Pass the Pigs in Bellevue Thai Kitchen Restaurant

Josie waiting for Thai food to arrive

My lovely sister and fierce opponent

On one of my recent days off, I went over to Bellevue to spend the afternoon with my beautiful, smart, and funny little sister Josie. She is also one of my best gaming buddies! Continue reading

PAX Prime 2011 Game Convention in Seattle

Our PAX Prime 2011 badges at end of day

Our PAX badges after a fun day

Sean and I recently attended PAX Prime 2011. PAX is short for Penny Arcade Expo. It is a huge, weekend long gaming event for video gamers, PC gamers, and board gamers. According to Wikipedia’s info about PAX, PAX originated in Seattle in 2004 and now does an event in Boston (PAX East) too.

Over the last couple of years, I remembered people from Sean’s work talking about PAX, so this year, when tickets went on sale in April or so, I got two passes for Saturday so we could check it out. Continue reading

Exercise Points for Buying Games

A stack of games purchased by earning exercise points

Board games I earned by exercising and getting fitter in 2011 so far (Sushizock not pictured because it's being shipped)

I first started getting interested in board games in late 2009. Over the next year, I built up an awesome game collection of about 40 games (many of them small card games).

For my new year’s resolution in 2011, I decided to create a system awarding myself points for exercise that can be converted into money for buying new games. I figured this would prevent me from going too crazy with new games and motivate me to get in shape! Continue reading

Hive and For Sale Card Game at Lake Whatcom

Whatcom Falls

Whatcom Falls

On Sunday, Sean and I visited our friends Brian and Leigh, who are staying at a condo on Lake Whatcom while they wait for their brand-new Airstream trailer to be ready next month. Then they will set off to live life on the road! They blog about their adventures and post gorgeous photos at Aluminarium. Continue reading

Gaming at the Used Car Dealership with Hive and Slide 5

2006 22 foot C-dory boat cruiser

Our boat

Recently, Sean and I made an exciting decision and bought a boat! It is a 2006 22 foot C-dory. Sean found a good deal on one near our house, which was great because we were thinking we might have to go to the east coast to get one.

C-dories are made locally, but they are in such demand around here that the prices are higher, and they are often cheaper farther away. We were lucky to find one for a good price locally! Our boat is a little cruiser with an enclosed cabin, so we can use it year-round and even camp (and of course play games) on it. Continue reading

Camping Games Bohnanza, Slide 5, and Set

Camping games: Zombie Dice, Mexican Train, LCR Dice, Bohnanza, waterproof cards, Farkle, Perudo, Slide 5, Pass the Pigs, Hive

Camping games I packed

Last weekend, Sean and I went camping at Lake Easton with our friends Charlie and Michele. Naturally, I packed a bag of games! I tried not to go too far overboard and focused on packing small games that would work well at a picnic table. Continue reading

Slide 5 at the Sloop

The Sloop tavern in Ballard

The Sloop

The Sloop is a fun dive-y bar in Ballard that has huge “Sloopersize” beers and pretty tasty food for cheap. I went there with Charlie after work the other day while his wife Michele took a paddleboard yoga class (very brave!) and while Sean finished working. Continue reading

Coloretto and Bohnanza at Card Kingdom and Cafe Mox

Earlier this week, we went back to Card Kingdom and Cafe Mox with our friends Charlie and Michele. They also love to play games! Their favorite right now is Dominion. They have all the expansions for it!

We started the night with a non-game related activity by going on a rooftop garden tour at Bastille restaurant (a French restaurant in Ballard) and then having dinner there. Here are a couple of photos from it anyway because it was so cool.

Rooftop garden tour at Bastille restaurant in Ballard

Charlie, Sean, and Michele following our guide on the Bastille rooftop

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Purse Games

I like to make sure that I am always prepared with a few games available, and I usually carry a few small games in my purse. My sister gave me this awesome big purse, and it is great for packing in a bunch of games.

Large purse with games inside

My purse with games inside

I could fit way more games than this, but it’s nice to have some space to throw in a book, sunglasses, my lunch, etc. Here are the games that I’ve been carrying around in my purse lately. Continue reading

Hive at Cafe Mox and Card Kingdom

Card Kingdom game store entrance in Ballard

Card Kingdom entrance

Card Kingdom is a newish game store that opened in Ballard recently. I have shopped there for games a few times but hadn’t really hung out there. But I had been wanting to, and I finally got the chance! Continue reading