Monday, June 14, 2021

Vlog Ep. 216: Rewinding Time with Undo


For tonight's Monday night episode of #BaduyPride, our featured game was Undo: 600 Seconds, the first Undo game we've had a chance to play. This is a deductive mystery storytelling game designed by Michael Palm and Lukas Zach and published by Pegasus Spiele. The game is stated to support 2-6 players, but there's nothing stopping you from playing this game solo.

Given our love for escape-room-in-a-box-style games like Exit and Unlock, we were rather excited about how this game would stack up against the others. But it turns out its playstyle is more like a very light version of something like Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective with a more storytelling approach to things. This isn't bad in itself, but in the video, we discuss a lot of the opportunities we noted and how we wish the game could be even better. 

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Vlog Ep. 215: The In Between Holiday Feeling


For tonight's Sunday episode of #BaduyPride, we tackled another viewer request. In this case, it was all about that sluggish, lazy feeling we all get in-between holiday cycles. We figured it was easiest to address this based on (1) weird mid-week holidays that are in-between workdays and (2) more extended holiday periods that make the in-between work days harder to get through. 

I didn't think too much about the topic initially, but I think we really hit a revelation during the conversation. Tobie raised a great point about difficulty getting back to work can be a manifestation of other issues whether it's motivation or you not liking your work environment or possibly certain colleagues at work? And you might need to address those potentially greater issues in order to bring your working life back into balance with your personal life.

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Vlog Ep. 214: Unboxing the Terraforming Mars Big Box


This unscheduled episode of #BaduyPride was just to cover our unboxing of the Terraforming Mars Big Box. More than being a better storage solution to cover all the different expansions of this game franchise, it also included upgraded tiles to change your game experience. These unboxing videos can run a little long, but if you're into this sort of thing, then watch on!

We first discussed the joys of Terraforming Mars back in our 13th episode and we even unboxed our Kickstarter copy of the Turmoil expansion in episode 27. So this marks our third episode about the same game. And while we super love the game, admittedly there has always been a bit of a "minimalist" feel to the game's component quality as evidenced by the box lacking any inserts at all. This Big Box adds some great new tiles that super upgrade the game experience and we were happy to share the unboxing experience with all of you.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Vlog Ep. 213: Discovering Your Sexuality


Tonight's episode of #BaduyPride was all about discovering your sexuality, a viewer request that we figured would be a good part of our Pride Month series of episodes. And while an understanding of SOGIE has helped us all appreciate that there's more to our identity than just our sexual orientation, that wasn't always the case before. 

We started by talking about our own experiences and how we experienced our own "sexual awakening" - or whatever you want to call it. But to keep things light, things eventually shifted to amusing discussions of examples of crushes, movies, TV shows, and even fictional characters that played a role in helping us to first feel things if you get the drift.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Vlog Ep. 212: The Echo of Earworms


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was all about earworms, Last Song Syndrome (LSS), Involuntary Musical Imagery (INMI), or whatever you want to call that quirky feeling when you get a song stuck in your head. And while we didn't really dwell on what might cause these things to happen, we had more to say about the earworms themselves.

It's interesting that we could actually segment earworms into different segments. We have popular songs, TV commercial jingles, songs with foreign language influences, and apparently mass songs. That Anima Christi is a killer. We even tried to talk about possible "cures" for earworms and I think a lot of us are eager to try out the chewing gum option, should it come along.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Vlog Ep. 211: Tea Talk


Today's episode of #BaduyPride was all about tea, both the drink and the pop-culture term for truth or other related terms. And while coffee is our more typical drink of choice, tea still has a welcome place in our routine, particularly after heavy meals or to help soothe a sore throat. 

We tried to go through a lot of the different types of tea and all those nuances and I think we all learned something. Just defining what people could possibly mean by "chai" where it's theoretically just the Indian term for tea AND it's also how people interpret Indian tea to taste like outside of India. I don't think this will make us into full-time tea drinkers anytime soon, but we probably appreciate things more.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Vlog Ep. 210: Calibrating Wavelength


Because Monday nights on #BaduyPride are dedicated to tabletop games, our featured game for the day is Wavelength, a party game that Tobie somewhat ironically acquired during the pandemic months. Obviously, we haven't gotten a lot of play out of it, but we did enjoy the few run-throughs we've had and that still speaks favorably for the game. It supports 2-12 players and was created by Alex Hague, Justin Vickers, and Wolfgang Warsch.

It's interesting how creative game designers can be in terms of coming up with party games like this. and I think that in studying Wavelength, one can better appreciate the delicate balance of system (less to more complex) and accessibility (i.e. easier for more people to play). And when you keep the complexity low, you might as well upgrade your game components to still provide a nice experience for players that look for a bit more in their games.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Vlog Ep. 209: Grocery Shopping


Tonight's very chill Sunday #BaduyPride topic was all about grocery shopping and all the quirks of this particular essential chore. Maybe at one point, it wasn't as fun an activity as it is now, but we certainly fully embrace how fulfilling it is, especially when you manage your own household or at least cook your own meals. And hopefully, everyone finds the joy in grocery shopping in their own time.

Of course, the funny bit about today was us talking about quite a number of pet peeves when it comes to our supermarket runs. I guess we're just very focused on being efficient and getting in and out of there with a minimum of fuss, especially with the pandemic far from over. But hey, we can't control everyone and we all just make the most of things.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Vlog Ep. 208: SOGIE Talk


In our first #BaduyPride episode in celebration of Pride Month, we decided to risk having an open and honest conversation about SOGIE. We don't claim to be experts on the subject, which is the case for many of us I'm sure. But what is more important is how we all have the capacity to remain open and have the ability to learn and work with others to better ourselves.

This snowballed into a much larger conversation that lasted for like two hours. But in the end, it was a good discussion and perhaps the first of many that will need to happen in order for all of us to get a better handle on things. More than our efforts to help people better understand SOGIE, it was also a good conversation about the complexity of explaining the subject, its importance to the greater LGBT rights movement in the country (and maybe the world), and other related subjects.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Vlog Ep. 207: Cracking The Crystal Maze


Despite a number of technical difficulties, we managed to get through tonight's #BaduyPride episode about one of our favorite television shows - The Crystal Maze! And it was even more awesome when one of the guys behind The Crystal Maze Fan Group Blog joined the stream to help geek out with us about the program.

I knew we were going to have fun with this episode, but even I was surprised at how deeply we got into it given Tobie and I haven't really talked about the show all that much in recent years. It just goes to show what a near-universal impact the game show had on everyone who had a chance to catch it and maybe our dreams of some sort of local incarnation of the show may actually come to life. 

On to YouTube to watch some classic episodes! 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Vlog Ep. 206: All About Chocolate


This episode of #BaduyPride was all about CHOCOLATE. These Tuesday food-related topics can be tricky to manage as we start our intermittent fasting window but they're still a lot of fun. And this episode really stressed just how diverse chocolate is. And despite me being on keto, I at least still have a lot of viable chocolate options that keeps this treat a part of my life.

It also feels like a lot of the best chocolate is forever trapped in the memories of our respective childhoods. Things like Magnolia Chocolait or Serg's Chocolates are now defunct (with respect to their original versions) and may never truly return. Or maybe things just seem better in how we remember them versus the reality. The human experience is funny that way.

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Vlog Ep. 205: Tossing Up a Point Salad


Today's tabletop game-focused episode of #BaduyPride was also a request - Point Salad as created by Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, and Shawn Stankewich. This 2-6 player game was published by the CMON via the Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) - or something like that. AEG's family of companies confuses me at times.

Beyond this being a surprisingly complex card drafting and set collection game, it's also a game that is dear to our hearts because of specific circumstances around the game. It can seem silly to think of a game more because of a song you had playing in the background one of the first times you played the game. But that's really how memories are crafted - different things can make things memorable and you carry those memories with you. 

Na, na, na.

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