Monthly Archives: April 2012

I’d tap that

Ahh, Magic the Gathering. Such fun. Such strategy. Such a frustrating yet complex game. Also potentially expensive if you aren’t careful. Confessing that I play MTG gets me more strange looks than nearly every other one of my nerdy hobbies, but I can’t say I care. I have had a lot of fun over the years with MTG, even though the only people I could play with were 3-4 years younger than me. The only time I ever got in trouble for staying out past curfew was for playing MTG until 2:00 AM with my friend’s younger brothers and cousins (yes, I was a really lame teenager). Totally worth it.

For those who might not exactly know what this is, I recreated the basic land cards that are necessary to play the game. The bottom frame features the land’s symbol, and the top frame has some sort of picture that corresponds with it (and often follows the theme of the deck). From left to right, it’s Island, Forest, Plains, Swamp, and the thumb is Mountains. I tried to base the top frames after the ones on the cards I own, but that was incredibly tricky. Hopefully you can tell what they are!

I wish I played more. I kind of slowed down once my husband started consistently smashing my artifact/time spiral-ish deck with his overpowered sliver deck. I’m a bit of a sore loser…

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Banjo-Kazooie

Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie were awesome games. Considering the platform and when it was developed, it had pretty decent graphics. The sounds and music were so quirky and perfect, the levels all unique and varied, and the writing… oh the writing. So much sarcasm and so many double entendres.

This is the first time I’ve ever done faces. I’m usually terrified of them because I don’t have the steadiest hand or much artistic talent. I think it went pretty good for a first try!

Curse! Chicken on Your Head

I seem to have an odd love for games that make me question my friendships. Munchkin is one of those games. Alliances and enemies are decided quickly, then broken, then reforged. Insane card combinations and moves have us consulting our smartphones so we can get a rule check. No two games have been the same or ever will be the same. It’s honestly one of the best card games ever.

I chose to do some of my favorite cards that weren’t impossible for me to draw on a nail, and what I felt truly represented Munchkin. I chose to do the Duck of Doom(because it’s oddly quirky) , the Horny Helmet (because of the awesome name), the Net Troll (because he’s hilarious), and the Boots of Butt-Kicking (again, awesome name). On my thumb I just went with the classic Door card.

Munchkin has been a wonderful addition to my usually Settlers of Catan-filled gaming nights. It’s definitely a different dynamic and requires you to be a lot meaner in order to win. It mixes things up in an good way, and I suggest everyone try it out.

Also, I have to thank fellow nerdy nail art enthusiast Nikki at lacquerdaisical for introducing me to the game, and being my only ally. Without her, I would never have experienced all the joys and sorrows of Munchkin.