Monthly Archives: August 2014

Saturday Songs – August 30, 2014

I am a major Phantom of the Opera mark.  When I say that, I am not saying that I really like the musical.  I like almost everything Phantom.  I have read the original novel at least four times.  I have seen the touring production of Phantom, and the original 1925 silent movie still ranks as one of my top 5 all time favorites.

Thus, here is a selection from the Andrew Lloyd Webber show.

Picks of the Week – August 27, 2014

September is right around the corner as we venture into the comic shop for the last of the August books.


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Gaming Weekend

Just a quick note about this weekend’s games.

For the first time, my Phantom squad lost.  I was just outgunned and outplayed… and I made a lot of bad mistakes.

Prior to that, we played two games of Sentinels of the Multiverse.  I played Fanatic in both games, the first against Ambuscade, and the second against Iron Legacy.  Neither of those games ended well.

I picked up the new Legendary deck builder as well.  This one is based on the Alien movie franchise.  It looks interesting, but I do have a few comments that I have noticed about the Legendary games and how the publisher, Upper Deck, organizes things in their packaging.  And by organizing, I mean there isn’t much.  The cards for the game are packed in a number of cellophane wrapped decks.  Sadly, there is no rhyme nor reason as to how these cards are packed in these decks.  You literally have to open every pack before you can figure out if you have all the cards for one set (which I always check after my first experience with a Legendary game).  This particular game was aggravating because of the way that cards are split up in the game.  Some of the cards are obvious (the character cards all look similar).  But other sets are very random, with only small text on the bottom of each card designating which sets the cards go to.  Everything was in the box, but it took a while to make sure it was all there.  I would hope that Upper Deck would look into a new way of sorting their cards for future Legendary games.

I also picked up 8 ten sided dice.  I plan on using these for Wings of Glory WW2… if I ever decide to play with the optional rule rules.

Tag Sale Etiquette

I have nothing against tag sales.  However, I do believe that if you are going to go to a tag sale, you should adhere to some elements of etiquette.

Mostly, this is about being courteous to the neighbors of the people who are having the tag sale.  I mention this because, well, our neighbors were having a tag sale.  And while most of the people who were going to look for those second-hand bargains were polite, there were a couple of stand outs which makes me think that something like this needs to put forth.

First and foremost about being courteous to the neighbors is do not park in front of their driveways.  Your pursuit of a deal should not impede on anyone else’s ability to leave their driveway to run errands or (in my case) just go to work.  If you are not sure if you might block the driveway, then park somewhere else because it is quite possible that you are indeed blocking the driveway enough to be a hinderance… like the pick up truck that did just that when I was leaving for work.

This also means being respectful of the neighbors wishes, at least their reasonable wishes.  Case in point, we have had postal carriers who will skip houses if the mailboxes are blocked.  In the winter, it is understandable since it is the home owner’s responsibility to make sure the mail box is clear and unobstructed.  Unfortunately, I have also seen our postal carrier skip mailboxes because there are cars parked too close to the mail boxes, such as in a party situation, or a tag sale situation.  Knowing that, as I was leaving for work today, I saw one attendant of the tag sale pull up to park very close to our mail box, close enough to be an issue.  Politely, I asked if she could park just a little further back from the mail box, mentioning the situation with the mail carrier.  The way she reacted you would have thought I had asked her to kill her favorite pet.  I did not think it was an unreasonable request (certainly not as unreasonable as, oh say, do not park in front of our drive way because I need to go to work).

That’s really all that I ask.  I don’t care if you park in front of our house, just don’t park in front of our driveway or our mail box.

Saturday Songs – August 23, 2014

We need to kick it up a notch.  And who better to do that with than AC/DC.

So, we’ve all been… thunderstruck.

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