Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Good Year For Gifts

I know I said last week I was going to be pretty quiet the next few weeks. It's because I didn't expect to have time to post, due to family holiday celebrations.

My wife's mother and my family all live close enough to us that we spend time with both families over the holidays.  We alternate, though.  One year, we spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with her mother; the next year, we spend Thanksgiving with Steph's mother and Christmas with my family.

When we don't have Christmas with the family, we celebrate with the family on a different day in December.  For us, it was last weekend.  So I already have most of my presents for the year.

I suspect that my parents struggle to find good gifts for me, which is why I have an Amazon Wish List. And the usually buy off of that list.

The first, you probably have stashed somewhere.  Well, a version of it, at any rate.  But, until last weekend, I've never owned a copy of Monopoly.  We had one in the house when I was a kid, but I never felt the need to own it. Until this edition was released.

And I got a copy of Subbuteo. I'm a sucker for sports-themed games. And I'm a sucker for dexterity games (even though I'm terrible at them). But this one has been on my list for a good long while. Hopefully it'll hit the table before too long so I know if I want to order a few more things for it. Like a better pitch, for example ...

I hope that each of you gets everything you need and a reasonable selection of what you want. Not just for Christmas, either.

Next weekend, I'll be celebrating Christmas with my Mother-In-Law, and so I will almost certainly not have time to sit in front of a computer, so I will remind you now: New Year's Eve. Phoenix Games. Be There!

5:00 PM.  $5 or $5 in value of food for the potluck.


  1. A reader recently clued me in to Subbuteo, two worldwide leagues, and the various specialty manufacturers of bases and other third-party components.

  2. It's weirdly terrifying how much support the game has. I saw a news article on it a few years ago and wishlisted it at that point, which is how my parents came to buy it for me. Now that I own it, I did a bit of poking around online for more info. How-to videos, bases, figures, pitches ...

    You can even buy spectators and referees - pieces that aren't actually used in the game!