Randomness

Nov. 28th, 2015 06:10 am
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
- I can't believe the year is going to be over in a month's time.

- Last week, the pet rabbit tried so hard to escape, that it gave itself a concussion jumping against the roof of its hutch.

- New game my family loves: Love Letter: Batman. Which I don't consistently lose, for once!

- I'm getting such a kick out of talking about comics to my family, cause I find myself saying: "I love Dick. But only when we're talking about Batman." Because I am easily amused. It's still true though.

- I am uncomfortable with the modern Robins though, because I don't like to see a ten year-old kid being beaten up by an adult, even if they can defend themselves. It's just uncomfortable to see. I prefer the classic Robins who were predominantly quick and agile, so few people could ever even touch those pixie boys.

Randomness

Mar. 25th, 2015 08:31 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- I just found an old bag containing at the bottom: old tissues, an empty plastic bag, two (slightly flattened) markers, and an anthropology sheet on women in post-colonial India. Yes, bag, you've made your point, you've been abandoned since my university days.

- Also need to stop knocking things off my windowsill. First my cactus, now a solar panel... At least the latter didn't leave its spines behind in my palm.

- Interesting tidbit before the New South Wales election this weekend: The Greens are close to toppling the Nationals in their heartland.
For non-Australians, the Nationals are the conservative, right-wing, country party. The Greens the left-wing environmental party. Shockingly, the Nationals haven't noticed how concerned country people are about their land and environment. Thus, when the Greens stepped up to the issue, suddenly those traditionally conservative voters were looking to the political left for their local representatives.

- As I said on tumblr, when it comes to board games, my current personal style of play is losing. Or rather, being experimental and trying out new ways of playing the game, which more often than not then results in me losing.
"I wonder what happens if I do this? Ok, and now I'm stuck in a swamp. Good-o. And look, there goes the last of my sanity. *dribbledrool*"

- New favourite Boardgame blog: The Misery Farm!
For fuck's sake, I have too many sheep and not enough everything else. The free pen is too small for any more sheep, even with a barn, so I have acquired a house sheep. I'm fairly certain it's going to smell.
Help! I'm dying of laughter!

Randomness

Feb. 3rd, 2015 02:22 pm
elfinblaze: (quiltbag)
- I'd just like to point out to the Australian government that Vietnam is now more progressive than Australia as far as gay rights are concerned. But I know it would be too much to hope that my government would feel ashamed by this news. The fuckers would probably feel proud instead.

- Sometimes it sounds like the wind howls outside my house. More often than not it's a race happening on the car race track two suburbs away! Whose brilliant idea was it to stage car races in the middle of suburbia?

- Played Elder Sign with my sister recently. First time playing, and she almost single-handedly saved the game. Meanwhile, guess who had their brains sucked out through their ear with a straw? Still favouring the dying, over here.

- This is one of the best covers of The Last Unicorn that I have ever heard. Love it!
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
Played my first game of Twilight Imperium today. Three players, adjusted only slightly to account for not being able to keep secrets from myself. I played the human Federation of Sol, the Borg Lizix Mindnet, and the lizard-like Yssaril Tribes.

click for 2 pictures )

Randomness

Sep. 19th, 2014 11:15 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- BBC article on my most despised game!! I quit playing it in a huff at age twelve and haven't played it since. I refuse to.

- What Sydney will look like once sea levels rise. You can see where not to buy land.

- Norfolk Island could be the first second Australian territory to marry same sex couples.
‘This Bill has been drafted to withstand the constitutional problems that sank last year’s [Australian Capital Territory]’s Marriage Equality Act and, should it pass, I urge the federal government to let it stand. But if the federal government has outstanding constitutional concerns these should be aired in the High Court.’

Keeping in mind that the ACT was the first territory to pass similar legislation, that resulted in a High Court challenge. The High Court nullified that legislation by finding that only the federal government had the power to make laws on marriage. State and territory governments can't make legislation surrounding marriage (gay or straight) at all. That decision still stands.

So I'm not expecting this to last. Just like federal governments in the past have nixed other territory legislation when they felt like it, this won't last. If Norfolk Island were a state it might have slightly more standing, but as it is, this is just a do-over of the ACT.

- This, however, will most likely stand: NSW introduces bill to clear historical gay sex convictions.
Under the proposed law, people convicted of consensual gay sex before 1984, when it was illegal, can apply to have their criminal records expunged.
Victoria has also introduced a similar bill.

- Chelsea Manning on the IS: How to make ISIS fall on its own sword
Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets... I believe that only a very focused and consistent strategy of containment can be effective in reducing the growth and effectiveness of Isis as a threat.

- Catholic Church on track to becoming a shrinking cult
Young Catholics are increasingly turned off by the attitudes and actions of some American bishops -- the failure to address the child abuse scandal, the harsh opposition to civil gay marriage, the cluelessness of church teaching on contraception, and the refusal to consider women priests.
You think?!

Oh, and my favourite bit?
The priest, in attempting to influence soon-to-be voting age seniors, told the students that single parents and adopted children are not normal.
Fuck you, priest.
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Played Firefly again. I gave the solo version a spin, and I won! I mean, I had the Alliance after me, I pissed off Niska, my entire crew got killed, and I got very disgruntled, but I won. Just.

And it only took two hours. :)

Conclusion: the solo version works quite well.

Hopefully exposing the offending die in public will ensure my game goes even better next time.

Click to see the evil die )

Yes, die, you should be sorry.
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Played Firefly: The Game with my sister, which turned out better than I expected. She loved it so much she didn't want to stop playing. Guess who won? Correct! Not me! But it was fun anyway.

It's a beautiful, beautiful looking game, quite complex, but I think it really captures the essence of Firefly. It gives you a taste of what life in the 'verse would be like: hunting for jobs, trying to scrape by, calculating risks... occasionally breaking the law.

1 picture under the cut )

Randomness

May. 9th, 2014 01:48 pm
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Normally I hate taking reading material to the toilet with me. It strikes me as a less-than-ideal place to read. But today I found myself taking a magazine with me for the first time. That's because I was originally trying to read in front of the fire, and Magpie kept sitting and lying down on top of me. Every time I thought she'd wandered off and I tried to read again, she'd be back, plopping down on my stomach, on my face, wherever she found most convenient and I found least convenient. So when I went to the toilet, I took my Vogue with me, because damnit, I was going to get through that article on AIDS in South Africa!
She's a funny child though.

- How board games are made. 43mins documentary, covering the industry and process of creating board games. It's really interesting. *geek*

- Some rare good news from the Australian government: Same-sex Couples Included in Overseas Adoption Agreement For the First Time
Same-sex couples are included in Australia's new agreement with South Africa on overseas adoption announced today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, after being excluded from every previous inter-country adoption agreement between Australia and another country.
I'm not sure if John Howard's ban on gay couples adopting from overseas is still in place though. It probably still is, actually, but this article makes it sound like that law is being addressed in this process:
The Prime Minister's office confirmed the eligibility of same-sex couples to adopt under the new agreement with South Africa, and told the Star Observer these reforms will consider inconsistencies between the states and territories on same-sex couples adopting.
We'll see what happens, I guess.

- I love this post: Jesus and the centurion's 'companion'.
This wasn't the only way that word pais was used in Jesus' time. We think it usually meant servant or slave, but it also sometimes meant son. And also, sometimes, it was a euphemism for, basically, a man's boyfriend or a younger, same-sex concubine.
I think the word "boy" would convey the same ambiguity in English. Personally, I'd assume family if I heard it, but I know others wouldn't, and if I were going for a translation that captures the same ambiguity of the original term, I'd go with "boy."

- I'm developing my own shorthand. It looks something like this. [picture] )
elfinblaze: (fire dancer)
Regi loves losing board games. Some people think she loves it so much that she loses on purpose.

This is false.

The truth is that Regi couldn't win a game to save her life, but she finds this so hilarious that she takes pride in her losing streak. Her most recent achievement has been losing Scrabble to her brother by a margin of 30 points, after he almost fell asleep at the table due to having no sleep, while Regi herself had no such handicaps. She capped off the night by taking to her feet, and bellowing, "I love Scrabble!"

She is currently going strong on six losses in a row, and we look forward to seeing more from this stunning loser in the future.
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Played two board games with my sister yesterday. Lost both of them. My fault because I built myself into stupid corners and ended up unable to do anything.

- Speaking of which, there's an Australian who writes the funniest lists of games he sucks at. See: year one, and year two.

- Meanwhile, someone actually attempted to graph the Wheaton Effect on BoardgameGeek, ie, the effect game shops have noted that after a game appears on Wil Wheaton's TableTop it flies off the shelves in their shops.

- I got Dungeon Petz for my birthday. Interesting thing about that game: buy, raise, sell pets, and make a lot of money = boring. Buy pets, raise them, fail to sell, have pets escape, run after them, land in hospital, only for the same pet to escape again next round = most fun ever. What you want is for your pet business to go haywire because in this game chaos is fun! Or maybe that's just me.

See, this is why I lose games!

- Have you ever wanted to drink beer and run around the USS Enterprise while a Klingon yells at you? Because it looks hilarious!
elfinblaze: (quiltbag)
I had a horrifying realisation a few days ago. It started when the lady at my friendly local game shop recognised me ("I've seen you come in occasionally. Do you play a lot of board games?"). You know you go into a busy shop too often when the owner recognises you. I ended up buying Merchants & Marauders, the most complicated game I've bought so far. The realisation hit me as I was walking home with my purchase: I'm an actual gamer now. I don't even know how this happened.

Merchants & Marauders is long, complex, and has a lot of detailed rules. It's definitely not for beginners. Unlike most of my other games, a non-gamer would never own this particular game. I spent four hours the next day walking myself through it with the rule book in front of me, and it's still going to take some learning to get the hang of. But from what I can tell, it has the potential to become a game I really love.

Yo ho ho! Two pictures and review below )

At that point my niece knocked on the door to get my attention and I was out of the game, but it was a great ending. I can still hear the cannon fire and smell the smoke of those last two battles. It was exciting enough to leave me bouncing on my bed with joy.

I'm looking forward to learning this game better.

Village

Jan. 14th, 2014 11:12 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I got a new board game over Christmas, called "Village", and now I'm addicted to it.

Once upon a time... )

Randomness

Oct. 10th, 2013 07:44 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- Thanks to the network being idiots and not advertising, I completely missed that Eleven has started screening Glee, season 5. But at least they let us catch up on their website. Stupid network. Anyway, new episodes are screening now on Fridays.

- Last weekend, the world was destroyed. Azathoth woke up and destroyed the planet. I tried my best to stop him, and I'm sorry I couldn't, but I'll try not to let it happen again this weekend. I just needed two more Elder Signs, but then it hit midnight and everything went to hell. I do apologise if it caused anyone any inconvenience.

- It's expected to be hot today; 37 degrees (Celsius), and it's only October. *melts into puddle* I'm not looking forward to summer.

- Colorful Statement? Germany's Olympic Uniform Seen as 'Pro-Gay'
If this had been meant as a political protest, then it would have been okay, but if it's just a 'fashionable jacket,' and on top of that, a butt-ugly one?
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I won! I won, Pandemic! For the first time since Wednesday!

This is a great achievement since I played five games in a row on Friday and lost all of them! Either there were too many outbreaks, or I had 24 cases of one disease, or I ran out of cards! I think you need to lose a few (or five) times in a row to really appreciate winning.

pictures and more )

I also looked up Games Paradise yesterday. It's in the geek corner of the city (next to a large second-hand bookshop, and across the street from Kings Comics). So many board games in one place. Plus jigsaw puzzles and RPGs, and the like. I saw quite a few games from my wishlist. Now I know where I'm going for Christmas.

Pandemic

Oct. 4th, 2013 11:50 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I now have Pandemic. Finally. I got the new (2013) version, which is slightly different to the original.

Played my first game Wednesday night (in two hours) and just managed to win, as in, I found the fourth cure just before having to draw the last card off the player deck. *phew* Dear self, you know, you are allowed to leave yourself some time. What's with all these nick-of-time saves?

More, plus picture )

Randomness

Sep. 21st, 2013 07:25 am
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
- I need to be careful where I walk now. There's a little person crawling around the house and I don't want to step on her.

- The biggest boards in board games
Carcassonne with all the expansions is my favourite.
And yes, this is why I play Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) on my floor. I'm sure I could extend our dining table to be the right size, but not with the Dungeon expansion added on.

- I'm even dreaming of playing board games now. I had a dream about one game that involved Cthulhu entering a house via floo network unless you built a church inside the house, and I kept losing because I kept rolling bad dice rolls. And this was before I bought Elder Sign!

Other things that happened last week:
- read three books
- caught a cold
- got swooped by a magpie
- survived a job interview
- started watching Hawaii 5-O
- saw my sister's new apartment
- had an almost pain-free period! (Only 3 painkillers over 2 days!)
- sat at Medicare reading for an hour. Not because I decided Medicare was a great place to do some reading, but because the queue for service took an hour, and I was glad I'd brought a book along.

Elder Sign

Sep. 20th, 2013 07:59 am
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
I've been playing my newest board game, Elder Sign, which I got a couple of days ago. It was a toss up between buying this game and Pandemic. In the end I decided it would be more fun getting eaten by Cthulhu than dying of a terminal disease. But I will also get Pandemic eventually.

I think I had waaay too much fun playing this. XD

It's based on H. P. Lovecraft's short horror stories/novellas about creatures from other dimensions, known as Ancient Ones, who like to devour people. You don't need to have read Lovecraft to enjoy the game, but it adds familiarity if you have because of all the names and places you recognise. I for one quite enjoy the stories. Perfect bedtime reading. (And if you do want to read Lovecraft's stories, his works are all in the public domain so you can find them easily online.)

2 photos )

This is going to be a tough game to beat, I can tell. But it suits the mythos.

Wil Wheaton (Star Trek) did an episode of Table Top (the web series) where Elder Sign was played if you want to watch a bunch of actors and creatives playing it.

Talisman

Aug. 12th, 2013 03:51 pm
elfinblaze: (fire dancer)
Yesterday I turned Talisman into a solitaire co-operative game, by which I mean I was the only player but all the characters were co-operating with each other to reach a common goal.

I outlawed characters attacking each other and instead instituted trading amongst them. For an enemy, I gave them a countdown timer, as played by Death. All Death did was move one step closer to the end every time a character rolled the die for movement and rolled a "1," so it emphasised the race-aspect of the game (beat Death to the mountain peak). With five characters playing, there were lots of 1s rolled, believe me. Four of the five characters ended up using up all their "fate" tokens just so that they could re-roll the die after they got a 1, just to deny Death his movement. In the end, Death was two spaces from winning before someone reached the end.

It was an epic game, both in length (4 hours) and scope, with so much happening, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. I played five characters with The Dungeon and The Reaper expansions (which is where I got Death from).

Read more... )

Randomness

Aug. 11th, 2013 10:31 am
elfinblaze: (Torchwood)
- I have been catching up on a zine called Memory Insufficient, which is all about games. It might interest the two gamers on my FList, if you want something to read.

- 100 Great Sci-Fi Stories by Women (Read 20 for Free Online)
Sci-fi critic and writer Ian Sales asked readers over at his blog to submit their favorite short fiction by women writers. His goal? To collect 100 stories and novellas as a counter to the classic, and almost wholly male-dominated collection, 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories, edited by Isaac Asimov. You can read the full list of 100 over at Sales’ blog. Here, we’ve linked those stories that are freely available online.

- Felicia Day Issues a Geek Call to Arms
“The substance of what it means to be a geek is essentially someone who’s brave enough to love something against judgment. The heart of being a geek is a little bit of rejection.”

- 40 Maps They Didn't Teach You in School

- Old, but still hilarious: Fights and the games that start them
I used to play Talisman weekly with a group of non-gamers. Fights? LOL. We had the police show up at the door one night as a result of the noise and the screams of "I'm going to KILL you!" Of course he was referring to the other player's character, but the neighbors thought all hell was breaking loose.

Randomness

Aug. 2nd, 2013 11:01 am
elfinblaze: (me writing)
- I have hot pink nails! Wheeee!

- By chance, I caught Vs. Arashi (VS 嵐) on TV last weekend. It was an old episode from 2010 (ep #88, according to this). But still... now I get to watch Arashi on TV here! :) That's petty awesome. And Jun Matsumoto prettying up my TV never hurts. I hope they keep running this show.

- Daiso just opened in Parramatta, and now Smiggle has some serious competition as to where I'm going to buy my stationary. Daiso play a mix of Japanese and American music in their shop, and of course the only song I recognised was AI's song, E.O..

- Yesterday I played a full game of Talisman including The Reaper and The Dungeon expansions. Two hours of the most fun game ever! Each character went through the dungeon at least once (high risk, but also high rewards). The Sage was winning with the warhorse for most of the game, until he lost it in the crags! I love when the game turns tables on you! So much fun.

- While I was cleaning, I found my old "growing up/my body is changing" book, with its single paragraph on homosexuality. Turns out that back when it was published in the 80s, "it is assumed that some kind of psychological disturbance is involved." And all I remembered of it was, "so this thing exists real enough to write about." I didn't remember any of that assumpion about psychology. So I obviously took the best lesson possible from that book. Good job, young me! :D

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