Geek Chat League Gelato 76 - Obscurity
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A Geek Chat League is a weekly discussion-group format for people who love gaming and enjoy talking about games. It is intended to foster depth and familiarity, producing engaging content and worthwhile interaction. Members get to know one another, establish shared interests, and generally develop a friendly and productive environment.

Of necessity, each division of GCL is kept relatively small (typically between 12-16 members, though individual divisions may incline one way or the other). A tight-knit discussion group tends to function more smoothly than a free-for-all. It allows individuals to be heard and understood, and for each participant to keep up and enjoy multiple topics as the week progresses. The format is geeklist-based, and lists are not published to the BGG front page.

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leroy43 (Roger)
licinius (Carl)
oeolycus (Dan)
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PzVIE (Ron)
scoutmom (Cindy)
Sluggonics (Kyle)
tommynomad (Tommy)
wifwendell (Wendell)*** - per Wendell's request, he'll do next week, Tommy the week after that



Warning: language

Talk about obscure! This was actually the first video game system I ever played, back in 1979. Sadly, I've played every game they go through, plus many more.
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1. Board Game: Obscurity [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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What's the most obscure game you've ever played? Something way out there, that nobody's ever heard of? Maybe only you and a dozen other people ever played it? Maybe it's so obscure it's not even on BGG?

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2. Board Game: Nowheresville [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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What's the most obscure place you've ever been to? It could be a small town nobody's ever heard of? Maybe it's someplace so remote it's hard to even GET to? Maybe it's just some tucked-away corner that you've discovered and is special to you?
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3. Board Game: Le Festival de Cannes [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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What's your favorite obscure movie? Something you know most people have never seen, or even care to see, but that you discovered and enjoy?
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4. Board Game: Amazon.com Book-ology [Average Rating:4.72 Unranked]
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Any favorite obscure authors or books? Something you stumbled across in a used bookstore, gathering dust in a corner, that you ended up enjoying?
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5. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:352]
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This Week:




Misc:

- Roger and I completed the current turn in UKC, which finds my northern armies worse for wear. I am rather crappy at making lemonade out of lemons in CDGs. Roger took advantage to rough up my poor troops. I also made a few silly errors. I hate silly errors.

- Wendell and I made it through the first turn in FitS. After his dastardly attack on Pearl Harbor, Singapore and the Philippines, I was left with my carriers underwater. Not to mention losing the entire British fleet in the Indian Ocean. It seems that airplanes have made the battleship obsolete! Well, in my half of the turn I decided to play conservatively and so spread out a "trip wire" net of air coverage stretching east from Australia to Midway Island. That plus consolidating my hold on one or two important places.

- As mentioned last week, Cuba Libre and A Distant Plain showed up and I am firmly entrenched in the fondling stage of new gamey goodness. I think they are very aesthetically pleasing games.

- Feeling poorly with not one, but two pulled muscles in my back. As such, I had the very first therapeutic massage in my life on Friday. I come from a long line of Victorian era brainwashed WASPs you see, so the very idea of a massage is horrific. Well, I needed help so off I went. Giggled my way through the whole thing. I think it helped to some degree as it allowed me to function the following day at the game convention, but I think a physio treatment would have been better. As I write this I am pretty sore.

- And I had a great time at the convention. It is actually a three day event, but I tend to go on Saturday only. I showed up nice and early armed with baloney sandwiches, a fistful of muscle relaxants and signed up for only Open Gaming (I had left the registration too late you see). Started the day with a quick stop at a nearby McDonalds for two sausage McMuffins and McTea. Fortified, I completed my registration and got on with things. With my ailment, I wanted to be footloose and fancy free so planned on just observing games during the morning and afternoon sessions. In particular the miniatures games. The hall was packed with gamers (300-500 perhaps) mostly playing Euros and Ameritrash.

- Morning Session: I wandered about to check things out and chatting with friends from the wargame club. There were a couple of store booths with games for sale and I picked up Space Empires: 4X for half price (nice surprise!). The fellow had a stack of the 2nd printing sitting there. I then focused my attention on some miniatures play as mentioned. One was a large Napoleonic free-for-all featuring, oh, perhaps 10mm or slightly larger figures. The scenario was a rather silly meeting engagement between one brigade from six different armies attempting to attain goods distributed throughout the terrain. It was interesting, but just for once I would like to see a "normal" set piece battle set up and played. Not sure what ruleset the fellows were using. Fortified with more caffeine, I spoke with a guy hosting a Warmachine battle. My brother has some of the system's books and it looked like it could be fun. Maybe? Lovely models. I spent most of my time at a table demo'ing Firestorm Armada through the play of simple scenarios. I got a good feel for the game. Lovely models (again), but the game play may be not quite to my tastes. However, the conversation was terrific and everyone was helpful.

- Afternoon Session: My back was starting to collapse, so I reinforced it with a baloney sandwich, a Coke and some meds. That prepared me for the afternoon where I had a loose plan to watch/learn The Guns of Gettysburg that some friends were poking around with. However, another friend talked me into a session of Hammer of the Scots, which I was hesitant to do since I concerned about sitting in one place for too long a time. Well, I was so caught up in the game that I did not notice my discomfort until after we were done LOL! We played the early scenario with yours truly as the English. I have found a stratagem of steady pressure can often win the game with successive goals of 1) secure the southern nobles then 2) secure the "neck" areas then 3) build up an overwintered Edward-led powerful army in order to 4) beat on the northern nobles to win. Sadly, my well laid plans jumped the rails early with some trouble securing the South. By midgame I was able to recover, but could not get a good push into the "neck". The end game saw crucial twinned battles fail and so Scotland was free of the English yoke! We had a great time playing and laughed our way through the whole thing.

- Auction: After that, we met up with three more from the club and had a fantastic time eating dinner and having a chit chat about games and the like. More laughing. Shortly afterwards the auction started up and so we positioned ourselves in tactically sound seats (centred on the stage). I had a casual eye on some light summer games like Leaping Lemmings, but as a general rule I find that such things go for more than I want to pay for a used copy. However, I did succeed in acquiring my one true target, Firepower, for $10. It was unsealed, but must have sat untouched since then as it was unpunched and mint. That made my day. However, I was very uncomfortable by the end of the two hour auction and so bid (pun intended) adios to my friends who were off for more glory in the Evening Session.

- Now I will attempt to recover a bit this Sunday, which means less computer and more TV watching from the couch. With a plethora of rulebooks and playbooks of course!

PS - Sorry for whining and complaining re: back muscles. I did it to myself so I know where the blame lies. Sorry for making my entry this week rather long, but I had fun and wanted to share. I will stop typing now .....

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6. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:446]
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The Week That Was


No actual games played this week in the strictest sense of the word.

On Tuesday, I had to go teach. Kidlet was especially upset about me leaving. In the end, the conversation negotiation ran to my getting paid to teach, and how I could use that money to buy boardgames. So I had to promise to buy him Click Clack Lumberjack the following day.

On Wednesday, after bathtime, I got him into his PJs, teeth brushed, and ready for the bike trailer for what I hoped would be a 30-minute round-trip to the store. Cue rain. So into the car, instead.

In Korea, there is a law that says all major department stores must close 1 day every fortnight (to ensure the survival of independent businesses, though I should say here there are no FLGSs outside Seoul). Wednesday was that day in our neighbourhood, as I found out upon arrival at the (first) department store. The competing chain was only 5 blocks away, so we pressed on. Nope, also closed. The border for our exurb and the city of Daegu lay just beyond, though, and there was another (smallish) department store just inside the city limits. This had of course become a daddy-quest.

The third store hid its board games well, but we found them between stationery and TVs. The Toc Toc Woodman slot was...empty. Sold out. I was despondent. My son said: "it's ok, Tommy. We can buy some nail polish instead."


On Friday we got the game. All weekend we enjoyed puzzling together the bark, building the tree, him knocking it down with a single swing of the axe, and then more puzzling. We also made stars and suns out of Ingenious: Travel Edition tiles, looked for the animals hiding on the For Sale cards, and had a dance/birthday party for his teddy bears with the figures from Nexus Ops.

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7. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:2045]
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As Jon noted, we are thru our first turn of this cool game. I don't exactly know what I'm doing.

Had a great game of Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan at my friend Paul's place on Saturday. It was very touch and go, my Ishidas eked out a 14-13 win over the presumptuous Tokugawas.

Andean Abyss play-by-forum has resumed, my AUC just placed a couple of bases by some fun event...

War of the Suns still on my solo table. I just hit turn 23 (of 32). I paused, faced with having to remove/reorganize nine Japanese units this turn. I very much like most things about this game but I really truly hate having to find the Japanese umpteenth division on the map to replace it with a new version of said div.
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8. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:409]
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A very quiet gaming week. I managed to continue making progress in my pbem games. This week Andrew's back in the CC:E game, so he's coming by on Wednesday to play again, and now he's living only about 10 minutes from my house which is a big bonus. I just need the rest of my gaming crew to move close now too.

Not a lot of action in my pbem games, save to note that we have a sub for our protestant player so we get to keep that one going, yay!
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9. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
Ron
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Saturday was game night, although one of my friends had the flu and wasn't able to attend, so we were only three. That's what we played:

Le Havre
Glory to Rome
Dungeon Roll
Bora Bora
Love Letter
Lords of Waterdeep





On Sunday we went to the elections and voted for a new parliament, and after that, I played some games with Andrea.

Lords of Waterdeep (she really likes that one) and
7 Wonders three times.

New acquisitions

This week, I visited my FLGS and bought some new stuff.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game and the expansion,
Runewars: Banners of War and I got my copy of
Small World: Royal Bonus, which I kickstarted.

The rest of the week as boring and uneventful meeple
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10. Board Game: Hornet Leader: Cthulhu Conflict [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Stig Morten
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Kvernaland
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One game of this newly arrived expansion. Some cool abilities for some of the Cthulhu sites and bandits, but haven't tried it enough.

Have enjoyed GTA V this week. The tutorial missions that are built into the story makes it very accesible to everyone, and it is something that is harder to achieve in boardgaming.
Me and my wife finished the story mode in GTA III, Vice City and GTA IV, but I'm not sure this will hold the attention that long. (I feel like I'm growing up.)

Have also clipped half of the Thunderbolt counters.

Went to see Jeff Dunham live today. Two hours of mostly great fun.
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11. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:39]
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Finally, a week with more than one game played. Friday night was a six player game of Eclipse. Our game group fluctuates in numbers and if next week is like this past, we could will probably run two different games. Had 7 people (one of whom went off to play Magic or HeroClix or some such) and then 2 more who arrived, new to the area. Always great when more people discover game night. With a bit of advance notice next time, we could have multiple games running.


Then, off to the local con -the Fall Hoopla. Run twice a year, I run games in the spring and play in the fall. This year, I played Open Rails Origins, and then oversaw the "LARP Sip 'n' Swap", which is our beer exchange/tasting. Sampled 20+ brews and had a fantabulous time.

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12. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:245] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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The Week that Was....



Games Played:

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set -- still enjoying this very much. There is not a ton of game here, but with the campaign going and who I am playing with, it is fun. I will continue with the adventure these guys. It is not for everyone, but it scratches a small RPG itch.

Farmerama -- got this in a Math Trade recently, and my wife and I played it. It is not bad. It took us a bit to wrap our head around the rules (as translated), but it is a quicker, lighter version of Agricola with a dash of Ore et Labora. I am not sure what my wife thought as she was struggling with the dial. She had played far more complicated games, so it may have just been an off night.

Advanced Squad Leader -- played live via VASL with a local-ish player. Lots of fun as usual, and we plan to play again after Essen.

PBEM:

Advanced Squad Leader -- one game in the starting stages.
Battle Above the Clouds -- in the midst of a slow-going learning game (my fault).
Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France -- going to be staring this one very soon.

Acquisitions:

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Black Riders
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13. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:542] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Not much to report. I've been overworked and sick this past week. This have begun to look up this week but it'll probably bit a bit before everything is "back to normal."

Gaming highlights included a couple wonderful sessions of Zertz (what a game!) which I think is fast becoming my favorite abstract. It's like the most interesting trap-setting aspects of checkers both boiled down and then ballooned to their most nefarious complications.

I also played a round of Dutch InterCity....online! I've been working on a javascript/html5 adaptation using node.js and socket.io and it's almost ready. Of course, I'll have to ask John for permission to post it but I've very happy with it's look and feel and it was well worth building for a learning project. I just finished assembling the user verification system and, once that's all tied up, I just need to finish the way the server handles builds and put in a room creation system--oh boy!

The week ahead:
Well tomorrow's my birthday which means a trip to the game store. I am not sure what I'm going to get yet. Current top contenders are Cuba Libre and Planet Steam.
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