Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #253: Hello Neighbor


It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Join us as we take a look at and celebrate everyone's favorite television neighbor, Fred Rogers. From the Children's Corner to almost 900 episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, generations have grown and learned from Fred and his family of neighbors. Also no news this week but we do have your feedback.

 
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Mister Rogers "You Are Special" Full Album

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #252: Spoilers Encore


What's in the box? Who is Luke's father? Join us as we revisit one of our earliest episode topics, SPOILERS. We take a deeper look at the history of media and its relationship with spoiling plot points. The evolution of spoiler culture and what we think we as a society can do going forward so that we aren't spoiling everything left and right, but also not walking on egg shells in fear of ruining something for someone.



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Help Anime Banzai after fire

Spoiler Culture Has Turned Us All Into Monsters

Calm Down About Spoilers

Hate spoilers? This AI tool spots them for you

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #251: Let's Get Appy!


Need a way to keep track of which movies or tv shows you've watched? Can't remember what you already have in your closet when out shopping? Want a more entertaining way to check the weather? There's an app for that! This week we give our suggestions for apps that we find helpful, entertaining, or something else. Plus news and your feedback.



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The Thirteenth Doctor meets Ace in a new book by Sophie Aldred
Missing adventure ‘Fury from the Deep’ to be animated in 2020

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #250: Who You Gonna Call?


We've hit 250 episodes! And with it being this close to Halloween as well, we made sure this episode was as big as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Join us as we dive into the history and influence of the Ghostbusters. From films to cartoons to haunted houses, the brainchild of Dan Aykroyd has made its mark for years to come.
Plus some news, housekeeping, your feedback and Rachel gives her recap of this year's Doctoberfest at Who North America.






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Ghostbusters Maze at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween 2019

Doctoberfest Vendors 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #249: Why Did The Beatles Cross The Road?


Let's "come together" at the "octopus's garden" with "Mean Mr Mustard" and "Polythene Pam". Abbey Road was the 2nd to last studio album released by the Beatles, and considered by some one of the best. Join us as we dive into the album and its history as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Plus news and some housekeeping.


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Trailers
Holly and Rachel on the Next Stop Everywhere podcast
Rachel on Social Sci-Fi podcast ‘It Takes You Away’


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #248: Checking In With...Ginny Di


Ginny Di wears a lot of hats: YouTuber, cosplayer, singer, actress. And now she can add Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast guest to her resume! Join us for our discussion with Ginny Di. We cover the current and future state of cosplay, making a living on the internet, changing fandoms as we grow, and more. Also we skip the news and other housekeeping this episode, so stay tuned for it to return next week.



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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

Game Night: Game Reviews

Recently I and my husband, Chauncey, hosted a game night at our home. We had several people over and it gave us an opportunity to play several styles and types of games that we and our friends have in our collections. Here is some information and reviews of the games we played. -Rachel

Warning: Some of these games contain NSFW words and/or images. While I've included some pictures, I've tried to keep the content limited in this post as we do try keep it family friendly around here. If you wish for more information please feel free to contact me or the respective game companies.

BADMOJI (Gray Matters Games)



Do you like 💩 jokes? Do you like using a 🍆 or 🐱 to describe your no-no spots? Then you’ll ❤️ Badmoji!
Compete against your fellow filthy minded friends in a race to guess the lewd phrase using the iconic language of Badmoji. the player with the most points at the end of two full rounds is the Badmojiest and gets to give their opponents a swirly 😀.
We promise, this game 👢🍑

Badmoji is easy to learn, but can be challenging to play as it requires players to be savvy in emoji use and common phrases and lingo. Many of the emojis are not used in a literal sense, so you need to be able to think outside the box.

The solution to the puzzles never failed to bring laughs and gasps for all players. You'll want to choose your playmates carefully, some of the phrases are more NSFW than others, but this also isn't a game to play with your grandma or boss (unless they happen to have a dirty mind too!)

Our group had 8 people and we could have easily played longer than the suggested 30 minutes, if anything else it was hilarious to find out who's mind went straight to the gutter the fastest. Of course the conversation would sometimes go off the rails as we laughed and

While a downside is that players may easily remember the solutions to the puzzles when they decide to play again, it gives them a reason to test out other peoples’ puzzle solving skills and texting know-how.



TIMELINE MUSIC & CINEMA (Asmodee)


 
Timeline: Music & Cinema is a card game played using 110 cards. Each card depicts a historical event on both sides, with the year in which that event occurred on only one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in a row on the table. After placing the card, the player reveals the date on it. If the card was placed correctly with the date in chronological order with all other cards on the table, the card stays in place; otherwise the card is removed from play and the player takes another card from the deck. The first player to get rid of all his cards by placing them correctly wins.
We have owned this game for a while and it's one that Chauncey grabs often. The box and cards are small enough to travel easily so we've played it in all sorts of places. Depending on how many people are playing will determine how long it takes to play, but on average games are pretty quick (about 15 minutes).

Players ages and familiarity with "popular culture" will determine how well you can successfully place a card on your turn. Some historical knowledge helps as well. Was Flight of the Valkyries before the William Tell Overture? Sure, the Eagles came before Daft Punk, but was Enter the Dragon between the two? There's some strategy involved as well, do you play the cards you're more confident about first or hold them till later when the timeline is more full?

If you want to make the game even harder, combine with other of the Timeline sets (Inventions, Historical Events, etc). This also helps with the replay-ability factor if you're someone with a good memory.


CODENAMES DEEP UNDERCOVER (Czech Games)



Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
In Codenames: Deep Undercover, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
This is one of the games brought by our friend Matt. There are so many versions of Codenames out there, from Disney to Marvel. I've seen it all over at GenCon but have never had a chance to play. What makes Codenames standout from a lot of other card style games is the longevity of it. You will literally never replicate the same game. It really is strategy and interpretation based and really requires critical thinking, and a decent vocabulary.

Again, this is a NSFW version with different degrees of "dirty, so choose your players carefully.  Games don't take very long so you can easily play several times. Like the previous games, this is easy to travel with as it's just a box with a bunch of cards, so this game can be taken on vacation or for a "pick up" game at GenCon.


BLOCKBUSTER PARTY GAME (Big Potato Games)



The golden age of video rental is back with a party game all about those movies you know and love. And like all great blockbusters, this one is a double bill!
In Part One, two players go head-to-head in a movie buzzer battle. For Part Two, they’ll be describing and acting out as many movies as they can for their team to guess.


This was the "highest tech" game we played since the timer/buzzer required batteries (which we never seem to have around the house!) But once we dug up a couple we were good to go, and thank goodness. I picked this game up at this year's GenCon and have been itching to play it since I got it! Thankfully our group of friends are movie buffs (of varying degrees and tastes which will factor into how well your team does).

The game is played in two parts. First is the Movie Buzzer Battle: Both teams are given a topic (like “movies with dogs”), and players each have 15 seconds to yell out a relevant title (Homeward Bound!), then reset the timer (ala speed chess). Continue back and forth (All Dogs Go to Heaven! Oliver & Company!) until the clock runs out.

Whoever runs out of time hands the advantage to the other team, who take control for the next round, which is a fun mix of charades and movie knowledge/trivia. A member of the winning team picks six movie cards, strategically keeps three, then passes the rest to their competitor. In three stages, the player must coax their teammates to guess the film via one word, a quote, and a pantomime.

It was so fun and funny to try and keep your mouth shut if it wasn't your team's turn, and at the same time see everyone wrack their brain when the pressure is on. The more players you can have on each team the better off you'll be, especially if each person's personal tastes in movies varies from the others (I'm not a horror fan so I found those cards to be harder than others). It might also make things easier if you have someone who doesn't want to play and can be in control of the timer.

This game takes the longest to play out of all of the ones listed as to win you have to collect one card from each film category, so there is some strategy involved. You might find your team needing a category that you aren't as strong in.

The entire game comes in a "VHS" case, so it's easy enough to keep all the pieces together, plus the box just brings back a ton of nostalgia.

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Overall I enjoyed playing all four of these games during our game night, and my friends seemed to enjoy them as well. It really comes down to what type of game you are in the mood for, how much time you have and your audience. The fact that we were able to play all of these games several times each of the course of the evening says a lot about the replay-ability and enjoyment of these games. So the next time you are planning a get together, why not give one of these a go?


*All games were purchased by their respective owners with the exception of Badmoji which was supplied as a review copy by Gray Matters Games. All opinions expressed belong to Rachel and do not necessarily express the opinions of other members of the Five(ish) Fangirls Podcast.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #246: Currently Vol. 5


It's time once again for us to add to your "To Watch, To Read, To Listen" lists with more recommendations! From books to TV shows, we'll share what we've been consuming content-wise recently. Plus some news, your feedback and some housekeeping.



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Convention announcements
Doctoberfest: Volunteers needed
Gallifrey One: Christopher Eccleston 

Stranger Things S4 teaser

#31DaysOfWholloween Photo Challenge



READING: 

WATCHING:

ANTICIPATING:
S&M2 in theaters

LISTENING TO:
Podcasts: Imagined Life

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #245: 2019 Indy Disney Meet


The magic of Disney has once again descended upon the midwest for the annual Indy Disney Meet. Give a listen as Rachel gives a recap of this year's event including the special guests and entertainment, games and giveaways, and more. Plus a little bit of news.


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Give Kids The World
WDW Radio Show with Lou Mongello
MEI and Mouse Fan Travel
Brian Hull
Jeff Barnes
Be Our Guest Podcast
Behind the Ears Podcast
Coffee With Kenobi Podcast 

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Little Extra Squee: 2019 GenCon Demos and Interviews


It's time again for a little extra squee! Give a listen as we share the demos and interviews Rachel conducted at this year's GenCon. You'll hear from Games by Bicycle, Funkoverse, and Games Adults Play. Want to try these games for yourself? Links for more information are in the show notes.


 
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-Tattoo Stories Releases this October  
-Funkoverse
-(May Cause) Side Effects