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Criminal Podcast

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Last night Christine and I attended a live event for one of my favorite podcasts, Criminal . From their website, "Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle." Unlike a lot of true crime media, the stories aren't typically gruesome or horrific. The host, Phoebe Judge, does a great job of taking out certain details of the more violent stories which allows her to tell the story, as it happened, in a more nuanced way. Since starting the show in 2014, there have been more than 250 episodes that have been a joy to listen to.  For their 10 year anniversary, Phoebe, co-creator Lauren Spohrer, and the rest of the Criminal team are currently on tour doing a set of live shows across the country. Knowing my love of the show, Christine asked if I wanted tickets to go when they went on sale months ago. So on a cold night in Glenside, PA, a town just north of Philadelphia, a few hundr

January 2024 Wrap-Up

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  The new year has started off really well, despite it being incredibly cold. A couple of delays and work closings were a great way to ease into the month. Because I was busy focusing on my resolutions and playing a new to me mobile game, there are fewer segments this month but still some great stuff to cover. Blah Blog Log December 2023 Wrap-Up  - A busy gaming month and some great food. 2024 New Year's Resolutions - New Year. New Goals. Age of Origins - This mobile game is addicting and a time sink. Bored  Board Games  Board Game Arena continues to fuel the majority of my plays and will continue to do so if I want to meet my goal of 600 plays before the end of the year. However, January got off to an absolute bang because I logged 100 plays of 35 unique games. That puts me 16.67% of the way to part one of my goal and 23.33% of the way to part two of my goal (150 unique games). Sea Salt & Paper and Res Arcana fueled the way for a second straight month because they're ama

Age of Origins

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My latest obsession is the mobile game Age of Origins also known as Age of Z. Age of Origins is a zombie war strategy game for mobile where you slay zombies, forge alliances, and rebuild civilization. Players build their city from the ground up to produce resources, recruit soldiers, and upgrade their technology. There are player vs player battles, events against zombie hordes, a tower defense mode, and so many other facets to the game. While Age of Origins is free to play, pumping money into the game certainly could help you expedite your ability to reach the top of the rankings.  The other resource you could use to climb the ladder is time. If you think TikTok is a time sink, it has nothing on this game. For those of you familiar with Farmville and other games of the like that require you to log in multiple times a day because everything is on a timer, you'll understand what I'm talking about. Of course you could just play for a few minutes a day, but you won't find succ

December 2023 Wrap-Up

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The year is over and this is a snap shot of the busiest month of the year across the board. Blah Blog Log December was a very busy gaming month and the posts reflected that. Here's what you may have missed. November 2023 Wrap-Up  - The second wrap-up post of the series. Top 10 New to Me Games of 2023  - These were my favorite new to me games in 2023. Deep Dive December 2023: Scythe - A summary of a solo board game challenge Bored  Board Games Despite only having three in person meetups, I did more gaming in December than any other month thanks to  Board Game Arena . These are a couple of games I'd like to highlight: Sea Salt & Paper  - I played this after writing my  Top 10 New to Me Games of 2023  post and this would have slotted in close to the top 5 had I played it before. I've played about a dozen games on BGA of this really smart hand management and set collection game. The hook of the game is how the scoring happens and how players can decide to end the round to

2024 New Year's Resolutions

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The theme for for 2024 is focusing on the things that I really enjoy doing. My hope is that it will help me find more contentment in my life. Instead of focusing on one year-long goal that I don't really want to do, like I did last year, I've picked three things that get me excited. I've recently started to accept that life is too short to be chasing so many dreams and, that at nearly 40 years of age, I know what I like. Coupling that with my goal of wanting a simple life, I want to spend more time on my interests. So in 2024, I will: 1) Cook More Italian Food On the final episode of the year of the Sporkful podcast, host Dan Pashman vows to eat more of a type of food and also grades himself on how well he did on the previous year's goal. In keeping with the spirit of doing things that I love, cooking (Italian food especially) is definitely one of my favorites. This year I want to cook more Italian food, with a focus on non-pasta dishes. Don't get me wrong, I will

Deep Dive December 2023: Scythe

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Last year I completed my goal to play Lost Ruins of Arnak solo 12 times for the Deep Dive December Challenge . I meant to write a review of the game and my experience at the end of the month but never got around to it for one reason or another. I signed up this year with the goal to play Scythe 10 times. Due to the longer set up and play time along with slightly higher complexity, reducing the number of plays was necessary to be successful. Ultimately, lowering the play count worked out great because there are 5 factions in the game so I got to play as each of them 2 times and played on each of the player boards twice. I played Scythe two or three times a few years ago, but it has just been sitting on my shelves for years ever since. It's a beautifully produced game that pushes my brain buttons in the best way. It utilizes over a dozen game mechanics that turn it into an engine building game set in an alternate-history 1920s period. The description on BGG does a great job explain

Top 10 New to Me Games Of 2023

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It's been a while since I've done a top 10 list. While this isn't a definitive list like others I've done , I thought this could be a new yearly post. Since starting a public game group in spring of this year, I've done A LOT of gaming. Between others bringing games and me doing more buying than I have in years, I played a lot of new to me games. While I did play some new releases, not all of the games on this list were published in 2023. Honorable Mention - Stone Age: The Expansion I knew I couldn't add Stone Age to this list because I've played the base game a couple of dozen times over the years. However, I played it with The Expansion and it reignited my love for one of the classic euro-style games. Players get the ability transform their raw materials into jewelry and other adornments.  A new location for the village, new cards, and new huts add a few new wrinkles without drastically changing how the game is played. I would love to add this to my copy