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1. Board Game: The Con Game [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
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I am quite busy preparing for the Göttingen Game Designer Convention, the oldest and probably still largest event of its kind (happening in the middle of June this year). I am very excited. I always am when I go to gaming events anywhere, but this one is special, not least because I am one of the hosts. Which makes me wonder:
Are you participating in organizing any cons? Why or why not? What is the nearest con from where you live? Why is that the nearest?

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2. Board Game: Quit [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
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After playing with my kids quite a bit this week, an actually meaningful question came up:
How do you deal with kids not focussing on playing or just generally behaving in an annoying way? Have you ever quit a game with your children? Or did not wanting to set an example take precedence over anger?
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3. Board Game: Perfect Wedding [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
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As usual, I draw a blank when I am trying to think of a third meaningful question. But today I stumbled upon a cd with our wedding photos. These were taken by a professional photographer in Taiwan, quite a bit before the actual wedding. My favorite one is this:

That's not just because it was actually me who found this beautiful spot while we were shooting pictures on a pretty, but unremarkable meadow, but because I see my left foot which always makes me smile. We were dressed up in these silly, stereotypical "western" clothes, all in white on top of it. Took ages to get dressed and made up (Elissa had to change about 5 times in the course of the day. Me, less often. But of course, the photo studio didn't have any shoes in my size. So they gave me some slippers which didn't really even reach the back of my feet. The only black thing I wore that day were socks (white socks aren't considered acceptable footwear by most Germans). Since I was sitting with my foot dangling, the slipper almost fell and the sock is showing, and this was the moment we broke the perfect facade.

So here comes my entirely meaningless, but hopefully entertaining question: Can you tell us any silly detail from your marriage or other relationship that stuck to your mind for no apparent reason? Any photos of it?
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4. Board Game: Schiebung [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Plenty of short plays for me this week, with the kids and others. While my overall play count is way down from what it used to be, I have played at least one game each day for two weeks in a row. Almost like in the old times.

Bold: New to me.

5 x Quiddler (solo plays - boring and unbalanced)
2 x Drecksau
2 x Schiebung (trying to revamp this old design of mine in time for the Designer Gathering)
1 x Alle meine Entchen
1 x Banana Split
1 x Category 5 (the new anniversary edition - upgraded my rating by one point)
1 x Forbidden Island (quite a disappointment for me)
1 x The Haunted Clock Tower
1 x Lemminge
1 x Mandalay
1 x Outside the Scope of BGG
1 x Schlängeln
1 x Spuzzle
1 x Tichu
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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The Catan Card Game has slowed a bit down, but we managed to get one evening of games with a friend, where we played Pickomino (Heckmeck), Dominion and King of Tokyo. Hildur won all the KoT games! She's a monster...


Game Qty
Catan Card Game 3
Dominion 3
King of Tokyo 3
Catan Card Game: Expansion Set 2
Friday 2
Pickomino 1
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6. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:367] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can read more about the details of my week here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Weekend? 04/28/2014" .

It was truly a fantastic week of gaming!

Unnamed Object x 4
Trains x 2
Jungle Speed x 2
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game x 2
1775: Rebellion x 1 (NEW)
A Few Acres of Snow x 1 (NEW)
The Castles of Burgundy x 1
Terror in Meeple City x 1
Forbidden Island x 1
Rise of Augustus x 1
Pandemic x 1
Flash Point: Fire Rescue x 1
King of Tokyo x 1
BattleLore (Second Edition) x 1
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7. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:112]
Rob Harper
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Not quite so many games this week, but all top quality...

With adults:
* Hanabi - five players including a couple of first timers, so 16 wasn't a bad score!
* Splendor - newly acquired and only played a couple of times so far but this is a keeper: simple, quick, intelligent, beautiful, and the wife likes it!
* Backgammon - in the work league, my first lost match of the season, but also included probably my fastest won game ever!

With Miss B:
* Otters - newly arrived and hot off the press, a lovely simplified version of Smash Up.
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8. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:340]
Scott Saccenti
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Every once in a while, a new game bursts into the Saccenti home and completely takes things over for a while. Without question, we have been invaded by Sushi Go! This is an enormous hit with me and my kids right now. It has elbowed its way right into my Top Twenty. Will it burn out fast? Probably, I guess. We will see. For those who don't know the game, it is 7 Wonders but simplified to the point that my 5-year-old can ALMOST (not quite) compete strategically. An awesome family game. thumbsup

We are making do with [filepage=99415]a print-and-play version[/filepage] for the moment (it is out of print for a few months, and the designer has kindly made this available during the interim). But I like it so much that I have eBayed it for an outrageous (relatively) sum, and the real thing should arrive tomorrow. cool

An otherwise light gaming week, due to heavy basketball commitments. BUT, the kids were off school Monday for Easter holiday and we did get a bunch of games in then.



9x   -8- Sushi Go!
3x   -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
2x   -10- Dominion
2x   -7- Finger Ball
1x   -6- Biblios
1x   -7- Bruges
1x   -7- Castles of Burgundy
1x   -8- Egizia
1x   -4- Formula D
1x   -5- Gulo Gulo
1x   -7- Montgolfiere
1x   -6- Monza
1x   -6- Nauticus
1x   |9| Race for the Galaxy
1x   -6- Rondo
1x   -7- San Juan
1x   -8- Ticket to Ride
1x   -6- Times Square
1x   My "Unpublished Prototype"
1x   -8- Yspahan

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9. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Easter Monday was another Magic the Gathering tournament day with our Magic friends, as well as some other games - including my first play of Pentago, a Christmas present for my daughter - I really can't get my head round the rotating boards! Then Friday night our games night included lots of party games. I played a few games with my husband both days on the weekend, as well as a few with my kids (mostly Sevens, which seems to have taken over as my youngest's new favourite!), and we spent quite a while on the Sunday playing more Magic.

Games played with adults:

44 x Magic the Gathering
7 x Pentago
2 x Take it Easy
2 x Blink
2 x Pictomania (one after the other)

1 x Agricola, Around the World in 80 days, The Bucket King, Burn Rate, Core Worlds, Cutthroat Caverns, D&D Wrath of Ashardalon, GiftTRAP, Innovation, King of Tokyo, Knowing Me Knowing You, Korsar, Midnight Party, Stratego

Games played with my children:

4 x Sevens
2 x Where in the Wild?
2 x Memory

1 x Take it Easy, Click Clack, Motorway, Ubongo
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10. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
Eddy Richards
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Not much gaming this week....

Unnamed Object x 1
Aquaretto x 1
Lost Cities x 1
Love Letter x 1
Kingdom Builder x 2
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation x 1
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