Thursday, 18 June 2020

Game Review: Minion Masters

Hello Readers,

Today I have a game review for you. I came across Minion Masters while looking for something to do with my cousin (ITWGNAP) in lockdown and here we are over 45+ hours later. I know the shock and the horror of me reviews a recent game I know!

This is one of them games that looks deceptively simple but has quite a bit of strategic depth and this game remarkably fast-paced. Minion Masters is suited for short game-play sessions that evolve into hours spent trying to find the best cards for your fighting style.

This game is honestly the definition of addictive and challenging. You are the Master who summons their minions with mana (refills overtime at the bottom) to do battle across a field with two bridges. Minions can claim the bridges and destroy the rival Master. Claiming bridges earns you XP and allows you to level up quicker, earning unique perks based on your chosen Master (More on that in a minute).

Timing is everything and setting up the perfect combos to help you or your team win. The object is to bring your opponent’s health down to 0 by using your minions who cross a bridge to do battle with the opponent.  You get to choose your master and each one has its own special perks for this post I’m going to focus on the two ITWGNAP and I play most.

I prefer playing as Apep because I love his abilities. Apep the Serpent God has the ability to gain free cards and make himself invulnerable with a totem honouring himself cause self-care and love guys! Also, his basic attack is nothing to frown upon Spits acid at enemies to deal 30 damage every 2.5 sec. however, for each card that costs 5 or more in his hand, Apep gains +35% attack speed. Apep perks are Gift of the Serpent God which puts a random 2 mana Minion or Building card in Apep's deck to use for free. Shield Totem While the Shield Totem is alive Apep is immune to damage again another freebie. His final perk is Greater Gift of the Serpent God which again put a random 4 mana Minion or Building card in Apep's deck to use for free.

Whereas ITWGNAP prefers playing Morellia. Morellia is a versatile spellcaster and I am glad when she is on my side not so cute to go against because she can call her pet dragon to her aid. Morellia draws upon her Book of the Dead to grant her mastery over accursed magic. Her perks are Book of the Dead, Unholy Bargain and Queen's Dragon.

There are multiple ways to play this game

  • Play online in teams or solo
  • Invite your friends to a vs or team game
  • Mayhem Challenge
  • BUUUUBBLES!!!
  • Challenge
  • Adventure

Overall, we have both really enjoyed this game and have gotten our friends to download it and rotate teams during a gaming session. Its been a great way to stay connected during the lockdown and is now our go-to game.  Also, we have a wide range of other names that we use instead of the correct ones. Anyone who has played feel free to guess the following cards

  • Whirlywooo!
  • Puff the magic dragon
  • Funky Monkey
  • Present/Surprise 
  • Suck a bus!
  • Trashcan
  • Triplets! 
  • Splat
  • Jiggy Puff
  • Charge!!!!

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Thursday, 11 June 2020

My well-loved books

Hello Readers,

Today I thought I would share with you my well-loved books. These are the books that have been grown with me and I have reread countless times. One is extra special though as I am the book, second owner. If you read this post and you get a need to go find your well-loved books please tag me on Twitter and Instagram, I would love to see what you find. For the titles, I have added a link to Goodreads so you can read the synopsis or add it to your wish list.

 

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

This is one of the books that has grown with me and I have had it since year 6 (10/11 years old). I wish I had taken better care of it as it is signed by Michael and I’ve written my name all over it, obviously. I say that I think I’m being a little harsh as you can see the cover and the pages don’t look too bad considering the book is 16 years old.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I got this book while on holiday when I was 15 years old. I was on holiday and I really can’t remember if kindles were a thing back then but I read everything I took with me.  Well, I met a lovely Canadian and she gave me Memoirs of a Geisha the day she left. As you can tell it's well-loved the protective plastic is peeling off, the pages are a little dog eared and there is a little bit of water damage on the back. I’ll be honest I think I dropped it by the pool.

Marked by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

This whole series is pretty beat up if I’m honest. This series is the one I recommend at school and the first two maybe three books got passed around my friendship group a lot. Its is a toss-up between the spine on Marked vs the next book on the list who is more worn. Thankfully I haven’t lost any pages yet. This series is beyond underrated and I am going to be shouting about it more the characters are diverse as hell, the story is wholesome and the books have aged well. I am also still missing book three it's fine. Oh! I’ve only just realised it says not suitable for young readers on the back oooops I started reading these when I was 16.   

True Blood Omnibus (Dead until dark, Living dead inDallas and Club dead) by Charlaine Harris

This is three books in one so clearly, it’s a chunky monkey and possibly why the spine is so damaged. Also, it feathers out at the top I think this is due to being squished in with its friends. You can also see that the front half is more loved than the back that’s due to me getting the second and third book as birthday presents.

My Terry Pratchett Collection

I have read through two maybe even three copies of my favourite Pratchett books. I have had to replace and re-replace Reaper Man, The Fifth Elephant, The Colour of Magic, Going Postal and Hogfather. I mean to the point I was taping the pages back in. I have them on eBook and audiobook now but I missed physically having them so I have them in the Gollancz stupidly pretty covers that I haven’t touched and they just sit pretty on the shelf (Don’t be judgy!).

Let me know your well-loved books I really want to see them or any books you have a story behind getting

L x

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Monday, 8 June 2020

Let's Talk About.... My Beliefs

Hello Readers,

So, this post is coming from the bottom of my heart and my brain getting back to itself after a bad MH Blip. While I was showing support for Black Lives Matters, I got a lovely set of messages in my social media inboxes telling me to “Stay in my lane” Hun what lane is that?

Obviously, I asked them what they meant and apparently, I can’t support more than once cause. I know how dare I, I’m sorry. Actually, no you and your narrowminded teaspoon-sized brain can have a time out.  You do you not get to dictate to me who and how I support causes. It doesn’t take much to know the difference between right and wrong.

One of my core beliefs is being kind and not a bully. I will support Black Lives Matter because this shouldn’t be an issue in 2020. I will support LGBT rights because what right do you have telling people they are wrong for who they love and they don’t exist. I will support Trans rights until my family and friends are safe. I will support whatever charity I like! There is no limit on what I see is right and who I chose to support.

Being silent it deadly, silence kills. Being unheard is dangerous. People need to realise that being quiet is almost as dangerous and holding a loaded gun. I do not condone any violence but it would be ignorant of me to ignore the action of the suffragettes and others who have paved the way for me to have my freedoms.

On the matter of damaging being done with every protest you get the trouble makers I remember watching the student riots and seeing people who had nothing to do with the protest smashing everything it happened then it happened now. While in this vain remember the damage that gets done when England does well or bad in football bus stops, ambulances, police horses and police cars get damaged where was your cry of outrage then. I’ve seen on social media people hijacking hashtags to flip the meaning and creating groups to go cause this damage. It’s a basic strategy, corrupt the original meaning and turn the narration. 

Also, quick side note while I’m on my soapbox from what I’ve seen shopping. If you are going in to purely be a Karen stop! shop workers have worked all of the lockdown with little to no protection while getting an increased level of abuse. Also, don’t moan at them and blame the shop because grown-ass adults can’t follow lines and government guidelines that’s on you.

On that matter, people moaning the protests are going to cause an increase in COVID cases. People can’t follow arrows or the 2m guides in a supermarket. People are still picking things up and putting them back on the shelf hello cross-contamination. Pulling masks down to speak or taking them off before they leave the shop.  Leaving gloves in the trolly or just in the shop. People have been to the beach. People did a street party. People have blatantly been ignoring lockdown don’t just blame people protesting.

L x

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Monday, 1 June 2020

Let's talk about.... LittleLifts

Hello Readers,

Today marks the start of Mother Goose’s and I LittleLift challenge. After I did my video announcing that we were doing the challenge at 20,000 steps a day, I was met with messages of worry and concern. With both, our jobs Mother Goose and I can do anywhere between 16,000 – 22,000 steps in a workday. Do you not agree with me it's slightly unfair for us to only challenge each other 2,000 steps a day? On our days off it’s the real challenge we have agreed to try hit 7,000 – 10,000 steps.  I also have a sponsor page no pressure to donate but if you wouldn’t mind here’s a link.

So now all boring bits out the way let’s talk about Little Lifts. I came across LittleLifts on Twitter at the beginning of the year and I can 100% get behind what they are doing. So LittleLifts are what they say on the box a little lift.  They provide practical and emotional support to women who face chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer, giving them a carefully created box at the start of or during their treatment that contains little sparks of joy during a dark time.

If you’ve followed me for a while you know how close breast cancer charities are to my heart. I remember when my Grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer her friends sent her little cheer up packages including cards, funny photos and little gifts. I still remember her waiting by the door when she knew one was coming. I would like to imagine that’s how people are knowing that LittleLifts has their back.

So, what is in the LittleLifts box I hear you cry for a full list click here. Here’s a couple of things I picked out

·         Face and Body Lotion

·         Lip Balm

·         Chewing Gum

·         Chilli Oil and Mixed Herbs

·         Tote Bag

 Check out my Instagram for daily updates and to see Mother Goose and I compete against each other.

L x

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