Thursday, April 16, 2020

Nostalgia Wins: Clue

Well, so much for being chattier this week. I've been neck-deep in revisions and edits, and I got carried away. The first wave of the clean-up job is done, and The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory has officially reached novel status (as opposed to long novella), currently clocking in at just under 58K words. I'm taking the weekend off and doing it again next week. Also hopefully I'll have the series info and the book blurb available to share with everyone at around that time as well.

In other news, I finally have the splint and bandages off my thumb, and I've been trying to use it so that the stiff joint that's the base of the thumb where it joins the hand can move more naturally. I still can't grip very well, but the doctor told me I need to work on movement first before finger strength. The scar's still healing, of course, and I know it'll take months before it becomes less conspicuous. Another advice the doctor gave me was to massage the scar with lotion everyday (at least twice a day) to stretch the scar and help the skin relax.

And as for fun stuff - or escapist distractions in addition to good books and Netflix during a lockdown - that would be my re-surging obsession with Clue. It was my favorite board game as a kid (it was called Cluedo in my neck of the woods in Asia), and I still love this game.

The original board game box

Happily, technology brought this game into the twenty-first century, and I now have the online game in my computer and my phone. That said, I prefer the phone app because it's far more responsive compared to my poor laptop, which is aging every time I turn it on. Poor Pip.

The online game offers several new settings, which include Vampire Castle, Masquerade, Hollywood, The Orient Express, The Wild West, Egypt, Sherlock Holmes' London, etc. The characters are also expanded accordingly, of course.

It's so much fun. All those days way in the past playing Dungeon Siege (an old favorite PC game) and City of Heroes, doggedly fighting my way through one world after another and leveling up bit by bit? Nothing more than a fond memory now. I don't level up whenever I play Clue (unless I rack up enough wins, but I never bothered to double-check that detail because I just don't care about leveling up), and it doesn't matter.

Look at all the fun shit that came with the game

I've been abusing the hell out of this game, playing with others and playing solo, but the best part would be playing with my mother-in-law who's in her 80s and is quarantined in her retirement home. She took to the lockdown pretty hard and is feeling pretty depressed, and we've been getting her to play online Clue with us every night since we got the game.

My husband never played the game before, so I had to teach him first. Then we taught my mother-in-law how to play, and she really enjoys it. In fact, she enjoys it so much that she gets a little too aggressive with the accusations, usually coming forward with one even before she has enough information. So she usually gets it wrong and ends up being eliminated but still able to help the rest of the players by showing her cards.

One of the new settings in the online game. It's not just the classic mansion anymore.

This game might have been instrumental in my love for mysteries when I was just under ten years old, I think - either started it or fed it in its infancy. But, yes, when it comes to my favorite genre in fiction and film, it'll be mysteries. Cozy, gritty, suspenseful, historical, whathaveyou. I love mysteries though I can't write one if my life depended on it. I just plain can't. And thank heaven there are plenty of talented writers out there who can feed me with their stories.

The online game has been around for a while now, but I've only recently discovered it. It's like being a kid all over again, and it's fantastic. 

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