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Seven Days of DonCon - WBC 2012
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With even less prep time than usual this year, I piled a bunch of games in a couple of plastic tubs, grabbed my pals Dutch Raspler and Dr. Rob "Not Insane" Seulowitz, and set off for Lancaster Monday morning. We roared through the Pennsylvania countryside and arrived just in time to miss any organized event we might have had an interest in trying. No worries, there's always something going on at DonCon.
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1. Board Game: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:845]
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Poking my nose into the open gaming venue, I got involved in a session of Infiltration with Pete, Al Rose, Dutch, and Bernie. Players represent hackers/tech thieves penetrating a secure facility in order to steal data. The facility is mapped out by a series of cards representing individual rooms, each with data (victory points), a bit of security, and often some special function. Once inside, a clock starts counting down until the heavies arrived and anyone left in the building is arrested. The trick is to get as deep as you can for the good stuff and get out before the blast doors come down. We all barreled down the hall to the halfway point, at which time Al and I hung back and soon reversed course. I flipped a couple events that accelerated the arrival of the SWAT teams, and Al had a cool 10 VP card in hand. I had the same card, so we made for the exit while our fellow felons futilely fled in our footsteps. Only Al and I made it out, but his haul exceeded mine so he took down the win. Good, fast game, nicely themed.


A game so subversive player identities must be concealed
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2. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:693]
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I've only played a couple games of WoG but I'd love to get a better handle on the game. Dutch was kind enough to thrash a lesson into me using the 100 Years' War scenario. My English made a heavy move toward Flanders with only a light force making the transit to Aquitaine via Brittany. Sadly, Woodstock got little accomplished before his premature demise, my bid for Flanders failed, and soon I had little to show for my efforts beyond a defeat and a few hard-earned experience points.


A warrior of God
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3. Board Game: Going! Going! Gone! The Flea Market Auction Game [Average Rating:3.88 Unranked]
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I made a quick run down to Lampeter to drop off a tub of unloved titles for the Auction Store. Registration was jammed, and there was quite a selection Tuesday morning. I avoided it lest temptation get the best of me, but if you're looking for classic and/or rare titles, there are occasional bargains to be had.


Consumer madness
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4. Board Game: Space Cadets: Away Missions [Average Rating:8.72 Unranked]
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John is justifiably concerned

Dutch and Al showed off their retro-themed science fiction shoot-'em-up all week, and I joined a game Monday night with Chris "Campoverdi" Greenfield, John Vasilakos, and Ben. I was the Captain, a man of action but a little thickheaded. John was the scientist, Ben the Medical officer, and Campoverdi the shapely Communications specialist. We had infiltrated the alien command saucer and had to make our way to the bridge to eliminate the Astrogator.


They do not come in peace


As we explored the ship we activated aliens but also turned up some nifty gadgets. In most SvA games the aliens, once activated, move toward the heroes, muttering "exterminate" under their breath. In this scenario, however, they fall back on a weapons locker and upgrade their capabilities. Of course, this tile is right on our path to the bridge. Things were looking grim when we were slammed by eight Saucermen all gunned up and ready to go, but I was able to generate some extra actions for my crew, and Ben planted an inspirational flag to urge us into a monster-killing frenzy. We carved out just enough time for John to take a successful long range shot at the thin-skinned Astrogator, just as a ferocious Sentinel was getting ready to bounce me off a bulkhead. Cool session, very smooth. This game is ready to roll and will look terrific once it's professionally pimped out in classic Ameritrash fashion.


Dutch and Al lead another session
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5. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:1323]
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Tuesday morning, Gary Phillips, Pete Stein, Dr. Rob, and I sat down to try the new MMP edition of Angola. This is a true team game of of the Angolan civil war of the 70s. Pete and I were the western-backed forces (UNITA and FNLA respectively) while Gary and Rob were the Soviet/Cuban-supported MPLA and FAPLA.


Dr. Rob's fez inspires the defenders of Luanda

Though each faction has a natural geographic power base, the game also features a scramble start with control of 20 areas distributed randomly. This proved a boon to Pete and me as the FNLA scored the key junction of Sada Bandeira, which controlled UNITA's route from my bases in Southwest Africa to the main front along the north-central coast. Pete and Rob battled it out in the north while Gary and I squared off over Nova Lisboa. I nipped in just ahead of Gary's troops and though he threw column after column against it, I was able to hang on while building my strength for the midgame.


UNITA moves up the coast

Throughout the game Pete and I struggled against the superior airpower of the MPLA/FAPLA alliance, but we were lucky enough to go into the hole early which allowed me to score a major unit (a big armor formation). That helped me grind my way through the MPLA enclaves along the southern coast. Pete's FNLA made slow but steady progress in the Cabinda subgame, taking the port on turn six. We were ahead on the VP track but it would come down to a fight for Luanda. Rob's MPLA launched vicious counterattacks to beat back the FAPLA columns, but the fall of Cabinda released a horde of fresh troops for Pete. As turn seven opened, the issue looked in doubt, but suddenly Rob's dice went ice cold while Pete was dealing sixes left and right. A window opened and Pete made a risky run at Luanda and pulled it off, sealing a FNLA/UNITA win.

What a great game - this was the gaming highlight of my week. The game looks terrific and plays even better, with the column/card system making for a rich decision set for each player every turn. There is a nice asymmetry across the factions, with each seat dealing with particular strengths and weaknesses. The scramble start guarantees replayability, another plus. The only knock is it takes a long time to play, but the payoff is worth the investment. I'm looking forward to another crack at it.

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6. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2208]
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I play the first round of Atlantic Euchre every year without much aspiration for advancement, so imagine my surprise when pretty much everything went my way in the Tuesday night heat (played with Steve Vance, Greg Courter, Steve Caler, Scott Nerney, and Dewayne Curry). I had Tirpitz and the X-Craft, Admiral Tovey twice, and bagged Hood with Bismarck. It was a pretty ridiculous streak of luck, but my tablemates bore it all in good humor. On to the semis on Friday!


I'll take this one thankyouverymuch
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7. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
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Late Friday Gary Phillips taught GtR to Dr. Rob, Perry Cocke, Derek Pulhamus, and myself. I gotta say, I was utterly without a clue, starting too many buildings, patroning the wrong clients, having the wrong materials in my stockpile, etc etc etc. I somehow managed to avoid a negative score (primarily because the rules don't allow such a thing) as Rob won with 25 points to Gary's 22. Despite my abysmal play I was intrigued - this seems to be more what I was looking for from Race for the Galaxy. It has the same kind of engine building and sequencing puzzles, but with higher interaction and ample chaos. I returned to this several times over the week.


Glory in Lampeter
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:50]
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As I have for the last couple summers I made another run at the Combat Commander tourney this year. Bryan Collars runs a great event and it's the one time a year I get to play the game. We opened with a four game Swiss round.

My first opponent was Jordan Kehrer in a straightforward East Front meeting engagement. We set up simultaneously with a screen in the middle of the map. As the Soviet I drew a five point secret objective deep in German territory. I raced for it from the get-go and reached it only to die on the objective. However, Jordan was unable to retake it and failed to make progress against the opposite flank, so with the final Time Check came victory.

Next up was the friendly face of Mike Gentile, in a Canadian-Italian scenario set in Sicily. My Italians were surprisingly resilient and enjoyed the benefit of a solid defensive position. Unfortunately I pulled doubles on a firegroup shot that included all my MGs, and on the first random location card they all went away for good. That gave Mike an opening and he pressed his advantage, making headway against the central objective while a flanking force added a couple points for exiting. However, while he was racking up exit and casualty VPs, I managed to retain all my objective hexes and steadily accrued VPs with each Time Check. That was enough of a margin for a win as time ran out. Always a pleasure to play Mike, and we'd meet up again later in the week.


Don't be fooled, he's a stone-cold killer

Phil Walling and I paired off for the PTO round, and it was a bloodbath. Our Open Objective added another ten points to the already meaty ridgetop objective, so I simply festung'd my ANZACs and Indians in around it. Phil just could not catch a break, lacking Fire or Revive cards when he desperately needed them while I was never without either throughout the game. Phil made a game of it, getting an Infiltrating squad into the jackpot hex, but I answered his Ambush card with two of my own and that was the game. The luck imbalance was rather embarrassing but Phil kept his cool throughout and even offered a couple handy tips along the way.


Packed in along the ridgetop

My final Swiss game was against Bill Edwards. Surprisingly, this was our first game against each other outside of Atlantic Euchre despite all our years at DonCon. We had a very cinematic setup, with Bill's Germans dug in atop a ridge while my Soviets were lined up along the board edge determined to either sweep the hill or exit en masse. Scenario special rules included a funky Human Wave order utilizing the Soviet Command Confusion card - this acted a lot like a Banzai order for the Japanese, Rallying everyone and allowing unordered units to move (and allowing all the defenders to opportunity fire). In addition, dead Soviet squads didn't advance the Surrender track, instead just re-entering via the Time Track. Bill kicked things off by raking my troops with very effective fire before I even had a chance to get off the start line. Fortunately, I was able to get some smoke down and make forward progress to his wire line. A sudden gust allowed Bill to rip me yet again, but soon more smoke arrived and suddenly I was all over the hill and pushing Bill toward his Surrender limit. A pair of Ambush cards arrived in time for my assault on the final position and I was through to the semifinals.


Smoke, the frontal assault's best friend

In the semifinal I faced Bob Jamelli, designer of the very interesting Lords of Baseball. Bob and I played a 1939 Polish-German scenario, with my Poles using French units and cards. Bob needed to overrun a town and exit beyond through the corner of the map. I used a central position to cover the various approaches and used some wire to channel the attack. Bob ran straight at the teeth of my defense, and though I hammered him with fire attacks I couldn't double-break him and he always had a recovery card when he needed one. In return, his own shots chipped away at me. Still, I had the upper hand with the Time marker moving along nicely until an Air Support event cracked my kill stack. That gave Bob the opportunity to get up on me and close the deal before I could recover. A well played game by Bob and a fun game for the both of us. Check out his baseball game if you get a chance - I believe it is in the works for publication by one of of the bigger shops.

Thanks to Bryan for another fun tournament, with good scenario selection and a compact, fast moving format. I banged out five games in fifteen hours, and it was a hoot, despite the fetid atmosphere of the Lampeter. I'll be back next year for more of the same (CC, not the Lampeter swamp-gas)!
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9. Board Game: Klondike [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2725]
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Perfect late-night silliness - panning for gold while your opponents bet on your relative incompetence. It's a fun mix of dexterity and betting, plus a bit of bluff. Josh emerged from a coma to nip out Matt and me 17-15-15. Not bad.


Easy does it
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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:114]
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This is a minor local hit, which Al, Dutch, and I grabbed for a 2:00am nightcap. My big lizard got a little too ambitious and hung out in Tokyo a turn too long. I pulled back to lick my wounds while Al strode in for the win...only to have Dutch triumph by virtue of some well-considered power cards.


Kicked out of Tokyo
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11. Board Game: Ukraine '44 [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:4088]
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The MMP Special Operations are generally good value and the U'44 issue proved no different. Gary agreed to teach me the game and we got close to halfway through before the writing was on the wall. My Germans are trying to extract themselves from a pocket north of the Dneistr while the Soviet juggernaut races to beat them to the bridges. I was lulled into a false sense of confidence by the success of my armored formations in some early combats, so I lingered a little too long in my forward positions. By the time we called it I was too thin in front of the victory cities and unlikely to make up for it by killed Reds. This is a very straightforward system with a couple twists to set it apart from the East Front crowd. Unit strengths are concealed until combat, and the Soviet player gets to choose whether to move/fight or fight/move from turn to turn. The former doesn't mean much until step losses begin to mount, and the fog of war rolls in. The latter makes for some interesting planning decisions for the Sov. Overall, well worth a look.


Commissar Gary gets ready to roll


Two pissed-off Tank Corps deal with a nuisance on their line of communications
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12. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:120]
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Chas Argent and I enjoyed an ASL playtest, Messenger's Boys, a British/German affair set in Normandy. I had a kickass combined arms force hammering Chas' scrubs in the bocage. I had to take a town and make good progress before Chas' reinforcements arrived. The scenario looks pretty good as-is, though I thought Chas' Germans needed a bit more help even though he had the upper hand when we called it. Always good to play Chas, and I got a good look at Kingdom of Heaven and Storm Over Dien Bien Phu while we were hanging out.


Chas gets his Nazi ducks in a row


On a P500 list near you
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13. Board Game: Rush n' Crush [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1963]
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At midnight Thursday I set off for a quick 500 mile round trip to fetch Matilda, my 12-year-old. Route 222 is getting a little too familiar....
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14. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2208]
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I made it back in time for the Atlantic Storm semi on Friday, but I didn't make much of an impression at my table (Craig Melton, Jordan Shea, Andrew Kiefte, Keith Layton). Keith racked up 30+ points in convoys but we were surprised when Jordan revealed a hefty total in prizes. Keith persevered 37 to Jordan's 34, but Keith lost Tirpitz to me on fate; if Jordan had held the X-Craft instead, he would've advanced. Fun table.


Keith makes a play for his ninth convoy
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15. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:431]
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Matilda and I tried this one along with Bob Sohn, Dr. Rob, Gary, and Rob Winslow. I'd heard the game got either really easy or really hard with a lot of players; we decided really easy so we added some of the killer cards to the enemies deck. Judging by the result, we now think maybe it gets really hard with extra players. We got slapped around pretty good, with the Fire Giants leading the charge and Fenrir doing more than his part in our demise. Yikes!


Defending Asgard
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16. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
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This is an old favorite, and we swapped in Jeff Coyle for Rob W.'s seat. We used the Leaders expansion and had a very close game. Bob Sohn piled up a Science score in the high 30s, but Dr. Rob's Guilds led him to an overall score of 61. My Leader-generated bonuses pushed me past Rob with 64, but Gary's successful chaining of monuments triumphed with 66. Good, fast, and furious.


Dr. Rob explains the value of money
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17. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
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More Glory to Rome - starting to get the hang of it but I still have a ways to go. Gary whupped us with 26 points, to Jeff's 22 and Rob's 21, while Tildy and I came up behind with 18 each.


Tildy slaps down a Colosseum
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18. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:123]
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After just missing him last year, we were determined to run ManMountain Dolan's Ripper to ground this time in a long-anticipated grudge match. Dan VIII was the killer, while Campoverdi, Britt Strickland, Matilda, Dan IX, and I were the police. We needed Dan IX's border patrol skills and unique insights into the Dolan mind, but we missed his brother Tim's intuition. We carefully narrowed the range of possible hideouts night by night and caught a lucky break on the third night when we immediately picked up the trail after a murder. Unfortunately, we opted to look for more clues rather than gamble on an arrest, and it turned out that was as close as we'd get. Dan VIII made great use of the Alley move to throw us off the scent - it turned out we were off by several locations on his actual hideout. Well played, if frustrating!


A mocking smile from the Ripper
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19. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:327]
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Dr. Rob was itching to get Ankh-Morpork back on the table, and we were joined by Andy Maly and Bob Sohn, with Tildy and I sharing a seat. We had the standard 'control four areas' victory condition and reached it twice but could not hang on for the win. All three of our random events *only* hurt our own buildings and minions! Meanwhile, Rob ably saw to the health and safety of the city, artfully directing us against every threat on his way to a well played win as Vimes. Good game with plenty of Pratchett spirit throughout.


Bob reaches in to place a new building
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20. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:277]
J. R. Tracy
United States
New York
New York
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Next up was a raucous game of Bohnanza with Andy, Mike, Dr. Rob, Bob, Tildy, and Chuck Stapp. My coffee beans served me well but I couldn't get another crop to really work out. Andy looked like he was going to run away with it with constant wheeling and dealing, and even popped out a third field. Dr. Rob, however, triumphed with 16, edging out Matilda at 14.


Beanfarmin'
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21. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:225]
J. R. Tracy
United States
New York
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After a spin through the dealer room we decided to try this newish cooperative with Dan VIII and Matilda; Chris Storzillo joined us at the very end. It is very similar to Pandemic but with a fantasy theme and combat mechanics. We had a lot of fun racing to and fro to throw back the advancing dark generals, and really thought we had things well in hand with the demon general, the lord of the undead, and the orc general all defeated. However, we were a little relaxed about the orcs themselves and suddenly were within a single figure of defeat. We danced along the precipice for three straight turns until my Dwarf managed to close with Sapphire and defeat her in the mountains. Close call, fun game.


A dwarven-forged triumph
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22. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:85]
J. R. Tracy
United States
New York
New York
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We banged out two quick games of this Werewolf/Mafia/BSG derivative, with Dan VIII, Chris, Pete Reese, Jeff Coyle, Matilda, Sandy Reese, and Rejean Trembly. Players represent a resistance cell attempting to complete secret missions, but a randomly determined subset of the players are in fact double agents trying to subvert the cause. A game consists of five missions; first all players secretly vote to approve a set of players to attempt the mission (a simple majority passes). Next, the players on the mission itself vote on its success or failure. At this stage, a single 'no' vote sinks the mission. Three successes out of five means victory for the loyal members of the cell, three failures generates a win for the double agents. Our double agents won both games, thanks largely to excellent play-acting by Chris as well as some confused voting by otherwise loyal characters. Superlight and ultra fast, it's a tolerable take on a venerable genre.


Pete picks a plot
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23. Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2987]
J. R. Tracy
United States
New York
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This was my first taste of the whole Facts in Five experience, and I had a blast, but wow, what a humbling event. I thought I had a pretty good handle on a broad range of topics but my brain just locked up on every sheet of categories. I'm not ashamed to admit comprehensive ignorance of Atari 2600 cartridges, but I should crush Hall of Fame Pitchers, Gettysburg '88 named generals, or Super Bowl QBs since 1997. I had a great time but I'm no threat to win this one anytime soon.


My mind is blank
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24. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:91]
J. R. Tracy
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New York
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Two more late night games of this, starting around 1:00am Sunday morning, with Rob W., Bob, Gary, and Ken Dingley of Compass Games. Rob took the first game with 31 to my 24 and Gary's 23, largely by stealing clients right out from under us. Ken brought up the rear with a mere 9, but stormed back in the second game. Ken rolled over us with 36 points thanks to a well-stocked vault, followed by Gary at 28. We all developed rhythms of our own, and it was fun to see several different approaches in play at once. This was a very pleasant discovery for me this week, and I look forward to the new edition.


Rob fleeces Gary while Bob drowns his sorrows
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25. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:501]
J. R. Tracy
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New York
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Sunday morning Matilda and I closed out the week with some horse racing along with Dr. Rob and Jesse Boomer. Having lost a ton of money on Earl Gray over the years, I backed off and placed my dummy bet on the erratic nag in the first race. Of course he won pulling away, while I had the sole bet on the tail end Charlie. I got smoked, coming in dead last overall, while Rob won handily and Tildy took second. A pleasant cap to a great week.


Othello sets a steady pace
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