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A relaxed wife is a good wife a.k.a. How I spent my 7 days vacation.

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Howdy all!

I finally had my first bit of Summer vacation and we went back to our Summer cottage. It was the Midsummer and that basically means that every Finn goes out of town to the country side. If possible. That's how we roll.

I'm on vacation! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Before we left, though, I taught my niece Maiju to play Madeira. It had been awhile since I last played and I thought she would enjoy it. But I'm not sure she did We played twice in a row and while she didn't say she hated it, I did see a familiar expression on her face. Too bad. I really like Madeira and I know it is a bit much for some people. There's so many things to do and to remember to do, that I can see why some poeple might not like it.

Untitled by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

The drive to the Summer cottage is a long one. It's about 275km and it takes about 3 hours. So we don't go there every weekend. I'd like to though. We had my husband's mentally disabled sister with us this time, and she was so excited to stay there with us. Their parents were there already and she was really pumped up to travel with us instead of them.

I've often written about her here, but not so much lately. That is because her life has been a little different for a year or so, after she got engaged. It has been difficult to get her to spend time with family. She has spent all her time with the fiancé even though she doesn't have the mental capacity to understand what it really means to be in a relationship. It has caused her to have seizures more frequently and her mood swings a lot. But being engaged is a way to show herself that she is normal. Because she has a really hard time accepting that she is disabled.

We had taken some games that we knew she could easily play with us. So no big euro games, this time. I didn't want her to feel left out.
The first game we played together was Zooloretto: The Dice Game. It is a fun dice filler that actually captures the heart of the big Zooloretto family quite well. In it you either roll two dice with animals on them and locate them on these trucks on the board, or you take all the dice from one truck. Pretty simple. Everybody has their on zoo sheet, where you track which animals you have and how many. You can only fit a certain number of each animal, and excess will make you lose points.

Sister-in-law playing Zooloretto: The Dice Game by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

She actually really enjoyed the game, and with a little help she actually won one game! The whole family enjoys this game as a quick thing to pull out if you have 20 minutes of free time.

Another game we played together was a family favorite Las Vegas. It's a game we play together as a family almost all the time. We play with the neutral dice variant, where you have 8 of your own colored dice and two neutral colored dice. We do have the expansion, but we left it out this time. There were trash talking and threats being thrown in the air and everybody laughed. So much fun.

Money! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Afterwards we made some crêpes with raspberry jam and just sat by the lake in our gazebo.

Crêpes! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I thought I might miss playing some more complex games, but really, just being there made me relax. Jani and I went fishing almost every day to have some Us time. Being with the family is great but can be also exhausting.

Lietvesi, Lake Saimaa by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

When we got home there was a surprise waiting for me at the library. Copies of Quadropolis and Keyflower. Yay!

Borrowed from the city library. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

So exciting! I wanted to try Quadropolis for two reasons. 1) It's a Days of Wonders game and 2) Everybody seems to like it! For some reason I had reservations towards it for a very long time. Do I want to play another city building game? Do I like the overall look of the game? Who is the designer, should I have heard of him?

Keyflower I wanted to try because I have two promo tiles that I got from Spielbox, and I want to know if I should keep them, or give away. I've never been drawn to the look of the game, but people I usually trust have praised the game, so who knows? Maybe I'll like it. Let's keep an open mind!

To keep or not to keep? by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I've already managed to play Quadropolis, first with Jani, me and my friend Hanna, and we all loved it! We did only play the classic version because we spent way too much time cooking Second time we played with Maiju, and she thought it to be entertaining too. I can see this game being a hit with my mother-in-law. The game is very abstract, and I can see some people have a problem with that. There are many city building games that feel more thematic. But, this one is charming and fun. You should try it!

Quadropolis by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Jani is thinking hard. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

This week is probably going to be quiet on the gaming table, since Maiju is on their cottage until Friday. We're going to try Keyflower on Saturday if everything goes as planned. I have reserved Above and below, Shakespeare, Sushi go! and The Big book of Madness from the library but I'm not sure if any of those will come beofre Saturday. We'll see.

Jani and I have our 6th anniversary togehter tomorrow, and he is taking me out to dinner heart We usually go to this place where we had our first date. Time flies when your in love. kiss

Untitled by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Until next week, be good and play more games!
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A well-earned vacation looms ahead, while the first spark of spicy peppers numbs the tongue.

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It's been awhile hasn't it? Feels like I haven't done anything to report to you guys, but let's look back at things that have happened since my last post.

May was exhausting in many ways, so at the end of it we decided to take a long weekend pause from things and ran away to our summer cottage. We took some games with us but ended up not really playing anything, but a few games of Jaipur. We spent our time mainly fishing and bathed in the sauna. It was refreshing and helped me get my mind off of things, which is usually very hard for me to do.

On the Lake Saimaa. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr


The next couple of weeks turned out to be even more busy, but the long weekend gave me energy to survive
I managed to sneak in a game night with my husband and my niece. We played Power Grid: The First Sparks, which is a Power Grid spin-off set in the Stone Age. I really like Power Grid, so I was curious to see, if the game would work in another setting. Sometimes it seems hard to get people excited about a game where you build electricity networks...
Of the three of us my husband was the only one who really liked First sparks. Maiju and I liked it OK, but prefer the original. First sparks does look nice but it just feels less exciting. Jani liked the theme of it more, so maybe that's why the game seemed to appeal to him more than us ladies. Who would've thought?!

Power Grid: First Sparks powered with Dr. Pepper by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr


After First sparks we tried out Scoville, a game of planting and harvesting hot peppers. I'll admit, the only reason I was interested in this game, was how colorful and pretty it looked. The game is good, but we felt a bit underwhelmed. Maybe we needed more players, or probably the expansion, but everyone felt like it was a good family game, but not exciting enough. Bummer, it looks so nice and the components are good. Maybe we should give it another chance?

Playing Scoville with ice cream on a lovely summer day. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr


This past Saturday we also wanted to play some games with family. My brother-in-law is a teacher and is on vacation now since school is out for the summer, so we took out The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game which hadn't seen daylight in a looong time. I made myself a Hobbit deck, which turned out not to work on the scenarios we ended up playing. I need to buy more packs to get better cards. We are so far behind with the game, but it's fine. We never intended to follow it faithfully.

My playmat for LOTR:LCG by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr


We also played Broom Service again, and I still like it very much. I wonder what the upcoming card game version will be like. I've been considering about buying the board game for us, but since money has been a bit tight lately, I haven't pulled the trigger. There's a long list of games I want, so we'll have to see what happens. I heard that Lautapelit.fi is going to publish the new version of Agricola (revised edition) in Finnish, and I'm tempted to buy that so we could play it with my mother-in-law who doesn't speak English that well. I need to win the lottery!

Summer time Broom service. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr


I really feel like I need the 51st State: Master Set. Yes, it's very similar to Imperial settlers, but still I need it. The theme is something I'm sure my husband would like. He is not the biggest fan of IS, but I think it's the cuteness of the game and not the mechanisms that bugs him. Or the fact that I never let him win...
Maybe I should make an acquisition proposal for the library about 51st state. They already have the original, but I have 0 interest in that one.

We'll see.

1,5 weeks to go and I have my first vacation week, yippee! We're going back to the cottage and I can't wait. I'm already making a list of games I would like to bring with us, in case the weather sucks. My mentally disabled sister-in-law is coming with us, so I'll have to come up with a few games she can play with us. She likes Splendor, so that's going to be one of them. I've been thinking about getting My First Stone Age for her as a present. I think she would like it. The regular Stone Age is just a little bit too much for her. We've been worried about her retrogression lately. It's a long story but basically there was a person working at her dormitory which caused all things to go wrong, and now that she is out of the picture maybe things will get better.

Well, I guess that's it for this time. Talk to you soon-ish!

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Ilo playing with us. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr
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Lewis and Clark hopped on a broom and flew through the Panama canal only to discover Sultaniya instead of Indians.

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to try the Kennerspiel des Jahres winner Broom Service with my niece Maiju. I say pleasure, because it was such a pleasant surprise. I know I'm so late to the party, but honestly, I just wasn't that interested in the game before. Maybe I had too many other games on my mind at the time.

Broom service reimplements Andreas Pelikan's earlier game Witch's brew, which I haven't played but have known about for some time. I wish I had played it, though, to see the differences between the two games. I'll just have to rely on what other people have told me. All I know is that Witch's brew is clearly a card game, while Broom service is a board game with an actual board. With the help of one Mr. Pfister, the two guys have come up with a charming game.

The lovely cards of Broom service by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

The cards have beautiful art by the one and only Vincent Dutrait, and are colorful and pretty. But the board itself looks like something Ravensburger put out in the 80's. I guess it's functional, which is more important. In Broom service you are basically a potion delivery service in this magical land, where there are two types of witches: brave and cowardly ones. In each of the 7 rounds of play, players choose 4 cards and the manner of which they wish to play each card. The brave version is of course better, but uncertain. Because only the last player to declare a certain card brave gets to actually act that way. All the cowardly ones always succeed, but get less stuff done. This is very interesting mechanism, one that Maiju and I really enjoyed. The game also comes with variable ways to play the game. I guess you could call them mini-expansions. Gamers probably want to add a little more in their game, and the basic version is something even families can play together. We really enjoyed the few games we played of Broom service.

Coffee and games, two things I love. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I also got to play a Lewis & Clark which also has the art by Vincent Dutrait. It was just a coincidence. In Lewis and Clark you play the famous explorers, gather equipment and meet new people while exploring the way to the Pacific coast. The game has cards you can buy in deck building style and the cards can be played in two different ways.

The lovely board of Lewis & Clark by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Each player has their Corps of Expedition board where they store all the equipment they get and if they have helpful Indian friends, they are also put on the canoes on this board. You can expand your board if necessary. The components are pretty and colorful, which I always appreciate. I don't have time for ugly games. I've only played once but I did like my initial play. Time will tell, if my opinion changes.

Hi! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

On the same day we played a learning game of Panamax. It is commonly not regarded good as a 2-player game, but our third gamer had disappeared into thin air. (Hockey was on...)
Panamax is designed by the same fellows (+1) who designed my beloved Madeira, so I was secretly intrigued. I was worried about the theme not being interesting to me, but actually it wasn't boring as shipping cargo in the Panama canal sounds like. We just had a really tough time with the rulebook. Maybe we were tired or something, but I felt like we couldn't find answers in the right places and the layout was a bit messy. But, after all the rule corrections and small errors we made, we managed to play the game (semi)correctly and did enjoy it. Need to play with more players soon.

Panamax learning game going on. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

To finish off my new to me list, we tried out Sultaniya. This was an impulse loan from the library, all because I wanted to see if it would work as a thematic filler for Five Tribes. Sultaniya is a tile laying game with variable player goals. It's pretty cool. It's light and fast, so works well as a filler. I was maybe expecting just a little bit more from it, but I will definitely play it some more.

I need more palm trees! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

My week ended in a surprise arranged by my friend for my husband and me. She had bought us a overnight stay at a spa hotel by a beautiful lake. She had arranged us a private jacuzzi with a candlelight bubble bath, all this and even more, because she thought I was too stressed out and needed to get away for a day or two. Life is really good at the moment.

Summer life. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I'm still just as pale as last time, though.
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A feverish week ended in board game paradise, when the Gates of Loyang opened and brought the Sun out.

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Firstly, I have to brag a little. My review of Grand Austria Hotel got published in the biggest Finnish board gaming site, Lautapeliopas.fi and I'm so thrilled and happy and giddy about it. Yay!

Now onto my week. So I had fever for almost four days straight, and I felt miserable that I had to cancel game day on Ascension Day. But I just barely could get out of bed, so I simply had no choice. Who gets sick in May anyways?! As a result, I was so bored I had to reserve a few games from the library. So Broom Service, Panamax, Power Grid: The First Sparks, Lewis & Clark are coming my way soon. Fever makes you do things.

Oh look, purple hair! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Luckily, I felt good enough on Saturday when we celebrated my niece's 20th birthday. I even put on some purple hairchalk. That's how festive I was feeling. After all the eating and entertaining guests, Maiju and I opened up a bottle of apple cider and took out At the Gates of Loyang. This is how we are. Instead of going out to a bar she opted to stay with her aunt Miira and play games. How cute is she?!

The Gates of Loyang are wide open by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I really like At the Gates of Loyang. But it is SO different than all the other great Uwe games. And it really is a 2-player game, at least to me. I might try it with 3 at some point, but I'm not interested in the 4-player variant. Sadly we had only time for one game, it was getting pretty late at that point in the evening. I guess I was still convalescent.

Happy customer waiting. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

On Sunday it was Mother's day which I of course spent with my family. My mother was doing some gardening when we went there which was a good coincidence, since my gift for her was a new rose bush for her garden.
My mom doesn't play games anymore, other than maybe the occasional Codenames. But they have a game room, nonetheless, and after all the ice cream and having fun with their dogs Ilo and Vuokko, my niece Maiju, my husband Jani and I went to their game room to play a game of Power Grid. We all like Power Grid and since I had reserved it's sister game, Power Grid: The First Sparks from the library in my fever moods, we wanted to play the original one so it is fresh on our minds when we eventually play the other one.

Power Grid. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

On Monday we went to see my parents again, because we had made some plans to eat good food together and enjoy the sunshine. Maiju was there too, so games had to get played. Besides, my husband and my father wanted to watch some ice hockey since the world championships are on.

We actually started outdoors on their patio, but it was getting a bit chilly despite being the warmest day of the week. It really felt like Summer had arrived. Our first game was 7 Wonders: Duel which we both love. I went for the blue cards and won the game pretty easily. I first thought about going for the science cards but soon realized there weren't that many around, so I had to do something else.

7 wonders: Duel by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

After 7 wonders: Duel we played another game of Loyang. Still liked it. Nothing new to report here. After that we took out Deus which you all know I love. We had a really tight game and quite suspenseful right until the end. I lost though If I had just had one more turn...

Playing Deus by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I just love this game.

Me, myself and I. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

After Deus I was still craving for a game. We decided to play Dale of Merchants since it is fast but good. They have the sequel Dale of Merchants 2 on Kickstarter now and I'm seriously thinking about breaking my No-Kickstarters-vow. Dale of Merchants feels like a racing game disguised as a deck-builder. Excellent for the end of the night quick game. And it's adorable!

Dale of Merchants fun in session. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

All in all my week ended up being quite good despite it's horrible beginning. The Sun is shining and it is hot! I even tried to get some tan on my skin, but it never happens. I'm just too pale.

Me pale as one can be. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr
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A Maid of Honour survives a week of ordeals, while on a train to Elysium via Bora Bora.

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Whew, it's done. My friend got married this past Sunday and life can now continue it's normal course. These past three weeks have been exhausting but I would still do it again.

A couple of weeks ago we had her bachelorette party and went to play some glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. Not a board game but it was fun still! And I won, so there's that

My friend at her bachelorette party. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

The week after that was horrible with work and all the other wedding-y stuff, but I decided it was necessary for my mental health that I get some games to the table. You see, I sometimes have a hard time to relax, and board games help me do that the easiest.

We went to see my mother-in-law one evening, and I took Rococo with me. My husband and I really like Rococo and this time was no different. I went for the decorations instead of dresses in the beginning, and that helped me win a few ties that were crucial for my victory.

My hand made playing pieces for Rococo by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I had also gotten Ora et Labora from the library and needed to play that no matter what! That meant I had to do all sorts of things with glue and glitter in the night, but it wasn't so bad. Well, if you look at the dark circles under my eyes, then it really was bad. But I really like Ora et Labora, so it was worth it. I liked how my player board looked at the end, but sadly I forgot to take a picture of it

Ora et Labora by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

I also got to spend some time with my niece Maiju one day, when she agreed to help me with some maid of honour business, after which we played some games. I was pretty tired and didn't want to play anything new, so we made some coffee and took out Trains. We played with the Tokyo map. My husband was grumpy because we used only the cards from the base game, and not the Rising sun which he likes more. But I was too tired to mix them, so he just had to live with it.

Gonna lay some rails! by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Playing Trains while having coffee. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

After trains I wanted to play Elysium. I can't recall all the families we had, but we had the one with the Oracle. It was a tight game but Maiju won, I came in second and Jani last. I think we were all within 9 points from first to last. I don't mind losing, I was having so much fun it didn't even matter.

The beautiness that is Elysium. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

We also got to go to a concert with my parents, and I really needed that to take my mind off of things. They bought tickets for themselves and Jani and me, and I'm so thankful for that. Otherwise we wouldn't have gone, because of all the things I had on my mind. My parents are the greatest. heart

Jarkko Ahola and Laura Voutilainen by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Then came the wedding day. It went by pretty fast and I was exhausted by 9PM. But it was a beautiful ceremony and everone had fun. Yay! Im happy for my friend and her new husband I hope they enjoyed their special day.

Unfortunately when I got home I got really bad acid dyspepsia and even though I had taken several medicines, I was in pain for many many hours. And in the end the meds didn't even help, and it wasn't until Jani gave me a glass of milk, which actually helped and I managed to fall asleep for a while. Go figure.

But despite having little-to-no sleep I really wanted to play Bora Bora today. I had tried to read the rules the other day, but I was too tired and it was a fiasco. We tried again today and you know what? I really LIKED it! WHAT? I like a Stefan Feld game? Unprecedented. And even Jani liked it which is even more peculiar. I hope to play it again soon-ish, because Jani won and that just won't do!

Bora bora player board. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week!

Now I need some sleep. zZz
(stupid internet made me type this whole post 2 times...Aargh, will I ever learn to save a couple of times while writing).

Tired Tibetanspaniel Vuokko. by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr
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Procrastinating instead of sleeping. ( Now with really bad iPhone pictures!)

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I hate stress. Even more so, I hate when multiple things cause me stress at the same time. I had to turn down an invitation to a game night, and if you know me at all, you know I won't do that lightly. This maid of honour business is really consuming a lot of my time.
But, I decided I will try to be as positive as I can. Only two more weeks, and then life continues as it should.

I have managed to get some games played to de-stress. I taught Arboretum to my niece Maiju a week ago. Arboretum is such a beautiful game and I find it to be pretty clever, too. In it you play these tree cards to your tableau i.e. arboretum to form paths of lovely looking trees. They come in many colors and are numbered from 1 to 8.

Untitled by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Maiju learned it very fast and won more times than lost. Aargh, why did she have to grow up?! Nowadays it seems she always wins everything...

I then tried to teach Arboretum to my mother-in-law which was a disaster. I don't get it! She plays many more complicated games with us without any problems, but after 4 games she just didn't get it. I was planning on adding Arboretum to our Summer Game Box but now I'm disheartened and not sure. Our Summer Game box is this big box we keep with us in our car when we travel to our Summer cabin or anywhere else. We keep a bunch of small games there, that are also easy to teach.

I also managed to teach Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small to Maiju after borrowing it from the library. They didn't have the expansions for it and I'm afraid that this game really needs the expansions. The base game felt a little bit lacking, but was fun enough, so we played it a couple more times in a row. I'm not really a huge fan of the regular Agricola, I'm more of a Caverna girl, but the baby Agricola I would consider buying.

Baby Agricola by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

This week I got my husband Jani to play a few games on Yucata.de with me, when our table was full of stuff and I really wanted to get my mind off of everything. We played some The Voyages of Marco Polo which we both love. I'm not sure if we ever had played it as a 2-player before. In our first game I made a few idiotic mistakes but ended up winning barely. I asked my niece to make profiles for Yucata.de, boiteajeux.net and boardgamearena.com too, so we could play games even when I don't have time to visit her. We already have played Seasons, Dungeon Petz, Concordia and Deus together. My husband has yet to play any other than Takenoko or Marco Polo, but we'll get him on board with us eventually

Untitled by Miira Hartemo, on Flickr

Playing online isn't of course the same as playing with the physical game, but it does offer a nice substitute when you don't have opportunities to go to a game night. I have a couple of games reserved from the library, that should come maybe this week or the next. I just need to find the time and place to play them. I'm especially looking forward to Ora et Labora which I have actually never tried before! As you can see the Uwe kick is still going strong

Don't know how much games I will be able to play this week, but I'm going to go play neon light mini-golf, so that's a first! Have a great week everyone!
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Easter bunny has left the building.

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After a long weekend full of games you'd think I was satisfied. But no! I want more!

I spent the whole Easter weekend with my family, who luckily are gamers mostly. But our plans went horribly wrong, and I had to do with a moping husband for a couple of hours. He has been complaining about playing only eurogames for a long time, so we had arranged a Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game game day with my sister and her family. But they made other plans that intervened with our plans for that day. I was angry too, I hate when people don't keep their promises.

We managed to play games with my nieces, though, so all in all a great day. As my husband was very disappointed with his game getting canceled, I took Elder Sign with us, knowing he likes it very much. Our game went horribly wrong and we lost. I feel like not playing ES for awhile.
Afterwards we played Dice Town and One Night Ultimate Vampire.

I had borrowed Castles of Mad King Ludwig from the library and wanted to try it out. So I asked my nieces who were more than willing to play. And we all fell in love! I had no idea it is that much fun. My younger niece Aino(16yo) has since asked many many times to play Castles.

We also got my cousin Jonna to come and play games with us for the first time. Ticket to Ride: Europe was a huge hit with her, so I'm hopeful she will join us again in the future. We played some other games with her, but I think Ticket to ride was IT.

I also needed some time for myself, since I've been stressing some work and future related stuff. I enjoyed a glass of sparkling rosé and Le Havre on my iPad. I guess it helped a bit. Sometimes I have a hard time running away from sad thoughts, even when I'm with people. My husband says I worry too much about things that might not even happen, but how to turn those thoughts off?

We ended the long weekend at my in-laws teaching Istanbul to my mother-in-law. Istanbul is a fine game but I still feel like it is merely OK and not great. Will have to play it some more and see, if I warm up to it more. We did enjoy our time together, so it was a success.

I just found out that my friend who is getting married in three weeks wants me to be her Maid of honor. This is very stressful to me, because why ask when there is only so little time? I thought she didn't want to have one since she didn't ask me when they started to plan the wedding. I feel like I now have an obligation to do all sorts of things I wasn't prepared to do and would have liked to have more time.

I guess April is going to be a busy month but not in a way I was hoping.
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Fimo is my middle name.

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What busy two weeks these past weeks have been! But I managed to finish some projects and am excited to show them to you.

Last time I showed you my resource tokens for Deus, and they inspired me to do the same for Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. They were easy to make and since I don't want to paint the wheel, these bring a little something extra for my game.



After finishing them I got this ridiculous idea of making a cute first player token to replace the cardboard one. I took some ideas from the cover and made a simplified version of it. I didn't feel confident enough with my skills to try to do an exact match. It turned out quite ok.



Sadly I haven't gotten around to playing with these upgraded components yet, but all in good time. I do love Tzolk'in.

My next project was a really small one. Just some bread tokens for Madeira. I'm not really known for being a heavy games fan, but Madeira I like. So I thought maybe this would be a fun little thing to add to it.



I think I might make new ones eventually, those are maybe a little too small for my husbands big thick fingers. Oh, men and their manly hands!

I needed to take a small break from crafting, as my ideas started to get stupid, so instead I played tons of Glass Road and last week mainly Caverna. My niece Maiju and I have been on an Uwe high. But playing Caverna with dull round dwarf tokens gave us a magnificent idea. Fimo dwarfs!

I know, crazy! Caverna: The Cave Farmers has dwarfs for 7 players. Each color has five, and then there's the extra 6th dwarf in neutral color.

We got my other niece Aino to join us over the weekend, and we actually did it. We made all the zillion dwarfs from scratch.





I'm so happy with them! We played with them already and they rock! Makes a fun game even more fun. We're having a game day next Sunday, and my nieces asked me to bring Caverna. I'm a bit hesitant, though, since we have my cousin coming, who is new to gaming. Caverna might be a bit too much for her.

Now I'm all out of ideas, but maybe they will pop up at some point! I just got Le Havre from the library, so I guess I'll concentrate on playing games for a change.
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You know you have issues when your iPad gets broken, and you buy a new one within 24h.

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So, I had to buy a new iPad to replace the broken one, because of my serious Patchwork app addiction. As a new owner of a new iPad Air 2, no sanity got lost here. Just a lot of money.

The whole week has been a little rubbish anyways.

I did get to play Fields of Arle for the first time, at least that's positive. The game takes a massive amount of table space, for just a two player game. I did extremely poorly in both of the games I played, but they were learning games. It's an excellent game, though. Hopefully I will get to play it some more before I have to return it to the library.

I downloaded the app for Glass Road and though everyone else seems to be having problems with the app, mine works just fine. It isn't perfect but it hasn't crashed or anything. Playing the app made me feel like I would like the analog version more, so I got it from the library. I'm hoping to play it this weekend with my niece. She liked Arle, so maybe she'll like Glass road too. Not that they have anything in common really

We also have Concordia ready to get played. I've been waiting to get that to the table for a very long time, so I'm excited to finally get to do that. Why is the box size that ridiculous?

I have a few Fimo projects unfinished but I have basically nothing to show you yet, since I haven't had time to finish them. A rubbish week, as I said. Maybe next week is better!

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Our breakfast table has been turned into an arts & crafts center. I've had so much fun making stuff for our games, I just had to share it with you guys!

My first Fimo project was to make lace and yarn markers for Rococo. I think the game looks very pretty and the cubes it comes with just seemed a bit meh. I don't usually have anything against wood cubes, I actually prefer those than anything plastic, but once I came up with this idea of replacing them with something I made, I had to at least give it a try.

I went out and bought a couple of colors of Fimo, and voilà! What do you think?



My next project was Deus. I love Deus and thought it would be fun to try to make some resources for it. I started with the easiest, clay, and worked through them all. With a little help from my nieces, because there are A LOT of resources in the game. Like 20 each. I found some white marble Fimo, so maybe I'll do the temples next? Or is that too much...?



I also wanted to make some food and poop tokens for Dungeon Petz, and my nieces wanted to help, because they adore the game. We laughed the whole time, and it was a really nice family moment. I guess fart and poop jokes never get old, eh?



Still here?
Great!

I did play games, too, this week. We fell in love with Patchwork recently, and have been playing that a lot lately. And they just happened to release the app for it, yay! I go by Miiruli there, if you ever want to play with me. You'll probably win!

I've been toying with the idea of making my own version of Patchwork, from some leftover fabric patches my mom has in her attic. Wouldn't that be neat? I tried to make some time markers for the game, but I need to make new ones, these are just a little bit too big, I think.



I also put googly eyes to my Caverna: The Cave Farmers animals. And the camels from Camel Up and the beeples from Hornet. I think I have a problem and need therapy





Next week I should concentrate on gaming, because I have a copy of Fields of Arle waiting for my attention. I'm on an Uwe kick! Thinking about checking out Glass Road from the library next. There is also an app for it, so might have a look at it.
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