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wifwendell (Wendell)

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With Essen almost over(EDIT: upon us) we are talking a bit about conventions and buying/aquiring games this week, but I'll insert some creative challenges within the list. For your enjoyment.

And for no particular reason other than being a cool song.
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1. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:15520]
Stig Morten
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Start us of with an easy one. Why should every gamer go to a convention?
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2. Board Game: The Shopping Game [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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Every year during the Essen Spiel I look at the Haul list to see what everyone has bought, and it really gives me a good feeling to know I have never gone all out on buying like some of those geeks have done. I find that buying too many games at once makes it difficult to get some of them to the table, because by the time I'm finished with the best once, something new is on the way. As to the questions:

1. What is the most games you have aquired at the same time?

2. What is the most games you can handle aquiring at the same time and still get them to the table?
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3. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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Ok, so after talking about acquiring games at an alarming rate, lets do an exercice.

Name 7 games every gamer should own and why?
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4. Board Game: Monopoly: Star Wars [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:16976]
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The theme is strong in this one.

We all have a favourite game(or two) that we like because of how it plays or the mechanics it uses or the topic it is on, but as we see with several games they can be rethemed to fit another theme/era.
The linked game is an example, Richard Borg and his Commands & Colors series is another example.

Your mission is to take your favourite game and retheme it to another theme/era and tell us what would have to be changed to make it work. You can also explain why you choose that theme/era.

All done in good spirit and we want rank the ideas afterwards.
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5. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1401]
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This will just be a silly little entry and you are welcome to post several times on this one, as long as you don't post twice in a row.

Continue the story by adding the next 3 words in a comment.

I'll start the story of with just a single word, and then all you folks take us further with 3 words each.

It...
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6. Board Game: 'The Jungle Book' Game [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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I'm currently reading "The Republic of Thieves" by Scott Lynch and enjoying it as it continues the Gentlemen Bastard sequence. It has retained the feel of the previous two books while exploring more of the world it inhabits. If you are wondering if you should read the Gentlemen Bastard books I can say "Yes, you should. Book one is great, book two is even better and book three is so far proving to keep up the standard."

What book should we read and why?
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7. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4797]
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This Week:




Misc:

- The week started out well for gaming what with my PBEM games getting in some moves. Alas, from midweek onwards I just happened to be very very busy in the evenings and so could not make a move. Yesterday was a write off too. Hopefully I will get back to them today. Tomorrow at the absolute latest (sorry Roger and Wendell!!!).

- So what wrote off the end of the week? Thursday evening was spent conversing with relatives trying to set up travel plans for a reunion. So, after hours on the phone I think we have that sorted out now. Pain... Also, I found out that my services were not required for jury duty. Which in turn freed me up to make reunion arrangements with the family.

- Then Friday I was hosting friends to polish off our accumulated beer. I hate panic cleaning the house when company comes over! Oh well, at least we had fun. Managed not to finish off the beer however. Grrr!

- So after stumbling into bed late Friday/early Saturday morning I was awakened at 4am by my wife telling me to get up. A friend of ours was in the midst of a medical emergency and needed a ride to the emergency room. Well, up I got and off we went (my spouse drove needless to say). As it turned out it was not an "emergency", but it did need attention. So we spent hours at the ER at a nearby hospital. All is well now. However, once we returned home the rest of Saturday was spent in a complete daze. I feel somewhat better now (Sunday morning), but am still overly tired and out of sorts. And ... no, I do not know why an ambulance was not called in the first place. Not complaining. Happy to help.

- I am not playing F&E. Just fondling the bits and looking over the rulebook.

- So it was not a very gamey week. Hopefully this week will be better. Once my head clears ...
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8. Board Game: The Peter Principle Game [Average Rating:3.89 Overall Rank:16335]
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I'm putting this up as the item game because it mysteriously comes up as the first option whenever I type in "1989."

The highlight of my gaming week has been learning 1989: Dawn of Freedom (and Vassal) from my zenmaster, Roger. Whenever I screw up, he sits and does nothing, letting me stew in fancies of my own ineptitude until the truth dawns on me. Literally: corrections always come to me between 4-5 a.m.

Games with my Kidlet this week:

We built high-speed bullet trains with pieces from Lectio. Leftover pieces (including the 2s) were turned into a commuter train.

Several games of Toc Toc Woodman. He is beginning to want to play with the game's stated goals in mind, rather than always building towers to knock them down.

Two games of Mr. Jack, with expansion (he loves Pizer and Abberline). We play a simple matching variant in which he flips over tiles, finds the matching character pucks, and puts them on the board. Second round he uses the innocent side (uncoloured) to make it more challenging.
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9. Board Game: War of the Suns [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:7412]
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I am now on turn 28 of 32 in War of the Suns (into summer '44 in other words). Action heating up in Burma but now the monsoons are hitting along with disease. Japanese making little progress in China proper in recent turns due to a guerrilla epidemic.

May/June '42 in my vassal/skype World in Flames game not going well for my Germans. Bounced off of Rostov and unable to push the Allies out of Brittany. Japan has done decently; Allies clearly going Europe-first.

I think we have a PBEM game of Cuba Libre going...

And in Andean Abyss PBF, just had a propaganda card play...
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10. Board Game: Ogre [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1105]
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x2 Ogre
x1 Duck Dealer
X2 Dutch InterCity
x4 Hanabi
x1 Confusion
x1 Heap
x1 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

WOOOOO!!! OGGGGRRRREEEEE

Yesterday in Austin saw the official launch of Ogre. SJGames hosted a huge launch party on the north side and I was happy to attend, get my Ogre game, and play a few rounds. No picture could have prepared me for this game's production. It is over the top in every respect. It is huge. Terrifyingly large. B.I.G.

Thankfully Cati likes the game (whew!). We played a scenario after the convention and she had a good time stomping all my little units with a Mark III. Hopefully the game gets a lot of play.

It was a pretty great week, all things considered. I managed a hefty amount of gaming while finally getting fully back into the saddle work-wise. There are busy weeks ahead but I think I'll be able to keep up with the volume.

Anyway, without further ado, game thoughts:

1. Ogre--Still good.

2. Duck Dealer--Deeply interesting. The game takes out all the stuff I didn't like about MoV and Roads and Boats and then smashes the remainder together. There is a LOT going on in this game and I'm keen to explore it further. It plays two well so I think it'll get more play in the near term. I have a couple of big questions about the game though and I'm really interested in how they play out. It's possible that the game is not good, but there seems to be an equal chance the it is flat out brilliant. We'll see.

3. Dutch InterCity--A couple more rounds stress testing the online build. I found a few books here and there but so far so good. If time allows I could have something stable and portable in the next couple of weeks.

4. Hanabi--Great little game. More fun rounds with non games and a new high score of 22. Still haven't played this with the full count and am looking forward to it!

5. Confusion--Cati and I took this out on a lark and found it to be better than we remembered it. It's a remarkably thematic abstract. Moreover, it works in a design space I'm very interested in. It's about as close to the double blind as you can get without a GM and a real double blind game.

6. I went over to a friends house for Heap and a game of Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. Heap seemed like a fun filler that we had only started playing when the late folks arrived so we could play Tozolk'in. The game was really fun and a nice comment on the worker placement game. The gears were fun and a little gimmicky. The real innovation of the game, for me, was the "play" or "pull" mechanism which created some great tension. I'd be happy to play this game more and I'll watch out for future games which use some of its parts. It's a fine game on it's own, but I think there could be some great and nasty things in the future.

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11. Board Game: Saipan [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:10518]
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Quite a disappointment.

Although I'm a fan of the classic SPI quads, this game is fundamentally flawed. How it ever passed through the SPI development process (even when these quads were being churned out on a regular basis) is a mystery.
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12. Board Game: The Rise of the Roman Republic [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:4165]
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Weekly Round-up!

I've finally gotten around to reading both the series rulebook for The Ancient World series, and the playbook for The Rise of the Roman Republic, and, at long last, have set the beast up and started playing.

I say "beast" as though this is a monster game, but it's not really a monster - it only has one 22x33 map! But, being a Berg design, it is loaded with more chrome and more tables than you can shake a Roman fasces at!

I've started with the first scenario, The Conquest of Central Italy: The Samnite Wars 343-290 B.C.. Although the period covered is roughly 50 years, the game itself is set to 10 turns of 1 year each. It's kind of like a Samnite Wars Sampler. I've just finished the first turn, which isn't really indicative of what the actual play will be like, because the first turn eliminates the Roman Elections Phase, which is where a lot of the complexity comes into the game - which leaders go where, commanding which forces? Should get into the next turn tomorrow, so we'll see how all these Roman political rules work out!

Other games played:



Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition. Played this as a filler game at the club, between Successors (third edition) and Cuba Libre, during the past two weeks since we weren't able to get the full group together. Japan feels way overpowered at the start of this, to me. I know they're usually supposed to start poised to expand faster than anyone else, but they were pretty much romping through Russia from the start. Anyway, it ended pretty quickly in an Axis win. Nobody much cared.



Continuing my solo playthrough of Knights of Justice: The Siege of Malta, 1565. I put up a video recap of the initial turns:

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I don't really know what I'm doing. I've probably assaulted way too soon with the Ottomans.



After A&A, we did manage to start our 4-player Cuba Libre at the club. Only got to the first propaganda round, as we're all feeling our way along. We'll have to continue our game when the group reassembles in two weeks. I've played a solo game, just to familiarize myself with the system. Figuring out the strategies, and which operations are most useful at which times... well, that's the real trick, isn't it?
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13. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:133]
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This is the week that was:
Crokinole 3
Paris Connection 2
Rummikub 2
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers 1
Combat Commander: Europe 1
Power Grid 1
Scrabble 1
Unhappy King Charles! 1

A busy week of gaming after a few quiet ones. I've been logging plays since 2003, but only started logging them here on BGG rather than on my little Excel spreadsheet when I joined my first GCL (Stingray), which later split into two (Amoeba and Phoenix). I mention this little trip down memory lane because this week I broke 3500 recorded plays.

Crokinole is one of those games that people who love it love it a lot. I got my board at the thrift store for really cheap, and it sits off to the side in the dining area in my house and every once in a while it gets pulled out. This past Monday was Thanksgiving and we had our best friends and his mom over, and Mary's an old hand at the game and it goes pulled out and everyone got to play. It was a lot of fun, and it's precisely for serendipitous moments that I browse thrift shops for games.


Last weekend we also had a reboot of Rummikub in our house. We'd misplayed it the first time, and this time it went a whole lot better and my daughter really enjoyed it. Hopefully it's something we can get to the table a bit more.

Last Wednesday, Andy came over and we played a rousing game of Combat Commander. We didn't feel like picking a scenario and used the RSG to have a fight. It ended up being my Russian rifle company against his Hungarian company, and it came down to the wire. I was leading on the VP track, and had advanced up the right side of the map towards the objective 5 hex, which was mined. The mine was from a random event of course. I advanced into melee despite the mines, and then I allowed the time trigger on the mine detonation, which did in fact trigger sudden death. Of course, this is when Andrew's hidden objective gave him a 1VP win. Again!

It was epic, and now I'm only 39 plays from making my 100 game challenge. Of course, if I had not gone into melee, then I likely would have won, but objective 5 was worth 10VP and taking it would have surely sealed the game for me... Ah, hubris, thy name is CCE player!

Thursday gaming night saw something interesting. After our Power Grid game (I came in second, using the Quebec map), we played two rounds of Paris Connection. I won the first, and then we had a bit of a strategy discussion about the game, and then we played a second time and had a 4 way tie! The irony was that one of the four had decided not to push the black train one more space into a city, thus keeping its price at 10 instead of 11, because if he had, he would have been tied with one other player instead of three.

I still find the setup for Paris Connection a nuisance, especially since it's a short enough game that you'll want to play again right away, but will have to redo all the trains... but with the six of us, the setup went right quick enough.

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Two games of 1989, three of Unhappy King Charles. No idea what's up with my Here I Stand game. The ACTS ladder game was adjudicated in my favour so I'll be a couple of rungs up for the next start. My Pax game is on hold while one of the guys is off on holiday. It's not my turn in Cuba Libre. It is my turn in the SCW scenario of EuroFront.

Now, as to why I have Steam as my game entry this week. It's a month from BGG.Con and one of the highlights last year for me was being taught Steam by Morgan Dontanville (sisteray) at the Mayfair booth. I haven't played Steam since, but every time I see an entry for it in an auction geeklist, I seem to want to jump in and grab a copy.

Thing is, I don't need to be persuaded it's a great game. But I'm not sure if it'll be a game that's going to hit the table a lot for me.

So for you Steam vets...

... how long does a Steam game usually take?
... how many players are ideal?

My Thursday night group could probably handle it, but we start around 7:30pm and while we like to finish what we start, we like to wrap up around 11pm if we can, although we did stick it out until almost midnight a couple of times for Die Macher, and even later on another occasion although that might have been because of the surplus of bourbon we were enjoying.
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14. Board Game: 1835 [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:2177]
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My gaming Week

It started on thursday, when I went to my FLGS to gather my pre-ordered copy of Rising Sun: ASL Module 13. Browsing around, I saw a brandnew Settlers game - Wien Catan. Limited edition, my home town as topic ... so these are my new acquisitions.




On Friday, two of our friends came over for Trivial Pursuit: Genus Edition - boys vs. girls. As Andrea and I collected more than 40,000 different question cards from various editions of that game, the topics of the questions are widely spread. We played for a few hours (dice- and boardless; just the questions); finally we boys won by 1 measly point.



Saturday was game night, but one of the guys catched the flu, so we were only three. Rudi got this new game, The Witcher: The Adventure Card Game (after a computer game he used to play), so we gave that one a try. Well, nice, but nothing more.

After that we played Saint Petersburg (using all expansions) and I never had so much luck in this game before. Whenever I was the first player, the best card came up. Whenever I wanted to buy a certain card, I had exactly the amount of Rubel needed. I won by nearly a hundred points ... meeple

Then Siegfried asked for a more luckless game, and what's better than 18xx here? As he was a novice in this type of game, we chose 1835 as the teaching game and Rudi and I agreed not to dump any cooperation onto him. Would be a little harsh in his first game. After a 6 hour game we had a new recruit for our 18xx game nights meeple





On Sunday I played two games of Anno 1701: Das Kartenspiel with Andrea. Here's one image of her, just after winning the game:


Ingalisa came down and asked if we would play something with her, so great, yes! That was the perfect opportunity to do a little more playtest on the new version of Evolution (2006). The game is nearly finished, the designer just needs to do a little fine tuning. I hope my playtest report helps him doing so.




Here's an image of Ingalisa (with the black shirt) and a friend of hers, promoting the game:



We spent the evening cooking a fine Cassoulet, enjoyed it with red French wine and listened to some new CDs I bought.



Essen is near and I will be there from Wednesday to Saturday. So I won't be able to post a lot this week, but I probably have some stories for next week's list.

Cheers!
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15. Board Game: Thunderbolt Apache Leader [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:797] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
Stig Morten
Norway
Kvernaland
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Got in a mission of this excellent game.
Libya 1984 campaign. 4 days. Played the first mission and zoomed around the board with 2 A-10's, 1 F-16 and 1 AH-1.
Different enough from Hornet Leader to varrant both in the collection, but I think I like this better and it is just fun.
Took out the target and suffered only one Engine damage and some stress.

Also played a few rounds of UNO with my daughter. Fun enough game.

Had a very busy week at work with lots of people of sick, so I had to go back to work every in the evening Sunday through Thursday to puzzle together the day after and try to cover everything that was needed in regardsx to classes and pupils. also had my car out of order as my brother in law fixed a waterpump in the engine.

Busy week but got in a good mission of Thunderbolt Apache Leaderon Saturday.
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16. Board Game: The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1412]
Chris Montgomery
United States
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Illinois
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The Coat of Arms of Clan Montgomery - Scotland. Yes, that's a woman with the head of a savage in her hand, and an anchor. No clue what it means, but it's cool.
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Weekend Round-Up

Getting in my update late . . . report through last Sunday morning:

This past week, these games were played face-to-face:
None.

This past week, these games started:
Unhappy King Charles v. Roger
Unhappy King Charles v. Randy
The Napoleonic Wars, 2nd Edition v. Five-Player Game
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 1 v. Gordon (continuation of Game from 04/2013)

This past week, these games continued:
Stonewall Jackson's Way II, AGA Scenario 4 v. Patrick
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 1 v. Robert
Burnside Takes Command, Scenario 1 v. Carsten
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 3 v. Lawrence

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
None.

This past week, these interesting things happened in my games and my life:

1 ---> Finalized many of the details for the Up Front custom box that will be delivered at BGG Con. It looks to be an awesome product. If the Up Front Kickstarter is not eventually published, I will begin to slowly collect the other outstanding expansions to the game and fill the box with Artscow products. But here's to hoping that the game is published despite it's legal woes.

2 ---> Had a sick baby all week that carried into this week. My wife and I were lucky enough to have work schedules that we can (most of the time) be home to care for our son. But he just turned two years, and we have started enrolling him in social activities. He is currently taking Tumbling classes with a bunch of other 2-4 years old, and we were expecting that his immune system will have some catching up to do with the other kids. The biggest problem was the amount of *snot* he produced. Went through three boxes of tissues in five days.

3 ---> Reading an interesting book: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America. While it's a relatively academic and "high-fa-lootin" discussion, the author makes some significant insights and draws very strong connections with good evidence to support his arguments. The book was a Pulitzer Prize winner (no idea what year, but it is advertised prominently on the cover). I am not quite so convinced that this book is up to the standards of a Pulitzer, yet, but I have 2/3 of it left to go.

4 ---> The coins I advertised about last week did not successfully fund, but the company is planning a relaunch. I do think there are definite things they could do to improve the success of the campaign. Here's to hoping. I was very impressed that they were designing *actual* coins made of actual poured metal (not fake metal). The planned on using metals such as nickel, brass, etc.

5 --->BGG Con Countdown continues. The rules-book reading I need to do, well, not so well.

6 --->Could someone please tell me why every Fall I get swamped with legal work of all types, while winters are relatively slow for new cases? I never understood it, but I can't help but make the assertion. It seems true year after year.

Cheers! I'm so glad to be back and participating in GCL.
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17. Board Game: Blockbuster Movie Game [Average Rating:4.11 Unranked]
Stig Morten
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To take us through the weekend while we wait for Alex list on Monday.

Name the movie the quote is from and give us another one to guess.

Quote:
You're so ugly you could be a modern art piece!
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