Due to social distancing, many of us have found ourselves with more time inside than usual. Many of our schedules have changed, giving us the opportunity to try new things. As fans of pop culture ourselves, Sideshow’s Staff is happy to share a few suggestions to help you fill your newfound time with high quality content.
To help encourage everyone to Stay Insideshow, every day this week we will be recommending one film/series, one comic/book, one board game, and one video game that you can enjoy while you practice safe social distancing. These picks are the best of the best, curated and personally suggested by our very geeky staff.
Recommended by Sam
Arrested Development (Netflix) – The Bluth family patriarch is sent to prison, and now there’s no money left for his spoiled family to embezzle. Do they grow and mature as a family?
– Narrator: They don’t.
Recommended by Bri
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is the book we’re currently reading in our Sideshow office book club! It’s a fantastic, archetypal fantasy story of a young, capable, intelligent boy’s journey to learn magic at the University. Warning: this book grips you and doesn’t let you go, even after you’ve finished it.
Recommended by Amy
Honey Heist by Grant Howitt (good for family, kids depending on imagination and rules comprehension)–
With a quick Google search, you will find a free one-page RPG game called Honey Heist by Grant Howitt! In this game, players assume the role of a criminal bear whose job it is to pull the stickiest, sweetest heist of all and steal a bunch of honey. All you need to play is a willing Game Master, a few eager players, and some 6-sided dice. It’s a game of imagination, encouraging the team of bears to come up with creative solutions to the challenges set up by the Game Master.
Instructions come with all roles, species, and ideas for the leader of the game to figure out what challenge is facing the bears. The more imaginative and cooperative your table is, the more fun you will have! It’s all in your mind, which means there’s no real right or wrong way to play. Games can last between an hour to two hours depending on heist complexity and plot twist mayhem.
Recommended by Kelly
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch, Rated E 10+)
One of the most beautiful games I have ever played, and highly recommend. It is a wonderful escape from reality – the soundtrack and the visuals truly make you feel like you have transported to another world. The story and quests can be done at your own pace.
You can choose whether to pursue the main quest to the castle, or run off and do some rock climbing, exploring a mysterious forest, or cooking with the ingredients you collect. The puzzles scattered around aren’t too difficult, but are challenging enough to get your brain thinking and be rewarding. Overall, a very good time. 10/10.
Check out some of our recommendations, and as always don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!