The past few weeks have been pretty weird to me, as I’m sure some of you already know, but fortunately as a result of not feeling so great (if you can call any of that fortunate, I guess) I’ve had a lot of time to… well, sit back and consume media. (Speaking of, I’m currently listening to James Vincent McMorrow’s new record that I previewed a few weeks ago, and it is absolutely everything I hoped it would be. You should go check it out.)
So while I may feel like the last month was nothing but alternating between not feeling well and going pedal to the metal with nonstop coding work, I still had some time for some pretty fun stuff, which I’m excited to share with you.
STUFF TO PLAY
Tinker Island – Okay this stupid little app is loads of fun. If you look at the reviews you might see a few comments that it is “too easy” or something similar, and it is a pretty easy game, but that doesn’t take away from the entertainment aspect. Part resource gathering and part RPG, this casual little game puts you in charge of a small group of survivors stranded on an island after a shipwreck. Through story choices and exploring you get to inhabit the island, set up camp, and decide what kind of leader you will be. Nick has been playing this too, and as we played side by side we already noticed we were getting different events at different times based on our choices, so it wasn’t playing identically for us.
FIE Swordplay – As someone who recently started taking fencing lessons I’m almost embarrassed to admit how much I play this, but as far as mobile fighting games go it’s actually pretty entertaining, though a little buggy when you’re first getting started. Put out by the actual international fencing federation, the game uses inspiration from the real rules of real life fencing to create the rules for the app, which lets you start in the country of your choice and continue on your way to world domination as a champion fencer. It starts off a little easy, but I learned pretty quickly after a few rounds that it’s not as easy as it seems, even with only three buttons to push. (Oh, and for those of you who actually know about fencing, so far it seems to be mostly based around foil, but some things imply that I might be able to try epeé and sabre later on?)
STUFF TO READ
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ok, look, full disclosure? I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve had it sitting on my to-read list for an embarassingly long time, because it looked amazing and was highly recommended. Now that the movie is coming out at the end of September, though, I am determined to read the book first before I go see it. Why not grab a copy and read along with me? Or if you’ve already read it, what did you think?
The Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying Game – Some of you may have forgotten that though I am a huge nerd I am also a huge fan of tabletop roleplaying games, and though I haven’t actually played any in awhile I’ve been enjoying returning to this game, which is based on the same book series as your favorite show Game of Thrones. Some roleplaying books are a chore to read, but this one is a wonderful addition to the canon of the book series and includes my favorite thing in tabletop gaming: the best rules ever for how to create your own noble house fit to contend with House Stark or House Targaryen. As a bonus, the rules are pretty uncomplicated if you’re looking to learn how to play a tabletop game for the first time.
STUFF TO WATCH
LOST – It might be that I’ve been playing too much Tinker Island (there are some clear allusions to LOST in the game) but when Netflix suggested I re-watch this show again, it just seemed like the time was right, and man I am glad I did. Even though the later seasons of this show kind of lost me (no pun intended) I fell completely in love with the series during its original run, and the first couple of seasons are a must watch for anyone who is interested in writing interconnected characters with stories that are woven together by happenstance. Overall the series might have lost some things over time, but even if you just watch it as a writer looking to hone your craft, I think it’s really worth the re-watch. Especially since it’s free on Netflix, though you can buy episodes on Amazon too.
Jane the Virgin – A show that I’ve tried and failed to keep up with while it was live (I SWEAR I’m going to be watching it more this coming season!) I finally managed to watch the most recent season of this telenovela/situation comedy hybrid (thanks, Netflix!) and I could not be more pumped for the new season. Jane made some choices in Season 2 that had me throwing some serious shade, but if you love a good lighthearted story that occasionally tugs on your heart strings and celebrates the soap opera tropes as much as it pokes fun at them, I think you’ll have a good time with this show. Oh, and the episodes are a full hour long, so if you’re one of those people that strays away from half hour shows (hi, dad) you’re in luck.