Hanamikoji (2013) – Review

Designer: Kota Nakayama Artist: Maisherly Publisher: EmperorS4 The Gion neighbourhood of Kyoto is the city’s most famous geisha district, and within this area the street called Hanami-Koji (Flower-viewing Lane) is one of the most popular places. On this street lined with teahouses and restaurants, many geisha and their apprentices can be seen in the evenings…

The Lost Expedition (2017) – Review

Designer: Peer Sylvester Artist: Garen Ewing Publisher: Osprey Games In May of 1925, renowned explorer Percy Fawcett, his son Jack, and Jack’s friend Raleigh Rimall said farewell to their guides at Dead Horse Camp and headed off alone into the dense Amazon forest. Oral tradition amongst the Kalapalos people speaks of meeting the men and…

Into the Drowning Deep – Review

I had seen some chatter on Twitter about this horror thriller from Seanan McGuire writing as Mira Grant, and upon realizing the monsters involved were mermaids, I just had to get myself a copy. During our recent snow day, I curled up with the newly-arrived book and ended up devouring three-quarters of it in a…

Darkside Detective

The Darkside Detective is a short but extremely well-written, amusing little point & click game featuring the strange cases of Francis McQueen, paranormal detective, and his oblivious partner Officer Dooley. Available on Steam for just $12.99, the game features six cases, each of which only takes maybe 20-30 minutes or so. Thus, I’ve been spacing…

Wizarding World Loot Crate: Dark Arts Review

It’s been a few months since I subscribed to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Loot Crate, and last week I received my fourth crate which was themed around the Dark Arts, featuring items reminiscent of the more evil characters and aspects of JK Rowling’s world. Spoilers abound, so scroll down past the Dark Mark…

Stardew Valley Guidebook – Review

Available through FanGamer, this farmer’s almanac from Kari Fry (and ConcernedApe) provides a wealth of information, advice and checklists for budding farmers eager to explore all that life in Stardew Valley has to offer. I’ve been playing the video game a decent amount and so was excited to check out this companion book. I had…

November Loot Crate Reviews

This month I received not one, but two Loot Crates in the mail – the regular crate and the first of their Wizarding World crates which features items related to the world of Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts. Obviously my review posts are full of spoilers, so I’m providing links below to separate posts for…

November Wizarding World Crate – Welcome

The Wizarding World crate is a bi-monthly crate featuring Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts related items. When you sign up, they ask you to select a Hogwarts house along with giving your shirt size, so presumably sometimes there will be house-specific items included. The theme for the first crate was “welcome” and everything about the…

November Loot Crate – Magical

The theme of November’s crate was somewhat appropriate given the fact that it shared the month with the first of the Wizarding World crates. After skipping last month’s crate, I was a lot more interested in the franchises featured for this theme and so was looking forward to opening it up. The Shirt & Pin…

Ahead in the Clouds – Kickstarter Preview

I’ve been a fan of Button Shy Games for a while, and am a member of their Patreon-based Board Game of the Month club. Throughout 2016, they’ve been releasing monthly “wallet” games with the current plan being to continue doing so until 2017, when they will start offering quarterly campaigns featuring three games at a…

Loot Crate – September Review

I was really happy with last month’s Antihero crate but was apprehensive when they announced the theme and franchises for September. I’d actually considered putting a hold on it and skipping the month, but in the end, decided to let it ride. So was that a mistake? Or was the Speed crate worth getting? ***WARNING:…

Wytches, Volume 1 – Review

Don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes. But sometimes I’m all super-powered out. But luckily there’s more to comics than just that. The comics I read cover a broad range of styles & genres, and I wanted to highlight a thoroughly creepy book that resides firmly in the horror category, perfect for those days you…