Here we are in November. Thanksgiving just gone and the Christmas season in full effect.

Had a bit of travel over the month. My now annual board gaming retreat with friends took us to a lake house in East Texas for a long weekend.

Lake Holbrook near Mineola, TX – The GAME ON! location is where we stayed.

My brother and dad don't live too far from there, I decided to extend my trip and visit them, too.

Last year, we were all gifted a Christmas themed game construction kit. The goal to create a game we'd all play during our weekend. Those made it out to the table along with a number of others from our collections.

Here are all the games in the order we played them.

Ken's Christmas Game
Starship Captains
My Xmas Game
T.I.M.E. Stories
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Ben's Xmas Game
Arctic Scavengers
Stephen's Xmas Game
Xia: Legends of a Drift System

We also started a final game that we weren't able to complete before checkout. I forgot to get a snapshot of that before we cleared the table.

It was a great weekend, but over much too soon. We may have to add another day next year.

Peanut joined, but mostly slept while we played games.


While a lot of the focus was on games, I still caught a number of films.

  • Totally Killer was a fun horror flick that was a slasher combined with Back to the Future.
  • The Mummy (2017) was supposed to relaunch the Universal Monster franchise, but didn't end up doing that. I still enjoy the films starring Brendan Frasier over this one, but this one isn't bad.
  • Nekrotronic was a blast. Lots of influences, the most obvious being Ghostbusters.
  • The Killer, the latest film from David Fincher, had all the style and artistry he applies to all his films. This one with quieter story with a few decent action sequences.
  • The Marvels is getting a lot of negativity thrown at it. I enjoyed it. Doesn't hold up too much scrutiny if you think too hard about it afterward, however. It feels like it was made more for Disney+ than the theater.

Reelhouse Foundation Films

Due to travel and holidays, I only attended a single Reelhouse screening this month.

  • Blood Quantum (2019) is a zombie movie where people with Native American blood are immune from infection. An interesting twist that still doesn't prevent them from being eaten, so the zombies are still quite dangerous.