Blatherings 017 – Apologies, Tetris 99 and Kingdom Hearts 3

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I can’t remember the last time I was able to finish a game, let alone this quickly!

Another week, another round of chatting!

But first an apology for last weeks absence – I was hoping to do a YouTube reveal that broke at the 11th hour, and now I want to redo it,

So today I have some thoughts on Tetris 99, and an answer for the question ‘Should I play Kingdom Hearts 3’ now I have finished the story.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Blatherings 016 – Some tweaks are coming, and it’s been a year!

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Another Year Bites the Dust

And we made it through a whole year!  It’s a milestone that just zipped by me, it really hasn’t felt like it.

Alpal is still taking some time out, so it’s just me – so that means another Blatherings!  That won’t be the case for much longer though, as The Rabbit has agreed to join us talk about games played 🙂

Sorry I sound a bit sniffly and bleh – my nose is making it hard to breath and talking has been interesting 🙁

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Blatherings 015 – Kingdom Hearts 3

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When Alpal is away, I will Blather away!

Another Saturday, another podcast. But with Alpal taking a break, it’s back to the Blatherings!

And the timing worked out great for me because I can talk about a Video Game I have been waiting for. And waiting for. And waiting.

But now Kingdom Hearts 3 is here, and today I talk about if new players can pick it up or not, with no story spoilers at all.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Things are quiet, but things are moving! Updates and Changes today

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So a little bit on what is happening and when

So as you have seen, there has still been a fair bit of daily content coming through thanks largely to Alpal.  I have been working away on both the site and work, which has me snowed at the moment with my upcoming much needed holiday.

It’s about a week later than I hoped for, but here is a hard timeline for items over the next few weeks!

Podcasts (and Vlogs?  Vodcasts?  All the things!)

As mentioned already, Blatherings isn’t gone – it’s just going back to my blathering on about things.

Alpal and I are coming back in a new podcast called Clear, Concise Ramblings, and recording is officially starting TODAY.  I expect a couple of episodes of fine tuning again, but we seem to have what we want to talk about down pat – namely, talking about the games we have played 😀

The Blatherings will continue as me talking about things that I just want to talk about, and not always board game related.  But I am also getting things pretty sorted with the video camera and stuff, so I am also going to do an occasional Video Blatherings as well, probably with Facebook live stream.  Why?  Because PAX is only a few weeks away, and I can get stuff up on the Facebook page immediately!

So expect a couple of trial streams next week as I test out the tech, because I do not Facebook well I know but I am excited about this!

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The Video Series – How to play, How to teach, and just a game

So far I have gotten one how-to video mostly finished, and a gameplay session that frankly I am not happy still with how it came out.

A problem at my place is lighting and sound.  Normal steady background noise like my PC I can eliminate, but not cars driving by and the like.  That I pretty much live with as it’s circumstantial.  The lighting is harder to live with though.  It is looking good to my eye and on preview, then I move a card half a centimetre in any direction and on camera it’s either to dark or too shiny to see clearly.  You may notice this on some of the photos of components I take.

During the week prior to PAX Aus, there will be a couple of videos going up, but these are looking to be a monthly addition after all for the time being.

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And PAX Aus itself!

So I am not a media person or anything like that, but my annual PAX trip is really my holiday.  It is all of my annual holidays rolled up into one, and the only time I take dedicated time off work during the year.

This year I am taking a couple of weeks off work and driving down to Melbourne with my partner, so it is going to be great for me personally.  Site updates and internet access wise though?  Not so much.

So there will be more Facebook and Twitter updates as I see things, but the site will not be updated quite as regularly with new things.  This is the period I will have more reviews ready and things like that, but for other updates check out the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter – I am starting to try and use both more actively to get in the habit!

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Two weeks of this 🙂

So that’s all in the works, and when what is coming and how.

Other than that, I hope you are having a great day, and I will catch you later.

Until then,


Blatherings is changing too!

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The site is not the only changes

I have been wrestling with recording a Blatherings this week for a while, and I just can’t seem to make it.

I have mentioned changes to the site for a little while now, including in a previous Blatherings.  And they are getting here.

Alpal and I are set on the new podcast path, and I am happy where that is going.  We need to start recording, but once that starts hopefully next weekend, it will keep flowing nicely.

Today I was going to do a Blatherings where I just talked about the changes (again!) and some upcoming Video Games like Destiny’s Forsaken expansion coming next week, but then I realised I could just keep updating the site and get the changes quicker.

So that’s what I am doing this morning.  I am sorry for throwing the schedule at the last minute, but the next Podcast will be a debut and my Blatherings, so a doubleheader incoming!

As a sneak peek to the site changes though, do you notice anything different?

Until next time,


JohnHQLD Blatherings 013 – Some of our favourite 2 player games

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Some of the games we play with only 2 players

Hi everyone,

Today Alpal and I talk about a couple of our favourite 2 player games.  No big lists, not a lot of variety, simply a couple of our go-to games when you want to pass a bit of time with one other player 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!


Oh, and in the background of this recording is our new co-host – Jessie Jaws!  She is an adorable fluffy puppy, and so much fun 🙂

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And Introducing Jessie Jaws!

JohnHQLD Blatherings 012 – Some changes are coming

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Running solo again for a week!

Hi everyone!

With the rush from the end of the financial year, now that things have started slowing down I have had a chance to look back on how the site and Blatherings have been going over the last few months.

That has led me to start thinking about changes to the site, and with the Blatherings.

With Alpal and I being sick this week, I have taken this chance for a quick update and talk about some of the things I am looking at changing.  Nothing immediate, and I am looking for thoughts and feedback, but it felt like time to start airing the thoughts.

Unfortunately, I am airing these thoughts with a blocked nose, so I have sounded better – sorry about that!

But on that note, I am going to have a restful weekend catching up on some games and learning new ones.

I hope you all have a great weekend too!


JohnHQLD Blatherings 011 – HABA Games

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Welcome to the 11th Blatherings!

Today Alpal and I talk about some HABA games. HABA make fun, quick and simple games largely targeted at younger children, but are also fun for adults to play as well.

We talk about are ‘Unicorn Glitterluck’, ‘Tiny Park’, ‘Rhino Hero’, ‘Rhino Hero: Super Battle’, ‘Orinoco Gold’, ‘Bang, Boom, Gold!’

Have a great weekend everyone!


JohnHQLD Blatherings 010 – The Heist Episode!

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Today we Aim to Misbehave

Today we tried a different tack and inadvertently picked a theme. Anyone Aim to Misbehave? Alpal talks about her new purchase Train Heist, and I talk about the upcoming Mansky Caper. Finally, we both compare the upcoming Big Score to both.

Audio quality is a little inconsistent this episode as we are playing with new setups, so apologies for the slight echo!

Have a great weekend everyone!