Daily Archives August 16, 2011

Game Review: Cthulhu Gloom

Of all the games that Castles and Cooks has thus far reviewed and collected, my personal favorite is probably Gloom. From the art style to the game mechanics it just speaks to me. Maybe I shouldn’t be so excited about embracing a game that asks you to cause misery and death, but hey sometimes you embrace the schadenfreude.

Needless to say when I heard Atlas Games was coming out with a new version set in the world of Lovecraft and Cthulhu I was giddy. Now I can cause madness and hysteria? Sign me up. Madness? THIS IS GLOOM!

From Dunwich to Innsmouth, from the halls of Miskatonic University to the Charles Dexter Ward at Arkham Sanitarium, trouble is in the air. The stars are almost right, and terrors from beyond space and time are beginning to break through. When Cthulhu rises, we’re all doomed — but whose downfall will be the most entertaining?

Suggested ages: 13 and up
Number of players: 2 -5
Playing time: 30 minutes
Contents: 2 decks of 55 cards and 1 rule booklet
Retail price: $24.95 and is available on Amazon.

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Baker’s Recipe: Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes

In a rage, the minotaur tossed aside the worn table. Thaxus was less than thrilled about his spilled milk, but he should have know by now to never go out in public with Adem at this point. Nostrils flaring the minotaur stomped his hooves before looking Adem squarely in the eye and spat, “Those are not the limes of Keys.”

I never turn down an opportunity to show off some baking, so when my friends had a summer barbecue I knew I had to make a new recipe. Originally these were intended to be keylime cupcakes, but keylimes are far too small and far too much work when it comes to juicing and zesting, so instead I went with regular limes. If you want to make use of the soon-to-be de-zested limes, I have to suggest making a pitcher of Margaritas using my simple (and bonus) recipe:

Easy Margaritas

Ingredients
3 limes
2 lemons
1 orange

8 ounces of tequila
4 ounces of simple syrup
2 ounces of triple sec

Juice the fruits, it should yield around 12 ounces of liquid. Combine with 8 ounces of tequila, four ounces of simple syrup and two ounces of triple sec. Either blend in a blender or shake together and serve on the rocks. Garnish your glass with a salt rim if you like, but please use something better than Morton’s.

To make your own simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reduced by a third to half, remove from heat and allow it to cool. Don’t ever bother buying the stuff.

Now on to the cupcakes!

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