Mark Johnson's Recent Gaming (2017)
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A collection of mini "session reports" that I try to post regularly. In the old days (pre-BGG), we used to share these kinds of things over email, in mailing lists. In some ways, I miss those days, and this is my personal experiment in bringing it back (a little). In that mailing list era, we wrote them LONG, because shared session reports were the way we all learned about games. They don't need to be long anymore, because anyone interested in a game already knows it, or can look up pics, rules, etc. easily enough. So let's see if I can write short session reports, and if they'll be of interest to anybody here.


As for star ratings, here's my thinking: this is a reflection of my personal enjoyment & excitement about the game, both for this specific outing, and my anticipation of future plays. It's not exactly the same thing as half my overall rating of the game (which is an attempt at something more objective). That is, I may rate a game an  8  in the database, but in a session report it may sometimes feel like , , or !

Comments are welcome & encouraged. Subscribe to this geeklist to always be notified of new Recent Gaming mini session reports.

-Mark

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January 1-8, 2017

First list of 2017! It was a good week, and I hope that portends well for the entire year. I'm going to try shifting back to weekly lists to see how that goes. Sometimes there may not be much, but this isn't one of those times. I'm also bending my rules for inclusion (see Noch Mal!, below) that will bother some...but hopefully you'll understand my point.

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January 9-15, 2017

Ok, I said I'd try doing these lists weekly again in 2017, so this is what happens. Not a lot of gaming last week. But what I did was good, and for two very different reasons. Read on...

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January 16-22, 2017

Another great week of gaming. I'm talking about last week--I'm late getting this "session report" geeklist out because I pushed my podcast out first. Normally I aim for Mondays. Anyway, it was good because we had another nice Light/Short game group in Paris, and I squeezed in another wargame about Spanish Civil War in preparation of that upcoming podcast. I may not play many or ANY games this week, so I'm doubly glad to have enjoyed all (most) of these good ones below.

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Jan 23 - Feb 5, 2017

Two weeks ago I played no games at all, which is why I skipped this list last Monday. Just a lot of long commutes and difficult work. Which is why the following week was so much better. We had another Light/Short game night, and it was another good one. Kind of like with family gaming, it's taken me a little while to find the right collection of games for that group. Best is to have a small stable of games that we know already, but that requires some weeks of experimenting with titles that have to be taught first. I need to remember this for after I return to California.

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Feb 6-12, 2017

It was an off week for our normal Light/Short game group in Paris, so I attempted to join more French gamers in the Joueurs Anonyme group for a bonus night. A month or so ago I tried this on my own, and ended up in a playtest of a long game. This time I went with my wife and two more friends, and we ended up playing the same sort of light/short games. That was great, too. Even better was the fact that a French player recognized us from another night, and got us involved in a game right away. Very friendly.

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Feb 13 - March 19, 2017

Yeah, it's been a month since my last "weekly" update. By waiting this long I'm able to accumulate a decent list of games below. The truth is that my weekly gaming has slowed quite a bit. Why? Work. Remember I'm over here in France for my job, and from about mid-December it started getting very busy. The past month has been crunch time against schedule deadlines--we've all been there, right? I'm very fortunate to have squeezed some games in around the edges of this busy period.

By the way, my time in France is winding down. In my most recent podcast, I mention during the "closer" segment that I'll be heading back to California soon. It's been an amazing experience with wonderful people & places, but I'll also be happy to be home, too.

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March 20 - April 9, 2017

Another big chunk of time since my last Recent Gaming geeklist. This is my second-to-last one in France, as soon I'll be going home. This span includes when my grown kids (20-something) came to visit us in Paris. I thought we'd have a few nights where we played some games together (at least with my daughter), but it never happened! Oh well, we were doing lots of other stuff. I think we watched more movies together, exhausted after long days of sightseeing. I even missed my normal biweekly game night.

I made it to another, however, and it was a good one. We really lived up to our name, playing lots of games that were both light AND short. At other times I squeezed in a (partial) solo wargame.

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April 10-30, 2017

Two of these three weeks were when I was still in France. Then we moved back home to California. The regular gaming at home hasn't started quite yet, as I needed to attend to some family stuff almost immediately before starting back at work. It should pick up soon, though.

The games played here were the ones at our last appearance at the Light/Short Game Night group in Paris. In fact, that group might be playing again, but without me right now, as I type this, in their timezone now 9 hours away. I left the game group in good hands, as you'll hear about in an upcoming podcast episode.

I think this will be my last Recent Gaming geeklist for the foreseeable future. I'm still gaming, just don't have the time to put these together. It's been fun for me as kind of a gaming journal, and it's had a good run. Maybe I'll do it again some day.


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