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Saturday
Apr292017

119 - Train Yard Hijinks

Took the boys to a birthday party at the park today. It was a good two hours. Took a few nice photos and thought this one was particularly worth Photoshopping.
Friday
Apr282017

118 - ASWG Official Rules Draft

I haven't written rules in forever. I also realize that I don't have the infinite magic word well to pull marketing hits out of my brain. Regardless, writing the rules out helps me streamline the game to the basics.

Wrestlers! Management has asked you to stick around and put together a dark match to keep the fans in their seats. There isn't enough time to choreograph the whole match, so it is up to you to put on and improvise the best match possible. The only requirement is there are specific spots management wants you to hit because the fans want to see what the fans want to see! Can you put on the most electrifying match and keep the fans cheering or will the only sound you hear after the 1-2-3 be the sound of crickets?
Thursday
Apr272017

117 - ASWG Two Player

I was able to spend a good evening with a buddy of mine, let's call him JohnK, who helped me reinvigorate the two player rules set for my wrestling card game. It was a pretty good experience and I'm pretty stoked at finalizing the nuances. We probably played six or so games, each feeling better than the last. I think this is going to be a worthwhile experience and worthwhile game to add to my portfolio of games.
Wednesday
Apr262017

116 - Completed Paper Pinwheels

These look pretty professional! Turns out that these paper straws have a hard time holding up a double-pinwheel made out 12" scrapbooking paper. Bent down the middle right away. Oh well!
Tuesday
Apr252017

115 - Bottle Opener with Magnet

On a completely random whim, Josie picked up a bear shaped bottle opener and rare Earth magnet for a cool bottle opener / bottle cap catcher device. She had seen one on Etsy, we talked about it briefly, and she bought the pieces.

This one is for a friend who is visiting. I stained the wood, screwed this stuff in, and now he can do whatever he wants with it. I hope one of those things will be safely bring it on the plane and the second thing is I hope he opens a beer with it.
Monday
Apr242017

114 - Paper Pinwheels

Starting cutting out some paper pinwheels templates for Jasper's small birthday party. They're doing a get together on Wednesday and these were on the list of requested items a la Josie. Fun times. Can't wait to see them with the little pinwheel bits!
Sunday
Apr232017

113 - ASWG Solitaire Card Game

I sat down and tried out the original concept of my head-to-head wrestling card game and didn't like it. While it's difficult to properly play a head-to-head game by yourself, overall the mechanics just felt kind of boring. I changed things up a bit and started crafting a solitaire experience. Small goals feel like the norm for solitaire games, playing against the randomly distributed cards and doing the best you can with what you got. Losing doesn't feel as a big a deal.

In this game, the deck of cards you play with represent the ebb, flow, move sets, and pacing of the two wrestlers in the match. The five pairs of cards on the top represent the spots you are trying to achieve for the match (every match has five spots). With the five cards in your hand, you are trying to manipulate them to equal the sum of the pair your are currently on.

I'm not doing the best explaining the game rules at the moment, but that's because I'm still working out the kinks of scoring. I will say, however, I've played five games and enjoy it way more than anything else I've built for this series. Perhaps I have a winner or at least a participation award.
Saturday
Apr222017

112 - Built a Fence

Oliver's preschool has mandatory maintenance days. There are only a handful for the school year and I had to in today to fulfill my obligation. Turns out the last maintenance of the year, this one, is always the toughest one. Makes sense as most projects that could be pushed off did to this day.

The lot of us build a fence. I think there were 163 slats. I wielded the nail gun for over an hour. Whew!
Friday
Apr212017

111 - Zelda Breath of the Wild

The first time I've ever completed a Zelda game. Whew!
Thursday
Apr202017

110 - Bad Ass Ribs

I made some bad ass ribs tonight. I've never considered removing the membrane on the underside before, but it really helped. I'll be keeping this one in my cookbook for sure.

Ultimately a 2.5 pound rack of baby back ribs, membrane removed, salt and peppered, tightly wrapped in foil in a roasting pan, in the oven for four hours at 275 F. Afterwards you put it on broil for 4 minutes with BBQ sauce.