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Welcome to Larry and Melissa's blog. We focus on two player gaming and gaming with our two children, ages 11 & 13. This blog will feature random musings, gaming reports and reviews from both of us. We will also post some non-gaming thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join in the discussions.

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Ten Days in Scotland

Melissa Welborn
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Hah, got your attention, didn't I?

It's not a new game. It's the trip of a lifetime for my hubby. He left last Tuesday and he'll be back Thursday. Trouble is, every time I tell someone he is gone for ten days in Scotland, I keep envisioning a game linking the fabulous golf courses. He's played St. Andrews (Old Course and one other one) and a whole bunch of others.

There's not been a lot of gaming since he left, since I took the kids to stay with family last weekend and visited my mother, and the kids are still in school. But when he gets back, we'll have to pick a challenge game quickly, because soon I'll be leaving town headed to California for about 6 days.

So, for those of you wondering where he is, he'll be back late Thursday night. If he ever recovers from jet lag after crossing the pond, I'm sure he'll give you a blog about his adventures.

Meanwhile, I'll just be happy to not be a "single mom" anymore. A big shout-out for those of you who are raising kids by yourself.

Happy Gaming!
Melissa
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Tue May 7, 2013 1:43 pm
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Happy Birthday to my Partner in Crime!

Melissa Welborn
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Yes, today is LAWTYGRR's birthday. For his birthday yesterday we bought two new games, 10 Days in Europe and Infiltration. I'm hoping tonight we have time to try at least one of them.

He has another surprise that I'll give him tonight. Hopefully he hasn't guessed. That's one of the (few) negatives of being married to a trial lawyer -- he's hard to surprise. He picks up on the most innocent clues and noodles it through.

And no, sweetie, I didn't buy it on QVC!!!

Make sure and cover the big guy with birthday wishes today!
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:52 pm
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I have my Supporter Badge!

Melissa Welborn
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Well, this isn't from Larry, clearly, since he's been a supporter since the beginning of time, or maybe since the Al Gore invented the internet. Me, I've lagged along. This is from the wife. I joined BGG a few years ago to surprise my sweet hubby with birthday wishes, but didn't really do anything else on the site for a long time.

But this past year, I've become more involved, and I've met a few people on the site, and we've shared a lot as we've brought our kids more into the world of gaming.

Last night I decided to take the plunge and support BGG under my own account. Why? Because I believe in gaming, I believe in building a gaming market in the US, and I believe that boardgamegeek is the best site out there, both for newbies to find a game and for long-time players.

After today's banner ad appeal, I guess I'm now funding more torture in the Dungeon of Doom. Do I get to pick the ones tortured?

Thanks to all of the geekers and all that you do!!! Merry Christmas.
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Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:28 pm
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A 2nd big thank you to my BGG Secret Santa

Larry Welborn
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I received my Secret Santa presents a while back. I was very pleased to get King of Tokyo and Innovation. An awesome pair of gifts.

So, imagine my surprise when I returned home today to find another package waiting for me. I opened the package to find a lovely Christmas card, some candy, and a small wrapped package. I put the package under the tree but opened some of the candy.



Wow. Thanks again Santa.

Merry Christmas to you.
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Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:32 am
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Black Friday Shopping

Larry Welborn
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Normally I stay far away from stores on Black Friday. I have no interest in fighting deranged crowds just to save a few bucks. However, this year my semi-local friendly game store was running a sale, with a huge selection of games 40% off. My son expressed an interest in going, so we headed over to Greenville, to visit Boardwalk. My friend John, the owner, greeted us at the door, and explained the sale to us. (all games with stickers were 40% off and there was a back table with some games marked 90% off or more.)

I headed to the Eurogames while my son went to the puzzle section. He picked out a solo puzzle type game called Tip Over, or something like that.

I ended up buying Chicago Express, Alea Iacta Est, Eleminis, and for my sister-in-law, Incan Gold.

I also picked up a copy of Architekton. I have no idea if it is any good, but the game had been marked down from $24.99 to $14,99. It had then been marked down another 90%, so surely I can get $1.50 of value from it.

There were several people in the store and a lot of games were being sold, but there was no trouble parking or browsing the store. All in all an enjoyable way to spend Friday morning.

We then came back home and decorated our house for Christmas then played a game that evening.

That's how I like to spend Black Friday.
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:09 pm
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My second hole in one.

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In April, I posted on the blog about my first career hole in one. I ended with this: Statistically, I'll likely never hit another one. But for one brief instant today I felt like a pro.

Today I defied the statistical odds. On my home course, where I hit my first hole in one back in April, I made my second.

This one occurred on a different Par 3, the third hole. It is 185 yards, with a hill on the left side and a bunker on the front right. The back of the green slopes downward and there is a big drop behind the green.

The pin was in a sucker placement. I knew from past experience that a ball aimed for the flag would most likely run off the back of the green. So I needed to either hit it short and hope it would run up or play it to the left and let it track off the hill towards the pin.

I opted for the left shot. i took my 4 iron and hit a high fade down the left side. The ball hit on the hill as I hoped, took a big bounce then started rolling to the hole. "Get in the hole:, my friend exclaimed. A moment later it rolled in.

A few months ago I thought I had made a once in a lifetime shot. Now I've made two.
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Sat Sep 3, 2011 4:07 am
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A Tribute to Gaming Fathers Everywhere

Melissa Welborn
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As I sit here on Father's Day, I am pondering the irony that the US Open is always played on Father's Day. If Mother's Day is the day when all of the mother's conspire to be taken out to eat, Father's Day may be considered the day when all of the "golfing" fathers want to be left alone to watch the US Open.

In our house, I've told my husband he can do whatever he wants this weekend. Bless his heart, his birthday is Monday, the day after Father's Day, so he gets one combined celebration. He says he wants to watch the ending of the US Open, but he's not wanting to watch it all day. We may go on a hike. We may go swimming. I don't know yet.

Whatever we do, I can pretty much guarantee that at some point today we will play a board game. I am amazed at the enthusiasm that my husband brings to playing with our children. He played pre-school games with them when they were younger. Now, because of the excitement he brings to gaming, our kids love games, and they are quite good at it. They've beaten both of us this weekend at our newest game, which I'll let him blog about.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your children as a parent is your time. I am blessed to share my life with one who gives of his time so freely. So to all of you dads who are bringing your children up in the world of meeples, victory points, and tile-laying, I salute you. Now go play a game.
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:02 pm
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My first Hole-in-One!

Larry Welborn
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Today I had the pleasure/good fortune of making my first Hole-in-One in golf.

The week had been highly stressful for me. I am completely swamped at work and my brother-in-law is getting married this weekend so there is a lot going on in my spare time as well.

Anyway, my best friend suggested that we go play 9 holes of golf after work. We got there and the course was pretty empty so we were blazing through the holes. I was having a mediocre round. I was striking the ball well but not scoring. I bottomed out on the 7th hole, a 155 yard par 3. I clunked my tee shot and was left with about a 35 yard chip to a green that was a good 30 feet above me. I hit what I thought was a good shot, only to see it hit the fringe and then spin off the green about halfway down the hill. My next shot landed the same place but stuck. I then chipped up and 2 putted for a triple bogey. Ouch.

I then hit a good solid drive on the par 4 eighth hole and was left with about 160 to the pin. I hit a crisp iron but pushed it a bit. It hit the side of the green and kicked hard right, ending up in a creek. I took a drop and then chipped to the fringe. I then two putted for a double bogey 6.

We then arrived at the 9th which is a hard dogleg right up a fairly steep hill. I had a good drive and was left with a blind shot of about 145 yards. I struck the ball well but based on the trajectory thought I had left it short. I was pleasantly surprised when arriving at the green to see that I was about 20 foot past the hole, with a slight downhill putt. My friend was about 35 feet away with a similar line. He rolled it nicely and hit the edge of the cup, spinning out. I went to town on that read and drained my putt for the birdie.

It was still early so we decided to continue playing. I played the next three holes in par, bogey, par and then we arrived to the 13th.

The 13th is a par 3, 163 yard hole over a pond. The left side is safe, although there is a bunker to the front left side. I usually play to the left side of the green and try to fade it into the middle of the green. Today the pin was left-center, in the middle of the green. I pulled out my 8 iron and aimed a little to the left of the flag.

I struck the ball very well and knew instantly that it was going to be a good shot. My friend said, "that has a chance" as the ball started to fade towards the hole. It hit about 6 or 7 feet shot of the pin, slightly to the left. "That's going in", my friend exclaimed. I knew it was good but I had often seen a ball appear to be tracking to the hole, only to pass a few feet in front or behind of the hole.

This time the ball did neither and struck the hole dead-on, hitting the pin and dropping gently into the hole.

After the obligatory screaming and high fives, I went to the hole, extracted my ball and placed it safely in my golf bag.

I'm not a great golfer. My handicap drifts from around an 11 to a 16 or so. I had come close a few times but never had a hole-in-one before, although I did witness my friend get one about 17 years ago.

Statistically, I'll likely never hit another one. But for one brief instant today I felt like a pro.
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Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:04 am
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Great New Plan - Eat Anything, Do no Exercise and Still Lose Weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

Melissa Welborn
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April Fool's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gotcha didn't I? For a minute, you wanted to believe. You wanted it to be that easy. You want to have your cake and eat it too, don't you? And still fit into your skinny jeans?

Think about how many magazines you have bought because the headline was "Amazing New Weight Loss Breakthrough" or some such. I throw a few out every time I go on a cleaning binge.

It's time to grow up. Let's suck it up and do what we need to do. Eat healthier food and move more. You know you want to....
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