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New Pokemon Snap

Been playing the New Pokemon Snap a little bit in the evenings again. I’ve finished the storyline long ago and am working on completing the research, the pokedex, the maps, and the research titles. Yeah, there’s a lot to do post story.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to upload photos to the online in-game page because one of those titles involves getting 10,000 sweet medals (likes) total on photos. I’ve noticed photos with sticker edits do better, so I tried a few. Anyway, thought this was kinda cool:

That’s the little in-game online page players see. I mean, I’m sure I wasn’t on everyone’s homepage, but it was still fun to see me on my own, lol! And if you’re curious, here’s those photos bigger:

Yeah, I don’t have a lot of useful stickers, so the editing thing is a definite challenge.

Anyway, off to bed now so I can get up early (for me) tomorrow.

Have a splashing magicarp day!

Jo 🙂

Betrayal and Japanese Snacks

We had a couple of our Japanese snacks today, so that was fun. First was something my translation app called Speedy Turtle

They are apparantly mirin flavored, which is a sweet saki. They tasted a bit like a sweet corn puff and were really good. If these were available in vending machines here, I’d buy them.

The second were curry flavored straws.

These were not as good to me because they have that kind of scorched corn flavor that fritos have. My bro liked them, but then he also likes fritos. They were not spicy, btw, despite the curry flavoring.

We also finally got a chance tonight to play the game we got for Christmas, Betrayal at House on the Hill.

The premise is that you and your friends are for some reason exploring a spooky abandoned house. Similar to Death Maze, you choose rooms at random and build the map as you explore. As you play, you uncover items and have to do what is known as a haunt roll. Eventually the right roll leads to the beginning of the haunt scenario, which is when things change.

Building the map

There are fifty (!) haunt scenarios in the little booklets. When the haunt is triggered, one of you becomes a traitor and the rest become the heros. The goals for the traitor or heros to win change be pending on the haunt scenario, as does the game play. For instance in the one we got, it turns out that I (the traitor) have brought everyone to this house so that an Astral spirit can steal one of their bodies and/or consume their souls. When the haunt scenario began, the bro and dad’s characters fall over unconscious and can not be moved anymore, instead they got these little soul tiles that they got to move. As the traitor, I was unaffected, so I could still move around, and I also was in charge of playing the Astral spirit. I won’t give away much more, but I will say I won. A quick look through the playing pieces shows that there are haunts with various monsters like zombies and witches, and the rule book mentions there are also haunts with secret traitors. So, it has a lot of replay value, and even if you have played all fifty scenarios, you could replay them with different strategies.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun. Hubby is home, so time for an episode of Cobra Kai and then bed.

Have a speedy turtle snack kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Godzilla is Not the King

Not a lot yesterday to really speak of. I mentioned a couple days ago that we needed to redo the contact paper in the crafty room because the other stuff was pretty but junk. Well, we finally did it and it looks pretty nice. Even better, it’s not see through.

I did get some cookies made. Oatmeal raisin. We fell off the year of cookies thing the last month or so, and I’m trying to get back on it because it’s fun. And tasty.  Anyway, the recipe called for soaking the raisins in hot water for ten minutes and they’re right, it does make them plumper, I think. If you’re interested, the recipe came from They came out pretty good, though I got three pan loads instead of the two it says.

We also finally played Funko Godzilla. First off, the mini figures are amazing. Second, there is a bit of a learning curve and, wow, did it seem intimidating at first. But, after a round, we had it figured out and it was fun. I won, btw, mostly because I figured it out first. Go Megalon, King of the Monsters!

And that’s all I’ve got, so off I go to try to work.

Have a king of the Monsters kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Flying Circus

Since Mom passed away – actually after we realized she wasn’t ever coming home and going back to normal- we stopped our weekly family game night. We’ve done it here and there, but not as an event like we used to. So, we’re trying to get back to that. (Trying to get back to a lot of things, but I digress.)

Yesterday Dad dug out a couple of his old paper games, Death Maze and Flying Circus. They opted for the airplanes, so that’s what we did.

We never made it past the introductory version of the game, though we did play four rounds of it. Chris (the Germans) won twice by loading the dice, and Dad and I (The Brittish) won twice by stopping the bro from cheating. 😉

We also had some fancy root beer.

It’s vegan and non GMO and what not,but mostly it’s just root beer with sugar instead of syrup, which is always better.

Still waiting on the dresser handles, and have to sand the desktop today. And try to find something to get the smell out. I wonder if baking soda and vinegar would? I know that works on shoes. Damn stray cats.

Speaking of cats, I leave you with two that were once strays but never contributed to the delinquency of my garage.

The orange Fluff ball is my Taffy baby, and the concerned stripey one is Mustard aka Tubby Bubby.

Have a retro game kinda day

Jo 🙂

New Pokemon Snap

Well, I think my arm cyst is sorted. I went to the doctor yesterday and he said we’re going to leave it alone for now, and I go back in six weeks. If it puffs back up in the meantime, it means he didn’t get the “capsule” (I think he used another similar word, but oh well) and he’ll have to cut it out. So lets all pray that doesn’t happen.

Trying to get things back on track here. Needless to say there were a lot of things I needed to do that I haven’t done, so everything is behind. bleh. So what have I been doing? Well, I’ve been reading Manta comics, and I’ve been playing the new Pokémon Snap on the Switch.

It’s pretty fun. The premise is that you’re helping yet another anime-looking professor with his research – but instead of catching innocent Pokémon in balls and fighting them, you’re taking snapshots of them for the professor to study. The overarching premise is that on these particular islands, there’s a phenomenon where some Pokémon fluoresce, or become “Illumina Pokémon”. So far I’ve met the first one:

Anyway, so Professor Mirror is trying to prove these Illumina Pokémon exist. To gather research, he’s built a little pod that floats you along a preprogrammed path in each area, and a special camera that you take the pictures with. When you return, you choose the best photo of each type of Pokémon and the professor scores it. More points level up the areas, and, as they level, the Pokémon’s behavior changes, so you get different photo opportunities. But why take photos? There are two reasons. One, instead of a pokedex to fill, you have a photodex. Each Pokémon has slots for a 1 star, 2 star, 3 star, and 4 star photo, and when you have one of each you’ve completed the dex page – though you can still swap them out for higher scoring photos I assume.

The other reason is because you have mini quests to capture certain images – such as Hoothoot’s “hidden foot”. (In order to get it, I finally had to beam him with apples until he almost fell off the sign. The game never tells you that you have to hit them with the apples, but apparently you do. It’s also how I made Pichu jump out from his hiding place.)

And then of course there are the personal goals, like making the ultimate Bidoof album!

I have a few Pichu, too. (He gets the flower crown after you hit him with the apple in the flower field)

And of course, a few of other Pokémon.

And that’s all I have right now. I suppose I better end this and get some of that work I mentioned done. Blargh.

Have a Bidoof is so cute kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #69: Endings

Today I am thankful for the end of the dragon race. I play Dragon City, and for the last ten days – maybe longer, or maybe it just feels like it – there’s been a “epic race”. These work by pairing up players in groups of eight. To race, you complete laps by finishing “nodes” (like lap one, node one, node two, node three, etc.) to finish those nodes, you have to do certain actions a number of times, like feeding dragons, or growing food, or hatching dragon eggs…anyway, the prize of the epic races are High dragons – the difference between a regular and high dragon is 20,000 hitpoints or more, even at the same levels. zso getting those high dragons is important if you want to beat the league battles (because you just can’t beat someone else’s three high dragons with common dragons) and if you want o beat certain people on your friend’s list who are at like level 50-something. 9I love ya,Candice, but I am looking at you!).

Usually in these races most of the players don’t play and so long as you can qualify you got it – but not this time. Oh no! I was pitted against a girl from Norway who wanted that dragon, and though I lapped her early on, she refused to be broken. SO, instead of getting to participate for a few days and kind of chill, I’ve had to stay on top of it. I am happy to say that it ended this morning and I came in first, so the high dragon is mine (Just wait Candice, the day will come, Gwahahahaha!) and I can now quit having to hatch hundreds of dragons in my dragon mill just to complete nodes.

In other news, worked on some book covers today, including the one for the anthology:


And now I have some writing to do, so i shall see you later.

Have an Epic Race kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #40: Game Day

Yesterday I was thankful for getting to spend the day playing FFXIII-2 With hubby. We’ve unlocked Serendipity and I forsee wasting some gil there.

Have a golden saucer 2.0 kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Jimmy Dean eggs sausage things, since this needed some kind of picture. 

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