* 29, she/her, Canadian
* Reader, writer, lover of language
* Board game enthusiast, and wannabe board game designer
* Fiancée currently, Wife in May 2023
Definition: evanescent - soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing Epigraph: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” - Mewtwo
Introduction for "Living in MAGIC"
(Hello lovely Vocal members! I would love some feedback on this introduction for a personal development book I'm writing. Please answer honestly in the comments - Would you be intrigued enough to continue reading? Why or why not?)
Inspiring Myself Through YA Reading
It has always been my dream to publish a novel and become an author ... and maybe it's because I was 13 years old when I declared this dream that I decided I would be a young adult fantasy novelist. (Or maybe it's because I'll be 30 in January and I'm convinced I'm still not fully an adult.)
I've Played 100 Different Board Games
I had a mission this year to play 100 different games - not necessarily new-to-me games (because I didn't want to put THAT pressure on myself to buy more games ... although I think I did that anyways), but just 100 unique games so that I could play a variety and potentially try new game mechanics.
Board Game Review: Lords of Waterdeep
Over the Christmas break, my fiancé and I were introduced to Lords of Waterdeep - a game I've been intimidated by for awhile, believing it would be too complex. It's not simple, but it's certainly not as complex as I led myself to believe!
Board Game Review: Cascadia
My fiancé bought this for me for my birthday, and we played it that night! (And one-and-a-half times the next night ... a board may have gotten bumped and we may have had to start over.) I instantly fell in love with it, and thought "I can easily teach this to new people, no problem". The coolest part though: my fiancé and I TIED! (He got the win because he had more leaves leftover ... but this meant, strategy-wise, we were on a similar playing field, which doesn't happen in a lot of games.)
Board Game Review: Starfarers
If you've ever played Catan, and you're looking for a challenge, this game is for you! It's my boss's favourite game, and he says it shouldn't even have the Catan name on the box - it's a completely different game. While there are similarities - you roll for resources, you build settlements (er, well, space ports) - there are some unique qualities to the game that make it not-so-Catan-y. You don't build any roads, for one thing - you're IN SPACE! Also, after rolling for resources, you then shake a rocket ship to determine movement through space. Plus you make friends along the way by trading, and there's a chance you'll encounter space pirates ...
Board Game Review: Alhambra
You may notice the subtile of this article - "game #7 of Katie's 100 board game challenge". I wrote an article near the start of the year expressing my personal challenge I created for myself for 2023, to play 100 board games in 365 days.
Board Game Review: Libertalia - Winds of Galecrest
I'm grateful to have bought a copy of Libertalia before it stopped getting printed. I saw the original game featured on an episode of TableTop and knew immediately that I wanted it. (It might've partially been because Seth Green was on that episode ... I'll never confirm nor deny.) While the game is complex, I love pirate-themed things, and always enjoy playing Libertalia ... even if no one else enjoyed it as much. (My mom gets confused every time we play, because we leave it so long and then she forgets the rules ... and then ALWAYS WINS!)