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Tabletop weekend

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This weekend my little brother visited me, and he, my boyfriend and I played some tabletop games. Some of them I haven’t played in a long time so it was fun to try them again :) Under the images you can find links to the games on boardgamegeek.

carcassonne ark of the covenantCarcassonne: Ark of the Covenant. It’s basically like normal Carcassonne but takes place in a desert and has some special rules. I like that you collect sheep instead of cities in your fields :) If you haven’t tried Carcassonne at all I recommend it! Perfect for all ages, and it’s super fun. 

drakonThis is Drakon (third edition). I hadn’t played this in a long time, and was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was! It has easy rules and a dragon! A dragon that will eat you if you can’t find 10 coins and get out of its dungeon before your friends :)

scrappersScrappers. This is my boyfriend’s game and I had never tried it before. You win if you can assemble a machine before the other players, but the parts you need are on a conveyor belt and you have to plan your moves to get to them. 

spankthemonkeyThen we played the Swedish Spank the Monkey with the Monkey Business expansion pack. There’s both a Swedish edition and an English one, and it’s a really fun game! You’re working in a junk yard, and have to get rid of an annoying monkey playing around among the garbage. To win the game you have to build a tower of junk and garbage to reach the monkey and spank him! (Did you assume that the game’s title referred to any other activity?! No, I didn’t think so).

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I’ve bought a couple of larger boardgames lately, and decided to paint the miniatures for more fun and win. (Gray plastic miniatures = no fun and win at all!)
I have never painted a miniature before, so I was a bit nervous about it. What if I fail and ruin my expensive games? But I decided that whatever I did it would probably look better than before anyway.

So here are some of my first ever painted miniatures, from the game Mansions of Madness:
(Some of you are probably familiar with the H.P. Lovecraft mythos which Mansions of Madness is based on it.)

IMG_20150412_163219Here are some Chthonians.

IMG_20150413_220302In the front is a Mi-Go ripping the brain out of a head. Behind it are some zombies and witches.

IMG_20150414_030827This cute little critter is a Shoggoth.

My dear sister-in-law gave me an expansion pack to Mansions of Madness for my birthday! So sweet of her! <3 It’s called Forbidden Alchemy, and is partly based on Lovecraft’s Herbert West stories. I look forward to paint these figures and start playing, but the weather is too crappy at the moment so I can’t spray them with primer before the rain and wind decides to go away.
from Cathrin and Christoffer

Have you played any fun games lately? I’m always up for some recommendations!

 

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Crocheting projects

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Lately I have been doing a lot of crocheting. It’s very relaxing, and you can watch TV at the same time ;)

 

20141019_033740This is yet another triangular shawl that I have made for myself. This one is gray and black. If you’re interested in the pattern you can find it here. I really enjoy this pattern and can highly recommend it :) It’s the same that I used for a shawl to my friend Anny.

20141101_143550Then I am working on this little thing. It’s, as you can see, a granny square blanket! I have had a huge pile of over 100 granny squares lying in my bookshelf for quite some time now, and I finally decided to put them together. Now I only have some fastening of lose ends left to do :)

20141101_150509I also have this blanket going on! I am in love with it, but it’s really slow work. With some luck it will be finished during the winter 2015 (or at least that’s my plan ;).

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I have also order pink, white and blue yarn for two cat plushes. I found this super nice charity project where they urge you to crochet a “Heart Cat” (Hjärtekatt) and send it to them. They will then distribute these cats among children who undergo heart surgery, as a friend during the hospital stay and memory of the surgery. If you want to read more about this you can find there website here (Swedish only)!  I’ll post my Heart Cats on my blog when they are finished :)

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Afghan update

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20140914_122856Do you remember how I started a zig zag afghan a while ago? This is how far I’ve come now. I have completed one round of purple-green-purple (makes sense, yes?). It’s now 49 cm long, so I have made about 1/4 of the blanket now! Wohoo! This is going to take a while, especially when now when I have studies to attend to during my days. Maybe it will be done winter 2015 with some luck :)

August reads

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As some of you may know I read 5 books in July. I haven’t read as much in August, but I have a couple of reads to tell you about:

The Toll-GateThe Toll-Gate
Georgette Heyer

Yes, another Heyer novel! his is one of my favourites so far and I recommend it to those of you who like novels taking place in the Regency era, adventure and just a touch of romance.

In this book we follow John Staple, a captain who just came home from the battle of Waterloo. His love for a good adventure has earned him the nickname Crazy Jack. Life in peacetime does not suit him, and he soon leaves his comfortable home to visit one of his old friends. On his journey there he happens upon a toll-house that has been abandoned by the gatekeeper. The only person manning this gate is the son of the gatekeeper, an 11 year old boy who seems frightened witless. Captain Staple decides to stay for the night to learn more about the gatekeepers disappearance and what might have scared the boy, and soon finds himself in a great adventure.

The reason that I liked this book is that main focus is on the adventure and mystery, and the romance is not too lovey dovey. I find the main male character very likeable; he is not a insensitive brute, and he loves when things get interesting. The main female character gets less room in this novel than in many of Heyer’s other stories, but she is a rather unusual and sensible lady.

schackmaskinenochthechessmachine copySchackmaskinen
Der Schachautomat
The Chess Machine
Robert Löhr

Okay, so this book I listened to in Swedish, because it’s originally written in German, and I don’t know German well to read a whole book in it. But the book is also available in English, so I put the title in those three languages here in case you’d be interested in this book and want to be able to find it.

This story is based on historical events, people and objects. It is not meant to be taken as historical fact. The early history about the chess machine is not well known, so the author has woven an interesting adventure around it with some characters who really existed, and some who he made up.

So what is this “chess machine”? For you who have not heard about it I recommend the wikipedia article about it for a quick and fun history trivia. But in all shortness: Wolfgang from Kempelen, an inventor and author, built an automatic chess playing machine in the late 18th century. This machine looked like a Turk sitting by a table of chess, and it beat almost everyone of its opponents. Von Kempelen toured Europe with this remarkable machine, and they were everywhere met with wonder, fascination, and curiousness. How had he managed to build a machine that could think?! Well, it was a grand hoax. Inside the machine sat a person who steered the machine movements, and it was this person who actually played the game of chess.

In this book, this chess player, hidden in the machine, is a little man named Tibor. Von Kempelen saves him from prison, in return for help with his hoax. Tibor accepts these conditions, and starts a life hidden away in darkness where he has to play chess under slave like conditions. He’s only comfort is his religion, and now and then the sin of the flesh (beware of 18th century dress up parties). Tibor eventually grows tired of this life of chess and lies, but Von Kempelen still has use for him, and some drama between them spurs. There are also the non-believers, who mistrust Von Kempelen and his seemingly magical machine, and they are going to great length to prove the inventor to be a swindler.

I really enjoyed this book because of the more or less glamorous setting in the 1700’s. Von Kempelen and his chess machine is a fantastic slice of history, and the characters Löhr made up for the other main roles are interesting and likeable. The adventures of the chess machine’s make a great foundation for a fun and fascinating story!