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Less than a day before National Novel Writing Month begins.

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Picks of the Week – October 29, 2014

Halloween is almost here and National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner.

Unfortunately, this week’s comic pull was pretty sparse.  But I did manage to pick of the new Dungeons and Dragons Attack Wing starter.  When I get a chance to check it out, I’ll post my opinions of it here.

2 Cents on Restaurants

I went to a relatively new restaurant in the area.  I say relatively because there were others restaurants in the chain in my state, but this is the first in my area.  I am not sure if I will go back to it.

It was not because the food was not good.  Well, not entirely.  I thought the food was okay, but I have had better in other restaurants, and have seen better as well.

My biggest problem was with the order itself.  There were three of us in the party.  Of the three orders, two of them were wrong.  One of those orders needed to be remade completely… which happened to be my order.  So I had to sit and wait while the rest of my party was able to eat.  Yes, we did receive an apology from the manager, but it still did not make much of a difference when I received my meal after the rest of my group had already eaten half of theirs.  Then, on top of all of that, it was still incomplete.

As I mentioned, we did receive an apology, but that was it.  Granted, nowhere is there a restaurant customers’ Bill of Rights.  And, frankly, I’ve seen some restaurant customers who really need a swift kick.  But, I have been to other restaurants that seem to go the extra mile.  There was one restaurant who gave us one of our meals free because the steak was cooked medium instead of medium rare… without any complaint about it.  Heck, if the manager had not said anything, we would not have even known.

Over the years, we have had our fair share of good meals and, for lack of a better phrase, problem meals.  We had one meal at a casual dining chain that took a couple of hours to bring the entrees out.  They offered us free dessert… which took another hour to be brought to our table.  But we did go back.  We have also had one restaurant lose our order and not say anything about it for over an hour.  That time was so bad that I had to cancel my order because I had to go to work.  We never went back there… and they are now closed.  And we had another national chain mess up our orders on multiple occasions (including bringing out a sandwich which was not what was ordered, bringing it back, then bringing out another sandwich which was till not what we had ordered).

The restaurant business is tough.  I do recognize that.  Still, as a restaurant owner or manager, you do need to set yourself apart from your competitors, stand out to make customers say, “Yeah, let’s go back there.”  The best way to do that is make the food on your menu the best you can.  The worst way it to make very bad mistakes and not have stand out food.

Weekend Gaming

With this being the last Sunday before Halloween, our gaming group decided to go thematic for the holiday.

This week, we tackled A Touch of Evil.  This board game, set in Colonial times (whether this is the Americas or Europe was not established in our gaming group), has players compete against each other (there are cooperative and semi-cooperative modes) to defeat the horror that haunts the land.  The players do this by exploring locations on the board to gather clues to where they can fight the big bad.  This is also the game universe that the deck builder Dark Gothic is set.

The game itself is pretty straight forward.  You draw cards in locations to gain items or face perils, where a die roll can mean success or defeat.  To be honest, I drew a lot of comparisons to the two Lovecraftian board games, Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror.  The use of multiple dice for results to the drawing of cards in specific locations both appear in both games.  However, I just did not feel the same sense of dread that I did with Fantasy Flight Games’ two board games.  I would probably play A Touch of Evil again, but I think I would prefer either Arkham or Eldritch over this game.

We wrapped up the night with another epic game of Lord of the Rings Deck Builder.  We only had four people playing this time around, which kind of helped speed the game up.  But I think I still would prefer to play only one of the sets instead of all of them at once.

Saturday Songs – October 25, 2015

Even though this is the Halloween season, and a lot of people are looking for songs that fit the mood of the season, this one was just too cool to pass up.  Once again, I picked a song by Amaranthe.

Enjoy.

Picks of the Week – October 22, 2014

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