Monday, September 24, 2012

How I Choose Board Games

A couple of years ago, my family would probably only have the standard board games that everybody has or know about, such as Monopoly, Life, and Chess. For some reason, my family decided to get more board games and some of them I like and some I don't like.When we started out with those few board games, I didn't really know much about other board games. Me and my siblings decided to get board games we saw in stores or considered popular. But, it changed when we started to pick up more board games and learn more about what we want from a good board game and how each board game is different from another.

Now, I research games before I decide to purchase them. I find it exciting to research games that I might possibly get in the future.

I would check Board Game Geek and The Dice Tower. Board Game Geek provides details of general information on board games, but you have to log in to participate in forums and such. On the other hand, The Dice Tower has a forum, Youtube channel, and top 10 and top 100 list.

I like The Dice Tower because it has different kind of lists about board games, including top 10 and top 100 and not just from one year, but its continually updated through the years. On The Dice Tower's top 100 list, I noticed that there was column for people's choice award, along with the choices of two other people. It's nice to know what other people's impressions are of board games and what they believe are good or popular games.

A good chunk of deciding which game to get next is what category the games falls in. The Dice Tower listed examples of different categories for board games, which I found very useful. I didn't think about it before, but I tend to prefer some games over others. I like "Party/Trivial" and "Take That" kind of board games more than "Roll-and-Move" board games. Board Game Geek also provide categories for each board game, such as "Party Game," "Bluffing," "Humor," "European," and more.

I can't deny that how to play the game is an important part of how I would choose a game. I find that besides the descriptions and reviews of board games, watching other people play gives you a better idea of how to play and what to expect. I have to say that the Youtube channel, geekandsundry is my favorite to watch with a board game theme. I like that he provides viewers with a description of the game, describes how to play it, then, play it with 3 other people who might be Youtube celebrities, video producers and etc. Among one of the videos I watched from geekandsundry's youtube channel was about the board game Dixit and actually influenced my decision on purchasing the board game.

Of course, my decision are also based on reviews, suggestions, and/or friends comments. I choose to spend more time finding out more about board games because I want it to be something I can enjoy with friends and family and be able to play over and over again. Not only that, but I want board games that would allow me to laugh, bluff, or think and simply give me a great experience.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blogging Infrequently

I know I haven't been blogging as much as I used to blog. Part of that reason is that not much exciting things are happening for me to share. The other part of the reason is that I have put other commitments ahead of blogging, so I have dedicated less time to blogging.

But, that doesn't mean that I will stop blogging altogether. I still value my blog too much and believe that I have more contribute. I will stick with this blog because it doesn't make sense for me to quit it.

I do want to post more blogs like I was able to do for most of this year, but I don't think its as possible as before. I think its also because I haven't been able to come up with blog topics or themes as much as before, but I will try to update my blog more as possible when I come up with new ideas.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why I Chose UC Davis

When I was first applying to universities in high school, I had no idea whether I would be attending one or not or be accepted. I'm quite doubtful of myself and have been described as humble. Nonetheless, that thought did not stop me from applying for admission to a university. I was encouraged to go for certain universities, but not forced. When I was applying my first goal was getting into one. I remembered the moment when I was first accepted into a university. I was sitting in the office with the advisor Sacramento State about how to apply and got some forms done. Once the forms were done the advisor said something along the lines of "Congratulations. you are in." At the at moment, I thought "omg, I really could do this. Maybe I can get into other universities." However, the wait to find out if I got into other universities was about a 3 month waiting process.

I found out which universities I got into a separate occasions. From the universities I was accepted into and was considering for admission was UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UC Santa Cruz. Later, UC Santa Cruz got cut off the list although I would have loved to live next to the beach for college. So, it was between UC Davis and Cal Poly SLO. I had a hard time choosing between the two. They both had their pro and cons. Cal Poly SLO was beautiful, far away, and offered me the opportunity to connect with people who wouldn't know me in a new town. UC Davis would allow me to be close to home and go home whenever I would like. Both the universities were my top choices because they were considered Agriculture schools and had some expertise in that area. My major was Environment Horticulture for both schools. When deciding I thought that I might change my major and to History, which I did end up doing my Freshman year. I was encouraged to go to Cal Poly SLO and it almost became my decision until I discovered that Cal Poly SLO's History program was new. I wanted a History program that was strong and from many different professors, which I definitely received while I was at UC Davis. So, even if I did cry the night I declined Cal Poly SLO and chose UC Davis instead that it was the right decision to make because of what I wanted to study. And, I still stand by my decision today.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering September 11th

You know those days you can't really forget? September 11, 2001 is one of those days that I don't think I would ever forget. There's no denying that 9/11 comes once every year and every time it comes by people do think about what happened to the people and the nation.

I was 10 when I first found out what happened on September 11th. That day, I had school. But, before me and my brother went to school, we always watched "Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?" All of a sudden, the show stopped playing and was interrupted by some news on t.v.. I remembered a guy saying something happened in New York around 9am? I didn't get to watch the whole thing since me and my brother had to leave for school. But, when we got to school we found out the importance of what we learned on the news.

I know I'm not the only one who won't forget that day. It's a day in history that has become so memorable in America and around the world. What happened on the date helped changed the mindset of many and how we have sought more protection for our nation.