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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ticket to Ride

I consider my self to be Geek Chic, but the truth is I am probably more Geek than Chic. I have always loved games. I love video games, I love board games, I love card games, well you get the picture. Growing up I was constantly trying to find a victim player who was willing to play Monopoly with me.

Now let's fast forward many, many years later. I got married to a wonderful man who loves video games, but doesn't like to play other types of games. It could be he just doesn't like playing with me since I have been known to be competitive. For the last few years I have only played board games or card games with anyone but my husband, until recently. I subscribe to a great YouTube channel called Geek & Sundry.

On one of Geek and Sundry's episodes of TableTop, hosted by Wil Wheaton, he introduced me to a fabulous game called Ticket to Ride. All I had to do was show my hubby the video and not only was he willing to give the game a shot, but he ended up loving it!

Ticket to Ride was easy to learn (due in part to Wil Wheaton's video), fun to play, exciting, and the hubby loved it as much as I did. Playing with just two can be fun, but definitely the more people you have the more exciting the game is. The one thing I can say is that Ticket to Ride can be pricey. The best price I have seen for Ticket To Ride has been on

I thought I would share some info about Ticket to Ride.

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.
  • 2-5 Players
  • Age 8+
  • 30-60 minutes
Object of the game:
The object of the game is to score the highest number of total points. Points can be scored by:

Claiming a Route between two cities on the map;
Successfully completing a Continuous Path of routes between two cities listed on your Destination Ticket(s);
Or by completing the Longest Continuous Path of routes.
Points are lost if you do not successfully complete the route given on your Destination Ticket(s).

Game Turn:
In Ticket to Ride, there are three possible actions a player can take during the game turn:
  • Drawing Train Car Cards
  • Claiming a Route between two cities on the board
  • Drawing additional Destination Tickets that will earn extra points if completed by the end of the game.
Ticket to Ride Versions Available:
  • USA
  • Europe
  • Märklin (German)
  • Nordic Countries
  • Card Game
  • Map Collection: Asia and India
  • Expansions: 1910 (USA), 1912 (Europa), Dice Expansion, Alex & Dexter
  • Ticket to Ride (Online Game)
Items of Interest:

Links of Interest:
Geek & Sundry (YouTube Channel)
Geek & Sundry (Website)
Ticket to Ride (Days of Wonder Website)

Ticket to Ride: Wil Wheaton, Colin Ferguson, and Anne Wheaton
Friday, May 25, 2012

Movie Reviews and Pre-Orders

I feel terrible. I have left my 3 followers without updates for 15 days. You know if I wanna do this blog thing right i need to be on here much more often. Since my last post. Today I hope to share my thoughts on some movies, and soon I will be talk about a book trilogy that has been trending like crazy.

Let's start with some movies:

Dark Shadows - Let me start by saying that I always love any collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. You put both of these highly creative people together and you are guaranteed greatness.  Dark Shadows was a little more difficult for me to get through than most of their other works. I blame this on the fact that I had never seen an episode of the series.I am almost positive that some of the jokes that went over my head were because they were in reference to the original series. I highly suggest watching an episode or two if you want to grasp these jokes, otherwise there was plenty of other comedy to enjoy.  One of my favorite moments is when Depp, who plays Barnabas has risen from his long slumber underneath a glowing golden arches sign, which he says as the sign of the devil Mephistopheles.

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The Dictator - Sasha Baron Cohen never ceases to amaze me with how far he is willing to go for his craft. Cohen made me laugh quite a bit throughout the movie. The only true problem with the movie, is after you have seen Borat or Bruno you have seen it all. Many of the jokes were expected. I will say my favorite part of the movie was the soundtrack. The Wadiyan remakes of some American favorites made the movie worth seeing. If you get a chance listen to some of the songs, you'll be glad you did!

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The Hunger Games - Pre-Orders for The Hunger Games on DVD or Blu Ray have been announced. I cannot wait. I watched The Hunger Games in theaters several times and am anxious to watch it AGAIN in the comfort of my own home. Last Christmas my hubby was sweet enough to get me the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, so I am dying to do a theme night!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The one with Frank Jr. (My list of hunky guys)

It's hard to believe that one of my favorite series ended almost 8 years ago! Friends ran for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004. From time to time I go back and watch it all over again, but regardless of how much time has passed the show always stays with me. I know I am droning on, but I promise there is a point. I started thinking the other night about this episode where Monica and Chandler are making a list of 5 celebrities that each can sleep with, with out the other getting mad. Rachel encourages Ross to make his own list. My husband and I joke about our lists (mine keeps growing). It got me wondering how many people out there make lists? In the mean time I thought I would share mine (all of which my husband knows about).

My Top Celebrity List (In no particular order):

Gerard Butler

Gerard got added to my list in 2003 after I saw him in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. He has gorgeous eyes and an accent to die for!

Chris Hemsworth
Although Chris is beyond drool worthy in Thor, he actually got an add on my list for his role as George Kirk in J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot. Though he was only on screen for a short time in Star Trek, every time I see his scene I cry like a baby!

Tom Hardy (Can you tell I have a thing for guys with accents?)
Many people recognize Tom Hardy from movies Like RocknRolla, Inception, Warrior, and most recently This Means War, but my crush started long before any of these movies. I fell for Tom Hardy back when played Shinzon, a cloned Jean Luc Picard, on Star Trek: Nemesis.

Alex O'Loughlin
This hunk caught my eye back when he played private detective Mick St. John, on Moonlight. In my opinion that show was taken off the air way too soon! CBS was smart though and signed Alex to a contract so they could use his talents in future work like The Back Up Plan and Hawaii Five -O.

So those are my favorites on my list. If you want to check out some of their great work I highly recommend the following:

Star Trek
P.S. I Love You
Wuthering Heights

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers

As much as I wanted to I did not get to see The Avengers on opening night, but I did get to go during opening weekend. Last night I hunkered down in my seat with Red Vines and a Diet Dr. Pepper for an amazing 142 minutes. 

The Avengers movie has in my opinion an AMAZING cast of actors and actresses, but I admit that I do have my favorites. Chris Hemsworth, who plays the gorgeous Thor does a great job of portraying the Norse God. 

While I will forever have a crush on Chris Hemsworth, I do have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with both Chris Evans as Captain America and another character that does not get nearly as much airtime =, Clark Gregg who plays Agent Phil Coulson. 

The Avengers is a flick that just about everyone in the family will love. Parents with little ones you may want to proceed with caution since there are some innuendos and a lot of violence. 

Should you decide to go and enjoy The Avengers make sure you stay until the very end of the movie. Yes I do mean very end, past every credit!  If you watched Iron Man 2, Captain America, or Thor and stayed through the end credits you were rewarded with a teaser that nodded toward the upcoming Avengers movie.   By staying until the end of The Avengers you are again reward, but this time with two clips. 

This movies is a great way to start off the summer blockbuster series, and I would not be surprised if it was the best of the season!

Haven't seen any of the movies associated with the Avengers? Check them out now. I can honestly say that I loved each and everyone of the (well Thor a little more for obvious reasons).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wuthering Frights

Tonight was the release party for H.P. Mallory's new book Wuthering Frights. The release party, which was held on Facebook was a constant crazy conversation between hundreds of women who, like me, adore Mallory's  work! I have not yet had a chance to start Wuthering Frights, but will be starting it soon!

Wuthering Frights is the fourth book in the Dulcie O'Neil series. If you are dying to start the series, but not sure which book to start with here goes:

Book 1: To Kill a Warlock

Book 2: A Tale of Two Goblins

Book 3: Great Hexpectations

Book 4: Wuthering Frights