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Alexandre Correia
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Day 1615. June 3, 2021. Lagos...

Today is a holiday in Portugal, and when this happens near the end of the week, it has a distinct Saturday flavor.

Like many weekends before, we visited our friends from across the river for lunch and afternoon coffee. The children played to their parent's relief, and both daddies played games as well to their own sanities' relief.

Joel likes to say that you must always pay yourself first when you're working hard.

This doesn't mean putting money on the side every month. I mean, if it makes you happy, sure. But you can also pay yourself first with a weekly hour at the golf course. Or pay yourself first with a twenty-minute run before the world awakes. A thirty-minute read at the café after dropping the kids at school if that's your jam. Paying yourself first goes a long way to smooth the day-to-day wrinkles of grown-ups, and in a way, it's yet another reason why life is worth living.

As Julia Child was fond of saying, "Life is the proper binge."

From gallery of ZombieBoard

So simple, fun, and engaging, it makes you wonder...

This is why Joel and I paid ourselves first this afternoon with Fantasy Realms. A four-session binge, proving without a doubt, that fillers can replace bigger games as the leading entertainment.

Would we be happier with Viticulture or Concordia? Maybe. But having babies around can sometimes frustrate the plans for a longer game. It was wiser to keep plays short and flexible as not to fail useless expectations.

From gallery of ZombieBoard

...why it took so long for board game awards to find it!

It was good to know that Fantasy Realms can withstand a two-player binge like this and still be fun in the end. We scored two victories apiece and two complete clusterfuck losses, which brought more laughter and fun than they should have.

My intricate combo of an Island containing the tremendously point-worthy Wildfire was a god one. I even had Smoke to go along with it and a Mountain, thus turning the Island into an actual volcano! But I failed to notice that the Great Flood, not the Wildfire, is the ultimate force of nature in Fantasy Realms! Without fire, there was no Smoke and, more importantly, no fifty bonus point Mountain.

Joel's brain fart took the distorted form of Doppelgängers, Shapeshifters, and Mirages. Wild cards as means for the Gem of Order to shine its ultimate bonus while also going for the Collector at the same time! A clear case of a realm with an ambition too big for a human to command!

Will we play Concordia or any other euro of the same caliber the next time we meet?

I don't know. What I do know is that Fantasy Realms will continue to be a permanent fixture in the bag every time we meet up for weekends and holidays.

One year ago: ...out of the necropolis...

Photos & Images: ZombieBoard
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