GCL Gelato 293 - Dreaming!
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Unless you're a computer bot or a creature from outer space (in which case, call me), you the reader are a human. And if you're a human, you dream - whether you remember them or not, you dream.

So, have a nice drink of something relaxing, snuggle under the covers or in a comfy chair, and dream...

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1. Board Game: Dreaming Spires [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5732]
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There are (to paraphrase a joke) two types of people: those who analyze dreams for some inner meaning, and those who don't.

Occasionally, a dream will happen to me that seems to have an obvious connection to my day. But 98.3% of the time, naah. Whatever physiological role dreams play, to me they are cheap entertainment. As the Blondie song has it, "dreaming is free."

Do you have any thoughts about the meanings of dreams, whether Freudian or what?

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2. Board Game: Dream On [Average Rating:3.13 Unranked]
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Though I don't attach much importance to dreams, I really DO like relating them and hearing others' dreams. Partly because dreams can be so very absurd.

Here's a dream I had earlier this week:

I was at a large sort of banquet table, plain white top and extending quite far to my left and right. Lots of people at the table, and plenty of other tables in what was obviously quite a large room. I think I was wearing a suit; people were dressed professionally.

Across from me was an attractive woman probably in her 30s (don't worry, this dream is strictly G-rated, suitable for all ages). In dream logic (you know, dream logic - when in the DREAM you "know" something to be true, but in your waking reality it is not), I was either romantically attached to this woman, or wanted to be.

Anyway, it's kind of curious because the table top was pretty empty; only a few plates in the middle with a few food items, and no plates or silverware in front of us. Maybe a bad day for the wait staff, I dunno. Anyway, the young woman across from me suddenly brightens; she reaches across to her right and grabs something off of a plate. It is a couple of pieces of cooked American-style bacon - cooked, but not crispy. She takes up the pepper shaker and pours a huge pile of pepper on the table. She then dips and rubs the bacon in the pepper and says, cheerfully: "Pepper bacon!" and pops it in her mouth. The last fading thought of that dream is "Huh, I never heard of pepper bacon."

Analyze that if you wish! But otherwise, any amusing dreams you'd like to share?



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3. Board Game: George Washington's Dream A Reading Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I have been reliably informed that I talk in my sleep on occasion. Sometimes it's nonsense, like the time I began mumbling in my sleep and my wife began to talk to me, to see what I'd say, and I came out with this deathless line:

The parachutists make cameo appearances.

Huh. Even better, ages ago when I was interviewing Haitians on the visa line, I used to conduct visa interviews entirely in my sleep. In Haitian Creole, no less. I'd say for example "M regret, m pa kab ba ou visa" ("I'm sorry, but I can't give you a visa"). Then in a high-pitched voice, the type of voice I'd use to imitate a little old Haitian lady, I'd say something like "Konsul, quinze jour quinze jour" ("Consul, just two weeks").

Or the time we had just returned to our apartment after a vacation, and my wife's mom & sister (who had been apartment sitting on their own vacation) were sleeping in the living room. They got up before the crack of dawn to drive home and were closing the door to our bedroom. This disturbed me, so I swung my legs around to sit up and yelled in a loud, stentorian voice "WHO ARE YOU?" My mother in law responded, "It's me, it's me". Trouble with THAT is every single person on the planet could answer "it's me" and be telling the truth. So, still shouting "WHO ARE YOU", I went to stand up. My wife was patting me on the back saying "It's okay, it's June"; that got thru to me and I went back to bed. My mother- and sister-in-law were petrified. Me, I have only the slightest memory of it - I was sort of observing this sleeptalking. My wife thought it was hilarious.

So - any talking in your sleep stories? Maybe from others? Like the time when I was a teen and I heard my two brothers talking to each other in THEIR sleep? (That was frickin' creepy, I tell you what. I went to my room and locked the door.)

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4. Board Game: Nightmare [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:9279]
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The flip side to sweet dreams are of course nightmares. Do you have them regularly?

I have one once in a while, a recurring one. The details always vary, but some dangerous situation comes up where I need to shout a warning. But (and this is the nightmarish part), then in the dream I find I cannot get the words out! It's seriously scary stuff - this dream, which I haven't had in a while, always makes me wake up, heart pounding.

It's worse for my wife, because while in my dream I cannot get words out, I finally force out an inarticulate loud moan of anguish. Not in the dream - in real life. Loud. Obviously it wakes my poor wife up, too.

So - nightmares?

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5. Board Game: Dream Date [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Then there are day dreams, or idle fantasies. Dream dates, dream jobs, dream vacations.

This is free form folks - care to share an idea for what would be a dream job, dream vacation, some sort of dreamy or ideal situation for you?

I had a job that many would consider to be a dream job - but honestly, I would have traded it for a chance to play center forward for England, or to headline a big rock band. Definitely dreams, because I was a decent but not great soccer player, and my musical chops are no dream...

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6. Board Game: Dream Heist [Average Rating:4.53 Overall Rank:14134]
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I wanted to put this Cheap Trick video here.

But it does remind me of movies and novels where "they" implant dreams into the minds of humans or robots (cf, HBO's West World).

Share a work of fiction where dream-planting was important and made an impression on you...

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7. Board Game: A Distant Plain [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:664]
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In the games played category: Last night my friends and I finished our live-action vassal/skype game of A Distant Plain. It was a lesson in not giving up too soon. At one point - second propaganda card, I believe - Stewart's government and Isaac's coalition had been so pounding my Taliban (aided by a run of good govt/coalition capabilities) that I had precisely ZERO guerrillas or bases in Afghanistan. So that was a low point.

But I came back. They began to turn their attentions on each other (both nearly won auto-victories but didn't) and on the warlord 'bot. I crept back in along the Pakistani border. Spread a bit further. And then the cards began to break my way. It was late, so I didn't take them as events, but I began to have a lot of chances for 'full boats' (ops + special).

Game ended up with me at -2, good enough for the win.
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8. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:420]
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 N/A   Santa Maria NEW! - It wasn't until 3/4 of the way through the game that the whole thing clicked. It is decidedly mechanical, something for the true JASE-heads that don't care about the total lack of theme. I thought it felt unique enough to want to try a few more times.

 N/A   Rajas of the Ganges NEW! - Games like this show why the whole US-centered scene doesn't yet have the development process of the old German pros. The game goes down so smoothly and it is so easy to learn and start playing that it is impressive. Who knows what the original theme was, does it even matter?

 N/A   Nusfjord NEW! - Something may have been off, but I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, mainly because of the quaint theme. It felt strangely loose. I prefer the more stressful Rosenbergs (and the early card games), so having too much fish to even store felt weird.

 N/A   Clans of Caledonia NEW! - Derivative, but what isn't these days? It's impossible to not think of Terra Mystica when playing this. I do like the different clan powers as well as the whole engine building aspect. You start out so poor, it is fun to increase in power and wealth.


 N/A   Calimala x2 NEW! - It is admirable how much they stripped away from the game, and the central action selection mechanism is clever. I'm just not sure there's enough there to remain interesting in the long term,

 N/A   Scheffeln - It was entertaining to see my kids take to this game. The amount of luck seems very high, but the same players kept getting paid out.

 N/A   Memoarrr! NEW! - Very simple and pure memory game that finally does something a little bit different. It feels similar to Leo, but I like that it's not a cooperative game.

 N/A   Leo - We had a weird session where we won on the very first attempt, which was extremely lucky.

 7   Kalimambo - I'm not sure how much control there is, but the kids definitely like playing a game about trying to avoid stepping in elephant dung.

 N/A   Fabled Fruit x2 - I look forward to finishing the initial set of cards so we can try the expansion. It does seem like one mistake will completely ruin your chances of winning, but there are some more interesting cards coming out as we move further through the deck.

 N/A   Candy Match x2 - Most have dismissed this as something Knizia designed in his sleep, but it's actually quite challenging for this sort of game, and thus kind of fun.

 7   Honeybears - Go green bear! It was nice to have my youngest son totally helping me push green bear up the track, which sort of ruined the game for everyone else.

 N/A   Werewords x6 - Big Trouble in Little China was pretty much impossible to get!

 N/A   That's a Question! NEW! - I was glad to finally get this to the table. It is a nice addition to the Say Anything genre of party games that can be good conversation starters. It is neat to learn more about the people we play with. This also does away with the stress of having to think of something creative or clever , which makes it way more approachable than Dixit or Say Anything.

 8   Telestrations - The cards were sort of disappointing in how easy they were to draw. I seem to remember the difficulty as higher in my previous games.

 N/A   Schollen Rollen NEW! - A fun little press your luck dice roller from the master. Most similar to his earlier title Mmm...Brains, which I also really like.

 N/A   Qwixx gemixxt - Really weird session where almost everyone got stuck at the end and the game ended by getting the 4 penalties

 8   Power Grid: China/Korea - It was fun to play this after almost a decade since my last play. It was really hard to get my economy going and I spent the entire game in front of the turn order without being able to catch up.

 N/A   Queendomino NEW! - Exactly what everyone else says...offers a few more options over Kingdomino. I was pleased enough with the simpler version, I'm not sure I need the new additions, but they do completely change the game and reward the complete opposite strategy of building separate, smaller domains.

 9   Promi-Klatsch - Still the best speed game there is.

 N/A   Azul - I got pounded by my middle son, I definitely need to think a bit more about the strategy.

 N/A   Loot N Run

 N/A   Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama NEW! - The changes they made from the original Avenue all seem positive, everyone really enjoyed this.

 N/A   Kamozza (貨モッツァ) - I love games like this that sometimes award really greedy moves while punishing those that choose to play it safe.

This week I watched Murder on the Orient Express, which was strangely boring despite the potentially captivating story and the stable of award-winning actors. I can't help but compare it to Mystery of the Yellow Room, which does a much better job at both humanizing and mystifying the detective, both of which have a very personal stake in the murder at the heart of the story.

I also saw Coco, which is a perfectly fine Pixar movie. The violence in the backstory seems out of place, but the animation is really beautiful. The songs are a little too watered down, but it's still definitely a crowd-pleaser. Everyone clapped at the end.
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9. Board Game: Legendary: Spider-Man Homecoming [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
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Howdy Gelati!

Here's my week:



 9   Race for the Galaxy x3
 N/A   Legendary: Spider-Man Homecoming NEW!
 N/A   Lightning: D-Day NEW!
 N/A   Cable Car NEW!
 N/A   Santorini x4 NEW!
 N/A   Days of Steam NEW!
 N/A   Cockroach Poker

I got to bust out the newest Legendary expansion, Spider-Man Homecoming, with my buddy, it's different but cool thematically. We barely took down Vulture, and I got the win.

I also finally introduced him to Race for the Galaxy, which he loved. We played the times, and I went for a risky long game play that didn't pan out the third game, so he won that one.

I introduced my wife to Cockroach Poker, and she liked it, and she and I also busted out Lightning D-Day, which was quick and neat, but my wife hated it.

I got a new copy of Santorini, and my wife and I played a few games of that. She won once, but she liked it. Thanks for the recommendation Avri!

I also finally busted out Cable Car with my wife, and it was a hit. What a neat game!

Otherwise, back to work tomorrow. I hope everyone has a great week!
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10. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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N/A  Terraforming Mars x3 NEW!
On Monday night I broke out the Terraforming Mars game and went through it solo. Had no idea what I was supposed to do to get an engine going and didn´t win. Had fun trying to find out how to do it.
On Tuesday me and Ingmar had a go at it. Ingmar won, but I got a better idea of what to do. We played without the Corporate Era cards.
On Thursday I took another stab at Terraforming solo. Left out the Corporate era cards and went on to win it. But I forgot to place the two random cities. Not sure how that would have effected me, but it is a hollow win. I need to win this with Corporate Era included.
I liked it more than I thought, but I don´t think I want to play this with more than 3 players.
And a question for Roger, which I know like the game. How much does the Hellas7Elysium map changes play?

N/A  Flamme Rouge
Had a go at a race with the Peloton and Muscle team from the expansion solo rules. Very fun to play theis game, even with the random solo movement.

8  Formula D
Played this with the kids on Sunday. Daughter won. They had fun.

N/A  1835 NEW!
Finished a pbem play with the Gelatos. I came in last.

EDIT: The Beer report

A decent christmas beer.


Two more Christmas beers. The Porter was really good.


Another good Christmas beer and a Newcastle Brown Ale. Good stuff.
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11. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:575]
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This is the week that was:


 10   Twilight Struggle x2 Playdek
 6   The Rose King Yucata (Tommy)
 6   Formula Dé x2 NEW! w TNC
This was, believe it or not, my first exposure to Formula De! And it was a blast!

I won the first game (because I managed to do the course really well), and then we played the Monaco track which was phenomenal and hard, and I left a lot of debris on the track for people to drive through. I was a DNF on that course.

I really liked it, it was a fun racing game, and I'm keen to play again in similar circumstances.

 8   Cribbage x2 ww
 4   Citadels ww
Friday night was our final night at the Cat Social House on Granville Island while the Kelda was at art class. The staff was super nice and the servers who'd we'd been regulars for all made a point to come by and say goodbye.

The Cat Social House was a franchise of Brown's Social House, and while it wasn't the most brilliant food and drink, it was the one place on Granville Island that we could hang out, have a glass of wine, and play a couple of board games. There are other places to eat, but they vary from The Keg (a mid-range steakhouse), the bar of the hotel (a bit swish), and all of the other places all close before art class lets out. So... we'll have to figure something out.

As for the games, we played a couple of games of cribbage, splitting the wins, and our two player Citadels ended in a 32-32 tie. It was a fitting way to go out.

What's going on:
Achievement unlocked! The game as a stat will show up in next week's list (as I run a Sunday-Saturday game listing for my contributions, with exceptions for game conventions), but today I played my 100th game of the Combat Commander Series. I'm now the proud owner of the shiny new mb microbadge for having completed the 100 game challenge.














Get your own Starry "100" here

On the nature of take home exams: I work for a government agency, and in a large organization with many employees like ours, while talent will get you some way and certainly provide opportunities, to truly advance, one has to qualify formally on processes. I love the job I'm currently in and have now had the chance to write a take home assignment/exam as part of a process that started in September. Assuming I did ok, an oral interview is next, and after that I get to find out if I made the cut. Even if I did, it only puts me in a pool of qualified candidates. The closest easy comparison I can make is that it's like when you watch a serial police drama and you hear about the patrolman studying for and writing the sergeant's exam. It's similar. I know that Chris has written about these kinds of experiences in his firehall work.

New games: Some new games have arrived at the house. My Santa Grogs has delivered 2 items so far. I've received a game that I'm not sure of whether it's my Santa Grogs or my Secret Gelato - I'll know once a parcel that's in transit from Santa Grogs arrives...

This morning, Columbia's latest arrived - Combat Infantry - which I backed on Kickstarter. It looks really good. I can't say it'll displace Combat Commander, but I'm feeling pretty hopeful it'll give a great experience.

Speaking of KickStarter, I've also received the Ogre Miniatures Series 1 box, along with a free copy of Ogre: Objective 218, which was a stretch goal. Haven't played it, not sure it'll get a lot of play time. I 've just backed series 2.
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12. Board Game: Bitskrieg [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Last week's gaming:



 8   Bitskrieg NEW!
 8   Hey, That's My Fish!
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x4
 6   Meteor x4 NEW!

I taught Bitskrieg to Boo this week, and it was a smash hit. She caught on fast, I rushed her flags with my Light Tanks. Her Tank Destroyer took one out before my win condition kicked in, and then proceeded to wipe me out completely. She's as smitten with the design as I am.

She was also excited for me to teach her Meteor (one of the door prizes from BGGCon). It's a real time co-op which is frighteningly similar to Apophis, a pyramid game by my buddy Erik which I helped playtest before and during an design competition. (It won . . .) Then as now, it is a fast and furious race against time which is full of laughs and fun if you have the right crowd. Boo is the right crowd.

I also appear to have fallen into a creative phase coming out of BGGCon. I backed Book of Dragons on Kickstarter, in large part due to the opportunity to gave me to come up with a new game to add to the system. (A game design contest, after all, is how I ended up with Penguin Soccer a decade ago . . .) I brainstormed a handful of ideas, and one leapt to the fore and forced me to get it down on paper. It's an n-in-a-row-with-a-twist, working title is Dragons High, Dragons Low. Played a handful of times with Johanna and it seems to work. Need to figure out is actually fun, and whether or not I can break the rules as written.

It is playable with a stripped down standard deck of cards (although it will be simpler to play with the Dragon Deck). Once I have the ruleset locked down, if anyone is interested in giving feedback, I would be happy to share. Two-player game that plays in about 10 minutes.

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In my creative haze, I appear to committed to participating in a Twitter Pitch Party to try to find an agent for my Literary Sci Fi novel, You Are Not Here. I've been honing a half dozen teaser tweets to tempt any prospective representation on the day of the event, December 14. Fingers crossed . . .
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13. Board Game: Firefly: The Game – Blue Sun [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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GAME WEEK

 6   Skull Port NEW!
 8   Love Letter
 6   Fantahzee: Hordes & Heroes NEW!
 6   Dead Man's Doubloons NEW!
 6   Bye-Bye Black Sheep NEW!
 10   Firefly: The Game
 10   1835

My GM is still on vacation in Japan, so there was no RPG group this week on Friday. However, on Saturday, we met at our friends’ place to try out some new games he acquired in Essen. It was a bunch of lighter Euro/Dice games and we started with Dead Man's Doubloons. Pirate-themed, it uses some kind of programmed instruction mechanism (anyone remember Robo Rally?), although combat is allowed and we fired a lot of broadsides onto each other. When your ship is destroyed, it becomes a ghost ship and starts to annoy other players even more. However, you need to revert back to a “real” ship, otherwise your scoring would be in the dumps. Funny theme, nice game, great minis. Nothing I’d need in my collection, but I would play it again anytime.

The next game was Fantahzee: Hordes & Heroes; dungeon crawling with dice. You need to roll combinations to activate heroes, and all those who are active can go and slay the monsters in the dungeon. This is actually a good game on my standards, however, the downtime was a little annoying as it needs a lot of time and thinking to optimally place your dice once you control a couple of heroes with interlocking abilities. Also, the graphic art was awful – I didn’t like it at all. So, yes, I would play it again, but I can think of hundreds of other games I would prefer.

Skull Port – another pirate dice roller – on the other hand was basically very good; where it lacked was development. It felt like a playtest version of a great game, and it is in dire need of a professional editor to make that game really enjoyable.

Bye-Bye Black Sheep is a very nice little card game with a wonderful push-your-luck mechanism. But again, I’m absolutely no fan of the graphic art here. Otherwise, I liked it and will play it again anytime.

We ended the game night with a game of Love Letter, and it proved to be the best game of the evening.

On Sunday Andrea and I agreed that after all those nice little Euros we need a truly awesome game now and set up Firefly: The Game. A friend of us joined and we went for an epic scenario which lasted for more than four hours. Our friend won, but all of us had a great time playing that wonderful monster. I recently ordered fan-made cards for the game at Printerstudio.com and added them to the decks, as well as new ships. Even more Firefly goodness!

Also, our Gelato game of 1835 ended; anyone up for another game? I don't care for the year number in the title, any game will do!




NEW GAMES

Firefly: The Game is now discontinued by Gale Force Nine, LLC (so get it while you can!!!), and before they run out of stock, I ordered the ship packs one and two. One already arrived, the other is still in the mail. Also, the expansion for Tyrants of the Underdark came in, and I was really surprised how crappy the card quality is! I have read about it, but it’s really bad. You need sleeving to be able to add those new cards to your existing decks. And the first expansion for The Bloody Inn has also been added to my collection - however, the base game still awaits its first play ...



I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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14. Board Game: Altiplano [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:668]
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Rone 2p x1

Too much choice- I'm apoplectic
even though's apocalyptic
Water, water everywhere,
'tis far too much to think
I think there're snipers over there
I think I'll softly slink.
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What a surprisingly wonderful 2p battle game. There's hand and deck management, and the fact that your deck and hand make up your VP means there are very interesting choices (although I've heard the HP trading card game did that sorta stuff). It was played over the course of two days as my brother spent far too much time hemming and hawing- but I still enjoyed playing it with him, eventually winning with one HP left. I think it's quite a nice magic-like, but with the random deck construction, it's a real fun get-up-and-go.

Altiplano 2p x1, 3p x1

I'm definitely coocoo,
he said with wild glee
for all the lovely cocoa beans
are coming home with me
and then i'm running in the trees
and using these fine chocolate beans
to make a lovely crystal stein
and see-through glass terrines
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A delightfully off-kilter bag builder. Sure, it's almost entirely MP solitaire, with only the direct interaction of competition for mildly limited resources, but it's smooth, and interesting, and like dominion- stack depletion is a beautifully subtle interaction. It feels like Uwe made a deckbuilder with alpacas, and that's a good thing. I also love the deckbuilding "twist" that you can only take certain actions at certain places.

No More Cindarellas 2p x1, 3p x1, 2p ww x3

She doesn't have fine golden hair,
I whispered to the prince
she hates white rice I did declare
my solemn tone convinced
She's more Tom Selleck than you'd think
Insert mustachioed erotic wink
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What a wacky theme and an excellent micro game. Honestly, what I wanted love letter to be. There's luck, sure, but there's also a generous helping of Tobago-esque reverse deduction and interesting plays. Also, a great while-holding-baby game.

Eggs of ostrich x2

even though I sniped the gold
(the gold of course is amber)
I couldn't scrabble hard enough
I'm not the egg commander
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Triple skip followed by an amber. This game still surprises me. "I only have 20 minutes before I have to go." Eggs of ostrich 2x it is, then.

Photosynthesis 4p ww x1

Trees are dicks, he said to me
this maple here? No, not a tree
it's simply a big bag of dicks
this whole hillside is naught but pricks
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Nature, green in leaf and branch. What a bloodbath. Like Reef Encounter, it's a pretty game about how nature is really just made of dicks. Would not own, but probably play again. I don't know if I'd do the advanced game- that just seems a shade too long.

Istanbul: DW 2p x2, 2p ww x1

Shipping crates I've got for sale
don't know what's in 'em anyway
could be a case of ginger ale
or even Matt McConaughey
all I know is y'alls are boobies
accepting random junk for rubies
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I'm really liking this game more and more, despite losing my last two games. It is my personal jump drive- 10 minutes of lightning-fast bad choices.

Legend of the five rings 2p x1

I floated like a butterfly
and stung just like a Samurai
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Intriguing game. Super interesting. Will always love to play, but am afraid of the rabbit hole.

Barbarossa 2p x.5

tanks for the memories
beer for the troops
not the best of remedies
cause we then drive in loops
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Didn't finish, but brother really seemed to like it by the time I went to bed. I of course, still love it. Didn't realize he hadn't played a deckbuilder, woulda started with something else.

Insider 6p x 5

In Vino Veritas, He Said
Or Vino Obfuscata, 'stead
His cranium was deep in cider
and thus I won as the insider
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Great game. Love it, love everything about it. House ruled it to 2.5 minutes, and it was an absolute blast, especially considering we played with increasingly drunken family... which leads me to:

A Fake Artist goes to Folsom6p x 1.5
Clearing Coffins 4p .5


Alcohol makes people loud
brings out all their animus
makes me wonder if they can
ever be anonymous
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Too drunk for rules, it's turkey day. My brother, especially, misunderstood and on his turn drew an elaborate turtle without lifting his pen off the page. Which was canceled out by the drunk fake artist drawing a dinosaur around the turtle. WHAT THE HELL WAS HAPPENING?!?

Puzzle Strike 2p x.75

I wish that in my daily life
I could make a bubble shield
and shrug off all the little strife
what I'd give for a force field
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Taught a co-worker. Excited to have gaming colleagues! Wheeeeee! Also, fuck bubble shield, it's awesome. Obviously late-game it's terrible, but an early game survival device such as that is pretty fun.

BEEREPORT

Einstock x1

Fed to brother. He loved it. Mission success! Fraternal beer enjoyment +1

Hell or High Watermelon x1

I think that was my last one- I have to wait for summer for them to brew it again. Grr! It's so light and refreshing that I want it regardless of how cold it gets.
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