Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Break Day 1: Mommy Needs a Drink

Today marks Day 1 of Liam's Christmas break. It's really warm outside, but I can't take them out to play because it's raining. Plan B was to go to the base community center and library this morning, but it was closed. So now we're back at home until after lunch when we will try the community center again. Being stuck in the house wouldn't be too bad if my husband wasn't working nights this week. He has to sleep during the day, which means I have to attempt to keep the earsplitting noise that issues from my children to a minimum. Which is really, really hard. Especially since Owen screeches if Liam even *looks* at him the wrong way. Where's the wine?

Okay, I'm done whining. Let's get to the really important thing.......

STAR WARS!! My husband and I went to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Friday and it was *fantastic*. It was so good I think my husband cried a little. After all the hype and the torturous buildup we were both worried we might feel a little let down when we finally saw it, but it was so phenomenal. I know I definitely don't have any complaints. I'm just bummed we have to wait so long for the next film. I just hope people can try not to be giant a-holes and spoil the movie for everyone else. I was in IF and some jerks in the Trade Chat channel (which I have forgotten how to turn off....) were posting spoilers. FOR SHAME. Have some class, people. Go back to talking about boobs and twink guilds in Trade Chat like everyone else.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I've Done A Bad, Bad Thing....

     I reactivated my World of Warcraft account. I blame my husband, and I blame social media! If I didn't have constant trailers for the new Warcraft movie popping up in my feed and my husband pushing Warcraft: The Last Guardian into my hands to read, I highly doubt I would have heard the siren call to play again. But, alas, I did. And if I'm going down, I'm taking my husband with me! (He reactivated his account too....)
      I used to play all.the.time. My husband and I would spend hours playing WoW before we had kids, through Wrath of the Litch King (my personal favorite expansion). He went to basic training and I had our first son shortly after Cataclysm came out, and that's when we stopped playing. Breastfeeding and DPS are difficult to do simultaneously, let me tell you. We played for a very short time after Mists of Pandaria, but honestly we didn't like that expansion at all. I think I'm the only chick in the WoW world who didn't like the giant pandas. So far I'm into Warlords of Draenor, though. I love the new garrison feature and am having a lot of fun building it up and gaining followers. Right now I'm just into playing the game for the story line and am avoiding raiding or anything that involves playing for more than an hour at a time. I usually only play when the kids are asleep, so it limits my activities.
     So, if you're ever on the Malfurion server and you're bored look me up. My mains name is Wynnter.

God, I'm such a nerd.

But you're never weird on the internet....almost....right? Felicia Day said it, so it must be true.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Betrayal at House on the Hill Review

     It's table top game review time! Last year my husband watched the TableTop episode where they played Betrayal at House on the Hill and he was instantly sold. He wanted to play it so much that as soon as the 2nd edition of the game stocked at The Game Store he immediately went out and bought it. It took me a while before I liked it as much as he does, but it definitely is a fun game. I'm usually a lot slower to warm up to new games, especially ones that have so many rules and more than one book of instructions. That being said, by the second or third time we played I was on board. The thing that I like most about this game is the replay factor. Betrayal at House on the Hill can be played over and over again and the game will be different every time.
     Once you have your ground floor foyer in place as well as your basement and upstairs landing tiles, you can begin. Everyone chooses an avatar and game play begins with the avatar who's birthday most closely matches the date of the day you play. Each avatar has traits (speed, might, sanity, and knowledge) that can increase or decrease depending on the decisions you make in the game. Players take turns drawing tiles, exploring and expanding your house. 
     Some rooms have an "event" symbol in them, which means whoever draws that tile pulls an event card and does whatever the card says. And example of an event could be "Possession: A shadow separates from the wall. As you stand in shock, the shadow surrounds you and chills you to the core. *You must choose any one trait and attempt a roll for that trait* 4+ You resist the shadow's corruption. Gain 1 in a trait of your chose. 0-3 The Shadow drains you energy. The chosen trait drops to its lowest value. (It doesn't drop to the skull.) If that trait is already at its lowest value, lower a different trait to its lowest value.

     Other rooms have an "omen" symbol in them, which means whoever draws that tile pulls an omen card and does whatever the card says.  An example of an omen could be "Mask: A somber mask to hide your intentions. *Once during your turn, you can attempt a Sanity roll to use the Mask.* 4+ you can put on or take off the mask. If you put on the mask gain 2 Knowledge but lose 2 Sanity. If you take off the Mask gain 2 Sanity but lose two Knowledge. 0-3 You can't use the Mask this turn."  After every omen card is read a "Haunt roll" occurs. If you win the Haunt roll you get to keep the omen card and use the item/person on the card to help you during the Haunt. The first person to fail the Haunt roll is revealed to be the traitor, and the Haunt begins!
     After the traitor is revealed players use the Traitor's Tome to determine which scenario is going to take place. Which scenario takes place depends on the room the traitor was in when they drew the omen card and the specific omen card that was drawn. For example if the traitor was revealed in the Dining Room with the Mask omen card you would play scenario #42. The traitor would take the Traitor's Tome and go into another room to read the scenario, while the heroes read the corresponding scenario in the Secrets of Survival handbook.
In our game my husband, Danielle, and I were the heroes and Ben was the traitor. I always knew he was shifty....
     Once everyone reconvenes the Haunt begins. The traitor will follow the rules in their book to try to achieve their twisted ends while the Heroes try to thwart them and survive the night with the guidance of the Secrets of Survival handbook. I'm pleased to say that in our last game the Heroes emerged victorious. Woohoo!

I would definitely recommend this game: it's fun, you won't play the same game twice, and it's really creative. It's a great addition to anyones gaming library.