I had a bunch of little things I wanted to blog about but they weren’t really worth a blog post by itself. Given that this year is about it end, this blog post kind of evolved to my best of 2018 list! It is super random and it really is just a bunch of things that I love in no particular order. These are my favorite board games, video games, books and more.
This year Dropmix seemed to be on sale everywhere. If you look you can get Dropmix for $40 or less. Dropmix is an unique card game where you are competing to create the best music remix. The competitive 1 vs 1 game has mixed reviews but I actually really enjoy it. I found it quite tactical and you can listen to music while your opponent is thinking about his next move. It is guaranteed to draw a crowd during game night.
Pax Unplugged has surpassed New York Comic Con as my favorite convention. When New York Comic Con sells out it, you can barely move but when Pax Unplugged sells out you still feel like you can still do everything (play games, buy games, see panels etc) and Pax Unplugged is cheaper. I definitely am going try to attend Pax Unplugged all three days next year.
Honestly I didn’t give Star Realms a fair shake at first. There are so many deck building games and it looked too simple and random. But I got the app for free at Pax Unplugged and now it is my favorite way to kill time on my phone. It is very addictive and if I keep playing it so often, I will have to get some of the expansions…
Hearthstone has some flaws but it still replaced Magic: The Gathering for me. It is way cheaper (didn’t spend a cent this year) and it scratches the same itch. My favorite decks at the moment are a control-ish odd mage, deathrattle hunter and Reno Priest in wild.
One of my New Year’s resolutions in 2018 is to read more and Sleeping Giants is easily my favorite book. Instead of a traditional story with a narrator, it is a bunch of interview transcripts and journal entries and it tells the story of how people will react and what they will sacrifice when a ground breaking discovery is about to be made. I don’t want to spoil it but I honestly couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. I highly, highly recommend it.
I was always interested in role playing games but I found Dungeons & Dragons a bit intimidating especially given that I would have to be the DM and it would be my group’s first RPG. I stumbled upon Fate Accelerated and it is exactly what I was looking for. The system is story first and rules later. You can teach the system is five minutes and the mechanics actually encourages everyone tell an awesome story together.
My Christmas gift to myself this year was a makeshift MAME setup. It is how I discovered Boogie Wings, an action packed side scrolling arcade game by Data East. The graphics and the music are all top notched. What I really love about Boogie Wings though is when your plane get shot down you actually continue the game on foot where you can find all sorts of crazy vehicles to ride like robots and elephants.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Yea this list is super random. I go to Walt Disney World almost every year and my last trip is probably one of my favorites. A big reason why is the Food & Wine Festival. I got to try so many different cuisines and I also got to see High Valley live. The weather was perfect and I even got to see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth up close.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
My favorite movie of 2018 is Ralph Breaks the Internet. It is so much fun and I love how it was so meta. If Walt Disney World ever opens a Wreck It Ralph ride or attraction, I am so booking another trip…
Wrestling had kind of a rough year. I found WWE, Ring of Honor and Impact Wrestling boring for stretches at a time. I am sure I am not the only one. But one wrestler I always found fun to watch was Fallah Bahh. I love how basically just rolls over people and I love how he is basically like a pokemon and can only say his name. I really believe wrestling is at is best when it isn’t treated so seriously.
Other things that I love in 2018: Battlebots, Splendor, Click Clack Lumberjack, Ticket to Ride New York, Codenames, The Cliffhanger Edward Randy, NBA Jam Tournament Edition, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham, Choose Your Adventure books, Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras, Dr Aphra comics, Ms Marvel comics and the USA Olympic Curling Team.