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Tabletop Game Review

Here’s a crazy video for your perusing pleasure. And more info below the video. :)

Well, it won’t insert the video here, but click HERE to go to YouTube and watch it. :)

You know I’m a fan of gaming to keep up brain flexibility, creativity, activity and basic neuronal health. I’m going to start doing reviews for games that I particularly find useful for improving the brain, increasing positive socialization, and all-around having fun.

Creepiest Pet Shop is from Creepy Tiki and is a hand-management, matching, set-collection, take-that game that is easy to learn, quick to play and enjoyable. If you like games such as Spoons, Aquarius, Sushi Go! and Slapjack with some Fluxx-type gotchya’s and gimme’s, then Creepiest Pet Shop is for you. There is creative and sharp graphics with plenty of cute for us girls and enough grit for the guys also. Our group really liked that you aren’t reliant on colors in the matching, and can easily focus on icon-matching since colors and icons are synchronous.

The goal of Creepiest Pet Shop is to adopt the most pets, because who can have enough of these awesome critters?

There’s a green Monster Deck, and a purple Pet Deck. You’re playing as employees at the Creepiest Pet Shop and you help poor little monstrous pets find homes with loving families: monster families.

Each turn is divided into 4 phases.
1) Discard and draw, so you can shake up your hand a little bit.
2) Effect – where players may play Gotchya or Gimme-type cards.
3) the Reveal: one player will reveal two pets and then immediately everyone playing will go through the next phase which is
4) Adoption, where we attempt to be the first to satisfy the requirements to adopt the pets.

Adoption: There are a number of different colored/symboled cards in the Monster deck, and they correspond to the same colors/symbols that are on the Pet Deck cards that you’re trying to adopt. Match the colors or symbols the fastest, you get to adopt the pet. There are also Terrifying Monsters, which have two colors, and count as two victory points at the end of the game.

Some of the cards that spice up game play are Free Puppy, where a target player may draw 1 card from the top of the pet deck and keep it, or Van Helsing’s Pet Control that makes you immediately discard 2 pets. It’s a dangerous business to be in. :)

Well, that’s it in a nutshell, and I hope your interest is piqued and you check out this neat little gem from Creepy Tiki. :)


People Percolate…

I’ve come to the realization that people percolate. From the time we’re born until the time we die, ingredients are being put into our brew. Ingredients that were in our basic blend like our personality, will probably always be evident. There are many other things that will end up enhancing our brew in one way or another – experiences that shape the way the whole mixture chemically bonds (or not).

What has been percolating for you? Is it sweet… salty… bitter?



I can’t overstate how important a sense of community is. Without community there is no responsibility or accountability for our actions. We are all connected, and a lot of our attitudes, behaviors and communications do affect others. Look around you. Who around you would you help, and who would help you in your time of need? That’s your community. If your community is mostly online via social media or other outlets, then you’re missing a large chunk of the living experience. It’s easy to disappear in online interactions, easy to misinterpret text-based communications, easy to write someone off when they offend you because you haven’t truly invested in the relationship. What about the community, the area in your immediate geographical vicinity? If someone was robbing you right now, would anyone notice or care? If someone was robbing your neighbor, would you notice or care? If we don’t take a stand to strengthen and secure our surroundings, then we do ourselves and our community a disservice. Help your community, support your community, and reap the cultural and social benefits. It helps everyone involved. So go out and join or create a festival, join or create a farmers market, create a community game day or barbeque, meet some neighbors. :)


Differences: What Do They Mean To Us?

It’s glaringly obvious that we all have differences. It’s also a natural and spontaneous occurrence for us to categorize, beginning with Dangerous or Not Immediately Dangerous. When we get in trouble is when we decide to stigmatize other’s based on what traits they cannot change or by placing our own value system onto another person. United States government can be an obvious example here: because of where they’ve spent the last many years of their lives, or all of their lives (usually in privilege), they cannot understand what it’s like to be a middle class or poor person trying to survive, so they make rules based on what they think is possible or should be possible. I’ll leave it there without getting into a long-winded political rant.

If it’s not our business, then we should leave it alone. It’s not up to the rest of us to decide who has the right or ability to make a gender reassignment decision, choose this or that religion, or drive whatever kind of vehicle they want to drive. That’s a personal decision that really has no consequence on you. We aren’t the appropriate entity to pass judgment on that. By sticking our nose where it doesn’t belong it adds components to our lives that could be left out to our benefit.


The Art of Making Sense

There’s a really great article to read HERE. Wondering if you make sense or maybe if you’re believing something based on a false assumption or, heaven forbid, “common sense?” The article isn’t one you’d read lightly – it does take some thinking. What would an article about Making Sense be if you didn’t have to put forth some thought



Been gone – reading.  Lots of really cool stuff out there to read.  Lots of youtube to watch and learn things from.  Sooooo not enough time to learn everything I want and one thing leads to another to another to… well… you get it.  :)

I’ve also been gardening, playing with the poi, and spending time with good people.  :)  Good times.  :)

Want some ideas on what you can do if you’re bored?  Check out the Places to Visit section on the right side of this blog.  All super great pages.  :)


Superpower – You’re a Shooting Star

So…. I’m chilling today, burning HEM’s patchouli incense sticks (which I buy in bulk), listening to Bad Company’s song Shooting Star (louder than I need to) tending a fire in the fireplace, eating chocolate chips & watching the nieces and nephew play mindlesscraft on the xbox.  I can’t think of a better way to downshift into a relaxing weekend.  I’m thinking I seriously want to get back into attempting to play my acoustic guitar.  Maybe.  lol.

Really… our lives can seem pretty short, and most noticeable when we’re spectacular and catching people’s eyes and we can do that in healthy ways.  Also – don’t do drugs, they screw up our Arc De Awesomeness.  Drugs ‘r bad mmmkay?



The Four Agreements


Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.

Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.

Use the power of your word in the direction of truth & love.


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Nothing others do is because of you.

What others say & do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.  When you are immune to the opinions & actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.


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Find the courage to ask questions & to express what you really want.

Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness & drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.


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Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different

when you are healthy as opposed to sick.  Under any circumstance, simple do your best & you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse & regret.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us at the Gonewacko Family: Lisa, Carl, Tom, Hailey, Savvy, Roscoe, Junie, Zoey, Bailey & many others.  :)  I also wish peace, knowledge and joy to the people who celebrate holidays other than the one I celebrate, or to people who don’t celebrate holidays around this time (including Tom).  For everyone: I hope you don your superpeople capes daily, even for just 5 minutes.  :)


Random Post: Loud…

Have you just listened to what’s going on around you?  Man… this world is Loud!  At least in the small-ish city I’m in.