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Geek Chat League Gelato 98 - Emotion

What is a Geek Chat League?

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.

Policy: If you're a lurker or have otherwise discovered GCL Gelato, feel free to read along with us and see what the members have to say on everything under the sun. If you have a constructive comment or something else you think would add to the discussion, consider posting it — if it's helpful, respectful, and polite to the discussion group as a whole, as well as to its individual members.

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Geek Chat League Gelato 98 - Emotion

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For the video - I chose President Lyndon Johnson ordering a pair of blue jeans. An amazing audio file:

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1. Board Game: Anger Management Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Whoa! Anger. Often coupled with another emotion - frustration. Usually, we are angry *and* frustrated.

My stories will be posted below. They typically involve my spouse, which I will tastefully edit, but I also just had an unpleasant experience with a car dealership. More to come.

When is the last time you recall being angry during a play of a game? What was it over?

What about non-gaming? When is the last time you recall being angry or frustrated? What was the cause of your anger or frustration?

Did you feel badly afterward, or did you feel your anger was justified?


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2. Board Game: Happy Families [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:15024]
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Giddiness. Happiness.

Are there any boardgames that really make you HAPPY to play them? I don't mean content (see below), but really HAPPY? What was the last game you played where you were actually happy and excited to be playing?

What about non-gaming? When was the last time?

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3. Board Game: The Cottage of Content [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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This is an elusive emotion for me. Contentment is more nearly desired by me than happiness. And more elusive.

Do you find yourself content in your gaming experiences and "gaming life"?

Do you find yourself content in general?





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4. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: All Star Sports Edition [Average Rating:4.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:4.49 Unranked]
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Sportsmanship. I've been involved in not a few discussions this year over sportmanship within the hobby. Ultimately it comes down to your gaming group and your expectations within that group - care to share a nightmare story about poor sportsmanship or an awesome story where sportsmanship saved the day? Need not be boardgame related.

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5. Board Game: Personality Game [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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Have you taken a personality test? If not, would you like to?

http://www.personalitytest.net/cgi-bin/q.pl

Did such a test confirm for you what you already knew about yourself, or did it open up a new perspective for you about yourself?

What do you think "most gamers" in your group are like, personality-wise? Do you find that your gaming group (or online opponents) share many aspects between their personalities, or not? Do you like this or wish it were different?
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6. Board Game: Amateurs to Arms! [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:3227]
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Weekend Round-Up

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

This past week, these games started:
Amateurs to Arms! v. Chris (New Year's Resolution!)

This past week, these games continued:
Stonewall Jackson's Way II, Scenario 5 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
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)
1889 v. 5-Player (GCL Gelato!) (New Year's Resolution!)
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 3 v. Jon (Teaching Game)

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 ---> New Car. I bought my first new car ever yesterday. A 2014 Ford Explorer XLT with front-wheel drive. I had buyer's remorse after getting home and reviewing the paperwork. I stewed on it last night, and even called the salesman's cell phone after hours to express my dissatisfaction. I believe I paid about $2,000-$3,000 more than I we agreed upon. I am more angry because I feel stupid for being "flim-flammed" more than I am about the money. The money breaks down to what I probably would have paid if there had been no incentives on the vehicle. The wife and I had a very long conversation, and we agreed that next time, there would be no laid-back friendly attitude. It was, now that I have iced on it for about 24-hours - a very, instructive learning experience, that I should be thankful only cost me $3,000.

2 ---> Smoking Cessation. Thanks for bearing with me as I count each week. 61 days and counting.

3 ---> Amateurs to Arms!. Wow what a beautiful game. I felt like all the artistic decisions in this game, from the counters, to the map, to the cards was gorgeous. The game itself seems fun, too - but is a little-bit unique, or rather, nuanced, in some of it's card-play mechanics. But I think I will like it.

4 ---> Civil War Campaign Series. I recently obtained permission from the designer of the series as well as Clash of Arms Games to upload the series-specific printed matter. So far I have done so for Autumn of Glory and Mississippi Fortress. Work continues on an Autumn of Glory Vassal Module. I have also uploaded a copy of the Series Rules to each game in the series' game page. I would love to get these games played.

5 ---> 1889. I have some rather copious notes that I will have to parse down for our post-game discussion. What a fun game so far. I am particularly interested to hear everyone else's thoughts.

6 ---> Another Auction. I'm leaving this here as a placeholder to remind me to get that auction going. From a previous list: I was looking at my shelves today, crammed with games, and picked out four or five title right off the bat that I know I should dump. So an auction will be coming soon. I may offer a GCL Gelato discount for bids . . . just tossing the idea around - I try to only sell games I don't want, but my auctions usually include some pretty good stuff, just stuff that's not for me. Stay tuned.

Cheers!
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7. Board Game: Gulf, Mobile & Ohio [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4367]
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Whew, what a week!

x4 Gulf Mobile and Ohio
x3 Titan
x2 Pax Pamir
x1 1849 (!)
x1 Taj Mahal

So, I've discovered a bit of a trend. As it turns out, the busier and more hellish my weeks are, the more gaming I somehow find a way to fit in. I guess when I'm busy, I'd rather be REALLY busy.

This week had two big highlights for me. The first was Gulf Mobile and Ohio which enjoyed two sessions each of two games during the week. What a cool game! It's hardly a train game, really and defiantly felt like Through the Desert with auctions-which is a damn fine thing for a game to be. I'm looking forward to playing it more. I'll also likely try my hand at a total redraw someday. I feel like Winsome really dropped the ball on the game in terms of functionality of the game's components and there are lots of easy places for improvement. Anyway, if I get time this week, maybe I'll fiddle with it.

As good as Gulf Mobile and Ohio is, though, 1849 took the cake for both the week's the most widely innovative game and for the one that was the most exciting. We played a four player game with one player totally new to the 18xx (who did very well). I normally dislike 18xx games with partial capitalization because the trains can move so slowly but 1849 suffered from none of that. I loved the notion that the company owns its own shares and can dump them at the market to raise capital after their first operating round. Sadly, we didn't quite have time to calculate score as the game ran late last night (though 5 hours is not bad, esp with a new player at the table), but I think the consensus was that I likely won by a very slim margin.

Part of the game's charm, for me, was the way it managed to confront me with scenarios that otherwise wouldn't have made any sense in most other 18xx games. For instance, late in the game I needed to dump a company that had a permanent train (what?!). This among many other such instances where my assumptions about how 18xx are "supposed" to work proved a disadvantage.

Speaking of those assumptions. For those of you guys who play 18xx, do you find that groups can be too dogmatic about the 1 share rule of thumb (in order to ward off a dump?) I've seen it in many groups and, while it's often sound advice, it seems like there are plenty of instances where tempting the dump can be useful or where riding hard on someone's coattails can be perfectly safe. As they say, "To everything there is a season."

Other highlights of the week included an intense "best of three" match of Titan that Cati and I played over Friday-Saturday-Sunday. She ended up winning 2-1 during a final game where she outfoxed me and managed to separate my titan stack from its defenders. I've been playing this game semi regularly for 5 years and its still providing me with plenty of surprises.

On Saturday night, after work, I headed out to the Hills to play with the gamers there. I did a double header of Taj Mahal and a playtest session of Pax. Taj Mahal was a game I abandoned early in my gaming career. It simply didn't interest me and I didn't understand it (those things were likely related). I got the game in High School, attempted to play it, then traded it for Age of Steam. I've certainly got no regrets there but it was a nice title to revisit. I'd need a couple more plays before I can render judgement, but it was a nice trick taking game.

Lastly, I had some time to work on Pax Pamir. I've been (slowly) working my way through card descriptions in preparation for the next deck revision and I took a little time to write this: Of Textiles and Typefaces.

I played the game twice this week. The first was a brisk two player game that went very well. The second game, after Taj, was a little more problematic. I encountered a couple unforeseen design problems that are going to require addressing. I've got an easy fix that will keep the current deck active for awhile, but I may need to make some big alterations. The basic problem has to be with the card clearing elements of the game. In Pax Porfiriana the tableaus are always getting cleared off by depression, card play, strife, etc. In Pax Pamir, there are mechanisms for destroying one another's tableau but if the players don't keep the pressure on, things can snowball. I built the game to make it very, very difficult to set up any kind of card combo but once you get them locked in, like Glory to Rome, some crazy things are possible. In our last game 2 of the 3 players had managed to amass a huge amount of power. Because the game has a very high tactical density, it became a bit laborious to work through what Good Play might look like and the endgame dragged. I think I've got a way out using a modified "depression" system from Pax, but I need to figure out a way to thematically explain it.

The week ahead and other notes:
1. Another busy week in the lead up to SXSW and Spring Break. Hopefully I'll manage a game of Magic Realm with Cati and maybe another, lighter game day with the others.

2. I picked up a copy of both Samarkand and The Bridges of Shangri-la for pennies this week. Woo!

3. With any luck Cati and I will be finally moving into the very nice, very centrally located, and very affordable married graduate student housing this summer. With every move comes a game purge. I think this might be a big (20-40 game) purge of many games that I like, but am "done" with. I'll probably be giving away a bunch of stuff locally and putting up the things that are a little more valuable on BGG to supplement the year's game budget.





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8. Board Game: Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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This is the week that was:
Combat Commander: Europe 1
Pax Porfiriana 1
Power Grid 1 Australia map - new to me!
Scrabble 1

A quiet week of gaming. The Pax and Scrabble games are both new pbem games. I have a regular group of four (myself included) of folks who seem to have very compatible pacing and scheduling to me and I can't tell you how many games we've played so far, but this is the first one we've started this calendar year and also marks my 30th game of Pax. I still get tremendous enjoyment out of this game and while I don't see it getting bumped up to a 9 or 10, I do think the 8 I've given it is merited and solid.

Wednesday was Andrew and my bi-weekly Combat Commander session. He had a hankering to play a partisan scenario so we haphazardly picked the latest one from C3i (it was first partisan thing that came to hand out of the box) and I got royally thumped. The scenario has a really interesting premise - the partisans are trying to collect weapons caches dumped by the allies and leave the map with them, the Germans are trying to destroy them and stop the partisans. Both sides are in attack mode. The first three spaces of the time track (0, 1, 2) are considered stormy weather so the partisan movement is hampered and sight lines are hindered. Neither side may achieve VP for exiting the map.

Now, the storm phase was interesting, but once we got past it the game became more of a straight up slog and wasn't as intriguing. I think it would be worth experimenting with making the caches appear as the game goes along (i.e. be discovered), which would add a lot of tension to the game.

Otherwise an interesting scenario.

Thursday night I hosted gaming and we played the Australia map for the first time. I have to give it a huge thumbs up. This expansion really has been for me the best set of maps in the game, with Northern Europe being right up there. Of course, I've not played on all the maps yet, but of the ones I've played... The uranium mines and their dividends are quite something, and although we played them incorrectly (as evinced by the now available English translation), I think several more games are needed to really understand their subtle but very powerful effect.

PBEM
The HIS game is finally history. The Hapsburgs, after everyone else was exhausted of cards, had seven cards left plus their home card, and were able to waltz in around the stack of troops in Buda and take two keys behind the lines as well as taking both Tunis and Algiers for the autowin on keys.

Twilight Struggle ACTS ladder game is still going. I'm cautiously optimistic on this one. Of course, saying that means I'm toast.

1989x2. In my game with Tommy, he's about to do two nasty things with the TS track giving him some extra powers, and in my other game, I just kicked my opponent out of power in Czechoslovakia. That game has been very interesting in that I've won all the power struggles, but have only managed to kick him out of two places, including Poland, and the VP differential has been small. I'm currently at +1 on the VP track!

Pax just started.

UKCx2. Jon and Chris are both thrashing me around in their own ways.

Cuba Libre x2. I think I'm up to date on both of those... I'm really enjoying this game and as much as I think A Distant Plain might be a 'better' game, certainly a meatier one, Cuba Libre is the one that keeps getting to the table, virtually or otherwise.

Other stuff
A few months ago I backed a Kickstarter project from Eagle Games they'd dubbed the 'Game Designer's Toolkit'. For $66, including shipping, you got a ton of spare parts. Yesterday I went to TSB Shipping in Point Roberts, WA and picked it up.

As advertised, a large amount of stuff!



My daughter already has design ideas/plans for the dragons.



I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it all, nor where I'm going to store it (although that latter part's easier), but there's a lot of potential in there and I'm hoping to get some ideas to the table with my daughter and maybe a good game will come out of it.

On a related note, when I got home yesterday from Point Roberts (and other errands) I had an email from them saying a parcel had arrived. Which means I get to go back next week to pick up what I presume is Fleet: Arctic Bounty, the only other thing I'm waiting for that isn't coming to me directly.

Role Playing Initiative
This is the time of year that RPG Geek promotes its play-by-forum gaming with theRPG Geek Newbie Play-by-Forum Sign-up. Since I've had so much fun as a participant in past years, I decided to run a game myself this year. Hopefully it will go well. So far only one sign up for my game.
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9. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:774]
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The week that was...

We played one game of Tsuro last week before our game of Cataclysm. I lost to a 5-year old girl.

And more of Cataclysm: A Second World War, which I'm really enjoying. It's still in playtesting, not sure when they think it might be ready.

Had another session of World in Flames; my Germans are trying to prepare a decent defensive line in the USSR (finished Mar/April '43). Unlike the real fuhrer, I did not waste many units defending Stalingrad... Japanese fought some naval battles to keep Truk in supply the clear target for the next Allied attack. I hope I can delay it one more turn; then the monsoon season will buy me a few months' respite there. I'm also preparing for one more summer offensive in China, vs the Communists.

I'm playing my first game (PBEM) of Polis: Fight for the Hegemony against fellow BGGer Daniel Berger. Think my Spartans are losing but I'm getting a hang of it; it's a pretty cool game.

Andean Abyss is all over but the shouting - we are doing the final propaganda card! Fingers crossed.

My warlords continue to spread cheer and mind-altering substances in A Distant Plain. And my syndicate continues to spread cheer and casinos in Cuba Libre.

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10. Board Game: Vietnam 1965-1975 [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1751]
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Misc Such and Such:

- Got in some PBEMing towards the end of a rather exhausting week. Which made me happy. Both COIN games are proceeding along nicely. I think they are rather ideal for PBEM play and in particular multi player PBEM. Did a little FitS with Wendell and in fact it is my turn to try to keep up the offensive. At least where I can. And I did see your question from last week Roger. I think it is your turn in our UKC game and will send along my last file to help co-ordinate. And I should be getting into the GBoH Tyrant session with more frequency now.

- Speaking of both COIN and UKC, I feel that I keep treating these as games depicting conventional wars. They are not and as such my lack of appreciation can lead to my undoing.

- And it was a busy week as I was out in BC helping my mother pack up and move. She is off to the other side of the country to live with my sister. All in all a good decision I think. However, it turned out to be a lot more work than I was expecting. I hate moving.

- Still reading Kranow's Vietnam. And still looking up places mentioned in the book on the Vietnam 1965-1975 map. It is kind of odd to have the Victory Games box in my hands as it seems so small. Compared to the standard GMT box of today. I just compared it to some of the AH boxes and they are the same size, so I suppose it was a standard from the 70s and 80s.

- Sick of winter.

- I watched the movie "Oblivion" the other day. Not horrid despite my dislike of the lead actor. Quite frankly it is nice to have some SF cinema and the special effects were well done I felt. However, the story was somewhat predictable at times. Especially the ending. Come on Hollywood .... take a risk.

- Really enjoying HBO's "True Detective" and "Banshee". The latter can be silly at times, but every once in a while they will have an episode that really stands out as special. They did so a few weeks ago which has gone a way to helping salvage this current season for me.

- Hoping things calm down in Ukraine.
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11. Board Game: International Philosophy Grudgematch [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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I had to add this as a separate entry.

The other night on the radio I heard this professor of philosophy talking about how some 40 million people a day read The Daily Mail online and how maybe 300 people read any new philosophy text.

So started a website called the Philosopher's Mail, and he takes articles from the Daily Mail and recasts them via the lens of philosophy.

I particularly enjoyed this one (as a holder of a humanities degree myself):

You are an arts graduate and you are unemployed or making coffee on the minimum wage. Here is why - and a solution too

Pithy quote: But in truth, the extraordinary rate of unemployment - or misemployment - of graduates in the humanities is a sign of something grievously wrong with modern societies and their university systems. It's evidence that we have no real clue what the humanities, including culture and art, are really for. We pay them a certain amount of lip-service, we like to declare them worthy and noble and fund a few professors to dig away in their archives, but basically, as societies, we don't know what the humanities could do for us and therefore, how people trained in them should spend their days other than in preparing Frappuccinos.

And if that's not to your taste as a topic, perhaps something more topical: Kiev is in flames and I don't care.

I enjoy reading books on philosophy, and indeed I think I can credit my interest Epicurus and his teachings from my readings of A.C. Grayling's set of essays in the Guardian collected in a series of books - "The Meaning of Things" being the first of about half a dozen...
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12. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Gaming Week

Yes, ASL again. Hooray!!! The weekend was without gaming, but I played two ASL scenarios on Monday. The first was very a small engagement between Swedes and Russians and I wrote a short session report here: [SV1 - TEN TON TANK] Their Tanks were crap, but their Infantry saved the Day. After that, we played another scenario, this time I was the attacker (German) and tried to break through a thin line of American defense to take a small village. I got my ass kicked in both scenarios meeple



New Games

In my quest to bring more Ameritrash on the table, I bought a couple of new Fantasy Flight Games at my FLGS. Wiz-War (eighth edition) is an old classic (I have the fifth edition also) and I totally like what FFG did with that design. A light and fun game - scheduled to be played the next Saturday. I never had or played Arkham Horror, but I heard many great things about it. When they released the streamlined game Eldritch Horror, I was immediately sold. Also, they published a small expansion for Talisman (Revised 4th Edition), which contains one of the classic alternative endings of the 2nd edition: Pandora's Box. It had to be mine!!! I wonder how the guys will like the new games.

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13. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Plays in recent history:

For February, we generally got games in on Sundays and Mondays, and then nothing the rest of the week.

Sunday the 16th, we played two games owned by our friends Bob and Maggie (who live within walking distance of us), Mice and Mystics and King of Tokyo twice with the King of Tokyo: Halloween expansion. Billy is a fan of Nightmare Before Christmas, so I thought he might like the Halloween characters. King of Tokyo is quickly becoming a favorite filler of mine. It's cute.

Monday the 17th, we had friends over and played Catan: Cities & Knights as part of our 10x10 challenge, and since we had a few minutes before they had to leave, we followed that up with 7 Wonders (it's nice when everyone knows how to play and you can just go).

After they left, Billy and I played a quick game of RoboRally. It was the first time I had played it in a number of years, so we played an easy track, and there were just two of us. I'm glad we did that. I enjoyed the game a lot more than my first tries, where we went right into the difficult tracks with a bunch of folks. This time, I didn't go off the board or fall into a single pit (there weren't any, so that helped). I'm actually looking forward to playing it again now.

Monday the 24th, a friend came over to try out Hegemonic and help us with out 10x10 challenge as well. We played a 3 player, and I was the monkey in the middle. Even still, I did reasonably well, but came in 3rd. Billy and I are both getting better with each play, I think, though I haven't caught up to him yet in figuring out the best way to win.

Saturday March 1st, I met with a pair of friends who have agreed to be my volunteer coordinators for MALCon, and then we all went to a Denver Comic Con meeting for the volunteer services department, that we're all on. It was a busy afternoon.

That evening, some friends came over to play 4 player Catan: Cities & Knights with us, and then we followed up with a pair of plays of Win, Lose, or Banana. I experienced Win, Lose or Banana at BGGCon back when it was at the old hotel, but I can't find my copy, so I hadn't shown it to Billy. He found out about it recently from some other friends, and someone linked to the The PLAYMOBIL® Legion reviews "Win, Lose, or Banana" thread, which is hilarious, so he went and bought 10 copies, heh. Our friends bought a copy off him that night, mainly to play with someone's kids and were taking bets on who would cry and who would pout on not winning.

I spent most of the rest of the weekend gathering random pieces of facts to take to a tax accountant today to try and see about getting my 2013 taxes rolling.

In Other News

I'd been kind of hibernating regarding MALCon, and last weekend Billy and I went to Galaxy Fest, a little con in Colorado Springs. People we met there were really excited about MALCon 2014, which helped get me excited, which was great. We got about 50 more names for our mailing list, and I sent out Newsletter #2 last week. In response, we got 5-10 more ticket sales (we only had 50 total presales last year, for reference), so that was pretty exciting to me.

A number of vendors also got their spots reserved quickly in the latest wave (I've been sending out vendor invites in waves), so last week was a good week financially for the convention.

Also, Saturday, my cat got her feline leukemia booster shot and was not pleased. She's better now.

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14. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
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1x The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43
0.5x Carcassonne
1x Rallyman
1x Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Me and the wife spent the weekend in Aberdeen and while there I saw Flash Point in a store. Based on positive feedback in the Sgoyt list and Chris' comment last week I bought it. First game I won, but was really lucky on the fire spread rolls. I rescued all 10 victims with 2 firefighters in family mode.

Also doing a few of the challenges on the Sgoyt list this month. Space Hulk: Death Angel, Rallyman, The Hunters, Flash Point: Fire Rescue so hose should keep me occupied. Fun to play against someone.

pbem is our game of Cuba Libre which is now on the 2nd Propaganda card. Fun game.
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15. Board Game: Cobra [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3690]
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My next project:

Converting the SPI classic Cobra to a block game with a huge 52" x 66" map.





A glance at the US currency in the corner will give you some idea of the scale. The hexes are 1 3/8" (or 37mm) which is the smallest size that will comfortably accommodate three wooden Columbia Games blocks.





Dark green blocks are US or French. Light green blocks are British or Canadian or Polish. Black blocks are German mechanized units. Dark gray blocks are German infantry or parachute. Light gray blocks are German "static" units.

This monster totally dominates my game room, leaving little space for movement. I'm still working on labels for 200 blocks. I have obviously lost control of myself.

BTW, that map was drawn entirely by hand on nine blank 18" x 24" hex sheets printed up at the office supply store. Obsession might be the proper term...

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16. Board Game: Legend of the Five Rings [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1024] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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The Weeks that Were



Been a long while since I have reported plays, and acquisitions:

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game x5 -- I continue to play this weekly. We have finished the first cycle and the Khazad Dum box set. Next onto the next cycle! I really enjoy this game. I have tweaked my deck a bit for some variety, and for what we thought we may need for Kahzad Dum, but we ended-up winning each of those just fine (all close, but no losses unlike the previous cycle).

Mare Nostrum -- Not bad, not great. I would give it a whirl again. We had some odd things happen in ths one (Rome going after Greece was unexpected, and hence left Rome to grow and Egypt to flourish).

One Night Ultimate Werewolf x2 -- Enjoyed this.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set x6 -- We continue our campaign. Luckily the scenarios have been getting harder, and some have started to get some variety. This has some legs it seems.

What's He Building in There? -- Oh, I wanted to like this, but it has many problems. Not a fan.

And over the Valentine's weekend, I went to our local con--Ghengis Con, and I played the following:

Deathwatch x2 -- 40K Space Marines, lots of death, lots of fun.

Legend of the Five Rings (4th Edition) -- Court intrigue, a murder, and a mystery.

Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition) -- some odd things are happening in the South Pole.

I have more detailed report on my blog: http://dwarfpainter.com/2014/02/19/ghengis-con-the-gaming/

Acquisitions:

Amazingly enough, nothing really.
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17. Board Game: Half-Time Football [Average Rating:4.66 Unranked]
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Lotsa halves this week. I played half/learning games of:

1989: Dawn of Freedom (2x)
Nexus Ops
Coin Age (my opponent had to bail)
I also played 'half a move' in my PBEM game of 1989 when I took my turn but neglected to send Roger the file.

Acquisitions

The only concrete part of my gaming week, my mule came back from California with my copy of Cruel Necessity. Coming soon to a GL near you!
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