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Expanding my game room!

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I once again had to expand my game room. To see pictures and read about it more, please check this geeklist: Building a game room: Expansions 2 and 3. (A lot of pictures)
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Show us your better pictures from last week - week 31!

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Once again sadly I had too much to do during the week and the weekend to have a great image upload week. But I did was able to build 2 more expansions for my game room so I could fit more games and I did a review over a month (for more info check this blog post: Uncle Chestnut - review and pictures) plus I also translated the newspaper article about my game collection as well (wanna read the article? - click here: Article about Raiko's game collection), so it wasn't that slow week after all...

Now, some of the better pictures from the last week:

Images from the game Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype:









Images from the game Käseschieben:



Pictures from the game Tricky Bid:





That's it for this week, but I will be back once again next week with (hopefully) more pictures.
Thank you for watching.
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Mon Aug 8, 2011 6:12 am
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Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype - review and pictures!

Raiko Puust
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Last night I had a little need to do a little review once again.

This time for a review I chose a game with a weird name: Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype.
When I choose a game for a review, i go through few things in my mind before I do that:
1) I always take a game that has given me something. Games that leave me emotionless I won't even bother taking the time.
2) I try to choose games with friendly designers and publishers. They always make you want to help them with all you got.
3) Games that usually need a little more exposure. I usually don't want to do like 129th review for a game.

So, the "old" abstract strategy game called Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype fit them all perfectly since Paul E. Nowak and Christopher Nowak with Eternal Revolution are all extremely friendly. There is nothing worse than arrogant designer or game publisher.

What is the game about?
Well, it is a short abstract game for 2-4 players where each player tires to get their eight dice to the other side, on the last row called Home Row. Did I say dice? In abstract game? Well, yes I did!
This game uses eight beautiful wooden die with burnt symbols on them (second printing). Each player gets 8 of these in one color. Each die has a 6 different symbols on them and each symbol has a special way it can move around the game mat. For examples a flame can move one step to every 8 directions, while book can only move orthogonally and ear cannot move at all. You move around the mat jumping over pieces like in checkers and each dice you jump over the owner will re-roll it. Sound cool, I know!



Game is fast and with super easy rules and it can be played with up to 4 players. With 4 players the chaos in the middle of the table is quite insane. Something about the game makes it feel great and fun, it is not dry thinking like most abstract games are.

To read the Estonian review (I know, who reads those) with English conclusion, click here: Estonian Review: Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype (conclusion in English as well).
To download the English rules for the game, click here: English Rules from 2nd Printing of Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype and here to find Estonian rules: Table Gype Estonian Rules.

And to end this short overview I add here some pictures about the game I made. Enjoy and thank you for watching/reading.

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Sun Aug 7, 2011 10:56 am
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Newspaper article about me and my game collection.

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PS! This is my direct translation from the Estonian newspaper article, so there is a lot of grammar mistakes.



Estonias biggest board gamer - 23 year old 1065 board game owner Raiko Puust - doesn't belong to any local gaming groups. "I don't want to be seen as arrogant, but quoting one of my virtual board gaming buddies: as long as other in Estonia are building model planes, I'm flying Boeing," tells man, who might be first internationally known Estonian board gamer and designer.

It is a year 2007. Raiko and his friend are getting ready to celebrate Raiko's birthday. Since he doesn't have any board games at his home, they go out to the local hometown mall Keila Rõõmukaubamaja and buy some board games. They play the games, for a second it is a fun, but from that moment on the games just stand there for nothing and collect dust.

The same year for Christmas Raiko's sisters Merit and Mairi gave him more board games. Slowly, without noticing, the piles of games started to appear on top of the cupboards. And then friends who visited Raiko started to demand to play board games. Then the interest into board games slowly grew and grew until one day young man discovered, that there are no more board games in Estonia to buy or games that are worth of getting at all. Then, owning about 30-40 board games, Raiko started to look about games from the internet. While doing that, he thought to himself - how many board games can there be?

Raiko then makes an account to the international and biggest board game related site called boardgamegeek.com and since there were no games in the database around this part of the world, he started adding those into the database and collecting virtual money, which he used to get more board games. And the new games started coming faster than anyone could ever had expected.

Being very active user on the site, Raiko in short time got some fame around the site and owning 300 games, some people started asking about his collection and how did he get them while living in Estonia. At the moment Raiko's collection is about 1065 games (1308 while translating) and it is growing.

Aren't afraid of children games

He is played about 70-75% of his games. "There are games what we keep playing over and over again. It kinda shows you how great the game is when they keep on getting played on the size of the collection I have."

The most time consuming part about actual gaming is the game learning process (reading manuals)..They are very often like small foreign language books. There are different games, as well as so called coffin games (called like that because of the game box size) what we lean with friends at the same time to save time. "After you have learned the game you realize that the rules are actually really easy. Game is logical and have a nice flow."

The game collectors home has in one room a shelves built from wood, where he keeps all that treasure. But already the fanatic collector has a room shortage. "I have taken measures and I can build two more shelves into the center of the room. I don't know what then. This is a nightmare to all game collectors when they need to start getting rid of games because of the room shortage," speaks Raiko.

The most bottom shelves in his and Agnes's home they have placed a lot of children games. Those game are attacked when in Keila living fanatic collectors sisters (Mairi and Merit) are visiting him with their children.

In Estonia a collector like Raiko cannot buy any games from stores. About a year after he started collecting Ludo board game store is opened. Nice surprise! But the prices seems to Raiko, already a hardcore collector, ridiculously high. The local taxes are so high that they make the game prizes 3-4 times more expensive than other countries. "At the beginning I bought from them quite a lot of games, but it started to chew threw my wallet. After that I started buying through internet and I found a lot of great places where even with shipping I could get so much better deals. For now the Ludo store is all over the Baltic states so the prices have been getting better and better, but still quite high for a person like me. Board games are very expansive lifestyle. This "Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ?" here costs about 60 euros. For a collector like me it seems reasonable price to pay, but a non-gamer in Estonia wouldn't pay a weeks salary on a board game.

Designs games himself as well

A lot of games are found from local second hand stores. "I myself visit quite often different second hand and thrift stores. Sometimes they have some serious rare game what could be sold for serious money. Thrift stores won't care about board games and basically give these games away."

Raiko is not very fond of games where dice decides too much. "I like games that are well balanced, where dice is needed in placed where you actually would need luck - like in real life. Worst part about roll and move games or other games that are built to dice is when the game is going to stand still because you just cannot get the right amount on the dice. There are so so many games like that."

Little time passes on BGG. Then Raiko gets few mails from game designers (some replies, some on their own) who some offer games, some just show support. "It was great feeling to speak to some designers. I guess i got their attention with stuff I did on BGG"

It is year 2011. Raiko is now making his own games. He has some offers for co-designing and few smaller ones as well. Also there has been few mail exchanges with Namco (creator of Tekken series) about a card game related to the series. "Since I am one of the best Tekken players in the world (thanks to the online community) I got an weird offer to make a card game about it. We are testing the game right now, but I'm not sure what will come out of it, if it will get to production or not."

After saying that Raiko starts to move to work. He needs to show his men what to do and then the construction project manager will be driving to Tallinn.



When Raiko was doing his army duty, every time he went back to the barracks he carried board games with him with several backs. Playing cards and gambling is forbidden in the army, but board games are not.

"First of all, board games are silly fun. For second, random nights and random times men were picked for odd jobs around the perimeter, throwing snow for example, then they always chose men who did nothing. Playing board games counted as doing something, but reading a book was just sitting around, so all book readers were sent out. Once we played one easy but addictive dexterity game called "PitchCar", were you flick small wooden cars around the wooden track. Game went on for some time, so this was the only time in the service when they actually forbid us to go to sleep, because all wanted to see who will win the championship (17 races). "


Raiko had enough free time in the service to make a board game of the same topic as well. "Since I had a lot of time and even more test players, I got the game ready fast and with impressive work force I found all the mistakes with ease," then Raiko pulls out his own paper made board game prototype. "Month ago lieutenant called and said that this game will be done and published soon."

What are the armies plan for his game, Raiko cannot tell. "Since the game is very closely tied to the army service then all people who have not been in service might not get all the inside jokes"

About our games in army, you can read this list: Geeklist Project: 100 days left to serve in the army!



Raiko Puust' speaks about random games drawn from shelves.

"Kelgukoerad"

"Estonian game. At first it looks beautiful, with cards and everything. But you can play the game only once for 400 EEK (26€), because the game is just that bad."

"Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu"

"Another Estonian game. Published by Revaler alias Priit Isok and Asko Künnap. You can play that game for 10 people all by yourself, it doesn't matter at all. Game has 0 skill and only dice luck with certain only places to move. I call these kind of games 10-minute-designs, which is scribbled on a toilet paper while you take a dump. Good theme, bad game."

"Farlander"

"The first and only design by Priit Isok and Asko Künnap that is actually a good one. This game I can play without feeling embarrassed."

"Geopol"

"When that game was released, the designers – spouses Raudmäed – said in a TV-show "Terevisiooni", that this is an original idea. I sent them a long list of games that had already been done. And worst thing is that exact games have been published even in Estonian before. I have them on my shelf. They took offence. Game once again costs 400 EEK (26€). I would like to see a person who played that game a second time!"


"Catan"

"The gateway game that started the so called designer game era. There is even an Estonian version of that game. You basically just build colonies. This is my girlfriends Agnes's favorite game. It costs about 560 EEK (36€)."

"Dominion"

"Super good pure card game that started the so called deck building madness. There are very few rules and game play is fast, and you want to play it again and again. Also there are so so many expansions out there."

"Ticket to Ride"

"Very easy game for the whole family about building railsways between cities. It is a great alternative for "Alias" and "Monopoly". Greatest thing is that whole family understands the game all enjoy it. Also great replay ability"

"Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ?"

"This is more serious game that reminds a lot of the super famous political wargame "Twilight Struggle". The last game is also my favorite and a current number 1 game in the world according to BGG database. Both of these games need serious skill and are based on actual events. They are super intense games for 2 players (or solo variant with Labyrinth). I have one video gaming friend who is not into board games, so I used Labyrinth to catch him into the board gaming net. At the same night he asked me where to get a game like that. Sadly, in Estonia, you can't."

"Dixit"

"Easy party game with abstract pictures where you need to give hints to other players about your chosen picture. Very fun, playable and even available in Ludo board game store in Tallinn and Tartu."

"Monopoly"

And all the countless versions. "This game is simply over produced. I feel pitty to people when I see "Hello Kitty" or "Spiderman" version of this stupid game. Old board game that is simply just outdated. Game is way too long with broken design where dice has way too much role. When you have a bad dice day, try to play it like 3+ hours..."
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Some better pictures i did from last week - week 30!

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Well. Once again I had a slow week picture uploading wise.
I broke my flash on my camera and then I broke my blue light as well, so I have some fixing to do before I can make any more picture, but I still had few.

Images from Thunderstone: Thornwood Siege:



Image from Resident Evil Deck Building Game: Alliance:


Image from Troyes:


Image from The Lord of The Rings:


Image from The Secret of Monte Cristo:


Thank you for watching.

Also check out the new monthly photo geeklist as well: Best of July 2011 Monthly Photo Contest!!!! Win GG!!!!!.
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Some better pictures i did from last week - week 29!

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This week was another busy one, so not much I was able to do picture wise, but still I got few here and there...

Picture from Twilight Struggle:


Pictures from Ärihai:





Pictures from Warhammer: Invasion:



Thank you for watching and for taking part (few of you out there).
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Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:33 am
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LilyGirl has a thrifting blog...

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Agnes made a blog (sadly in Estonian) about her clothing finds in thrift stores.

http://sekkarileiud.blogspot.com/

Just check it out and show some support.

Thank you.
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Some better pictures i did from last week - week 28!

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As I thought, this week was much busier than the last week, so I was able to get only few good pictures in, but I'm hoping for this week once again to be more fluid and make me more great shots.

The pictures from week 28.

Pictures from the game Rätsel in der Leseburg:



Picture from the game Objets Trouvés:


Pictures from the game Abenteuer auf dem Zahlen-Fluss:



Picture for the game Catan: 5-6 Player Extension:


Pictures from the game Wo war's?:


Pictures from the game Tonga Island:




Once again, thank you all who have taken time to watch and geekmod these pictures. See you all next week (if I have something to show)
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Some better pictures i did from last week - week 27!

Raiko Puust
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Raiko & Agnes Forever! Feel the Love and Feel the Warmth. Happiness is 2 hugs plus 3 kisses every hour...:D (http://mrboardgames.wordpress.com/)
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I had I think my busiest ever image uploading week so far in my BGG history. I uploaded 335 board game images.
Also I had so much great shots as well, which makes me happy.

Since I recently discovered the monthly photo contests (Best of June 2011 Monthly Photo Contest!!!! Win GG!!!!!) I have tried to get a few pictures for the next list as well. So far I think I don't have anything that special yet, but I think I was able to get one for the new themed list for DICE. I hope to get more of these.

Anyway, here are the pictures from last week.

Pictures from a game Loch Ness:






Picture from a Miscellaneous Game Accessory:


Image from a game Funny Bunny:


Picture from a game I Am, I Do:


Picture from a game Maailmatrivia:


Picture from a game Alias:


Pictures from a game The Name of the Rose:



Pictures from a game Party Alias:





I had a great week and I hope that this week is no different. Thank you all who have taken some time to watch and support.
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100 geeklists

Raiko Puust
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I reached 100 geeklist today!

Check out this list for more info: 100 geeklists: little look back of how it came to be!
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