GCL Beehive #104 - Turning points
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1. Board Game: Big Points [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2587]
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Do the kids appreciate toys or books from your childhood?
Did you enjoy older stuff as a kid?

Here's my first Beehive hosting since #70. Yeah! And since Freddy did the hospital parts last week, I don't have to bother about that anymore...
Still, I obviously wnet through some major transformation of my life lately. So I decided we might talk about major turning points in everyone's lives. And mind you, I don't want everyone to answer "meeting my SO" or "the birth of my first child" or something that obvious. I am sure there were more moments in life that influenced you to this day. I'll just start talking - make out of it what you wish.

In retrospect of my 45 years so far, I can happily say I've led a wild and fun life so far. My parents gave me any liberty I wanted, and trusted me to be responsible enough not to do anything way too silly. Which I then did anyway (in fact, when I was in the hospital this spring, my father asked me whether I had done any drugs in my youth. He cannot have been too worried about that before). At a rather early age, I got used to visiting friends or family in other towns on my own, so when I met some cool people during a school exchange to Alabama in 1984, I decided to go back on my own later. Which I did in 86, before I even turned 16, and then again in 1988 at age 18. The guy I visited there just visited me in the hospital, traveling over all the way from Belgium where he lives now, so I can happily say this became a friendship for life. After high school graduation (age 19 then in Germany), my German friend and I decided to skip the festivities (none of us was in any way interested in the ball organized by the school or any such shenanigans) and take a three months tour of North America. Without any money. I had 600 dollars for the entire trip (plus the plain tickets to get there), if I remember correctly. No way immigration would even have let me in nowadays... When flying back from San Francisco, the bus to the airport cost $1.05. I had $1.10 in my pocket (counted that repeatedly...).
This insane trip, which made me break the law in several of the 15 states we crossed (mostly not on purpose) shaped a lot of who I am nowadays. I can live on little money if it's necessary, I learned to accept help from others and offer it myself when I can (and mean it), and as we were mostly hitchhiking, I had to learn a good bit of patience (it isn't very easy in North America, although once you do get picked up, people tend to take you for quite a long distance). And after a four day train/bus ride from Mexico City to San Diego (and washing my face at the first McDonalds we found there), I decided to go to India one day and ride on a train roof. Well, I did go to Asia five years later, and I rode on the roof of a bus in Nepal for a while. Not necessarily something I long to repeat. But my interest in Asia was reinforced, and I went back and eventually worked in Taiwan and met my wife and later our first child was born and... I will stop here.

So what about you? Defining moments or experiences in your lives?
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2. Board Game: Story Mixer [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My kids do enjoy building things with Lego, and are also fond of Playmobil. Which makes me happy, as it reminds me of my own childhood. With Lego, I am particularly happy, because firstly, I spent pretty much the entire indoor part of my childhood with Lego, but also because I kept my Lego while getting rid of most other things I had as a kid. So if we run out of certain pieces, I can go to the attic and grab some more and bring it down. Some of the pieces I see them use create a feeling of nostalgia, because I know what I built with these exact same pieces 35 years ago.

Do your kids enjoy playing with anything you played with in your childhood (you might want to have a look at the next question before answering this one)?
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3. Board Game: Monuments: Wonders of Antiquity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3721]
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And the connecting question: Was there anything in your childhood/youth from your parents or even older that you were very fond of?

When I visited my grandparents, I always played with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_Stone_Blocks. Since these were largely indestructible, I wondered why a few of them had broken and been glued together again by my grandfather. I learned that this happened when a large bomb went down in the town my father's family lived in (in WWII). The family went to the basement, and when they came back up, the windows had been shattered and the living room was full of glass and the remains of what my father and his brothers had built. That became something like my personal connection to the war. It is an odd feeling for me nowadays to realize I was born only 25 years after the end of the war. Different times.
My grandfather also drew and wrote some children's books for his kids which I was always fond of.

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4. Board Game: Train of Thought [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5534]
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9 Train of Thought
3 Machi Koro
2 Alle Vögel sind schon da!
2 Heckmeck Junior
2 Topfgucker
1 A la carte
1 A la carte: Dessert
1 Banana Split
1 Diamant
1 Ene mene miste...
1 Fluxx
1 Fluxx: BoardGameGeek Expansion
1 My First Bohnanza
1 Sky Tango
1 Sleeping Queens
1 Tiny Epic Defenders

New to me. None of those impressed me.
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5. Board Game: Elysium [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:319]
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Week 7/6/2015"

Elysium x 3 = all except 1 were teaching games
Saint Petersburg (second edition) x 2 (NEW) = pure engine builder which can be unforgiving!
Roll for the Galaxy x 2
Splendor x 2
Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age x 2 = both soloplays
Abyss x 1 (NEW) = smooth playing game, but not sure I will add it to my collection as it does not really bring anything new
Project Dreamscape x 1 (NEW) = very light game about chaining cards and has a Magic: The Gathering feel
Ghost Stories x 1
Terror in Meeple City x 1
Zombie Dice x 1
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6. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:821]
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A quieter week this time, but...

With Miss B...
 7   Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! - an old, non-final-art PnP of this lives in my bag; it's not as nice as the lovely tinned version, but I don't mind risking losing this one, and it gets played occasionally.
 9   Love Letter - ticking up a play for the 10x10 challenge (or 13 plays by some people's reckoning )

In adult groups...
 7   King of Tokyo x2 - went down well as a lunchtime game at work.
 N/A   Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper - pleasingly found in a charity shop for a princely 49p, and having tried it out, the wife quite likes it, so yay!
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7. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:673]
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Not many plays last week, but it was nice to bring Al Capone out of the dust in the same week that I won Bonnie & Clyde in the European chain of generosity.




 7   Qwixx x3
 10   Splendor x2
 N/A   Bezzerwizzer
 8   Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
 8   Pickomino
 7   Timeline: Inventions
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8. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Quite a light gaming week for me - it was way too hot to spend time in the gaming room in the evenings (it's easily the hottest room in the house!), so we tended to do other things - plus we were busy with kids birthday parties, prize days etc on several of the evenings. I managed a few with my children on the weekend while my daughter

Games played with other adults:

8 x Magic the Gathering
1 x 7 Wonders, Brass, Alles im Eimer, Innovation, Legendary Villains, Tikal

Games played with my children:

1 x Bounce Off , Sevens, Lego Create It, Machi Koro
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9. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:231]
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We played a little Netrunner this past week whistle

But to maintain variety, I'll give the family Game-of-the-Week to San Juan, which is seeing play lately because we are beginning to prep for the tournaments at WBC. The week-long affair kicks off officially on Monday morning, August 3rd, with the San Juan tourney.



 10   Android: Netrunner x42
 5   Loopin' Louie x6
 7   Splendor x5
 6   The Magic Labyrinth x4
 7   San Juan x3
 8   Lost Cities x2
 7   Machi Koro x2
 10   Race for the Galaxy x2
 6   Archaeology: The Card Game
 5   Elk Fest
 5   Hamsterrolle
 8   Love Letter
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10. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:339]
Clay Blankenship
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I haven't reported in a while, so here are all the games I have played in the past month or so. I spent my Friday off for Independence Day with some local gamers at a friend's house--haven't had a full day of gaming like that in a while.

Does anyone have the link that auto-generates a list of games played? Someone posted it a while back.

Evolution The mechanics fit the theme perfectly as you have to adapt your animals to the capabilities of the ones around you. I had the only carnivore and won in spite (or because?) of my opponent's concentrating so much on defensive abilities. Sometimes I fed on my other species. Really liked this one.

Dead Drop Quick filler. Need to try some more.

Machi Koro Easy dice-rolling city builder.

King of Tokyo Always fun.

Spyfall Was fun and interesting. Not sure how much replay value it will have.

Dark Seas Liked it although it wasn't quite what I expected. Turns out your ship just goes around in a circle and activate ports, rather than constructing an actual map from those lovely hexes.

Innovation One of my favorites. A bit chaotic but always lots of choices.

Solitaire Frenzy This is a traditional similar to Klondike solitaire, but played competitively (and as fast as you can). Andrea is an ace at this but we found a friend who is even better than her (won about 4 out of 7 4-player games).

Magic: The Gathering Mostly games at home lately, Ben and I are planning to go to the prerelease sealed deck tournament for the new set this weekend.

Atlanteon This is a quick and clever Knizia game that I dusted off and taught to Drew--we are enjoying it. I like the 3 alternate ways to win.

Fauna A great family game, educational and fun. Educated guesses go a long way.

Race for the Galaxy and The Castles of Burgundy with
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and his son Antony, on a trip to Maryland. Thanks for teaching me Castles!

Colossal Arena Another oldie I taught the boys and they enjoyed it enough to play a few times.






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11. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:91]
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This week includes the start of our holiday to France - and so has several games whiling away the 3 hour delay on Eurotunnel! The title game was one we played once we'd actually arrived in our gite (we didn't play immediately, we were focussed on finding some scraps of food to eat as all the shops were shut, it was the next day).

Ora et Labora x 1
Pocket Battles x 1
Kleine Fische x 1
Chess x 1 (teaching it to rebecca)
Bananagrams x 1
Hols der Geier x 1
Pit! x 1
Eight Minute Empire x 1
Carcasonne x 1
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