GCL Gelato 259: Local History
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A Game 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.

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History happens everywhere. Let's take a look at what is for us Gelati local history. (A similar but not identical list was done years ago, but Gelato membership and this list are different enough that I don't think I'll need a lawyer to fight plagiarism charges...)

A not-so-good bit of Ohio history.
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1. Board Game: The Wright Brothers [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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In a recent Chit-Chat thread (which inspired this list), somebody asked about what you lived close to that was historical.

My little town of Yellow Springs has a connection to the famous educator Horace Mann, who served as the first president of Antioch College here. But I think this is more significant - Huffman Prairie Flying Field.



Yeah, yeah, we've all heard of Kittyhawk in North Carolina. But the fact is, that was just a place sufficiently flat and windy for Wilbur and Orville to make a first flight. It was at Huffman Prairie, a few miles from my house, where they tested and tested and tested and developed the first practical flying machine.

So what about you - what sort of historical site do you have near you that you'd like to share? (I leave the definition to you.)
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2. Board Game: Poetikus [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
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There was an interesting connection in Dayton in the late 19th/early 20th century. Check out the photo.



In the center of the back row is the young Orville Wright. To his right, all the way at the end - the only black person in this high school class - is Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Dunbar went on to be a famous poet, author, and playwright. He and Orville Wright worked together to publish a small newspaper as young people - an interesting intersection of the arts and the sciences.

Do you have any literary luminaries from your neck of the woods you'd like to mention?
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3. Board Game: Balkan Storm: The Next War [Average Rating:4.95 Unranked]
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In 1995, negotiations to end the war in Bosnia were held in Dayton - specifically, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. And yes, that's "Wright" as in Wright Brothers. The site was chosen because it had room for the Balkan delegations and several suites so the different presidents could be housed equally.



Care to share a famous event from your neck of the woods?
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4. Board Game: Hurdle Race [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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If you're a track and field fan, you may have heard of Edwin Moses - he won 122 consecutive 400m hurdle races between 1976 and 1987, and won Olympic gold twice and set several world records. Edwin Moses is a son of Dayton.



Here's yoru chance to brag on an athlete or entertainer from your home!
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5. Board Game: Profiler [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4625]
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 N/A   Secret Hitler x8 - I will definitely need to get a backup copy or two for myself. My copy at school has taken quite a beating through continuous play.

 9   Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition x4 - We play at school in our Spanish class after taking a test. I tweak the roles we use each time to try and encourage different aspects of the game.

 8   Hearts x3 - It was fun to play this with other good players and to reminisce about the old days playing this on Yahoo. I often fall into the trap of trying to run it every hand, which inevitably ends up failing most of the time.

 6   Gipsy King x2 - It has been quite a few years since I've played this, but this is a great filler-length board game that offers some interesting decisions. Of course, the theme doesn't matter at all, it is purely abstract. But I really enjoy games that reward and entice greed.

 N/A   Mysterium x2
NEW! - I've played the earlier version of the game, but never the newer one. I think all of the changes they made were for the better. They did a really nice job. It's still not my favorite game, but I can see why people love it.

 N/A   Potion Explosion x2 NEW! - There's really not much of a game here at all, but the theme is fun and the tactile pleasure of the bits cannot be ignored.

 7   Terra x2 - I'm sure the people we were playing with absolutely hated the game, but the more we play, the more I enjoy it. Previous greed bleeds over into current games. I love the accusations, the refusal to help out, the excuses...I may have to increase my rating.

 N/A   Colonialism NEW! - I have been wanting to play this one for a while. I actually like the overused theme and extremely bland board (reminiscent somewhat of Indonesia). But the game itself was very clunky and offered nothing new over the masses of area majority games. I can tell that you are supposed to be paying more attention to what your opponents are doing, watching what cards they've played and haven't yet played. But I don't see it getting much more play. In fact, my friend sold his copy after we played.

 N/A   Dreams NEW! - Upon explaining the rules, this aroused a lot of derision and contempt. It is definitely a complete ripoff of a game, completely stolen from Fake Artist Goes to NY. It suffers from a rulebook which refrains from explaining what you should actually do or giving any kind of pointers. It is very abstract and initially seems pointless but it actually started to become fun after a while.

 N/A   High Tide NEW! - I didn't believe my friend when he said that this game had gone under the radar, but it really seems that way. A Queen release by Dirk Henn that no one has heard of? Yes! It didn't help that my friend introduced this as a "Can't Stop Killer". There is a risk element, but I wouldn't say that this game has any push your luck in it. It is overproduced and too fiddly for such a simple game. And the fact that there are a host of mini expansions included is also annoying. There were some disparaging remarks made about Germans at the beach during the explanation of rules.

 7   Mü & Lots More NEW! - It wasn't that bad with 6 players, but it is obviously a 5-player experience. I think this play was good motivation to get this to the table more often.

 7   Powerboats - I like the feel of the game, but still don't really like race games in general and would never choose to play more than one round of this game.

 N/A   Profiler NEW! - As you play you realize that this is a rip-off of Unusual Suspects, but the implementation is a little different, and not as prone to racist sentiments. It's not hilarious, but it's fun to play, still worth playing, as it seems unique enough in the very crowded party game space.

 N/A   Tichu - A fun game with three successful grand tichu calls. It ended up being very close at the end.

 7   Tweeeet - I was sad that no birds died, though one of the birds on our team came close. The fact that it ended in a tie also was dumb. But I think this is probably best played as a family game rather than with 6 middle-aged men.

Like many people, I spent quite a few hours this week listening to "S-Town". While I don't think it's particularly revolutionary or important, it was a fascinating tale mainly due to the personality of the main character. I also admire the editing, and general construction of the series, which must have been extremely time-consuming. You can see why they chose to release it all at once. It's such a no-brainer, I don't know why there aren't more people out there doing stuff like this.
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6. Board Game: High Frontier (3rd edition) [Average Rating:8.58 Overall Rank:1255]
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This is the week that was:


Monday
8  Pax Porfiriana
7  El Grande
Both of these are Yucata.de entries with various opponents, both Gelato and not, and ongoing.

Tuesday
10  Twilight Struggle w Bottos
I was completely distracted in a game that had been going well and neglected to play a scoring card in time, and kaboom. So a rematch was clearly necessary.

8  Pax Porfiriana x2
4  Hey, That's My Fish! x2
7  El Grande
Nyuck nyuck nyuck. I mean, Yucata.

4  Magmeda Monsters NEW! ww
I was sent this as a prototype for a KS project that is currently under way. The game is pretty good for what it is, but a game that is to my liking unfortunately.

6  Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age ww
My wife and I followed up with a game of this fun dice chucker. I always seem to do well with this and its successor, Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age with Mediterranean Expansion.

Thursday
8  Pax Porfiriana x2
As one game ends so shall another begin.

7  Pacific Typhoon w TNC
At the last moment had a full house of all seven of us, which was both unusual and delightful, but I had counter on six so only had brought this and the next game to complement my Power Grid offering and Deep Sea Adventure.

I say "only", despite enjoying both games immensely - it's just that I realized I actually have a reasonably sized selection of games that can handle seven now that aren't party games.

6  BANG! The Dice Game x2
This game is a riot with seven, and I hadn't even realized you can play this with eight! I'm now at 51 plays!

Saturday
7  Ticket to Ride wf
It was family game night at the house, and after trying to reach consensus on what we should play, we pulled out this old classic and had a great time inadvertently completely hosing one another. I note that Kandinsky has clearly recovered as he likes being near wherever we are.

7  TransAmerica wf
We wanted to play one more thing, and so the Kelda and I went upstairs and we hemmed and hawed over this and that and ended up with another timeless game we all enjoy.

What's going on:
New Games: High Frontier (3rd edition), after many setbacks and delays and wondering if it ever was going to show up finally did. It's a 12 pound(5.45 kg) behemoth!

The other joy in my life was the arrival of my Anniversary edition of War of the Ring (Second Edition).

A thing of beauty.

My friend Jeff came by today and we played two games of it over the course of the afternoon (will be officially reported on next week, but long story short I lost both, once with each faction).

Kandinsky: Our cat is feeling much better.

All your trains are belong to me.

I was the green player and did not play near the big cat. laugh

The new job: Well, tomorrow I begin my one year assignment in my new role in business expertise. It'll be an interesting shift as I switch from external clients to internal ones. There's apparently going to be a lot of hiring and training of new staff in the coming year, so I hope to have a big hand in that as it's something I particularly enjoy. It's a fun role as there are so many different angles and aspects and there's project work too. It'll be an exciting change.

Duck confit: This weekend has seemingly been one cooking project after another, but it all started Friday night when I helped my friend Alice butcher a dozen ducks. We cut them up into their requisite parts, legs, wings, breasts, and carcass. We seasoned all the pieces and let them sit overnight.

Saturday all the duck went into pots that were filled with duck fat and simmered for about two hours. The carcasses were put into the pressure cooker for stock. We drained off all the fat and vacuum packed all the pieces, the carcasses went for Alice's lovely dogs, and now I have a freezer full of wings, legs, breasts, stock (about 4 litres), duck fat (2 litres), duck schmalz (2 litres), and Alice has "gifted" me with another 4 litre tub of duck fat because she thinks having 12 is enough.

Oh, I also have a bag of duck skin that I've frozen for the moment, but will thaw eventually and turn into crispy skin akin to crackling. I may do a Peking Duck style seasoning to it first.

Tonight's dinner was duck pizza.

My new word: After such a busy weekend, the rest of this evening will be devoted to Kalsarikannit!

March gaming:


6  BANG! The Dice Game x7
8  Carcassonne: The Castle
6  Cards Against Humanity
8  Castles of Mad King Ludwig x2
5  Codenames: Pictures x2
8  Deep Sea Adventure x2
7  Eggs of Ostrich
7  El Grande x2
7  Hands in the Sea
4  Hey, That's My Fish! x2
8  Jambo x2
7  Kamozza (貨モッツァ) x5 NEW!
8  Louis XIV
4  Magmeda Monsters NEW!
7  Pacific Typhoon
8  Pax Porfiriana x9
10  Power Grid x2
6  Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
7  Tajemnicze Domostwo x2
6  Take The "A" Chord NEW!
7  Terraforming Mars x7
7  The Castles of Burgundy
8  Triumph & Tragedy x2
10  Twilight Struggle x4
7  Wind the Film! NEW!

That's 61 total plays from 25 different games.

On track to break 500 plays for the year.
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7. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1269]
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Howdy Gelati!

Here was my week (ish)



 10   Twilight Struggle
 N/A   DungeonQuest (third edition) x2 NEW!

My sister and I concluded another game of Twilight Struggle via the app. She is getting better, and I have been drawing the US the past three games, so she has had a pretty good run as the Soviets to get some practice. This last game was her closest yet, and it came down to some careful plays on my part to make sure that she didn't take the win. Ultimately, the Space Race track saved my bacon and I got the VP win on the 9th turn.

My copy of Dungeonquest arrived and my son and I promptly played two games of it. I was right, it almost instantly replaced Dungeon! for him. He felt a little nostalgic about it for a minute, but he loved Dungeonquest. Most likely because BOTH GAMES i died from Swinging swords... and I was the guy who can reroll a die! It was pretty awful. I think I'll use the Knockout rule next time, just because the setup time and everything else to just die like that is pretty harsh two player. We shall see. Maybe I'll limit it to one Knockout, then the second is a death.

Overall, good times.

Talon with Stig is moving forward. I think he will destroy me in short order this time. It's a tough setup. Such a neat game.

Warriors of God is about to get going with Tommy as well. Looking forward to this one!

And it looks like I'm newly initiated into Yucata in HTMF, El Grande, and Pax Porfiriana. All of the online gaming is awesomew!

I am looking forward to Pericles and Manoeuvreistant Lands finally shipping from GMT, and then so much more goodness on the way this year as well.

School is busy, but spring break starts next week (as does my vacation), so my friend will be staying at my house to take care of the animals, and saving us a boatload of cash on doggy hotel!

I hope everyone has a great week!
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8. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1090]
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Hello gelati!



 4   Connect Four x2 NEW!
 7   Backgammon x2
 4   The Game of Authors x3

Flea market week, as we attended two of them. At the first, I picked up a 50-ish year old backgammon set in a little brown-and-tan briefcase with (faux-?)brass closures. When the lady mentioned the age, I thought she was hiking the price up, then when I asked she said: "I have no idea, I'm selling it for my brother. Give me one euro and it's yours." Then she threw in the travel edition of Connect 4 for free.
Brother 0:2 Tommy

We've started a family game night on Fridays. That kind of shared fun is a good salve for the wee frustrations that can creep into family life.

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Lots starting up/continuing on VASSAL and yucata. I watched video tutorials for both El Grande and Pax Porfiriana. I am very excited to return to meatier gaming.
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9. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:1]
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Game Week

 10   Star Wars: Imperial Assault
 10   18CZ
 5   Gloomhaven NEW!
 9   1846
 8   Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game x3
 10   7 Wonders
 8   Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game

On Monday, our Imperial Assault game was still on the table so we decided to play the next mission in our ongoing Jabba the Hut campaign. Andrea did well and won – with the help of Luke Skywalker and some Alliance Rangers. Now there are three missions left in this campaign, and things are pretty close between us.

On Tuesday Lonny came over for another playtest of 2-player 18CZ. He only changed a minor thing since the last time I played with him and it feels really finished. I’m totally looking forward to hold the professionally printed product in my hands.

As our GM still enjoys his vacation on Cuba, RPG night was cancelled. However, a very nice guy I met at BGG, who lives only 10 minutes (by car) from my house, asked me to come over and present 1846 to a group of newbies. Of course I gladly accepted! It was a very nice group and after the game, everybody was impressed by the 18xx system. Mission accomplished!

We then had time left and we played a scenario from Gloomhaven. Now Gloomhaven is a totally hyped and highly rated new dungeon crawler – the base box alone has 9.8 kg! I always was interested in this game, but after playing it, I’m glad I didn’t kickstart it. What a fiddly game. Boring graphics (hard to distinguish the various monsters, as they are only standees), and a very “Euro” combat system based on cards. Now come on, if I want to kill some skeletons, I want dice, not cards! All live counters are kept separate on a monster display, and each monster is linked with a very small number printed on it to this display. On your turn, you play two cards from your pool (of 10 to 14, depending on character), and you have to think carefully on what action you will waste, as you won’t get those cards back easily. The whole game play felt totally Euro and I was really disappointed. If you like MAGE KNIGHT, I’m sure you’d like this game too, but I was already bored playing Mage Knight. However, Gloomhaven has a very impressive built-in campaign game; although who wants to play even more scenarios …?

So on Saturday I wanted a real dungeon crawler and broke out Wrath of Ashardalon. We played three scenarios (of which we won two) and I was really satisfied. That’s how a dungeon crawler should work! This, or DungeonQuest, or Descent: Journeys in the Dark! Yes!

We ended Saturday with a nice game of 7 Wonders.

As Andrea never played a Dungeons and Dragons Adventure System Board Games before, and was pretty impressed by Wrath of Ashardalon on Saturday, she asked for more on Sunday. I checked the Geek and it said “2-player: recommended”, so I took my Castle Ravenloft box and we played the 2nd scenario. Well, I wouldn’t recommend it for two players, except if anybody controls two heroes. This game shines with more players, two is only a compromise.



New Games

Woo-hoo, I got my hands on a shrink wrapped copy of Moongha Invaders: Mad Scientists and Atomic Monsters Attack the Earth!, Kickstarter edition (which includes Moongha Invaders Two Player)! How cool is that? meeple



I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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10. Board Game: Talon [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:1990] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Terraforming Mars—Always exciting.

SeaFall—This game is beginning to wear out its welcome, though I do want to see it through to the end of the campaign.

Coup x3—My 10-y.o., my wife, and I each won a game!

Love Letter—My wife doesn't like learning new games (I know—what a contrast!) but she will often do so for our son. He wanted to play Love Letter, and in trying to convince her (he's good at closing the deal), he said, "It's kind of like Coup," which we had just played and which she likes. I thought to myself, "Yeah, that's actually right. Role selection driving by and driving player interaction within the context of bluffing. He's absolutely right!" Anyway, I was proud to see my son's analytical connection and glad that my wife did enjoy it.

Talon x6! Harold Buchanan sold me his NIS copy of the hard-to-find Talon after my son saw it at the San Diego Historical Games Convention last year and wanted it. My son and I broke it open on Saturday. Fantastic tactical game that does everything I want out of X-Wing or Memoir '44 but quickly and without lumbering. He absolutely adored it. We played five times in a row on Saturday. Yesterday, I only had time to play once, which disappointed him, and I beat him, which he was very gracious about. But he is strategizing about how to win today.

He's no slouch, given that he's beat me in 2 of 6 games, and in one of them he annihilated my ships with no losses.

My current Talon Lifetime Score is 6. His is 2. I actually expect that today it will be 6–3.

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Meanwhile, as with Roger, my copy of the Anniversary Edition of War of the Ring arrived. It is a masterpiece of manufactured production beauty. Worth every cent, and I should have bought a second.

Also, HF3 arrived as well. It is heavy. My SeaFall group (which recently has turned into a Wednesday night SeaFall-Terraforming Mars group) is now interested in High Frontier.
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Last week's gaming:



 5   Firefly Fluxx x2
 6   BraveRats x2
 7   The Dream to End All Dreams: World Cup Soccer
 7   Cosmic Wimpout x3
 6   Little Dungeon: Turtle Rock x2
 8   Hey, That's My Fish! x2
 10   Dominion
 5   SHH NEW!
 6   Pocket Sports Baseball

All of these plays (save Dream To End All Dreams) were with Boo, including an extra inning Pocket Baseball affair while wtching the Opening day Yankee game. She managed single runs in 6 of the 9 innings, whereas I managed only an early crooked number (5 runs including a Grand Slam) until tying it in the top of the 9th. Another Grand Slam in the top of the 10th looked to have clinched it at 12-6, but Boo battled back, scored 1, loaded the bases and had the tying run on deck before finally succumbing. It's a simple dicefest, and quite mechanical, but it does create great narrative and some exciting moments.

As is Dream To End All Dreams. I'm gradually coming to the end of an English First Division Soccer 1981 season replay that I have been soloing for a over two years at this point. This week I managed to get through week 32 of 38 and Nottingham Forest (whi historically did not figure in the title race) have all but clinched already. Real life champs Liverpool are 15 points back in 2nd and my beloved Tottenham Hotspurs (3rd in reality after looking good for much of the season but wilting late due to fixture congestion - Spurs won the FA Cup that year) climbing from 10th to 4th in this 4 game session. Looking forward to moving on to a Rulers of the Continent Soccer campaign next, and have a number of 60s, 70s and 80s European Club Tournaments on tap (not coincidentally, all years that Spurs featured . . .) Rulers is based on the Dream engine, but is geared to tournament play rather than seasons, and includes scorers.

The only new game was SHH. It's both a word game and a co-op, so the fact that I rate it a 5 is probably an endorsement from me - I dislike word games and co-ops.

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This week was rough. The audit continues and does not goes as well as it should. Lots of reasons, none of them serious or concerning, like a new Executive Director, and new Auditor and a new QuickBooks company file, but the bottom line is it fall on me, and I have to own it.

I just need to get passed it now, hopefully in time for the May board meeting, but it's frustrating and a little disconcerting.

The return of my vertigo is not helping any, either.

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I picked up Test of Fire: Bull Run 1861 and Clash of Wills: Shiloh 1862 this week based on my play at of the former at ConnCon. 45 minutes to an hour, essentially soloable, low footprint, decent components, simple but interesting play.

What other wargames are out there in this same world?
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:938]
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 N/A   Patchwork x2
Solitaire plays.

 10   PitchCar x5
Solitaire and withmy daughter.

 N/A   Lost Cities: The Board Game NEW!
Nice and easy game. Borrowed it to play with the wife over Easter break.

 N/A   The Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor NEW!
Ok game, but nothing special. Might be a good fit for my daughter.

 N/A   7 Wonders Duel
I lost badly vs. Ingmar in this play. Ingmar picked up all the resources in Era 1 and therefore cruised to a victory.
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13. Board Game: Blue Moon Legends [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Blue Moon Legends 2p xMany
Between QA analyses
and data parsing fun
we fight for dragon guarantees
to be the favourite son

One of us! I have turned a fellow coworker, and we now totally have fun bashing each other's brains out. I'm a Flit fella, but I have a feeling he'll go Mimix or Vulca. It's just so neat. We're really kinda getting into the fun. I'm still a bit miffed that I lost on an all or nothing Aqua thing. I milled the deck like a man posessed for that second storm, and nothing! Ah well, them's the breaks. I'm really, really liking the delve into this game.

Flip City 2p x1 (w/all expansions)
Those trailer parks are real eyesores,
let's gentrify post haste
Put windfarms in the great outdoors
reducing fossil waste


Hooo boy. Finally got to play with my "complete edition", with randomizers and what have you- and it was excellent. Farmer's markets changed how you played, airports nee windfarms really let you throw spanners into works, money was much bigger with a trash card, just in general a richer, more fulfilling experience. Friend Emily creamed me. Damn her windfarms!

Trains 3p ww x1 (China Map w/routes)
Industrial tomfoolery is what we've got in spades
We lay concurrent track and place our pricing barricades
You do the work, I'll take the points- the fairest of fair trades
I just hope they don't audit us, exposing our charades


Gosh I do love this game. It irks me that there's rule changes that make some card iconography obsolete and edge cases you need to know, and the fact that we house-rule equal rounds, but darn if it isn't fun with Megan and Emily. It's so interesting that, you sometimes want to build up stations for points, and to make it more costly for other players to score off of it... but the minute you get other players in that zone it's garbage that no one wants to do the work for. So much leeching and deckbuilding goodness. Megan lamented that she had gone straight to the map, but given her isolated position, she should have deckbuilt a bit more before inundating her engine with waste. She was right- I took it by a proboscis.

The Bremens 3p ww x1
Symbiotic animals on parasitic rides
what joy it is to ride upon, 'till chicken piece elides

What an odd game. Yes, certain game states can make a couple of moves really deterministic, but with players who play at a good clip, it's quite fun- stealing rides and jumping off across the finish line.

Boggle Family 2p ww x a couple, 3p ww x a few
skeeter bites and unpopped kernels
annoy me so, but then
There's nothing quite as aggravatign
as misplaced "I-G-N"


This game is, in a word brilliatn. Except when it has heartbreakign near-misses. Oh, if only the s was a bit closer!

Onitama 2p ww x1
When men were bold in days of yore, before guns equalized,
their fighting games were just plain fights, shoryukens realised


Simple, fun, an excellently themed abstract. For a man who loves kung fu movies, you couldn't ask for more. Well, maybe the drunken immortals stance?

Keltis NWNS 2p ww x1
Neue weg und neue steine- without, it's inhumane!
I say all pompous just because I've never played it plain


So Megan and I love this game, but I just don't see how we can play it with three or four. The discard tension is wonderful with two, creating this awesome choice between gumming up your hand with garbage that to them would be purest gold, or making room, letting them at the slop-trough, and hopefully moving forward with your plans.
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