If We Were Having Coffee… Quarantine Special!

If we were having coffee… I would say I don’t need to tell you that the world is a little upside down at the moment.  I’ve been self-isolating since 17th March as Neil got a temperate and the advice in the U.K at that point was that the household of those affected needed to stay put.  Four weeks feels like four months – so much has changed in such a short space of time.  I’ve been learning, like a lot of people, how to work from home, and trying to find a silver lining in this opportunity to develop some new skills and spend some more time with my family.  I feel terrible for those poorly affected by this, I crave normality again.

If we were having coffee… I would say that being at home has meant I have had a lot of time to play Animal Crossing.  I already have more hours in Animal Crossing than I have in all the games I have played so far on the Switch – the stats told me so!  It isn’t often I find a game so gloriously immersive that I lose so many hours to it, but it’s been exactly what I’ve needed to relax during this unsettling time.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I started playing Clank! Legacy and I’m not exaggerating when I say it is the best tabletop experience I have ever had.  It is really hard to talk about Legacy games (see my really vague thoughts on Gloomhaven) because the joy of the experience is unlocking every little surprise.  And boy, does Clank! Legacy have a lot of surprises!  This edition was my introduction to the world of Clank! and I feel wonderfully eased into the rules by a steady unlock of new mechanics.  Every time Neil suggests a board game now, I ask for Clank!.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that my quarantine show I’ve been binge-watching is Shark Tank on Netflix.  It feels really inspiring to see so many people bringing new ideas to the table (and it’s also kind of hilarious when some of those ideas are really, really bad)…

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I have just finished reading Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary.  It was laugh-out-loud funny, and I was so taken by McCreary’s story that I dug a little deeper after I got to the end and watched some of his stand-up on YouTube.  I think what he is doing for autism awareness is amazing.

If we were having coffee… I would tell you that I started playing Mansions of Madness (it’s been my quarantine gift to myself).  It is a Fantasy Flight game in the same universe as Arkham Horror, and is run entirely through an app.  Players must progress through missions by unraveling clues and opening doors, which trigger events and the placement of new tile pieces.  The map is ever-changing, and the story is really mysterious and thematic, so we really got a lot out of our first session.  We had a good, strong start, with the RNG of the dice favouring us to the point that we were virtually taking no damage or horror at all, and then it all fell apart horribly at the end, and we lost just one or two turns from victory.  It’s made us hungry for another attempt!

If we were having coffee… I would show you the beautiful original watercolour paintings I bought from Jasmine Rebecca Art, a shop I fell in love with during one of my Cornwall trips to Polperro.  You can check out her range of relaxing ocean and nature inspired artwork right here.

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well during this time! 💛

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1 Comment

  1. 25th April 2020 / 2:20 pm

    I just came across you and your posts on Carla’s Carla Loves to Read blog, where she had posted First Line Fridays. I am fascinated by you and could learn a great deal by reading your posts. I am 75, and games are foreign to me. I’d love to have a peek at their appeal and several of your passions. I teach students at the junior and senior level at the university I’ve worked for for the past 31 years, so insights into your mind would help me connect with them, perhaps.

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