Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rate the Fun: List of Reviewed Games

Rate the Fun is an attempt to share my thoughts on the board games I am discovering, playing, loving, and even hating.  

Games That Have Been Rated:
Pandemic with On the Brink = 9.3
Tiny Epic Kingdoms = 8.5
Love Letter = 7.8
Timeline =7.6
Oz Fluxx = 7.5
Hanabi = 6.8

The Rules:
  • For a game to be rated I must have played it a minimum three times.
  • Expansions reviews will be included with the base game. If I play an expansion after a games been reviewed then I'll add the new information and repost.
  • Order of game reviews are subject to my interest and may or may not be in alphabetical order.
The Scale*
10 = Outstandingly Awesome Game; Always want to play it and I expect this will never change.
9 = Excellent Game; Always want to play it.
8 = Very good game; I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and I'll never turn down a game.
7 = Good game; Usually willing to play.
6 = Okay game; There is some element of fun or challenge; will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 = Fair game; Slightly boring or not fun for me. I can take it or leave it.
4 = Not so good; It doesn't get me but I could be talked into it on occasion.
3 = Bad; Likely won't play this again but could be convinced.
2 = Extremely annoying game; Won't play this ever again.
1 = Clearly broken; You won't catch me dead playing this.

*Ratings are subject to change. If, for instance, I love a game but if everyone I know hates it and I never get play the rating could fall. Or if I'm "mleh" about a game but everyone loves it or it is a good social game the rating could grow.

Games To Be Rated:
Agricola
Alhambra
Bananagrams
Catan Card Game (2 players)
Dixit
Dominion
Dutch Blitz
Elfenland
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Forbidden Desert
Le Havre: The Inland Port (2 players)
Hive (2 players)
Jambo (2 players)
Lost Cities (2 players)
Once Upon a Time
Race for the Galaxy
The Resistance and/or Avalon
S'quarrels
The Settlers of Catan
Star Fluxx
Stoneage
Takenoko
Thurn and Taxis
To Court the King
Tobago
Triads
Tsuro
Wasabi!
Zombie Dice

Rate the Fun is Back

Hello my name is Liz and I am a board game geek.

*Hi Liz*-supportive community response :)

Board games are one of my favourite past times/hobbies. Since 2008 when I first played Settlers of Catan I have been hooked. Some might consider me a bit "obsessive" others (mostly people found on Board Game Geek forums) just a newbie because my collection is currently less than 50. Wherever you are on that scale, I love board games and I love sharing what I love.

In 2009 I started sharing and rating the games I was discovering on this blog but for a variety of reasons I didn't keep up with it. I want to change that. There is more to board games than just what Monopoly or Risk have to offer. For me, board games are engaging, stimulating, relationship building and just plain fun. Board games are a great social activity because...
  • games provide opportunities for face to face human interaction in a increasingly digital-social media driven world
  • games help build character because losing happens and sulking or flipping the table is not okay
  • a new game is about the same price as it is for the average group/family to go to a movie (maybe even cheaper depending on the game/size of group -especially when adding in snacks or if anyone in that group of friends also has to pay for babysitters)
  • a game has longer lasting value then a movie because it can be played over and over while going to the movies is a one time event
  • there is such a variety of games available. Regardless of the group size, age level, skill level, time restraint or interests there is perfect game from party games to intense stagey, from ten minutes to eight hours, and from back stabbing competitive to completely cooperative.

For these reasons I am going to make a second attempt at regularly sharing and rating the games I am discovering, playing, loving or hating.


Here's What to Expect:
  • I am going to give you a bit of information about the game. This could include the description from the back of the box or rules, the publisher, the game style or mechanic, recommenced number of players, comparisons to similar games, and information about expansions.
  • A link to the games board game geek page (which is also where much of my information will be from.)
  • Images of the box and the game set up.
  • If it is available a tutorial, review or Will Wheaton's Table Top video.
  • My thoughts of the game including what I liked and didn't like.
  • My rating out of ten.

The Rules:
  • For a game to be rated I must have played it a minimum three times.
  • Expansions reviews will be included with the base game. If I play an expansion after a games been reviewed then I'll add the new information and repost.
  • Order of game reviews are subject to my interest and may or may not be in alphabetical order.
The Scale*
10 = Outstandingly Awesome Game; Always want to play it and I expect this will never change.
9 = Excellent Game; Always want to play it.
8 = Very good game; I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and I'll never turn down a game.
7 = Good game; Usually willing to play.
6 = Okay game; There is some element of fun or challenge; will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 = Fair game; Slightly boring or not fun for me. I can take it or leave it.
4 = Not so good; It doesn't get me but I could be talked into it on occasion.
3 = Bad; Likely won't play this again but could be convinced.
2 = Extremely annoying game; Won't play this ever again.
1 = Clearly broken; You won't catch me dead playing this.

Games To Be Rated:
Agricola
Alhambra
Bananagrams
Catan Card Game (2 players)
Dixit
Dominion
Dutch Blitz
Elfenland
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Forbidden Desert
Hanabi
Le Havre: The Inland Port (2 players)
Hive (2 players)
Jambo (2 players)
Lost Cities (2 players)
Once Upon a Time
Pandemic
Race for the Galaxy
The Resistance & Avalon
S'quarrels
The Settlers of Catan
Star Fluxx
Stoneage
Takenoko

Thurn and Taxis
Timeline
To Court the King
Tobago
Triads
Tsuro
Wasabi!
Zombie Dice

*Ratings are subject to change. If, for instance, I love a game but if everyone I know hates it and I never get play the rating could fall. Or if I'm "mleh" about a game but everyone loves it or it is a good social game the rating could grow.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Make It Monday: April 28

Welcome to my new blog series "Make it Monday." I hope to make this a weekly feature, it will at least be a monthly post because I get together with two other ladies on the first Monday of every month to make cards. One of the ways I want to use this "Make it Monday" series is by trying two card challenges I've found. The first is Mojo Monday and the second is Pals Paper Arts. So here goes...

Mojo Monday 343
The challenge was to do a "Tall &Skinny," my card is 3.5 x 5.5: 


Stamp Set: Perfect Blend
Ink: Pool Party and Black StazOn
Paper: DSP I Am Me, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Pool Party, and Very Vanilla
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Pals Paper Arts 201


Stamp Set: For the Birds
Ink: So Saffron, Coastal Cabana or Tangerine Tango, and Black StazOn
Paper: DSP Retro Fresh, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Whisper White and watercolor paper
Other: Banner Punch and Stampin' Dimensionals


More Cards

Today was a great creative day. My friend Kim came over and we worked on a few different projects. I designed a Make and Take for a Stampin Up! party/workshop tomorrow night (we're going to be making the one with the brown ribbon).

I finished a card I started a few weeks ago. Not sure the globe fits, my original idea was to use the coffee cup from "Perfect Blend" but it wasn't the right size for the space -and with the globe I could try my new blender pens.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Simple Woman Daybook 141

FOR TODAY: April 27, 2014
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...its night and my blinds are closed.

I am thinking... that it has been an excellent day but that as soon as I'm done blogging I should head to bed; tomorrow is going to be an awesome day!

I am thankful for... all of the birthday blessings

In the kitchen... I made a nabe style soup for lunch.

I am wearing... flip flops (I will will spring to visit), a skirt, and a hoodie

I am creating... cards, a 33 challenge journal-scrapbook-smash book, two pieces of art, and a my one word journal-scrapbook-smash book.

I am going... make cards with friends tomorrow

I am wondering... how to design the larger canvas. I've had a few ideas but none seem right.

I am reading... My One Word, Sophie's World, Hitchhikers Guild to the Galaxy (audio), The New Testament (in the Books of the Bible order), and My Utmost for His Highest.

I am hoping... to keep the momentum going.

I am looking forward to... the adventure ahead

I am learning... how to "abide"

I am hearing... the humming of my fridge.

Around the house... laundry, house elves broke into my place Thursday night and cleaned everything else.... it is the thing I needed the most for my birthday.

One of my favorite things... birthday cake

A few plans for the rest of the week:... crafts with two friends, then tea with another friend, followed by writing group. Tuesday I am giving my first real demonstration as an independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator. Wednesday is life group. Thursday is youth group. Friday is Gems. Saturday I breath. And Sunday will be a joyful day of worship and silly costumes. Our current Kidsworld theme is "Athens" people didn't know if I was trying to be an angel, goddess, or female Jesus (without a beard).

Daily Steps:...5,541

A Picture To Share:...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Birthday Blessings: From Sunrise to Late Night Games

Keeping with birthday tradition, I called my family 1 minute after midnight (the actual time of my birth). It was a short call because the second birthday tradition required a very early start. Did you know the current sunrise time is 6:12am! It was worth it; it is a beautiful way to start another 365day journey around the sun.
 
Then I tried my hand at one of those canvas picture transfers I've seen on pinterest. It did not go do well. "Fail" post to be shared later this week.

Then it was a wonderful morning at the Wolfville Farmers Market. I had perogies for breakfast because that is what I really wanted.
Next stop was a big cheer competition because four girls from my church were competing. It was really neat. I cheered on the cheerleaders and kinda felt like I was living in the "Bring It On" world. Also have a craving to rewatch that movie.

After a home cooked meal I enjoyed the best birthday blessing... my wonderfully clean home. I struggle to keep a tidy home. Even the simple tasks of dishes and keeping up with what is eatable and what has turned into a science experiment in my fridge is a challenge. The past few weeks the place has gotten really gross, shamefully icky. That is until Thursday night when house elves broke in and cleaned EVERYTHING! And left cookies and flowers. BEST GIFT EVER!
Supper was a amazing all you can eat meal at Sushi Fang with 9 wonderful friends (thank you to everyone who joined me). We ate so much food and then Blizzard ice cream cake. Also one of my dearest friends from my youth group days who I haven't seen since 1998 joined us!
The last joy of the day before sleep was board games. First we played Escape which has quickly made into my top five "always want to play" games list. And a new to me game called Love Letter


And that was my birthday. Thank you everyone for the joyful birthday blessings. It has been a wonderful day and I am so glad to be me.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Last Day

I am my last moments of 32. It has been a fun year with a good balance of highs, lows, and unforgettable moments. I am a little sad to have it end but I am also really excited for what this next year has in store.

33 always seems like an important year for me, and yes it is probably because that's how old Jesus was when he died. I want to make the most out of the next 365 days so I am creating a new set of birthday challenges. Long-suffering readers might remember my first year long "birthday challenges" was "25 challenges before I turn 25." The next year I did a "25 while 25." I think I also did a "30 while 30. "

For my 33rd year I thought about who I want to be in a year and what type of memories I wanted to have and went from there. I wrote a list of possible goals and dreams. If it was fun or something that would add growth,  adventure, or joy to my life it was added. I also wanted challenges to "pay it forward," serve or help bless others. The list had 68 goal ideas. I've since worked the list down to 33 challenges and here they are, my 33 While 33:

  1. Choose a "My One Word" to focus my 33rd year
  2. Paint the canvas
  3. Read the whole Bible
  4. Finish 11 non-fiction books (they do not have to have been started during the year)
  5. Go some place new
  6. Serve/help/volunteer in a new way
  7. Capture Happiness every day
  8. Count my blessings
  9. Plan a trip
  10. Remember Birthdays
  11. Mail letters
  12. Visit my Grandma Stewart
  13. Build a snowman with my sister
  14. Take a hot air balloon ride with my mum
  15. Go for a hike in the woods (bonus points for more than one hike, if it is a treasure hunt, or it becomes an adventure)
  16. Create a photo book
  17. Learn a new skill
  18. Make a new friend
  19. Reconnect with past friends
  20. Dance
  21. Try a new food
  22. Draw
  23. Grow something (bonus points if it is food that I can harvest)*
  24. Be a vegetarian for 30 days
  25. Sleep under the stars
  26. Celebrate an obscure or odd "holiday"
  27. Send flowers
  28. Be flexible
  29. Get lost in a corn maze
  30. Send one of my works of fiction to a publisher
  31. Do something I've been putting off
  32. Host a murder mystery
  33. Go on a date (originally I had "fall in love" but that seemed unfair. This "go on a date challenge" is more of a "take a risk" or "put yourself out there" idea)
Completed challenges are indicated with blue.
Challenges in progress are in orange.
*A kind soul pointed out I had "Do something I've been putting off" twice so I changed #23 to "Grow Something"