End Game Thoughts: Yoshi’s Crafted World!

Whyyyy is this week over already?! My husband and I had the entire week off of work- my birthday is 7/26 and our anniversary is 7/29, so it’s something we do every year. Now, since we are still in the midst of a pandemic, we didn’t stay anywhere, but it was still nice to have a whole week off to relax and do whatever the fuck we wanted! I’m going to try not to cry yet- we still have the glorious weekend to do whatever, so I’ll try to enjoy that and not think about the misery I’m going to feel come Monday. Anyway, here’s an End Game Thoughts post!

Game Title: Yoshi’s Crafted World
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Hours Played: about 8

About The Game

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This adorable little gem of a game came out in  March 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. I started playing it January 5, 2020 and beat it February 16, 2020- my first game I beat in 2020, go me!

Anyway, Yoshi’s Crafted World begins with Kamek starting shit because Baby Bowser is a whiny little shit who wants these damn Dream Gems to make his dreams come true, or something. While trying to steal them, Kamek just ends up making a mess and the Gems go flying all over the damn place. All the Yoshis figure they better go get those Dream Gems before those bastards do, so off they go!

What I Liked

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This game is SO CUTE! It is an absolute joy to play. I love the graphics and how everything looks like it’s made out of paper/cardboard/crafted objects (though I do prefer Yoshi’s Woolly World in terms of style). The levels and the bosses are fun and unique to play, and there’s a lot of little extras to keep you coming back for more!

What I Didn’t Like

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I really don’t have any complaints about this game! It’s fun and enjoyable to play, and the final levels of the game are decently challenging. I guess the only thing I have to say here is that the music is just okay- I didn’t mind it, but I wish there was more variety with the tunes.

Closing Thoughts

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This game is wonderful and is a joy to play. I appreciate how much extra content there is besides “just” the levels- there are Poochy pups to find, souvenirs to gather, costumes to purchase, hide and seek to pay, the Hidden Hills levels to conquer… the amount of content is really nice and keeps you coming back after the credits roll!

Book Review: The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose by Moses Norton!

Just like my last two book reviews, in January I reviewed a book called The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose. This wasn’t a book from one of the authors who give me ARCs of their books, but rather, it is a book written by awesome fellow blogger Moses Norton aka The Well-Red Mage! I wanted to support his efforts, so I purchased his book and left him a review!

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Who is the Scissor-man? Nobody cares, nobody sees, except for one little boy. This debut literary fantasy novella takes a hard look at society and its outcasts through the eyes of youth.

In a world where death is ignored, a child named Orasi becomes fascinated with the Scissor-man, the homeless mortician and a man around whom local legends have been developed by well-meaning parents to frighten children into obedience. After he finds a black thread in the snow belonging to the Scissor-man, Orasi begins to unravel the myth and folklore surrounding this horrifying figure, and his journey of discovery brings him closer than ever to the father he barely knew. Orasi must fight against new feelings he has never confronted before, trying to make sense of the state of his family and the state of his village. But the world is a place that has already decided its rules. New feelings can be punished. His is just one beating heart among millions who are already dead, and Orasi may not like what he finds in the end…

The Last Stitch Goes Through The Nose tests its characters to see if they are still breathing, and it might reach out to see if you are, too. Not exactly social commentary and not exactly pure fantasy, The Last Stitch encourages you to do the forbidden: think and feel before it is too late. It is perfect for any reader who isn’t too grown up yet, or the reader who suspects they can still see through the eyes of a child.

And here’s the cover:

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Here’s what I wrote for my review:

I have been keeping up with Moses Norton, aka The Well Red Mage, on his blog for a few years now; therefore I was happy to read his first novel, The Last Stitch Goes Through The Nose!

The main character in this story is a boy named Orasi. At the start of the tale, his mother keeps calling him away from the window. He doesn’t listen, because he wants a glimpse of the terrifying Scissor-Man.

The town of Reicbough, where Orasi lives, needs the Scissor-Man “only out of necessity.” You see, the Scissor-Man is a mortician and grave digger, and the people of Reicbough are very uncomfortable with the thought of death. They would prefer not to talk about it, not to think about it, and pretty much pretend death is not a natural part of life.

Orasi is a curious boy, however, and struggles with many emotions throughout this book- mainly sadness and frustration at the way people act and react to different situations. He begins to pity the Scissor-Man and the way people treat him.

The turn this story takes at the end is very depressing, and what happened was just so… unnecessary. It made people finally start to recognize death and remember those who have passed on, but it just goes to show how uncomfortable people can be with those things they don’t fully understand.

I really enjoyed this book, though it didn’t leave me with happy feelings when I was done reading it!

I gave The Last Stitch Goes Through the Nose 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: The Fracture by Margo Ryerkerk!

In January of this year (just like my last book review, geez) I read and reviewed a short story by Margo Ryerkerk. It’s set in the Ardere series universe (which is now called the Dark Legacy series, but whatever) so yeah… on to my review!

Here’s the blurb:

Oh… there is no blurb. Moving along…here’s the cover:

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That guy has a totally smackable face, ugh. I don’t know why but he bugs me and doesn’t really look like the character he represents in the book! Anyway, here’s the review I posted on Goodreads:

This book begins with Gavin and Cooper training for their final exams at their high school. Gavin is showing promise as the best in his class, but all he wants is for he, his two best friends (Cooper and Dominic) and his girlfriend (Pia) to stick close together after graduation. Unfortunately, during this training, Dominic decides to go take a walk and is murdered. Gavin subsequently blames himself for some reason (as if Dominic needed a babysitter or something!) and develops a whiny, woe-is-me attitude.

Despite this, Gavin still ends up graduating as the top Dragoon in his class and has many great opportunities laid out before him. However, he can’t get over Dominic’s death, and he continues to pull away from everyone and everything. This ultimately costs him his relationship with Cooper and Pia, but sets the stage for the beginning of Fluidis Rising! This was a nice little backstory that I really enjoyed reading!

I gave The Fracture 4/5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Rogue Fae by Ashley McCleo!

Back in January of this year, I read and reviewed Rogue Fae, a companion novella to the Starseed Trilogy by Ashley McCleo. I really enjoyed that series (and I’ve reviewed all the books on my blog already- sorry, I’m too lazy to find and repost the links) so this was a fun little read. Here’s the blurb for the book:

The Nashville coven is in a tizzy, which is to be expected. Murder does tend to bring out peoples’ anxiety.

What’s unexpected is that the coven asks visiting witches Gwenn, Rena, and Emily, to help find the fae throwing Nashville into disarray. After all, they have the rare magical skill set no one in the coven can boast.

However, as the trio follows the clues the fae left, they unearth something fishy. There seems to be more to the string of death and destruction the fae left behind than meets the eye. One member of the coven is being aggressive, and Gwenn can’t help but feel uncomfortable around another.

And that’s not even considering the decades-long feud between the fae tribe and the witches that the trio unearths.

A feud no one in the Nashville coven bothered to mention.

Coincidence? The trio thinks not.

Now all they have to do is prove it.

Rogue Fae is a prequel, stand-alone novella to The Starseed Trilogy. If you like realistic, smart characters and fast-paced mystery steeped in deceit and small-town politics you’ll love it!

And here’s the cover!

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Here is my review:

Rogue Fae is a prequel novella set in the Starseed Universe. I’m a big fan of the Starseed Universe trilogy, so I couldn’t wait to see which characters would be featured in this book! Minor spoilers are present in my review, so please don’t read if you haven’t read the original books yet!

Rogue Fae follows Gwenn, who is one of the triplets’ aunts. She goes to a concert and meets up with Rena, who ends up being Lily’s adoptive mother. Talk about a small world! Gwenn and Rena hit it off right away and decide to go on a road trip together. Soon, they meet up with Emily, who ends up being one of Lily’s most beloved friends.

The three girls go to stay at a local coven and discover that there is a rogue fae supposedly going on a murdering spree. Because they are up for adventure anywhere they go, they decide to investigate the rogue fae, and they discover nothing is quite as it seems.

This was a nice little story, and I enjoyed dipping back into the Starseed Universe!

I gave Rogue Fae 4/5 stars on Goodreads!

My Top 10 Games From the 2010s!

Back in December 2019, the Well-Red Mage posted his top 10 games from the 2010s. I thought this was a fun read and wanted to make a post of my own about it- so here I am, halfway through the first year of the new decade, finally making this post! Haha! Anyway, let’s jump right in and see what I can come up with! I don’t remember shit about what year games came out, so I had to look up lists of games released for each year.


Donkey Kong Country Returns- Nintendo Wii

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It’s no secret around here that Donkey Kong Country is one of my favorite game series ever. So when DKC Returns came out in 2010, 14 years after the last proper DKC game, I was thrilled beyond words. It’s super fun and challenging!


Kirby’s Return to Dream Land- Nintendo Wii

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Kirby always makes me happy. Do I really even need to explain more?


Nintendo Land- Nintendo Wii U

I had a hard time picking a game from 2012. The names on the lists I was looking at all blurred together and I couldn’t pick one out from the lineup that really called to me. I settled on Nintendo Land, because when my husband bought me a Nintendo Wii U for my birthday in 2013, we played this game quite a bit and it was really fun!


Animal Crossing: New Leaf- Nintendo 3DS

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A new Animal Crossing game was released in 2013… how could any other game be chosen but this one? I love New Leaf so much and played the hell out of it!


Disney Magical World- Nintendo 3DS

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I didn’t learn about this game until several years after its release- even if I saw it, I probably just passed it right on by based on the fact that it had “Disney” in the title and I’m not a huge Disney fan. But this game is so fun! It’s got a lot going on and has a lot of things to do to keep you entertained for awhile. I loved it so much I got the sequel, though I have yet to try it.


Yoshi’s Woolly World- Nintendo Wii U

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OMG this game… I just think about this game and smile! It was so cute and charming and so much fun to play! I loved everything about it!


Kirby: Planet Robobot

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This is one of my favorite Kirby games! I loved all the different levels, loved the Robobot armor, loved the music- I remember I pre-ordered the game from GameStop because I wanted some sweet trading cards that came with it. I started playing the game “just to try it out” and ended up playing it until I beat it, haha!


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- Nintendo Switch

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It was honestly really hard for me to choose between this game and Super Mario Odyssey, because I love them both. I’ve also beaten Mario, but have barely scratched the surface of Zelda. I ended up picking Zelda because I’m in awe of how huge the game is and how many different ways you can do whatever it is you want to do. It’s amazing, plus the visuals are beautiful. I suck at it and am dying/getting lost constantly, but I don’t even care!


Kirby Star Allies- Nintendo Switch

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Another one of my favorite Kirby games! So much love went into this game, and I appreciated the free updates that were released for awhile that added a ton more content to the game!


Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn- Nintendo 3DS

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This game is cozy, sweet, and a wonderful remake of the Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn, with some extra goodies thrown in. What’s not to love!

So there you have it… some of my favorite games of the last decade! I realize that I chose all Nintendo games, and several of them are Kirby games… I’m a tad predictable, but I’m pretty easy to please, and I picked games I’ve had tons of fun with- regardless of where they landed on the charts! 🙂

Book Review: Vicious Royals by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

I know I have been posting my monthly gaming recaps, and I do have one for May! However, I’m so damn slow at actually putting out blog posts, I’ve accumilated quite the list of posts I want to do. So instead of doing my recaps, I’m going to tackle that list- in the order I wrote them down in- so I can finally get all my posts done. I’ll still throw my recaps in there- at this rate, I’ll do my May recap in December. Whatever, I suck, moving on….

Vicious Royals is the 2nd book in the Nocturnal Academy series by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook. I reviewed this book in December 2019 on Goodreads! Here’s the blurb for the book:

A sadistic vamp lord. A rebellious fae. A vicious hunt.

The first term of Nocturnal Academy is over. Majors have been assigned.

I’ve made choices that brought me closer to the guillotine. But the fight isn’t over, not yet.

I must get through the spring term. Not an easy feat when the vamp students are planning a sacrifice and have a bone to pick with me.

But even if I survive the prison academy, someone will be buying my contract after school is out, and rumor has it that the king of sadists is interested in me.

Whatever he wants, he gets.

But if he thinks I’ll go down without a fight, he has another thing coming.

I’ll even ally myself with Thorsten, the vamp guard whose family the sadist has wronged.

But working together with Thorsten brings new problems. The handsome jerk seems to hate me, yet keeps putting his head on the line for me.

My mind is growing more and more confused with him while my body craves him.

If I’m not careful, I’m going to leave Nocturnal Academy not just with a slavery contract, but also a broken heart.

Dive into a world where vampires rule over fae, and one girl is determined to change it all!

Vicious Royals is the second book in the Nocturnal Academy trilogy.

Book three will be published in winter 2020.

And the cover:

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And my review!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 🙂

Vicious Royals is the second book in the Nocturnal Academy series (formally Nocturna Academy- the name was changed!). This book was mostly told from Onyx’s point of view, though occasionally it is told from Thorsten’s point of view- more on him in a second!

Vicious Royals begins with Onyx in class for her courtesan major. Because of her (in my opinion, dumb) stunt she pulled at the end of the previous book, she is basically training to become a sex slave for a vampire. The teacher tries to make it sound enticing, saying shit like “You are more than someone to sleep with… you are his companion, his champion, his muse…” Yeah, okay. That’s ridiculous!

Thorsten, meanwhile, is a vampire guard at Nocturnal Academy who has helped Onyx on several occasions. He’s pissed about her recent decisions, but still tries to keep her best interests in mind anyway. Onyx can be a little hard to deal with, though. She really is quite baffling in this book- sometimes she seems quite haughty, as if she is better than everyone else. I’m not sure where the attitude comes from, but maybe she’s just trying to grow a thick skin so she can survive her situation!

In the end, Onyx knows she doesn’t want to be sold off, so she forms a daring plan for her escape. Vicious Royals ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I rated Vicious Royals 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Rogue Blood by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Rogue Blood is a short story set in the Nocturnal Academy universe. I originally posted this review on Goodreads in December 2019! Here’s the blurb for the book:

As a half fae, Onyx Logan knows not to trust anyone since they might have contacts to the vampires, who’d love nothing more than to enslave a fae like her.

However, when Onyx and her mother are threatened by their landlord, Onyx becomes desperate to keep a roof over her head and accepts a waitressing job.

The bar has a lot of strange customers, and Onyx promises herself to get out as soon as she saves enough money.

Just as she is about to quit, something horrible happens…

Dive into a world where vampires rule over fae, and one girl is determined to change it all!

Nocturnal Academy is a four-book series (prequel and trilogy)

The prequel, Wicked Nobles has been released as part of the Academy of Magic boxset.

Book 1, Cruel Elites will be released on the 5th of December.

Book 2, Vicious Royals will be released on the 18th of December.

Book 3, Savage Monarchs will be released in winter 2020.

The cover:

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And my review:

Rogue Blood is a short story that takes place in the Nocturnal Academy universe, just before Onyx begins attending the Academy. The story begins with Onyx at school, where rich, snobby girls are making fun of her. She tries not to react to them, because her mom told her rich people are often involved with vampires. This means that if they find out that Onyx is half fae, she could be in big trouble!

After school, Onyx discovers that she and her mom are about to be evicted from their apartment because her mom couldn’t afford to pay the rent. She is unsure of what to do but wants to help out somehow. It just so happens that she meets a woman at a bookstore, who in turn offers her a job at her bar. I wanted to slap Onyx and say “NO! Don’t do it!” Of course, she ends up taking the job because she doesn’t want to be evicted.

As the saying always goes, if something is too good to be true, it probably is… and Onyx ends up getting herself in a really sticky situation. I feel bad for her, though, knowing that she is doing all of this for her mom… and her mom just ends up selling her to the vamps! Anyway, I enjoyed this fun little story, and it was interesting to get a glimpse into Onyx’s life before Nocturnal Academy!

I gave Rogue Blood 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!

Book Review: Cruel Elites by Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook!

Margo Ryerkerk has been a busy lady! She’s been putting out a lot of books lately, and is still so kindly sending me ARCs to read and review. I already posted my review for the prequel to the Nocturnal Academy series back in March, so here is the review for Book #1, Cruel Elites!

I originally reviewed this book on Goodreads in December 2019. Here’s the blurb for the book:

In a world ruled by vamps, being half fae and magicless sucks.

Surviving the summer term at Nocturna Academy taught me three things.

1. There’s no escape out of the castle.
2. I’ll be trained as a servant to the vampires or worse—a courtesan.
3. I can fight for what I want from the inside out.

In the last few months, I’ve lost my mother, my best friend, and my freedom.

I’ve done unimaginable things, but I’m not broken.

The Placement Tests are coming up, and I will crush them. I refuse to end up as a vampire’s plaything. I’ll become the 1 out of 100 fae who gets to shape her own fate.

I don’t care how hard I have to work or how improbable my chances are.

My relentlessness and desperation will pay off.

Or at least that’s what I thought.

Because between a mysterious vampire guard confusing me, my nemesis circling in on me like a viper, and a new teacher hating my guts, all my efforts seem to only make everything worse.

If I’m not careful, I won’t end up as a courtesan, but as dead meat.

Immerse yourself into a world filled with magic, danger, and romance.

If you love Richelle Mead, Jaymin Eve, and Bella Forrest, you’ll love Nocturna Academy.

Cruel Elites is a fae academy novel and the first book in the Nocturna Academy trilogy. It is highly recommended to read the prequel Wicked Nobles first, which can be found in the Academy of Magic boxed set.

Book two and three of the trilogy will be published in December 2019 and January 2020.

And the cover:

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Here’s my review!

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! 🙂

Cruel Elites is the first book of Margo Ryerkerk and Holly Hook’s new series, Nocturna Academy. They released a prequel for the series which I recently reviewed! I recommend reading it first, as it does give you an excellent backstory for Onyx, the main character. Anyway, Cruel Elites begins with Onyx debating what the hell she should do with herself, because she accidentally killed a fae prince named Preston. Preston had offered to help her escape Nocturna Academy over the summer, but as it turns out, he was nothing but a giant creep. Onyx only wants to get away from him, but she ends up summoning ice and killing him- despite the fact that she thought she had no magical abilities.

With that being said, Onyx resigns herself to the fact that she is pretty much stuck at Nocturna Academy. As was explained in the prequel, she was sold to the vampires by her mother and forced to attend Nocturna Academy so she could learn how to be a good little slave fae for the vampires. In the prequel, she was all about escaping, but in this book she’s a bit more conflicted. She still wants to escape, but she sometimes feels as though maybe she should just accept her fate and try to impress the vampires so she can get a better job with them.

All the classes Onyx and the other fae are taking are meant as practice for their Placement Tests so they can see what course of study they will take for the remainder of their time at the academy. Only one fae receives Independent Study, which means they can choose their own course of action. Onyx spends the entire time trying to hide her magical powers because she doesn’t want anyone knowing what she can do. No spoilers here, but in the end, Onyx does something that I saw as extremely dumb! She may have thought she was being selfless, but to me it was a little out of character and just made no sense. Let’s hope that her decision plays out well for her in the next book!

I rated Cruel Elites 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!

P.S. I mentioned this in my prequel review, but in the prequel as well as Cruel Elites, Nocturnal Academy was actually called Nocturnal Academy before the authors changed it- so I didn’t make a type there 😉

Gaming Goodies: March 2020!

Back in March (which, considering the state of the world, seems like a lifetime ago) I got a few super sweet Gaming Goodies that I’ve been wanting to share!

First off, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I had won a drawing for an insulated tote bag from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp! Normally I have terrible luck with stuff like that and figured there was no way I would win, but I actually did! My bag arrived in early March, and look how cute it is!


It looks just like the little bags in Pocket Camp, complete with the rumpled look of a sack lunch! It’s so cute, I won’t put any actual food or drinks in it, because I don’t want to ruin it!

Next up, a couple PS Vita games:

While out and about going to different stores (which seems like a really novel idea right now), my husband and I stopped at our local GameStop, only to realize it was actually going out of business! As a result, they had all of their stuff on clearance. Surprisingly, they had a few Vita games… so we bought all of them except one, haha! My memory is terrible and I can’t remember the three games he got, but I picked up Code Realize: Wintertide and Lumines: Electronic Symphony. They were 50% off, so we paid about $30 for 5 Vita games. What a great deal!

Next, and probably my most important purchase of March:


ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS! Yay! I was really excited for this game, but I must confess: I was definitely having second thoughts about going out and getting it. I didn’t order it online, because I figured I would just go to Target when it was released because I had the day off of work. However, shit with the coronavirus was really starting to get real, and I had a lot of anxiety about going out! After some serious internal debates, I sucked it up and went to Target, and I’m so glad I did! I went right when they opened and the store was not busy, so I was able to get what I needed and get back home.

Also, as a bonus, I got this awesome little journal!


The journal was actually a pre-order bonus from Target, but when I grabbed the game, I noticed it mentioned that you could get a journal with the game. I asked a worker there and she gladly grabbed one from behind the counter for me- I guess they had some extras from their pre-order, but you had to ask in order to get one 😉

I also picked up this ADORABLE BLOOPER OMG:


So all in all, March was a pretty good month for some gaming goodies!


Thanks for reading!

My Gaming Month in Review: April 2020!

I didn’t get a whole lot of gaming time in the month of April, mostly because I have been too damn exhausted to do anything, even if it’s something fun! Story of my life these days for some stupid reason! Anywho, here’s what I accomplished in April 2020!


Nintendo Wii

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I played a little bit of Animal Crossing: City Folk. I didn’t pay off anymore of my loan, but I sold some stuff and made a little more money. Hopefully I’ll be able to make another mortgage payment soon!

Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Nintendo Switch | Games | Nintendo

Of course I played some Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I still haven’t made a First Impressions post of this game, but I do plan on it. I did a lot in the month of April: participated in a couple events, had a few more residents move in, expanded my house, etc. If I ever get that First Impressions post done, I’ll write more details on my gameplay 😉

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I did manage to finish a game this month, believe it or not! I completed my gameplay of Mario Tennis Aces. I’ll write an End Game Thoughts post about it at some point, so stay tuned for more info 😉


Nintendo Game Boy

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Still plugging away at Pokémon Blue! I explored the Safari Zone, which was a HUGE pain in the ass! Pokémon tend to break out of the Safari Balls and run WAY too easily. I’m not big on luck-based shit! I managed to nab a few new Pokémon anyway, but it wasn’t really that fun. I tweaked my team a bit, and I ended the month by gathering experience while exploring Route 16!




Of course I played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my phone! The events in April were cute, but a little too pink for my tastes. Anyway, I ended the month at level 174 with 195/198 villagers invited to my camp! I decorated the upstairs of my cabin around Tom Nook this time, so here’s what I came up with:


It was actually harder than I thought to make a theme around him for some reason! I ended up trying to mimic his store, with completely random items up for sale. And instead of working, he’s sleeping behind the cash register. I almost fall asleep at work every day, so I totally understand. 😉