GCL Eclipse #185: Life By The Numbers
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We have had a few lists with fairly personal subject matter lately. I am going to keep that going with a list about numbers that are significant in my life.

If any of them have had any significance to you, please add your comments and of course add any numbers that have been important to you.

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One is the number of times I have been married. In times where it is quite common for people to have been married multiple times I am happy to make it just once.

My wife was my best friends little sister and just before my 21st birthday, I noticed that she was not so little any more. So I invited her to the party I was having. Cheeky her told her friend on the way to the party that she was going to end up with me that evening, go out with me for a couple of weeks, as it would be fun to date one of her brothers friends and then dump me. I am still waiting to be dumped.

That was May 1975, so 40 years next month. We celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary in August.
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John Bandettini
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I have two children. My daughter Kelly is the oldest, she was conceived while my wife and I were in the USA, although she was born in the UK. Aptly though she was born on the 4th July. I always took that as a bit of an omen, unfortunately my wife did not.

Kelly will be 30 this July. She is an assistant practice manager on a large Doctor's office.

My son Lee will be 23 in September. Despite telling me how boring my job seemed when he came to work with me once as a teenager, he now also works in IT, as a software developer with a software house.
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In my life I have lived in three different cities. Most of the time it has been London, but I have ventured elsewhere briefly.

I spent a year in Los Angeles. This was a contract position and it went so well that I was offered a permanent job at the end of it. My wife was not convinced that she wanted to stay so we returned to the UK, but with arrangements made that we could return if we decided too.

She later told me that within a few minutes of getting back she realised she had made a mistake and we should have stayed. Then she found out she was pregnant and we never did return. (Not to live anyway)

The other place I lived was Edinburgh. Again this was due to a job, this time though only for three months. It was a funny situation, my family stayed in London and I flew up on a Monday morning, returning on a Friday evening. (Most weeks, a couple of times I could not get a cheap flight and so stayed up there).

I enjoyed getting to know Edinburgh and made some friends there. This proved very useful, when a few years later I got a job with the Royal Bank of Scotland and found myself quite often going to Edinburgh for a day or two.
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When I first got married, we moved into a house at 7 Princes Park Lane. Like most first homes it was not really that nice, but it was home for three years before we headed off to LA.
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Talking of houses. I was born and spent the first 25 years of my life at 14 Balfour Road. And yes I was actually born there, in those days not all births were in hospitals. My parents moved in there about 18 months before I was born. So my big sister was born elsewhere.

My mum lived in the house for the rest of her life. When she dies in 2009, she left it to me. So I am lucky enough to own two houses. The house is currently rented to my nephew and a friend of my daughters.
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Don't know how I managed to forget to represent my birthday.

21st May, me and at least one other here.
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My current house number is 48. We moved here when Kelly was a few months old, so we have lived here for 29 years. When I retire (Not sure when that will be), we will probably move away from London. Buy somewhere nicer and cheaper as I won't have to worry about a commute.

It will be sad to leave as lots of great memories here.
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Acquisitions: The Voyages of Marco Polo

I was really interested in trying this new game from Hans Im Gluck, so I made an order from Amazon.de I like it quite a bit after my first 2 plays. I have only played with 2 players but it seemed to work quite well. The variable powers of the characters are interesting and I'm looking forward to trying all of them. The randomly assigned city and town bonuses provide some change of pace as well. It's a dice placement instead of worker palcement game. I suspect money will be more tight with more player so I hope to get a multiplayer game in soon.
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9. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:557] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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skippen's Week(s) that Was/Were:



Face 2 Face Games:
Thunder Alley -- still hands down the best race game I have played. I will admit this last play reminded me that it can still be very random with the card draw, but still a great game.
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game -- Still a big fan of this game.


PBEM/Web (started):
Case Blue -- started a slow-paced, PBEM learning game.
Reluctant Enemies -- started a slow-paced, PBEM learning game.
Great Campaigns of the American Civil War -- started a second game in the Atlanta is Ours playtest with the new .9 module.

PBEM (in progress):
The Castles of Burgundy -- playing with the slowest players on this earth.
Advanced Squad Leader -- Bread Factory #2 vs. Luke.
Advanced Squad Leader -- Toothless Tiger vs. Ron.
Roads to Gettysburg -- Patrick has this sewed up, but I am using this opportunity to learn more of the rules.
Great Campaigns of the American Civil War -- playtest of Atalnta is Ours vs. Chris. On hold for a bit as Chris's life has gotten busy.
1830: Railways & Robber Barons -- continues on.
Thunder Alley
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar


PBEM (finished):

Acquisitions from the Collection:
Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King
Warhammer: Diskwars – Hammer and Hold
Warhammer: Diskwars – Legions of Darkness
D-Day Dice: Atlantikwall

Departures from the Collection
Dracula

On the nightstand (currently reading):
Murder of Roger Aykroyd, by Agatha Christie

In the life and Times of skippen: This Thursday I am off to my annual Gathering of Fiends gameing weekend in Estes Park, CO, so lots of gaming this week (and eating and drinking). Worked on my entry for Reaper Con, but my slacking is starting to be a bad thing, and like all things, I realized I hadn't done my taxes yet, so I will do that this week.
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10. Board Game: The 24 Card Game [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
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When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why. But why wonder? I'm green, and it'll do fine: it's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be.
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I'm not particularly superstitious, but many years ago I inherited some "lucky numbers" from a girlfriend: 24. More specifically, 2s and 4s, in any combination (so 42 is also 'lucky.') I don't really believe in luck, but if pressed to choose numbers for...whatever, I'll usually go with 2s and 4s.

I will note a specific time these numbers let me down, though: some years ago, I was dissatisfied with my current job, and was looking to make a change. I was heavily marketing myself to New Belgium Brewing, as it is an awesome place to work. (After one year they give you a custom fat tire bike; after 5 years they send you to Belgium.) The job I had been waiting for was posted, and it's ID number heavily featured 24s, so I was sure I was destined to get it. I didn't even get called for an interview. It broke my heart. My only solace is that perhaps there was a deeper life lesson to be learned from the experience, and that 24 didn't let me down after all.
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11. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:557] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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April 6 - 12
Thunder Alley: April 7 - Once & Future Gamers. The 3rd race in our 2015 season, all 6 racers were present. Mo, Quaker-Stubbs Motors Racing, was first to cross the finish line and won the evening. The standings can be seen here.
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12. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:370]
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Tuesday night at Lob

As Monday was a holiday and I had gone away for the weekend. Tuesday was my first gaming session of the week, and indeed the month. Some of you might just have realised I was a baseball fan. So first game up was Baseball Highlights: 2045.

We played a four player game, which starts with a round robin, where all the players play each other three times. At the end of that there is another series leading to the final series. Due to time we went straight to the championships after the first round.

I must say the game did well in creating the streakiness of baseball. I won eight out of nine games in the first round, but could not buy a hit in the final, getting swept.

Everyone enjoyed it though. The other three players were not really baseball fans, so as well as explaining the rules of the game I found myself giving lots of baseball explanations to go with it.

We then played Castle, a game I had never even heard of. It did not look like my type of game and it really wasn’t. I managed to win it though, I put a lot of soldiers on the walls and covered them up with knights and I don’t think the other players realised how many cards I had managed to play because of that.

Finished the evening with Daytona 500 and after a couple of close calls, I actually won this one. The first race had a great end (for me anyway), with two cars sitting on the finish line needing 1 move to finish and me eight spaces behind, but I had held onto my 9 move card, so wizzed past them both to take the race.


Wednesday night at LoB

A different venue (The Mad Hatter) than our regular one (Red Herring), but still plenty of familiar faces. Started with my third play of Elysium. Based on my first play I thought it was going to be a game I would love. Now after three plays it’s become one I like a lot. (Which is still good). It’s also looking like one I won’t ever win.

I thought I had this one till one of the other players, who had hardly transferred any cards to Elysium (they have to be there to score at the end of the game and transfers are usually fairly limited) announced he was using a special ability from one of his cards, to transfer all his Hades cards. This was the point when the rest of us realised he had nearly all Hades cards. So second place for me.

The on to Roll for the Galaxy. Three newbies, one person who had played once before and me, how could I fail? The game was ended when one of the other players built their 12th tile. I had been busy shipping though and had the 6+ development that gave me bonus points for my Vps, so I thought I had won, but no the victor from Elysium, had just managed to ship a couple more points than me.

Turned out that although he had only played Roll once before ,he had played hundreds of games of Race. So it does help.

Finished the evening with Fauna and I managed to be consistent enough to finish second for the third time in the evening. Oh well, there is always next week.


Acquisitions Legendary: Guardians of the Galaxy, Bohnanza: Ladies & Gangsters and Bohnanza: Princes & Pirates
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13. Board Game: 30 Second Mysteries for Kids [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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30 - is approximately how many people can play Take It Easy with the sets I have. I mention this, because every Labor Day weekend, about 30 of us gather for our annual game retreat. It is a highlight each year for me and many of the attendees. We've been gathering for about 15 years now - we take over a hostel nestled in the New Mexico woods. The gamers stay at the tables a lot, but the more casual gamers and the kids can romp through the woods, kayak, and otherwise have fun with the scenery. Each year we start with that Take It Easy game, which I emcee. I can hardly wait to do it again!
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14. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:104]
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Games Played (4/5 - 4/11)

Combat Commander: Europe x1
Played another game in the current CC:E tourney. I'm on a roll with bad results. This time the scenario was heavily imbalanced against my side (similarly to the last scenario). But the difference was this one was a blast! I knew that I had to try and trigger a surrender by my opponent (normally there are multiple viable ways to win, but in this case I knew that was my only shot). So I took crazy risks, some of which paid off. In the end, he managed to win the game (and in fact in the whole tourney only 1 match did my side win). But in contrast to the last battle I played, which yielded not that much in terms of cool narrative, this one was chock full of tension and fun.

Lewis & Clark x1
Made a new friend locally, and we introduced this one to him at our first meeting. He hosts a weekly game group (or is one of the rotating hosts). This was a fun match, and I was happy to see him come up with a solid strategy and pull off the win. The mountains did my wife in, and I managed to get past them but with a loss in tempo that he was able to surpass.

I really like this little game. Its also pleasing to look at, which goes a long way.
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