I don't remember the last time a game had this much fun with a game with
so little direction. Minecraft is a simple game- in Survival mode you
can collect resources (mine) to hoard or build things. Resources can be combined into other things (craft).
Once the sun sets, the map is infested with monsters out to kill you.
That's it. It's like playing with blocks, or Lego's, and then zombies
try to eat you.
Nils set up a server running on his comp so we've been playing with a couple other friends in our own bizarre little world. It's not a game with levels or quests, so it's only as much fun as you make it. After a few deaths to zombies, you'll quickly realize you need shelter. My hole in the wall turned into a mountainside fortress over a couple of days. I got bored (for now), so now I'm building the World Tree on an island not too far away. It might just be an over-sized tree-house in the end, but that's ok because no matter what, it's going to be awesome.
One of the many, many things you can modify is your skin, and I, being who I am, immediately decided my avatar needed a sundress. There are a lot of examples of skins out there- both good and bad. I've seen some good ones on the Minecraft sub-Reddit, like this one I saw recently, and on Miners Need Cool Shoes.
I used Miners Need Cool Shoes' skin editor and edited this Miner Girl until I ended up with the girl on the left. She has a white and yellow flower on the back of her head.
After reading many, many reviews it seems there are two things big things to know about the Trio. 1. The Trio is great for hobbyists that need a multipurpose tool. It does its three jobs pretty well. 2. The Trio will never be as good as a quality jigsaw, drum sander, or router.
The choice was pretty easy for me since I'm definitely a hobbyist and don't have room in my garage (or budget) for top-end, specialized tools at the moment.
Maybe one day I'll want something with a bit more umph, but for my current purposes the little thing is pretty awesome. Originally, I was looking for a tool to use while building some shelves for the little nook next to my desk. I had this elaborate plan to route the edges of the shelves and mount them to the wall without any visible brackets... let's just say that plan fell through (more on that in another post). I've since come to my senses and used brackets, but I'm still pretty happy to have the Trio for future projects.
Q recently introduced me to Kuragehime,
or Princess Jellyfish. I don't watch a lot of anime, but I absolutely adored this one.
It's about a nerdy girl, Tsukimi, that really digs jellyfish and wants to be an illustrator. She and her eclectic housemates lead a happy, simple existence until (dun dun dun) a sylish wealthy individual crosses their paths and decides to be their friend against their wills. There's also a jellyfish named Clara along the way to explain things.
We went to PAX East last weekend to visit some friends in Boston. Good times all around!
PAX was huge this year! I was a bit bummed that they moved it out of the Hynes Convention Center (and thus moved away from the most nostalgic part of the city), but it sounds like the change was totally necessary to fit the huge amount of people that went this year. I'm told there were 69,500 people there. That's crazy.
Animal Upon Animal (below left) is super quick and seems to appeal to just about anyone. All you do is stack animals. Occasionally a die will tell you to stack two at once, or something, but that's really the whole game. Of all the games we played, this is the one that drew the most people to our table. It's also the next game I'd like to add to our board game closet.
Ascension (above right) is a bit like Dominion (which is the only other "deck builder" game I've played) but adds a little more uncertainty by only showing seven cards you can buy at a time. There are cards you can buy, and monsters you can fight, so it's a balance between keeping your "runes" and "fight" in good supply while still wracking up the victory points. Since you're only seeing seven cards of the deck at a time, your opponents can have a lot of impact on your turn. If the player before you buys or fights the card you wanted, there's no telling when you'll see another one like it added to the board.
Merchants & Marauders (bottom) is a massive game. I'd give it a solid evening if you're going to try to play. With four people new to the game, it took us a good hour to get through the rules, and another to do just a couple rounds of turns. All in all, a full game took about 6 hours. The box claims it should only take three, so maybe we're just slow. Either way, it's a lot of fun once you get into the swing of it. You can be a pirate, you can be a merchant, you can avoid everyone or kill your friends. Fun!
It was a great weekend all around, filled with boardgames and bumming around with a bunch of people I've missed so much since leaving Boston.
I recently crossed number 23 off my list and got something for Qwerty to celebrate. He's a spoiled cat :)
It's a "Bowsers Buttercup Bed" from Mud Bay, a local pet supply store that I walk past every time I go to the grocery store. The place is adorable and filled with all sorts of things I want to bring home to the cats.