Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 177: Cupcakes, Muffins, and Cakes!


This #BaduyPride combined two separate viewer requests that all had to do with the (mostly) sweet stuff - hence today's discussion on cupcakes, muffins, and cakes was born. Come for the definitions and delineations between these different types of desserts. Stay for Tobie's brain going into total overdrive as he comes up with even crazier dessert ideas.

Food topics are becoming more of a regular thing on the show for some reason, which is kind of ironic since we're typically well within our intermittent fasting window when record the show. So, it's a lot of talk about food that we like but can't actually indulge in because (1) fasting and (2) I'm on keto. But hey, we still enjoy these discussions and we hope everyone had fun, too!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Vlog Ep. 176: Mariposas Migrations


This episode of #BaduyPride is all about the Mariposas board game by Wingspan designer Elizabeth Hargrave. This game about the migration of butterflies from Mexico to North America and back supports 2-5 players and plays fairly quickly, albeit with a lot of randomness as part of the gameplay mechanics. 

It was only right before we started today's live stream that we confirmed that the game was by the person behind one of the most beautiful love letters to birds we have ever played through as a game, which really just gave our discussion a starker point of comparison. It's a good game but not as great as Wingspan is, and that feels a little disappointing given what we know she is otherwise capable of. Oh well.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 175: Moments of Courage


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about Moments of Courage, whether big or small. This was our way of wrapping up this week's mostly thematic posts tied to the Day of Valor holiday last Friday. And we enjoyed exploring the different moments where we found the need to be braver or more courageous in order to move forward.

Topics like this can get a little lofty, but I certainly felt good after recording today's episode. We can only hope that everyone who joined us or will get to watch this in the future will share our appreciation for what we discussed today and the value of trying new things, no matter how scary. 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 174: Heroes We Admire


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about personal heroes or however you want to term people that have done something to merit one's admiration or even just appreciation. Terms like "heroes" can be rather loaded terms and we totally consider the implications of throwing such statements around. Personally, this is also why I don't really claim to have too many people that I openly admire because of my complex feelings on the subject.

But that is not to say that we don't have heroes or people worth admiring in our lives, and it was nice to celebrate a few of them in this episode. Beyond the people we cited, we super appreciated those who choose to share their own stories of personal heroes that have made an impact on them as well whether it involves a family member or someone more publicly familiar.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 173: Virtual Petz


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about our experience with virtual pets, although more specifically with virtual Petz, because that was a thing in the 90's. It's interesting that Tobie and I had little experience with the big virtual pet franchises like Tamagotchi units and Neopets but we had both spent time interacting with PF Magic's Petz Dogz and Petz Catz, at the very least.

This episode got me thinking about whether or not gamers today have become overly distracted by the "game" elements even in casual experiences and don't always play for the sake of playing. This is not to say everyone is achievement-driven, but it does feel like there aren't too many games that celebrate an experience in a simpler fashion without too many bells and whistles. And that's part of the elegance of the original Petz games - they just worked.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 172: Swimming in Hot Pot


Tonight's #BaduyPride discussion was all about the diversity of hot pot cuisine, including a quicker effort to try to define just what hot pot is and why it turns out to be something you may have already eating given the different terminology used across Asia. It's a good thing that Tobie and I had just finished dinner before starting this episode since it was quite a hearty good discussion indeed.

I really do miss the social experience of hot pot, something I really came to appreciate more whenever I'd visit Singapore for work and/or family reasons. Tobie and I have had a few experiences here but it's never quite the same (where is my tofu skin?) But one of the good things to come out of this episode is the discovery of all the local hot pot options that we may try to explore this weekend. 

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 171: And the Seventh Hero Is...


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride is about the repeatedly reskinned and re-licensed card game Seventh Hero or Rent a Hero, as designed by Kuro. This 77-card game supports 3-5 players in their efforts to become the titular seventh hero to win the day.

This was a relatively small game for a full episode, but it felt timely enough to feature it this week with the Day of Valor coming up on Friday. And the game certainly has its charm. It still checks a lot of boxes in terms of an interesting card mechanic, supports a good number of players for a card game its size, and it plays very fast. And so it still has a relatively warm spot in our collection.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 170: The One About Eggs


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was a light one all about eggs! Naturally, we started on the subject Easter Eggs given the holiday today but we kind of went crazy beyond that point. But that's just how these episodes go. And man, people go bananas over food-related discussions - I guess it has to do with the time of the night and people feeling snackish. 

Eggs are wonderfully versatile and admittedly this discussion did make me miss the nuanced experience of hotel buffet egg stations. Man, when we all feel safe enough to go out and eat at places like that again? And egg station eggs feel so intrinsic with travel and interesting resorts and all that fun stuff. Oh well, one day again.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 169: A Long Weekend with AnTuTan Says


Last night's #BaduyPride episode was an EPIC discussion with the fabulous drag artists of AnTuTan Says - this being the collective of Queen Anita, Turing Quinto, Mrs. Tan, and Samael Says Cünt. This episode marks the first time we've had Anita and Samael on the show AND the first time we've had a drag king as a guest as well. 

We spent close to 4 hours talking about everything from how the group got together to all the quirks of online drag performances. We really appreciate the time they took to hang out with us and we definitely hope to get an opportunity to do so again in the future.

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Vlog Ep. 168: Shoes...Footwear...OMG


This episode of #BaduyPride wasn't meant to be an April Fool's sort of thing, but we did end up talking about shoes and all kinds of footwear more because of certain religious practices associated with Maundy Thursday for all you Catholics out there. But in typical Baduy Pride fashion, we opted to keep things light and just run with the topic to see where it would take us.

The quirkiness of episodes like this is that one can never tell where we'll end up when we subject any particular subject to significant enough scrutiny. And I totally love how Tobie and I just bounce ideas off one another and just see how things go. Fun, fun all around.

And also, obligatory reference to this classic YouTube video

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Vlog Ep. 167: The Lost Art of Photo Albums


Tobie came up with the awesome topic for this episode of #BaduyPride - this being all about classic physical photo albums. There's a lot of love that went into creating those things as a creative way to showcase memories and pretty much curate nostalgia. And we don't necessarily get to do the same thing anymore with the rise of digital photography and social media feeds.

It was nice to reflect on how we used to take photos before with film cameras and the additional hurdles of getting photos developed by strangers. But I think there are ways to apply the same amount of effort to curating our digital media memories - I'm just undecided how to do so in a manner where I actually share the results with friends. 

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Vlog Ep. 166: The Shady Trees of Photosynthesis


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about the board game Photosynthesis, created by Hjalmar Hach with art by Sabrina Miramon. The version we own was published by Blue Orange and is an interesting strategic experience for 2-4 players.

While some of our board game episodes do tend to run long, this one was just on time, which is kind of nice. But it also reflects the sort of tight gaming experience offered by this Photosynthesis, which is funny for something about trees. Trees are not peaceful and zen-like, people. Trees are SHADY.

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Vlog Ep. 165: Quarantine Check-in - Week 55


It's been a while since we've had one of these #BaduyPride quarantine check-in episodes, so we figured it was as good a time as any to check in on everyone. And we had decided to do this episode a week ago, which was well before the big ECQ announcement. So year, what a week, right?

Ultimately, these quarantine check-ins are our way to taking a breather and reaching out to viewers who may also be feeling the stress of the pandemic on multiple levels. And while these episodes sound like a bit of a ramble at times, ultimately it's about finding ways to cope, focusing on the things that we can control within our limited spheres of influence, and doing our best to get through these difficult times together.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 164: Friday Night with the Divine Divas


We really enjoyed talking to the Divine Divas in this episode of #BaduyPride! Precious Paula Nicole, Vinas Deluxe, and Brigiding aren't just amazing drag queens, but they're also a lot of fun to hang out with and we enjoyed learning more about how they became friends and came up with the Divine Bar during this pandemic given our 3+ hours live stream with them.

And as much as we've already spoken with different drag queens on the show, it continues to amaze us how different everyone's perspectives on drag end up being. Every drag queen has their own journey into the craft and ends up defining their own take on the medium. And we'll continue to try to get more fabulous queens on the show to help them share their views of the art with everyone because this art form is amazing and is worthy of celebration.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Vlog Ep. 163: Battlestar Galactica


Today's #BaduyPride was dedicated to our love for Battlestar Galactica - particularly the 2004 reimagined series developed for television by Ron Moore. What started as a 3-hour mini-series was followed by a 4-season show, numerous webisodes, at least two movies, and a prequel TV series as well. 

Despite the show being over 15 years old at this point, we made sure to avoid major spoilers in our discussion for the franchise because it is THAT good and remains a shining example of what great science fiction dramatic television can look like. And the position that BSG maintains in my heart has only truly been challenged by the likes of The Expanse as of late - it's really such an amazing piece of fiction and one that Tobie and I will always love. 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Vlog Ep. 162: Feeling Trapped


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was a fairly heavy one but also a rather important one. Tobie suggested we talk about the different circumstances we feel trapped in light of our latest phase of quarantine in Metro Manila (and some nearby provinces). 

And we figured it would make for a good discussion just to talk through such moments and remind ourselves that we're not entirely helpless and that we still have choices and freedoms available to us. We provided some ideas for how to cope with such difficult circumstances but ultimately the power to do so is within all of us. And when we feel weakest, all the more we can always reach out to friends and other loved ones because we face the challenges of the world together. 

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Monday, March 22, 2021

Vlog Ep. 161: The Forbidden Games


Today's #BaduyPride tabletop games episode focused on a series of games that Tobie and I love a lot. This being the Forbidden line of games created by Matt Leacock and published by Gamewright. This is from the same man who brought us both the Pandemic franchise and my niche favorite Thunderbirds board game, there's a lot of core elements that we love across all these games.

These three games, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Sky each provide unique cooperative gaming experiences that provide a great mix of fun and challenge. They do relatively feel like they're on a scale with Island being relatively the easiest and Sky being the hardest, all are worth the time to learn and enjoy with friends and family around a shared game table.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Vlog Ep. 160: Drag Academy PH


Tonight's #BaduyPride was an AMAZING episode with some of the faculty of the first-of-its-kind Drag Academy PH. We're super thankful that our guest queens MC BLCK, MRS. TAN, and CLEA TORRES for making the time to be with us for this 3+ hour discussion of so many aspects of drag culture and artistry, particularly from a Philippine perspective.

I'm glad that we were able to facilitate such a meaningful discussion with so many well-spoken drag artists - and generally without incident. It's already tricky to manage a good interview/conversation with just one guest, what more three very passionate individuals who had a lot to share with our viewers. This episode just stresses that we need to do more of these guest shows and continue to share our platform with other friends and individuals that we want to support.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 159: PORK!


Today's #BaduyPride was another food-centric one, this one being all about PORK. And of course, we were happy to spend an hour discussing one of the world's favorite proteins and all our different explorations, experiences, and celebrations of it.

As is the nature of any time we talk about food, this inevitably crossed over into our discussions of how my diet has adapted because of keto and what pork products I can and can't eat given these restrictions. And with a few viewers who may not have the same level of keto dedication as I do watching the show, it made for an interesting sub-plot of sorts as we kept clarifying which items were and were not keto. 

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Vlog Ep. 158: Cartoons of the Early 2000s


Today's #BaduyPride episode is a long overdue request to cover the cartoons of the years 2000-2009, in the same vein of previous episodes on the cartoons of the 80's and the 2010s. It was hard to name these cartoons off the tops of our heads and once we started to dig into things...yeah, the results were interesting.

This episode had us mostly just reading off random titles from an IMDb list of over 600 cartoons released in the early 2000s that...we mostly had never heard of. Sure there were the more notable and memorable shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: Clone Wars (AND Star Wars: The Clone Wars). But there were even more that were almost alien to us, all of which just stress that we're old or there's just so much content released for younger viewers in the pre-school age bracket.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 157: Pandemic - The Board Game


In "celebration" of our one-year anniversary of Metro Manila being under community quarantine, today's #BaduyPride episode was all about the board game where we actually get to beat diseases - Pandemic! This now-classic 2008 cooperative board game was created by Matt Leacock and supports 2-4 players or 2-5 players or 1-6 players, depending on which expansions you own. 

We totally love this game and it stands as one of the best cooperative games out there that really presents a worthy challenge for players. And as much as the expansions all add additional layers of difficulty and challenge, they also add a lot of fun and new nuances and story elements that make each game even more unique and fulfilling. We've deferred from playing during this extended lockdown, but maybe we should dust off the game again for comeback sessions. 

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Vlog Ep. 156: Pi Day 2021


We had a LOT of fun with this Pi Day edition of #BaduyPride given we still gave due respect to the number π but also to talk about many different pastries including pies, tarts, and turnovers. It was just what we needed to end the weekend on a most geeky note.

Pi Day will always be special to me given my deep appreciation for the irrational number and what it has represented to me on a personal level. But then I am kinda glad that we took the time to look into what the heck defines a pie versus other pastries. Such learning! Much knowledge. Wow.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 155: Dancing Geeks


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about dancing! We got to talk about our personal histories when it comes to dancing ranging from early school performances to how we ended up dancing together at O Bar. We don't claim to be great dancers in any sort of professional capacity, but we do enjoy whatever you want to call the motions we end up doing.

I was rather amused that people were surprised at my heavy metal most pit path and I'm sure more than a few took some time to absorb Tobie's description of how ravers of his time would dance alone together. And while I'm not ready to show people my limited tap dancing skills, I do really miss playing dance games like Dance Dance Revolution and DanceManiaX back in the day.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 154: Learning New Things


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about learning new things. And while none of us are obligated to be voluntarily productive throughout this period of pandemic and quarantine, it's still nice to celebrate any upskilling or personal leveling up that we've managed to achieve recently. And that's what we sought out to celebrate in this episode - talking about all the things that we now know how to do or at the very least are getting better at.

It is rather surprising how many new skills we've managed to pick up. Our new skills including me learning how to bake, Tobie learning more about working with Unity, and both of us learning to cut each other's hair, among others. As much as we can all joke about 2020 being a wasted year, you might be surprised at how things have changed over the past year.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 153: The One About Socks


Today's #BaduyPride episode was all about the crazy, colorful, creative sets of socks we've gathered in recent years. What started as the occasional quirky gift has grown into a serious collection of different prints and patterns and that we mix and match as yet another article of clothing that we can wear thematically related sets of as a couple.

I like these lighter topics because they can become unusually engaging, especially once friends and other viewers start chiming in their insights in the comments. And that's the joy of live stream content like this - the viewers help shape the experience and make things even more interesting for everyone. 

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 152: Conveyor Card Drafting Fun with Sushi Go!


Today's Monday night #BaduyPride tabletop games discussion was focused on the delightful card drafting game Sushi Go! created by Phil Walker-Harding. For the purposes of this video, we used our copy of Sushi Go Party! as published by Gamewright, which features our favorite art style for the game. The base game supports 2-5 players but the party edition pushes things all the way up to 8 players.

It's rare that we buy a game based on its appearance, but I guess we really got lucky when we came across that open demo copy of the game at the store when we first saw it. It was one of our first experiments with a game we knew little about and that somehow led to us buying the game three times already across its different versions.

Tune in tomorrow at the same time as we tackle...cute socks!

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 151: Spoiler Discussion for the WandaVision Finale


As a follow-up to our WandaVision spoiler discussion after episode 7 aired, here's the #BaduyPride spoiler discussion after the big WandaVision series finale! The creative team managed to create something rather brilliant and amazing all within the confines of 9 episodes. And we're all super thankful this show exists.

Ultimately, Tobie and I enjoyed the show a LOT and it remains to be one of the most unique and interesting pieces of television entertainment that we've experienced in a while. If this is any indication of the quality of MCU television content we're going to get from Disney+ moving forward, then there's a lot to be excited for. Otherwise, WandaVision has just set a VERY high bar for all future Marvel shows on the streaming platform.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 150: Baduy Pride Before Baduy Pride


Wow, we made it to 150 episodes of #BaduyPride, guys! And it's all thanks to all you who have supported the show thus far.

Today's episode was all about the history of Baduy Pride, going back to how we coined the phrase, how it became the name of this blog, and eventually the name of our live stream vlog. We tried to look back at which episodes we enjoyed the most and we also took some time to talk about possible plans for the future.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 149: Surviving Small Talk


Tonight's #BaduyPride was all about surviving the challenge of small talk in different situations. And the small talk "problem" hasn't entirely gone away despite the shift to working from home and most of our social interactions being online ones. Beyond just checking out of the conversation, we did our best to cover different "strategies" for sort of navigating those sorts of social situations.

In summary, focus on finding common ground while not being afraid to step away from the conversation entirely if it's not working out for you. Small talk is just filler talk before more important things happen or as a quick way to assess whether or not you might want to talk more or become friends eventually. But if things aren't working out, then they're not working out so move on. 

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 148: The One About Dreams


Tonight's #BaduyPride was all about dreams, which is sort of the second part of last week's episode about sleep, which was suggested by the same person. And we tried to be as thorough in our discussion of the topic as usual including different dream concepts, lucid dreaming, and even a few tips and tricks for hopefully shifting dreams in a preferred direction. 

As someone who rarely remembers much about his dreams, I figured that I wasn't really going to have a lot to say about this subject. I did my best to chime in, but Tobie was the real star of the show in this instance. And seriously, Tobie has had some CRAZY dreams and I'm also challenged to remember even half of them.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 147: Rolling for Quests with Dice Forge


#BaduyPride Mondays are dedicated to tabletop games and today's featured game is Dice Forge, as designed by Régis Bonnessée and published by Libellud. This 2-4 player game centers around a unique game mechanic where players are allowed to purchase new die faces for their dice, thus allowing them to potentially shape future rolls to fit one's strategy.

We've often joked that Tobie has terrible luck with games that rely on dice rolling as the main mechanic, which may explain our larger focus on worker placement and other euro-style games. But Dice Forge's dice-changing mechanic makes you feel like you have better chances as the game progresses, although Tobie does still tend to get weird low results because that's just how things work. It doesn't make the game any less fun though.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Vlog Ep. 146: Snack Talk


As is the nature of food-related topics, tonight's #BaduyPride pushed past 90 minutes again as we talked about all sorts of snacks including some full meals that other people seem to treat as snacks. It's a little ironic that we didn't bother to go into definitions at first given how we made such a big deal about setting the parameters for other episodes.

Despite the fact that my snacking options are a lot more limited versus Tobie's, we both had a lot of fun with tonight's topic. And I guess a big part of it was how such discussions inevitably turn nostalgic, and we all ended up talking about snack memories from our younger years. And we love it when the discussions get so frenetic - we all walk away with good vibes and such versus how we all felt before the show started.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Vlog Ep. 145: The One About Sleeping


It's the seemingly random #BaduyPride episode suggestions that end up being the surprisingly more engaging topics and we spent over 90 minutes talking about SLEEPING. You could argue that it's because it's such a universally relatable topic and that would make sense. Or maybe people just don't have anything to do on a weeknight? Either way, it was a lot of fun and that's what matters, right?

But yes, we had a whole episode to talk about our different sleeping habits, our quirks, what works and what doesn't, and everything in between. But this isn't the episode about dreams - that deserves its own night and we'll cover that in full at a later date. 

For now, good night, everyone!

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Vlog Ep. 144: Competitive Romance with Love Letter


Tonight's #BaduyPride had us revisiting one of the older games in our collection that remains among our favorites - Love Letter. We first mentioned this game in our episode about gateway games to introduce new people to the tabletop gaming hobby. This 2-4 player card game designed by Seiji Kanai has been reskinned into so many different versions by now, all based on the same amazing game engine.

The classic Love Letter is still a pretty solid experience and still has as much depth whether you're playing with first-time players or bluffing game veterans. And how it manages all this with so few characters and a fundamentally simple central game mechanic - it all comes together to create something far more than the sum of its part. I know I wax poetic over this game, but it's totally worth it. 

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Vlog Ep. 143: Spoilery WandaVision Talk


We had a lot of fun with our first spoiler-filled #BaduyPride episode despite how we typically avoid spoiling both old and new movies and TV shows. But we figured that crazy brilliance of WandaVision more than justified us talking about our theories and speculations freely without the burden of avoiding spoilers.

We hope everyone enjoyed the live stream as much as we did, and if people want to see more episodes like this, do let us know! We will, of course, clearly label if the episode is going to contain spoilers to help people continue to enjoy content at their own pace while still leaving others free to geek out with us and just throw out any ideas that may make sense. 

And YES - expect us to have another WandaVision episode once the first season fully wraps up, if only to see how many of our theories prove to be true come the end of the show.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 142: It's Good to be Bad with Villainous


We've wanted to feature this particular game on #BaduyPride for some time now, but we decided to wait for the recent expansion to arrive before we decided to tackle Disney Villainous, a card game designed Prospero Hall and published by Ravensburger. The game supports 2-6 players, but we feel it runs a lot better with 3, at most 4 players.

There's a lot of love that obviously went into this game ranging from the quality of the art to the quality of the card stock. And there's the greater brilliance of how each villain has its own path to victory and different mechanics that makes each deck works. On top of that, they created unique Fate decks that provide obstacles for the player villains by literally playing through the movie. And it's not easy being able to adapt a narrative into a game and have card mechanics support this fully.

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Vlog Ep. 141: The One About Singapore


We pulled another topic from the request queue for this episode of #BaduyPride and ended up talking all about Singapore! It's the first country that Tobie and I have traveled to together and the one we've also visited the most because of the fact that I have family there. So for obvious reasons, the country is very near and dear to our heart.

This was also our first travel-related episode, which isn't the easiest topic to discuss while the country has remained under different forms of quarantine for almost a year now. But as is the nature of Baduy Pride, we focused on the better memories and talked about all the things that we love about Singapore in this rather lengthy episode.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 140: Making Animal Friends at the New York Zoo


We took some time off from Baduy Pride to fully enjoy the long weekend, but we're finally back with another board game feature. Today's episode was about a new favorite - Uwe Rosenberg's New York Zoo! This abstract strategy game is surprisingly simple to learn but quite deep in terms of actual strategy with its combination of tile placement, grid coverage, and other game mechanics coming together to create a uniquely enjoyable game experience.

This game has it all! First, there's the joy of creating a park for both zoo animals and a few amusement park-style amenities. And then there's the satisfaction of finding unique piece combinations that fit together perfectly. And it goes without saying that anyone is going to celebrate the 127 cute animal figures in the set because of course, we need more wooden animal tokens in our geeky life. 

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Vlog Ep. 139: Work Productivity


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about work productivity! It was a bit of a weird topic to discuss after work hours, but I suppose it made enough sense in the middle of the workweek. It was quite interesting to end up nerding out over all the different tips and tricks we employ to get through all our work deadlines without going bonkers.

We tried to cover all the bases starting from notetaking and task tracking to the quirks of video conferences. And the folks in the comments had a lot of insights of their own to share about staying motivated at work and getting in the right mindset even while working from home. I really appreciate the sort of conversations we have with the friends who join the live stream episodes. As much as Tobie and I could just record content and upload on a schedule, I really prefer the interactive potential of the live streams - really gives us something to bounce off of and such.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 138: Sparing No Expense with Dinosaur Island


Tonight's #BaduyPride was about one of our favorite board games - the ever-brilliant Dinosaur Island, created by Jonathan Gilmour and Brian Lewis. This is a different spin on a worker placement game that finally addresses the need to have a board game all about running a park full of dinosaurs. Eating of guests is not necessarily optional.

When I look at our board game collection, you can really note certain themes of game purchases. And this game checks off a lot of different boxes. We have a lot of worker placement games to be sure. And we love games with lots of unique meeple-style components like Caverna and our more recent acquisition of New York Zoo. And this game totally celebrates its theme to the fullest, and that deserves a lot of love in itself.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 137: Alcohol Talk


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was a slightly ironic one since we talked about alcohol all night and didn't end up drinking for some reason. But life's funny that way I suppose. But it was still a very fun episode as we just followed the organic dynamics of the conversation and talking about everything from our first drinks to our hangover mitigation strategies.

And while we have occasionally drunk at home during video calls with friends or other live stream episodes, it's never been quite the same experience as our regular O Bar nights and I really do miss that. We miss the unique circumstances of being at the bar together, enjoying the different drag performances together, and all the fun and crazy conversations we'd end up having over the course of the night.

One day again. Hopefully one day soon.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 136: Twirling with Noodles


Tonight's suggested #BaduyPride episode topic resulted in another food-centric episode. This one was all about noodles, although we expanded the discussion to also include pasta and our modest efforts to define the differences between the two because apparently, that's a thing. Apologies again for people who leave these episodes feeling hungry late at night. 

My going keto has really changed my perspective on noodles and other carb-rich food, and this episode really drove that point home. It also helped illuminate that Tobie's life has changed as well, even if he's just lower carb than before and not necessarily full keto like me. Noodles are still a lot of fun, sure, but I don't miss them all that much. Small blessings.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 135: Storming Takeshi's Castle


We had so much fun with tonight's #BaduyPride episode about Takeshi's Castle, or however you may know this amazing, one-of-a-kind Japanese game show. As painful as the experience obviously was for many of the contestants on the show, it's still an amazing television experience that we'll never quite see again whether due to safety reasons or on the scale of the production that we saw with this show.

While I don't think Tobie and I would ever want to be on a show like Takeshi's Castle, we can't help but celebrate the creative ideas for games and challenges they came up with and how everyone on the show was just so gung-ho. I mean, why else would they compete in a show with such insane physical challenges AND do this in a themed costume, right?

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 134: Economic Fashion Dominance with Prêt-à-Porter


After a very geeky weekend, we're finally back with our first #BaduyPride episode for the month of February. And today's featured tabletop game is one of our favorites - the economic strategy game that just happens to be about fashion, Prêt-à-Porter. This game is published by Portal Games and was designed by Piotr Haraszczak and Ignacy Trzewiczek.

As challenging as it can be to learn at first, the effort is more than worth it in the long run. The game is deep and extremely tight and everything moves like clockwork once you figure out how all the pieces go together. Will you vie for every fashion show or will you sit one out and come back stronger the next time? The game presents you with very compelling decisions that result in wonderful, exciting combinations. 

This is why we love this game so much.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Vlog Ep. 133: Unboxing and Re-Boxing the Imperial Settlers Storage Box


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was an unusual first - we had a brief unboxing of the new Imperial Settlers Storage Box, and then we left the stream on as we slotted the different cards into their new home. As geeks who at least own all retail expansions of the game, that was a fair bit of organizing. But yeah, it wasn't our most conversant video.

But it felt like a fun thing to do as a mid-week video on a day when we typically don't have live stream episodes because of RPG scheduling conflicts. We had fun doing it and we appreciate the few friends who stayed with us as we worked on the box. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Vlog Ep. 132: The One About Chicken


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was just about chicken. I'm not even kidding - we spent over an hour talking about our favorite chicken dishes to eat, the chicken dishes that we can actually prepare, and even trying to remember our first memories of eating chicken. This was truly a very chicken-full episode.

I love crazy topics like this that seem deceptively simple at first. But over the course of the discussion, especially given the contributions of the live viewers based on the comments, and things just get crazy. And that's the Baduy Pride vlog experience in a nutshell. The topic is really just a starting point for the fun. We go where people take us and see how things develop from there.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Vlog Ep. 131: Counting the Days with Tzolk'in


Tonight's #BaduyPride was all about Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, an intimidating worker placement game created by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini. The central feature of the game is a giant wheel that connects with 5 smaller wheels across the board that is more than just a gimmick. In fact, it's a central part of the overall gameplay and really does stress the impact of time passing.

While not the easiest game, it is definitely fun with that results in some very fulfilling gameplay experiences and we've yet to regret bringing the game out. Once you manage to wrap your head around the game's unique core mechanic of only placing or removing workers during a turn versus the movement of the wheels, then things start to fall into place after that. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Vlog Ep. 130: Applying for a Job


I didn't realize this #BaduyPride episode on getting a job would be so relevant for so many people, but I suppose it is that time of the year when a lot of people are considering expanding their career horizons. We certainly don't claim to be experts, but we've certainly had enough experience upon which we've based our insights and tips that were shared in this video.

And I will repeat the reminder that the opinions we expressed in this episode do not reflect or represent the official positions of our respective companies of employment (past and present).

Otherwise, I know we had a lot to say, and we hope that what advice we could provide does prove useful to folks who encounter the video. I didn't expect it to run as long as it did and I assume that it might get more views over time as more people share the video around. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vlog 129: The One About Sandwiches


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about...sandwiches. Like the food. Really. But in our typical geeky way, we dove deep into the subject of what makes a sandwich a sandwich before we could take things a bit more casually. But really, try looking up the definition of a sandwich and prepare to go down the rabbit hole of curious considerations and possibilities. 

You can blame Tobie. His brain twists and turns in very unusual ways.

Beyond the existential questions related to when are sandwiches not sandwiches and all that, we spent a better part of the episode just talking about different types of sandwiches that we were honestly fond of across our personal histories. Episodes like this just illustrate how our conversations between us can go in totally strange directions without warning. And they make just make for good content for a vlog.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Vlog Ep. 128: Navigating the Five Tribes


For our regular Monday Tabletop Games feature, today's #BaduyPride episode is about Bruno Cathala's Five Tribes. The primarily 2-4 player game provides numerous ways to score points and thus a variety of ways to achieve victory. And this diversity of strategic options combined with a fairly easy-to-understand game mechanic makes it possible for players of different levels of experience to still have fun,

The game particularly shines with the quality of production that we've come to expect from Days of Wonder, along with Cathala's flair for interesting game mechanics. When you look at the many different games he's made it's rather fascinating how different they are from one another, and Five Tribes really does stand out thanks to its uniquely fun gameplay.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Vlog Ep. 127: First Dates


Wow, I can't believe that this episode of #BaduyPride (1) ran for over 2 hours and (2) still didn't quite decide on a firm definition of what constitutes dating. But that's the geekier side of this relationship where we can really go deep into trying to get a definition right given all the many different factors that get involved and make things just a wee bit complicated.

But we set out to talk about first dates because we hoped it would generate a great conversation with our viewers, and you guys totally didn't disappoint! We loved the spirited conversation that we ended up with and super enjoyed all the different stories, jokes, and asides that everyone had to share. Episodes like this, where everyone is able to join in the fun, is what makes Baduy Pride such a fun thing to stream almost every night.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Vlog Ep. 126: Such Fun with Miranda


Today's episode of #BaduyPride is about one of our favorite TV shows, the subtly brilliant comedy that is Miranda! This BBC show ran from 2009-2015 across a total of 3 series (seasons) and a two-part Christmas special that sort of tied things up for the show. As British shows do tend to run shorter than their US counterparts, you can totally binge the show in a single weekend and still have time to explore the different special bits she's also done that are littered all over YouTube.

We absolutely love this show and have repeatedly recommended it to friends for over 7 years now. Why this little show has such a big impact on us is hard to capture in words (as you can see in our struggled efforts to do so in the episode) but it's still a timeless delight. Miranda is always going to be a delight and I hope tonight's show helps more people get into this hilarious show. It truly is such fun

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Vlog Ep. 125: Leveling Up with Super Mario


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was all about the Super Mario franchise. While our exposure to Nintendo consoles has been rather limited in recent years, we can't deny the power and influence of Mario as a franchise, a brand, or even as the Nintendo mascot. He really does live up to the "Super" part of his name.

Mario and his extended family and many enemies aren't going to go anywhere anytime soon. He's too much a part of our shared cultural experience. I think he's reached a point where he's bound to outlive Nintendo itself were things to come to that. If we can still love the guy despite not actually playing the games in recent years, it still says something about him and his impact on the world.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 124: Building the Castles of Mad King Ludwig


Today's #BaduyPride episode was about another clever Ted Alspach game. This tile-laying game is called Castles of Mad King Ludwig and it feels similar to Suburbia, but it's also amazingly different. Instead of building a beautifully organized city consisting of hexagonal tiles, we now have a haphazard castle of differently shaped rooms whose only constraint is the table everyone is playing on. 

We decided to cover this game early in anticipation of the upcoming Kickstarter for a collector's edition of the game. We already like this core game experience and the Collector's Edition promises to be pretty great celebration of this game along with 2 new expansions and a lot of special bells and whistles that is par for the course for special editions like this.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 123: Building Memories with Lego


Today's #BaduyPride episode was all about Lego and our love for these building sets over the years. Like many, both Tobie and I had big memories that involved only a limited number of sets and in the episode, we recounted very different play styles when it came to these colorful plastic bricks. But there's always going to be that appreciation for the resulting creations that people are able to make whether by following the instructions or just turning their imagination into reality.

Today's episode has reminded me of the need to at least play through our different Lego console games, including addressing the many Lego Dimensions sets I've never even opened and thus have obviously not played with either. But we'll see how things go. I know I don't have the space nor the financing to really invest in Lego again, but I can at least enjoy its expanded media here and there.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 122: Traveling Slower Than Light with The Expanse


Today's #BaduyPride episode was all about The Expanse, not just as an amazing science fiction TV show but as a still-expanding franchise of hard science awesomeness. I love the books and all the short fiction that has been crafted for the series and we've found the official board game to be a lot of fun as well. We've yet to actually play the official RPG based on the show, but we're very eager to try it this year, provided we assemble the right crew. 

I REALLY love this series and I honestly hope this episode, as disorganized as it was at some points, helps people get into it as well, whether they decide to start with the books or the TV show or whatever. It's things like this that is what defines the Baduy Pride vlog experience for us - unabashedly celebrating things that we love. And probably sounding kinda crazy when we talk about them because we get too excited and the words come out in the wrong order. Maybe that was more me than Tobie in this episode, but you get the idea. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 121: The One About Pets


This episode about #BaduyPride was all about pets. We're big animal people, even though we're not allowed to have pets in our current condo. But we still had more than enough experience to be able to talk about our experience with different types of animals and our tips and trips for being good pet owners.

Talking about animal care did have us thinking about Yoshi a lot. It has been a few years since he passed and we still haven't quite felt ready to go back to having a dog or any kind of pet just yet. Admittedly moving to this particular BGC condo was partly to force us to take time to consider things carefully since wanting to get a dog again would mean needing to move to a new place that would allow it. We'll get there.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Vlog Ep. 120: Counting Down with Hanabi


We were back to talking about tabletop games for this Monday episode of #BaduyPride, and in light of the new year, we focused on the fireworks celebration that is Hanabi! this 2-5 player game created by Antoine Bauza is a unique cooperative game where your ability to provide information to your team is severely limited. 

Like we said in the video, the game is fairly easy to teach but of course, is difficult to master. But it's very clever and a lot of fun for players of all ages and thus why the deluxe edition is part of our game collection. You don't need the full deluxe (or deluxe II) experience to enjoy the game, but the mahjong tiles are a nice touch. 

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Vlog Ep. 119: RPDR Year 12


Today's #BaduyPride was a celebration of the reality competition show RuPaul's Drag Race and its rather colorful history over the 12-ish years of the franchise's life. We tried to cover everything from the show format, it's many spin-offs, and all the drama in-between. It certainly made for a fun Saturday night conversation with our Baduy Pride friends who also enjoy watching the show.

And while we don't exactly claim to be RPDR superfans or anything like that, we do genuinely enjoy the show and continue to follow the franchise across its many iterations. And we're the sort of guys who honestly liked Drag U and wished it got a longer run than it did. So yeah, we're quirky fans of the show in that regard.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 118: Happy New Year 2021!


Tonight's #BaduyPride episode was our New Year's episode to mark the start of 2021. We wanted to spend some time talking about what we expect (or more likely hope for) this year and even some of our aspirations, goals, or resolutions for the year. 

We recognize that it's rather difficult to establish actual goals for the year given everything that's still going on. So much of life feels uncertain for as long as the pandemic is ongoing and our country has yet to established and sort of national vaccination effort. Someone on the stream mentioned noticing that there seem to be fewer New Year's Resolution-themed posts this year, and I feel that's the big driver behind that. 

2021 will ultimately be what we make of it. So we hope for the best and stay as safe as we can, especially given the ongoing pandemic. Things should generally work out in the end. 

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