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(Not a Thanksgiving) Thank You :-)

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I’m normally not much for designated days where you have to be thankful, generous, or romantic on command. To me they can make such gestures less sincere. If I want to thank someone, I’ll do it when they do something I appreciate, if I see them doing something well, or at any other time. When seeing my wife or son warms my heart, I’ll tell them I love them. I don’t do it on command.

That’s of course just my subjective opinion and I’m not saying that such days are without merit. They can act as reminders to pause for a minute and think about people you appreciate instead of just going with the flow of everyday life. Yesterday’s Thanksgiving and writing to two awesome playtesters today (thank you Jamie Specht and Kevin Brown) reminded me how much I have to thank a lot of people for in the board gaming community.
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The most delicious Automa ever made

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In the immortal words of Forest Gump: ”Life is like a box of Belgian chocolate you never knew you were going to get.”

OK, that might be slightly paraphrased, but bear with me.
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What is an Automa?

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I’m often asked about what an Automa is and most times I’ve written the answer from scratch, which leads to answers of varied quality of answers and time wasted on my part. So, since there seems to be a lot of interest in the topic, I’ve decided to a blog post a once and for all definition (well, until I decided to tweak it ).
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The 2020 People’s Choice Top 200 Solo Games No Prize Contest

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Here we are again, my dear friends, at the beginning of the solo event of the year, the People’s Choice Top 200 solo games.

As always, I’ll host a contest, where the winner gets to go home with the world famous No Prize™ award. Also as always, it can be picked up at my house somewhere in Europe on the 42nd of Febtember in the Year of the Penguin.
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My top 10 solo and non-solo games – Part 2

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Today I’ll finish my top 10 list – if you haven’t read part 1 then I suggest that you do so first.
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My top 10 solo and non-solo games – Part 1

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A couple of months ago Jamey Stegmaier asked for my top 10 board games, because he was doing a YouTube series on the top 10s of the people closest to Stonemaier Games.

This blogpost is a tweaked version of Jamey’s video with my top 10, so if you watched that, then there’s nothing new to see here.
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Morten’s guide to the States of Siege series – Interlude: It’s alive!

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A few days ago, VPG’s new owner, Dan Yarrington sent out a newsletter which as far as I know is the first time the new VPG has shown any signs of life since firing the old create staff.

By this time many of you probably already seen the news, but just to make sure that everybody who’re following this series I’ll repost the relevant parts.
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Essen SPIEL 2019 is over – sign me up for 2020

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After three days at SPIEL in Essen I’m on my way home. While I got to meet all the people whose location I knew and I bought the games I wanted, I’m regretting that I didn’t have all four days this year.
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Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:44 pm
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More fun than it has any right to be – early impressions from the intro level of Friedemann Friese’s Fire! [Updated with levels 2 to 7]

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Today is the day before SPIEL in Essen and after an uneventful trip I once more wandered the huge halls of Messe Essen. Amidst the chaos of people building their booths and breaking the record of most Team Automa people together in RL (3 people, Lieve Teugels, Nick Shaw and myself) I picked up Friedemann Friese’s latest game, Fire! – and for those who listen to the Board Game Insider podcast I can add that I bought it from the guy with too many vowels himself .

Fire! was in my top 2 of the games to buy at Essen (not counting my 3 preorders) and the only one I picked up today. After my hall wanderings ended and I crashed in my hotel bed I dug out the rulebook.

After resting for a while, I uncrashed and setup the game and with that let’s stop my ramblings and get to the actual game.
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Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:22 pm
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Spot me in Essen

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In less than a week I’ll temporarily leave my family behind, swap my house for a hotel room and wander the halls of Messe Essen for 3 days during the mayhem that the organizers call SPIEL and everyone else calls Essen.

If you’re also there and spot me, please say hi .
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Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:57 am
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