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Last year I was a bad kitty. I didn’t keep up with the blog. This year is going to be different. There will be a new structure to the blog, with three weekly articles and a bunch of revolving monthly blogs. That way things are more consistent for you, the reader.

(Hope no one is offended by the graphic below.)

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Weekly

Wednesday – Life in a Box – Talking about geeky memories and emotions.

Friday – Card Shark – Weekly card spot light. How to use it, how it’s broken, or just how it’s awesome.

Sunday – Movie Time – Reviews, coming attractions, old movies

Monthly

What’s in the box?! – What we’re doing and where we’ll be.

Casual Time – Casual games I enjoy.

Brick by Brick – Talking about Legos… and sometimes Mega Blocks.

The Sandbox – Anything at all.

Toy Box – Toy reviews

Breaking Down 2015

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Some amazing movies and games came out this year. If you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, or Santa thought you ordered Fallout 3, you are missing out. You need to save up the $60.00 and go get it. It’s $49.99 on the Steam Sale right now. They’ve made major changes that allow you to build settlements and craft items easier. You have a home base but it can be customized. It’s also work the investment to buy the guide, which was only $18.00 when I bought it two days ago. Animal Crossing also came out with a spin off game called Happy Home. It’s fun if you like grindy games with no end. I’ll write more about these two later. Rock Band 4 came out. We’re finally getting to play it tonight… hehe.

LEGO! How could you lose the TMNT license to Megablocks? Seriously, why did your stuff have to suck so much for that franchise when everything else was amazing. ( Side note: the Back to the Future car… also terrible.) Lego did a great job this year on their Friends, Elves, Disney, City and Star Wars lines but kind of dropped the ball on a few other licenses they were holding. The Jurassic Park sets were amazing but they had a hard time keeping up with demand. This left a lot of collectors flapping in the wind. The architecture line has been amazing the past few years but this year they didn’t do their big box of all white blocks. Color me disappointed. This is a Christmas time set that they release only in Lego stores. It wasn’t release this year but they did a smaller box. I have to give Megablocks their dues though. They came out with some really great looking historical military sets and Call of Duty brand Zombie sets.

Tanto Cuore, I love you. I will never leave you… EVER. I can’t wait for OktoberFest to come out. I had the good fortune to volunteer with Japanime Games this summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait for the conventions to start up again this year. Luckily they had demo sets to show people for Pre-Orders and Previewing. The game introduces a new mechanic, beer cards, which affect your ability to play certain cards. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want a GOOD FUN card game for 4-5 people, keep an eye out for it. They should be shipping them out in the new year. Also, they have an associated company called Kamikaze games. They produce Barbarosa, which is an irreverant, sexy, World War 2 card game. You really have to be a good sport to play this because they base it off real battles, so… you sort of play as an invading Nazi army, featuring chibi sexy Hitler. It’s a great game though. There is a version of the game that has historical photos instead of the Ladies if that makes you feel more comfortable. ( I like the Anime version.) They also have several other new games coming out. One is called Gods Gambit, which they let me try out when I was at Kumoricon! I’m looking forward to Gods Gambit so much. It’s an Uno Style game. It will be a great fast game you can play with your buddies at a party. The art is really interesting too. I have some photos, I’ll dig out later and write about it in depth.

Cell phone games… well… If you didn’t play Alpha Bears, go work on that right now. They have made so many improvements to the game. They added a VS mode. They added a better system of replenishing coins. They’ve added seasonal, special event content. Kudos to Alphabear for listening to their users. It’s amazing. They are also developing a new game for Android in 2016.

Movies were really great this year. Do I even have to mention Star Wars? Holy Carps. Holy, holy Carps.

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Crimson Peak, Mocking Jay part 2, The Martian, Jurassic World were all pretty incredible movies. I hope Hollywood keeps up the momentum because so far all I want to see in 2016 is Civil War and Dead Pool. Hopefully, it will rev up quickly and not be an off year for movies.

That’s all for now. 2015 was a great year and 2016 is going to be even better. Happy New year!

2015

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TheRef

Growing up I had the odd experience of being the one of the only kids in my school, whose parents were still together. When you are surrounded by the societal norm for your community, you start wondering when you’ll conform. I remember asking them very casually when they would be getting a divorce. Luckily it never happened.

Hollywood has created some interesting movies that touch on divorce. They aren’t supposed to be conversation pieces about relationships but they could be. They aren’t the most cliché divorce movies you’ve heard of like, War of the Roses or Kramer vs Kramer. A lot of the movies I’ve watched that talk about divorce in a more realistic, less dramatic fashion are outlandish comedies. Starting with spies and we end with crimes! Enjoy.

5. True Lies

Summary: Harry Tasker is a secret agent. His wife has no idea. Helen Tasker is bored with her life because she is growing apart from her husband. Using his  friends at the agency, he concocts a plan to make her life more interesting and reconnect. The plan goes horribly wrong when Harry is interrupted by actual counter-espionage, revealing his real occupation.

How this movie touches on divorce: Harry Tasker doesn’t realize how boring life seems to his wife. She looks for an outlet and starts to consider cheating. The movie is really discussing how important it is to do things outside the daily routine, together. Their solution is to make her an international spy! That way they can share their unusual day-to-day work.

In real life they suggest going out to eat at a new restaurant or taking a dance class. In the real world, you wouldn’t become a spy just by getting kidnapped by a terrorist organization that has Tia Carrere as their evil leader.

4. Mr. and Ms. Smith

Summary – John and Jane Smith are married but they are growing apart. In reality they are spies working for rival agencies. Neither is aware till they are given the assignment to eliminate each other.

How this movie talks about divorce: This marriage was never based on the truth. In the very beginning of the relationship these two spies lied about everything. In fact, I’m not sure how they could legally be married because … well never mind. They start suspecting that the other is cheating and start working on  getting a divorce. This movie is really talking about how you can’t have a stable marriage if you kill people for a living… I mean if you lie to your loved ones. They realize after they have to band together to get out alive that they need to tell each other the truth.

Eventually they work it out, even in the midst of a fire fight.

3.  Moonrise Kingdom

Summary – Two young lovers flee together to get married. The town Sheriff and the Girls family band together, putting their problems aside to find the two kids before a hurricane hits the island.

What does this have to do with divorce? Suzy’s parents have a very distant relationship. Both parents have their issues. Suzy’s Mother has been cheating with the town Sheriff. Suzy’s Father, pretty knows that his marriage is a failure. Suzy, decides to run away with her secret love so that she doesn’t wind up like her Mother in a sham marriage. That’s when the adults realize that, while they care about each other, they are hurting themselves by behaving badly. Sam, is a troubled orphan that goes to the island every year with a scouting troop. Well, his foster parents don’t want him back this time. Suzy’s parents don’t divorce them but the sheriff adopts him, realizing that the kid just needs the right influence in his life. All of Wes Anderson’s movies deal with dysfunctional families. This one has a happy ending because once everyone realized how their happiness was tied to each other, they got the help they needed.

2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Summary – Steve Zissou is a naturalist, exploring the underwater realms in his yellow submarine. This is his escape from the surface world where he has to deal with the death of a dear friend, the fall out from his divorce and the sudden appearance of an illegitimate child.

Divorce is the basis for most of the character relationships in this movie. The main character Steve Zissou has an ex-wife Eleanor who controls part of his world. She’s still deeply involved in his life even though they are no longer married. This deals with the aftermath of divorce and how different people cope. Although the marriage bond has been severed, you are most likely still going to deal with that person. Why not try to become friends or at least civil? Sometimes, your ex may even know you better than you know yourself. Even through Eleanor has issues with her ex, she still wants to support him in his goal… to an extent.

1. The Ref

Summary – Talk about a bad night. Gus, a professional cat burglar, breaks into the wrong house on Christmas Eve. His partner abandons him and he has to take a family hostage.  The family fights even while tied up and being robbed blind. The burglar finds himself playing marriage  and family counselor instead of getting his job done. It helps that Dennis Leary is the unfortunate burglar.

How does this talk about divorce? They couple in the movie is at each other’s throat. The rest of the family isn’t much help. The son is a blackmailer. The husband is considered a weakling by his overbearing wife. Everyone has their own issues caused by the image they want to project. They are stuck in a suburban life, miserable and can’t even tell each other why they are unhappy. The situation helps them work through their issues by forcing them to actually de
al with each other. I am sure though, if we saw a sequel, there was divorce over the horizon.

All of these movies bring up divorce in their own bizarre ways.

Runners up: Death Becomes Her and She Devil. Both movies involve Meryl Streep. In both movies Meryl Streep steals another woman’s man and both movies have novelists. They also both have a supernatural twist after divorce and getting revenge on the other woman and ex husband. This is why I didn’t add them to the list. I don’t want to shame any party in a relationship. Both movies are bizarre in their own way. Death Becomes Her involves a treatment that makes you younger, more beautiful and… immortal. She Devil involves a deal with the devil that gives Roseanne Barr’s character the ability to summon everything she needs to get revenge.

 

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The end of convention season this year was a little different for me. I began volunteering with Japanime Games. They import, translate and distribute Tanto Cuore and Krosmaster Arena. I worked three conventions in a row for them; Vlogger Fair, PAX Prime and Kumoricon. This was exciting and exhausting at the same time. I arrived home from the third convention this past Monday and the next day I almost called into work. Not only was I exhausted, I was fighting off what we call “Con Crud.”

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This wasn’t the first time I’d helped out the company. Sakuracon, was the first this year, it was fun and rewarding. I spent the entire convention helping people learn Tanto Cuore. That’s the game I teach best. Krosmaster Arena is a game I love playing but don’t feel entirely comfortable with teaching. (Although, at Kumoricon, I stepped in plenty of times to help out.) At the start of these three conventions, I learned that I do know the base rules, but I get tongue tied. I also discovered something else, Post Convention Depression.

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The conventions are exciting! You meet a lot of people and most of them are there for the same reasons! It’s great bonding with people that think the same way you do! Conventions are also exhausting. You want to spend the whole weekend packing in as many experiences as possible. There is an adrenaline rush that comes from the entire experience.

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When I attend conventions, I eat too little, do too much and don’t sleep nearly enough. This all contributes to something called Post Convention Depression. The conventions are always fun, as much fun as I can possibly make it.

After the conventions, I have a hard time sleeping, feel exhausted, feel disconnected from my every day life and feel a general malaise. This is all part of PCD, or Post Convention Depression. I didn’t realize this was actually a thing till Kumoricon. There was a panel at Kumoricon about dealing with PCD. I unfortunately couldn’t make it to that panel, but it peaked my curiosity.

The number one advice people give for dealing with PCD is planning for your next convention. If you’re a cos-player, then you probably have a handle on this.

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The next piece of advice is hanging out with friends. In the past PAX Prime attendees in Seattle have had post convention game meet up. Seeing your friends, even your non-convention friends can help alleviate some of the gloom that comes from being in the real world.

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Make sure you get lots of rest after the convention. You didn’t sleep well, or didn’t sleep the in the same bed. That can affect you more than you know.

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In the immediate week following, make sure you get enough to eat and you re-hydrate. Drink lots of water and restrict your caffeine intake. During conventions it’s hard to get the right nutrition and enough water.

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They also advise that you should get exercise and take it easy at the same time. It’s good to stay active but also, don’t run yourself ragged.

All of this will help you recover after the convention and help you avoid… CON CRUD! ( Colds passed around by convention goers.) One year I got swine flu from PAX Prime. Other years, here and there I caught something respiratory after the conventions. This year, I managed to fight off whatever virus was passed around because I rested, ate well and made sure that I got the right foods after getting home.

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What am I planning for next?  Geek Girl Con and Brick Con, which are both in October.  Then we start the process all over again next year. Keep well.

If you don’t feel better, make sure to talk to your friends or family. If you don’t feel you can talk to them make an appointment with your doctor. If it’s worse than that, just remember, someone loves you. Call the suicide hotline 24/7 at 1 (800) 273-8255. 

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Years ago, around 12 years, I had a website called the Bathroom of Darkness. I mostly wrote movie reviews for old movies. At the time I was working part-time for a video store. Through all the years I’ve noticed some really weird things about movies. I’d like to resurrect my movie reviews and movie lists.

I had lists. They were my Sei Shonagon moment. The lists were compilations of my observations like, the worst super hero movies ( any Fantastic 4), top favorite holiday lists ( Hebrew Hammer) and other things that were wacky (Frogs is really about reptiles?!). I had a list I posted every year about movies where the turkey was a character. I don’t mean a live animal either. I’m talking about a dead, cooked turkey.

There are a lot of movies out there that do weird things. Did you ever see Mr. and Mrs. Smith? It was a movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They played a husband and wife that  didn’t know they worked for rival spy agencies. Sounds like an awesome action movie right? It was really a conversation about how the lack of communication is the major contributing factor to divorce. I’ll get into that more later.

Demolition Man is a pretty great science fiction action movie with Sylvester Stallone. The main character has a hard time asking people for help and always thinks he’s right. The movie is really about learning to ask for help and learning to trust the people around him.

Now, those are just two examples. I’ve also discussed subliminal zombies also known as horror movies incorrectly marked. Love it. This is what I think about as a writer. It would be easy to write about all the horrible things in the Star Wars prequel movies, but I’d rather tell you about Father Goose, with Leslie Carone.

Talk to you soon!

Noccie

xoxo

 

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When you were a kid, a middle schooler, a high schooler, paranoid adult… you knew the truth was out there. Aliens are among us. Dib knows this too. But this isn’t about you or Dib! The IRKEN ARMY HAS RETURNED! HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH…

Invader Zim is back to wreak havoc on Earth.

Jhonen Vasquez, the master mind behind Invader Zim brought back his favorite under achiever as a comic. The original cartoon was developed by Nickelodeon in 2001. It took the adult viewing audience by storm with stories that were weird, filling a niche that hadn’t been filled since Animaniacs (RIP 93-98) was cancelled. The episodes had levels to them and references that tweens and strange adults could enjoy. The only competition at the time were web cartoons like Foamy the Squirrel from Neurotically Yours and the short-lived Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl. Beetlejuice was no longer in syndication and Ruby Gloom hadn’t yet been developed. These were the dark days.

We can now rejoice!

Zim has returned and it was all part of his plan. Poor Dib. He still lives next to Dib and Dib still wants to expose him as an alien. MWAHAHA.

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I read the first issue of the Invader Zim comic. It was my duty as a fan since his days in Carpe Noctem, the Zine, to read. I wasn’t sure what to expect because JTHM always took a nice chunk of time to read. Each issue had so many things written into the back ground and around the panels it took patience. Plus, if you didn’t look at everything in the panel you were missing half the jokes. The new comic for Invader Zim, is a condensed version of his usual comic style. There is still frenetic art and long blocks of charged dialogue. I read the comic in a very short period of time and then went back and looked over all the panels to see if I missed anything. Afterwards I had felt compelled to watch the series on Hulu!

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Needless to say, Zim is back!

I can’t wait for issue 2 because the first issue was just reintroduction of the characters. I  did find one panel very funny though:

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This is pretty much what he told the fans when a chance at making more episodes fell through.  Nickelodeon kept stringing him along for years. Out of love for his fans, Jhonen told them flat-out new episodes just weren’t going to happen and not because he didn’t try.

Gaz is back too! I adore her and her hatred for her brother. She’s venomous. Her prowess at making his life difficult is only rivaled by her ability to play video games.

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On top of everything there was a montage! Dib had to get back into shape. The issue takes time to explain why there was a large break and help introduce you to the principle characters once more. They did a great job. The writing and art were fantastic.

The next issue hits stores August 19. Go. GO NOW! Subscribe to the comic you FOOLS!

P.S. Absolutely do not sing the doom song to Jhonen. I’ve heard it drives him nuts. After re-watching the first episode of the show, I can see why.

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As with all games, changes are put into place after it’s released to fix known issues and make the game play better. One of my favorite changes was the day my first blog was scheduled to post, they made it so you can move between the chapters. That was one of my biggest issues with the whole game. I could play but once I moved from chapter one to chapter two, I couldn’t go back.

They’ve also added some new legendary bears ( unicorn bear).

In the original release I had major issues with the interface for choosing your bears. When I would scroll, sometimes it would randomly select the bear closest to my fingers, even though I wasn’t touching them. They’ve fixed this issue with the new selection button. You can scroll through your collected bears and one appears at the bottom of the screen. They’ve made it appear big and bright, with what it does for you and the bonus. Then you chose select!

There is also a new option for using coins to wake bears you have recently used. I like that feature a whole lot.

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My only problem now may be with my phone. The responsiveness has gone down with this last game patch. Not sure why it’s changed. I cleaned the screen but still, sometimes it doesn’t like to select the letters in-game. It’s super frustrating. I still think it’s my phone though. Let me know if you are having the same issue. My phone’s a SG4 Note.

Tips and things I find amusing!

The “F” word is playable. I was SO freaking amused. Some of my friends were surprised, I was not. Hehehe…

They have added new end captions. The celebearties are included in some like Steven Colbear.

I just unlocked the “OWL BEAR.” The geek in me skipped a beat. So funny.

Some of my strategies include using words that end in – tion. These can include, desalination, declaration, sanitation, destination, station. These words take up a lot of letters and if you are using OCTOBEAR, you get a fat bonus.

Remember your plurals and past tenses pookie! If you are spelling a word, thrown an -S or an -ed on the end. This helps use up a few more letters. I tend to aim for using ALL the letters on a board. Some are very tricky in chapter 5 though.

If you have letters you need to use before they turn to stone, use all the combinations. I’ve learned a few words since I started playing.

A fun challenge is to make a theme while playing. One that is easy and pretty broad, spell words having to do with the medical field! Heart, worms, butt, x-ray, sterilize, fertilization, babies, etc…

Remember your prefixes like re-, de- and un-. There are tons of words that can be expanded on by using a prefix. Say you spell “make.” You can make re-make and unmake. I’ve used both in-game. Destabilize, restabilize, unstable. See what I did there?

In timed mode, I no longer care about stone letters. I spell for my life. It’s the trade off in this game. I save the highest bonus bears I have for timed levels since there isn’t time for me to canoodle with the letters.

I hope you’re having fun with Alphabear! Tell me about it! I love it so much. I play through the game every day.

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I found an interesting game that uses Chemistry as the basis for game play. The playing field is a circle. It gives you elements, pluses and minuses. You can combine like elements, cause chain reactions and move elements around with the plus and minuses. When you combine two elements you get a the next element usually. Like two Hydrogen, atomic number 1 combine to make Helium, atomic number 2. Lithium combines to beryllium.

 

There are chain reactions as well. You can line up elements so that they all combine when you deploy a plus. The game relies on the magic of symmetry.  The bigger the chain and the larger the elements, the better your score. The full extent of the chain is indicated by the colored line outside the ring.  You can use that to aim you shot with the plus. 

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There is also the minus, which allows you to move elements around the board. This is great if you have one out-of-place. Later on there are black pluses that will combine two unmatched elements of any kind.

If you are in a bind there is a fusion power up that absorbs half the board. You can earn more antimatter or buy antimatter through an in-game purchase.

The game either ends when you get all the elements or you fill the board.

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After you’ve played the game, you get into a rhythm. There are certain elements that count as lucky charms. The charms give you bonuses and minuses. You can only equip one at a time. Silicon gives you 10 extra combination pluses in the game.

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The game has three modes as well. There is the standard mode, timed mode and FULL ALCHEMIST. I haven’t unlocked Full Alchemist yet. You have to create gold in order to unlock the final mode.

Atomas is made by Sirnic. The developer is out of Germany. They have several other apps including Gravity Blocks. You can find the games on IOS and Android!

Enjoy! All the games I love are addicting.

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Scrabble started my addiction. Scrabble is a gateway to word games. When I was 8 my family was given a deluxe edition of Scrabble. The board had a plastic shell that you could fit each piece into. It was also on a lazy susan. My Brother was really into monopoly, Risk and Stratego. I couldn’t win at those games against him. When I did win it was always a scene. When we would play Scrabble as a family or with friends even if I lost it was a social happy time. I was also really good at Scrabble. Word games were something I felt good at, even when I lost.

Fast forward: the Smart Phone

“What do you mean I can download crossword puzzles on here?! Shut the front door!”

The first I had that could download game was not a Samsung. It was some weird phone with a keyboard that could pull out. It wasn’t a flip phone, it was more advanced. (Read that and think about Invader Zim.) I didn’t want to run up our bill so for a long time I just played games on Facebook through my phone. This was when touch screen phones still needed major work. So that was… three years ago.

Now I have a super fancy phone and a notch on my left pinky from holding it up.

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There are a bunch of great word games out there but the one that keeps me coming back is Word Crack. This game is appropriately named. I play it everywhere; bus, bathroom, train, practice, dinner, before bed, in bed, while waiting for Pathfinder to start, standing on the corner, hang out with my parents, etc. You get the picture. I’ve become the person constantly on the phone. I’m not doing anything interesting to others, just paying Word Crack.

I have adapted so much I can have conversations while playing several rounds.

Word Crack is electronic Boggle. You have two-minute to spell as many words as possible. There are three rounds for each player. Then the score is totaled from the three rounds. The winners get 3 coins. The game matches you with a random opponent or a friend. You get to choose which option you want. If you play against someone and you enjoyed it, you can invite them to another game. I’ve had some serial games with other players.

There is strategy though. There are power ups you can choose before your match starts. By playing you earn coins so they do come back after a while. They let you but power ups to get an advantage. You can choose three at the start, if you have enough coin.

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Fire gives you double points for 30 seconds. Wisdom gives you the path for words that can be made. Freeze stops the clock for a 15 seconds. Time Boost adds more time by chosing a random letter. If you use that letter it adds time to the clock. The power lasts 30 seconds. Whisper tells you a word but doesn’t show you where it is on the board. I almost always use FIRE. I find fire is the most useful for me right at the start. You have to activate it yourself at any time during the round. If you don’t use it, you lose your power up.

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I’ve spelled some weird words. The longest word I’ve spelled is “Arriviste.” My best game score 1995. You can see all that information in your profile.

When I first started playing  I was methodical. I would try different ways of just randomly swiping across the board to spell words. This was ineffectual. Eventually I figured out if I ignore the clock and turn the sound off, 2 minutes feels like forever. I do my best when I don’t care how much time I have left.

Remember back in school how they taught you to spell? I you find “…at” you can spell a host of words around like, tat, cat, hat, rat, mat, matte, late, lat, ate, eat, eta, etc…

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Another cool feature is they have different languages and versions. If you are bilingual, try one of the other languages like Spanish or French. Sometimes late at night random opponents become far and few between so I switch to the British English. That’s always weird because they have a lot of slang in there that I’ve discovered.

Also, if you’re having trouble look at the words your opponent spelled or change the orientation of the board. Sometimes just turning the letters a different way helps.

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Be careful though. This game can be very addictive. It will consume your life. You can find yourself buying coins and everything goes down hill from there.

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I found Little Alchemy in the Play Store on my phone. I was intrigued. You have to combine the elements to create more elements to create more elements… The game doesn’t have instructions. It’s pretty obvious what you have to do.

You start with earth, air, fire and water. Combining them you get wind, lava, rain, ponds, plants, and much, much more. The objects become more evolved over time. You create day, night and twilight as well as Super Novas and Atomic bombs. Some of things you create are man-made, like fire works and soda.

They have some secret combinations that don’t show on your menu of combinations on the right hand side. My favorite is the Tardis (Time and Space). The game does pop up with suggestions. At one point it told me to make the sun. It took me a while to figure out that combination. If you do get stuck, the game has a hint system.

This game plays into my OCD hard-core. I have a method. I take one thing and then combine it with everything down the line to see if it will combine. As soon as I put the game down I start wondering, what if I combine a unicorn with the ocean or a bird with ice?!?!?! There are 540 combinations that are outright. There are also SECRET combinations. If you get stuck the game can give you hints or you can easily search on the internet for libraries explaining the combinations.

Honestly, you won’t learn anything specific from this game but it does make you think about what elements go into our every day lives. This is a fun distraction from the every day. The game is also a free download.

Here are some exciting combinations I discovered.

Water + Cold = Snow!

Snow + Surfer = Snow Board!

Wizard + Bird = Owl

That’s all I’m giving you for now. I don’t want to spoil the experience for you.

The creator, Jakub Koziol, did not come out with a second edition of the game. In the play store you’ll find Alchemy Fusion 2 and a bunch of other games like this. These are clones made by different companies. The original game creator doesn’t seem to have any other games out. From his blog he’s currently trying to help people live with ADD. The blog is an interesting look at the game creator. I tend to bounce from one thing to another myself and his illustrations in the blog really show how some creative minds work. Read it knowing he’s working through things after the success of his game.

BTW: My recommendation is to turn it to night mode. That way the background is back instead of white. This just makes it easier to see.

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Hey it’s Hump day! Here is a game that might make your day a little better.

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Blendoku is a deceptive game. They give you a six blocks of colors and you have to put them in order of shade. So, the easy levels are light to dark. The harder levels are transitions from colors, for example pink to green. The hardest levels have shapes to them including L’s, squares and pyramids. Those are the easiest of the sets. The game gets progressively harder has you move through the levels. There are no longer simple shapes or lines of color the more and more you play. The levels slowly become mazes where the player is responsible for putting the colored blocks in order.

The programing of the game is simple enough. The version of Blendoku I downloaded is by Lonely Few, LLC. Since the game came out, there are now clones of it, including one by Benjamin Moore, the paint company. I recommend the version by Lonely Few instead. I did enjoy this game. It reminded me of Flow Free. The game has the same visual asthetic and game lay out. The menues were identicle.

Just a warning, it’s simply addictive. You can’t stop with one puzzel. Do not play this in the bathroom at work. 🙂

As with most free games, there is additional content you can purchase. That content includes additional levels to play through.

The team that made it I have only made one other game that I’ve found. It’s called Brainsss. Here is a link.