Friday, September 18, 2020

Vlog Ep. 36: Beginner's Guide to LGBT Bars


One of our longest episodes yet! It took us a good hour to get through our discussion of our Beginner's Guide to LGBT Bars given we had so many aspects to cover from personal safety, smart practices, and responsible cruising. And of course all the time we kept dredging up good memories of fun bar nights and our share of misadventures during crazier times past.

This was definitely a really fun topic for a Friday night even while in lockdown. I was worried that this might not be the most appropriate discussion for a time like this when the bars aren't even open, but it did end up being a very fun discussion and perhaps the sort of levity that we all needed to not think about being confined to our homes for 6 months running. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Vlog Ep. 35: Our Favorite Tabletop Game Mechanics


Today's #BaduyPride live stream vlog episode was about game mechanics we enjoy in different board games and other tabletop gaming experiences. Rather than just talk about one game today, this was a more free-flowing discussion that touched on many different titles we love and are happy to have in our rather large game collection.

Have you ever thought about what game mechanics you like? Have you ever purchased a game specifically because of a familiar playstyle at its core? Then this episode might help verbalize some of the reasons you like some games more than others.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Vlog Ep. 34: The Dresden Files Cooperative Board Game


In time for me finishing Book 16: Peace Talks and still waiting for Book 17: Battle Ground, today's #BaduyPride episode is about The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game designed by Eric. B. Vogel and published by Evil Hat Productions. This 1-5 game isn't the easiest one to win, but it certainly provides a highly thematic experience that's true to the books.

As far as games adapted from franchises go, this is definitely one of my favorites plus it features an entirely original game system. Typically we see different brands just buy into existing game franchises and develop a reskin of an existing game, which isn't inherently bad. But coming up with a wholly original game system for a beloved book series is pretty amazing.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Vlog Ep. 33: Gameboys Season 1


So we finally did a #BaduyPride live stream vlog episode about the amazing Pinoy BL series Gameboys and 30 minutes was barely enough to talk about all the things we like about the show and what we loved about this first season. But seriously, this is more than just another BL series - it's a well-written Filipino LGBT story told with the aid of some amazing actors and a very creative production team. 

It still blows my mind how they managed to film this show despite the constraints of lockdown and ended up with a piece of entertainment that is worlds better than some of the things we've seen come out of bigger studios and networks. It's a show that fully embraced this pandemic and found a way to incorporate it into their story in such a powerful and meaningful way while still delivering a fascinating character-driven love story at the same time. Thank you The IdeaFirst Company for such a brilliant show. We can't wait for Pearl Next Door and even more Gameboys!

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Vlog Ep 32: Ryuutama - Natural Fantasy RPG


Just after finishing our actual session zero for a new campaign using this game system, we really enjoyed recording tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog episode about Ryuutama: Natural Fantasy RPG. There's a lot to love about this clever Japanese game that tries to celebrate the joys of "Honobono" feels in a tabletop experience.

This was the most in-depth we've gone with any tabletop RPG system thus far, and it was an interesting experience. 30 minutes isn't a heck of a lot of time to talk about a whole game and really go deep into things, but I think we did a decent effort of highlighting the key parts of this game and what we love about it. We'll figure out the format more as time progresses, I suppose, but this felt like a really good start.

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