GCL Gelato 157 - The Tax Man Came, and On An Unrelated Note, Did Anyone Get Pregnant? Or, A Geeklist on Birth and Taxes
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This Week: Birth and Taxes

Last week was tax day in the U.S. - April 15th, every year. This geeklist is a nod to a discussion on taxes in games, and a forum to "share the pain".

No video this week, but please post one to your GCL entry. I am a music sycophant, with hardly any taste, so I need to stop pretending. :-)
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1. Board Game: Tax & Spend [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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This first entry, let's just wade right in. People assume that everyone else thinks taxes are "bad." I don't necessarily think that.

I'm just curious about tax systems outside the U.S. - anyone care to share thoughts on your tax system, how it operates, what are the percentages like? Is it graduated or flat? Does your country have an income tax at all? How much of your GDP is collected in taxes?

For those in the U.S. - or outside of it - do you think you get a good return on your investment for your tax dollar? Do you think you get a better return on local, state, or federal taxes (or your equivalent if outside the U.S.)?
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2. Board Game: Tax Evasion [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Now that I dropped that bomb in Item 1, the rest of items will be about games.

Have you played a game with a "tax" mechanic (or one abstractly represented)? Did you use that mechanic often or not? Off the top of my head, there aren't a lot of games that let you play with tax rates, so I'm curious if anyone has encountered them.
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3. Board Game: Master of Economy [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4988]
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So, the world's economies are significantly driven by taxes. What's your favorite economic engine game? Worst you've played? . . . And I'm casting a broad net, here! Power grid counts!

And yes, Ron, we know, "18XX" . . . which we can talk about, but outside of that, are there others that pique your interest?
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4. Board Game: Government-Funded Robot Assassins from Hell! [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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What, if any, games do you enjoy playing where your role in the game is spending tax money? Here, I mean, your role is as a government power, agency, nation, or some other organized community. Again - this is a broad net . . .

As an aside: share something that your government spends money on with which you disagree. The U.N. this week just had a conference on the place of automated killer robots for waging war; that's right, Terminators coming to a war near you!
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5. Board Game: The Beat Inflation Strategy Game [Average Rating:3.39 Unranked]
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I can't believe I found a game on this. Well, I can believe it, but wow.

As inflation rises, so, too, typically, do one's taxes.

Anyway - let's talk about GAME inflation. Do you find that as your collection grows the individual emotional value of the other games in your collection lose importance? Do you fight "game inflation," or welcome it? Have you ever gone through a period of negative inflation?

As an aside: Why the hell is the U.S. dollar gaining ground on anyone? We owe more money to more people in greater amounts than any country in the world, I think! We have been able to keep inflation relatively, low, though - miraculously while also injecting $1 trillion a year of borrowed money into the economy.
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6. Board Game: Mayday!Mayday! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:4342]
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 7   Tokaido - I'm looking forward to the eventual release of the collector's edition. This is a very enjoyable family game.
 7   Sorry! Sliders - Great way to train kids to eventually play Crokinole. I would never choose this over Crokinole, but for kids, it's great.
 7   Roar-a-Saurus x3 - Not that great of a game, but the excitement one of my son feels while playing is contagious.
 8   Witness - Still like it, still more than everyone else. I'm not sure I'll be able to play through all of the scenarios.
 9   Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition x4
 7   Panic on Wall Street! - I was glad to finally get this to the table, since we rarely have enough people to play. It was a lot better than I thought it would be by reading the rules. The negotiation phase was loud, chaotic and a lot of fun. The rest feels a little repetitive. But this is definitely a unique game that is easy to teach and enjoyable to play.
 10   One Night Ultimate Werewolf x6 - Taught some students at school, pulled a classic Troublemaker lie ("I switched your card, so if you were a werewolf, you're not anymore!"), which instantly made them understand how the game works.
 10   Nertz - Having a nertz slump, I need to work on my speed!
 6   Mayday!Mayday! x2 - Given recent events, this theme can be a little shocking to introduce to people. It's a nice Resistance variant, but there is too much information available for my taste. I prefer the more freeform conversations and lies in Resistance.
 6   Elysium - I used to be really excited about Space Cowboys, but after this one and Black Fleet, I'm not so sure. Still looking forward to Time Stories! though.


1. I would not consider myself a Star Wars fan, but like all other middle-aged people, it is an indelible part of my childhood. I have to admit that after seeing the most recent teaser trailer, I am very excited to see the upcoming Star Wars movie. Though whenever I set high expectations, I am inevitably disappointed.

2. I was very frustrated this week with my kids' elementary school. Every year they do quite a few fundraisers. This one in particular feels manipulative. They have a big assembly where they coach all of the kids on how to ask all their family and friends to sponsor their jog-a-thon. They promise them all of these exciting prizes and incentives (extra recess! BMX performance for your class!) to get the kids hyped up. The kids come home really excited about this fundraiser, I instantly shut it down (see my comment above in the geeklist about schools) and have to deal with their disappointment.
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7. Board Game: Victory in Europe [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:5292]
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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:
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!)
GCACW: Atlanta is Ours, Scenario 1 v. Scott (Playtest!)
GCACW: Atlanta is Ours, Scenario 2 v. Patrick (Playtest!)
GCACW: Atlanta is Ours, Scenario 3 v. Carsten (Playtest!)
The Great Invasion: Gettysburg v. Judd
1830: The Coalfields v. 5-Player (GCL Gelato!)

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
Victory in Europe

This week, these games are on my radar:
Star Wars: Armada (Still pumped for this game!)
Victory in Europe
Stonewall's Sword

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

1 ---> Solitaire Gaming / Miniatures Painting.

(a) Crossfire Miniatures Painting. German units bases are mostly painted and flocking is mainly the last thing to do. I should finish painting the bases this evening, and I have already flocked the previously painted ones (about one-third).

(b) Next Steps. I still intend to move on to the Americans, next. Then terrain. My date for completion is way, way, off (as usual). I am now thinking an end-of-May completion (for U.S. troops) and June (for terrain). Then I will tackle another project . . . which will probably be BattleLore at this time. But whenever my Star Wars: Armada set arrives (end of April or early May?), I will be taking a hiatus to paint the TIE and X-Wing squadrons - which is easily two-nights or more worth of work if I work very diligently . . . and you know by now that that is not my modus operandi.

2 ---> Family. My son's last week of pre-preschool (called "Flying Solo") ends this week. They have a huge Nature Week at a local park, so both classes will be outside, getting dirty. Just the thing for a 3 year old. Grandpa wants to take him - so I have a break. My wife will be taking him for this last class. He has really enjoyed it. Swimming classes are also fun - the instructor says he is ready for the "real" swimming classes coming up, the ones where he actually learns how to swim and my mind will be much more at ease at family functions where there are pools. We also registered him for actual preschool starting this August - not as expensive that I at first thought. My daughter's personality continues to amaze me. She is a very happy baby. My wife and I are getting on really well - she has resigned herself to having to deal with my Star Wars: Armada obsession. We even had a family trip to go buy the original movies (Episodes IV through VI).

3 ---> On-Going PBEM Game Notes. 1830: The Coalfields has started to see a separation between the players money-wise. Ron was able to dump a corporation on me, but it wasn't completely looted. So we will see how it shakes out. I have a sinking feeling I'll be having to buy two "D" trains, and so this one might end up as a bankruptcy-ender. But that's a ways off. Space Empires 4X this week consisted of Alex and Stig fighting a long-running epic battle. The winner will likely have a huge advantage in bringing the game to a conclusion. I have no idea who is winning, and the battle is still going as they trade files. In The Great Invasion Judd continues to wait. I've pretty much been too busy to actually want to sit down and do my GCACW turns (and this game).

4 ---> Atlanta is Ours! Yet *another* laggard week! This section remains unchanged: Carsten was finally forced off the hex he was defending, but has essentially made a Union victory (for me) a near impossibility. A run of extremely good luck can pull off the win, though. We will see. I always have fun against Carsten because I feel that he and I are at comparable skill levels, which makes the game interesting without being frustrating. Scott and I had some movement in our game in which his Union corps vaped my cavalry . . . I mainly stayed put to let him run through the combat sequence, which was very clearly unfavorable to me by orders of magnitude. He finally is knocking on the doors of Resaca and I am hoping for Hood to show up! Patrick and I are well-into Turn 2 of our scenario. Union Corps leader Hooker has proven to be useless in this scenario - all his attacks have failed. My early successes have been reversed. On the crucial rolls, the Union just can't win. We will continue to see if I am able to get a little lucky in what remains of our game. It is not lost, yet.

5 ---> Star Wars: Armada. So I sit patiently, spending an inordinate amount of time reading the forums here on BGG (instead of doing my GCACW turns!) . . . and I check the FFG website daily to see if the shipment has changed status from "on the boat" to "shipping" - but I also realistically know it will probably be two more weeks before that happens. I have invested rather heavily, and I am pretty certain I'll end up really liking this game. Look for me to bring a substantial portion of it BGG for an epic game if I can figure out a way to bring it.

6 ---> Victory in Europe. I didn't kickstart this game, and I'm not even sure that I will enjoy it, but I wanted to support Columbia's efforts to branch out and try new things. This offering seems to finally be something new for them. I have felt for many years now that their most innovative games were also their oldest ones. It is for this reason that I was very happy to get a copy of the revamped Napoleon (4th Ed). Having played it with Roger and Rusty at BGG Con last year, it seemed like a great improvement with very high quality production and care in the preparation of the printed matter. Go Columbia! The new game should arrive this week.

7 ---> Legal Work. So far so good! While it has really dented my available free time, I have been successfully sticking to my plan of approximately one new case per week, which at that rate should result in me being able to replace my wife's income without drowning beneath the collective weight of two full-time jobs. The stress is the hardest part . . . and it has been the main source of my inability to complete PBEM games. I keep up with my multiplayer games religiously, mainly because the turn don't take that long and I don't want to keep 4 players waiting. But with the GCACW games, I never know how long a turn is going to take, and when I sit down to do the turns (which I've done at least once a week for the past several weeks), I determine that I'd rather go lay on the couch and watch TV. I get this way when adjusting to new types of stress, and I promise I'll be back in the saddle soon.

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8. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:1188]
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It was an Unconditional Surrender week. Played the big game on Friday (1944-45 scenario, I was the Germans defending desperately). And solo played Unconditional Surrender! Case Blue a couple of times - a good intro to the game, if you're interested.

Also played Unpublished Prototype. Can't say more, except I liked it.

PBEM: 1989, Clash of Monarchs, Thunder Alley...
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9. Board Game: Victory in Europe [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:5292]
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This is the week that was:


 8   Pax Porfiriana
 10   Twilight Struggle
 7   Glen More

A quiet gaming week. My group started another game of Pax Porfirina. I know that Patrick will mock me for only having played it over 40 times, but this game is a staple for me now.

Dan, as we know, offered to play some TS over at the Chantry games site, and yeah, it's awesome. Jonathan and I played one today as well (which, for statistical purposes, will show up next week). I knew of the Chantry site of course, but it was still in its infancy when I first checked it out. It's not a full one TS centre.

My wife and I played Glen More on Friday while my daughter was in art class, and my wife just kept cranking out the VP turn with markets and taverns, and took the win despite my managing a massive 29 VP from bonus points from two buildings.

This past week (through date of posting), these games continued:
1989, Thunder Alley

This past week, these games concluded:
Sewers of Redpoint. My wife and the Kelda both really enjoyed the experience with the Legends of the Ancient World module we tried out. The Kelda's keen to do it again (she says), and my wife is up for it too, so hopefully we can get another one going soon. The Kelda's intrigued by the SF ones, and my wife's more interested in the fantasy ones. But either way I take it as a win-win.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
Victory in Europe. Like Chris I didn't Kickstart this one, but I did take advantage of their offer right after the campaign ended to get the KS edition direct from CG. It actually ended up saving me some money because I was able to use up my banked Game Dollars.

C3i #28 also arrived, and I'm looking forward to reading the articles as well as trying out the new Combat Commander campaign rules, although my enthusiasm is tempered by Ron's comments. I think that I too will find tracking the élan points a pain in the proverbial donkey.

This week, these games are on my radar:
Simple GBoH & the Simple GBoH Battle Manual. When I backed the Twilight Struggle digital edition KS project, one of the stretch goals was a $15 gift certificate from GMT that had to be used up before the end of June. There isn't much that I want from GMT that I don't own already, but I've often thought of getting the Simple GBOH rules, and so I took the plunge on getting them. Should be a decent read.

This past week, these interesting things happened in my games and my life:
Spring has sprung with a vengeance here. The cherry blossom trees have bloomed already. I'm hoping to plant my dark purple poppy sprouts soon.

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10. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:28]
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Game Week

 9   The Witcher Adventure Game
 9   Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
 8   Star Wars: Imperial Assault

On Monday afternoon we found the time to play another game of The Witcher Adventure Game. I wonder if FFG will publish an expansion for this! I really like it; game- and theme-wise! Andrea played Geralt - the main character from the novels and I chose Dandelion, the bard. It was a close race and finally I lost it. I think I was too much distracted by side quests and lost the big picture.

On Friday we had another Pathfinder RPG session; we are now playing the finale of the first book and thinks were pretty thick! I was more or less dying: on a bleeding die roll I would have lost my life on a roll of 2 to 6; but beeing a lucky bastard, I really rolled a one, and survided long enough so that Andrea - our Druid - was able to save me by feeding me with some magical Goodberries who stabilized me and preserved me from certain death. At the moment we lick our wounds and will confront the big baddy next time. I'm looking forward to kick his ass - nothing but troubles with those villains, it's time that one of them pays! devil

On Sunday we finally found the time to try out the Star Wars: Imperial Assault game. We read through the basic rules and played the introductory skirmish scenario. Then we went on and started the first scenario of the Campaign Game. I'm the evil Empire, Andrea controls four Rebel heroes and was successful in the first mission - destroying a beacon that tried to give away the coordinatates of a hidden rebel base. It was defended by droids and stormtroopers, but the heroes managed to defeat them in a short but bloody battle and finally they smashed the computer terminal responsible for sending the signal. This is a fun little game, and I guess it works perfectly well for two players! Andrea was a little shocked when her Wookie was taken out by my probe droid, but the system does not allow heroes to die - they are simply taken out but live to fight another day. I'm looking forward to the next scenario, where Han Solo will fight on Andrea's side.



New Games

One new game has moved into my little Gaming Dungeon; a small card game Welcome to the Dungeon (great name!) which is a new, expanded edition of a 2013 Japanese card game (Dungeon of Mandom). A push-your-luck game with a hero-slays-monster topic. Harmless fun I guess.

Also, the first wave of expansions for Star Wars: Imperial Assault is here. I'm not sure if I love FFG for supporting their games so much, or if I should hate them for sucking money out of my pockets faster than the taxman is able to! meeple



Other News

A lot of you are teachers, right? There is a little uproar amongst the teachers in our town, as currently there are plans that they should add two hours per week to their weekly classes (from 22 to 24 hours), and our mayor managed to do wonderful faux pas when he declared "If I would only work 22 hours a week I would have finished it by Tuesday noon. I could go home then".
This little arrogant statement can likely cost him some votes in the upcoming elections in fall. You might want to laugh a little at Austrian politicians by watching the video of that event. The little garden gnome on the left is our Federal Chancellor, the guzzler on the right is our Mayor. What a cabaret! gulp

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11. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:93]
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Just a short report today.

x2 Brass
x1 Chaos in the Old World
x1 Glory to Rome
X1 Letters from Whitechapel

Brass games with Martin, Benny, and Tom continue. My appreciation of the game is increasing. The things that I disliked about it in '07 (predetermined roles/paths, importance of the draw) still bother me a little, but I can now see them turing into assets. If, for instance there are situations where there is a place for a bunch of level 1 cotton mills to be used effectively, then the game will have won my heart. I want there to be a robust landscape of donkey space where, if played truely well, the scores actually get lower. Right now there are just to many "never do X" rules. The game is still very interesting and I love the little dance around not making bad decisions. Mmmm extortion. I'm excited to get our Gelato game underway.

Cati and I played a game of Letters and of Glory to Rome. Both were interesting games. I love pushing the build strategy so hard in GtR that the merchant strategy destroys itself. Ahh, what a wonderful game. Letters was characteristically good. I think I'm going to get rid of Fury of the Dracula. This is almost all I even want in this kind of game. Also, Cati remains undefeated (I think she's now 5-0).

Lastly, I had chance to sit down with some friends I hadn't seen in awhile last night. We played Chaos in the Old World, which I hadn't played in years. The game was better than I remember it though the graphic design was just as frustrating. It's a solid area majority game and just the kind of thing I like playing, brimming with interesting choices and interaction. Has anyone tried the expansion?

Many of the semesters big hurdles are now past me. Over the next month I'm going to be working hard trying to finish my chapter, but otherwise my schedule should get easier.

As for games, the week ahead has some good stuff to look forward to:
More Brass (both online and in person)
Die Macher (with the NW suburb gamers)
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12. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.52 Unranked]
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Went out to Northrhine Westphalia to visit Chris for some gaming and-thanks to a sunny Saturday-barbecue.

On Friday, we kicked things off with a few games of Uncharted: The Board Game. It was getting late and the week had been tiring so this fun little game was a good way to relax and leave the week and work behind. I think we won one game each.
Then, Chris disappeared and came back carrying a ridiculous game box. Cube Quest. I don't know what it was exactly I said but it was not very favorable... though I was not totally serious. Cube Quest is a dexterity game built around flicking cubes across the board and trying to kick the other player's cubes off the table. It's surprisingly fun and addictive. Glad I had a chance to play this.

On Saturday, we .... what was it we played first? I can't remember. Maybe Chris can help me out here?
After the barbecue, we brought Combat Commander: Mediterranean to the table. I've been having this in my collection for a while now but never had the chance to play it. We first played the first scenario where German paratroopers run into a detachment of ANZAC troops that get reinforcements on turn 2. We both found the scenario a bit... shall I say bland? The Germans couldn't quite prevent my ANZACs from breaking through and we found the lack of weapons and especially of secret objectives disappointing. It was a good way of getting back into the rules.
So next, we played "Little Stalingrad". We found a few rules we had misread and possibly misplayed before, discussed a long time how to read some of the terrain (are there elevations inside buildings? are there buildings inside buildings?) but eventually agreed that inside any building, LOS is only open into adjacent hexes. It was a merciless onslaught and Chris' Canadians obliterated my defences. Not the the most fun game I have played of CC but still enjoyable.
We concluded the night with a few more games of Cube Quest.

On Sunday, we decided to give Claustrophobia: Furor Sanguinis a try. I had never played the demons before so it was me vs his giant lizzard. I think I enjoy playing the demon side more than controlling the heores. The lizzard is an interesting beast and a fun alternative to the normal human warriors.

Time flew by and I can't wait to go back in a few weeks for one last meetup.
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13. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:585]
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In my only F2F gaming this week, I squeaked past our resident Container guru Peter, 171-169, with the other 3 players coming in well behind. Two things contributed to my victory:
- a lot of well-timed smaller shipments to the island
- me very carefully painting a bullseye on Peter's back, resulting in no one thinking I was in contention.

PBEM continues apace against Roger & Wendell. Cuba Libre, anyone? I reckon this is my last chance to join a game before my semester clock runs out on me.

House news: our landlord sold, but is being a bit dickish. Since our lease remains valid until *we* want out (or mid 2016), we're going to stay put until we find the place that's right for us. No more house-stress for this family.
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14. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:84]
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skippen's Week(s) that Was/Were:



Face 2 Face Games:
Mr. Jack -- not usually a fan, or very good, of deduction games, but this one is done differently enough that I enjoy it.
VivaJava: The Coffee Game -- ok, nothing exceptional--my typical feeling toward most kickstarters. Could have been a lot better.
Fury of Dracula (second edition) -- a favorite of mine. I played Dracula as no one else was comfortable enough. The hunters could not find me or even get a clue for a very long time. I, however, was unable to get points as well (only drew 2 vampire the entire game). The ended up killing me in the end. Been a long time since I have been killed as Dracula. Good times.
Lewis & Clark
Shadowrun: Crossfire -- undecided on this one. It actually may be TOO hard.
Eldritch Horror -- stil enjoy this one, but this particular session the game defintely stayed past it welcome time.
Love Letter: Batman -- had to check it out since it had Batman. For some reason, they decided to up the end game to 7 points instead of 4. This made for many folks to be able to catch up, but the game took way to long to finish (4 is better).
Splendor -- don't see the appeal.
Castles of Mad King Ludwig x2 -- liked this as much as I thought I would. Heck, played it twice in a row. The theme and tile-laying just do it for me.
Auf Teufel komm raus -- interesting, but nothing I need to play again.
Smash Up -- I don't see what folks see in this game. Uninteresting at best.
Cockroach Poker -- hated this. You need some information to make this fun. It was not fun.
Roll for the Galaxy -- not bad. Wish I had played it a second time after playing this the first.
Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends -- not sure, but I don't think its my thing.
Age of War x2
Colt Express

PBEM/Web (started):
N/A

PBEM (in progress):
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Advanced Squad Leader -- Bread Factory #2
Advanced Squad Leader -- Toothless Tiger
Roads to Gettysburg
Reluctant Enemies
Case Blue
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
The Castles of Burgundy
Great Campaigns of the American Civil War x2 -- Atlanta is Ours playtest

PBEM (finished):
N/A


Acquisitions to the Collection:
Warhammer: Diskwars – Hammer and Hold
Warhammer: Diskwars – Legions of Darkness
Qwixx
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Blue Moon Legends

Departures from the Collection
Dracula


On the nightstand (currently reading):
The Murder of Roger Aykroyd, by Agatha Christie
Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson


In the life and Times of skippen: Nothing much this week other than I spent the weekend in Estes Park gaming. Now I need to finish my bust for Reaper Con which is only 2 weeks away!
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15. Board Game: The Road to Canterbury [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1790]
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Patrick's Week o' Gaming 'n Stuff


Apologies for the sever lack of participation on my part in the weekly updates. The last few months have been crazy busy, and by the time I get in front of the computer for personal use, I'm pretty well ready to minimize that time. Also, I need to save this setup as a template, so in futre weeks I can make posting as effortless as you guys all make it look!

Face-to-Face Gaming
Machi Koro x1
The Road to Canterbury x1
The Bottle Imp x1
Pax Porfiriana x1

PBEM Games Started
Stonewall Jackson's Way II - BPA 2013 Tournament Quarterfinals - I'm playing the "Retreat to Washington" scenario as the Union against an aggressive CSA player.

PBEM Games Continued
Pax Porfiriana x1 - Three player
Atlanta is Ours (Playtesting) - "Advance & Retreat Scenario vs Gordo
Atlanta is Ours (Playtesting) - "" vs Chris
Roads to Gettysburg - "The First Day" vs Scott - Just need to wrap this one up.
Here Come the Rebels - Playing the full Maryland Campaign scenario using the Fog of War rules. I'm glad I've finally gotten the opportunity to try this. It adds a whole nuance to the richness of the GCACW campaigns.
Stonewall Jackson's Way II - Chronological play-through continues. Now on "The Retreat to Washington" - Helpful getting the chance to start this before playing it in the online tournament.
Combat Commander: Battle Pack #6 – Sea Lion - BGG Vassal Tournament continues. Wrapping up the Swiss rounds with a victory in "The Man Who Would Be King".
The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 - GCL Tourney; Three weeks completed. Are we ready to start week four? I need to give Roger a run for his tonnage. cool

PBEM Games Ended
None

Games Acquired
Colt Express - One of my local game group friends surprised me with a copy of this, erroneously thinking my birthday was this month. We have been having a lot of fun and laughs with it.
Mord im Arosa - Acquired in a BGG Auction. I hear good things.
Tokaido - Also from a BGG Auction yesterday. Charming game, and I needed to add it to the collection.


I just completed my now annual Spring Cleaning BGG Auction. A few games went out the door to offset the new buying sprees.

Books completed
Foundation (Asimov) - Our monthly Sci-Fi book club selection for March.
Doomsday Book (Willis) In progress - our selection for April.

Recommended podcasts
The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast - One of my local gaming buddies is a Founder. I am listening to it more and more. Not just for the shout-outs. cool
Boardgames To Go - Upcoming hiatus means no Marky Mark for a while!
CARDBOARD! with Rich Sommer (2015) - Rich Sommer's new venture. It is a fun listen.

Noteworthy Non-gaming News
Binge-watched Daredevil last weekend (April 10-12). Do yourself a favor and invest in Netflix. Their original content just keeps getting better and better. As a comic book reader, I was very pleasantly impressed at how well the DD series turned out. Gimme more!

I am finally working my way through the NBC sitcom Community. I had stopped somewhere in Season Two, and I really want to catch up. One of the few shows that makes me LOL. laugh So, I've loaded them onto my Kindle, and knocking them out.

Dice Tower Con IV is now only 60 days away! The countdown to revelry is beginning in earnest. It would be great if any of the fellow Gelatos could join us in sunny Orlando. I act as Chris Montgomery, organizing the "wargames" list. (Dice Tower Game Scheduler Geeklist) We now have our own War Room set aside, a la BGG.Con. Put it on your schedule for next year!

Huge storms on Sunday and Monday. We had two separate incidents with power lines on our block. One required the FD, and the other knocked a pole out completely. Power wasn't restored until the wee hours. Luckily the fridge and freezer maintained their cool and composure. A very eerie feeling to see only your street plunged in to absolute darkness. I half expected to see Rod Serling step out from behind a bush.

My daughter's obsession with Pokemon has allowed for a second day of gaming at our local games venue. She and I spend a few hours there on Sunday afternoons. It is impressive to see the amount of kids and adult still actively playing CCGs all weekend.
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16. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:704] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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 N/A   DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Martian Manhunter promo x2
 8   Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld

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Just to prove I am mortal, work dominated this week and games fell away.

Had to learn and play DC Comics as I had given it away in a generosity thread.

Now there is nothing worse than giving something away, learning it after the fact and then realising you will need to get it again because it is good...

No such problem here. DC Comics DBG is pretty poor. I say that as someone who has experience in the genre and given that this was released post Dominion and Ascension, this game just doesn't try hard enough. It's lazy and I think that reflects Cryptozoic regarding most of there titles. I think they focus more on securing licenses rather than good or innovative game design.

Review will be up next Tuesday to offer more detail.

Exciting News

In other news I haven't been this excited about playing a game for a long time. In an hour or so the lads are back together to start an Imperial Assault Campaign. I am really looking forward to it having only had a taste of the tutorial/sample of the Skirmish game.

The First Wave of mini packs hit Aussie Shores overnight as well and I quickly purchased them. Looking forward to getting them in the near future.
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17. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:408]
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 N/A   Battle Line Enjoyable little game I took the win in in, thanks to securing my left flank. Good filler.
 N/A   Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 Really, really cool to get to try a new wargame of low complexity. Enjoyed this very much. Played the first scenario and completely wiped the floor with Ingmar's Russians.
 8   Formula D A 10-car solo race. Still good fun to roll some dice. Have a 10-car solo season going.
 N/A   Grand Prix 2-player sologame on one of the new tracks. A cool race and still a much better 2-player experience than TA.
 N/A   Pandemic: The Cure We lost.
 7   Star Realms A solo game. Plays of the physical copy has gone down after getting the app, but there are some solochallenges made by Shaun that are fun, and only available with a physical copy.

Last week was waiting for this week. This week we were at the hospital twice with 3 appointments. More about that tomorrow or when the next list is up.
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