Book Review: Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo

Poppy Field is an illustrated work of fiction by the famous Michael Morpurgo celebrating the significance of the poppy for a French family across four generations.  It is a moving story of love and loss, and how the poppy became such an important part of the lives of this small…

X-COM: The Hardest Board Game I’ve Ever Played

I had heard rumours that X-COM was considered one of the the hardest video games around, though I’d never experienced it first hand.  So, when I had the opportunity to play the board game for the first time, I was prepared for a challenging strategy game that would at the…

Money Savvy Tips for Geeks

I think it is important to be money-savvy, especially in a community that values bustling bookshelves and well-stocked Steam libraries.  I’ve struggled for years with an ever-growing amount of stuff, as a result of indulging in my passions – I have enjoyed owning hundreds of books, and adding films to…

One Book a Mile: the Results!

Last month, in a quest of fitness and tidying combined, I challenged myself with One Book a Mile.  The idea came from realising I needed to downsize my bookshelves, and so for every mile I walked in February, I said goodbye to a book from my life. So, can we…

Why I’m Still Playing Pokemon GO

When Pokemon GO came out, everyone was playing it.  Everyone I knew – young, old, long-time gaming nerds or first-time players – were staring at their phones, and the streets were flooded with Pokemon trainers.  I’ve been playing Pokemon games since Red and Blue came out in the 90s, and…

Dead of Winter

I am very much into cooperative strategy games at the moment, so I was interested to play Dead of Winter, which combines my love of board games with another love of mine: post-apocalyptic worlds.  In the game, players must work together to source food, weapons and supplies to keep their…

If We Were Having Coffee…

I can’t believe it is already February when I can remember panic buying Christmas presents as if it were yesterday.  I’ve actually had a pretty positive start to the new year, and I’m so excited already for the things I’ve done this year and the plans I have coming up. …