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Tom’s Triumphs – The Isolation of a Father

These are strange times. March is usually one of my busiest months of the year – it’s usually when my work has our big annual conference. If you recall, it was a crappy affair last year. This year we watched the coronavirus sweep across the U.S. with growing concern, forcing us to postpone our event two weeks before it was supposed to start.

Along with the decision to move our show came the opportunity to work from home full time. As Minnesotans were ordered to shelter in place, our intrepid heroes at OiO would be in nerd nirvana right?

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Tom’s Triumphs – Marveling With My Love

As one of the last members of my core group of friends to get married, I’ve had no shortage of advice on how to handle holidays. I’ve long heard that eventually the magic runs out on Valentine’s Day. The gifts lose their luster and expectations sink until you’re knocking back Little Ceasers and box wine. Fortunately for my legions of loyal readers, the Awesome family isn’t there yet!

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Outside is Overrated Episode 21 – All The Final Fantasies

Tom, Joey and Brandon discuss the 15 mainline Final Fantasy games.

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Tom’s Triumphs – Ice Fishing is….Fun?

For the majority of my life, I’ve been content to be a mostly solitary creature. My primary hobby involves sitting in a recliner in my basement, ridiculously close to my belovedly over-sized TV. I’m happy to spend hours upon hours in fictional worlds, preferably with a tumbler of whisky to keep me hydrated.

Occasionally we all have to bust out of our comfort zone to expand our horizons, right? So what happens when you take The Tom out of that natural habitat and dump him into a frozen wasteland without power? Hopefully you get one heck of a column out of it. Read on to find out!

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Tom’s Triumphs – Reuniting With a Lost Love

Ho there wanderer, stay a while and listen.

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? And the way you compared every experience to that one until you found “the one?” What do you do when that first love wanders back into your life? And what are you supposed to do when your wife, of all people, brings this old flame back into your life?

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Outside is Overrated Episode 19 – Best Games of 2019

Tom and Joey reflect on over 31 games from 2019. The talk about their favorite indie titles, mobile games, what’s new in the battle royale genre and the best and worst games of the year.

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Tom’s Triumphs: Sedlacek Sausagefest

Hello, friends. If your idea of a good time is something other than getting up hours before the sun rises, eating some oatmeal, bundling up in cold-weather gear and sitting quietly in the woods for several hours – we are not that dissimilar. For some reason, I find myself committing to three weekends of hunting in November each year. Perhaps it’s the sweet payoff of knowing that if I’m lucky, one of those weekends will be spent cramming raw meat into sausage casings on my kitchen table.

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Outside is Overrated Episode 18 – 2019 Holiday Buying Guide

Tom and Joey give their recommendations for board and video game gifts for the nerd in your life.

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Tom’s Triumphs: Is This a Poop?

October is a busy month. It’s one of the most intense months of the year at work. The Vikings season is in full swing. It’s my mother-in-laws birthday. We host a Halloween party, and the dozen or so trees in our yard drop a cubic ton (or two) of leaves for us to clean up. Somehow, in the middle of it all, was a bountiful harvest of gaming.

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