GCL Gelato 134 - Stirring the Pot
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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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Co-conspirators:

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Lil Red Head (Nikki-this week's host)
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E ***up next week due to swap

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I've had an avatar badge for a few years that says Certified Instigator, and I feel a need to live up to the award (even though I'm changing my avatar). So this week it's controversial topics! Get ready to squirm!

To get you thinking, about thinking...





{Edited header to indicate Tommy is up next per note in list comments}
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1. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity: 12 Days of Holiday Bullshit [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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Being the instigator that I am, I was planning on creating a list of controversial topics, but with BGGCon rapidly approaching and many of us seeing each other, thought I'd best to not stir the pot too much. So Religion, Politics, Sex and Boy Scouts gets shelved for another time.

Topic #1: Embarrassing stories

Tell us something you've done or an experience you've had that was wonderfully embarrassing. The funnier the better.
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2. Board Game: Change! [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:14233]
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Topic #2: Altering Reality

If you could change something about someone on the list, who would it be and what would you change? You can go with something positive, negative, silly, wacky or not even based on reality.
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3. Board Game: Controversy! [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Topic #3: Guilty Pleasures

Do you have things you like that you feel kind of guilty about or you find somewhat reluctant to share? Maybe a tv show you like to watch or book series/genre you read, type of music you listen to when alone, or maybe you shop at Walmart?
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4. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15436]
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Topic #4: Apologetic

What are you apologetic about? Women apologize more often than men (37% more likely according to articles below). I know I apologize often (sorry about that), but in general, what do you find yourself feeling apologetic about? Maybe it's money (having too much or too little), or a behavior (smoking, being habitually late), or something else? Let's hear it (no apology necessary).

http://www.upworthy.com/30-seconds-of-women-over-apologizing...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ruchikatulshyan/2014/06/18/why-a...
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Gaming:

Billy and I decided to participate in the 10x10 challenge earlier in the year, and we had kind of a hiatus around Myths and Legends Con (since we were so busy), so now we're trying to catch up. We're at around 73% done. I've been working on keeping list up to date. We're trying to average 6 plays per week but it's easier to keep up with the list when we don't, heh.

We're headed to Dallas this coming Friday so we can be there in time for the Essen game tagging and playing party. Also this week is the 2 year anniversary of Billy and I meeting each other, so we consider the trip our "Anniversar-week". Year 1 is traditionally paper, and we came home with a lot of boardgames. Year 2 is traditionally cotton, so we'll be picking up BGGCon t'shirts. Not sure what we'll do for year 3 (that we can tell you about )

Work

I've been doing PT office work that was paying the bills, but that kind of dried up a bit this fall, so I've been scrambling to get more income. I took a job at a grocery around the corner, and that's been helping, but the pay is low, so I'm not making any forward progress.

I recently picked up some seasonal work helping in the garden of an older couple (they're giving me money for the help), so that should help some.

I also applied for another PT (paying) job with a local event, and that's more on track with the hourly rate I need and it's something I would enjoy, so I'm hoping that comes though for me. If not, I'm going to have to find something better paying to replace the grocery job, or something like that.

I still have my Shaklee business as well, although I haven't been spending much time keeping in touch with people and so the business has suffered for that.

Conventions

I've got some folks I'm working with to expand the Myths and Legends Con, so year 3 (coming up in August 2015) could be pretty exciting, and I have plans already in place for year 3, 5, and 6. Nothing specific in line for year 4, so there's some flexibility there. Things could get really interesting there; we shall see. cool

See you all at BGGCon!
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6. Board Game: Gettysburg: The Wheatfield [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:7810]
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Weekend Round-Up

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

This past week, these games started:
None.

This past week (through date of posting), these games continued:
Song of Ice and Fire RPG v. 4-Player
Burnside Takes Command, Scenario 2 v. Carsten (100-Game-Play Challenge!)
Space Empires 4X v. 4-Player (GCL Gelato!)
Stonewall Jackson's Way II, Scenario 6 v. Patrick (Advanced Game!)
1830: Railways and Robber Barons (GCL Gelato!)
Lincoln's War Tournament Scenario v. Brian Marrs (bartbert)
Pax Porfiriana v. 5-Player (GCL Gelato!)

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

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

This week, these games are on my radar:
Star Wars: Armada
BL2E: Hernfar Guardians
BL2E: Warband of Skorne
Greenland
Pax Pamir (GCL Gelato!)
Arboretum (New this Week)
Hammerin' Sickles (New this Week)
Fields of Despair (New this Week)

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

1 ---> Family. Today, we go to tag our Christmas tree. It is a long affair, with an hour and a half drive, tagging the tree, and then going eat, then driving home. It is not always fun, but usually is. We established the tradition when my wife was pregnant with our first child. It's a great family-type of thing to do. In December, we do it again to pick up the tree. This year, we are considering a smaller one and putting it on a table, just to reduce the amount of "running after the crawling baby trying to get into the tree" issues.

2 ---> Solitaire Gaming / Miniatures Painting. The following painting projects are coming along:

(a) Sails of Glory. Status: I have nearly completed the rigging (will probably finish it tonight), then all that is left are flags and matte-coat. I've also printed out some cards to use at BGG so players don't have to have cardboard scattered all over the playing surface. I've also created some standees for the ships so that they are easily identifiable from a distance. I'll be bringing cotton for broadsides and gray/red cotton for fires. So excited to get these miniatures to the table and glad that BGG lit a fire under my rump to get some of them done.

(b) Crossfire Miniatures Painting. Status: No Progress this Week - and likely nothing until after BGG Con.

3 ---> BGG Con 2014. I've decided that Ortus Regni is not going with me to Con . . . the game is simply not one that is easy to teach in a Con environment and with the free time that I have, I'd rather not struggle with teaching a game that I haven't been able to actually play a couple times. I'm trying to figure out how to manage my space this year, and Flying Colors with the minis is the main consideration due to it's size/space issues.

4 ---> Gettysburg: The Wheatfield. Brian Marrs and I have agreed that Lincoln's War is perhaps not a good game for the con, so we are substituting Gettysburg: The Wheatfield for it. I opened my (second, re-bought) copy of the game to see that the map is missing! I have contacted VPG for a replacement, which I think is easy for them to do, but we will see. I also contacted the seller to see if they might still have it. The fault is all my own, though. I don't normally inventory my games when they arrive. Hrrmph - should probably change that practice.

5 ---> On-Going PBEM Game Notes. 18XX is in the ORs. I have to say that the trains have really gone much slower than I expected this game. I thought this round would get us to the 6-trains easily, but it was not to be. This, of course, benefits those players with older trains. This is the first game where I also feel like I have real options with regard to track placement . . . but I'm not sure of the best decisions on that and find myself second-guessing. Pax Porfiriana heats up, as we have (had?) two Topples on the marketplace at the same time. No one has pulled the trigger yet, and it seems this is due to two things (1) there's been quite a lot of inter-player card attacks, and (2) players seem to have focused on income-generating cards rather than points. In my GCACW games, I have had abysmal rolling . . . I think in BTC Carsten has not lost a combat regardless whether he is the attacker or defender (I have won, perhaps, two, I think). Carsten has also done soe great maneuvering and rightly deserves to be winning . . . but the margins are blown out: 8 CSA casualties to 17 USA casualties. CSA is cruising to a victory. Lincoln's War is fading fast as a game I want to play. The rules (even the new ones) are pretty dense, the gameplay (thus far) is lackluster, and I'm not sure I'll even be able to finish my game with Brian. Space Empires has not had much movement from last turn, but the battles are starting to become more frequent and more bloody. My Uneasy Alliance with Alex appears to be on the ropes, unless Stig and Jacob have lots of Dummy units!

Edits: (1) Corrected GCL Gelato Tags on games on radar.

(2) Placeholder for head-count for BGG Con (*) means also attending brunch:
Chris (*)
Patrick (*)
Cole (*)
Nikki
Roger (*)
Scott (*) - prior to 10AM)


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7. Board Game: Space Empires: Close Encounters [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked]
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This past week, these games were played solitaire:
None

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

This past week, these games started:
None.


This past week, these games continued:
Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1Bug River
Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1Raseiniai
Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1Brody
Thunder Alley Second Gelato game. This time on Verghn's. This is a faster track, and several cars are in danger of being overtaken.
Cuba Libre Playing as the Syndicate against, Roger, Tommy and Scott. Gonna be interesting to see Scott and Tommy in action.
Cuba Libre Gelato game 3. Playing as 26July. As Dan is busy at work right now, this one has slowed down for the moment. Expect it to pick up again when Dan's work calms down.
Thunder Alley 7 team pbem game on Saint Adriana with some folks from the SGoYT list. Really just crawling along.
Space Empires: 4X Gelato pbem game. As Chris mentioned, this one is about to go into the next stage. Gonna be interesting.

This past week, these games concluded:
None

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
Ogre The pocket edition. Got in a Wargamers Paying it forward list.
Coin Age PnP copy. Got in a Wargamers Paying it forward list.
The Union Forever! Got in a Wargamers Paying it forward list.
Trenches of Valor Got in a Wargamers Paying it forward list.
Trenches of Valor Expansion Kit 1 Got in a Wargamers Paying it forward list.
Space Empires: Close Encounters Thanks to Chris for helping me order this.


This past week, these interesting things happened.
Watched "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last night. Gonna have to watch the third instalment too.
Punched 7,5 countersheets from Space Empires: Close Encounters. Man, I'm glad these counters are better than those in D-Day at Omaha Beach were.

No gaming this week as I had parent-teacher conferences and needed to be prepared.
Got lots of stuff in the mail, so might need to bring some out soon.
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8. Board Game: Win, Lose, or Banana [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:14785]
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Sorry for my absence last week: ultimate season took a weather hit and we had to combine 2 weekends' worth of games into one.

Two meetings of my Gents' Club in successive weekends is a rarity. Conflicting schedules and family duties mean that what was once a Thursday morning ritual now takes place Saturday nights from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m., at a local café. This week was a very good week. In the first installment, we played Keyflower, which absolutely befuddles me...and yet I am undefeated. With only four in attendance, we followed it up with San Juan (new to the others but they are all married and were keen to learn something that has proved popular with Shenomad and myself). Things got sillier as we then played Love Letter and wrapped up with me teaching the other three Win, Lose, or Banana, in which our boss (one of the titular Gents) got all meta and threatened repercussions were he not dubbed the Banana. Great fun.

The midweek featured lots of gaming with the boys. Babylet (who needs a new nickname as he weighs 9 kilos) and I played Loopin' Louie. Kidlet and I played several games of Sherlock and Crazy Eights, and on Saturday made a café run while his brother napped. There we played more Sherlock, Tiki Topple, and YINSH according to the real rules, with me throwing the game for a 3-1 victory on his side of the contest.

Round two of Gents' Club was to have been a split event, with 4P Container at 6 p.m., and a secondary session at 9 p.m. A sick spouse meant the first round didn't happen. At 9, five of us met for a run at Stone Age, using the fan-variant put up for 5 players. I do not recommend this. At 2, 3, or 4P, Stone Age is the best worker-placement game I know. It's smooth, intuitive, thematic, strategic, tactical, and in a sweet spot on the easy-to-learn-tough-to-master continuüm. It also plays in an hour. This addition turned it into Pillars of the Earth, a fine design which nevertheless is a slog. Just using the turn order adaptation added a full hour to our game. Never again. The palate-cleanser we played afterwards was Razzia!, which I had last played almost FIVE years ago (that's the sound of a gauntlet hitting the ground, Gelati).

PBEM
I almost surprised Roger with a Power Struggle in Bulgaria, and (dice have mercy) may give him a good thrashing there. I'd better, as he has 18 points overall. Wendell and i continue to lock horns and make administrative mistakes in our bug-filled game of 1989: Dawn of Freedom. How one VASSAL module can play so differently between two games is a mystery to me.
Roger and Stig are doing a great job teaching Cuba Libre to Scott and myself.

Solo Play
With Pistachio taking off, Cuba Libre made room off the solo table for (YAY!) Pax Pamir, about which you may notice I am very excited. It's my first sandbox game apart from a real sandbox, as despite owning both Lords of the Sierra Madre (second edition) and Greenland, neither of those has been played. I've also never played Pax Porfiriana, so am coming at this with a giant newbie badge on. A good challenge, one I can't wait to sink my teeth into further.

Acquisitions
Roger informs me that Conquest of Paradise, Dinosaur Chess, and bonus goodies have arrived at my father's house. So that counts, despite not satisfying my no-EQ inner child at all.
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9. Board Game: Duel of Ages II [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:972]
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x1 Duel of Ages
x1 Ogre
x2 Fresh Fish
x4 Pax Pamir

All things considered, it was a pretty good week for games. Last minute exam prep took up the majority of the week and crazy schedules and weird last-minute happenings blocked me from attending any game nights. Still, games got played.

We did something this weekend where everyone picked a game and we all promised to play it. My brother picked Ogre which was a blast. I'm very happy I didn't sell it even if it is way too large for my present living situation. We just knocked out a couple rounds of the basic scenario which still felt fresh and interesting.

After that, Cati choose Duel of Ages. We did a three team match and it was a total scream, as always. The highlight, for me, was when quarterback Ace Cannon (yes that's his name) aimed and fired a catapult in order to break an enemy hard-point before using his grappling hook to make an escape up the cliffs. Sadly his throwing knives couldn't save him from a spaceman with a jetpack who ascended the cliff and dropped right on its sorry self. This game feels like every holodeck episode and every rpg mashed into one big mess. But it's so zany and the game mechanics are so good that I'm content to loose myself in it.

My game was Ortus. Sadly we only had time for a single match, but it was pretty wonderful. I have been toying with the idea of a mercenary deck for awhile but have had trouble correctly playing it. I think I found the sweet spot though. The standard build I've seen uses the viking deck and towers to survive the late game in case you're enemies don't just fall over before that. I think there might be another way to do it where you use vassals and prince lords to seize territory and keep them from fielding their recruits in any problematic numbers. I'll have to give it more thought. I was able to pull out a pretty easy victory--but I may have just gotten lucky.

We did a couple more rounds of Fresh Fish. Still weird. Still excellent.

And, of course, work on Pax Pamir continued. Phil got around to playing it and development has really gone into overdrive. The current version is stable and should be stable for the next few weeks, but Phil and I are cooking up some interesting changes that, in the aggregate, may simplify a lot of things about the game's economics while still keeping most of the color and theme. I'm hoping that I can get those things done and their rules polished (C3.0) with the rest of the card descriptions before the end of the month--who knows, maybe I'll have it with me if I make it to BGG.con.

Of course, I'm trying not to get my hopes up about BGG con. I think the waiting list is 40 names long but I don't know where I am on that list. All I know is that I'll either be free Thursday/Friday or Friday/ Saturday/Sunday and I've got a little money in a shoebox to cover the ticket and maybe a place to stay. If BGG.con doesn't go through, it'll just be the start of next years game budget.

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10. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:500]
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Gaming time has been a little limited by other activities, but of course I made time for Friday night First Minnesota action. I playtested the full campaign game of Churchill; took a shade under 4 hours and that's the LONG scenario. Though my performance (I was FDR) was underwhelming; after a good start I kind of fell apart and I'm not sure why, so I was left holding the bag while Churchill and Stalin tried to shape the post-war world to their devious advantage.

Hadn't heard of this one before, but then I had two six-player games of Quartermaster General, a new and extremely light war-like game; maybe it's a wargame, I dunno. In any case, it is good fun. My Italians were awesomely dominant in the first game. My Germans got thrashed in the second game by the evil cloning Soviet war machine.

Then to finish off the night, a six-player run of Thunder Alley. I finished third, but well behind #1 and #2 on points.

Empire of the Sun remains on my solo table, but I did not have a chance to actually do anything with it.

And PBEM continues (except 1989, Tommy is too kind to note that I let his latest log file languish for 9 days before realizing it was my turn, a thousand apologies!)...
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11. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
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Eldritch Horror again ... on Saturday, we played three 3-player games of Eldritch Horror (using the Forsaken Lore expansion). Two times, the elder god Yog-Sothoth awoke and earth was doomed, but in the last game, we prevented that sucker from awakening!
Yeah, we saved mankind again and nobody noticed ...! meeple

On Sunday we played a nice game of Relic, where the Tech-Priest was able to outwit his rivals and made it onto the Scenario card space and satisfied the Master Collector two times (!) before anyone else was able to bring an apostate item to that dealer.



In our Gelato 1830 game, I fear that bankruptcy is imminent ... I wonder, as Stig will join us for the next game, should we chose a less brutal game (like 1830 Coalfields)?
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12. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1668]
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This is the week that was:
Thunder Alley 2
Wings of Glory: WW1 Duel Pack 2
Andean Abyss 1
Citadels 1
Combat Commander: Europe 1
A Distant Plain 1
Glen More 1
Manoeuvre 1
Ogre 1
Pax Porfiriana 1
TransAmerica 1
Twilight Struggle 1
War of the Ring Collector's Edition 1

As you can see, it was a very good gaming week. Let's dispose of Citadels right off the bat. That was played as an end of night game after our Tuesday RPG session. Citadels is a game that I no longer have any interest in playing, but hey it was quick and painless.

Thursday, my usual gaming night, was the night we discovered the flood in the crawlspace.

Friday through Sunday was BottosCon, a local gaming convention. Friday morning was lost due to the remediation work, but that was ok. I still got in games of Transamerica (with Andrew who dropped off a door prize for the con), and Twilight Struggle and Glen More with Jonathan (who had come by to take me to the con and was moral support during the chit chat with the remediation people and both insurance companies).

We did however make it to the con for some evening gaming.

We opened with a game of Manoeuvre, and this meets my November dust off a game and play it challenge! My Prussians defeated Jonathan's Spaniards.

We then joined in a Wings of Glory eight player every pilot for himself game. Jonathan won the prize for most damage inflicted, mostly by shooting me down. Twice!

We closed out the evening by teaching Thunder Alley to three newcomers, and it was a close run thing - 118, 118 117, 105, and 94. I came in third.

Saturday we had a game of Here I Stand scheduled, but it got cancelled so I was able to get in quite a few pick up games.

I played Ogre with Tyler, who is Rob's stepson (the organizer), using the classic scenario and I got to play the Mk V.

I got in a game of Pax Porfiriana with Jeff and three others.

Then, because we were free, we joined in on the dogfight featuring a zeppelin! Mike Owen from Vancouver Island brought it with him (along with his other tournament stuff) and while there were only four of us, we were able to bring that bad boy down! It was a lot of fun.

Zeppelin shot down, Jeff brought up his War of the Ring collector's edition and we played that. We drew tons of attention and many photos were taken. I had the good guys (i.e. Sauron) and tried the northern conquest strategy. I managed to get to 7vp which was great, but then he played the event that didn't allow me to enter Elven zones, and I had to try and get him in Gondor before he managed to toss the ring into the lava, but even though I had big hunt dice numbers, I fell short and the ring was destroyed.

We finished off the evening with a very good, close, and tense game of A Distant Plain that went to the very final propaganda card. I had enough to win, but the Taliban had the final action of the game and was able to make two spaces neutral taking me below my winning condition and taking it in a nail biter.

Sunday morning came too early after two late nights and I played Combat Commander Europe with a really nice guy from Seattle. Les picked the Rush to Contact scenario and I had the Americans. In this scenario the Germans get a huge stack of reinforcements when the first time trigger happens, and I get them in waves for four time triggers. However, we didn't get that far as I was able to move up on his position, advance with two ambushes in hand, and eliminated his final unit. In all my plays of Combat Commander, this is the first victory by elimination I've seen.

Jeff, Jono, and I then invited Les to a game of Andean Abyss, and that was won by Jono's cartel. We called it after the third propaganda card because Les' ride was heading out.

To round out the weekend, Jeff, Jono, and I had a game of Thunder Alley. I came in second.

So all in all an excellent weekend!

This past week, these games started:
None.

This past week (through date of posting), these games continued:
Pax Porfiriana, Cuba Libre x3, A Distant Plain (stalled, may just die), UKC, TS (ladder game), 1989, Greenland, Conquest of Paradise.

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
None, although I'm coveting those Wings of Glory play mats. They're now on my Secret Santa wishlist.

This week, these games are on my radar:
War of the Ring. I know the collector edition is unobtainium, but the second edition is out there and I've enjoyed the times I've played it enough be thinking about getting my own copy. However, since the only person I've played it with is Jeff and he has the collector's edition, part of my says "spend more gaming nights at Jeff's house".

This past week, these interesting things happened in my games and my life:
1. The flood in the crawlspace. It's a total disaster down there. It turns out the high water mark, so to speak, was higher than I originally speculated, and as we were using it for substantial amounts of storage, there will be a lot of inventory to go through. The wine cellar was in the crawlspace as well, and since the damage was caused by a combo of sewage and storm water it may or may not be salvageable. The nice boys in the suits sprayed down some anti microbial stuff and set up fans that ran all weekend, and the extraction crew is coming today to start pulling things out for triage into what can be saved and what can't and helping me get the complete list of things together for the insurance company.

Should be all pulled out by the end of the week, and then another 2-3 weeks of remediation work.

I may have had other things this past week, but they've been washed from my mind.
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13. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1950] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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Yikes, not enough time for anything, is there?? I already posted for last week's thread just before this one went up, so not much has changed for me. Nothing really happened last week gaming-wise.

As promised, however, I do have a link to my dropbox with pictures of the auto show. I did not label them or anything, but the 3D printed car is the one that looks kind of like a Dune Buggy. The rest is just car eye-candy.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures, as they were taken from my phone as I wandered around when I got breaks during work.

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And in case anyone is interested, here are some photos I got from the Aviation Nation Air Show this last weekend:

Aviation Nation 2014

I have to say I was very impressed with the F-22. I had seen it perform very briefly a couple of years ago, and back then they were not letting it do a lot of what it is capable of. This time, however, they had that thing hovering at about 10,000 feet and just rotating in every direction, then taking off in any direction. The whole thing just about makes dogfighting obsolete when you can stop the damn thing in mid-air and rotate to shoot your target as it turns. I know there is more to it than that, but it was pretty impressive.

Another thing that was neat was they opened their weapons bays as they flew by, but they didn't announce it until I had my phone in my pocket and my wallet in my hand buying my kid a B-52 patch (that's his favorite plane at the moment).

In the photos, you can find a shot from each end of the bomb bay in the B-52, as well as my favorite 20th century Jet Fighter, the F-4 Phantom. I don't know if I've told this story before, but I wanted to be a fighter pilot my whole childhood. I studied all the jets, America, European, Soviet/Russian.. and then at 15 I found out I needed glasses. I wasn't having any of the Attack/Bomber/Cargo stuff, I wanted to fly F-4s (being retired at that time, as I knew) or I could settle for F-16s or something like that, but I wasn't ready for A-10s, which I had a colonel trying to recruit me for. I moved on, obviously!

Anyway, I'll be glad to answer any questions about the photos I can if something is unclear.

Oh, and Ron! This is for you!



I hope everyone had a great week!
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14. Board Game: To The Last Man! [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:3447]
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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra had a very moving rendition of Britten's Great War Requiem tonight. Seems fitting on the eve of Remembrance Day.

"So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,
And took the fire with him, and a knife.
And as they sojourned both of them together,
Isaac the first-born spake and said, My Father,
Behold the preparations, fire and iron,
But where the lamb for this burnt-offering?
Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,
And builded parapets and trenched there,
And streched forth the knife to slay his son.
When lo! and angel called him out of heaven,
Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,
Neither do anything to him. Behold,
A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns;
Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.
But the old man would not so,
but slew his son, -
And half the seed of Europe, one by one.
"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Requiem

And this weepingly beautiful tribute to the fallen of WWI at the Tower of London.


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15. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:599]
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skippen's Week(s) that Was/Were:


Face 2 Face Games:

A Study in Emerald
Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom
Quilt Show
Sushi Go!
Zooloretto
UNO
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

PBEM/Web (started):
The Palaces of Carrara

PBEM (in progress):
Roads to Gettysburg
Pax Porfiriana
Cuba Libre
The Castles of Burgundy
The Blitzkrieg Legend: The Battle for France, 1940

PBEM (finished):
N/A

Acquisitions/Departures from the Collection:
FAB: Sicily -- from GMT sale (hard to say no at $15).
Dominant Species -- a re-purchase.
Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Road Darkens
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Nîn-in-Eilph
Android: Netrunner – The Spaces Between

On the nightstand (currently reading):
The Murder of Roger Akroyd, Agatha Christie
Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, S. C. Gywnne
Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson

In the life and Times of skippen: Off to BGG.Con next week (so next to no posting next week), and buckling down (again) on weight loss. Picking back up, and my spin instructor noticed (and offered to help in a very nice way).
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