Friday Fallout – January 25, 2013

Hey, what’s going on? It’s been a couple weeks since there’s been fallout on a Friday, but I can be as lazy as I want on my own blog. Not that it’s hurting me too much, since the amount of content on this page actually has very little impact on my life. But I did just score a link from Reddit that you can see here. This kind of thing will stop being a big deal when it happens more often, so if you think it’s pointless to comment on such things, you should link to this blog more often, and it’ll be so boring that I don’t comment on it anymore. So that might work… Continue reading

Friday Fallout: April 27, 2012

Some thoughts on various things this Friday:

  • Didn’t expect to make it out to our game store last night, so I walked in without much plan. That’s usually a recipe for disaster, but last night it meant that I got to play Mare Nostrum. It had been about 8 months or so since I played this one, so it was nice to get it out again. We played without the mythology expansion, which is not my preferred way to play. But this was a good game. The guy teaching the game (thankfully not me) did a good job at offering advice to the new players. He also did a good job of giving them strategic tips and making them pay attention to the state of the board. I lost as Babylon, though I did a pretty good job of keeping my defenses tough. Love that game, but it’s fragility means it can sometimes fall flat. That was not the case last night, thankfully.
  • Managed to get in two games of Wiz-War, each with four players. My experience with this one comes entirely from the new FFG reprint, and I’ve only played with two players before last night. The result has been a mild enjoyment, rather than full-on enthusiasm. It was definitely better with four people, but I still think the game feels  a little too reserved for what it is. I might go old-school and do away with the maintained-spells-count-against-the-hand-limit rule. Just let the fur fly, as it were. Also, it’s a game designed for trash-talking. If you can’t do that with some conviction, well…probably oughta keep walking.
  • Listening to Jack White’s new solo album, Blunderbuss. As with most things he does, it’s pretty terrific.
  • Fringe just got renewed for a fifth and final season. I hope there’s some parallel universe where this was never in doubt, and NCIS is on the bubble every year.

Little bit of this…

Has anyone else noticed that it’s gotten absurdly cool in Kansas City? And I was all ready for that warm weather to stick around.

For those who didn’t know, Forest is now walking. He’s not quite to the point where he goes anywhere and everywhere that way, but that’s only because he falls down a lot. When that happens, he crawls to the nearest anchor point and pulls himself up again. And of course, he’s falling down a lot less with each passing day. Maybe we can encase everything in Nerf, so he doesn’t bang his head…

Hope and I recently finished season 1 of Fringe. Pretty good so far, although I feel like it could have been more consistently great than it was. It’s like it didn’t want to be too good for too long. The split between procedural and serialized story-telling is kind of an uneasy one so far. But there’s a lot to like there, and when it’s on, it’s really good. It really pulls together some neat sci-fi ideas, although at this point, it’s mostly potential. Definitely like it enough to keep going though.

Also watched by me is Ken Burns’ documentary, Baseball. Though I tend to be more of a football guy, it’s fun to revisit my first sports love, and to get more familiar with the really early days of the sport. It’s helped my enthusiasm for the game as a whole. Also helping is the Indian’s fast start. I got to see them play the Royals last week, thanks to my friend who has season tickets behind home-freaking-plate. It’s easier than ever to follow sports, if you know how to get the scores to come to you.

So what’s the haps with all of you? How have you kept busy lately?