Game Review: Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror boardgame
Arkham Horror boardgame
Quick Stats:

Ranked # 57
1-8 players
Age 12 and up
240 minutes play time
Rated 7.58 out of 10 stars

Learning curve: Not too bad – it looks pretty complicated because of all the small parts and the plethora of cards but it is fairly simple to follow. You move your character to colored sections of town, which coordinate with the colored deck of cards to draw from. There are different types of cards you can draw to enhance your character, ranging from common items to skills. There are cards that alter the environment rules, summon monsters, or otherwise make things go bump in the night. The cards pretty much explain themselves so by the end of your first game, you understand how to play. Just remember to follow the order of turns correctly and know what symbols mean what and you are good to go. You’ll likely need to play it a few times within a short span of each other to really nail the rules, though.

Re-playability: Characters are selected at random, and throughout the game you can modify them a little to suit your needs. For instance, if you needed to move farther one round, you can sacrifice your sneaking ability (the stats are negatively correlated). Also, the end boss is randomized which can affect in-game play even before you make it to that level (the idea, however, is to not wake the sleeping beast!). These change it up in addition to the environment cards that are color coded to the sections in town. The goal never changes, though. You work as a team against the board to close the portals before the evil wakens, and if it does get to that point, it’s a sure struggle to win.

My personal thoughts: I like this game because of the setting and the gimmick of the characters (heck, there is an archaeologist in there which was a lot of fun, but he came stacked with a whip and a gun…). Different parts of town gave you different advantages (healing at the hospital, items to shop for, etc), and things got creepy when you went through a portal to try to close it. The creators did well with creating atmosphere by adding little curiosities to the cards such as Headlines that read like an old newspaper, or explaining how you hear screams in the distance and you have to pass a roll-check to keep your sanity. That was something cool in the game too – not only did your character have physical health points, but also mental sanity points (and if you failed a roll, you could go to the Asylum to heal;). I would recommend this game, but it is not among my ultimate favorites.

Arkham Horror review at BoardGameGeek.com

tragedy in the war on tv

We don’t have television stations: no cable, no satellite, no box for local programming. Nothing. This is a choice for us because of a slew of reasons (namely he hates superfluous shows and I hate the general media and its hold over the world). Over the years we have missed out on a few things here and there but Netflix and the internet has rescued us on some occasions, albeit late in the game. However, I really *really* wanted to be there for the premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin’s (unfinished!!) series. Luckily, I know people with stations;)

However, the tragedy unveiled itself Sunday when both Boy and my television program owner Katie felt under the weather. Actually, it didn’t bother me much because I haven’t seen it yet to be completely hooked and I am looking forward to a back-to-back GoT party next round:) This is a patience one learns only after forgoing the power tv holds, I know.

Meanwhile, my bro and Luci are representing me in New York:
My brother and Luci in the throne

Did you watch it? Was it evilly twisted and full of drama?? Was it awesome?! I hear they are making deals for season 2 already. (I’ll not go on about how I’ve been waiting for YEARS for the series to be finished, George, because I know you know that, duh. I just hope the involvement you have with the television series inspires you to finish them rather than impedes on your time to do so:)

kitchen showtime

Sorry for the long wait – life just keeps getting in the way. Our kitchen still needs quite a bit done but oh how I LOVE it and will now forever need to upgrade kitchens in future houses. Kind of a curse, that.

I had hoped Boy could take some awesome photos with his wide angle lense but he literally sold it the day I asked. Poo. You people are use to my crummy pics though, right?

Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchen
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenMy lopsided sink and pretty faucet (excuse the dishes but the reality of the situation is that people do live here).
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenI picked up this Bekvam stepstool at IKEA and will try to stain-match it to the cabinets. Its perfect for getting in the high places and a great height for sitting while I’m watching a pot.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenDrawers galore – the kind that come ALL the way out so no need to dig around yanking things this way and that.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenNo cabinetry butt = full access of awesomeness.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenKraftmaid gave us a promotion: free sink base, free cabinet glaze, and free whisper quiet cabinets to match the whisper quiet drawers (I am so so spoiled by these!). Give the door or drawer a push and they shut themselves oh-so-quietly. Perfect considering my bedroom is basically on the other side of the wall and I live with two night owls.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenDouble garbage = trash and recylcling (I think someone should add a tupperware monster to the list next to a sock monster because I finally got all my kitchen stuff put away and I could not believe the amount of mismatched things!)
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenBoy’s addition to the kitchen: a massive garbage disposal. How do people live without these?
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenOur pantry, full of our “essentials” (spaghetti sauce, noodles, tuna, peanut butter, cream of wheat with milnot, and crackers)
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenAll of our appliances are new also (all Whirlpool Gold except for the stove which is lacking the Gold declaration). I know: “euw, I hate electric stoves” but I will trade gas for cleanliness any day. We aren’t master chefs up in here and this one cooks really evenly, and the convection oven is the bomb. Plus its got SteamClean – add some water and bake and voila, easy to clean. But my Gramma also suggested I pick up a Chef’s Planet oven liner and I must say: it is *brilliant*.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenMicrowave with CleanRelease – supposedly stuff will just wipe off!
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenDishwasher which has a double rotator thingy (Tofer would laugh at my description) so the entire bottom is usable space, especially since the silverware basket is built into the door.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchenOur fridge – I just love seeing everything instead of things getting buried and rotten.
Kraftmaid and Whirlpool kitchen

So that’s it thus far. Still to do: trim along the ceiling, kick plate, align doors, install handles, tile, paint, light fixtures, cut a small back section off the oven so we can scoot it back over the gas pipe (we left it there in case electric did us wrong), and a little sanding so we can push the fridge back and not dig into the wall with the door.

Let me remind you, that this is what it use to look like (Boy is next to where we placed the pantry looking towards where we placed the fridge):
remodel_original_kitchen

I think we did a splendid job thus far, don’t you agree? :)