A Few of My Favorites In Honor of The Nifty Nerd Turning 3!

 In General Geekiness

The Nifty Nerd is officially 3 years old! When I first started this site, I never imagined being where I am today. While there’s lots I still want to do with my site (in addition to the giant list of posts I have, just waiting to be written), I’m very proud of where it’s at.

This past year saw a move from Weebly to WordPress, and with that, an updated look. As part of a small celebration, I thought I’d share a little more about myself; the geek behind The Nifty Nerd. Below are just a few of my favorite things…all of which (of course!) I would highly recommend to others.

Nifty Nerd Posts

Let’s be honest…I’d be remiss if I didn’t do a small recap of some of my posts from the past year since this is my site’s third anniversary. Here are my favorites from each category:

DIY Projects and Crafts: Legend of Zelda Link Apron Tutorial

Recipes: How to Celebrate Hobbit Day & Feast Like a Halfling

Cosplay: Inside Out Anger & Joy Costume Tutorials

General Geekiness: How to Host a Geeky Wedding

Legend of Zelda Link cooking apron


I love reading and being swept away to far off lands on grand adventures. My go-to genres are fantasy and sci-fi. While the Lord of the Rings is my favorite fandom, I think the honor of my favorite book goes to Patrick Rothfuss’ The King Killer Chronicles. I’ve read both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear a number of times as I patiently wait for the third book in this trilogy.

Currently I’m rereading my beloved Lord of the Rings. Up next I will be starting the Gentleman Bastards series with The Lies of Locke Lamora; which I’m super excited about.

The KingKiller Chronicles

Board Game

Ooooo…this is probably the most difficult category for me to pick a favorite in, especially since playing games is one of my favorite pastimes in general. There are many different types of games, from theme and play mechanics, to number of players and play style.

I’m going to cheat here, since I’d say my favorite game rotates with my mood and the group I’m playing with. If I had to pick one game that will always be on shelf and which I know I will always keep going back to play, I’d pick Stone Age.

This game is a a worker placement game that beautifully blends strategy with a bit of a luck factor too. There are numerous ways to claim victory each game, making each play a different challenge depending on the combo of components that present themselves.

What’s on my wishlist or board game bucket list? Lords of Waterdeep. I hear that is an excellent game that scales well, whether you’re playing with 2 or 5 -something that’s become an important factor for games that grace my shelves.

Stone Age board game

Video Game

Okay, okay, so here’s another challenging category. It’d be more fair to myself to pick a different game for each gaming console and platform. To keep this post from being 10 miles long, I will limit my selection to a game I’ve played in the past year on my newest console; the Xbox One.

The winner? The Cave. I actually discovered this game early last spring when it became one of the free Xbox Gold downloadable games for the month. It was originally for the Xbox 360 and also had a PC version. The Cave is a 2D platform puzzle adventure game from Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert.

This game has you pick 3 of the playable to characters to form a team to work through the levels by solving puzzles. It’s an entertaining game that sucks you in. It has great replay value too since game play can vary depending on the characters you choose to play with.

The Cave video game

Now that you know some of my favorites, I want to know yours! Share with me any books, board games, or video games that I need to check out if I have not yet experienced them in the comments below.

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  • Katy

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I hope you have many more years of blogging and nerding out to come. 😀

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thanks Katy, me too 🙂

  • Pepi

    Congrats ofr 3 years of blogging! 😀

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Thank you Pepi!

  • Lori

    3 years already! Congrats! 😀

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)

      Time sure does fly!

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