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marnaudo wrote:
Shame on me, but I never read anything by them...

Well head on over to the Wu Ming website and download one of their novels right now!

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p.s. you have one of my favorite avatars!!

Thanks Marco - it's one of my favourite films.
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all right friends, as my week of glory is coming close to an end, I believe it may be time to reveal which of the three initial statements is a lie and which ones aren't.

The majority of readers of this thread decided that I was lying when saying I wanted to become a writer and wrote a considerable amount of stuff in the attempt.
Well, that proves that dumping that career was the right thing to do, because clearly I wouldn't be credible as a super-prolific writer of fiction (a sort of Italian Stephen King maybe).

But I did do that.

High school had bored me and frustrated me so much that I couldn't stomach the idea of sitting in a classroom ever again. So I decided not to go to college at all.
To make ends meet I got whatever job a completely untrained young man could get in my small town (hence the jobs listed in statement 3 - with the exception of the archive, that came later), and then at night I would write my immortal masterpieces.

To give you a sense, one of the 2 novels was a Philip K. Dick - inspired madness with reality not being real and you not being you etc. The protagonist was an alter ego of myself who noticed that portions of reality around him were shifting / changing inexplicably. Etc. A total mess, and pretentious on top of that.

The other was a futuristic dystopian story about the pope being the dictatorial ruler of the world (big chances to get this published in Italy, you see) with a group of heroes opposing him. The heroes were: 7 identical twins all with a name starting with A, a robot nun that the rebels had reprogrammed to join the cause, an alcoholic bar-owner with bionic parts (but he was usually too drunk to remember which ones) and Elvis Presley. Yes, him. How he gets to be alive in the year 2225 is a tale for another time...

Being a bit of an impatient person I skipped all intermediate passages, I sent copies of my novels and stories to the most important and prestigious publishers in Italy, and naturally got everything rejected. In retrospect I believe there were some nice ideas here and there, but the style, ouch, when I occasionally remember some sentence I wrote back then I still cringe and blush!

The following year all of my creative writing had been destroyed, and I moved to Pisa to start college.

Oh, and the story about the communist girl? ah, that's pure bogus.
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marnaudo wrote:
The other was a futuristic dystopian story about the pope being the dictatorial ruler of the world (big chances to get this published in Italy, you see)




Well, I for one would really like to read that story!

Ah, the thing about the communist girl was quite plausible, you wouldn't be the first...

But don't worry, we won't forget you, Parco!
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marnaudo wrote:


Oh, and the story about the communist girl? ah, that's pure bogus.


I guess right! An attractive Communist Girl! In your dreams! Have you seen the latest Soviet Propaganda Posters... all them girls are BUTCH FARMERS....
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But don't worry, we won't forget you, Parco!


ROFL!!
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Speaking of Camilleri:
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I find his books just entertaining (in the best cases) but overall utterly mediocre.


Pienamente d'accordo! I completely concur! And press (and others) in interview call him "Maestro"! Oh my!
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Hi Marco, sorry I'm late to the party too, congratulations on being the geek of the week! I really enjoy watching your videos too and you've encouraged me to buy the odd game here and there.
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Re: Geek of the Week #307 - marnaudo
Man- I was late on this one too. Marco has made my experience on the geek more enjoyable and more expensive. (And he is quite a decent guy!)
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Hi Marco,

Just finished watching your "Best of 2012"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mULu5aNM5r0
Which I really enjoyed. Many thanks.

I also recently rewatched your vid of Masséna at Loano and I couldn`t help but wonder if you`d seen Strafexpedition 1916? It looks very similiar terrain-wise and I assume the topic would be of interest to you as well.

I became aware of it through the last `Battles Magazine` and have been hoping to see some buzz or activity about the game - but it seems to have largely gone under the radar.

Anyhow, thanks for your output and please keep up the good work!

Nigel
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Nigel66 wrote:

I also recently rewatched your vid of Masséna at Loano and I couldn`t help but wonder if you`d seen Strafexpedition 1916? It looks very similiar terrain-wise and I assume the topic would be of interest to you as well.


Yes, I read about it on Battles too, but have not played it yet.
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Parabéns pelo prémio.
Não é todos os dias que descubro um wargamer poliglota e fluente em Português!
Abraço,
Jorge
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Parabéns pelo prémio.
Não é todos os dias que descubro um wargamer poliglota e fluente em Português!
Abraço,
Jorge


obrigado!
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Hello Gregor wrote:
Thanks for being Geek of the Week, Marnaudo! Thanks for putting thought and humor into your reviews. I don't know how you manage to game three hours a day with a job and a family (maybe you don't need so much sleep- a gift from the farm?),


That's precisely the trick: 4-5 hours of sleep a night make for 3-4 free hours every day compared to those who sleep 8. It's that simple! And this year I was on sabbatical, so job wasn't as much of an issue. Parenting was though, but that was all pleasure.


Hello Marco

I just read through this thread, and seeing that it is still active, I thought I would ask you the question that was on my mind after reading the OP:

How do you game 2-3 hours a day?!

I know you answered this question with lack of sleep and sabbatical, but since this was a few years ago, my follow up question would be:

Are you still able to play 2-3 hours a day?

And if so, please tell me it is not because of your superhuman powers to live indefinitely off of 4 hours of sleep! I’m entering my first year of a Ph.D. this September, so I am looking for hope that I can still game and do a graduate program at the same time; I found it difficult to find gaming time during the M.A.

And on that note, even though I enjoy multiplayer games (which is why I’m a board gamer and not a video gamer), I’ve noticed that solo gaming is becoming more and more the viable option for me. Actually, it has been my research into solo gaming that has led me to this thread through one of your reviews.

So, my birthday is coming up, and being a poor student, I’m trying to decide what solo game to ask for. I was wondering which of the following games would you recommend?

Phantom Leader Deluxe edition, Field Commander: Napoleon, Ambush!, or Mage Knight: The Board Game (not sure if you’ve played this one)

Well thank you for the great reviews Marco, as you can probably tell, they are much appreciated!

Warm regards,
Justan
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Janos0the0explorer wrote:
marnaudo wrote:
Hello Gregor wrote:
Thanks for being Geek of the Week, Marnaudo! Thanks for putting thought and humor into your reviews. I don't know how you manage to game three hours a day with a job and a family (maybe you don't need so much sleep- a gift from the farm?),


That's precisely the trick: 4-5 hours of sleep a night make for 3-4 free hours every day compared to those who sleep 8. It's that simple! And this year I was on sabbatical, so job wasn't as much of an issue. Parenting was though, but that was all pleasure.


Hello Marco

I just read through this thread, and seeing that it is still active, I thought I would ask you the question that was on my mind after reading the OP:

How do you game 2-3 hours a day?!

I know you answered this question with lack of sleep and sabbatical, but since this was a few years ago, my follow up question would be:

Are you still able to play 2-3 hours a day?


Well, the answer might be similar to what Stefan Zweig writes about in Die Schachnovelle (english title: The Royal Game)...
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Janos0the0explorer wrote:
Hello Marco

I just read through this thread, and seeing that it is still active, I thought I would ask you the question that was on my mind after reading the OP:

How do you game 2-3 hours a day?!

I know you answered this question with lack of sleep and sabbatical, but since this was a few years ago, my follow up question would be:

Are you still able to play 2-3 hours a day?


Well, the answer might be similar to what Stefan Zweig writes about in Die Schachnovelle (english title: The Royal Game)...


That's funny. I looked up 'The Royal Game' on wikipedia, and I have to say combining the solitaire play with lack of sleep could be mentally 'risky' to say the least.......
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Janos0the0explorer wrote:
kreikkaturkulainen wrote:
Janos0the0explorer wrote:
Hello Marco

I just read through this thread, and seeing that it is still active, I thought I would ask you the question that was on my mind after reading the OP:

How do you game 2-3 hours a day?!

I know you answered this question with lack of sleep and sabbatical, but since this was a few years ago, my follow up question would be:

Are you still able to play 2-3 hours a day?


Well, the answer might be similar to what Stefan Zweig writes about in Die Schachnovelle (english title: The Royal Game)...


That's funny. I looked up 'The Royal Game' on wikipedia, and I have to say combining the solitaire play with lack of sleep could be mentally 'risky' to say the least.......


I am a wargamer, calculated risk is exactly what we do. And the answer to the original question is still, yes, 4 hours of sleep at night equal 4 extra hours A DAY in comparison to the 8-hour sleeper. This allows for 2-3 hours A DAY of gaming, and still time to do extra work or pursue other hobbies. I also have the good fortune of being married to a psychiatrist, so I believe that she would be able to detect early signs of mental decline, if they started presenting themselves. So far, so good. And now gentlemen, with your permission, i'll go read the rules for Struggle for New France and play a game of it.
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A belated super hoopy congrats to you and hope you had lots of fun.
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A very belated reply but indeed, congratulations! I haven't been on the site all that long but I've seen many of your videos and if my bank account was more forgiving I would be all in your "I bought this game thanks to Marnaudo" list

Having learned something about northern Italy I just cannot help but ask..

What is your view on the Castelmagno cheese? (Il re dei formaggi )
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Rym_ wrote:


What is your view on the Castelmagno cheese? (Il re dei formaggi )


the king? you... you... heathen... Castelmagno is the emperor of cheese!!!!
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Congratulations on becoming Geek of the Week!

Missed this thread when it started.
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Congratulatore mate!
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marco, if you ever change Universities and come up to W.Lafayette and Purdue, get in touch, this use to be the Home of John Hill and many a games.
I Look at your reviews on any game I go to play, I have read so many rules EVERYTHING KINDA MIXES UP AFTER AWHILE.

Started gaming Dec. 73 after seeing that game at age 12 in 67 and then finally got that AH Waterloo game.

thanks for reviews, first one I saw was that Ottoman game by VICTORY POINT GAMES, bought it and still have not played it...lol

Don't think I have seen you do a review of any OSG Napoleonic games by Zucker.
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Congratulations, Marco. I only just noticed your GOTW. Between you and Rahdo, you both pretty much encourage me to obliterate my games "budget". I was sad to see that you sold off your Dust collection but I'm so grateful you introduced me to war games as well as other little treasures outside that fold. Your reviews are insightful and fun. I hope your schedule will afford more time to play and post reviews.
 
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It's well past time but I have to say you're my favorite board game explainer. Thanks for all of the reviews!
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It's well past time but I have to say you're my favorite board game explainer. Thanks for all of the reviews!


thanks!
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