GCL Mafia 326: Questionable times to take a nap
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Welcome to GCL Mafia Division's weekly geeklist!

GCL Mafia Members:
• Please add an item to represent your gaming life for the week of April 17-24, 2017 San Jacinto Week 2017.
• List any games played along with your thoughts/opinions.
• Grab a private's uniform (or clothing of the opposite gender) in order to attempt to escape capture.
• Also, feel free to share gaming news, life updates, random thoughts, or anything else you deem appropriate.

GCL Mafia Geeklist Format:
• A weekly game can be spotlighted and discussed. The poster will pose questions about it to encourage conversation.
• Themed questions are optional. They can be gaming-related topics or non-gaming-related topics.
• I will accept no debate on a top five- it should be discussed..

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1. Board Game: Texas Glory: 1835-36 [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4035]
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Last Friday was San Jacinto day, which commemorates Texas winning its independce from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. To celebrate, I'm going to be writing up several stories about the Texas War for Independence. But don't fret- you can skip all my boring text on each item to the last paragraph, and then I'll ask a non-Texas gaming question that's loosely connected to whatever I driveled on about before.

Are you willing to tolerate historical themes in games (though not necessarily wargames)? Why or or why not?

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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The Texas revolution began when settlers from the United States became angry that the Mexican government revoked their rights. The Texians (as they called themselves at the time) were upset that Mexico's Constitution of 1824 had been repealed in 1835. It is somewhat ironic because the Texian settlers had been original ignoring the conditions of settlement set by the Mexican government (namely that they take a loyalty oath, convert to Catholicism and not hold slaves), but the Texians cried foul when other Mexican government regulations changed.

The new constitution provoked a lot of unrest in several Mexican provinces which the Mexican president, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, put down using the Mexican army. The Texas revolution famously began when a group of Texians at Gonzalez refused to surrender a cannon (given for protection against Comanches and other native tribes) back to the military. The citizens instead unveiled a banner with a crude drawing of the cannon and the words "Come and take it", and shot until the Mexican dragoons tasked with retrieving it retreated.

Texas was a sparsely settled province on the northern outskirts of Mexico and during the fall of 1835 as the Texians forced the Mexican garrisons out of key cities, the Mexican army spent its time putting down a rebellion in Zacatecas prior to dealing with Texas.

Settlers of Catan was a ground-breaking game in the Euro revolution, and has often been listed as a common gateway game into the hobby. It is now well over 20 years old. Is there a game that currently handles the settling of a new territory in a better/more interesting fashion, or is Settler's influence still looming large?
 
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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When Santa Anna finally got around to dealing with the rebellion in Texas he was prepared to use excessive force to crush it. He had been fairly heavy handed in dealing with the rebellion in Zacatecas, and felt that a similar approach would demoralize the Texians and discourage other unrest throughout Mexico. His army made the long trek across the desert to San Antonio de Bexar and found the Texians had fortified in an old Spanish mission from the 1700s. The nearly 200 Texians inside included several famous American frontiersmen, such as Jim Bowie and David Crockett. Santa Anna besieged the fortress, and when he raised a flag to indicate he would give no quarter to the defenders the Texian commanding officer, William Barrett Travis, fired a cannon in response.

On the morning of March 6, 1836, after 2 weeks of siege, the Mexican army stormed the fortress with 2000 men. All white male defenders were either killed in battle or were executed. Some women captured and slaves were allowed to leave in order to spread the story of the defeat to demoralize the Texian settlers and soldiers. A garrison not long afterward, on Santa Anna's orders.

The executions had the opposite effect- the populace of Texas was outraged at what had been done. A provisional government had declared independence from Mexico on March 2, and the settlers throughout Texas were determined to make it stick. General Sam Houston had been training and army, and the massacres were to be a rallying cry for all of Texas as the Revolution moved forward.

Do you ever make moves in a game which may not be your absolute best available option, but are used to intimidate or otherwise manipulate the actions of other players?
 
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4. Board Game: Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Santa Anna and his Mexican army chased down Sam Houston and the remaining Texian forces to a place known as Buffalo Bayou. Houston had 900 men with him, and picked the area because it provided good cover and concealed the size of his force. Santa Anna, confident after two infamous slaughters at San Antonio de Bexar and Goliad, made camp across the plain from the Texans with his 660 men, surrounded by the woods on one side, a marsh on another, and a lake on yet another. The next morning he was reinforced by another 540 men. These men had marched all night, and as the Texians had not launched any attack in the morning, Santa Anna allowed his troops to rest in the afternoon.

This proved to be a crucial mistake- Houston had spent the morning planning his attack. He burned the bridges behind his men (to ensure they had no option to retreat) and caught the Mexican army by complete surprise. Santa Anna's force was routed in minutes as the Texians shouted "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" The Texians showed no pity to the scattering Mexican soldiers were mercilessly picked off by Texian forces as they attempted to flee across the marsh and the lake. Santa Anna was captured the following day wearing a private's uniform- his status was given away when the rank and file Mexican soldiers saluted him. While Mexico still had substantial armies in Texas, the capture of Santa Anna led to the granting of Texas independence.

Have you ever made a single critical rules mistake, which ended up ruining the entire game of something you were trying to play?
 
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5. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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The battle of San Jacinto lasted 18 minutes, due to the complete surprise with which the Texans caught the Mexican army offguard. The Texans picked off several hundred Mexicans attempting to flee into total disarray afterward, and Santa Anna was captured.

I'm absolutely fascinated by the fact that such an important historical battle, with long reaching consequences for several countries (including a major war 12 years later) would occur in such a short period of time. It's an incredibly short moment in history. And what really boggles the mind is that some of the fillers we play to kill time waiting last longer than it did.

If you have someone that will be joining your planned gaming event in 20-30 minutes, what game would you choose to play as a filler with those already on site?
 
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6. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:951]
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Let's have your top 5 games where the players instigate or take part in a Revolution. I'm listing my favorite, a classic warhorse from the 1980s. When the player-run government goes too far (or sometimes when they've not gone far enough), other players seize the military and attempt to overthrow the government!
 
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7. Board Game: Braggart [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2726]
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And now to the non-gaming question of the week!

Texans have a reputation for being overly proud of their state, and its probably deserved. Being Texan is rather a big deal here, and to the true believers being in Texas and doing things the Texas way can be a pretty big deal. Does the area you hail from have large amount of state/provincial/district adminstratif pride?
 
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked]
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Hooray, first game on my new Collectors edition!

War of the Ring: This play was long overdue, with one of my oldest gaming friends. He'd been scared away from this game for a long time because he confused it the the Knizia cooperative Lord of the Rings Game that came out around 2000, which he hated. He saw me playing Battle of Five Armies at BGG.Con last year and realized the mistake, and it led to this play. Happy to say it went over well- it had its usual great narrative and sequences of cooperative and uncooperative dice. The last turn went his way- I had a great Fellowship progress toward Mordor but rolled 5 musters and an event die with 2 moves remaining. He had to blow two large armies to get Minas Tirith (which included a lucky card draw and roll at the end) but the rolls were friendly and he prevailed. The game showcased what it can be- desperate moves and lots of tension near the end!

Playtesting: Back to working on trying a prototype. This one is a bit more of a grind to get to the table vs. other gaming options, mostly because there are other things I know we could be playing that I may love more. Not that the game we're testing is terrible, but its not the same as when I was working a War of the Ring expansion 2 years ago. Valuable lesson, but I'm glad I'm seeing it through.

On my mind: I'm anxiously awaiting summer. Not really because I get any time off, but because there are several educators I know who are tough to get to the gaming table during the school year but will suddenly have freetime.

I'm looking to wrap up a Pathfinder module with a group. They're fairly new to the genre and inexperienced. They've got a big Bad End Guy to face, and as of now I'm worried that they'll make choices that make the fight impossible. It's a fine line to walk- I don't want to tell them what to do (I do drop lots of hints about what is coming), and I continually mention shoring up party weaknesses. But they often make poor choices in building their characters chasing after wild hares. If I feel they're not up to it, there may be one or two NPC mercenaries who ask for magic items in return for help. I'd like to at least give them the option to not get slaughtered mercilessly.

And I'm finally booking a vacation to the Old Dominion this week! I've got my plan pretty well fleshed out, but it probably needs a bit more scrubbing to ensure I don't pack too much in.
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:6]
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Fugitive x1 (new!)
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Saltlands is mostly mundane but has a couple of excellent mechanisms.

Vikings Gone Wild is pretty damn solid but a little messy at times.


Fugitive
This is a slick little deduction game from Tim Fowers. I very much enjoyed this despite never even hearing about it before sitting down to play. To quote Grace, "I won both games so that helps."

Planetarium
This one is very neat. It's mechanisms are somewhat abstract, moving matter tokens and planets around orbital paths trying to make them collie. Then spending those resources to play cards and evolve the planetary bodies.

There's some solid capture of theme here through the take on physics and the excellent feel of orchestrating a plan out of chaos. In some ways, the players are sculpting a universe in a god-like fashion. It's pretty compelling, particularly for a 40 minute super filler.

Rebellion
Been too long. This game is so damn good. I was the Rebellion, highlights include:

-Leia being captured and frozen in carbonite, then freed by Luke
-Luke being turned to the Dark Side and leading a Star Destroyer fleet in search of the relocated Rebel base.
-Jan Dodonna training with Yoda on Dagobah
-Rebel troops occupying Coruscant
-The Death Star blowing up the Rebel base with my victory only a turn away

Totally a top 10 game of all time.


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For some reason I started watching 13 Reasons Why and stuck with it for 4 episodes before bailing. I think I'm a little off the 16 year old target market on this one. Premise was very compelling though.

We're almost caught up on Billions season 2. This is pretty good stuff. Going to do the current season of Better Call Saul after this.

The Expanse finished pretty strong. They're mostly sticking very close to the novels and I appreciate that.

Still spending a lot of time painting Shadow War terrain. No pics but I've finished all of the terrain included in the core set. Now working on a GW pipe set and almost have that done. Going to go to work on a destroyed Rhino (vehicle) next.

The Blues overcame the Wild in game 5 and are moving on to the second round to take on the Nashville Predators. Pumped for this. Going to have to watch game 1 during weekly game night again.

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10. Board Game: Jolly & Roger [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:4153]
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Guillotine NEW!
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Jolly & Roger NEW!

Guillotine
Set up another Tabletop Simulator game night with my college buddies. The plan was 5p Cosmic Encounter but there were a bunch of issues with getting it going and it crashing my laptop. I think it was partially related to connection lag (one guy is in Alaska). We switched to Guillotine which worked much better. I'd never played and thought it was pretty clever. Round 1 we had a friend runaway with the round and play a card that locked the Noble row down. No one had any cards that could remove his, so that kinda sucked. Fun though, would definitely play again and the module worked well.

TMNT
The glinks came over on Thursday night to game. We did the 1st scenario and it was very close between the Turtles and me (Shredder) they ultimately won but it was fun. About 50/50 on enjoyment, though most agreed the tutorial scenario was a bit bland. Turtles won on an excellent rail-slide which was awesome.

Lady Richmond
Closed the night with my first play of this. What an excellent little gem. I was sent this and Essen from MM for reviews, both unrequested. Essen was garbage and this one totally made up for it. It's HABA, so designed for a younger crowd but boy did we have fun. 7 cards are placed face down in the center of the table and revealed one at a time, player by player. When someone is ready to bid you grab the center auction block in a real-time race and the person who gets it can open the bidding. There are some clever player powers that let you be really mean (like swapping the 6 point card out for a -1 point card after someone has bid up to 7). Ultimately, there are some strategic letdowns if you're playing with True Gaming Adults but it isn't a failing of the game. Probably going to make this a 'con bag' game because it's an easy filler.

Jolly & Roger
A 2p "I cut-you choose" game. 4 pirate ships are in the center of the board each worth a different gold value. There is a deck of pirate cards, with a bunch of pirate cards of varying colors and point/gold value. Draw 5 cards, split into 2 groups and your opponent picks the group they want. Cards are played face up to the matching color ship in a bid for "control" or scored for their gold value if you have control already. It's a little tricky to balance playing for control and scoring points, as the person who controls the ship at the end also scores some bonus points. We played 2 back to back in about 30-40 minutes.

On my mind
Boy what a rough weekend. Katie got back on Friday with some sort of food poisoning or stomach bug. Saturday's big event was supposed to be Raffi's 2nd swimming class with Katie getting to swim. Instead, we were in the ER because Raffi tripped while we were getting him dressed and split his chin open on the footboard of our bed. Poor kid ended up with 7 stitches and will probably have a gnarly scar. Katie feels awful, as she was watching him when it happened. In order to stitch him up, he had to be restrained on this board and it was gut wrenching for us to watch because he was terrified and just screaming "daddy daddy mommy" and "leave me alone" over and over.

Seems to be in good spirits now; just doesn't enjoy having the band-aid changed.
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11. Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:3]
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Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
I played against Grace on BGO and while I had trouble figuring out the warp and woof of the gameplay in the first age, I eventually understood enough to form a basic strategy and do my best. I ended up with J.S. "Harpsichord Shredder" Bach boosting my opera quite a bit, and had a long string of turns where my culture was +14 while Grace was sitting around +3. I built an Ocean Liner and got free population (which is great, since my food production SUCKED the whole game), and started lagging behind in the military game, and eventually grabbed Charlie Chaplin to further boost my culture per turn. In the end, Grace played two cards and swung dozens of points ahead of me, and I promptly lost. I'm still not entirely sure how that happened, but it's all good. I'm glad to have played, and would like to try again.

Paris Connection
Anastasia and I played back-to-back twice with our friend, Sarah, and we were all immediately enamored with it. The first game was mostly pushing buttons to see what happened, so to speak, and the second one was enough for the knives to come out. Sarah won the first game after rushing to Marseilles once Anastasia and I started loading up on shares. I crushed the second game after I decided to mostly sit back and swap shares while Anastasia and Sarah built track. I had four more share than them total, and they were worth a ton of cash.

This game is fantastic. I wanted to play roughly five more times, but Sarah had to leave.

John Company
There are so many rule-tweaks incoming that my current playtest kit is effectively obsolete. However, we got a game in before the announcement e-mail and it was very tight. Anastasia ended up winning on a tiebreaker after both the Bengal and Bombay presidencies were eliminated due to regional revolution. We had one super-presidency based out of Madras, but we took a huge hit to our cashflow when the others were wiped out, resulting in a bailout and endless backstabbing between Anastasia and I. Really tense, lots of negotiation, and a bunch of critical failures on the part of the game screwing us intentionally. It was awesome.



On My Mind:
We threw a surprise party for my brother's 40th this weekend. We slipped into his house, set up a full bar, highboys, and mood lighting, and produced a perfect, swanky cocktail party for him, including 80-day cask-aged Manhattans we made in advance, complete with homemade vermouth. He was totally hoodwinked and absolutely loved it. It was awesome. Ted had a blast playing with his cousins, and the weather was so lovely that we spent the next day relaxing on the patio in the sunny Spring climate (except, of course, I was in the one available square foot of shade, because I hate the sun).
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12. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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My postal game finally ended. I had essentially quit playing before Diesels broke because somebody had 4 companies with 1 train between them, and my only company had no power to do anything. I couldn't lay track, stations, or increase the revenue of my runs. The game was drawn out for months before finally concluding. The player who I expected to go bankrupt was clever enough to teach me something. He eventually, very slowly, bought 3 Diesels out of pocket. Lots of train shuffling kept him afloat as well, and when the game finally did end, he won. By about $6. Crazy



This leaves my postal games to 1880, 1817 (which has triggered the end-game and is very close to it), and Titan. I'm continuing to be aggressive in my game of Titan, but am now being smarter about it. My Titan stack is finally up to 7-high. Aside from lions, it's all angels and a warlock. I attacked an opposing player's 7-stack, hoping for it to be a tough Titan stack, but it was actually a weak stack and he surrendered giving me half points instead of another angel.
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13. Board Game: Bake off [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure + Sunken Treasures 2 NEW!
Onitama 2 NEW!
Qwixx gemixxt 2 NEW!
Ascension: Gift of the Elements 1
Blood Rage 1
Carcassonne 1
Happy Pigs 1
Mysterium 1
Qwixx 1

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Clank! Sunken Treasures: Not sure what to say about this. It's fun, adding more/different Clankiness. The swimming aspect adds another layer of consideration when taking your turn (as you can't begin and end in the water space on your turn otherwise you'll take damage). However, I bought the SCUBA mask right away to avoid this in both games, so it wasn't a big deal. There are only two masks available though, so in a 4-player game, I'm sure this is much more of a race.

Onitama: I know I'm supposed to be doing clever moves since I can see all the cards and you know exactly what options your opponent has next turn, but I never really felt like I was pulling any of that off. Maybe it's because I've been playing so much Tash-Kalar with Joseph, but I feel no reason to play this again.

Qwixx gemixxt: I had printed off the scoring sheets for this a while ago, but only just got around to playing. The rows with mismatched numbers are pretty crazy, perhaps even more so than the ones with the mixed colors.

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On My Mind:

I got caught up on my grading finally. I still have more to do, of course, but I'm not feeling like I'm woefully behind like before. As such, I mostly gave myself the weekend off (there's always an odd task/email to deal with). I finished my Ascension: Gift of the Elements review and watched a whole lot of The Great British Bake Off.

Amazon is having a tabletop sale and Zombicide: Black Plague is only $55. I've been flirting with buying it for a while. It's obviously total Ameritrash, but I'm oddly intrigued by it and I'm really tempted given the price. I gave in.

Edit: Oh and I got a few more plays in of the Terra Mystica app. I'm understanding the game better. There are a lot of things I like about it, but there is also the "throw a bunch of shit" feeling in the design. Perhaps all the shit is necessary and I'll learn to appreciate it; perhaps it'll just continue to annoy me.
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14. Board Game: High Tide [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6001]
James Keith
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Sagrada x3 NEW!
Jump Drive
Hive: The Pillbug
Hive: The Mosquito
Hive: The Ladybug
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High Tide x2 NEW!
The Golden Ages
Sticheln x2
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space

Games came back with a vengeance after the past week's dry spell!

Sagrada

- Not bad for a medium-light dice-drafter. While I like the balance of tougher window patterns getting more opportunities to use the dice-manipulation powers, in practice they still seem to just score fewer points overall than the easier ones. It feels like players need to pick similar difficulty patterns for games to be close, but more plays will confirm/deny.

- This suffers similarly to the other spatial-die-placement games like Blueprints and Cubist in that a mildly challenging puzzle doesn't really seem to make for a intriguing game. Sure, players end up with very pretty looking constructions and certainly have stuff to think about during the game, but in the end I didn't find that enough to satisfy me as other kinds of games do.

- Points for the components and art design though, this is an aggressively good looking game!

- Ultimately this will probably have the same fate as the other previously mentioned dice games: I'll do my best to nickel them and then sell them off without much regret.

High Tide

- Now THIS was a random surprise: A dice-filler from the designer of Alhambra stealth-released by Queen just last year? I can see why it wasn't necessarily promoted, as the rules are just complex enough that a family trying to decipher it might be put off, but once the game is grasped it flows very smoothly and wraps up quickly.

- The game falls into the "Advance up a set of columns" design of dice push-your-luck, similar to designs like Can't Stop, Step by Step, or Way of the Dragon. Thematically, it's about trying to get your beach chairs at six different bars as close to the water as possible, with the problem being that a) the tide is coming in and b) getting one of your chairs in the water ends the game and removes it from scoring contention. Players score based on relative position at each of the bars, though points are also available for any chairs that don't advance out of the starting spaces as well.

- It's got a very simple roll-and-use-'em mechanic with limited options to throw away dice you don't want, but the thrown away dice can be used by the other players and potentially affect where the tide flows in at the end of the round. There are some limited re-roll opportunities for the first two pairs of dice that get rejected, but by-and-large there is no die manipulation, just juggling probabilities.

- Each die is color coded to one of the six different beach bars, and players pull out pairs of dice randomly from a bag. In a 3-4 player game there are 2 dice of each color in the bag, and in a 5-6 player game there are 3 of each, and figuring out what you're likely to draw based on how many have been drawn so far is a key decision in either throwing pairs away or keeping them.

- There is a literal Dice Pool printed on the board. It's more of a discard zone than what most would consider a "dice pool" to be, but the terminology still tickles my jaded gamer heart.

- The game also comes with 4 different expansion modules in the box that can be mixed and matched, and they're all super easy to integrate and cute. Some also improve the game, but I'm still figuring out what they might be.

- All-in-all, a very pleasant surprise. Very engaging for the gamer-y crowd for what it is, and one of my favorite genres.
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15. Board Game: New York [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2945]
Chris Ferejohn
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Another week with no games. Sad. I brought a couple to my work meetup in NY, but we frankly spent too much time out eating and drinking and seeing things.

Re: Seeing things.

I saw the Scott Colley quartet (http://www.scottcolley.com/) at the Village Vanguard. They were great. Drummer Art Smith was particularly impressive. On Friday my parents were in town and we saw the Oliver Lake big band (http://oliverlake.net/) at the Jazz Gallery. They were kind of avant garde-y, super impressive, and super loud. iPhone camera mic doesn't really do it justice (in fact it loses so much of the low end it makes them sound a bit tinny), but:





Re: Eating things

Went to two very nice meals not on my dime. Here: http://www.olmstednyc.com/ (on the company) and here: https://www.florabarnyc.com/ (on my parents). Ate a lot of good shrimp and oysters (of which I'm not usually a big fan, but these were great). Basically all food my wife loves, and she unfortunately couldn't make it.

I did get lunch at Ends Meat (https://www.endsmeatnyc.com/) in Brooklyn and I bought some cured meat (Copa and Chorizo) to bring home (since the Oysters probably wouldn't travel well) as well as some bagels.

This place: http://www.brooklynowl.com/ – basically an Etsy shop made flesh opened literally the day before I left so I got Alistair an orange felt unicorn horn, which he really liked. I can't imagine a store selling only unicorn horns is going to be long term viable, but what do i know).

Also checked out The Uncommons (http://uncommonsnyc.com/), a board game cafe near NYU. They were too busy for me to sit down (came during magic prerelease time), but the place was pretty cool, though very small. Like everything else in New York the lack of accessibility laws (e.g. accommodations for the disabled) was super-obvious. I did buy Ghost Blitz, which I have been interested in for a while. I showed it to Hilary/Alistair/My Mom when I got back last night and they all liked (and Alistair was actually able to understand it, if not play very quickly, which kind of surprised me).

I remain convinced from that experience that a Board Game Cafe could work around here (though it would be nice to get it closer to Stanford). If they can make it work at Greenwich Village rents...

Anyway, sorry for scattershot travelogue in lieu of game reports. Should get some stuff to the table this week.
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16. Board Game: Backup Storage War: Exagrid Vs. EMC Data Domain [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Timothy Hunt
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10  Zendo x7
10  Secret Hitler x3

Wednesday work group was Zendo, and someone else was the Master. This was thoroughly enjoyable, especially as it wasn't just me winning! The students have come a long way since we started regular Zendo, so that was a lot of fun.

Wednesday evening was my church small group social, at which we played Secret Hitler. There were 7 of us which was a great number for the game. This went down very well, which one might not expect, given the theme, and that you have to lie/bluff. I really enjoyed some of the comments made over the course of the evening. "You mean we have to lie?!" and "I felt terrible accusing you of being a Fascist when I knew all along that you weren't!" were a couple of high points. We had a Liberal-policy win, Fascist-policy win, and a Hitler-assassinated win.

On my mind: The importance of good backups. On Friday, I rebooted my MacBook Pro and it refused to come back up; it was Kernel Panicking shortly after start up. I headed over to the Apple store, and they took an initial look at it. It came up with some power-related issues, so they then used a different power supply, just to make sure that that wasn't the issue, and the same issues showed up on the report. I back up my machine reasonably regularly - my last backup being about 10 days old. Fortunately, nothing of import had happened in those 10 days.

They sent it away for repair, so I was without it for a few days. I will say that reading BGG on an iPad isn't too bad, but actually interacting is a pain, hence my update not happening until today. My personal devices connect to a different network than my work laptop. the PD network does not have BGG blocked, but the Corp network does, so I couldn't use my work laptop to make the update. However, strangely, reddit is just fine on the Corp network. I got the MBP back yesterday, and restoring from my backup disk was painless, with just a few manual steps that needed taken care of afterwards.

Backup your computers, people. You never know when you might have an issue.
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