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Learning Weekend, Sponsored by the Letter L

Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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This weekend we dug into some shelved games that we needed to get to the table.

We started with Vikings having purchased it on impulse just getting into the hobby, but thrown for a curve by the nifty mechanic. The game was fun but had a mis-start the first night after starting too late and tiredness trumped teaching and understanding capability. Completing the rules discussion on day two went great followed by a fun 2 player game.

In the evening we sat down with the rules and narrative rules for
At the Gates of Loyang. Having watched at least one YouTube video and I had skimmed the rules earlier we slogged into it and started the first round. By the second round we felt, well, like most congressmen during our current budget crisis. Not sure what we went wrong, but I was pleased my wife asked me to keep the game on the game table today so we can give it another go tomorrow.

Today was filled with life obligations and a disappointing overflow of poetic license in The Voyage of the Dawn Treadre movie, but in the evening enjoyed learning and playing a round of Biblios accompanied by our astute (but silly ) 10YO gamer. We played the deck out in Gifting and then moved on to auctions. At first I was expecting that after a round of Gifting we would Auction. Turn movement didn't proceed as fast as my wife would have liked, especially for a card game.

So what's all this "Letter L" stuff? Well, I'm a sucker for a good Sesame Street reference, and the player T-Square in both Vikings and Loyang reminded me of L's as we were Learning new games.
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Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:55 am
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Gaming with Seniors

Dean Goodmanson
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Port Edwards
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My parents visited for 3 day and I was dreading evenings. I haven't gotten our cable hooked up for over a year (thanks Hulu), and wasn't sure how the evenings would work out, or if my Father's interest and Mother's aging would tolerate some games.

The first night we introduced my Dad to Crokinole while my Mom watched on. It was awesome fun. I celebrated on the day they left by finally getting the hangars and wire up and now have the board mounted on the wall.

The next afternoon I grabbed Skip-Bo after lunch and we had a nice game. I like this game much more than Uno. With friends a few days earlier we played Bhonanza without mats and with Skip-Bo this time it would also have helped.

I decided to push my luck that evening and try For Sale with my Dad and 8 year old. Dad caught on and said "Is this one of the new games?" and after a "Yeah", I was glad he was game.
The game went great, and Dad was eager to play again after learning more about the bidding rules (he got stuck with too many coins) and my 8 year old repeated "I sold a cardboard box for THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS!" at least ten times in the following twenty-four hours.

When my wife and I returned from an errand while my parents watched a few kids we returned home to find the 8YO leading both parents in a game of My Dwarves Fly and he piped up right away "We have a TON of stuff because they don't BATTLE" and he was OK with that, and they replied "We have NO IDEA what we're doing" with a smile. I told that that it was fun to catch them in an all-boy household version of a tea party. (TODO: Insert picture)

My parents were kind enough to pick up that and The Adventurers for me at Noble Knight Games in Janesville on their way here. :-) Love that I can buy used games there and browse a real FLGS when visiting the area. Recently when I was there a young couple from Minnesota walked in and after the guy went "whoa...." on walking in the girl chuckled "Was that a geekgasm?" and he quickly laughed "Oh yeah".

Earlier in the week I struck up a conversation with a guy looking over games at our local Goodwill and he was looking for games for Seniors at their nutritional program. I took his card to send him some suggestions. I will definitely be addin Skip-Bo to the list. The thrifter's helped me out with suggesting Sequence, Rummikub,
Phase 10, Option andWord Thief. If you have some recommendations of games or GeekLists I'd appreciate the GM or comment.[thing=521][/thing]
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Mon Apr 4, 2011 4:04 am
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Fat Cows!

Dean Goodmanson
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Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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Fette Kühe is a game that I got at a BGG auction and being from Wisconsin, felt somewhat obigated to pick it up. I didn't look up the translation before getting it either. The game description is really what drew the impulse::

Your cows eat grass. Moo.
Do not get struck by lightning.

What could be more fun that THAT?! These came close: Asking my German capacitated wife what Fette Kühe translated to, to hear "Fat Cows" was silly fun. And showing my friend who has 2 cows and now 3 with a bouncing baby girl 70 pound calf last Friday.



I see I could have googled to find a Fette Kühe² that has an updated description.
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Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:28 am
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My Avatar and the Gaming Hoopla

Dean Goodmanson
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The horse in my avatar inherited it's OM NOM NOM NOM teeth and eyes (sorry, no eyebrows) from a trash can gag I played on the boys, quite successfully.

In 2010 I was glad to attend the Spring and Fall Gaming Hoopla and highly recommend it. The new Silent Auction in the fall was a big hit, along with the GenCon gaming library and the organizers and attendees were friendly and fun. I'm planning on attending again this year but not sure if I'll buy the [geekurl=thread/614847/announcement-introducing-the-gaming-hoopla-vig-pac]VIP pack.[/geekurl] I also need to figure out a way to promote people putting their BGG usernames and avatar's on their badges.

Note to self: I want to play 7Wonders, Cosmic Encounter, Space Alert, Thunderstone, Small World and Age of Empires 3. I haven't learned or played any but Age of Empires 3.

Off to study the rules to Reef Encounter. Love it when the game mechanics hit me with a brand new perspective and blend.

Here is the Crokinole board we purchased after falling in love with the game at the Fall Hoopla.
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Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:35 pm
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Intro, Logging plays

Dean Goodmanson
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3rd year of modern board gaming and I'm surprised how many discoveries about the hobby and community I keep learning. I think it's about every 6 months. Trading was a year ago, and the Thrift Guild quickly followed. I hadn't anticipated that the Thrift Guild doubled as an Ebay Guild, and the ebay:thrift conversation ratio last Christmas nearly did me in. My home is a place of child (4, one with special needs) rearing, conversation, rest and shelves. Hobbies must fit between the attention cycle and it's a struggle to find time for a 90 minute game. There is little room for the attention required for a good trade, let alone serfdom of maintaining a high feedback rating ebay account.

This year I'm trying to log game plays. Not hard, but requires a touch of discipline, and I hope I get 95%.

Here's an interesting example of logged games plays before BGG:



I like to play at least one medium to meaty game a weekend. This weekend missed that as we have some homework obligations and schedule conflicts with friends. Friday I did get in a fun game of Uno Wild Tiles with my older 3. I like Uno, and surprised at how I enjoyed this variant. A know end-point, and strategy opportunities. These are my guys playingPandemic a few years ago.


Note: When people say "With /n/ kids you must not have much time." That's not true, it's only your attention span that takes the hit.
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