This Girl Can Climb – the photoshoot

Today I did something, that if you had asked me one year ago could I imagine myself being a part of, I would have told you hell no! My journey as a climber started just six months ago. Although I haven’t particularly progressed in terms of technique or proficiency, I have seen a huge improvement in my confidence, and I have loved every minute of it. This afternoon I took part in the This Girl Can Climb campaign photoshoot!

As part of my ‘try new things’ attitude, I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the ‘This Girl Can photoshoot‘ at Manchester Climb Centre. Continue reading “This Girl Can Climb – the photoshoot”

Game Review – Ascension, Dawn of Champions

Last week we had our first taste of Ascension, a deck building game originally released as Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer. We enjoyed Ascension for it’s simplicity and speed of play, so I was looking forward to seeing how Dawn of Champions, a stand alone expansion, would change things up.

Dawn of Champions introduces Champion cards and faction specific monsters, plus the rally mechanic, to build upon the original game.

Where there were once six realms, now only a single remains: New Vigil. In Ascension: Dawn of Champions, you take on the role of your faction’s Champion to guide them to victory in this world of new alliances and ancient foes.

New Champion cards let you play as a faction leader, building your reputation to unlock powerful cards and effects. This set also includes new multi-faction cards to acquire and defeat, including Constructs and Monsters!

The basic gameplay doesn’t change, you still battle to see who can collect the most honour. The only differences are all additional mechanics played on top of the basic game. Continue reading “Game Review – Ascension, Dawn of Champions”

Urban Exploration – Cheadle Royal Hospital

Cheadle Royal Hospital, formerly known as the Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum, was a psychiatric hospital built in 1848 – 1849. As of 2010, the majority of the original site became part of the Priory Group, which offers comprehensive inpatient mental health services. One building, known locally as ‘South House’ has been left abandoned. It is here in South House which we spent one afternoon this month.

Despite extensive research, I have been unable to find out what South House was specifically used for, so if anyone knows, please do share in the comments section below! Continue reading “Urban Exploration – Cheadle Royal Hospital”

Game Review – T.I.M.E Stories, the Marcy Case

It’s been a few months now since we finally got the opportunity to play T.I.M.E Stories, Asylum. While it was one we desperately wanted to try, we were also quite apprehensive about it. We really wanted to love it, the game mechanism was completely different to anything we had ever seen before, but we were also very concerned about its replayability, as essentially, it had none. Now we’ve seen how the game mechanic works, what will we make of their first expansion, The Marcy Case?

In the end we really loved the game, likening it to a tabletop version of the 90’s text based RPGs, but we did wish we could do more with it. Ultimately, we decided that the base game of T.I.M.E Stories would only become value for money if the expansions were just as good, as it is here where the longevity of the game lies.

Learning from our mistakes last time, we unpackaged The Marcy Case with notepad and pen at the ready. Relying on our memories to work out the best course of action when we played Asylum went ok, but there are some things we forgot we needed. Having a note of previous runs would have been most helpful, as we wouldn’t have to unnecessarily revisit certain areas to learn things we technically already knew. Continue reading “Game Review – T.I.M.E Stories, the Marcy Case”

Extremescape – Lost Tomb

We’re back! After more than a year since our last visit to Extremescape, we finally returned to try their latest room – Lost Tomb. This room was barely more than when we visited in January 2016 to play Pirate Ship, but based on the level of detail we had already seen, this is one we’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.

To put things into perspective, we’ve played quite a few different games since our last visit to Extremescape, and after each one, we reflect on what we liked, and what we didn’t like about that room. At some point, in every conversation we have about escape rooms, Extremescape comes up in conversation, and we all end up reminiscing about how much we liked it, and that we really should go back to play the new one. Well, here we are….. Continue reading “Extremescape – Lost Tomb”

Game Review – Ascension Deck Builder 3rd edition

Ascension is the latest deck building game I have had the pleasure of looking at. Only late last year, was I introduced to the World of deck building through Legendary Marvel. Despite the unfamiliarity of the game, it was one I really enjoyed, so I was excited to see a now more familiar game mechanism implemented in a different way.

The game takes place in Vigil, a world that has been protected for millennia by the Great Seal, keeping the realm free from divine influences. It was put in place after an ancient war with a corrupt god, Samael the Fallen, when it was decided that none of the gods should be able to interfere. But now, the Seal is failing, and nightmarish Monsters that had been forgotten are breaking through. Your job, as a hero of Vigil, is to take your small, ragtag band of Apprentices and Militia, and gather an army powerful enough to lead you to your destiny as the Godslayer, and in doing so, slay Samael once and for all.

During the game, players will recruit powerful heroes and constructs from four different divine factions to aid them in their quest:

The basic aim of the game is simple. Using your basic starting deck, spend ‘runes’ (the in-game currency) to acquire more powerful cards to add to your deck. As you defeat monsters, and acquire better cards, you earn honour points. Once all available honour has been taken, the player with the most is the winner. Continue reading “Game Review – Ascension Deck Builder 3rd edition”

Date Night at The Printworks

With Valentines just around the corner, it’s that time of year again where couples go on the hunt for somewhere suitable to spend the evening and celebrate their relationships. We found that perfect place in The Printworks Manchester!

My fiance and I still go on regular date nights, usually just a meal out once a month, but this time we decided to try something a bit different. For our most recent date night, we decided to spend the evening at The Printworks in Manchester. The joy of The Printworks is that not only do you have (at last count) thirteen restaurants, but you can also follow up with a film, and a few drinks in the bar, without leaving the building!  Continue reading “Date Night at The Printworks”

Clue HQ, Manchester – Detonation

Clue HQ was one of the first escape room companies we ever visited, so it was great to be back trialing their new site in Manchester. We visited Clue HQ Manchester one evening, and we played Detonation.

You and the rest of your detective team have been on the case of Danny Badd. Badd has been wanted for 7 years and is a known criminal all over Europe. He’s wanted by many different countries for various crimes. After 1 year of gathering information, 24 hour surveillance, and even capturing Badd’s brother, you’ve finally got the best lead that any intelligence unit has ever received with regards to his location. You’re going in, but not without a plan. Badd is notorious for blowing up anyone who attempts to track him down. Watch your step.

Danny Badd is the Clue HQ arch nemesis, and features in a number of their games. You don’t need to have played the previous games he features in before playing Detonation, but it’s a nice touch to have an ongoing theme throughout some of the games. Continue reading “Clue HQ, Manchester – Detonation”