Q’bu Tutorial: The game of indeterminate spelling

Today marks a week since I started doing Wii Fit Plus, and also the first time I tried to do a plank on it. Suffice to say after 8 seconds I started screaming “NOPE ABORT” and started panicking and trying to figure out how to exit the activity. Anyways.

IT’S TIME. It’s time for y’all to learn the game that’s pronounced like “kəbuː” but I’m not sure how to spel (Ceboo? Caboo? Keboo? Kaboo? Cabu? Kabu? Cebu? Kabu?), so I’m going to go full-on Gorgl’psi and just call it Q’bu.

To play Q’bu you need a standard 52 card deck along with 2 jokers. The goal of the game is to have your hand add up to 3 or less points. 2-10 are worth the value on the card, aces are worth one point, face cards are worth 10 points, jokers are worth 0 points, and red kings are worth -1 points.

You start the game by dealing out four cards to each player facedown, two a row. The player may look at the bottom two cards only and are not allowed to look at them again unless they get a special card. (A player gets 5 if they lost the last round as part of their top row.) Play goes around by picking up cards from the deck and then choosing whether to put it in the discard pile or swap with a card in your hand and put that card in the discard pile. If you discard certain cards directly from the deck, you can perform special actions:

  • 7 & 8: Look at one of your own cards
  • 9 & 10: Look at somebody else’s card
  • Jack & Queen: Blind swap (swap two cards without looking at them)
  • Black King: Smart swap (look at two cards and decide whether or not to swap them)

If a player discards a card, one player can then discard or “burn” any cards they have that have the same rank. If someone burns a card that doesn’t match, they have to pick up an extra card to add to their hand.

In addition, you can burn a card for someone else if you know their card matches the one just discarded. In turn, you can take one of your cards and add it to their hand. It’s kind of like burning one of your own cards, but also probably making their hand worse.

And in case you were wondering, you’re not allowed to take notes on the cards around the table – ya gotta keep it in your head. My brother remembers it by tapping out a rhythm, I personally use the tactic of rhythmically clicking my tongue.

When a player has 3 or less points in their hand and think they can win, instead of picking up a card they say “Q’bu”. This player’s hand gets “locked” and they are now the only player at the table who can win or lose; every other player gets one more turn to try and beat their hand. After everyone else has played, everyone reveals their hand. If the person who said “Q’bu” has the best hand, they win. If anyone else at the table has a better hand, they lose.

If you’re playing competitively, each time someone wins they get a point and each time someone loses they lose a point; rounds of play continue until someone reaches 5 points (or was it 3? I forget pick your own number).

So that’s how to play Q’bu!

In other news, I published a poetry today! If you didn’t know I’ve written a lot of poetry. It’s called “Lamp” and explains some things and probably makes people more confused for anyone who tries to follow along with whatever’s happening in this crazy multiverse of stories I’ve made up.

Boy howdy I hope this explanation of gameplay made sense. That’s all for today!

-Ylimegirl

Disney Magical World 2 Review, Part Two: I cannot properly do a jackknife and I’m sorry for disappointing you artificial Wii Fit Plus trainer whose mouth doesn’t move

Today I started doing Wii Fit Plus, after 800+ days of not doing it (that’s like 2 years). I’m… I’m still a little tired from the whole 50 min ordeal. Whoof. Anyways, what are my reasons for doing this? Basically I tend to live a sedentary life of me sitting on my butt and never leaving the house. So I’m trying to get myself fit again!

I feel like now is an important time to discuss something about body weight: Being plus-size is a symptom of a poor lifestyle, but losing weight isn’t a cure. Anyways, to clarify that, it’s not so much that “overweight” people need to lose weight, there’s simply a possibility that they aren’t being as active as they should. Losing weight alone doesn’t cure poor nutrition or sedentary lifestyles – sure, some things done to lose weight certainly help fix those other problems, but it isn’t the weight alone that was the problem in the first place! So tl;dr the problem isn’t body weight but lifestyle, and I’m exercising not to lose weight but to be more active in general.

Okay that was kind of preachy, sorry ’bout that. Anyways, Wii Fit Plus! Did some rhythm kung fu, rhythm boxing, and rhythm parade (I like rhythm games, can you tell), along with a 30-minute free-step (while watching LazyTown, of course) and the workout designed to lose weight around the tummy, allegedly. (I’m not very good at jackknives, it seems.)

So it was tiring but this is what I plan to be my plan for the rest of break every day, and then whenever I have time during the school year? We’ll see. Don’t think I’ll be able to do it at Disneyland in January (Oh BTW I’m going to Disneyland in like a week), but I think walking all around the park will make up for it. I mean, if my feet are sore by the end of the day, I’m probably walking a fair amount, right?

Anyways, I said yesterday that today was going to be part 2 of that review I started yesterday, so here we go. Unfortunately, it turns out that I’m a liar and a failure. Uh, I claimed that Daisy had a house. She does not. Whoops. Also I realized I completely failed at explaining a fair amount of the core mechanics of the game! So I’m going to see and go through those really quick. Also I discovered another mechanic that takes place in Castleton (the hub) yesterday after the post, so I’m going to touch on that yesterday. And after all that maybe we’ll get to discussing each of the worlds. Maybe.

To make sure I cover all of the core game mechanics I’ll go through the tutorials to double-check. Let’s go!

Oh gosh there’s. There’s a lot of tutorials. Why are there so many tutorials

Okay, let’s go in order. By pressing the L and R buttons at the same time, you can take a screenshot of the top screen at any point in time. At the top of the bottom screen there’s a little hint/walkthrough thingy to help you figure out what to do next. I already explained about Happy Stickers in the last post… Greetings can be obtained by talking to the King, they’re just little actions you can do by pressing the arrows on the arrow pad thingy. You can use them to collect puzzle pieces from characters by greeting them. There’s a star pin put on the map to show you where to go next based on the hint, I already explained about gathering, you can put furniture in your room if you want (I haven’t decorated it at all), and of course you can change your clothes.

Nice points! Better talk about those now. You earn Nice! points by wearing Ace Ensembles, which is bascially a collection of clothes that all match. When you go near characters while wearing one, they’ll give you Nice! points. Nice! points can be redeemed at the Shop of Wonder for recipes, fishing rods, puzzle pieces, and good luck charms.

Clothing and furniture is made by collecting the necessary materials along with a certain amount of money, which are then used to make clothing at Daisy’s boutique or furniture at Chip and Dale’s. Unlike the last game, all pieces of an Ace Ensemble are made at once now rather than one at a time, thank goodness.

I think I covered most of the battle mechanics last post? Eh, not too important. Onwards!

Food at the café is made like furniture or clothing, but you only have to pay coins the first time you make an item. After that, all you need are the ingredients!

Think I covered almost everything else about the café and magical dreams… Ah yes, the Notice Board! A useful thing to help you organize your things. Thing. Has six subsections. The Castleton Chronicle tells you basic things like when the next seasonal holidays start, if there’s seasonal goods at McDuck’s, and how many new greetings from the King are available. There’s also Target Stickers, which shows what stickers are easy to obtain next. Unlocked is a section showing you what was recently unlocked by collecting Happy Stickers. News Flashes tell you when the café sells out and when new pickaxes are ready (for Snow White’s world I’ll talk about it later probably). The last two are Café Requests and Favors, which show which of each are available at the moment. It’s a good edition to the menu.

Okay, time to talk about the new mechanic I discovered later than I was intended to and kind of accidentally. So after inviting Cinderella to a party at the café I got an invitation from Letita (Letta) to go to a ball. So that’s how I discovered that you can go to balls at the castle! Who knew? I didn’t. There was literally no way for me to discern how to unlock going to balls. That’s some kind of bullcrap honestly. Every other big event in-game was signaled to you on how to unlock it. Here I just stumbled upon it!

So anyways, unlock balls by inviting Cinderella to the café. Then you can unlock character-specific balls by inviting certain characters to the café. Not sure which ones, but I’ve gotten ones for Cinderella, Tangled, and Frozen at the moment.

Balls were a mechanic in the last game just for Cinderella’s world, but they’ve certainly improved it. It’s a rhythm game where you press buttons in time as the pointer rotates around a circle. When it hits the point on the circle, ya gotta press the right buttons. Sometimes you have to hold it down for a while. It’s all in rhythm with the music so that makes it easier. Also at some points you have to just push a bunch of specific buttons in order in a certain amount of time.

The balls are pretty fun, but a little challenging for me personally because that aforementioned crack on the upper screen just blocks out some of the cues, so I have to tilt the 3DS away from me at the right angle to be able to discern what I’m supposed to do for that sector. Despite that, I’m able to get a gold rating on my balls so there.

Well I’m at about 1k words so let’s take a little breather before I get into each of the individual worlds. So let’s talk about how I cried last night over an anime finale!

So the anime is rated PG-13 according to MyAnimeList.net and is called Charlotte. It’s basically about people who get superpowers when they’re teenagers and lose them when they become adults. It gets kind of messed up at times, but boy howdy did I cry like a baby at the ending. I historically don’t cry at a lot of things so it was kind of strange, but it’s probably due to one or more of the following factors: it was late at night, I was sick, and my hormones were out of whack because of, well, I’m a cisgendered woman take a guess. At any rate, it’s a good anime and that’s why I started watching LazyTown last night since I needed a joyous pick-me-up afterwards. And, of course, to balance out this depressing anime, I have started watching another PG-13 anime, K, which also seems to be start getting into some crazy things goshdarnit why do I keep doing this to myself.

Uh, okay, that’s enough of an interlude. Time to talk about each of the worlds!

So after you complete the tutorial you encounter the first world, which is Hawaii / Lilo and Stitch. I. I freaking love Lilo and Stitch. It’s a very good movie, everyone should watch it, please watch it. So I guess I’m going to talk about what makes each region unique? In Hawaii you can go surfing out in the ocean, which can be a little hard to get the hang of at first but is pretty fun, and also earns you Nice! points. There’s also two missions so far that require you to hula dance, which is pretty much identical to ballroom dancing. The character models all look pretty nice, though Lilo’s a little freaky at times. They kept Pleakley in a dress, which makes me pretty happy. Let him wear what he wants yo!

The missions for this region all connect for this final battle/idea involving you competing in a hula contest, which seems to work pretty well for a connected story. The one thing I hate is that this world has the ghost called the Buzza-Bozz, which can duplicate and make more of itself. That’s just obnoxious.

Next world is… Arendelle / Frozen. As mentioned in the disclaimers for the last post, I dislike Frozen. A lot. Boy do I hate Frozen. So… Arendelle’s story is based around Anna trying to throw a snowman festival or something for Elsa since Elsa’s all broody or whatever because of queenly duties. I groan inwardly for each of the mission setups because I find it boring since as mentioned I hate Frozen, but really the area’s probably not that bad? I dunno.

Next we go back to the 100 Acre Wood from the first game. It’s got a bit of an upgrade – a bit bigger, a bit more spaced out. Still the same basic buildings and stuff around the wood though. The missions here all revolve around trying to make a hunny party to celebrate the arrival of Kanga and Roo, who they remembered to put in the wood this time. Good job! 100 Acre Wood’s changes certainly improve it from the last game. I haven’t completed the main mission storyline yet, but it seems mostly good. It also has no ghost-hunting missions, but it does allow you to grow food in a garden instead.

Next up would be Snow White’s World / Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which has a mine where you can mine for Twinkle Stones or whatever which can be used to buy puzzle pieces. Pickaxes can be used to mine and are generated every 30 minutes for a maximum of 3 pickaxes. Mining is a rhythm game where you press A in time. Not too hard. Snow White’s world doesn’t seem to have a storyline yet as far as I know, but each of the dwarves live up to their personality and are fun to mine with. My one complaint is that true to his name, Sleepy’s mining minigame is much slower than the rest, which trips me up a bit. Not to mention none of the other dwarves’ mining game speeds are affected by their personality. All I’m asking for is a little bit of consistency! Just a little! There are also no ghost-hunting missions in this world.

Then we get to Atlantica / The Little Mermaid, which has you become a mermaid and dive under the sea. I’m not so far in this one either, but the plot seems to revolve around you trying to collect performers for an upcoming musical performance thingamadoohicker. Swimming around as a mermaid is pretty cool! That’s… that’s pretty much all I have to say here.

Last is Wonderland / Alice In Wonderland. This one also got updated a bunch from the last game and is honestly much better than the first version, heh. In the first game, it’s just an area where you’re small, the hedge maze, and the mad tea party. Not too exciting. This one takes you into Tulgey Wood, which is delightfully weird like the spirit of Alice in Wonderland is. They still kept around the hedge maze, but that area’s a little bigger and a little less mediocre than the last one was. I haven’t gotten far… at all… in this one’s storyline, so I can’t really say anything about it.

So I’m at 2000 words again for this post! Yeehaw! So tomorrow’s post will be about some miscellaneous comments/complaints, and my overall view of the game. Thanks for sticking around on this crazy adventure of me attempting to review a video game.

-Ylimegirl

Tis The Season: It’s 10 PM and I haven’t quite registered Christmas is in 2 hours

This is the worstest case of forgetfulness yet methinks. This is super late. Super.

At any rate, Christmas Eve! Today we went out to breakfast, played a bunch of board games, I finally got around to wrapping my siblings presents, went into the hot tub and drank apple cider, and now my family’s watching A Christmas Story. And once that’s done, we put out cookies for Santa!

Uh, what to talk about? Oh yeah, today’s the first night of Hanukkah. So happy Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates! … I should probably look up when Kwanzaa is. Hang on it starts on December 26. Good to know. So happy early Kwanzaa! And to everyone who doesn’t celebrate any of those, happy winter! And if you live in the southern hemisphere, happy summer! And if you don’t live on Earth, you might want to be looking at another website to assimilate yourself with Earthen culture.

Erm, I’m watching anime right now, that’s fun. Still struggling a bit with some of my doublethink, but I think I’ll manage. Hope my siblings enjoy my presents in all of their lackluster presentation.

Sounds like my family’s done watching so I’d better start writing my letter!

-Ylimegirl

Witty Title: Vague description of things that might be in the post

So, today I tried streaming Barbie in A Christmas Carol over on my Rabb.it. It was a bit of a mess to say the least.

First of all I started it almost an hour late because I decided to embody the white girl *comes in five minutes late with Starbucks* stereotype and go out to have Starbucks with my brother and mom at the local Starbucks. That is entirely my fault and why you shouldn’t trust me to do things.

When we did start, my computer crashed shortly after starting, causing the stream to stop and most of the people who joined to leave since I couldn’t boot it back up for another 5 minutes. Throughout the rest of the stream I never had more than 2 people watching with me and I had to reboot my computer about every 5 minutes to stop it from freezing, but at least I figured out how to keep the stream going.

So basically what I learned is to never stream on my Chromebook ever again. Hope my other laptop is a little less bad at it, maybe. Ah well. Maybe next time will be better?

Uh, what else to talk about. Well, it’s Christmas Eve Eve, and also Hanukkah Eve I think? Hanukkah starts tomorrow, right? Let me check yes I’m right. So that’s cool, I’m wearing a Santa hat right now and slightly panicking since I still need to wrap my siblings’ gifts. Very bad job me, very bad job.

Still don’t know what I’m doing, still don’t know why I made this blog, maybe I’ll talk about more interesting things tomorrow, my mom’s making zucchini loaf and it smells good, bye

-Ylimegirl

P.S. This blog has a server on Discord now, like all the cool kids are doing! Check it out over here: https://discord.gg/wfrEudE

Lions, Discords, and Cats: Nothing of note here, move along

Today our family went out to see Lion King in the city. Thing is I’m really tired today as a result of that and my terrible sleep schedule the last few days, so I’m going to be really brief tonight, talking about… um. What do I talk about? Well, today’s the first day of winter, suppose I could talk about that? I dunno.

Hmm.

Well I just went over into Discord and I guess some pretty big stuff happened while I was watching the Lion King Experience? Still a little confused. I don’t even know what’s happening but I’m hungry since I didn’t have any lunch today.

Uh, I passed K-8 grades on Khan Academy? Shoot, what do I talk about? I don’t know what I’m doing. Why did I make this blog. I have nothing to say.

Hey, you wanna hear something cute? After my parents got married, they wanted to get two cats, so they went to the same adoption center at different times to pick out their favorites. They found out later when they went to adopt that they chose the same cat! Adorable. Rowl lived for 17 1/2 years. Basically my parents have a great relationship and it’s going to be really hard for anybody to live up to standards.

Well pretty much this was a wasted post. Bye?

-Ylimegirl

Pokémon and Bowling: I forgot I was supposed to post today

I realized at one minute ago that the day’s almost over and I haven’t written a blog post yet. Sugar honey iced tea.

Uh, I didn’t really have anything planned for today. But, uh, I made a logo up there. It’s certainly, something. I won’t stop you if you want to make me something better. Please make me something better.

I feel like I should mention this at some point, the fact that I have a Pokéfarm Q account? It’s pretty cool and I could always use extra clicks.

Hmm. Oh! Story time! Yesterday at the cookie party, I ended up playing Wii Bowling since I didn’t want to play cards anymore. After a bajillion rounds of it, I got kind of bored of constantly swinging my arm the same way. So I lined up the shot, but instead of swinging towards the TV, I turned around and did the motion while facing backwards. And I got a strike. So, I repeated it. And I got another strike. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. I got a “seven-pack” (7 strikes in a row), and scored 252. Don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that again. Good thing my grandma took a picture of my awesome l33t gamer skillz!

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Mii featured made years ago, which is why it has long hair and glasses, which are two traits I no longer have.

After that I wasn’t able to get a strike by doing the same method, but by golly that was pretty cool.

Uh. I’m getting my hair done tomorrow, so maybe I’ll post a pic of that or something? I dunno what to talk about today, didn’t plan anything.

Uh, read my poetry, like comment and subscribe, and see you in the next post?

-Ylimegirl

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Popularity: I’M FINALLY FREE!!!

I’M FREE! I’M FREE! I’M FINALLY DONE! I’M HECKA IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IT MAY BE COLD OUTSIDE BUT I WANT TO SPRINT OVER TO MY LOCAL STARBUCKS AND GET MYSELF AN EGGNOG FRAPPUCINO! Hmm, come to think of it, my brother does owe me three fraps. But they’re all for caramel ones, aren’t they. Bet I could exchange one for an eggnog one, though. I AM SO PUMPED FOR THE HOLIDAYS YEEHAW

Alright, time to calm down. I’ve got lots of time to enjoy the holidays, Christmas isn’t even for over a week, calm down.

Alright, I ended last post saying I meant to talk about popularity and holidays, but didn’t since I just talked a lot about DCSHG instead. So, time to talk about these topics today, yeehaw!

Hmm, I realize I’ve just used yeehaw twice in one post. Am I becoming a cowboy? I’ll have to come back to y’all on that one.

So, holidays. As a family we celebrate Christmas around December, because that’s what my parents celebrated as kids, since my dad is Catholic and my mom is… well, her family is… well, they don’t actively practice anything, I suppose? But they have some sort of Christian roots. (Look, I don’t know my types of Christianity, I just know there’s a lot, if the options on the PSAT are anything to go by.)

So, my family celebrates Christmas. We really celebrate Christmas. We definitely have the most decorations for Christmas, we have the most traditions around Christmas, and we’re always playing Christmas music. Well, there isn’t any playing right now, since my parents aren’t home, but there usually is.

So basically, I really love Christmas, and our family really loves Christmas, at least the version unrelated to Christianity and more related to this consumerist culture we now live in.

Where was I going with this? Ah yes, I wanted to talk about how the Lrig family celebrates Christmas.

So, the day after Thanksgiving, it all begins! We assemble the artificial tree that has been out of its warranty for 14 years and string the LED lights on it. We also put our angel (that my sister named Hannuke Suzannah for some reason) at the top. My brother also builds a LEGO train layout that goes around the tree. One year we actually had three layouts going around the tree – a LEGO one, a DUPLO one, and a Disneyland Monorail. We ended up destroying some of the tracks on Christmas morning, heh.

We also assemble a Christmas village using various models we’ve gotten over the years, along with a LEGO one made up of the various LEGO winter sets they’ve released over the years. Outside we put up light-up snowflakes, meteor lights, and a light-up reindeer that replaces the two we used to have that got thrashed by some dumb teenagers while we were away at Disneyland. (Brats.) And at some point we decorate the tree with ornaments ranging a heck of a lot in aesthetic, age, and general classiness.

Of course, that’s all before we get actually into the month of Holidaycember. That’s when we get our chocolate advent calendars, and then just kind of enjoy the spirit leading up until we get out of school. Once school’s out (like what finally happened today!), we ramp it up to eleven.

We have an annual “Cookie Party” with our grandma and cousin, where we just have lunch, eat cookies and ice cream, and play blackjack. We also watch a heck of a lot of Christmas specials and movies over the next few days. We also start making beaded snowflakes, which is where we take a snowflake wire frame, and put beads on it in nice beautiful great way that looks very nice and pretty.

I think I’ll wait to talk about what we do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until we reach those days though. While here though, I’d also like to talk about how we also celebrate a night of Hanukkah with our aforementioned cousin. You see, my mom’s sister converted to Judaism when she married my uncle, and now he gets to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Hanukkah is actually a pretty cool holiday, I think everybody should get to experience holidays from different cultures.

So we go over to their house, play a bit of dreidel, talk a bunch, I sit awkwardly over in the corner trying to calm my social anxiety, the usual. Me and my siblings also each get to light a menorah and only panic a little bit about the fire. And then we have the dinner, where I refrain from eating anything other than a hot dog because I’m super picky, heh. Though we never say they have to, they always get us little Hanukkah presents. Kind of like my mom says for my grandmother to only get us one present, but she always ends up getting us three plus some (kind of “eh”) gifts given at the Cookie Party.

Well now that I’ve finished talking about my own life which is probably boring to 100% of all of you reading, time to talk about my views on popularity.

Now, this may just be because I have no friends, but popularity hasn’t been something I’ve really ever worried about. I mean, it’s nice to be liked by lots of people, but it’s not that big of a deal, is it? I dunno though. I’m not going to lie, I do obsess over the numbers a little bit when it comes to how I’m doing on things. In the end though, it’s just kind of a bonus to me if lots of people like my content – I like making the content, so I’ll keep making it.

Popularity can be kind of toxic, though. The people who are popular can control an entire group of people just because of the fact that so many people liked them at the start – honestly, when this happens, there’s not much room for debate or differences in opinion. That’s just how I see it though.

I think that’s about it from me. I need to eat lunch and go get an eggnog Frappucino, I think. 😉

-Ylimegirl

P.S. I just realized I typed this entire post out as a draft for a page?? What the heck @me