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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!

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Video Games Keep Me Up At Night

Posted: August 20, 2014 by Noccie in Noccie, Video Games
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A good video game is just like  good book. You pressure your self to keep moving forward but try to hold back to enjoy the magnificent view. As the plot moves forward, you find value in returning to a familiar setting over and over but also excitement over new views. Even when you think it’s over, you see there are still chapters to finish and you hope it will magically keep going. The characters become yours and your friends or enemies. Looking at the clock finally, you realize you need to go to bed but instead you try to finish just a little more. Feeling tired in the morning doesn’t matter because when you get home, you’ll find yourself playing it till the morning once again.

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There are games that grab you and shake you. WAKE UP! WAKE UP YOU FOOL!

FallOut 3 is one of those special games. When I play FallOut 3, I have to have at least a four hour block of time. I know that I won’t feel accomplished unless I’ve played at least that much. On work nights, I have to really watch myself otherwise it’s 1 am and I need to go to bed. The othernight I had Kane promise that he would help me. Then he went to bed and didn’t realize I played for a half an hour more. The next day he asked me how late I wound up being up. It was amazing it was only a half an hour more, so I considered it a promise kept.

Pokemon is another game I can play, lose track of time. If I don’t watch myself I wander the routes looking for stray Pokemon to capture. The sun will rise and set before I realize what I’ve been doing.

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Why are these games so addictive though?

FallOut has a compelling story, interesting quests and an open world. I am definately an explorer. Pokemon has similar elements.

I think these games keep me up at night though because I get so involved that time doesn’t seem to matter. I want to keep working, exploring and building on the story as it unfolds in my version of the world. Sometimes I plow through them really quick and then play through a second time, slowly, taking my time to enjoy and savore the flavor.

These games are both part of successful series. Both have good writing, interesting characters and plenty of things to discover. I guess that’s what it takes to get me to stay up at night.

What games drive you to insomnia?

Wedding Anniversary

Posted: August 19, 2014 by Noccie in Kane, Life in a Box, Noccie
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Kane and I have been married 7 years and been together for 12 years! The insanity of it all is beyond imaging. I can’t believe that much time has passed. We love each other more every day. We aren’t just husband and wife, we’re friends. Our interests overlap and we enable each other’s passions. That is how we make it work.

Our wedding was Alice in Wonderland themed. We were married by our dear friend dressed as the Chesire Cat. My Maid of Honor was the Unicorn and her daughter was our flower girl dressed as the door mouse.

To celebrate our anniversary, we spent Saturday with my parents. They bought us books and Lego Marvel. Sunday, we went to see Gaurdians of the Galaxy. After we had lunch there was so much time before the movie we played video games at Game Works. I tried Tekkan 6 for the first time. It’s been years since I’ve played. I love Tekkan and it was like getting back on a bike. We played the Taiko drum game together and made sweet music. It was a lot of fun.

He let me make weird Fallout references because we cut through the upper deck of the light rail tunnels on our way.

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Just as we did 7 years ago, we are going to PAX. That was our honey moon. We were poor and some where around here is a video from Yahoo gaming. We were interviewed standing in line for Will Wheaton. I have yet to make it through a meet Will Wheaton line, a few years ago we gave up. That year they cut the line in front of me because he had to run to a DnD session. Then the next day it was cut infront of me because he had to go somewhere else. Both time we spent about 30 minutes… maybe more in line to be sent off on our merry way without so much as a hi! After a few more conventions, I gave up trying to meet him. Since then, I bump into him nearly every year ( except last year). I never realize it till afterwards when one of my friends point it out. My Mom still makes jokes about him being my nemesis like on Big Bang Theory.

We are so lucky to have found each other, 12 years ago. I hope we have so many more years together.

Sometime, I’ll tell you the crazy way we wound up together.

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