Note: these will (highly) likely change over time, and they don’t constitute any kind of endorsement! Just my opinion. 🙂
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro – while I’ve been a Guinness fan for a long time, it only took 1 pint of this to claim the throne!
Runner-ups: Real Ale Lost Gold IPA, Guinness
Ticket to Ride – it’s simple to learn, supports a wide number of players, and there’s a bit of strategy to learn along with luck involved. I consider it to be a near-perfect game!
And Then There Were None – no contest; I’ve re-read this so many times and am always drawn in. Without the added ending, it is the perfect mystery!
Courier Prime – so much easier to read than Courier New!
Gibson Les Paul Studio – while I got my Strat first, it was when I first played the LP Studio that it just felt right. I’m not sure if it’s the shorter scale, the angled neck, or the anchored bridge. I also like the Studio’s thinner body over a LP Standard.
Runner-ups: Fender Stratocaster, Yamaha FG acoustic
This is going to be really hard to pick! Not only are there long-time favorites such as Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. there’s also newer ones such as Ex Machina.
Ex Machina – this is my current pick. It’s near-future, with a great plot and is both a mystery and a thriller. Add in an amazing score and wonderful location shooting and it will be hard to top this!
Runner-ups: Wonder Boys
Linux Mint – a consistent and easy-to-use Linux distro, gets out of the way, and isn’t dictated by a large corporation.
Delta Green – the best release of the BRP rules, with a modern setting of conspiracy, horror, and mystery
Chuck Taylor All-Stars – yes they have no arch support, but these shoes have stood the test of time and I’ve rarely not owned a pair!
Runner-up: OluKai Akahai
Visual Studio Code – runs on all 3 OS’s, constant updates, Fountain mode highlights better than Highland
Murder, She Wrote – it’s a mystery with a vast amount of content, interesting recurring characters, and just something I can watch no matter the time, mood, weather, etc.
Runner-ups: MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firefly
Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel – it’s just a fantastic wine I love to slowly sip, swirl, and smell!
Runner-ups: Becker Cabernet Sauvignon, Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir