Game Night! – CAH & the Return of #FrozenFoodFridays!

Greets, mortals!  Let’s start things off with a thank you to those of you that may have joined the game night crew earlier tonight as we dusted off the card table and streamed one of our favorites, Cards Against Humanity.  As always, it was whack, inappropriate, borderline-aneurysm-inducing (Editor’s Note: well, for him, anyway) fun.  For those that couldn’t join us live, don’t despair, my marvelous minions – just look below!

Now, normally that might be enough to call it a night – oh but I told you last time, old EWE has decided he wants to start ramping things up around here again.  Sure, I may not be able to post as OFTEN as I might like – but when I do, dammit, I’m going to make damn sure it was worth it.  So I have reached WAY back to find one of my most beloved segments from early in the blog’s life, dusted off the mothballs (Editor’s Note: or, in this case, freezer burn) whatever – I present to you the return of #FrozenFoodFridays!

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So, if you know me at all, and you think I’m going to find anything wrong with this dish, all I can say is hahahahahaha!!!

So, let’s get the negatives out of the way right off the bat, shall we?  Devour frozen meals have a completely godawful marketing department.  I mean, a balls-out, what-the-shit, genuinely horrific messaging campaign marked their entrance into the marketplace, and only got marginally better with their recent Deadpool 2 tie-in commercial campaign.  I loved that movie, but it didn’t influence my frozen dinner purchasing.  The commercial itself was entertaining as hell though, I’ll give them that.

The problem with all of this fancy packaging, 6th grade “food you wanna fork” (seriously, that is their slogan – if my eyes rolled any harder they would fall out) marketing campaign, and Deadpool licensing agreement is that it all leads to increased cost to you at the register.  When purchased at regular price, Devour frozen meals are some of the most expensive per ounce frozen meals you are going to find in the standard frozen food section of the grocer’s freezer, without venturing into specialty areas such as gluten free or the like.  However, this is where the good news begins because the meals are quite often not at regular price recently – more and more often, they are on sale.  And if you can find them while on such a sale, take full advantage of it, for you will not be disappointed.

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Look at this…LOOK AT IT!

I’ve not been fortunate enough yet to have sampled all of the wide variety of Devour meals, in particular the new sandwiches – but what I have had so far has been universally fantastic.  Painless preparation – heat, stir, heat again, let stand, stir and enjoy.  And as you’ve probably noticed above, they have one dish in particular that combines lasagna, alfredo sauce, Italian sausage, and bacon – four of my favorite things to eat in one scrumptious meal.  Devour frozen meals definitely get a thumbs up from me!

That’s it for tonight folks, as old EWE is hearing the siren song of his sheets and blankets – but with luck maybe I can be back before the weekend is out!  Until then, kiddos! – EWE

 

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Game Night! – Cards Against Humanity (And Some Other Stuff!)

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Let’s start with the other stuff, humans!  My journey through Midgard and the realms beyond alongside Kratos and Atreus continues, and it continues to amaze me with the development of both its world and its characters.  I simply cannot exaggerate how much of a rebirth this game is for Kratos – from a mindless avatar of rage and destruction to a wizened, saddened, but still angry, and struggling to be better, father and man.  I can’t get into too many details without spoiling story beats, and that would be criminal because you simply owe it to yourself to play this game because I don’t know how any game this year is going to beat it as a pure gaming experience.  I cannot get enough of it, and am enjoying every moment I spend with it.

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When I’ve put down the PS4 controller and gone to bed (Editor’s Note: and subsequently failed to fall asleep) I’ve been spending some time with Adol Christin’s adventure in Ys: The Oath in Felghana.  The Ys series of action-RPGs is one to which I am definitely late to the party, as I have had them lingering in my Steam library for quite some time but have only recently begun playing through them – but I don’t mind because that has resulted in the most pleasant kind of surprise.  Fantastic, challenging combat and platforming, creative level design, and absolutely stellar boss battle design have made these games a complete blast for me to play.  The storylines are fairly standard anime fare – which, as an anime fan, I’m not complaining about, but if you aren’t an anime fan, won’t do much for you.  But overall, in my time playing through Ys Origins and now Ys: Oath in Felghana, if you are a fan of action RPGs or action platformers at all, you owe it to yourself to try this game.

Finally, tonight, Dracollia, Beefer, and myself may have made some kind of dubious history by dealing in three-month-old-tomorrow Special Buddy!  It was quite fun to watch as we banter, either on YouTube or Twitch or below!

Happy gaming, my friends! – EWE

Game Night! – Schroedinger’s Cats

Mortals!  So, you may have noticed that this entry and video are simply entitled “Game Night” rather than “Friday Game Night” as is my usual practice of getting together with my regular crew of miscreants.  This is for a very good reason – and that reason is God of War.  My entire crew and I sat enraptured on Friday night well into the evening as I began the opening hours of Sony’s absolute masterpiece upon it’s release.  As a fan of the previous God of War games, I don’t think I can stress enough just what an incredible achievement this new game is – it should be played by everyone.  Fans of God of War games, fans of games at all.  Absolutely everything about it has been stellar thus far, and I am enjoying absolutely every moment I spend with it, and am thoroughly excited to bring you my detailed thoughts on it as I progress further into the game.  All this is to say, however, that my crew and I didn’t get to our game stream until the following day.

But it was worth the wait, because thanks to my absolute bestie Malevolent Moogle and her hubby Absurdum taking a trip to PAX and bring me back some gifts, my crew and I got to play a new card game from publisher Ninth Level Games, Schroedinger’s Cats!  It was a lot of fun, and is a much quicker play than some other card games – so take a look and see if it looks like something you and your gaming groups might enjoy!  You can find the video at YouTube and Twitch, or just watch it below!

Hope you enjoy!  But seriously – go play God of War.  Now.  Right now. – EWE

Friday Game Night Stream – Cards Against Humanity

Salutations, humans!  Tonight it’s time for something a little different – for the blog if not for myself.  You see, every Friday night I gather together with my closest cabal of chicanery and celebrate the end of the infernal work week by reveling in some gaming goodness.  Now, while some of our exploits are certainly not going to win me any Father of the Year Awards anytime soon, it was decided that we should give a try to opening up our little shindigs to you out there.  Being the utter novice at video production that I am, I decided not to jump feet first into live-streaming, but instead recorded us playing one of our favorites, Cards Against Humanity – and oh, it was a good time.

So join EWE, his spawn Beefer and Monkey, sexy succubus Dracollia, adorable Special Buddy, and Zero the Feline Emperor for a decidedly NSFW evening of entertainment!  You can join us on YouTube or Twitch or if you’re a lazy bastard (Editor’s Note: Like him) then just watch it right here!

Hope you all enjoy, and please, while I never discourage people from hate, if you feel compelled to lecture me in the comments about my poor parenting skills, save it – my kiddos are well adjusted, brilliant, grounded (in the good sense), and happy.  And Special Buddy is just perfect!  Until next time, humans. – EWE

Joking Hazard FTW!

No, children, I am NOT advocating you commit suicide by cyanide – though admittedly, the list of folks I’m tempted to give a cyanide soda to is not particularly short.  This is actually a rather happy use of cyanide – at least, if your as twisted and find enjoyment in the suffering of others as much as I do.  This is my new favorite card game – Joking Hazard, from the same talented sociopaths that brought you Cyanide & Happiness.

For quite some time now, the title of Best Card Game has been owned by Cards Against Humanity.  Joking Hazard, however, has similar complete-the-sequence-in-the-funniest/most horrible-manner-possible gameplay, but one-ups CAH by having each card illustrated by the delightfully depraved Blue and Green from the C&H web comic.  Now, you no longer need to mentally picture the insane, borderline criminal scenarios that the cards you’ve played depict – it’s right there in front of you!

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The king is dead – long live the king!

Gameplay is simple – each round, a different player acts as judge and starts a comic strip sequence, then judges which player has completed the sequence in the “best” manner.  Best can mean a lot of things – most fitting, most logical, most insane, most horrific…the possibilities are endless.  Well, until you run out of cards, I guess.  So not quite endless.  But still…a fucking lot of possibilities.

Do yourself a favor – get some friends together (or if you’re like me and nobody fucking likes you, round up some hostages), settle in with a few (lot of) adult beverages, and play this game.  You won’t be disappointed.  Unless you’re an asshole with no sense of humor – in which case, the fact that you continue to read this blog makes you some kind of masochist, so you STILL win!  Enjoy! – EWE