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Alienation, by Christopher Lombardi

Alienation is a 2-4 player card-drafting game with some take-that and changing strategies. You’re brokering real-estate in the universe, trying to make all of your clients happy. There are always rivals for the best clientele and differing ideas of what the best universe would look like, so watch your back!

The cast of characters have depth and personality, and the art in this game is out of this world. There are Friendlies, Meanies, Rowdies, Sleepies, Matchies and Sunnies, and they interact with each other accordingly.

Alienation is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn game that is great for the family or for a filling filler game. I’ve played this on lunch break, with the family and friends around the dinner table, and am happy to play this game at any time. I think it would be a great gate-way game. This game has great replayability, especially when you take into account the Supervisors. Our group generally stays away from take-that type game play, yet we enjoyed this game since you can play nice, play your own strategy, or play gotchya-style. Our first game took us about 25 minutes with consulting the easy-to-read rule book. Our second game we were pros already and played a 3-player game in about 10 minutes. Scores were close, and fun was had by all.

You’ll be missing out if you don’t back this game. It’s one that hits our table often and I don’t see that changing. :)

Shown Above: 3-player Alienation at scoring time.

Visit the Alienation page on BoardGameGeek.

Alienation on Kickstarter.
Only 15 days for you to be a backer, as of the date of this blog.

Sorry for the blurry picture. We give Alienation thumbs up! :)


Smile Power Day

Just a friendly reminder that an easy superpower to show off is your smile. People can’t help but feel good when you smile at them, our brains are just made that way. Unless you have one of those creepy I’m-up-to-something-smiles… that’s not you is it? Anyway – thanks to PeeWee Herman for reminding me that today is Smile Power Day. :)


Super Power of Creating Conscious Communities

There’s a really great article about creating conscious communities. You can find it by clicking HERE. I’ve long since bemoaned the lack of community as a contributing factor to the decline in the part of American society that I see. If we have more accountability by people knowing who we are, I think we’d see a lot more respectful behavior. Maybe a little more give-a-damn. Also, in general, I’ve found Films For Action to have some really great insight, and I’m adding their link among the links to the right of this blog for your perusal.


8 Lessons from Mr. Rogers…

CLICK HERE for an off-site article that sums up 8 great lessons from Mr. Fred Rogers, one of the great superheroes who reached millions with his sage advice. It hits me in the feels. Thank you PBS Digital Studios for the great article. I’ve always found Mr. Rogers a real-deal hero and someone who has made a lot of sense. I love to hear stories about him.



Superpower of Choosing Wise Words…

We’ve all been there. We open our mouths and words tumble out before we can filter our response into something that’s appropriate to the situation. In this modern-day American world, it’s tough to even think about slowing down, much less doing so. If we can master this skill and use it wisely, it will take us a long way into being a superhero. Words can be devastating. I challenge you to One Day of only saying nice things (or not saying anything at all). This challenge includes texting, typing on the computer, and internal words you say against yourself. You might be amazed at how positive you begin to feel. One caveat – if you slip up, give yourself credit for trying and figure out where you went wrong. Learn from the experience, and move forward. :)  Today – make it a good day.


Life is Mostly Imaginary


Daniel Kahneman (click HERE to watch one of his TED talks) has an idea that the “psychological present” is a window of about 3 seconds – everything else is either past or future. According to (click HERE), we have approximately 3600 thoughts per hour including information we’re taking in (it’s hot/cold/humid/sunny, I hear this many things, see this many things, feel this many things) and think possibly several thoughts about each one. You can see how this could seemingly get out of hand quickly, yet our brains are capable and most of us have these thoughts without recognizing each one. What makes life mostly imaginary is our take-away from the events we experience, and how we remember the events – the memories changing each time we remember them! This is one of the reasons why eyewitness testimony is so weak – what pops in our brains about a situation may be totally different than what actually happened, depending on how many times we access (& change) that memory, along with how we encoded that memory (what mental filters we have, what we notice first, even what mood we were in at the time). So what does this tell you about your experience in general? Your take on life? Not as solid as you may have thought. So a superpower idea boiled out of this could be: Be accepting of other people’s realities, knowing that they aren’t going to be, and can’t be, the same as yours.


Heroes? Superpower of Being Human.

You know… I certainly wouldn’t want to be a celebrity with all the pressures they must go through. I also don’t keep up with everything that any of them do – even my favorites like you see pictured above. What I think about, when I think of some of these people, is that despite being told who/what to be on-camera, off-camera they seem to make no bones about being themselves. Kudos to the authors who create the worlds for the actors/actresses to play in. To create your own world and bring life out of text, getting people to care about what you write… I’m without words.

Wil Wheaton is one of my heroes – to make doing what he loves part of what he does for a living: inspiring. It’s also nice that he lets us in on who he is as a person, flaws and all (Nathan Fillion seems the same). What Wil and Anne have seems phenomenal, and I hope they keep being awesome with each other.

Paul Reubens, man – I look at some of his pictures and I wonder what’s hiding – who he as a person is. There’s a picture that I’ve seen of him that has stuck with me, and I don’t remember if it’s black and white. It has Paul with some white powdery substance dappled on him and he looks so serious & I wonder what he was thinking at that moment. And then I see him in a pic with Kat Von D and another with Marilyn Manson.  Wow – unique People who do what they do!  :)

I want to go see Nathan Fillion at Tulsa ComicCon this year… but I’m pretty sure I’d just Derp (with any of the above) since I’m So, Damned, Shy & Introverted.

John DeChancie – he seems like such a cool cat, also.  He’s hands-down my favorite author (& there are Many books and series out there that I love to read). I Absolutely Love DeChancie’s Castle Perilous books and can’t imagine what goes through his mind on a daily basis. I’m in awe. I’ve turned people on to reading by having them read just the first of his Castle Perilous series. I’d love to work on writing, yet there are so many grand-masters out there at the craft.  :)

I also have to add Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon, and others to this list, but alas – I’ve run out of time in my 5-minute random post for this week…


A Contemporary Evil vs. Superpower of Awareness.

I think there are a Lot of contemporary evils around.  There are a lot of evils that have snuck up on our nation.  Things like… advertising, the push for profits, the craze over how much money people want to make, consumerism, the dissolution of community.  A superpower that is really helpful to avoid being taken advantage of (or inadvertently taking advantage of others) is a superpower of Awareness.  Know that advertising is geared to doing whatever they can to get you to purchase their products or services – this includes some serious psychology/research that they’ve invested in so that you believe you need/want their products.  Do you Really need the newest in technology, brand name clothing, a bigger home, an expensive vehicle?


Super Power: Learning (at least) 1 New Thing/Day

There are many ways to get our helpful dose of daily learning.  Here, I’ll recommend some.  Click on the names before the descriptions in order to go to their website or find out more about them.

Mental Floss – “Random, Interesting, Amazing Facts – Fun Quizzes & Trivia.”

Ted Talks – If you haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out.  Here are some of the “wise men” of our larger tribe.

MIT - open-source course work.  Bonus – you can indulge yourself in learning about Game Design, too!  Woot!

Secrets of Survival – Are you ready for a total social collapse?

Wise Geek – “Clear answers for common questions.”

The Simple Dollar – “Financial Advice for the Rest of Us”

Snopes – Is the latest rumor true?  Snopes does the research.

James Randi’s site – James Randi Educational Foundation.  Celebrating a reasoned life.

Makes Me Think – “Today’s Thought-provoking Stories.”

Mother Earth News – “Organic Gardening, DIY, Renewable Energy, Homesteading & Livestock, Real Food, Natural Health, Nature and Environment, Green Homes, Green Transportation.”

There are So Many More out there.  Also check out the “Places to Visit” (Links) section of this blog on the right-hand side of most pages.  With the age of the internet still upon us, why not spend 5 minutes a day seeking useful knowledge as your Super Power?

I’d love your suggestions, in the comments or via email at, or find me on Facebook.



Super Power: Art as Communication

John Holcroft, Illustrator.  Check out his site by CLICKING HERE.  This artist has an eye for detail in what’s going on around the world.  Powerful pieces.