My Favourite Board Games

Say hello to my nerdy board games side. For those who know me well will undoubtedly agree that I’m not much of a clubber these days. I’m much more at home, well, at home. My friends and I are more partial to nights in with good food, good conversation and a board game or 4. Over the course of our relationship, Topher and I have built up quite an extensive board game collection that I seriously need to find a new storage solution for!

Anyway, I thought since our board game collection is a bit more out of the ordinary (not that I don’t love a good game of Scrabble or Monopoly), I would share my favourites with you.

Ankh-Morpork*

Ankh-Morpork

Terry Pratchett fans will immediately know what the name of this game means. For those who aren’t, Ankh-Morpork is a city in Terry Pratchett’s fantasy book series called Discworld. Whether you’re a fan or not, this game is really fun – especially if you like logical games.

“This is a game where each player has a secret victory condition, usually relating to owning buildings in, or controlling, various areas of the city of Ankh-Morpork. During the game, players play cards from their hand to place control elements in the city, remove other players’ pieces, or otherwise manipulate the ownership of areas.”

My favourite part is finding out what your victory condition is. You spend the entire game trying to achieve it, while keeping a close eye on your other players to make sure they don’t achieve theirs first. The best one in my opinion is simply that you win when the cards run out – then you just have to bide your time!

Discworld fan or not, this game is always fun once you know the rules!

Snake Oil*

Snake Oil

Smooth talkers and anyone who works in the advertising industry will love this. Snake oil is a game where you basically have to sell something. You get a hand of cards with random words on them and each round someone acts as the customer. They draw a card with an occupation on it, e.g. Gangster, caveman, pirate etc. and you have to pick two words from your hand to name a product that you have to sell to them. They then pick which they like best.

Favourites have included:

Power Pizza to a gangster, “You send it to your enemies, they open the pizza box and POW! Machine guns inside shoot them!”

Grenade Cloak to a ninja, “I know ninja’s don’t usually wear cloaks but what better way to hide a load of grenades!”

Plus a bunch that I can’t even remember right now.

Marrying Mr. Darcy*

Marrying Mr. Darcy

This game always makes me laugh. Pride and Prejudice fans will love this. It’s a strategy card game where you are a female character from the novel and are working to improve yourself so you can attract one of the available suitors. Failure to do so and you will end up an old maid, ha ha. There’s usually a lot of giggling involved as you read the cards.

Whenever there’s a party, you roll a dice to see how you did. I once ended up eating all the cake and making a complete fool of myself. You can also be cunning and steal beauty and wit points from your rivals. There are lots of little nods to the book in the game and for those who haven’t read it, it does seem a bit ridiculous at times, but in a funny way. It’s especially funny playing it with boys.

Elevenses*

Elevenses

I’ve only played this game once so far but it was really fun. It’s so random. Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas! Oh yes, we’re so rock and roll. Like the game above, it’s really funny when played with boys. You all have the same cards (which have different elements of a morning tea spread) that have different actions on them, but the goal is to get your cards all out first through luck and strategy.

Links with * are affiliate links. 

Highly Recommended

  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Flux – any deck
  • Uno
  • Rummikub
  • Pictionary
  • Articulate

Do you play board games? What are your favourites?

Continue Reading

Girl, Missing – Book Review

Girl, Missing is a story of an adopted fourteen-year-old girl who realises that she may have been kidnapped as a baby. This book originally came out in 2006 so I received the 10-year anniversary edition. Though I believe that I am slightly older than the target audience (young adults), I still enjoyed the story. I’m quite interested in the subject of adoption and this was a tale that was different to what I have read before.

In the note from the author at the beginning of the book, the author mentions that they considered modernising the book to appeal to the youth of today – changing the texting to something more contemporary. Personally, I’m really glad that this version stuck to the original edition. It was a nice piece of nostalgia for me since “text speak” was my generation (I definitely no longer type that fast!) and I think it’s good for teens of the following generations to see what life was like before the days of smart phones.

The story itself surprised me. I was expecting the storyline to go in one direction and that would be it but the place I thought the book would have originally ended, was where the plot took a very interesting turn. I definitely enjoyed the last third of the book the most! The majority of the chapters ended in cliffhangers, which made me consume the book in a couple of days. The characters were interesting, relatable and there was never a dull moment.

Though there were times when my 28-year-old self would speak up and say, “this totally wouldn’t happen” in places, my fourteen-year-old self would tell her to shut it. I’m glad I kept reading because it turned out pretty interesting without giving anything away, and there were plenty of twists that I wasn’t expecting. I would absolutely be interested in reading one of her thrillers for adults.

And finally, I will completely admit that I am one to judge a book by it’s cover and this anniversary edition completely passed the test. It’s so pretty!

I would give Girl, Missing a 3 and a half out of 5 stars.

 

*I was sent this book to review, however as usual, all opinions are my own.

Continue Reading

Films I’m looking forward to in 2016

Since Topher and I got our Cineworld unlimited tickets, I’ve been so excited to see all the films. That’s right, all of the films. It’s been years since I’ve had money to regularly attend the cinema so I feel spoiled for choice now. So here are my top films I’m looking forward to this year.

Girl on a Train

images

Trailer

After stumbling across the trailer on Youtube, I wasn’t too surprised to find that this bestseller is being turned into a film. I really enjoyed the book but was disappointed to find that yet another British book is being turned American when it arrives on the big screen. The funniest part about it is that the lead is British Emily Blunt, though luckily it appears that she gets to keep her accent. I’ll reserve judgment though and I look forward to seeing it.

 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

images-2

Trailer

Say anything to do with Harry Potter and I’m there. I’m not sure what to expect from this but I’m looking forward to finding out. The trailer looks amazing!

 

Finding Dory

images-3

Trailer

How many years have Pixar been promising this film? I loved Finding Nemo and can’t wait to find out Dory’s back-story.

 

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

images-1

Trailer

Mike and Dave are brothers who cause trouble wherever they go. It’s their sister’s wedding and their parents insist that they find respectable wedding dates. So the boys turn to the Internet. Hilarity ensues… I’m not usually drawn to this kind of film but after watching the trailer I found myself laughing and I’ll definitely be giving this a watch.

 

And for 2017…

Beauty and the Beast

Trailer

I haven’t been following the behind the scenes gossip but after seeing the sneak peek last week, this is on my must list for next year. As soon as the music kicked in I got excited. I always loved the music from the original so am really happy it’s being used. I can’t wait!

 

What films are you looking forward to seeing this year?

Continue Reading

#BEDM Day 9: Book Review of Happily by Sophie Tanner

After a bit of a drought in the way of books, I’m here with a book review. As well as buying a few that I can’t wait to devour, I was sent a Kindle copy of “Happily” by Sophie Tanner to review.

Now lets start this with a fact. This book is chick-lit. But not chick lit as you know it. I love a mix of books from historical to fantasy and biographies to chick lit. When I read chick lit, I’m looking for something light and funny but it does tend to get a bit repetitive; girl meets boy, there’s some kind of obstacle, boy upsets girl but then makes it up to her and they all live happily ever after.

Happily was different. It was light and funny but the subject matter was something I haven’t seen tackled in this genre before. The book is about a girl called Chloe who doesn’t want to waste her life waiting for the one and therefore decides to marry herself. Quite a refreshing storyline.

I love the fact that it’s about loving yourself first and being content with your life and who you are. Chloe has a great job, great friends and great home. Self worth is something that really should be taught more. Though it’s great to be a traditional wife, mother etc. that isn’t something that women should be defined by. Chloe’s life is full of colourful characters and I was both entertained and inspired by the story line.

It’s a shame this isn’t out as a tangible book but on the bright side with it being Kindle, it’s only 99p on Amazon. What have you got to lose?

I would give this book 4 stars out of 5 for giving me a nice surprise!

What’s your favourite book you’ve read recently?

*Book was for review free of charge but as always my opinions are my own.

Continue Reading

Film & TV Reviews – March

Brooklyn (2015)

4 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to see this in the cinema but as usual I missed it. I recently got a chance to watch it and in a word it was lovely. It’s about an Irish girl who moves to America in the 1950s but after visiting home gets torn between both lives. The story was sweet and I especially loved the costume design. Women moving to America in the 19th and 20th century is a niche genre that I love so the film really appealed to me. It’s a special kind of struggle moving away from everyone and everything you know and back then it was so much harder so it’s a point of view that I gravitate towards. I was happy to hear that this film was originally a book so it’s now on my Amazon wish list.

Flipped (2010)

4 out of 5 stars

While looking for films to watch over the last few years, I’ve kept seeing the name of this film crop up. I always picked something else but after stumbling across a trailer for it on Youtube I found out what it was actually about. Set in the 1970s, Juli and Bryce are two average American 8 year olds who are complete opposites. Juli loves Bryce. Bryce hates Juli. That was what it said online. But what I didn’t realise was that the interest was in the way that the film plays out. You watch a few scenes from Bryce’s point of view, then it flips and you watch the same scenes all from Juli’s point of view, then it flips back to Bryce and so on. It’s funny how a story can change purely based on who’s telling it. It’s a fun twist on a sweet coming of age story. Oh and it was directed by Rob Reiner which if you’ve ever seen When Harry Met Sally you’ll know it’s worth a watch.

You’re the worst (TV Show)

3 and a half out of 5 stars

Another TV show I stumbled across while looking for something new to watch. I hit a comedy gold mine. You’re the worst is on channel FX and is about Gretchen and Jimmy who are genuinely terrible toxic people. Somehow they find each other and attempt a relationship even though it’s not normally their thing. Throw in their friends Lindsay (a former slut now married and not sure what to do with herself) and Edgar (an army vet with PTSD) and you’ve got a funny show. It really makes me laugh so I think it’s worth a watch. Plus it’s nice to find a good American comedy with no laugh track – at least one that I haven’t already watched! There’s two seasons and they’ve just been renewed for a third. How had I not heard of this show before?

What have you been watching recently?

Continue Reading