Things We Love: Picks from Ryan Branch
Ryan Branch is co-host of Drunk PowerPoint and an aspiring podcast producer. He's a decade into a career in geographic information systems, but still tries to step out on weekends. You can catch the next Drunk PowerPoint at Kafe Kerouac on Friday, March 15, with signups starting at 8:30 p.m. Here are some things he loves.
I play and own an irresponsible amount of card and board games. Some personal recommendations would include Coup, Hive, Splendor, Condottiere and Battlestar Galactica (you don't need to follow the show). If you're looking for board games that happen to be video games, check out Wargroove, XCom, Armello, Skulls of the Shogun, the Banner Saga and Blood Bowl. That last one holds a special place in my heart. It's literal fantasy football — where knights, rat-men and skeletons take turns moving spaces down field and rolling dice to see if you tackle (or maim) opposing players.
As the Thin Mint rush slowly dies down, I'm very much looking forward to my favorite holiday: the day after Easter. There are aisles and aisles of half-off chocolate. Cadbury changed its recipe a few years back, and I may never forgive them for doing so, but I just can't quit my favorite candy. I bought 11 pounds of them one year, when the old Kroger on King Avenue had them at 50 cents a bag. I ate the last one in September.
Everyone's least favorite sport is the one I get most excited about. Growing up in Cleveland, it was nice to follow a talented and fun club, and nearly winning two World Series has left an indelible dent on my character. However, as I added some distance and perspective to my fandom, their brand seemed more and more egregious. I started a small effort to lend pressure to change the team's name and mascot, starting up the Cleveland Owlbears site. We managed to get mentioned in Cleveland Scene magazine once. As far as Columbus goes, it's hard to beat spending $10 to catch a Clippers game on a beautiful summer day.
I just found, and promptly finished, the BBC series “Killing Eve.” It's one of the best shows I've seen in recent memory. The characterization, the dark humor, the spy thriller format, the way it shows without telling ... all very up my alley.
City of Opportunities
I've heard a lot of people decry Columbus because it's not a big city, and I agree that it's certainly not Chicago or New York. They've said this as if Columbus doesn't have opportunities and outlets. I worked at Kingmakers, the first board game cafe in the city, when it opened. I've had a radio show on WCRS. I was involved with Monday Night Live sketch comedy when it was formed nearly a decade ago. Friends of mine are activists, musicians, politicians and magicians. We may not have the same level of amenities as an L.A., but everything you're curious about is here, and to our benefit, it's accessible. If there's one thing I'd like to request of anyone reading it's this: Engage with your city.