Saturday, August 06, 2005

Shoppin' Without Droppin'
I had a little fun shopping last night. I shopped for outdoor sporting equipment, gourmet food, handbags, board games, books, furniture, lotions, candles and even lumbar support. I wasn't even tired when I finished, probably because I wore my pajamas and some flip flops, which was very comfortable. Even drank some mango-strawberry Crystal Lite while I shopped!

I was looking around Amazon.com, which now has an incredible web of shopping available. As you shop, it starts making you your own little store personalized to your apparent tastes, so you can find things you had never even heard about. Quite fun, really. I made myself a wish list of things I might buy after I win a billion dollars and give most of it away to charity and my children's education funds. You can see mine here and then make your own if you're prone to wasting time as I am. (Thanks goes out to Muley's World).

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

Don't you even DARE consider shopping for board games without consulting me first. Also consider this your invite to the Super Fantastic Gaming Hour at my house the 19th. Sadly, we don't have accomodations for small fry.

7:31 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger Jan said...

Dwayne,
How about commentary on the games I've chosen for the wish list? We like games like Risk, Chess, Pente, Blockus, and Parcheesi.

8:50 PM, August 07, 2005  
Blogger Muley said...

Now all we need are super-rich, blog-loving benefactors to come and buy all of our stuff for us, eh, Jan? I'm still waiting, how about you?

3:10 PM, August 08, 2005  
Blogger Muley said...

By the way, Jan, your choice of games is way too intellectual, because you're so smart and good with words. The games I do best at, meanwhile, are simple ones, like when you see who can put the most marbles in their mouth, or stick their stomach out the farthest. I challenge anyone to best my scores.

3:13 PM, August 08, 2005  
Anonymous Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

Never played Blokus but I've heard good things.
OK, let's see:
Settlers of Catan: Great Choice!!!! This is what pretty much caused a resurgence in boardgames way back in 1995. Good with 3, best with 4. You can even buy an expansion to add players #5&6. I haven't played the Knights & Cities expansion but we do have the Seafarers.
Lost Cities: Another winner. This game really doesn't have anything to do with exploring ancient ruins, but it is a great 2 player card game. Some folks think it is a little pricey for a card game, but it plays quick & easy, has a great 'screw your neighbor' feel as well as 'holy crap, Im toast' angst to it as well. You'll have loads of fun with this one.
Amazing Labyrinth A fun game to play with the kids. I have several used copies of this if you want to try before you buy (from me or Amazon)

Other ideas to check out:
Heroscape: This is a new offering that is kinda like Risk in that you are battling, but this comes iwth a couple of nice twists. The board is 3D & you build differently each time, the armies consist of things like Orcs, Samuari, Dragons, Trolls, WWII Paratroopers, Vikings, Elfs, MiB, Dinosaurs, Werewolves, Revolutionary War Minutemen, Valkrie and such. Hasbro is behind this one big time & has already released 8 expansion packs. The base game runs about $40 but is worth every penny. Again, if you want to borrow my copy, you can. Kids love the action figure feel to this game. You can buy this at Wal-Mart or Target.

Ticket to Ride Just won German game of the year for 2005, a first for an American game. You're building trains across the US, plays quick and is very fun. There is a Europe version as well.

Carcassone: Hunters & Gatherers: a nice tile laying game that can turn around very quickly.

You can also check out Risk:2210, Risk: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition, Memoir '44(a great WWII war game that can be played in an hour).

If you can't make it to SFGH on the 19th, maybe Lovely Wife & I can do a game intro sometime, or maybe even a drive-by & drop some games off for you to try.

You can also try a lot of these a Game HQ at SW 89th & Penn. Their prices are comparable (if you figure in the shipping $) & they have open gaming every Thursday 7-midnight. The only thing that I can think that Muley could play would be Bandu. You can check out all of these games at boardgamegeek.com

(Geez, is this enough info, can you tell I'm passionate about this, can you tell I'm long winded?)

3:22 PM, August 08, 2005  

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