Token Female Gamer

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Still sick, but look Transfromers transforming

February 4th, 2014

Well that moment last week, when I was feeling better, didn’t last and I am back to sleeping, coughing, and sneezing. Going to see the doctor today, hopefully she can figure out whats going on. Ugh.

In other news I found the only Transformers movie that really matters over on io9. Its a compilation of all the transforming scenes in all the movies. While I do acknowledge that the movies are not the height of quality, I just don’t care, because I love Transformers transforming (aka big robot pr0n). Basically this youTube video is all the transforming money shots a girl could want. Enjoy.

Works in Progress, aka Kickstarter

January 28th, 2014

For a complete update on my current kickstarter status, we must take a look at my three most recently supported projects, which are all still in progress. (Hint: Plenty of time for you all to pledge.)

women destroy scifi book collection female authors kickstarter image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love“Women Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo Award-nominated magazine LIGHTSPEED entirely written—and edited—by women. LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE’s June 2014 issue—our fourth anniversary issue—will be a Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue. And we will also—for the first time in LIGHTSPEED’s history—have a guest editor at the helm.” WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! Kickstarter

My Thoughts: Supporting women science fiction authors galore. More please.

Cusomisable 3d mini figures via website kickstarter image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love“Hero Forge is a service that lets you design custom tabletop minis, have them 3D printed, and delivered right to your doorstep. By using a sophisticated parts system and web UI, we’re bringing the flexibility, ease, and control of a robust video game character creator to the tabletop.” Customizable 3D Printed Tabletop Miniatures Kickstarter

My Thoughts: If this really works, it might just be the best new minis source of all time. I have lost track of how many times I was unable to find a mini to accurately represent my RPG character. This is mostly because of my usually female character choice, but also because of the limited race/class combinations.

Icarus graphic Novel kickstarter image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love“An original graphic novel from Gregory Wilson and Matt Slay about a being who falls from the sky to save a world from tyranny.” Icarus: A Graphic Novel Kickstarter

My Thoughts: This is actually a friend of mine’s project. While I always like to support my friends, it really helps when they are super talented (as is the case here!!)

Well that wraps up all my kickstarter stuff. At least I have caught up on one topic. Weeeee.

Kickstarter Funded Projects

January 28th, 2014

Despite the lack of Kickstarting update posts, I still have quite an unhealthy habit of tossing my money at hopeful projects. Time for a quick update of my current funded projects. (Am leaving out the ones I have already posted about, oh and a few of the less nerdy ones.)

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Server Crashes

January 24th, 2014

In exciting website news, the server that this little blog lives on crashed a horrible death of massive server collapse. Thankfully, my host service (Dreamhost), was on the job and managed to somehow save all my data and get the site back up and running.

For a second there I pondered having to start afresh, but as you can see, no need for hysterics, everything is restored. Well technically I do have backups of a sort, nothing easy like one click install, but worst case I could rebuild a bunch, it would just take forever.

Turned out be quite well timed for me as I was down with the flu for the past week, which meant lots and lots of sleeping and very little of anything else. Oh, there was also some Animal Crossing, ok lots of Animal Crossing. ;)

Feeling much better today, finally after seven days. The site was fixed just in time.

<3

 

Fantasy Football Finals!

January 17th, 2014

Now that I have officially closed out last year and set the stage for the new, I really should get through some of my back log; the first and most important: Fantasy Football Final Scores!!

fantasy football 2013 championship third place image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming loveNo need to draw out the suspense, my final score: THIRD!! Which really is a miracle. The fact is, my team got really really lucky. They were rather mediocre, but due to luck, most of my opponents had mediocre to terrible games going up against me.

The playoffs actually turned out to be a perfect example of my entire season. Game one ended up being a battle of the least points. My team scored more points, but only won due to my opponents team really really stinking it up, which means I made the final four.

My semi final game went almost the same as the previous, except that my opponent actually stepped up to the plate. Loosing relegated my team to the consolation match, of course this is when they really scored big. My team really solidified that third place win. =)

So third place is good, I’m pleased. The husband took first place, which means we dominated the finals this year. Weeeeeeners.

Resolutions and Geekolutions

January 14th, 2014

Quick, quick, I need to make some resolutions before the end of January. Yup, I’m procrastinating on making resolutions which I will eventually also find excuses to avoid. Nonono, this year will be different, because…because…because Captain Picard said “Make it so!”

Okay so I don’t really have any resolutions for this year, mainly because I already have lots of things I want to work on but haven’t quite found enough time or motivation. Thus I’m turning my resolution list into my ‘to do’ wish list for 2014.

It is my hope that sharing this list of ‘wishful intentions’ will help me stay motivated, which will hopefully lead to productivity. Its the ‘I already talked about it so I must do it’ self guilt trip that I am hoping will compensate for my high skill at procrastination. (I win at procrastination! Wee!)

Okay starting with the website:
-Finish reviewing all the games on my list . (Eeek!)
-Site redesign and update, hopefully with integrated tumblr.
-Make a video, try anyway. =P
-Podcast some fiction. This one is a long shot.
-Update a bit more. Vague, should be easy to follow.
-Try not to get burned out.

Stopping there, before I completely freak myself out. =)

Oh, but must add a few more personal ones:
-Read 100 books, or 30,000 pages, or both.
-Watch more anime. I have a whole list to get through.

Though I try to start each year with new goals, I found a little extra inspiration from Geek and Sundry this year. They came out with a video last month talking about all of their ‘Geekolutions’, which is just what you would expect it to be, geeky resolutions.

While most of my resolutions are pretty geeky already, one interesting suggestion popped up, the 10×10 challenge on boardgamegeek.com. The idea is to pick ten board games and play each of them ten times. That is a huge commitment, but one I am sorely tempted to try. Mostly because I have this huge problem with buying new boardgames, despite having an overwhelming amount of games to play. Attempting this challenge might just help curb my spending on boardgames affliction. But then which boardgames do I pick, and who would play the same ten boardgames with me over and over again? Am going to have to think about this one for a while, maybe a whole year. =P

Happy New Year Everyone. (Look I procrastinated so long that I managed to post in between Gregorian New Year and Chinese New Year. Covering all my bases.)

 

Happy New Year and 2013 Retrospective!

January 5th, 2014

captain picard dont wish for a great 2014, make it so image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming loveIt’s officially 2014! Happy New Year everyone! Lets hope for great things to come, or better yet, take a note from the fabulous Captain Picard and make it so! I have to say that I am finding this to be excellent advice and am using it as motivation to work on various projects I have been thinking about for a while now.

But enough about the future, there is all of 2014 ahead to make plans (see me already procrastinating). Properly closing out 2013 calls for a retrospective, or at least a rundown of stats. =)

2013 TFG numbers:

66 posts
5 reviews
18 unreviewed games. ~sigh~
1132 gaming hours tracked
236 Books read, which amounts to 54,325 pages.

Not really as bad as I had expected, especially since I suffered a major “I dont wanna” episode (aka writing burn out!) in 2013. Though I don’t think I can maintain the 10-30 posts a month, I have recovered enough that I am actually looking forward to updating a bit more frequently. Maybe time to tackle that not reviewed list. Eek.

Clearly I played enough games, with just over 47 days (1132hours/24days) of gaming time clocked on raptr. Well that answers the mystery of what I was doing instead of writing reviews, gaming and reading books.

Yes, many books, many pages. Of course, over one hundred of the 236 I read are manga, and though I don’t want to disparage graphic novels, because I love them, I can finish one 200-page manga a bit faster then a comparably long novel. And I’m a fast reader, so maybe the numbers make the time commitment seem a bit more extravagant.

Well that sums up 2013 neatly, mostly anyway, since I didn’t keep track of boardgames at all. Suffice it to say that my collection has grown.

But onward to 2014, the future is here!!

Holiday Relaxings

December 29th, 2013

Now that things are slowing down after the rush of holidays (no 12 days of Christmas for us) its time to sit back and enjoy the spoils of winter festivities. For me this mostly means getting some gaming time in and lazing around the house (aka playing 3DS while I catch up on shows. Current favorite: Continuum.)

As for presents, I don’t really have that much to report. The husband and I have a very firm no presents with each other rule. This is balanced out by the ‘we are grown ups and can buy ourselves whatever we want, when we want it’ rule; good for us, but horrible for anyone actually wanting to get us presents. Thus we avoid the gift exchange all together, when possible anyway.

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Isn’t it pretty?!?

But this year my gaming buddies managed to get me something super awesome. Okay, its not gaming awesome but since I have a ‘splurging on gaming awesome’ issue, my friends had to fill in other blanks that I tend to avoid. They got me a rice cooker! But not just any rice cooker, nope, the fancy one I had been eying forever, that I just couldn’t quit bring myself to buy. Now I OWN it and rice will be the new staple at our house!

My one self purchase that I have designated as my holiday present, was this awesome N7 hoodie. I have to say I really really love it; its super stylish as well as comfortable and geeky. Though I call it my holiday gift, I actually ordered it at the beginning of December. And I’m super glad I did, as of this writing, everything but the XL is sold out. Even when I bought it the medium was sold out. I got the large instead and since I prefer to be comfy, the roominess of the large suits me well.

I hope everyone had (or is having) a fabulous winter (or summer if you happen to be on the south side of the planet) holiday season. Onward to the 2014!! <3

Happy Winter Holidays

December 25th, 2013

This is by far my favorite time of year, but it does get a bit busy. Lots of organizing and cooking and spending time with awesome people. And the foooood, so much good food. Tis the season to stuff my face until my stomach hurts. =D

All this eating and socializing takes time, which means less time for game playing. Its ironic of course, since this is the time for new game/console releases. ~cough~ xboxone and ps4 ~cough~ (And before you ask, no I didn’t buy either new console. No real interest.)

But its also the time when games dress themselves up in festivity (I didn’t say I was on a total game lock out). I am a total sucker for the seasons festivities, thus I am sharing some of the costume fun with you all this year.

Behold Squirrel Girl Elf and Holiday Hulk (from Marvel Heroes Online):

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Happy Winter Holidays Everyone! <3 TFG

The Party before the Playoffs

December 12th, 2013

Its Thursday, that magical day that kicks off another weekend of Fantasy Football. But this week is special because its finally Week 15, better known as the Quarterfinals in the Playoff Extravaganza!! Thats right, only three more weekends until the 2013 Fantasy Football Champion is determined.

And guess who is going into this championship ranked in second place, with nine wins and five losses, that’s right, ME!

fantasy football week 14 win image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming loveThis is where I would talk about my very in depth strategy and how my countless hours of football watching and stats monitoring have paid off, but that’s simply not how it works. While I have learned a lot about football in the past years, thanks to this fantasy football league, I still rely mostly on luck and expert suggestions for team selections. I don’t have a huge amount of time to research a bunch of football stuff, but more importantly I enjoy reveling in the surprise victories.

Like last week; my team really pulled out all the stops. Its these weeks that keep me coming back to play Fantasy Football each year. These unexpected moments of brilliance.  Well this is what I tell myself anyway, since I have yet to end up with a point hog like Payton Manning on my team. =P

Will let you know how the playoffs turn out. My hope is to not get eliminated in the first round, but ya never know. =D

Puzzle Table

December 12th, 2013

We were recently given a hand me down table. It was supposed to replace our current (quasi) game table, which is a bit small, especially for big games like Arkham Horror.  But having an extra table turned out to be far too valuable, especially once a puzzle took it over, and then another and another. The beauty is that the puzzle could simply live there for days on end without having to worry about the table being needed for other things.

Its led to a run on puzzles around here. Thought I would share some images of our adventures thus far. =)

     500 piece puzzle sleeping beauty and space ship image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love     two puzzles done 1500 piece started space image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love  

            1500 pegasus puzzle in progress image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love               finished 1500 piece puzzle pegasus large finished image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love

The first two ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Space (specifically not star trek)’ were 500 piece puzzles. The Pegasus was 1500, which wasn’t so bad since that particular puzzle had a lot of detail resulting in a completable puzzle. =D

The panda one, 1000 pieces, was by far the hardest. Not much variation in color, large swatches of similar colors. It was really hard. Honestly the husband ended up finishing most of this one. Its a beauty, that we will never finish again. Who wants it?!

1000 panda and baby puzzle image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer female gamer nerd gaming love

Manga binge

November 20th, 2013

Geeky life seems lend itself to the accumulation of things, many many things, at least in my case anyway. But the time has come for me to cull the excess, a process that is highly emotional and time intensive. For the past few months I have endeavored to cut down on the items that I really no longer need nor will use in the future. Tricky to pick, but space must be made, you know for all the new stuff!

My manga collection recently went through the ringer. However much I love them, I just can’t justify keeping books I wont be reading anymore. So I cut down the collection by almost 200 books. This is them all stacked up:

manga collection get rid of books - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming love

While I have convinced myself its time to let go, I can’t do it without reading them all first. Which is what I have been doing, binging on manga. Trying to read them all before I pass them onward.

I’m about two thirds through the stack. So far I’m pretty happy with my to cut selection, have not had any second thoughts. Plus I’ve been inspired to find some new fun books to start taking up all that available free space. =P

 

I’m in Second Place!

November 16th, 2013

This weekend marks the beginning of week 11 of Fantasy Football and I find myself (miraculously) in second place! See, see, see:
second place in fantasy football league week 11 image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming loveThe Fantasy Football Gods have been smiling down on me (its the only logical explanation) since my past two week win streak has nothing to do with my own team performing exceptionally well, but is instead due to my opponents failing miserably.

As it turns out, my team’s mediocre performance still counts as a win, if my opponent tanks it. Woot!!

At this rate, I might even make the play offs, though nothing is locked in place yet. My team is still only 6-4, which is a rather poor record for second place. Then again the next seven ranked teams are 5-5, so this week could see an entire reshuffling of the ranks. Except first place, which is held by the newest member of our FF league. Rookie year with a 9-1 record thus far. I am just going to go with beginners luck, until further years of data gathering prove me wrong. =P

 

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2013

halloween 2013 king of tokyo expansion image - token female gamer girl gamer woman gamer geek gamer nerd gaming loveHave a wonderful Halloween, filled with lots of games and candy. Can’t forget the candy. =D

This little Halloween edition is the latest King of Tokyo boardgame expansion. Quite cute really and since its been pretty boardgame heavy at our house of late, it seemed like a good halloween share.

Okay, trick or treating done, now back to watching Arrow. Not bad so far.

<3

 

Obduction Kickstarter

October 27th, 2013

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Can’t stay away from Kickstarter forever, especially when something as fun as a new Cyan adventure goes live. Myst was one of my all time favorite games, I even got a copy of the game on my phone.

A brand new Cyan adventure that takes the Myst template and expands upon it sounds way too good to not support. Only 19 days left to go for anyone else out there who is interested in supporting the Obduction Kickstarter. =D

Support support support, I want more Cyan games!!