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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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DECEMBER 14

1287: Storm tide breaks a dike and resulting St. Lucia's flood kills 50,000 to 80,000 in the Netherlands and northern Germany; the name Zuiderzee dates from this event (an existing shallow lake became a permanently deeper sea)

1476: Vlad III, also known posthumously as Vlad the Impaler and also sometimes known by his patronymic Dracula, assassinated on or around this date shortly after beginning his third reign as Prince of Wallachia, aged about 45

1503: Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, a apothecary and reputed seer, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France

1546: Tycho Brahe, one of the most important astronomers ever, born in Knutstorp Castle, Scania (southern Sweden, then part of Denmark)

1751: Theresian Military Academy founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria by Empress Maria Theresa; it is still used to train Austrian officers and is the oldest military academy

1799: George Washington dies, aged 67

1812: Last remnants of Napoleon's Grande Armée expelled from Russia

1853: Errico Malatesta, anarcho-communist, born in Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (modern Italy)

1900: Max Planck makes public his study on the effect of radiation on a "blackbody" substance at a meeting of the German Physics Society, marking the birth of the quantum theory of modern physics

1909: Construction completed on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and team become the first people to reach the South Pole

1916: Shirley Jackson, writer, born in San Francisco; best known for her chilling short story "The Lottery"

1918: King-Elect Frederick Charles of Finland renounces the Finnish throne just two months after being elected King of the newly independent Finland; his German nationality and close relationship (brother in law) with the now-exiled Kaiser Wilhelm II made this seem like a poor idea both to Frederick Charles and the Finns

1918: Sidónio Pais, President of Portugal, assassinated in Lisbon

1920: George "The Gipper" Gipp, a star football player at the University of Notre Dame, dies a few days after his last game, from a streptococcal throat infection, aged 25; on his deathbed he supposedly told his coach Knute Rockne to "win just one for the Gipper", which Rockne used to inspire his team to a victory over the undefeated Army team in 1928; an actor name of Ronald Reagan went on to portray the Gipper in the 1940 movie Knute Rockne, All American, and "win one for the Gipper" became a slogan for Reagan later in his later career as a politician

1922: Don Hewitt, creator of 60 Minutes, born in New York City

1939: League of Nations expels Soviet Union for its invasion of Finland

1941: Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance (WW2)

1947: Dilma Rousseff, economist and President of Brazil, born in Belo Horizonte; in her youth Dilma (as she is invariably called) joined various left-wing groups that opposed Brazil's military dictatorship and was arrested and tortured

1948: Kim Beazley, former leader of the Australian Labor Party, current Aussie ambassador to the US, and a lovely bloke, born in Perth

1962: US space probe Mariner 2 draws within 22,000 miles of Venus

1977: Saturday Night Fever premieres in Los Angeles, and soon it is impossible not to hear the Bee Gees on the radio

1979: The Clash release their great album, London Calling

1981: Israel annexes the Golan Heights

1985: Wilma Mankiller takes office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; first woman to head a major tribe in the US

1995: Dayton Agreement signed in Paris, ending the war in Bosnia
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)
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traversed the Northwest Passage; first to reach the South Pole; also got to the North Pole

Amundsen participated in several expeditions to the polar regions. He was a member of a Belgian expedition (1897-99) that were the first to spend a WINTER in Antarctica.

Amundsen in 1903-05 accomplished something that had defeated explorers for hundreds of years: his group, in a small steel boat with a gasoline engine, managed to transit the Northwest Passage.

In December 1911, after an unsuccessful effort earlier that year, Amundsen and team reached the South Pole, the first people to accomplish that feat. Robert Scott and his ill-fated expedition the following month found the tent left by Amundsen at the Pole.

Over the years, Amundsen explored the North Pole region with aircraft. In 1926, he reached the North Pole. Amundsen disappeared in June 1928 in the Barents Sea, on a search and rescue mission.
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tim Synge
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Westbury-on-Trym
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Antarctica!
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Chris Lynd
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This is a tile laying game where you claim territories, collect resources, and construct buildings. You can also seize other players' territories and destroy their buildings (so there is a LOT of conflict).

I love tile-laying games, but I hate all of the luck in games like Carcassone and Fjords. In those two games you randomly draw 1 tile, then you must lay it, and then you may or may not claim something on THAT tile. This gives you very few choices and depends heavily on a lucky draw. I have done away with this by giving all players a "hand" of 7 landscape tiles where each player gets one tile of each possible landscape shape. Thus, everyone's tiles are equally good and no one has an advantage due to luck. Not only that, you lay more than 1 tile at a time and you can claim territory anywhere on the board (even on tiles that other players have laid). This greatly increases your choices, and thus greatly deepens the level of strategy.

Also, there are multiple paths to victory. You can play defense by protecting terrain (at the expense limiting your expansions), you can play offence by building lots of buildings (at the expense of leaving terrain undefended), and (unlike Carcassone and Fjords) you can actually seize the territory of other players and destroy their buildings.
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My avatar represents an accumulation of my varied (very varied) interests -- history, exploration, naval narratives, the Antarctic, pipe music, and animals.


Ignorant people tell you there is no life in the Antarctic -- William Speirs Bruce



I lifted the image from the Glasgow Digital Library, but had to crop it creatively to create my avatar.



Scotland and the Antarctic
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Board Game: Explorers of Antarctica [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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