Monday, October 19, 2020

Vlog Ep. 61: Traveling the Great Western Trail


Over time, Mondays have become tabletop gaming days for #BaduyPride and today's episode celebrated the surprisingly fascinating game of Great Western Trail as created by Alexander Pfister. As if I didn't already love cows as much as I did before this game. But throw in a deck-building element? Oh yeah totally sold.

I'm glad that Tobie was able to secure a copy of the game for our collection after spending quite some time looking for one. He's now obsessing over all the different promotional expansions that had been released at different events, however, I highly doubt we'll find them anytime soon. Fingers crossed for now.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Vlog Ep. 60: Quarantine Check-in - Week 32


As we begin our 32nd week in lockdown here in Metro Manila, we figured it was a good time for another Quarantine Check-in episode fore #BaduyPride. We know that a number of our friends have been struggling this month and this episode was our contribution to everyone's mental wellness.

These episodes primarily consist of stories of our week and the things we ended up thinking and feeling because of that. And this week's adventures included us going to the mall together after almost 3 months (scary!) and recent online calls with friends really making a big difference. Everyone's dealing with this lockdown in their own way and we shared a few of our own ideas that may help some of you.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Vlog Ep. 59: Digital Dating


Because we enjoy letting our Friday night episode run a little longer, tonight's alcohol-empowered #BaduyPride episode was all about dating in this digital age! People had asked how social media had impacted our dating lives (which it hadn't), so we ended up talking about what we do think of the modern dating world and what fundamentals still apply.

But yeah, I think our core advice to people remains the same regardless of the medium. Be honest  - sell yourselves as you and not someone you hope to be. Figure out what your non-negotiables are. Be open to meet new people. Be clear in communicating what you expect out of a person or an encounter.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Vlog Ep. 58: Conspiracy Theories


I can't believe we actually did a Conspiracy Theories episode for #BaduyPride, but here we are. And on top of that, we're probably going to have another one someday given the response to this video and how lively the discussion ended up being. I guess people really like this stuff - including Tobie, apparently. Who knew, eh?

But all kidding aside, this was way too big a topic for a single episode and maybe we'll dedicate time to the sub-topics or individual conspiracy theories one day. The aliens discussion alone took up a lot of time in this episode because there are so many nuances to it and different aspects worth looking into. 

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Vlog Ep. 57: Cleaning Geekily


I don't quite understand why a number of our #BaduyPride-watching friends are so amused about Tobie and me talking about the chores around the Sietch for some reason. But here we are with another episode about how we clean things because people asked for it.

To keep things interesting, I tried to focus go beyond just discussing our cleaning approach but also throwing in some tips in terms of what works for us. That inevitably resulted in a lot of discussions about the use of baking soda for cleaning different things, because I really love baking soda. Go figure.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Vlog Ep. 56: Sheep-Fueled Dike Building with Lowlands


We've been dedicating our Monday nights to different tabletop games, particularly board games and card games and other fun stuff. Tonight's #BaduyPride was about Lowlands, a worker placement game created by Ralf and Claudia Partenheimer. Beyond providing an overview of the games, we also talked about some strategies players can try and of course some of our different experiences with the game. 

When I look at our game collection, it's funny what sorts of themes and concepts are covered by these games. Why do we have so many games about farming? It's not like we're interested in moving to the countryside to raise sheep or other livestock. But here we are with games like Lowlands and Caverna and we absolutely delight in playing them.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Vlog Ep. 55: What We're Watching This October


This weekend has been pretty busy, but we still pushed through with a #BaduyPride episode for today. And as we're trying to keep Sundays a bit more chill, we just talked about the different shows and movies that we've been watching (and re-watching) as of late. It certainly made for a good round-up of the different programs that have helped to make our quarantine a little less stressful.

Major shout-out to great experiences like Inside No. 9 and Star Trek: Lower Decks certainly. I think those two shows are some of the major highlights for the past month. We're also looking forward to the likes of Star Trek: Discovery and Unsolved Mysteries coming back for new seasons this month as well.

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Pamilya Egg 2020

Pamilya Egg 2020

It's only natural that this pandemic and the 200+ day lockdown that Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines have been subject to has left me thinking a lot about our friends. A time of social distancing means that we don't get to see our friends in person anymore apart from maybe carefully arranged meetings while maintaining physical distancing and wearing several layers of personal protective equipment. And that isn't all that great an experience, especially when it comes to our circle of LGBT friends where hugs and other forms of somewhat more casual intimacy are normal ways to greet one another. 

This pandemic has really taken a lot away from us.

And this month really has me thinking about Nico and Pamilya Egg, because yes, this is still a thing. In this period where we have been kept away from our friends, then all the more I miss particularly important friends like our Anak. My friendship with Nico is technically older than my relationship with Tobie because he was our number one supporter even before we got together. You should know how the story goes by now.

It's amazing on so many levels that we've remained friends this long. And beyond that, we've remained as a sort of family as well. And it's not like this has manifested in us hanging out all the time or even talking all that much in the pre-pandemic period. But there's no questions that we're a sort of LGBT family, a family of choice that supports one another but also has a healthy respect for everyone living their own lives.

In a recent conversation, Nico mentioned that he can't even imagine us not being in one another's lives. And that's an amazingly powerful statement when you think about it. We often talk about romantic relationships as being something that should last forever, which is totally great. But how often do you really consider a friendship with a similar level of permanence? At least for me, I've never really made that promise often (or lightly). Being a good friend is hard and takes a lot of work and not everyone is built for that.

But Anak has the right of it - I cannot even conceive of a possibility that we won't remain good friends. He's very important to me and Tobie and I really enjoy spoiling him with the occasional gift here and there because he always appreciates them wholeheartedly. I've had the privilege of being around as he's gone through many life milestones and has worked his way up the corporate ladder and actually advanced his career quite well over the years. I guess you can call me a proud parent in this regard! hahaha

In this time of uncertainty and fear over a disease that seems almost unstoppable, we need to hold on strongly to the people who are most dear to us. And as much as so many friends have come and gone in our lives, Nico has stuck around for us and so have we in turn. And I feel amazingly blessed that this is the case. It is a gift to have a friend stay around this long and it's equally precious to feel this genuinely strongly for a friend as well. And this lockdown has reminded me to be thankful and remind Nico of this as well.

11+ years and counting, Pamilya Egg is still going strong. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Vlog Ep. 54: Indoor Night Out


I guess we were inspired our first guest episode with Turing Quinto, so we ended theming this episode of #BaduyPride such that we can still have guests involved. In this case, we decided to talk about our favorite memories of nights out and asked our friends to jump in and share their own stories.

I have to admit, this quickly turned into a gathering of close friends that just happened to be online. We hope that you enjoyed a taste of the camaraderie we've formed at O Bar (primarily). This pandemic is a tough challenge for all of us but we can still find ways to stay connected with our friends and focus on the better times ahead. 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Vlog Ep. 53: #TURSday Thursday with Turing Quinto


Our 53rd episode of #BaduyPride features our very first guest - the lip-sync assassin of O Bar, Turing Quinto! This fabulous drag artist is known for some very compelling performances and has found ways to expand her creative efforts to the digital space during this challenging period of lockdown.

You can follow Turing on her different social channels here:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Vlog Ep. 52: Board Games You Can Play Alone


Today's #BaduyPride episode was dedicated to offering people single-player board game options to help get through the quarantine better. We recognize that not everyone shares a home space with someone they can play games with, so it's good to check out what's out there.

Beyond going through our collection of board games that have single-player options along with suggesting a few apps, I also want to document the automata resource that Tobie shared during the game. This basically adds single-player mechanics for different games to make it sort of playable alone - so that's a bit more bang for your buck in terms of game options. 

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Vlog Ep. 51: Life and Death in the Village Board Game


Monday nights are tabletop game nights for #BaduyPride, and today we tackled the unique strategy game that is Village, created by Inka and Markus Brand and published by eggertspiele. In this video, we give an overview of the game and some of the basics of how their two expansions, Village Inn and Village Port, work. 

Sorry, I get a little crazy when it comes to the death aspect of this game, but it really is a fun aspect of things and a key scoring option that needs to be managed to ensure victory in the end. Beyond that, we're also super excited to start hosting guests, soon!

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Vlog Ep. 50: Quarantine Check-in - Week 30


As Metro Manila enters its 30th week in community quarantine, we dedicated our 50th #BaduyPride episode to a sort of live check-in with everyone to see how people are doing under the rigors and stress of this extended lockdown. This was another content experiment of sorts as we figure we can do episodes like this every so often and just slow things down a bit to reconnect and breathe together.

A lot of tonight's musings were triggered by the O Bar House Party Queens Zoom event last night, that was a nice taste of the old normal life, in a manner of speaking. While we had a lot of fun celebrating the fabulousness of the O Divas even if just online, it also ended up being a reminder of all the things we missed about our old lives and the freedom to go out whenever we wanted to.

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Vlog Ep 49: Our Experiences with the Local Queer Scene


We've been taking advantage of using Friday nights for longer #BaduyPride episodes, and our 49th one was all about our diverse experiences with the local queer scene over the years. It was an interesting retelling that started with our solo adventures before we got together and culminated with everything we love about O Bar.

We also took some time to share some of our experiences with foreign LGBT spaces in the US, Singapore, and Thailand, just to sort of compare and contrast those spaces versus the bars at home. This video ran for a good 90 minutes and we really enjoyed all the comments that came in during the stream that made things extra special.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Vlog Ep. 48: The Imperial Settlers Universe


Tonight's #BaduyPride had us talking about a literal empire of games that we enjoy greatly - this being the Imperial Settlers universe of games that includes the original Imperial Settlers (and its expansions), Imperial Settlers Roll & Write, Imperial Settlers Empires of the North (and its expansions), and now the campaign added by Imperial Settlers: Rise of the Empire.

I think longer-term Baduy Pride viewers should recognize by now that (1) we love a lot of the games designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek, and (2) we love a lot of the games released by Portal Games. And we're not ashamed of this fact - we like what we like and there's a lot to LOVE when it comes to this brilliant tabletop game company. 

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Vlog Ep. 47: Our Personal History with Handheld Gaming Consoles


In another rare video game-related episode of #BaduyPride, tonight we ended up talking our personal history with handheld gaming consoles going back to various Game and Watch type games and Brick Games all the way to the PSP and the quirks of why we don't own a Nintendo Switch. 

The biggest challenge of this topic, at least for us, is how we've largely moved away from consoles and have focused a lot more efforts on board games. And when it comes to casual gaming on the go, it's hard to deny the power of the smartphone as a gaming device, so that's really something to consider. 

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Vlog Ep. 46: Empire Building with Concordia


Tonight's #BaduyPride featured one of our favorite board games, this being the economic strategy game that is Concordia. The first real challenge was figuring out how to keep the game in frame, but beyond that, it was a rather free-flowing discussion of what makes the game so special.

Given we have a good 600 games in our collection, I guess it'll be a long time before we run out of board games top talk about. But we're definitely focusing on the ones we enjoy the most, and Concordia is definitely a unique favorite that always gives back. And we hope that these episodes help more people find new games they might enjoy. Just tell us why it's Concordia haha

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Vlog Ep. 45: What We've Been Reading This September


A friend suggested another round-up style episode that we can probably do every month. We had already talked about the games we've been playing and the shows we've been watching - so this time around we're talking about the different things we've been reading! And this list includes a wide variety of materials including books, comic books, and RPG reference titles.

On a personal note, I'm happy that I'm finally back on track to achieve my end-of-year reading goal, so I hope I keep up the pace. It was kind of surprising to listen to Tobie talk about all the things he's been reading because his tastes can be a little more extreme, to say the least.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Vlog Ep. 44: The Magic of the Changeling RPG


We started tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog started later than normal, ironically because of another RPG session we were playing that ran long. But we still had a lot of fun talking about the different worlds of the Changeling RPGs as originally published by White Wolf. And that meant tackling the two main systems of Changeling the Dreaming and Changeling the Lost and somehow cover all the great stuff about each game world within a roughly 30-minute episode.

Today really stressed that our RPG adventures across both iterations of Changeling ended up influencing how I approach other RPG characters in other games and even the types of fiction I enjoyed reading. I don't think I wouldn't have appreciated The Dresden Files as much as I have had it not been for the influence of our Changeling games. And so as rushed as this episode was, it was still a lot of fun and certainly reflects a game system that has a lot of meaning to us.

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Vlog Ep. 43: Our Favorite O Bar Performances


We knew this was going to be a fun episode to tackle but I don't think we were prepared to end up hosting a 3+ hour silent watch party of sorts in celebration of some of our favorite O Bar performances. Even if we couldn't play the videos in their entirety due to potential copyright concerns, we still had a lot of fun with the folks who stayed with the stream.

Starting to get into the groove of these longer Friday night episodes as a weird replacement for a fun night out. I don't think we'll regularly go beyond an hour - this particular episode was unique since (1) going through my O Bar videos is a rabbit hole experience and (2) we were drinking. But I do enjoy pushing the episodes to run a little longer as a change of pace.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Vlog Ep. 42: On the Trail of MIND MGMT


In our first comic book focused episode, tonight's #BaduyPride was all about the world of psychic espionage of MIND MGMT, as created by Matt Kindt. This is a rare comic that Tobie first discovered and later introduced me to because that's how we work. And I have no regrets at all for finally enjoying this series earlier this year

This was another situation where we sort of struggled to explain in detail why we love this comic book series so much mainly because we also didn't want to spoil the story for people who have yet to read this amazing work. And admittedly for complex narratives like this one, the devil is truly in the details. The best thing about the story is all the nuances of how things were crafted but we avoid talking about such things so that if someone watching this video does discover MIND MGMT because of us, then we'd find comfort in not having spoiled it for them.

Tricky, yeah?

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Vlog Ep. 41: Science Fiction Tropes


We took the suggestion to talk about our favorite science fiction tropes and ended up discussing this article of top 25 science fiction tropes and dissected each one in terms of whether we liked it or not and if we agreed with the ranking. It was certainly a different format for a video but we enjoyed the discussion.

But man, the top one for the writer was really sentient starships? Well, everyone has different interests, I suppose. And this was a pre-COVID article, after all, so now I'm sure dystopias and medical horror may be more prominent as science fiction themes or tropes at this point.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vlog Ep. 40: Dungeon Crawling with Diablo


This marks our very first video game episode for #BaduyPride and I'm glad we got to celebrate our shared love for the Diablo game franchise. Tobie and I encountered Diablo separately in our respective geeky lives but in the end, we both fell in love with the fulfillment cycle that comes with mouse-driven hacking and slashing through hordes and hordes of unholy monsters. 

Recording this episode naturally makes me want to play Diablo again - but actually, it might be fun to revive Diablo II instead of just going back to the latest Diablo III season. Anyone fancy a game? Maybe Tobie and I can join you for a few runs or something.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Vlog Ep. 39: Carcassonne Game Discussion


Tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog discussion was about one of our favorite tabletop games - Carcassonne! The game is easy enough to teach but certainly tricky to master, especially with the different rule systems introduced into the game by each of the different expansions released over the years. And it's this balance of deceptive simplicity and complexity that gives us so much joy.

Our collection features a good number of the expansions, but we are continually on the lookout for the gaps in our Carcassonne collection. We may never have a large enough table to play all these expansions at the same time, but we'll always make the most of what we have and enjoy every time the tiles start coming out of the bag. 

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Vlog Ep. 38: Through the Ages Board Game Discussion


Because we've been enjoying these different board game deep dive episodes, tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog was all about the complex strategy game Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization created by Vlaada Chv├ítil and published by Czech Games Edition. This remains to be one of our favorite translations of the Civilization-style 4X game into a tabletop experience, which is quite a big challenge. And we spend the episode talking about the many ways they did this in such an unusual and ultimately brilliant way. 

This episode was prompted by the arrival of our copy of the expansion New Leaders and Wonders this week after it took a lengthy trip from the US to get here. Leaders and Wonders are certainly cards that have a lot of impact on the game and how players end up developing their civilizations to make the most of the special abilities and I'm excited to what they've added to mix things up.

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Vlog Ep. 37: Dune by Gale Force Nine


For our Saturday night #BaduyPride live stream vlog, we talked about Gale Force Nine's beautiful update of the 1979 Dune board game. This monster of a game features some very crazy faction-specific powers that players can leverage to try to take control of Arrakis and its highly precious spice. With the new Dune movie just around the corner, we figured it was as good a time as any to talk about this game and why we appreciate all the love that went into reviving it after so many years.

We also decided to run this episode after Dire Wolf Digital announced their new Dune Imperium board game featuring art inspired by the new movie. This is one of the best things about a new movie regardless of how good or bad it ends up being - it inspires all sorts of supplementary creations in different media to ride the wave of publicity that comes with big movies like this. So we can't really complain - a new movie means we get new games, new books, and who knows what else will come out in the months to come?

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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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Vlog Ep. 31: Wuxia and Wire Fu


Because of a "recent movie" that we watched, we decided to do a #BaduyPride live stream vlog episode about our love for Wuxia and Wire Fu as a genre across different media including movies, TV shows, computer games, and of course tabletop RPGs. While we're only fans of the genre and far from experts in it, we hope that everyone was able to share our love for these stories and the high-flying action that tends to come with them. 

Recording this episode had us missing the likes of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Hero and we ended up scouring YouTube for clips of some of our favorite action scenes. It's more than just filming high stakes action but actually choreographing not just the fight but also what story the fight tells about the characters. 

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Vlog Ep. 30: About Relationship Goals


We brought out the long-sleeved shirts for today's #BaduyPride live stream vlog as (1) they're the last of our matching shirts and (2) tonight's topic was pretty important. Today we tackled the rather large topic of relationship goals, which is something people have either told us or left as a comment on some of our couple selfies.

Our approach to this ended up being outlining the sort of general categories or buckets of goals one might have within a relationship and how to make that work. Thus we ended up talking about goals related to communication, finances, geekiness, and plain old "traditional" goals. Not sure if we addressed the original spirit of the topic, but whatever we ended up with more than filled up the 30 minutes.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Vlog Ep. 29: Tabletop Escape Room Experiences


We did another tabletop gaming-related #BaduyPride live stream vlog episode today where we talked about different tabletop escape room experiences! A friend had suggested we talk about the Exit the Room and Unlock games and this developed into a larger discussion of the joy of these one-shot gaming experiences that are a pretty great deal when you're still practicing social distancing.

But talk about escape room games led us needing to talk about other one-time game experiences like mystery/deduction games, which are also a related but still different kind of fun. And our love for all of these games resulted in a longer episode than planned, but I hope the discussion was still of value to people looking for other ways of killing time with whoever they share a living space with. 

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Vlog Ep. 28: Dune (2020) Trailer Reaction


So Tobie and I stayed up late to catch the world debut of the first full trailer for the new Dune movie by Denis Villeneuve after mistakenly hoping it would go live at 9AM Eastern Time instead of 9AM Pacific Time. It was our first time to do two shows in one night and our first attempt at a reaction video.

I am a very passionate fan of Frank Herbert's Dune books and I know I probably sound overly critical and nitpicky in this video, but hey it's a live reaction so I get to rant a bit. But know that my criticism stems from a position of love for this story and the hope that the movie helps to introduce the franchise to new fans and get more people to explore this fascinating world that Herbert created. I'm not sure if the trailer does a great job of selling the idea of Dune to non-fans, so ultimately this is more trailer criticism than movie criticism. In the end, I'm still going to watch the movie when it comes out and I'm going to hope for the best.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Vlog Ep. 27: Unboxing Terraforming Mars: Turmoil (KS Edition)


So we were a few hours too early to do a live reaction video to the new Dune (2020) movie trailer, so we had to pivot and do something else instead. We ended up doing our first live unboxing video despite not having the right setup for it. What a time to be alive!

The game in focus today is the Kickstarter Edition of the Turmoil expansion for Terraforming Mars. Because I had it shipped to my sister in Singapore, it took a bit more time before the game made it over here. Hence we have an unboxing video that is at least half a year too late, but who's counting, right?

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Vlog Ep. 26: Star Trek Day 2020


Happy Star Trek Day, everyone! We got into the spirit of today being the anniversary of when the first episode of Star Trek originally aired and had a whole #BaduyPride episode dedicated to the franchise. We went a little over our usual 30 minutes as covering all the different TV shows and movies alone barely fit into the episode.

Was happy to be joined by fellow Trekkies and Trekkers during tonight's live stream as that certainly helped the discussion get even more lively. I'm a huge Star Trek fan and I'm glad that Tobie celebrates my passion as well, and that made a great episode for today.

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Vlog Ep. 25: Borough Building with Suburbia


We've gotten into the habit of talking about different board games every Monday and today's #BaduyPride live stream vlog focused on our favorite city-building game, Suburbia! We've racked up dozens of play sessions of this game over the years and we were more than happy to talk about it for today's 30 minutes.

Beyond discussing the basic principles of the game and the different expansions that have come out, we also shared a lot of little stories of our different games. I really enjoyed thinking of our favorite tiles that have come up time and time again in different games and even some of the quirks of players when it comes to playing the game.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Vlog Ep. 24: Tabletop Games We're Playing This September


In another possibly regular episode theme, the 24th episode of the #BaduyPride live stream vlog was about the different tabletop games we've been playing lately. A large part of the episode was invested in talking about our active RPG campaigns and explaining those different systems for newer players but we also got to wrap up with a few of the board games we've been playing or just acquired.

It's a little weird to be talking about tabletop games while we're still under lockdown in Metro Manila, but the hobby is still something to celebrate. And maybe talking about these games now will just give us more to look forward to when we can finally play new games with friends in person again.

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Vlog Ep. 23: What We're Watching This September


For this #BaduyPride episode, Tobie and I had a more freewheeling discussion about what we've been watching on "TV" as of late, although most of our entertainment has come from different streaming services more than anything else. We tend to juggle a lot of shows at any one time, so there was a lot of ground to cover.

We might make this a more regular "content bucket" for the show since we can always revisit what we're actively engaged with and the resulting conversation was a great way to connect more with viewers and just talk TV. And quite frankly, we could all use more venues for social interaction, even if just online.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Vlog Ep 22: Top 5 Comic Book Movies


For our 22nd episode of the #BaduyPride live stream vlog, we went to the movies! Or at least we talked about movies given the request for us to cover our Top 5 Comic Book Movies. It's hard for two people to come up with a single list of only 5 items, but I think we came up with a decent list.

It was rather interesting that Tobie and I are of such geeky resonance that we were able to easily agree to the first three items on the list and just had to negotiate around the last two. I think we nicely presented different interests while spending almost half the video praising Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hahaha

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Vlog Ep. 21: The Future of Retro Gaming


We got our first video game question thanks to the community pool and we had a lot of fun with it. Tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog was about "The Future of Retrogaming", which was quite a mouthful in itself. So we needed to go through a couple of definitions in order to set the stage for the main conversation and where we wanted to go.

Beyond the widely-accepted definition of retro games, we expanded the discussion to include other things that are keeping the retro games movement alive including games that celebrate retro aesthetics or concepts, franchises that never die, and even a few tabletop games that also celebrate older game systems.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Vlog Ep. 20: Traitor Games


The randomizer gave us another tabletop gaming tonight for tonight's #BaduyPride live stream vlog as we ended up talking about games with a traitor mechanic! But instead of just talking about this genre of games in general, we focused on the traitor games that we've come to enjoy more than others and happen to own copies of. 

Admittedly, this got us to the brink of talking about some of the quirkier hidden role games like Spyfall and A Fake Artist Goes to New York, but we figured we'd save that for a future episode. Covering 5 different games with different spins on how to involve traitor players more than filled up our 30 minutes of time for today's episode.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Vlog Ep. 19: The Legendary Deck Building Games


The 19th episode of the #BaduyPride live stream vlog is another tabletop game episode, this time about one of our favorite deck building game lines. It's not easy to talk about all of the Upper Deck Legendary games as the franchise includes a LOT of cards for Marvel Comics and expansions for other franchise including Aliens, Firefly, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and most recently James Bond.

We still can't figure out what's wrong with our Facebook chats integrating with Restream, but hopefully, we'll get that fixed. We get a LOT of comments on Facebook and I miss being able to flash those on screen. In the meantime, we appreciate everyone who takes the time to watch us at 09:00pm!

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Vlog Ep. 18: Dune Movie Adaptations


For the 18th episode of the #BaduyPride live stream vlog, Tobie and I ended up talking about the various efforts to adapt Dune from book to movie or TV series. With the trailer for the new movie set to come out on 9 September, it felt like as good a time as any to talk about all that has been done before.

As much as I love Dune as a novel series, I've had a mixed experience with the different multimedia efforts to re-tell this story in a more visual manner. There may be some point in how dune is often called "unfilmable" because of the scope of the story and the many different characters involved in the telling, but who knows, maybe this 2020 movie effort will be the one that cracks the formula get makes things right. Or maybe it will fall into the same traps of the previous releases.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Vlog Ep. 17: Getting Into Tabletop RPGs


While there's no topping the craziness of yesterday's amazing episode, we still pushed through with another one for this Saturday night. So for tonight, we opted to talk about how new players can get into tabletop RPGs in our 17th episode of the #BaduyPride live stream vlog.

In this episode, we got to celebrate some of our favorite game systems and share why they work so well for new players. The TRPG world is amazingly diverse with so many different games that support all sorts of story genres and play styles. And we hope this video helps more people get started.

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Vlog Ep. 16: Rocky's Favorites


THIS WAS AMAZING! Thanks to everyone who joined this special birthday #BaduyPride episode. It was a lot of fun trying to answer everyone's questions and just having so many friends hanging out with us. It has been hard to really feel connected with friends and family during this now 160+ day lockdown in Metro Manila and everyone's participation in this episode was just amazing. 

So instead of just a 1-hour episode, we ended up going for 90 minutes, which means we were talking for like the duration of movie. And as much as we enjoyed the experience, I hope that everyone who joined us also had a good time in the virtual space of this Baduy Pride, because that's what it's all about. We'll get through this quarantine together.

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Celebrating How Ever Way We Can

This year has been a difficult one for us in many ways.  The ongoing pandemic and the debatable response has not made it easy to see the joy usually present in our lives. Finding opportunities to visit family, to reconnect with friends, and to celebrate life has been rough. And more so when you want to make your loved one feel extra special since it is their birthday.

I will confess that I probably would not have been able to make the day feel as special as it was had it not been for the awesome group of friends we have gained in the passing years. Rocky and I have been blessed with a wonderful mix of personalities whom we can happily call our friends.  Friends from geek circles. Friends from our gay life. Friends currently based so far away. But with the lock downs and the quarantines, it is not hard to feel like everyone is so far away.

I had hopes of arranging a more exciting celebration for Rocky. I wanted to get him bottles of his favorite wine. I wanted to have a special show set up for him at our favorite haunt, O bar.  I had hoped to get friends join us and celebrate another year of being himself. 

But yeah, the pandemic.
The wine order is still indefinitely on hold, as the suppliers are currently silent on the matter.  
The bar is closed as restaurants and bars have limitations in their operations. 
Having friends over would prove to be an irresponsible thing.

I shot out messages to various mutual friends, asking them to have some time to join us for an online hangout. And after holding a super cool episode of Baduy Pride where we talked about Rocky's favorites (my suggestion to call it Rocky-ology was shot down), we then had a chat-til-you-drop session with awesome friends.


This image was one of the few captures we were able to take. It was truly heart-warming and lovely reconnecting with so many friends.  And it just made us remember all the more how much our hearts yearn to spend time with our friends and loved ones.

But thankfully, it made the day special for Rocky.

I'm so proud of him. From his focus on maintaining his Keto lifestyle, his determination in staying fit and completing his daily workout routines, and his devotion to writing.  I am proud to have this geek in my world and I would not trust anyone else with my heart, my secrets, and the rest of my life.



Happy birthday, Rocky!
Here's hoping we can celebrate things better post lockdown.


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