Rocksmith is the single greatest thing to come to guitar learning since ever
Using Rocksmith, I’ve learned more songs, and can play them well enough where listeners will recognize the tune in the past 3 years, than I have in the previous 30 years of trying to learn from books, VHS, and Youtube videos.
It’s fucking fantastic. You can just play songs over and over (at the speed you like, you can slow down the whole song if you want). You can also go into the mini-game modes where they make you play scales, chords, or technique-related stuff, like harmonics and bending.
The Akai MPC Studio is everything you need to make beats like J Dilla and Kanye West
Gloomhaven – One of the most involved board games ever released
Gloomhaven is an amazing game of amazing mechanics and epic proportions. There is 22lbs of cardboard in the mammoth box, but once the pieces are sorted into a storage solution of choice, and the game set up, it’s actually quite pleasing to play through! The combat system is very well designed – you have lots of interesting choices to make, opportunity to create your own style through your character, and the fights don’t feel samey even when you’re played a lot of scenarios.
Pandemic – Widely considered one of the best board games of all time and entirely topical.
The best gaming experience I have ever had was playing through this with my cousins and one of my best friends. I stated earlier that I thought Pandemic was a near perfect design already, but now each game has changes and surprises and discovery. The twist had me out of my chair. That was such a cool moment. We went 12-4 in our 16 plays, but every game was close. Yea, the story is pretty linear. Every person gets the same story at the same point in time, but that doesn’t matter. I was engaged with the story. Each added element every month gave us something new to work with. We had some great “pulled that out of your butthole” moves after conversing for 15 minutes when what we should do finally just clicked. I shadowboxed my copy and I look at it every day and think about the special moments that came from it. I loved Pandemic Legacy Season 1.
Everything you need to start playing the world’s greatest roleplaying game
Explore the night sky and the outer reaches of our solar system with a Dobsonian telescope
Turn the crazy ideas in your head into reality with a 3D Printer
This kit has everything you need to start making your own craft beer
The Bugatti Lego set is absolutely phenomenal
You build it like the real car is constructed. It has beautiful boxing and instructions. I never keep LEGO boxes but I kept this one. Overall I think what you’ll get most out of this is the build itself. It’s just amazing. Well worth the money.
Monopoly – A classic and easy board game that will bring the entire family together
Draw happy little trees with this Bob Ross paint set
Learn how to make gourmet hipster coffee and impress your friends with this Siphon coffee maker
This is the perfect webcam to start that YouTube channel you’ve been always been wanting to start
Install a state of the art toilet seat with all the bells and whistles that will elevate your bathroom experience ten-fold. Your butthole will never been happier.
TRX is the perfect way to get a full body workout while the gym is closed
Learn how to smoke meat. Once you learn how to smoke a brisket and ribs, you life will never be the same again!
Learn all the skills it requires to be a badass….100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation
Lay down the foundations of your cooking skills with Salt Fat Acid Heat
This book is flat-out genius and more than deserves all the praise it received. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is far from a normal cookbook: Nosrat uses approachable, funny prose and helpful drawings to explain the basics of cooking and baking by considering the elements of salt, fat, acid, and heat. In this way the book really teaches you how to cook everything, not just the recipes clustered at the book’s conclusion. This is a cookbook you actually READ vs flipping through a litany of recipes before giving up. I can’t overemphasize how enjoyable I found this book.
If you want to get into bowhunting or archery, this is a good beginners bow that has a lot of room to grow
If you want to learn the drums, this is a good practice kit that you can plug into your headphones and won’t make much noise. Your family and your neighbors will thank you.