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The Index is a door to finding treasure in the dark...

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Over the past nearly three years, lots of articles, reviews, tips, images, etc. have appears on this blog... I was starting myself to get lost trying to find something!

So to remedy that I've created a new geeklist: Ones Upon A Game: Reviews, Mods, Images and Videos Index to refer to find the potentially helpful diamond in the rough.

I welcome you to subscribe to the list as a whole or just to games that are of interest to you... if such a thing is of interest to you.
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The Accumulation Game

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Known by many names, there is no cure...

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Great Gatsby! Look What's Returned!!!

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Hello Hunters, my old friend.
I've come to dice with you again.
Across the oceans made of paper.
Using charts we'll plan our capers.
We will roll and roll and roll and sink
Many ships... of the Brits
We will attack... from silence...


When I was in eleventh grade many many many years ago, we had to read F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" in the English class. I hated it. I hated the movie (the real one with Robert Redford, not Leolardo Defattio) too. So dull. So boring. I worked at that time in a used bookstore. I had procured my own paperback copy of the book instead of the one from the class set. When Mrs. Anderson said we were done with the book completely, I ripped my copy into pieces and walked to the trashcan by her desk and dropped it in. She stared with her mouth agape, but it got a laugh.

Laughs are great in high school.

In October 2013, just as I was getting into the solo board gaming hobby and actually starting to acquire a collection, The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 came onto my radar. I managed to get a copy of the then rapidly depleting stock and looked forward to what was claimed to be a great solo game.

It nearly torpedoed my new hobby.

I couldn't get rid of it fast enough (strike while the iron is hot and the blinders are on). Sold it on Amazon and managed to get most of my money back. My review back then was scathing and to my surprise, well received by those who disagreed with me completely. I since switched accounts here (correcting a username issue the site has never corrected), but never bothered to repost my original review because there was no sense stirring things up again.

And now it's returned.


Hunters surfaces in the midst of the Colorado Mountains


Yes, in a recent Math Trade, I decided to put in a trade for a copy of the game and lo and behold, I won it.

My reasoning? I've changed in the past year plus. I've tried a lot more gaming systems and mechanics. I have a new game space. I have a better understanding of solitaire games.

I should give the game another chance.

Much like about five years ago or so, I picked up a copy of The Great Gatsby and read it again. Wanting to see if the 40+ year old would have a different view than the 16 year old did.

And you know what? I did. I enjoyed it much more than I did in high school.

So while the gap between my last play of the Hunters and it soon getting on my table is nowhere near the nearly 30 years it took to appreciate Fitzgerald's masterpiece, perhaps a little time passing might warrant a different opinion.

Then again, maybe it won't.

TO BE CONTINUED
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Yesterday... a Paperback Song Parody

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For obvious reasons, the game Paperback always makes me think of the song "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles. Well due to the recent dockworkers strike in Los Angeles, the second printing was delayed arriving in port. Supposedly until yesterday... But no update from the game's creator*.

EDIT: Apparently there was an update last night around 8:00...

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Just got word that it is released and we are arranging delivery to the fulfillment warehouse. Addresses have been sent and the packages should be going out next week. I did end up using direct mail for the EU packages instead of a re-shipper to try to get them there for Christmas. This won't get around VAT, so if you have to pay it, ping me for a refund for the VAT amount.


I'm a sucker for word games (hopefully will have my own word game design Lexidron to market this year), so I jumped to get in on this second printing. But yesterday came and went, leading to this song parody. Also of a Beatles song...



Yesterday

Yesterday...
My new copy seemed so far away.
Then the customs rules were stripped away.
Oh how I hope, 'twas yesterday.

Spelling words...
Not as fun as how it's going to be...
But there's a barrier betwixt it and me.
Oh Paperback, please come quickly.

Why we have to wait?
I don't know, but all the same.
This delay... Is far too long.
I want my game, like yesterdayyyy

Yesterday...
I was content with other games to play.
But Paperback was coming soon they say.
Are we to believe, 'twas yesterday?

Why we have to wait?
I don't know, but all the same.
This delay... Is far too long.
I want my game, like yesterdayyyy

Yesterday...
I was content with other games to play.
But Paperback was coming soon they say.
Are we to believe, 'twas yesterday?
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