Tag Archives: A2Z

The Re-Vamp

Sexy vampire

Dr. Tanya asks if we are spending our lockdown time productively. She uses the example of fishermen repairing their nets when they are unable to go to sea. Perhaps we have updated or revamped our blogs? I like that word revamped since it implies my blog was vamping in the first place. 😈

“Good evening, darling. Mind if I slip into something a bit more… sharp?”

As a matter of fact, I have been working on my blog. I’ve cleaned up some typos and dead links (more work to do there) and consolidated a few tags. Still have too many tags. You may note that I resist adding tags for your convenience. Everyone wants a tag! My tags are for my convenience. When I link back, I do it in your comments and I haven’t had anyone say they were unable to find me. Why do I need to clutter up my tag list with one-hit wonders? 🙃

I’ve added more pages. You may not see this if you only read via the reader, but it is true regardless. I’ve been organizing my favorite posts into categories and linking them on tabbed pages. I’ve updated my bio page and the descriptions on the other pages. I’ve updated the photos as well as added more entries to fiction and poetry.

In April, I participated in the A2Z challenge using games as my theme. It was a lot of fun and not stressful because I didn’t link to the main site, so I didn’t get tons of new comments to deal with. I also didn’t feel obligated to visit new blogs. I already have lots of great blogs to read! ❤️ Guess what? I already have next year’s theme chosen. I’m an optimist.

Great question. 😻

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Zoophoria [A-Z Games]

 Zoophoria

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

It just figures that I would screw up on my very last A-Z post. I said yesterday I’d blog about Zootopia, but that was wrong. I mean, there is a Zootopia ~ it’s a whole franchise with a kids’ game (Zootopia Suspect Search) and a Disney movie and video game spin-offs, etc.

But that wasn’t what I meant. I had found Zoophoria in a Wikipedia article when I searched for games beginning with Z, and this one sounded really cool. Dunno who the other word had gotten stuck in my brain. Moving on. Let’s discuss Zoophoria, okay? I’ve never played it, but I’d like to! It’s a strategy game (reminds me a bit of Cat Lady + Catan) where players build their own zoo habitats. You begin with 4 animals, 3 employees, and 2 secret targets. You have to keep building onto your habitat (and there are themed exhibits, which sound awesome) while feeding your animals, taking out the trash, avoiding illnesses, adding employees, etc. The player with the most zoo visitors wins. I love this kind of game where you have to plan for the long-term, but still some luck is involved too. Kinda tempted to order one, if priced reasonably…

This is the last post of April 2020 A-Z games. Thank you for playing along! 🎉

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Yu-Gi-Oh! [A-Z Games]

 

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Yipes, this post is later than usual. My “schedule” is way off and I haven’t been sleeping normally at all. Anyway, let’s get to it, shall we? Obviously, I chose Yu-Gi-Oh! because it begins with a Y, but it’s really a very interesting game.

First, it wasn’t a game at all, but a manga series, beginning in 1996. It’s about a boy named Yugi who solves an ancient puzzle. As this happens, an alter ego is born who solves conflicts using games. Next, two anime adaptations were developed. Third, trading cards were produced to go along with the idea. The trading cards turned into a lucrative franchise in themselves and are now the top-selling cards in history. They aren’t a passive collection, but actually a game with battle characters and such.

Four animated films have been released based on the concept as well as spin-off series. There is a Yu-Gi-Oh! novel and other reading material on the theme and video games too. It is huge and lucrative. Go, Yugi, go! Well, it’s older now, but from the Wikipedia page, as of 2017, they were still producing new content.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Zootopia. It will be the last post of this series! 🎉

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

X-Rated [A-Z Games]

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Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Many of the standard games people enjoy have X-rated versions ~ they also call them After Dark or Adults Only or something similar. Forex, Codenames, a hugely popular word game, has a version they call “Deep Undercover.” Instead of common words like puzzle, crown, and mouse, the X-rated version will have vibrator, orgy, and syringe. Taboo has a similar concept with their adult version containing terms for sex, drugs, crime, etc.

At first, I thought these would be fun, but they’re really not. Maybe if you’re 15 they are. But to someone my age, the idea of being “allowed” to play a game where I get to say naughty words isn’t that interesting. After one round, they’re a bore.

Then there are the games that exist only in this realm. These are all the Cards Against Humanity type of games where people think it’s hilarious to be disgusting and/or offensive, and if you don’t laugh, well, what is wrong with you? Obviously, I have issues with these type of games and in fact I don’t care to play them.

So, that’s my review of X-rated games. Pffft.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Yu-Gi-Oh! There are only two days left until the last post of this series! 🎉

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Werewolf [A-Z Games]

Werewolf board game

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Werewolf has always struck me as a super interesting game. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to play it once, and barely got a taste of it, because my friends dislike it. It’s not a game you can wander into as a noob either, since people who play regularly are obsessed with it. Lots of groups are like that, even when they say that learners are welcome. I’ve found this not to be the case at all, especially with games and also arts & crafts. Anyway…

The basic idea of Werewolf (which is based on an older Russian game called Mafia) is lying and deception. This is probably why my friends don’t like it, but I love lying and deception. 😎 We can call it role-play. For a dramatic pic, I used Werewolf Deluxe..

The standard game requires a narrator who deals out cards, which assign roles to the players. Most will be villagers. Two will be werewolves. A few will have special powers. The narrator will announce that it is “night,” at which time all players close their eyes. Then the narrator instructs the two werewolves to open their eyes. Silently, one gestures to a villager to be killed and the other nods to agree. When they’re finished, the narrator declares “day,” and everyone opens their eyes. She announces who is dead. Now, everyone else begins to discuss who they believe the werewolves are. Obviously, the real WW’s must engage in this conversation also. A vote is taken. If a WW is correctly identified, he’s out. Play proceeds with the narrator announcing “night” again, etc. The werewolves try to outlast the villagers and vice versa.

Here is a more detailed explanation. 🐺

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about X-rated games. There are only three days left until the last post of this series! 🎉

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Image credited to Board Game Geek.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Volleyball [A-Z]

Sunset beach volleyball

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Volleyball traumatized me. We played it a lot in grade school and I was terrible at it, as I was at all sports. But vball was worse than the others. First, I have small, thin wrists and they’ve always been weak, so naturally I am no good at serving the ball or spiking it or doing anything at all. So, no captain wanted me on their team (which was true for every gym activity). Second, I’ve always had poor balance and timing, which is super unfortunate for vball. Third, it seemed like the ball was constantly attracted to my head, as it kept colliding with it! At the time I wondered if other kids were deliberately aiming the ball at me and pretending it was a mistake or a bad serve, but probably not.

Anyway. Years passed {newspapers ruffle} and there I was post-divorce trying my luck on dating sites. For a while, a lot of men were interested in me, before I turned 55, which apparently is the end of desirability. I say that not to fish for compliments, but to explain why I was picky. Take this one guy B. He and I dated for about a month, and we got along really well, but I dumped him.

B played volleyball for fun, which was fine, but he was very competitive and did it several times per week. I remembered my horrible vball experiences and thought meh… I don’t really wanna be with a guy who is so into volleyball. Besides that, he didn’t like other type of games. I was sad to think I could never bring B to a game night with my friends. At the time, this seemed important; now, of course, it seems absurd. There were other minor issues that made me think I could “do better,” but I didn’t… and here I am alone.

At the moment, when there are no game nights and no volleyball tournaments… it feels like a mistake to have tossed away a chance at a relationship with someone who really liked me and who was kind and sweet and funny and very cute. 😢

Please tune in Monday when I will blog about Werewolf.

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Upwords [A-Z Games]

Scrabble Upwords

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Upwords is a Scrabble variation. You may have noticed that I didn’t blog about Scrabble even though it’s the game I’ve played the most in my life, online and off, thousands of games. Tens of thousands, probably. Who knows? But everyone knows what Scrabble is… and even Words with Friends, made extra famous by that jerk Alec Baldwin when he wouldn’t quit playing on a plane. There are a zillion types of online Scrabble now… I’m not playing any currently.

My mom loved Upwords for some strange reason. I don’t know why. But she always preferred it to normal Scrabble. So, even though I don’t love the game, I love the idea of it because I miss my mom. 💖

The game came out in 1982, according to Board Game Geek. Visit the link for a full description. The basic idea is to form words as you do in Scrabble, but you get more points if you can stack up letters onto existing words to make new ones. They give the example of turning CATER into BELATED by adding a BE at the beginning at putting an L on the C and a D on the R. So, the game stretches your imagination in a different way from traditional Scrabble. Instead of having an obscure vocabulary at your command, it may be more useful here to see patterns within common words.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Volleyball.

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Ticket to Ride [A-Z Games]

Ticket to Ride Europe

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Ticket to Ride is one of my very favorite board games. The object of the game is to complete your routes (as many as you can) before you run out of train cars. You are competing with others who are attempting to do the same, and they may block your routes with their trains. You accumulate colored cards during your turns, which you then exchange for the right to place your train cars on the board.

I learned to play on the original U.S. version of TTR, but my favorite one is the European game, which has more rules. My friend Cathy has Rails & Sails, which is also great (and a bit more complex still). The reverse side of R&S is a Great Lakes version, and I haven’t played that yet. There are several other variations of TTR.

Sometimes you want to play TTR, but you have limited time or space. Oh no! Not to worry. There’s a quickie New York version that’s much smaller than the standard TTR. I have this one and people love it (many people). It’s a really cute game too, with taxis instead of trains and some famous NY spots all squashed in.

Ticket to Ride New York

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Upwords.

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Solitaire [A-Z Games]

Solitaire

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

Solitaire means any tabletop game you can play by yourself, usually with cards. There are a variety of physical card games one can play alone, but now many of us play on our phones. There’s standard solitaire, where you try to run each suit from Ace to King by flipping cards and building stacks, and Spider Solitaire, which you can play with one or more suits. You use multiple decks in Spider, though the concept is the same. There are lots of other solo card games available to play now. It’s easy to try one out for a while to see if you enjoy it.

One of my favorite solo online games is 2048. This is where you just keep smushing 2’s together until you get to 2048. Sounds easy, right? Hehe. I also enjoy playing chess and scrabble against the computer. I don’t play friends or random opponents because I don’t need the stress. Right now though, I’ve deleted all games to focus on writing.

I used to buy the puzzle books that had a variety of solo games and challenges. I liked word searches, logic puzzles, etc. I’ve never been a huge crossword puzzle fan though. Dunno why. I mean, I’ll do them; they just aren’t my favorite. Sometimes I think I should return to those instead of phone games… There’s something nice about doing actual scribbling and erasing.

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Ticket to Ride.

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Image credited to Crazy Games.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

Roulette [A-Z Games]

Roulette wheel

Note: I’m doing the April A-to-Z challenge without signing up or linking back to the main site.

I confess I’ve never played Roulette (not much of a gambler here), but it certainly looks exciting and glamorous! The word means “little wheel” in French, and the game was invented in 18th century France, possibly by Blaise Pascal. It resembled the prohibited game of Biribi, where players bet on a number on a board up to 70 and the banker drew a ticket from a bag. The bank took all the money from the squares not chosen and it was widely believed to be a cheater’s game, hence the banning.

Roulette, too, had to be changed and the wheel mounted above a table so everyone could see that the house hadn’t installed any devices under the wheel. With all this potential flimflammery, it’s a wonder people are still willing to fling their money at chance games and lotteries. But here we are. It’s that dream of hitting it big ~ can’t kill it. Plus, you know… there are some guys who have “a system.” 🤣

Jesse Pinkman

Okay, so… the standard roulette wheel has the numbers 1-36 (which add up to 666, hah!) along with a 0 and sometimes a 00. Players bet on a single number, all odd or all even ones, all red or all black, etc. Any zeros go to the house. The croupier spins the wheel in one direction and tosses the ball in the other… and the onlookers wait with bated breath…

In 2016, the Venetian Las Vegas introduced the 000 wheel, as if betting wasn’t insanely complicated enough. Go to the link at the top to read about it, cuz I’m not gonna slog through all that. 😜 I will tell you one thing though… the house/casino makes money on roulette or it wouldn’t be there.

“All betting systems that rely on patterns, when employed on casino edge games will result, on average, in the player losing money.” ~ Wikipedia

Check the link also (scroll down) for the crazy ways people have tried over the centuries, and occasionally succeeded, in beating the wheel. These range from using computers to track the ball and compute where it will land to doubling down after losing in order to “recoup.” One could also just watch…

Gambling at roulette

Please tune in tomorrow when I will blog about Solitaire.

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©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.