We know it is Halloween, but we won’t be posting before Thanksgiving and our hearts are just bursting with thankfulness. In celebration of this, we are going to share some of the things that we are thankful for. So here we go…. things we (Lady Diceacorn and Meepline) are thankful for this year in no particular order.
Our Family and Friends
We both have big families and we are thankful for them. We are super thankful for our husbands who do the solo parent thing one weekend day a month so that we can go hang out with awesome women and play games. We know how hard solo parenting can be, so we want you to know we appreciate it and we love you tons. We are thankful for our kids, who are cool but also can show us that we have a ton of patience (especially when it comes to hearing about Fortnight dances and Minecraft). We love you guys too.
We are thankful to our friends who fill our lives with happiness whenever the world feels like a dumpster fire. Even just a “how are you?” on a bad day means the world.
We are grateful to those who are trained to run in when everyone else runs out. You are brave beyond measure and we are grateful to you for everything that you do. We also recognize that you sacrifice holidays with your family because emergencies do not take a holiday. Thank you for that sacrifice.
Mr. Meepline is a paramedic, so first responders hold a special place in Meepline’s heart. She’s also thankful to some of his single co-workers who have offered to work a swap for him so he could be home on Christmas with the Meepleteenies.
The Ladies of Comicazi
When our game day didn’t have a home and someone suggested Comicazi, we had no idea we would be meeting so many new friends. Tiny Doom, Red Menace, Smalerie and Cartoon Sara were so welcoming and helped us sort everything out. We were so honored when we were asked to be official Ladies. We are thankful for the caring and wonderful women you are. In creating inclusive events like LadiesCon, you are creating a community of caring people. It is a community we are so proud to be a part of.
There are so many board, video and RPG companies out there and we don’t really have the word count to list them all, so we are just going to say thank you to the collective. Thank you for creating games that capture our imaginations, make us think, make us laugh and bring us together. Thank you for helping us tell a story, be braver than we thought we could and go on adventures that exceed expectations. Thank you for giving kids the environment to do things that they were told they wouldn’t be able to do. This year we learned that some therapists were using role-playing games to work on speech and social skills with kids who needed a place to open up. Games are magic and you are the magic makers. Keep doing awesome things. We cannot wait to see what is next.
We are grateful to Kickstarter for allowing us to fund a game before it is made. Is the system perfect? Not at all. Lady Diceacorn is still waiting on a game from 2013. It didn’t stop her from kicking in for the new edition of Savage Worlds though. Things that may not have been made otherwise can be made with crowdfunding. We had new Mystery Science Theater because of Kickstarter.
It took a while for women to be recognized for their contributions in history. We are grateful to all the women who took a stand and did something great. We see you and we appreciate you. Women have been at the forefront of many great things throughout history; from Mary Shelley publishing Frankenstein anonymously 200 years ago, Helen Keller being one of the founders of the ACLU and Nichelle Nichols working with NASA to recruit women astronauts. We walk in the shadows of great women and for that, we are truly thankful.
Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds on Twitter
Twitter can be a hot mess, but one of the best things about the social media platform is whenever a new tweet appears from Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds. First, Chris Evans, who is a hometown boy, loves his dog, his fake Civil War feud with Robert Downey Jr., fall and (as Lady Diceacorn excitedly found out the other day) Christmas. He is also not shy about being diagnosed with anxiety, something that makes him a hero in our eyes. Second, Ryan Reynolds. Well, there’s a reason he was cast as Deadpool. His tweets are irreverent and with a dry humor that makes Meepline chuckle, especially when he’s talking about his wife and girls. There have been several times where they have interacted with each other and it has been magic. It is a smile that we all need right now.
Bingeable TV Shows
Remember when we were kids and had to wait a week or a long time to find out what happened next on our favorite TV show? Not anymore! DVR’s, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and countless other streaming services allow us to decide what we want to watch, when we want to watch it and where. While waiting at the doctor’s office, watching a show on our phone is something we can do. If the commute home was bad, we can watch our favorite comedy to help us laugh. (Lady Diceacorn loves the fact that Monty Python is now on Netflix, as is Mystery Science Theater 3000.) Kids can watch what they want when they can now too. Most cartoons and shows are available on one of the big three streaming services. We cannot say enough great things about Netflix’s children’s programming. The Who Was show is a staple at both houses and Lady Diceacorn’s house loves Beat Bugs. Beat Bugs tells the story of a group of bugs living in a backyard and each story is told to a specific Beatles song. (Lady Diceacorn suggests the Eleanor Rigby episode. It is her personal favorite.) At the Meepline House, all of the Meepleteenies have been bingeing some My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Netflix has the whole series, all of the Equestria Girls movies, AND the motion picture!
We love dice. They are pretty and sometimes they roll well for us. We have a lot too. Sometimes we use poor rolling as an excuse to buy more dice. This is why Meepline is going broke. She loooves dice, but the dice hate her.
Lady Diceacorn is a huge fan of podcasts. They get her through her new much longer commute. Did you know The Ladies have a podcast? We are grateful for the really talented people who display their talents out there on the internet for free. We have a lot of podcasts we love. Lady Diceacorn suggests Thrilling Adventure Hour Treasury, Welcome to Nightvale, History Chicks and Unspooled.
Our home away from home! We love you. Thank you for taking us in and embracing our little game day.
Our beloved game day grew a little bit this year. We are thankful to everyone who has come to our game day and played games. We can’t wait to see what next year brings. Happy Third Birthday ELS!
Finally – Each Other
Lady Diceacorn: I can’t even begin to count the reasons that I am lucky to have Meepline as my platonic life partner. We met because we needed something different from our everyday life of chaos and ended up finding a true blue friendship. You are always there to hear my grumbles about commuting or share the joy of a new house. You give me pep talks before important stuff and remind me that I always have a friend in you. When I needed a partner in running the game day, you didn’t hesitate and jumped in beside me. May we have many more years that we get to be thankful for each other.
Meepline: Oh, man. So, I never thought I’d ever find a kindred female spirit outside of my family. And yet, here she is. Not only does she share my love of games and all things geeky, but she understands my frustrations as a boy mom. We share all of our annoyances, bolster each other up when we’re down, and gush over how adorable each others’ kids are. (Seriously, we have some cute kids.) I’m glad that you’re the Ethel to my Lucy, the Twilight Sparkle to my Pinkie Pie, basically the sane character to my insane character. May we grow old and be able to pass this torch to ladies younger than us. ❤
Featured Game: Trash Panda By Gamewright Games
We are excited to be having Gamewright Games demoing their wonderful games at our game day on November 10th. This Newton based company has been making hit games for as long as we can remember. We love their games because they are engaging from the boxes to the pieces and card artwork. Some of their games that we have played in the past are Sushi Go , Trash Panda and Outfoxed.
We have picked one of these games, Trash Panda, as our featured game. You play raccoons trying to collect the most trash (like feesh, which is the actual title of the card) by the end of the game. At the beginning of your game you roll the dice to determine what you can do in a round, but if you roll the same thing twice your turn is over. It is fun, fast and great for families and the occasional grown-up game night.
Come play some amazing games with us at our last game day of 2018 on November 10th from 12-6 p.m. at Comicazi. Our 2019 dates, including another Try an RPG Day will be announced as soon as we have the dates!
From us to you, we hope you had a great Halloween and that your Thanksgiving is filled with lots of tasty food. We will see you at the end of November when we talk great gifts for all ages!
Until next time…. May all your hits be crits!
Crowdfunding – seeking funds for a project from a bunch of strangers online – has become big business, with ever greater amounts of money going to fund the next big idea. Backing a crowdfunding project can be a fun way to get early access to a new product or just to help out a person or concept you believe in. But finding the right crowdfunding campaign to put your money and enthusiasm into isn’t always easy. This week, we’re looking at crowdfunding from the perspective of a backer: where to find new campaigns, what to look for, and what to avoid.
A few weeks ago, fellow Lady Tiny Doom and I took part in a very fun event hosted by our comrades in comics at Bad Kids Press. Called “Comics and Cocktails,” the concept was pretty simple and brilliant – they teamed up with a local restaurant/bar, Orleans, which would make drinks related to Bad Kids Press titles (said libations designed by yours truly) and provide space for the creators to set up tables and sell their work. In exchange, Bad Kids Press bought some tasty appetizers for their fans and brought in some additional patronage for Orleans on a Thursday night.
It was a grand time, and one of the things I liked about it was that it gave me a chance to explore some of the BKP titles I wasn’t as familiar with in a relaxed setting, far less hectic than Comicon or even the store events. One of those titles was Rapid City:Below Zero by Josh Dahl and drawn by Shawn Langley – I knew it was a super-hero story, but that was about it. After chatting with Josh at Comics & Cocktails, I decided to give it a read. Issues 1-3 are out so far. Here are my thoughts:
For starters, I learned quickly that this wasn’t quite a super-HERO story – instead, it’s a tale from the perspective of a super-powered villain, Icicle. As her name suggests, Icicle has cold powers – she can manipulate temperature, generate ice, and seems to be impervious to the cold. We meet her on the worst day of her life – the day of a heist gone wrong. The ringleader of the gang pulling the job, Coil, betrayed the entire crew, blowing up everyone in it – including Icicle’s boyfriend, Pile Driver. Icicle and one other thief, Claw Hammer, manage to survive the blast – and Icicle goes about making her entire purpose in life to exact revenge on Coil.
Coil, meanwhile, uses the loot from the heist to buy his way up the criminal underground ladder – but his end game hasn’t been revealed just yet.
Icicle is a complex character – Dahl tells her story non-linearly, with flashbacks to her past and how she ended up as a super-powered criminal. The reader is given the sense that her powers are a reflection of her upbringing and history, that everyone and everything in her life has been cold, unfeeling, except for Pile Driver. The crimes she commits are an attempt to make enough money to get away from it all, but once Pile Driver is taken from her, she’s set on a path of real darkness. Will she become a remorseless killing machine?
Well, if you really want to find out, you might want to help the fourth book come out! The guys are running a Kickstarter to finish the arc, and it ends in just 3 days. So if this sounds like it’s up your alley, consider making a pledge. You’d be promoting both a local comic and a female-led one, something the Ladies of Comicazi are always proud to support!
Recommended age: This is definitely not an all-ages book. There’s violence against humans, dogs, and lizard-men, and while none of it is too graphic, I would steer clear for anyone under late teens.
You might like it if: You’re a fan of Astro City. While Dahl’s characters are a bit dirtier and more rough and tumble than the denizens of Astro City (and less directly tied into a comprehensive knowledge of comic book history), they are in the same vein of original super-powered characters being used to tell stories that reflect our regular, un-powered human condition. Dahl works with system-involved youth, and he drew on those experiences to explore the choices and lack of them that draw young people into crime.
Bonus features: Dahl has an already completed story arc from Rapid City called Objects at Rest, and by backing the Kickstarter you can purchase a copy of that too!