Every once in a while, I like to look at light novels. I am pretty much only aware of the existence of light novels since many manga and anime started off as light novels.
Monday, May 30, 2022
How do light novels work anyway?
Saturday, May 28, 2022
The line between games and puzzles
I’ve been trying out Rove (but it will take some more plays before I’m ready to review it and decide if I want to try out the expansions) when I found myself asking what the line was between a puzzle and a solitaire game.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
I sobbed through this cartoon
I am dabbler in watching animation in much the same way I’m a dabbler in reading the manga. Which is to say, I’ve seen a lot of cartoons compared to someone who isn’t interested in them but I am far from an expert.
Monday, May 23, 2022
Playing cards are a language
Looking at the Mystery Rummy series (and it has, frankly, been too long since I’ve played one of those games), I am reminded about how they are all built on the framework of public domain games. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of theme and special rules involved in making them into bona fide designer games. But the core idea is rummy. It’s right there in the name.
Friday, May 20, 2022
Mach Nal/Encore keeps me calm
I have found that games involving patterns seem to be very decompressing for me.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Kukariyo feels very familiar
When you get enough books electronically out of the library, the system starts making recommendations. Which is how I got to learn Kukariyo exists. Apparently because I read Demon Slayer. I guess manga = manga to the system.
Monday, May 16, 2022
Playing chess with a second grader
I recently learned that our son has been learning about Chess in one of his classes. And after he learned that I learned, he asked to play a game with me.
Friday, May 13, 2022
Many guys and ADORABLE velociraptors
After years of seeing commented on, I finally looked at and binged the web comic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. The title had turned me off but I found out that most of its humor comes from deconstructing toxic masculinity.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
The Old Man and the Iceberg
I promised myself that I would try to read more stuff this year that was challenging and actually made me think. I also have to balance that with time management so I’m gravitating to shorter works. Which is why I reread Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Mario Maker 2 is an art studio
Our son likes to create his own goals and personal narratives in video games.
Friday, May 6, 2022
Love Letter as a classroom game
There are a couple of classes that I sometimes sub for where board games can be used for learning purposes. And, I honestly have more than enough material to last until the end of the school year, I still keep thinking about even more stuff.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
A grab bag of literature comments
While I like to write about what I’m reading or watching, this is going to be a catch all of stuff that I didn’t feel like writing a full individual blog entry of.
Monday, May 2, 2022
My April Gaming
April ended up being a busier month for gaming than I expected. It was still a busy month for life but some gaming fit in.
Sunday, May 1, 2022
My April PnP
Happy May Day to all the Morris Dancers out there and everyone else too.