.}

As guest left, they got the second party favor:
{A chocolate covered Oreo, shaped like the Millennium Falcon} 

I have a couple friends who took pictures, so I am hoping to add more soon! Thank you to all who came, ate, and gamed!

Monday, June 3, 2013

To throw a NERDTASTIC Birthday or not?

The hubby's birthday is coming around and I am tossing around the idea of throwing a birthday party for him. I mean look at this face. How could you NOT want to throw a party for this guy? I suppose then the question isn't if I want to throw it, but if I can work it all out.

The main idea is a NERDTASTIC birthday. For those that may not know us, the hubby and I are both HUGE nerds. We got married in Las Vegas at the Star Trek Experience (when it was there) on board the bridge of the Enterprise.
 See I told you so.
  through and through. 

The hubby and I are fans of so many movies, shows, and games that are considered nerdy I thought why not embrace it. I currently have more than a few ideas thanks to Pinterest. I even have a board dedicated to Nerdtastic Birthday Ideas (check it out). I just need to see if I can make all the different elements work together without going broke. 

I will say that thanks to Pinterest I have found quite a few DIY party projects. Obviously themed food and possibly even themed tables would be involved. My hope is that we can get party goers to share their inner nerd by either dressing up or even just wearing a T-Shirt of their favorite show, character, or superhero. 

Gaming should also be a part of this spectacular nerd birthday. Food, friends, drinks, and games like Bang, or Guillotine, how can you go wrong? 

Wish me luck!