Outlander: Destiny Dice Game

I must conOutlanderDestinyDicefess that I approached this game with a fair bit of trepidation. Would this combination of two of my favorite things (Outlander and gaming) produce something lovely like dipping strawberries in chocolate or would it be more like trying to read and walk at the same time with lots of tripping and running into things?

Upon opening the box, I thought,  ‘At the very least it’s pretty.’  The cards and dice all have images from the tv show, which certainly adds to the atmosphere when playing. Despite the heavy visual tie-in to the show though, you do not need to know anything about Outlander to play and enjoy the game, so feel free to drag your non-Outlander appreciating friends in.

The rules are fairly simple, which is definitely a plus. Everyone seemed to grasp the basics after one complete round. It did take a few rounds to remember everyone’s special power, but there was a simple chart, so that didn’t slow things down much. The turns move pretty quickly as long as no one in the group agonizes too much over their decisions before acting.

As you’d expect with any game with dice, there is a lot of luck involved, but I found the decisions surprisingly more interesting and meaningful than I expected. It has a little bit of a Yahtzee-like feel since you are rolling a bunch of dice (though 6 not 5) to get sets to score points. But there are restrictions on what you can and can’t re-roll and I often found myself trying to decide if I wanted to keep the sure points or re-roll them and hope for higher combos. These decisions gave the game a push-your-luck vibe that was fun in and of itself and seemed an appropriate mirror to Claire’s constant struggles.

So if you enjoy games and have at least one other person you can get to play with you, I’d definitely recommend adding this to your game collection.

Has anyone else played this yet? Similar or differing opinions?

A little Droughtlander ease…

Droughtlander is still in full swing, but thankfully, our symptoms are eased with the arrival of Season Two now currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. We’ve seen our members post pictures of their new treasure and express their giddiness.

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I don’t have my copy yet…but sooooooon. There have been so many gifs and pictures released to help me want it all the more.

We get to relive Frank’s meltdown after finding out the woman he loves is carrying another man’s child. For him to realize someone else gave her what he could not.

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One of my favorite moments with Roger and Claire is this:

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That one brief moment where you can see the anguish on Roger’s face. You know that he truly loved and appreciated the Reverend for taking him in as a 5-year old boy and loving him as much as any biological father would. Not many people would take in a child they barely knew and love them unconditionally.

But, at the heart of this story is the love that Claire and Jamie still have for each other. There are good times and there were so many bad times in France and Scotland, and even though they may have been at odds with each other they still loved each other with every fiber of their being.

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Season Two was a tough season for Claire and Jamie, but it will shape them into the people they become later in life. Soon, I will have my excited little hands on Season Two to watch and watch and watch some more.

Dinna fash, Heughligans, Season Three will be here before we know it!

(Pictures and gifs courtesy of @SonyPicsAtHome)

Sigh, now what

 

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What’s the matter? You’ve been crying for months!

Haven’t you noticed the drought?

No, that’s just fall.

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I’m not talking about everything turning brown. I’m talking about season two of Outlander being over and now I’ve got nothing to do.

 

 

 

Have you tried reading?

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What about the blue covered one?

Read it, loaned it never got it back.

There’s this crazy thing I heard of…

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Seriously there are thousands of stories waiting for you.

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Throw caution to the wind and try check out this list

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If all else fails you can now pick up The Making of Outlander available today

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Enjoy your first read, second read or I’m still discovering new things –th read

Feel free to add book recommendations in the comments, we still have a long wait ahead of us.

#Droughtlander #Season3 #PrintingPress #TobiasMenziesIsMyFav #CaughtThatHuh #HHAdmin

Some Droughtlander Relief Next Month

On October 18th, we’ve got 2 exciting new things to get distract us for a while.

First, we have The Making of Outlander. It looks gorgeous and I assure you we will have a review up as soon as we get it in our eager little clutches.

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And on the same day, we have an anthology with a new Diana Gabaldon short story. The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads contains the short story Fogmeister which is based on Berndt Rosemeyer, Germany’s most famous race-driver.

And if you’re wondering why this has no Jamie Fraser, I’ll let Diana explain. But I’d read Diana explaining the phone book, so I’m sure I’ll read it as soon as it’s out and will review it as well.

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So, happy reading everyone!