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Hi Sam,

Thanks for the great read this week. I've popped in a few times to read your replies and enjoy the new batch of questions. Good job!

I'm a kiwi who has been living the last 11 years in the UK and we're heading home at the end of this year. So it has been especially fascintaing to hear about your recent trials and tribulations as you deliberate your next life steps amongst dealing with the quakes... it's been heartbreaking keeping up with the news and reading/watching the plight facing Canterbury. We have considered Oz as our next home too but in the end we're heading home to be near familiy so NZ it is... at least for the next few years (I'll change my flag back when I get back). Also interesting to hear about your experiences overseas. Sri Lanka was on our itinerary for the trip home but we've had to shorten it...so that will still be on my wish list.

I'm determined to find and play a game Junta now.

You've not had that many game suggestions so i'll add one more that may appeal...

Kraków 1325 AD


Great trick taking area control game, with a definite undercurrent secret identity mechanism for backstabbing. The game story and art is detailed and humourus.

Just an observation. It cracks me up how 500 is (probably without most kiwis realising it) the MOST kiwi of games I've come across. I've never met any non-kiwi who has played or heard of it...yet every kiwi with a card playing relative WILL learn this game.

Have you ever met a non kiwi who knows 500?

Love your taste in comdey too Was agreeing and laughing at your list of shows. I'm curious to know what you the best 1-2 kiwi comedies on TV were you said there were only a couple but I didn't see you sat which ones. Outrageous Fortune? 7 Periods with Mr Gormsby? or further back like McPhail and Gadsby?

Congrats on making GOTW so good this week cool


Cheers James
I had no idea 500 was a Kiwi game. I've played a lot of it, but not for a long time (and I'm quite good at it). I've played more gin rummy in the last 20 years as I had friends who knew how to play that.

The comedies i was thinking of are Gliding On, and the one that someone who asks your question was associated with, so i can not end up in an argument.

I've had a few concepts and scripts turned down and then seen what was made instead and i wonder if the TVNZ programmers aren't in fact lobotomised. My pick is the BBC is a better bet.

I did like A Week of it and although it hasn't aged well I think for it's time it was good. I had the album with their sketches when I was 12 and I chuckled all the way through.

If you can't find a set of Junta get hold of me on your return. I have 4 copies now, 3 here and one on loan.

I'll check out Krakow. I've never even heard of it before, (cue Avron to pop in and tell me I've played it). Thanks for the pointer.

Do come back to the Land of the Long White Cloud. You sound like the sort of person we need more of, boardgamer, employable, and with a sense of humour.
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Sam, two game recommendations from me:

1. Genoa for the fantastic negotiation Euro game play
2. Intrigue for the crazy bluffing, negotiation, lying, backstabbing, relationship breaking, crazy game play.


Brilliant - I have played Intrigue (but log it with my Dominion plays) but not Genoa. I'll make a point of looking at it Alkis
That's not the same Intrigue Sam. And I think I've seen Genoa in the collection of somebody that attends Wednesday night games.
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Sam, two game recommendations from me:

1. Genoa for the fantastic negotiation Euro game play
2. Intrigue for the crazy bluffing, negotiation, lying, backstabbing, relationship breaking, crazy game play.


Brilliant - I have played Intrigue (but log it with my Dominion plays) but not Genoa. I'll make a point of looking at it Alkis
That's not the same Intrigue Sam. And I think I've seen Genoa in the collection of somebody that attends Wednesday night games.


There's another Intrigue? Sounds ideal!
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I'll check out Krakow. I've never even heard of it before, (cue Avron to pop in and tell me I've played it). Thanks for the pointer.
Not this time. I don't recognise the picture, and I don't recall hearing about it anywhere. So if you've played it I wasn't nearby.
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I'll check out Krakow. I've never even heard of it before, (cue Avron to pop in and tell me I've played it). Thanks for the pointer.
Not this time. I don't recognise the picture, and I don't recall hearing about it anywhere. So if you've played it I wasn't nearby.


No I don't think I have, but often it's like I'm sleepwalking
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There's another Intrigue? Sounds ideal!



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There's another Intrigue? Sounds ideal!



Intrigue


Yep have just read up on it. It does sound like me. As does Krakow. Both added to wish list but I'll put them down as want to play before I set out to trade them.

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And finally

Poll: Four lies and two truths!
Sam gave me 4 lies and 2 truths! Guess the lies!
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I spent 2 days, and nights, on a balcony with Human Rights Lawyers in Sri Lanka to dissuade or prevent an attack by renegade or officially sanctioned paramilitaries, (in my role as Human Shield for Peace Brigades International).
49.2% 64
When I was 21 I signed 2 cheques (checks for the US) for over a million dollars (as student President at my university).
44.6% 58
On 12 September 2001 (9/11 in the US), I spent an hour talking to the US Ambassador to NZ about the World Trade Centre attacks. (as speech writer and adviser to our Deputy PM who was acting Prime Minister when the attacks took place).
36.2% 47
I can make my eyes wiggle quickly backwards and forwards as if I’m having a seizure.
45.4% 59
I was born in a taxi and always used to joke that’s why I was in a hurry; the meter is running.
60.8% 79
I was a fast sprinter at school and a provincial representative in hurdles when I was in senior school.
47.7% 62
Voters 130
This poll is now closed.   130 answers
Poll created by Aenea
Closes: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:00 am



I originally did six so Alysa could pick the 3 she liked so sorry to overdo it.


The lies are:
1) On 12 September 2001 (9/11 in the US), I spent an hour talking to the US Ambassador to NZ about the World Trade Centre attacks. (as speech writer and adviser to our Deputy PM who was acting Prime Minister when the attacks took place).
I did meet the ambassador on that day but only for a few seconds .


2) I was born in a taxi and always used to joke that’s why I was in a hurry; the meter is running.
I was born a month late (evidenced by very very dry skin, long hair and fingernails, which would never be allowed today) so I used to say I'm always in a hurry and busy to catch up that lost month.



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Thank you for passing the GotW torch. I hope to live up to your fine example.


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I was born a month late (evidenced by very very dry skin, long hair and fingernails, which would never be allowed today) so I used to say I'm always in a hurry and busy to catch up that lost month.


Oddly enough, I was born late as well - but only 2 weeks.
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Thank you for passing the GotW torch. I hope to live up to your fine example.


SamNzed wrote:
I was born a month late (evidenced by very very dry skin, long hair and fingernails, which would never be allowed today) so I used to say I'm always in a hurry and busy to catch up that lost month.


Oddly enough, I was born late as well - but only 2 weeks.


I think it sets us up to be the white rabbit "I'm late, I'm late, ..."

And just have a great week.
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Hi, Sam.

Your strength in the face of ChCh (Christchurch) devastation is an inspiration to us all! Katrina devastated NOLA, but despite extreme poverty in some segments, NOLA persevered. San Diego told the re-insurerers where they could stick it. Okay, enough about ChCh--for this thread--please let me know where to continue! NZ? Chit-chat?

Out of order but, one of your and my favorites:


An answer (kind of):


And:


(These are all out of order, so y'all have something to listen to whilst I ramble!)

SamNzed wrote:
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No, no, no.... shake California may have more cows ... better cheese and is not on the San Andreas Fault.

Winter (gaming season) is long here.

Move to Wisconsin.


(is there work there for communication people?)

Oh, hell yes! Google? Wisconsin is a fine state. Really, all the US states have their strengths and weaknesses. California? You'll see no sturdy stone buildings or brick fireplaces here! As much as we'd like those touches, they don't co-exist with earthquakes. (I would welcome the chance to explain in any forum you think appropriate! ChCh is in the midst of a profound cultural change; lack of change may doom people. I noted a ChCh resident talking about a "Stone home with a slate roof"--a weaker "Ring of Fire" resident cannot be imagined, sorrowfully!)

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That's hard. Is winning a mechanic??? I'm really enjoying deduction at the moment. Mystery Express, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Mansions of Madness, Inkognito (when I finally play it), Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg, ....

Check out Timbuktu! Fantastic! A total brain-burner, but deduction in the key! A GotW or LsW claimed losing zero caravan loads--and it's just inconceivable for me (which is not to say it can't happen!)

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A question to you.

Given the games and interests I have... what games do your recommend I try that I don't seem to have found?

and why?

Um...Container. No need for the add on. The original baffles even some Economists! Seriously, I've had an economist crater playing Container. I've had a wargamer frothing at the mouth about how unfair it was! Container creates markets. It doesn't simulate markets like RRT and Brass--it creates them! Anyone can sell anything at any price--if someone will buy! If you like markets and economics, it's a fantastic game! If you want spoon-fed economics of any faction, it's horrible.

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Now again we have a lull in posts....

A question to you.

Given the games and interests I have... what games do your recommend I try that I don't seem to have found?

and why?

Try Container again. Ra--a high-theme game if you let it be. Merchants & Marauders--a little too much Chrome for my taste but good.

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No no no no!
Carcassonne anything

If you'd said Alhambra, I'd be with you. Carcassonne With no add-ins is just, "Who has the best memory." May as well play Concentration.

I hope to continue this conversation with you, Sam: As I say, "Enough about ChCh--for this thread--please let me know where to continue!"
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hey Walt

thanks for all this. I might have to try Container again because you recommend it, but it's with trepidation.

I am going to start a geeklist sometime soon (Small Geeklist in the Country) on some games I enjoy and that may be the place to chat. or geekmail.

That BTO is fantastic isn't it? As is the Stones.

I'll check out Timbucktu - I think
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I've played Ra and would like a copy. Sometime.

Do keep in touch Walt - you're another of the people that make BGG brilliant
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The new GOTW forum is here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6961602#6961602


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That's an invalid link Sam. I think you meant Geek of the Week #301 - Cate108
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SamNzed wrote:
The new GOTW forum is here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/article/6961602#6961602


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That's an invalid link Sam. I think you meant Geek of the Week #301 - Cate108


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Thanks for the nice week Sam!
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Thanks for the nice week Sam!


Thanks for making it possible. Cate seems to be going very well!
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Re: Geek of the Week #300 - SamNzed
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I might have to try Container again because you recommend it, but it's with trepidation.

Duh. Completely forgot to mention: Container plays far better with five than even four.

One thing that can completely wreck a Container game is if players copy the first player. I had a ridiculously bad game when that happened. The idea is for each player to specialize in one part of the market chain: manufacture, distribution, and shipping. If everyone does the same thing, everyone is terrible at everything. Of course, with only a few things to do, some people have to get in the same business as other players, and that's what drives the game.
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