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Basic game idea, Guild Wars 2 info, PC work and some sporty events

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Basic Game Idea

Had an idea a few days back about making a game with chess-like movement, but where the movement patterns change throughout the game. Original idea was to give the players a small hand of cards and let them play 1 each turn so that they can have some secret info, but it could work out just as well with fully open info and/or no player hands, just having a deck of cards and revealing one each turn to adjust the moves with.

I think I'd still like to pursue this idea, but first I'd like to get a new chess set (do not currently own one) so that'd I'd have some nice pieces to easily tell apart during playtesting, but also because I value having a chess set around as a common abstract to play with the kidos and any others that visit my place.

I do still think that a hex or triangular grid would be better for this game, simply because it would offer far more possible patterns for movement vs having to use the simpler movement patterns via square spaces.

As I mentioned in the original post, I'm not a huge fan of abstracts (hurty brain), but with the reduction in number of pieces along with the changing movement reducing analysis paralysis (hopefully), this might turn out to be one that I could enjoy.



Guild Wars 2 Info

While waiting for the next beta weekend event I've been keeping an eye on the GW2 subreddit for new info, videos etc and stumbled across an interesting engineer skill chart that inspired me to try making a chart of my own. So far I've really been enjoying the mesmer, so I made a large skill breakdown for it. One commenter asked for a necromancer version and even though I don't plan on playing that profession, I think I might still work on the chart for them just for something fun to do.



With news that the next BWE is this coming weekend I've been nailing down my plans. The wifey and kidos already know that I'll have door closed and headphones on (nice to have some support for personal time). Currently I'm planning to spend a decent chunk of time in sPvP with each of the professions to try to nail down which I'll be playing as my main, but I also might spend some more time in PvE with my mesmer (since it won't be getting deleted) to try out the crafting system a bit.



PC Work

This has been a very busy week for me with PC work. My church has a clothing ministry where people donate clothing, we wash it up and then give it back out for free to whomever wants them. I happened to notice that in the back of the storage area for these clothes were 6 computers just laying around, so I asked about them and turned out that they all were in need of repair. So I volunteered and have been working on those since. Fortunately 5 of them were the same model, so was able to fully reformat, reinstall and update just 1, then clone its hard drive over to the other 4, saving me several hours of updates etc. The 6th one is a nicer model, but its red graphics card channel doesn't appear to be working (didn't see any popped capacitors or other obvious damage to the card), so we'll likely be ordering a new card and then I'll finish getting that one good as well.

Also for the church, last week's sermon was a fantastic message about adoption, one which a prisoner has requested a transcription of. Our pastor contacted me to see if I knew of any transcription software (I do not) and so I ended up volunteering my decent typing speed (just tested at 96 WPM) to manually transcribe the message for the guy. Unfortunately our pastor talks just a bit faster than I can type (only because he keeps using words that I don't normally type... lol), so ended up having to play the video back a bit slower (yay VLC) so that I could keep up.



Also had a coworker ask me to work on a PC for him that he just obtained from a friend. At first he wanted me to crack the guy's password (XP passwords are rather easy to crack and/or simply remove), but he ended up just asking me to format and reinstall everything similar to what I'd been doing with the church computers.

Good times



Some Sporty Events

My mother recently setup a huge above-ground pool at her place (her attempt to get the family over even more often than we already are, lol), so we've been over there a ton as the wife and kidos absolutely love to swim. I don't mind it myself, but I have a weird skin condition thing where my skin dies at a very rapid rate when it remains exposed to liquids (found this out the hard way when employed as a dish washer for a diner). So anywho, hasn't been a big deal really aside from one time last week after being in the pool for a couple hours:
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I rubbed against one of those plastic rings that you dive down to grab and the friction caused enough layers to pull right off to draw blood in a couple places...

Wasn't able to swim for a few days after that, but it's all healed up now.

My wife's also been bugging me constantly about scheduling a trip to the ocean (her whole family LOVES the ocean, I could care less), so surprised her a bit with a trip to Myrtle Beach this past weekend, which ended up being a pretty good trip. Was very surprised that everyone was able to get in lots of swim time without anyone suffering from any real sun burns this time around (last time I got sun poisoning).

gulp

Other than swimming, my BFF and I also managed to get some time to head over to a local disc golf course (highly recommend btw) and had a great time. We remained tied for the first third of the game or so before he finally goofed a couple throws giving me the lead. A bit later into the game I attempted a jump over a tiny muddy creek-like area (looked like water had ran there, leaving behind a long trail of mud), but my last step ended up being in the mud and so my jump was short, landing directly into the mud itself and sinking my left foot into the stuff beyond my shin... To say the least Daniel got a huge kick out of it.



I ended up messing up a few shots, giving him the lead again, but was able to catch back up by the end, being tied again on the final hole. Was quite the epic match, especially when Daniel missed his final throw, giving me the win by 1 point! I've very much been enjoying disc golf and plan to visit another nearby course soon that Daniel found out about.

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Dungeon Run, Epiphany and Couple Others

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Dungeon Run

My BFF and I were planning some disc golf for yesterday afternoon, but some last minute thunderstorms got in the way, so we decided to just do dinner at my place followed by a game or two. After a bit of debating, we manage to talk my wife into trying out Dungeon Run, a game that Daniel and his wife really enjoy and one that I've been wanting to play with more then just 2 people to get a better feel for it.

Wifey wasn't really in the gaming mood, so when we hand her the character cards to pick someone out, she goes straight for the graphics and immediately notices that the bottom-right of the text area has a skull and blood splatter which she finds repulsive. So she goes through them all, looking at the art and then suddenly picks one that she says doesn't have the blood/skull: Stabbins...

While the rest of us were going to pick randomly to be fair, we unanimously agreed that that rule just went out the window and so picked who we wanted to contend with the craziness that can be my wife. I went with tundra orc Vargagg as I like his Fury skill along with the nice chunk of brawn.

Game started out with the portcullis room... so most of us were already wounded when finally getting out into the main dungeon. I sorta went off in my own direction, encountering traps (bah!) and the room with the well (woot!) as well as having to cross the dangerous river (it went ok...). My very first opponent was 7 tiles from the entrance and guess what: he required an assist to fight.

After smashing me a good one a couple of times (failed to escape) I was the first one downed and had to drop my precious sword. Fortunately Daniel roamed the guy off my tile so that when I got back up I could grab the sword and get back into the game (aww, how nice). Unfortunately, it was getting late, so we ended early, leaving me with nothing note worthy about the game other then this meme:



Epiphany

Those that have been following my blog know that I recently completed a project for my work that involved a timed powerpoint presentation that loops with various media for a bit of entertainment (along with useful info) in our break room. I had a lot of issues getting all the tech to play nice together, but finally managed a reasonable solution.

One of the ideas I was wanting to explore during my work on the project was to try embedding a live website into a slide so that I could update the presentation's content without having to stop the show. Then I took it a bit further: why not embed all of the various media into a dynamic webpage and let that determine the show's timings etc instead of relying on powerpoint?! So I went to work trying to find the best way to embed mpeg videos in a way that would be compatible with powerpoint and got it all worked out. Then I felt like an idiot. If I'm going to embed everything in a website, why in the world am I using powerpoint to handle the timings when I can just use something like JavaScript?!



So now the plan is to scrap powerpoint all-together and just run a single page website in full screen mode that changes out the page content on timers. Not only will this make it easier to update the content, it'll perfect the timing of the slides (something that powerpoint can't do, long story). So, that'll likely be what I'll work on most of the day tomorrow and hopefully it'll turn out as well as I'm imagining and work a lot better to boot.

Couple Others

Recently picked up the promos Coloretto: The Limit Cards and then oddly hadn't played Coloretto any in a while. Finally got in a couple games the other night and tried out this variant. I really liked how it made you change the way you approach which cards to collect and opened up some new options (can use more colors vs the +2's). The family had mixed feelings on it though as they really like the wild cards and aren't huge fans of change, but I think it'll win them over in the long run.



Also, for those of you who play the Booster Pack Draft Variant, I've updated the site to include the Nightfall: Blood Country promos along with all of the cards from Nightfall: The Coldest War.

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Epic Game Day, Computer Repairs and Good Times

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Epic Game Day

My wife and eldest daughter headed out of town yesterday for a school competition thingy, so my youngest daughter and I decided to play board games all day. I let her pick the first game and then we alternated the rest of the day. Ended up playing from 9:30am until 4:50pm for a total of 7 hours and 20 minutes (minus lunch).

Our ratings below go by the BGG rating scale:
9 - Excellent game. A near-classic. Always want to play it.
8 - Very good game. I like to play it. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game.
7 - Good game, usually willing to play.
6 - Fair game, some fun or challenge at least, will play sporadically if in the right mood.

First up Awna wanted to play Ticket to Ride: Switzerland. My first batch of tickets included 1 long vertical route right in the center, 2 identical tickets going from Italy to Germany and another long center ticket only requiring a single track difference from my other long route, so I kept them all. After using the long vertical route to also connect Italy and Germany, I played some aggressive blocks on Awna, eventually connecting out to France and then went ahead and continue my single departure for my 4th ticket out to Austria. Once I had all 4 countries connected, I spend the majority of the rest of the game digging through tickets, finding many that I already had completed (including scoring tons on the tickets that connect countries). Awna never really went after the cross-country routes, but did get in a nice sprawling network throughout the country. In the end I scored nearly 200 points in tickets alone with a final score of 243 points while Awna had only completed 7 tickets with a score of 154 (she did get longest route).

I give this map an 8
Awna gave it a 9



Next up I chose Dungeon Run, which I've owned for a while now, but haven't really gotten to play. Awna chose to play as Paelleall and I randomly ended up with Vargagg. As we wondered through the dungeon, neither of us really had too much trouble with the monsters that were showing up, as I had plenty of brawn and Awna was able to use whichever of her stats that she needed due to her elder ability. Awna had a bit of a slow time leveling compared to me though as she did encounter 1 baddy that gets stronger as he hits you and even though she escaped him succesfully, she later got knocked out, losing a turn. Meanwhile I managed to level up twice and landed me a nice flaming sword to even further increase my brawn, destroying everything in my path. Unfortunately for me, Awna was the one that got to the boss first and he ended up in a location a bit of a hike from me (2 possible choices, other was near me). And guess who showed up? The Colossus of Galnon, who happens to be immune to brawn! BAH! So I basically wasted time meandering around the dungeon, heading toward the boss room while letting Awna beat on him and initially take the summoning stone. What I found to be rather amusing however was that Awna let the stone go to her head and she tried to face me head on in the end game, leaving her defeated within just a couple rounds. Had she rolled to escape (4 skill) she probably could have made a decent run for it and won. Oh well, I'm certainly not going to complain.

I give this game a 9
Awna gave it a 6



Next up was Awna's pick and she chose Mr. Jack. This has been one of our favorite 2 player games and we almost always play twice just to make sure that each player gets to play as both Jack and the detectives. Awna chose to be Jack, but had a terrible start, getting 5 people eliminated on the very first turn. Unfortunately, she must have planned it as Jack was now in the dark AND it was Miss Stealthy who happened to be exactly 4 spaces from an exit, thanks to swapping locations with purple during turn 1. So.. yeah, she beat me turn #2 and reveled in her victory for a bit. Of course we have to play again and this time I'm Jack. I like to take my time and use a lot of misdirection, keeping everyone in the light for a couple turns and then focus on keeping them all in the dark, making it very hard to eliminate anyone and always moving innocent characters toward the exits. Awna fell for my tactic and went ahead with a guess on turn #4, even though I told her she still had plenty of time, guessing incorrectly and giving me the win.

I give this one a 7
Awna gives it an 8



Game number four was my choice and I went with Troyes. I've had this one a while without much plays too, mostly because the large bit of simple division required throughout the game scares off most of my family... Awna however took to it just fine, having no trouble figuring out what effect her choices were going to have on the game. Being a 2 player game, we each had 1 personality to work toward. I had Henry 1st and Hugues de Paynes, so needed influence and event cards. Awna had Chretien de Troyes and Urbain IV, so needed to help with the cathedral and wanted several workers inside the 3 principal buildings. She did a better job then me with her personalities, scoring full points on hers as well as some points on mine, while I scored 1 best and 1 middle on my own (just 1 event card short) and only scored a point or 2 on her cards. Fortunately for me I had also scored a fair bit from actually completing the event cards and had also secured several points by placing workers on the action cards, while Awna had mostly ignored the action cards, with final scores of me at 41 and her at 21.

I give this one a 7
Awna gives it a 6



Game 5 was Awna's choice again, choosing JAB: Realtime Boxing. This one remains what I think is the most "fun" 2 player game that I've played, though definitely needs the players to be similarly skilled or else it'll be a landslide toward the better player (I remain undefeated). We played 2 games:
Game 1, Round 1: I win round via judge points
Game 1, Round 2: I win game via K/O
Game 2, Round 1: We tie via judge points
Game 2, Round 2: I win round via judge points
Game 2, Round 3: I win game via K/O

I give this one a 7
Awna also gives it a 7



Our final game for the day was my choice: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin. I've had this one since release, but still hadn't managed to get it to the table, so today was destined to be the day we finally play it. I was very happy with the changes to the game this time around, including much more interesting starter decks, better card frames as well as a better setup of both the village and dungeon deck. Our setup maxed out the weapons and villages, but also had some good combos in it. Awna went straight for Falcon Arbalest (reduce hero to 0 attack, +5 physical attack against ranks 2 and 3), since her Regulars could wield it and it allowed her very early access to the dungeon. Unfortunately her deck slowed down quite a bit as she added monsters to it very early in the game. Just as her deck started to slow, my combo of Glamercast Bard (all other heroes gain +1 attack) and Royal Summons (place 3 Regulars from village into play, spoils: destroy 3 Regulars) started lining up and I was pulling some insane power, easily hitting 15+ most turns. Eventually Awna dug deep into Criochan Sergeants and starting equipping some other weapons to them as well, getting her deck up and running again. I managed to take down the guardian (the one that doesn't leave rank 3 until dungeon deck is empty), ending the game with me sitting at 49 points and Awna at 44. I was actually a little surprised that I won as Awna is really good at Thunderstone and often beats me.

I give this one an 8
Awna gives it a 9



Computer Repairs

Awna and I would have had time for another game, but I got short a bit as I received a phone call for some tech support. Someone that I had done work for in the past had referred me and the client was having some severe hard drive errors. This person actually knew their way around a bit (helps SO much) and even tried to work on it a bit via safe mode etc. First we tried some more advanced steps over the phone, but when the client says over the phone that the Windows install disc is listing several unformatted partitions, it's time to just bring me the tower. The client brought over a Dell Dimension E520, which looks nice on the outside, but is getting a bit dated on the inside. The BIOS has a lot more options then I'm used to seeing in Dell machines, so that was a nice touch, though I was getting very worried when I saw that it had the RAID controller enabled with only 1 hard drive...

After seeing the PC BSOD both during normal boot and during safe mode, I decided to pop in the Windows install disc and see what I could find. First off, this thing is running XP, so none of the bells and whistles from the newer Window's discs were present (sad face). After loading up the Windows disc I hit enter and move to the installer to see the list of OS's to gauge the damage. The list shows... wait for it... 1 large empty partition! So, I back out in a hurry, reload and head toward the recovery console to run CHKDSK on this mess. Funny note: the Windows instructions on screen say to run CHKDSK /F, but if you enter that into the prompt, it'll tell you that it doesn't recognize that flag, lol. It does however work just fine as CHKDSK /R, which is exactly what I did. This scan took a really long time, lasting roughly 3 hours, but it did finish and it did fix the problem, letting me boot into Windows normally immediately after the scan. So I've returned the system to the client and informed them that they need to backup their files and move to a new hard drive soon, as bad sectors usually means the drive is starting to fail. They were happy with the quick turn around (they had an assignment due this week) and I'm happy to get paid (nearly covered the cost of my copy of Guild Wars 2).



Also on the computer repair scene, I've been trying to figure out a bit for a project I've been working on at work. Basically, the boss man has had a large LCD screen installed in our break room and wants local weather, news and work related announcements displayed during break periods. This sounds like it'd be pretty easy, but for weather and news he actually wants live TV displayed and for work related announcements he wants a mix of prerecorded video as well as some static messages. My first thought was to use Powerpoint as that will give me lots of timing controls and can handle embedding lots of different forms of media. As for live TV, our electricians installed a digital antenna that connects to a TV tuner card in the PC. While the software that comes with the tuner works great, it doesn't really offer any way to embed the channels directly into Powerpoint. So after posting some threads in Reddit asking for help and much Googling around, I decided to setup a somewhat complex recording schedule, use some simple batch scripts to rename the clips and then create video links in the Powerpoint slides so that the presentation will always play the newest recording clip. I haven't actually finished assembling all this yet, so not 100% that it'll work out, but wish me luck, because if this doesn't work, I have no idea that I'm gonna try next...



Good Times

First up: pre-purchased my copy of Guild Wars 2 Tuesday, nabbing the digital deluxe edition. ArenaNet ran a stress test on their servers, which ended up being extra-super stressful since ALL pre-purchases were able to login due to a glitch vs only those that they had invited to the test, meaning that a ton more people were playing then planned. Fortunately I hear that the test still went well, with servers handling the extra load without issue, so hopefully the planned April beta weekend event will be this coming weekend vs the following the week.

Second: Tried to take the family to the zoo today, but place was packed, so took them disc golfing instead. My eldest and I have been before and really enjoyed it, so was nice to be able to take the wife and youngest as well. Everyone had a great time, though we left early for our church service, so we'll have to come out and play again soon.

Last, but not least: decided to make some meme pics of a couple of the more epic verbal fails from early in my wife and I's dates:

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MACE West, Podcast Questions and More

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MACE West

Just got back home from MACE West yesterday. The con lasted from Friday through Sunday, but I had to work most of Friday, so only managed to get down there as things were starting to wrap up for the evening. Did manage to try out Wooly Bully with the family, which while being a light game, was pretty decent.

Saturday was my main event day as I ran a demo for my WIP Just in Time, a demo for Nightfall and a Nightfall tournament to round out the evening. The Just in Time demo went very well with the guys enjoying the overall mechanics. Only real comment was that the game wasn't quite keeping up the pressure as I had wanted (we were able to catch up with the tasks being created). The players had some good ideas for various ways to tweak the difficulty that I'll be trying out very soon.



As for the Nightfall stuff, I mixed all 4 existing sets together so everyone could really see the various cards and even made the starters decks from 1 of each available starter so they could try out the new ones. The demo had 3 players (not including me) and went very smooth with everyone picking up on the game right away. Two of the guys who demo'd ended up playing in the tournament with a total of four participants in the tourney (I didn't play). For the tourney we played a sort of End of the World Series (4 rounds, no elimination) with everyone swapping seats between games and the player with the least total wounds being the winner. We also used the Aggressive Wounds variant to put extra emphasis on quality deckbuilding, which the players enjoyed quite a bit. At the end of the 4th round we actually had a tie between the top two players, so they played a final 1v1 game with standard rules (2 player draft rules). The final winner won a copy of Nightfall: The Coldest War.



I did have a bit of downtime Saturday between demos, so I wondered around a bit to see what was going on at the time and found a game of Lords of Waterdeep. I've seen this one being mentioned a lot on BGG lately, so sat down to watch the game. For those that don't know, Lords of Waterdeep is a Dungeons & Dragons themed worker placement game. Players are dealt a character card (note: not 100% on my terms, so don't quote me here) which give them a secret way of gaining points at the end of the game. Players also receive a couple quests (public knowledge) and a couple intrigue cards (kept private) which give them 1 shot abilities to mess with their opponents or otherwise affect the condition of the game. Players start with a certain number of meeples of their color and take turns placing them in various locations around the board. Location abilities vary from gaining new quests to building new buildings which contain new locations to recruiting heroes for your party to playing those intrigue cards. Your heroes are represented by colored cubes (fighter/warrior, rogue/thief, wizard, cleric/priest). If you have enough gold and the correct combination of heroes to complete a quest at the end of the turn, you gain that quest's rewards. The game plays a fixed 8 rounds and the player with most victory points at the end wins. Overall I thought it looked like a great game (added at #2 on my want geeklist), looks to be rules light (rules are short and easy to understand) while maintaining some nice depth of strategy (looked like plenty of combo engines and ways to mess with people).

Podcast Questions

I caught wind that Tom Vasel is going to be putting together a podcast discussing Christian game designers, so offered up my time to assist. Looks like he's being swamped with such offers though, so he's asked me to put together a short 3-4 minute clip and send his way. Now the reason why I bring this up is that I'd like to see if you guys and gals have any questions you'd like me specifically to address. I know that some have questioned how my religious beliefs relate to Nightfall's theme, so I'll most likely be addressing that one, but I'd love to hear what other questions the community might have for me.



Just in Time

After the demo at MACE West I'm starting to feel pretty good about the game. I plan to work on some ways to add additional bursts of tasks to the timeline occasionally to keep the pressure up and that should pretty well wrap up the majority of the core mechanics. For this version I added some minor penalties that can occur each time a task is generated, but they only effect players that are in the same day as the task, so they don't always take effect and sometimes can hit multiple players. Those extra little penalties made things pretty interesting as someone's d8 roll would land on your day and you had to see what penalty awaited you. Now that the core mechanics are pretty well solid, the main things that I need to tweak is the balance of the location abilities (and to make sure each is useful and/or fun) and to make sure that the difficulty is balanced for 2, 3 and 4 players, preferably with a few difficulty options as well (easy, medium, hard).

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Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 will be available for pre-purchase starting April 10th and one of the benefits is guaranteed access to their beta weekend events for the remainder of the time up until release day. I think the game looks awesome (as if you couldn't tell from my want geeklist) and plan to order the digital deluxe version ASAP. Can't wait to try out the various professions that I've been reading up on and watching on YouTube these past weeks. Originally I was planning to roll a Sylvari Mesmer, but the more I see in the vids, the more I find myself drooling over the Elementalist and the Charr is really starting to grow on me as well. Perhaps I'll just make 1 of each.

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New Hire

We had a spot open up at my workplace last week and as I'm the new trainer I got to see how the applicant process works and am working on training the new guy starting today. I've seen how training works already, but last time was done with the previous trainer, while this time I'll be on my own. New guy is looking pretty like a pretty solid, nice guy, so should be pretty easy to train. Still, wish me luck.

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Ticket to Ride, Cool Stuff Inc saved the day and a bit more

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I've been slacking a bit on my blog posts, so here's a decent variety of things to make up for it arrrh

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride remains one of my families favorite games to play in the evenings and basically just have a good time together. Since we've been playing it a ton I've been going after the expansions and have even nabbed Mayday's wooden train tokens. My latest map addition to our collection was Ticket to Ride: Europe and we finally got in a couple games of it over the weekend (the tunnel system is interesting). I haven't quite gotten the feel for how the tickets link to go after the longest route yet, so my wins have been a lot closer then usual (beat wifey by just 3 points). Everyone has liked the wooden trains so far, though I do wish there were some wooden train stations to compliment the Europe set (would've been cool to include them in the Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 expansion).



Next step is to get the game sleeved and find a better way to organize it all. Currently I've taken the insert out of the base game and am using the boxes from 1912 and Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 to store the cards, with all the bits from a given color in separate bags (e.g. red trains, train stations, depots and scoring token all in one bag). I've then placed both the USA and Europe maps on top, which allow the box to be closed rather perfectly. Unfortunately I'm fairly certain that the cards will no longer fit in the 1910/1912 boxes once sleeved, so I'll probably look into some deck boxes to store the various sets of cards.

Cool Stuff Inc

I recently placed a large order with Cool Stuff Inc and decided to go ahead with sleeving the vast majority of my game collection. I have a thing for Dragon Shield sleeves, but they didn't have quite enough in stock for what all I wanted, that is until I noticed they also carried packs of 50.

laugh Yay!

I happily placed my order checked the tracking info everyday until they arrived. Opening the box and unpacking all those sleeves was quite fun, right up until the point where I tried to sleeve a card... and while the first corner went in just fine, the second corner was quite obviously not going to fit...

surprise

After checking back online I noticed that these "mini" packs were not mini as in "50 is mini compared to 100" but rather they were Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game sized, meaning narrowing then what I had needed...

cry

I emailed customer service to ask if I could exchange and they had no problem with it. Then, as I was packing up the sleeves to ship back, I figured I should probably double check the game entries on BGG to see what size cards each game uses and come to find out that I needed FOUR different sleeve sizes...

wow

So I emailed customer service again to explain what an idiot I am and detailed the odd exchange I would need to sleeve my collection. They again had zero issue with the exchange and noted my account to make sure the exchange went smoothly. Woot! Newb mistake aside, I'm quite happy with this transaction as Cool Stuff Inc continues to be my favorite OLGS.

Wifey and Youngest AFK

My youngest got to head out to Washing D.C. to check out the monuments etc with her school and my wifey went with her. They left out early Wednesday morning by bus and returned late Friday night. This means I was going to have to both cook (wifey rocks at cooking, I, well, suck) and drive (wife hates to be passenger, I could care less either way, so she always drives). Not only would I be driving, but my sis-in-law (who was going to be watching my eldest) lives a pretty good hike away from home and I've never driven there before, so I got to break out the GPS for the last half of the week. Food was pretty straight forward, mostly sticking to easy stuff (spaghetti, ordering pizza), but I did try out something a smidgen fancy the last night and was glad I did, because it was DELICIOUS.

For the curious, I made pork chops (diced) with a ginger-cherry sauce over short grain rice (recipe).

SO GOOD zombie

Anyways, other then food, also took my eldest out to a local park that has a disc golf course (been wanting to try it out for a while now). We both had a blast. Even got to semi-dip her in a large creek as she had thrown her disc into the water and needed to retrieve it (hey, I wasn't going in there, the stronger of us needed to stay on land to fish the other out, or so I told my wife, lol). Now that wifey is home we plan to take the whole family disc golfing in the near future.

Kittens!

The kittens we had a while back are growing up nicely and just about ready to be handed out to friends / family. We'll be giving them their first round of meds something this week or next and then putting out the word that they're ready to pick up. We have 1 orange, 1 grey and 2 calico (1 light and 1 dark), though I've not sexed them yet, so not sure on the female/male count. Also need to get the mother spayed, can't afford to keep having these litters (and can't keep them either, no pets per landlord). They are quite cute though, as expected of kitties =^.^=



Geek & Sundry

Two of my fav geek celebs are starting up a cool web-show called Geek & Sundry, namely: Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day. Shows include: The Guild (they're uploading the past eps in HD as well as new eps as they're released), The Flog (which is Felicia's video blog thingy), Written by a Kid (which looks promising), Sword & Laser (show about geek books etc), Dark Horse (awesome looking motion comics), Tabletop (geek celebs playing board games, this one has me pretty stoked) and Learning Town (comedy musical to release later this year).



Guild Wars 2

For those that've been following my want list, you'll know that I've had my eye on Guild Wars 2 for quite a while now. More and more info has been releasing slowly these last few weeks and it all looks to be coming together quite nicely. The gameplay mechanics alone look amazing, but then they just keep revealing more and more polish, from little things like letting crafting speed up exponentially so you don't have to wait forever to more critical things like ensuring that their in game economy doesn't get trashed from gold sellers (quite happy with their $/gem system).



Currently I'm planning to play a Sylvari Mesmer as I think the Sylvari have a pretty cool look about them and an interesting story (or lack thereof) for their race. I tend to lean toward caster races and love classes with lots of utility, especially if they have things that I can use to confuse my opponents, so Mesmer was a perfect fit (cannot wait to spam those clones).

Bonus!

Funny moment just now!

Backstory: Wifey made beef stew last night, it was delicious, I had 3 heaping bowls (so full).

Funny bit: Wifey made a comment that I must have liked the stew, I replied that it hit the spot, eldest commented that it must have hit all the spots...



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Just a quick update: Adding some more content categories to the blog since I don't always have cool game design ideas flying around, but don't want the blog to just sit here idle in the meantime either. So here's a few things going on lately around my life:

Game Night Poll
I've designed a website for Ryan Metzler to assist with nomination and voting on what games his group would like to play on their game nights since they have a ton of games among them. The system pulls their collection from BGG and keeps it up to date, emails everyone for the various poll deadlines and spits out a results list at the end of the poll including and ordered list of the game votes, who voted on what and who owns the game so the right person knows to bring it.

The system originally had some bugs (note: several blush), but now that I think most of them have been ironed out, I'm thinking of reworking it a bit so that I can release a single site that all of BGG could access for maintaining their game groups, collections and voting over what nights are best for gaming and what games everyone wants to play. Sound good? Let me know!

I Want!
BGG's collection list is a nice place to track wants, but I can't really rank stuff there all that well, so, I use a geeklist to maintain all that. If you wanna see what games I'm after etc, this list is for you: S3rvant's Want List

So... there's this
In case you can't tell from my profile pic, I'm a bearded person 99.9% of the time, thus I'm pretty sure that this hat would rock majorly:



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