Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekend Review: Nov 24th & 25th

Every weekend there are new sights, sounds, and taste to consume. There are other sensory inputs that tickle my brain too, but saying there is stuff to feel sounds creepy. This is a weekly journal of my weekend endeavors. Enjoy!

Chuck's birthday game night is becoming a bit of a tradition now that we have rolled dice for two years running. This year he picked Cthulhu in a modern setting. Two drug enforcement task force agents (Wayne and I) set against a synthetic drug slowly eating away at Chicago. There was only three of us at the table, but we had guest NPCs throughout the night. Two on an iPad in the center of the table via FaceTime and another answering questions as an informant via text message. It was a really fun way to get folks who could not attend in person involved. The game ended with the end of the world, as any good Cthulhu game should, but the real take away was more remote players at the table is a good thing.

Sweet Tooth
A recent lunch time conversation brought me to the conclusion that I value good writing and story over art. Art might get me in the door, but it soon becomes secondary to a good yarn. In the case of Sweet Tooth, I had heard the swell of praise from the internet, but had been put off by the art. Long weekends tend to exhaust media stock piles though. So Sunday I picked it up and devoured volume one and two. The story is fantastic, building interesting characters right out the gate and growing them at a quick pace. The setting and premise help to. A deadly virus has left the world in shambles and all children born post virus are animal hybrids (read: mutants). It is solid stuff.

Gingerbread Stout
What beer is worth waiting in line for on a chilly Wednesday afternoon? Hardywood Park's Gingerbread Stout. The right mix of locally grown ingredients and know how produce not just the finest beer in Richmond for my money, but also a bronze at the 2012 World Beer Cup. It is a sweet beer, but more of subtle taste of honey and ginger than the saccharin finish I hate about some sweet beers. I picked up a four pack of twenty twos Wednesday after 30 minute wait in line and they are gone already.

Micro Miners
I need more games like Kirby: Canvas Curse in my life. Not that Micro Miners provides that exact style of game play, but it sure does scratch a similar itch. The mechanic is simple. Drawing with your finger (or stylus) on a screen to manipulate an environment. Micro Miners presents lemmings style creatures in a vertically scrolling mine. You draw their path and they follow devouring any deposit of gold, silver or coal they come across. It is a simple concept, but gets difficult quickly as new miners are introduced and you are multitasking your way through the earth.

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