02CB9: Other Items of Focus for Today

Tuesday - Cabbage Corned Beef Stir Fry

Another day without updates on my Unionbank credit card application. Bummer.

On the crowdfunding front, my copies of Cosmic Cow Collectors, Neuro Riders, and P√°tzcuaro arrived today. I had initially decided to back this project because I was curious about what kind of games they're producing in Latin America as I'm finding a lot of joy in games outside of the big board game hubs - this explains our rather large collection of games by Origame. We haven't had time to try playing them just yet, but I am rather impressed by the production quality as the boxes are pretty thick and the components are pretty visually appealing. I know these won't be super heavy games, but they do promise to ad further diversity to our collection. 

On a related note, I spent some time today studying MEENAKSHI TEMPLE, which is a board game whose Kickstarter project is coming to an end tomorrow. I'm trying not to be so trigger-happy with joining these projects and promised myself that I'd invest a bit more time to study the game and make sure it's something that we want to be part of our collection. After watching a couple of YouTube videos, I think I'm still sold on the concept behind it and there are a lot of game mechanics that look promising. On top of all that, it's a game that will definitely have a great table presence without getting as shallow as other tower-related games like Rampage/Terror in Meeple City. I have a good feeling about this game.

Finally, we finished watching the live-action Avatar: The Last Air Bender and it was...okay? We all knew it wouldn't be as great as the original animated series and I think I just hoped that it would be better than the 2010 movie. They took elements from key episodes and mashed them together to fit the show's 8-episode season so some things appear "out of order" if you go back to the original show. I tried to appreciate it without thinking of the original Avatar cartoon, which is pretty much an impossibility given how beloved that show is. And so it's just okay, but I don't think it's as terrible as some people online have been eager to claim it to be. We all knew adapting such a beloved work would never please all fans out there and anything short of perfection would be easy to dismiss as a failure. Alas.

Now I hope to whittle away at my O Bar video queue a bit more because I'm waaay behind.