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1Q84, by Haruki Murakami (#1)

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I have mixed feelings about it.

On the one hand, i enjoyed the story and will continue with books 2 and 3. On the other hand, with regards to the female characters, it reads like a male fantasy version of these characters.

P.S It’s annoying the way this trilogy has been published. I purchased the Kindle edition which has books 1-2 bundled together but i can’t buy book 3 on its own. That leaves me with the options of either buying the physical version of the book or buying the entire trilogy on Kindle.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2019 in Books

 

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Movies

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A rare post as i rarely watch movies anymore.

Deadpool 2 (HBO) – Whereas i did not like the first one i enjoyed this. Recommend

Backstabbing for Beginners (Amazon Prime) – Indifferent

Polar (Netflix) –
Indifferent

Siberia (Netflix)Indifferent

The Hard Way (Netflix)Avoid

 

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Movies

 

Video games

A quick rundown.

Return of the Obra Dinn (PC) – finished

One of the best and most refreshing games I’ve played in recent years. It’s a game that i can recommend to almost anyone. I started a second play through to see what hints i missed the first time. Although i did miss things i’m not very likely to continue this second play through. Must


Baba is You (Switch) – currently playing 

Another game that tries to do things differently and succeeds. The kind of puzzle game that makes you feel smart for finding the solution but never stupid for failing. I got stuck for a couple of days on a few levels and then one day i breezed through all of them. Funny how the brain works. You always have a few open levels to try and it’s very important because whenever you feel frustrated at 1-2 there are always others you can try. Highly recommend


Bye Bye BoxBoy (3DS) – currently playing

I’ve really enjoyed my time with this series. Bye Bye is the 3rd game (the 4th was released last week on the Switch which has added co-op for the first time) and although i still find it enjoyable, it has started to feel samey. I play just 1-2 levels every couple of days. Recommend

The Legend of Zelda (Switch) – burned out and unfinished?

After 150hrs+ i feel burned out and feeling bad about not finishing it. Brilliant game and i hope i find the motivation and desire soon to continue playing it.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2019 in Video games

 

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Video games: Return of the Obra Dinn

Wow… I started playing this yesterday. Wow…..

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2019 in Video games

 

Board games – 1st Quarter 2019 review

Total plays: 62

Distinct games: 27

New-to-me games: 4

Sol: Last Days of a Star, Treasure Island, Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road, Pergamon

Ten+ times: none

Five+ times: 3

Shadowrift, A Feast for Odin, Red7

Collection: 159
Acquired: 2
The Quest for El Dorado, A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians

I had been looking for the english version of The Quest for El Dorado for a long time when i got a heads up at BGG about limited stock at 365games so i went ahead and ordered it. Having said that, it’s been 2 weeks now and the game has still not arrived.

In a moment of weakness, following positive comments on the So Very Wrong About Games podcast, i got a copy of the first expansion of A Feast for Odin. I managed to play it solo once. I liked it but i regretted the purchase not just because it’s an expensive expansion but also because it’s unnecessary. The base game is excellent on its own.

Removed: 2

Space Alert, Space Alert: The New Frontier

Too many co-op games in my library and this has been sitting unplayed on my shelves for almost 5 years now.

Unplayed: 26

Best New to me:

Sol: Last Days of a Star, Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road

Two very different and very good games.

New 10s: n/a

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2019 in Board games

 

Video games

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – currently playing

Is this the best game I’ve ever played? Probably.

After 150+ hours i am slightly burned out but this is wonderful. A comment i heard about BoTW is the one i started using while describing it to other people. I’ve played some great games over the years. BoTW is magical. It’s given me moments of wonder i haven’t had since i was a teenager.

Never Stop Sneaking (Switch) – currently playing

After feeling burned out on BoTW (see above) i restarted this. It’s easy and a bit mindless. However, I’ve just realised the multiplier effect of kills in quick succession and this has made the levels more exciting.

Steam World Heist (Switch) – finished

An enjoyable game although i felt it dragged towards the end. After i finished it (All stars), i realised that i had also played the expansion and maybe that was why if felt it could have ended sooner. I wrote more about the game in a previous post. Looking forward to Steam World Quest now. Suggest

Trine (Switch) – finished

I was slightly disappointed with this one after hearing such great things about it. I think the fact that it was local Co-op (2 players) with long breaks between each session might have played a role. The art of the levels was too similar throughout the game as were the enemies. There was too much platforming for my taste. Having said all these i still had a good time with the game. Suggest

Still playing:
Picross S2 –
going through clip cross puzzles now

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2019 in Video games

 

Board games – February highlights


It’s a belated February post for board games.

A Feast for Odin – Enthousiastic

Yes, it’s back! It found its way to the table 4 times in February (3 Solo, 1 two player) and i am happy it did. A Feast for Odin is such a wonderful game and it has now become my 2nd favourite Uwe Rosenberg game. During this excitement unfortunately i succumbed to temptation and purchased The Norwegians expansion. My regret of missing out on the Fields of Arle expansion played a big role in this. I felt guilty and regretted my decision as this is an expensive expansion and an unnecessary one. The base game is not missing anything. More about the expansion in the March post.

Sol: Last Days of a Star – Suggest

A board game resolution for 2019 is to continue reducing my board game collection but not by selling/giving unplayed games. That’s why i pushed to play a few new games to my groups in the hope that i would find games i would like to get rid of. Alas, Sol: Last Days of a Star is not one of them.

A game with lots of positive interaction, mechanics that make sense and are intuitive after a modest rules explanation. The game comes with beautiful and functional components. One thing that i like is that the game plays differently compared to how people expect it to. This might turn people off with some getting low scores but i have yet to see people not enjoy this game. I have only played this 3 players (plus solos) and i would like to see it with 4-5 players. Good game.

Grand Austria Hotel – Not for me/Avoid

Also played Grand Austria Hotel to which i had a very negative reaction to. One thing that i hated was they way it penalised players who did not focus on a specific track. This is something that i used to tolerate in games like Agricola but not anymore.

Miscellaneous

A couple of Shadowrift plays with 3 players for the first time. I enjoyed it but the upkeep is significant and i am usually the one doing it.  Finally 2 plays of Assault on Doomrock (very good) and Spirit Island which gets played almost every month.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2019 in Board games