Monday, May 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 196: A View of Tang Garden


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about the tile-laying board game Tang Garden. This creatively beautiful board game for 1-4 players was created by Francesco Testini and Pierluca Zizzi and published by ThunderGryph Games. This clever creation includes a lot of the sort of game mechanics that we like including set collection, tile placement, and variable player powers, if you want to get all formal about things. 

We like the game because it's strategic and aesthetic at the same time. The resulting gardens are always interesting to look at and the little stories that form based on how you crafted things to benefit your nobles make for great game experiences. We really can't wait to share this game with friends in person - whenever that's going to be. 

While we chose today's topic, we're always open to suggestions! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured as the focus for an episode!

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Vlog Ep. 195 - Hopeful Mentality - Things To Look Forward To


This Sunday episode of #BaduyPride was all about keeping a hopeful mentality and the sort of things that we all look forward to, even during quarantine. And given this time of so much stress and things to worry about, we all need to keep ourselves from falling into the trap of getting swallowed by all the gloom and doom on social media or in the news.

And it's always nice to celebrate the small wins or to count your blessings if you prefer that sort of statement. Keeping sight of the good things that are still happening to us during these difficult times is not necessarily toxic positivity, but more about being sensible and not overly focusing on the negative things out there. We hope that this episode helps to act as a reminder that there are still good things happening. 

This was a community-contributed topic originally shared by Mitch! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured in a future video.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 194: Summer Drinks!


Today's suggested episode topic for #BaduyPride was all about summer drinks! And naturally, it was interesting to determine what our idea about such drinks was before we could really tackle things in earnest since there's no stopping people from drinking hot drinks on a hot day. But our working definition became that of drinks that we think of during the summer and figure they will help us beat the heat somehow - hot coffee isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

But given my keto limitations, we also had a probably longer-than-needed discussion about the importance of water and the unintentional "flavors" of local water. This all depends on how they are processed whether through filtration, purification, mineral treatments, distillation, and what have you. What is not always just water, especially around here. 

And while we're not big beach people, I think anyone would miss the feeling of a nice cold drink at some beachside cafe. Maybe we'll work that into our travel schedule should things finally turn for the better in this country. 

This was a community-contributed topic originally shared by our friend, Mitch! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured in a future video.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 193: Kimchi and Other Banchan


Because Tuesday are now Chews-Days, this episode of #BaduyPride was all about Korean Kimchi and other banchan - those delightful side dishes that are served alongside Korean barbecue and other dishes. They often feel like a meal in themselves, really, and I totally get the temptation to just indulge in that and not even bother with the barbecue.

This episode topic was suggested by Mitch, who also volunteered to join us as a co-host for today's episode. She helped us properly pronounce the different dishes, which was always a way for her to practice her Korean lessons. Plus we're always happy to have friends on the show, especially people as supportive as her. 

This was a community-contributed topic originally shared by our friend, Mitch! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured in a future video.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 192: Working With The Builders


This episode of #BaduyPride had us focusing on two games in The Builders series created by Frédéric Henry. This 2-4 player game combines action points, card drafting, and set collection with a distinct love for historical architecture to create a unique game experience. It's not an overly complicated game nor is it quite as easy as some good gateway games out there.

Our board game collection isn't all just about overly heavy games like Caverna and Through the Ages. Games like The Builders occupy a unique niche in our collectiton to ensure that we have different types of games to appeal to the interests and gaming skill levels of different players. If only we'd be able to play with friends again as easily as we used to. Perhaps one day soon.

While we chose today's topic, we're always open to suggestions! If you have ideas for future video discussions, feel free to fill out this Google Form and your idea may be featured as the focus for an episode!
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