GCL Gelato 118 - Phoning It In
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It's been a slow few weeks participation wise. That, coupled with my upcoming vacation to Denmark and the Netherlands, has persuaded me to "phone it in" this week. I'm not sure if our international friends are familiar with this idiom or its cousin "mailing it in," so I'll elaborate: rather than doing something right, one might phone it in. Let's celebrate laziness, then. If any of us can get up to bother.

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[Only a few good rebels still left fighting the man...or, the alarm clock at least]

Tell us about a time you 'phoned it in.' When was your less-than-average work, well...good enough?

Optionally, if someone called you on your laziness, what happened?
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Tell us about a game, born from laziness, which irritates you because it's merely a reskin, retheme, or revision of a previous game that you do like. This game cannot be from the same original designer.

Now, poor Nations designers, I apologize for picking on you, but I'm tired of reading about how this does or doesn't improve on one of my favorites: TTA.

I'd look up an aphorism by Emerson about not living off the sere remains of foreign lands so that I could further mock-mock *cough* mock-ridicule you, but I just can't be bothered to right now.
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[If not the South, or zombies, certain cultural markers certainly will...]

Same question as above, but now about any non-boardgaming topic.

My own take
We are living in an Aaron Neville renaissance right now. I personally prefer James Blake to his radio-ready knockoff, Sam Smith. I wonder how the big guy feels.

[There's also St. Paul and the Broken Bones, but they're less an R&B ripoff than a soul repeat]


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[And now for something completely different: I had this idea a few weeks back and thought it might be a fun experiment]

You are at your local con/gaming event and you see [fill in the blank] from BGG. S/he sits alone at a table looking bored. You strike up a conversation and you find out s/he has nowhere in particular to be for the next, well, rest of their life. You offer to play [fill in the blank] with them to kill the time. S/he won't complain, judge, or write mean things about you afterwards in RSP, but you will come to know their personality deeply.

Who is this and what game do you play?
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44: D-Day Landings [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked]
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Weekend Round-Up

This past week, these games were played solitaire:
Flash Point: Fire Rescuex1 July solitaire challenge. Loss.
Memoir '44x3 Last 3 scenarios of my solo playthrough.
Memoir '44: D-Day Landings x1 Utah Beach. fun scenario, but not sold on the extra depth.


This past week, these games were played face-to-face:
Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Extreme Danger 2-player 4 firefighter game of Garage board.
Powerboats 2-player 3 race series. Won last two races.
UNO 2-player versus my daughter.
Skip-Bo Dice Game 2-player versus my daughter.


This past week, these games started:
None.

This past week, these games continued:
Cuba Libre Gelato game 3. Playing as 26July.
Resistance at Horgne. PBEM playthrough of Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1 as the Axis.

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
None, but I kickstarted Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Honor & Duty. It has been renamed "Honor & Duty" as the publisher got a call from Activision about the "Call of Duty" name.

This past week, this was one of the songs I listened to.

Not a good song, but quite fun. The maker of the song said he felt sorry for all those "hardworking" musicians that never got a hit.

This past week, these interesting things happened.
I had the seasons first fall on my bike. No biggie, but has a black bruise on my knee after knocking it into the handlebar.

Creative credits goes to Chris for the format of the entry. Thanks.
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6. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:501]
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Churchill was the highlight of my game week. I playtested it twice this week, once the full campaign game (all ten conferences, although we conquered the Axis on conference nine), and I taught two more guys the game with the D-Day (five conferences) game. That's five plays in 15 days. Yeah, I like it.

Also had my second play of Thunder Alley, a six-player game which included two noobs (a father-and-daughter team, the daughter about 13 years old). Jason's car was first, but my team finished 2nd, 3rd, and 5th and I won easily - it's a TEAM sport, NASCAR. For the record, I don't care about NASCAR in real life - but I like this game, and I bought it after this second play.

World in Flames - the Allies continue to grind my Axis into the dust (summer '44).

In PBEM: Jon and I are struggling over the Pacific in Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945. After being quiet for a week, both Cuba Libre and A Distant Plain sprang back into action.
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I recently started the 10x10 challenge here on the geek (see the link above if you haven't already) and I have really enjoyed it. One thing that I like is that I tend to wander a lot in choosing which games to play, so having the list gives me room to wander while still keeping me in check.

I still wander a bit (as I will show) but it is a neat idea. I also joined the 100 play challenge with my wife with Takenoko, one of her favorite games, but I haven't started that one yet. I will soon, though.

So my game plays this last week:

2 x Commands & Colors: Ancients with my wife. This was fun. She hadn't played in a while, but she remembered it well enough. We just played Akragas twice, switching sides, but it was still fun and she enjoyed it more this time than she did before (and she liked it before!) (10x10)

2 x Lords of Waterdeep, one with the Undermountain expansion. I really enjoy the base game a lot, so I've not played too much with the expansion beyond trying it out. My wife wanted to use Undermountain again though so we broke it out for one of our plays. It's a lot of fun, but I'm not sure I want to add it in for every play yet. (10x10)

2 x Fleet I love this game, and not just because it has boats. It's a fun little game that is much bigger than it first appears. Anyway, I added it to my 10x10 because I wanted to get it to the table more, and after playing it again I'm glad I did! I won both games handily, but the second one was pretty close as we had several tough auctions. (10x10)

1 x Love Letter (L5R Edition). My son wanted to play this before bed the other night. He really likes this game, and I learned of his new tagline. He plays a really good card/play and says "BAM! What?!" I have no idea where he got it from, but it's pretty funny, especially when he does it and it doesn't work (like when he plays a Baron with a Countess and I have the Princess) ninja

2 x No Stress Chess I took my son to a local Ice Cream shop and when we go I like to bring a board game or two, so he picked Chess. Our first game was standard Chess, and he held his own pretty well. He is a pretty good player, and he has gotten much better about seeing the consequences of his moves ahead of time over the past couple of years, so I'm proud of him for that. Our second game was the Basic version of No-Stress Chess (Draw a card, move that piece, capture the King to win) and I won that one as well, though the random nature of that version has caused me to lose before. I really like this version of the Chess set because it was inexpensive but nice quality, and with the cards the game gets some variety that makes him excited to play against me (it essentially handicaps the more skilled player automatically in the basic game). Very worthwhile investment, and he loves the fact that it is HIS chess set.

1 x King of Tokyo . He likes this game. I tolerate it. It is fun often enough, it's just most of my game groups have hated it and so it is relegated to a game that we play together. It's worth having just so my son has "one of Dad's games" that he likes to play a lot.

2 x Hedbanz for Kids Disney version. This thing drives me crazy, but my kid loves it. It's even harder because often my son will misinterpret or take a question too literally and I'm sitting there scratching my head when all the clues don't add up. It's worth it to see him smile and laugh about it though. I'm still trying to think of a way to combine this with alcohol for adults...

And finally 2 x Risk This was at work today (Convention off-season) so we came at the game in between working. I'm not a big Risk fan, but it's nice to be able to play with non-gamers something they're familiar with and this was a pretty enjoyable experience. Except for the fact that I drew North America solidly both games, and even though I also got most of Australia my second game one of the other players loaded up Siam and kicked my ass out of there before I could reinforce. It was all about the company and fun, however, so I didn't mind getting eliminated first both times blush

I hope everyone else had a great week too (gaming or otherwise)!

Edit: I almost forgot. I still have a PBEM game of Twilight Struggle going on with my sister in Florida via Vassal. She has just started playing TS this year (I taught her via several live plays via Vassal) and has fallen in love with it. We're both excited for the digital version and until then are grateful for mkiefte's excellent module!!
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8. Board Game: Face the Music [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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This is the week that was:
Clue 2
Tsuro 2
Carcassonne: The City 1
Eclipse 1
Power Grid 1
TransAmerica 1

A not too bad week all things considered. Tsuro was introduced to my daughter (and reintroduced to my wife) and it might become a more regular game for family gaming. My daughter's funny in that she doesn't want to play the same game twice in a row.

Tangentially, the playing of Tsuro came about because my daughter wanted to design a game where movement would be done by cards. Tsuro came to mind as it kinda sorta fit the meme, but where I'm getting stuck is that I think she might have some good game design chops, but I do not. And so to sit with her and design a game together is a fine thing, but I'm having a hard time being an editor that can help rather than hinder the process.

Eclipse continues to be the game that I hate to love, but I'm still not quite able to point at precisely what rubs me the wrong way. There are a bunch of games where despite its flaws it works, which I feel describes Eclipse to a T but I'm hard pressed to find the precise flaws that bug me. I just know that I enjoy the experience of playing Eclipse, but it's like some action movies that are great in the watching but the moment you think about the plot holes you suddenly go "hey, wait a minute..."

PBEM games ongoing:
Eclipse, 2x Cuba Libre, A Distant Plain, Unhappy King Charles!, Pax Porfiriana (replacing the one that just ended), 1989, Conquest of Paradise

Otherwise:
This weekend was the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and I had a good time. I discovered a few new to me artists that I quite enjoyed, and the magic of these things is when they have the on stage workshops with three and sometimes four different groups playing together and they create great memorable moments on stage.

A few new to me groups that I enjoyed:

These guys had some very funny songs including the best song about Irish handball ever...


This artist has an amazing voice and she gave me the shivers on more than a few songs. I couldn't find any online she did at the festival (not that I really remember the titles). The one she did about Darwin's daughter made me misty.


This group is fronted by MP Charlie Angus.


These guys from North Carolina were just really enjoyable to listen to.


And these guys from Québec were just great fun.
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9. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:409]
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Games Played F2F
1989 x2

PBEM Games Finished
Washington's War x1

PBEM Games Cont.
1889 GCL
Cuba Libre GCL
A Distant Plain w/Roger
HIS

I'm up to 4 plays with 1989, all with the same opponent. I've won each time and demoralized him a bit. It has helped me to understand the TS framework. While my opponent is looking at the rolls that did him in, I'm thinking about how I played to make him react to me, how I have kept momentum until those moments where I could leverage some luck. I like the game. I'm not sure I prefer it to TS, but it has been worthwhile to explore.

I'm kicking around a poor newbie to WWr right now as well. I think at one point I had 6 colonies to his 1. Right now, my British will likely win with 7 or 8 colonies. Hopefully he'll want to switch sides. positivelyrob has been a great sport and it's nice to meet a new PBEM-player who doesn't bring an ego to it. We also found out we both coach high school debate, so, small world!

1889 has picked up again with Ron's return. And now I'll be gone for a spot without a computer. Sorry guys!

And I'm beginning to feel as many of you feel that HIS just isn't a PBEM game. Criminy has this one slowed to a crawl.
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10. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:697]
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Weekend Round-Up

This past week (through today), these games were played face-to-face:
Fleeet x 4 (New to Me!)
Gauntlet of Fools x 2
Slapshot x 1 (5-players)
Avalon x 3 (5-Players) (New to Me!)
Castle Panic x 1 (New to Me!)

This past week, these games started:
None.

This past week, these games continued:
1889 v. 4-Player (GCL Gelato!)
Unconditional Surrender! Case Blue (Solitaire)
A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying: A Game of Thrones Edition v. 4-Player (New Campaign Starting Up)

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #3 – The Austrian Army
Field of Glory Napoleonic
France '40
Virgin Queen
The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865

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

1 ---> Game Day! A fellow BGGer and friend for a long, long, time was visiting, and every time he's in town, we try to get together for a game day. That was yesterday. We played from about Noon until about 9:30 p.m. - not wargames, just fun games with 4-6 players. The shining game (of the ones listed above under face-to-face games) was Fleet. The copy we played with had the expansions and the Kickstarter material (not sure what is/isn't in the base set) but wow. I really had fun, the game played quickly with lots of good decisions to make. I'm not usually much for rooting for these types of games . . . I own Dominionand Trains as my main deck-builders. And while this game is not a deck-building game, you do have to build an engine and draft cards. At any rate, if it's ever republished, I'll very likely pick it up . . . I found it to be a not-too-deep-thinker, but deep enough, and varied enough, to bear out repeated play.

2 ---> 100-Game Play Challenge. Still haven't started up my old games.

3 ---> Future PBEM. Now that things have settled down a bit at home, I start caring for two kids under the age of 3 a week from tomorrow. I'm a bit apprehensive, but I know it will work out. I am now trying to determine how many PBEM games are going to fit with my new schedule . . . I'm thinking: 1 - 18XX, 2 - GCACW, 2 - OTHER, and perhaps a revolving game of Pax Porfiriana (a game I want to get to know better). But that's 6 games, two of which (18XX and Pax) will likely require a move a day). So I'm still mulling.

4 ---> Unconditional Surrender: Case Blue. My continued solo play of this game continues to be satisfying, and I think that once I have the combat system down, it will be a great introduction to "full" Unconditional Surrender.

5 ---> Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. I'm getting the plot points of the game pulled together this week and next, but I also have to re-read the rules so that I'm not fumbling too much on game night for the proper procedures for combat/skill resolution. The system looks to be serviceable, but I'm not convinced that it will create the atmosphere of the SIF universe . . . but I'm willing to give it a shot.

6 ---> Family. I have the kids tonight as my wife has a well-deserved night-off to go and do . . . whatever she wants. It feels like a more than fair trade-off for having *all day* yesterday for gaming.

Edits: Forgot to add Castle Panic! to the list of games played F2F.
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