GCL Gelato 299 - Sick!
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1. Board Game: Viral [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1208]
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Happy New Year everyone! As I mentioned in last week's GCL, I got sick during New Years and spent several days in bed. So I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. Let's talk about your maladies.

Are you generally a healthy person, or do you manage to avoid getting sick often?
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2. Board Game: Sick Puppy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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What was the worst bout of sickness you've had? How long did it keep you in bed?
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3. Board Game: Antidote [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2753]
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When you get the cold or flu, or even a nasty sore throat, what is your tried- and proven family or personal remedy to help fight it off without medicine?

(I need cough remedies!)
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4. Board Game: Pandemic: Rising Tide [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1223]
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 N/A   Werewords x8 - Something weird happened when we were playing this game. Besides the not infrequent discussions about whether the words are suitably arranged in the correct difficulty levels ("Mater" is in the "hard" movie category?), we were surprised to see the name of the town we were in ("Escondido") pop up as one of the words. Would such an obscure place name really merit a place in the word list of the app? Or does it draw information about where its users are located?

 8   Loopin' Louie x4 - It was entertaining to see all the excitement this game brought out.

 N/A   Pandemic: Rising Tide x3 NEW! - I have to admire the way they made a very similar feeling, but completely different looking game. This is obviously very close to Pandemic, but the geography is way different, with crazily connected regions, and a lot of fun place names and words to mispronounce. "Schouwen-Duiveland". "Stormvloedseindienst". So far the game doesn't seem too difficult to beat, but we have probably been playing on the easier levels.

 8   7 Wonders x2
 6   7 Wonders: Babel x2
 6   7 Wonders: Leaders - It's always great to pull this one out. it doesn't see much table time even though everyone knows how to play it, mainly because of the setup required.

 N/A   Century: Spice Road x2 - This is one of my wife's favorite games, so it is always fun to play it together. It is fun to construct the right engine. The constraints feel just right, adding just enough of a roadblock to be fun.

 N/A   Secret Hitler x2 - It was very satisfying to see a Hitler chancellor win even when one of the fascists admitted to being a fascist and even if that meant that my team lost.

 N/A   Word Slam x2 - We played "old people" vs "young people" and I was so surprised to lose so readily to the young ones.

 8   Alhambra: The Card Game - All the table talk and misdirection is what really makes the game shine.

 N/A   Dark Is The Night NEW! - Extremely disappointing little game. I'm not sure I see what the point is.

 N/A   Dead Last - This ended up being perfect for a family game night with our friends. It is a little too long, but works really well as a large group game with enough room for double crossing without really having to lie. There were some really cruel moves and some surprising betrayals, a great game!

 6   Diamant - I used to play this game with my scouts back when I was an assistant scoutmaster. One of my old scouts came back from college and requested this game because of all of the memories he had from playing it. It was very gratifying to hear that he enjoyed it so much. I celebrated with a huge victory. I love how falling behind forces you to become even more desperate.

 6   Fairy Tale - I don't know what I was thinking calling Voodoo Prince the ugliest game I own. I forgot about this one - a monumental achievement in ugliness.

 10   Liar's Dice

 10   Nertz

 N/A   Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 - After 3 successive losses, we finally pulled off a win, and it was actually pretty easy. Some wanted us to lose so we could open up the consolation box.

 N/A   Pie Town NEW! - The acclaim this game is receiving is baffling. I get it, a lot of people like pie. But the actual game here is very thin and doesn't really provide many meaningful choices.

 N/A   Ramses Pyramid NEW! - My youngest son was excited about the game because he could construct the Legos. I was excited to play an old Knizia I had ignored. It was neat to see him win. I like the memory element which is definitely a recycled idea from other Knizia games. But the randomness of the die roll is a little frustrating. Not a great game, but I was glad to play it.

 9   Rock the Beat - I have never seen a group of people learn a game as quickly as this. From the very first round, the speed of the game was crazy. I had a dedicated group of students a few years back and we were experienced enough to add in sounds and we played very fast. But this group moved the tempo up as soon as we started playing.

 8   Say Anything

 8   Trendy - It's always fun to lay down some Karl Mooshuber!

 8   Unusual Suspects - I believe this was my 15th play, and this was actually the first time that we actually beat the game.

 N/A   Yogi - I was impressed at how many cards my sons could fulfill. What a great idea for a game!
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5. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition [Average Rating:8.97 Overall Rank:38]
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Edit: Howdy Gelati, sorry for the delay in adding my text to the week, I've been rather busy. Here was my week:



9  Love Letter
7.5  Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle x5 NEW!
8  Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
N/A  Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition NEW!
10  Legendary: Deadpool x2 NEW!

I got HP for half off at Go's after holiday sale, which was perfect because I never thought the game would be worth its full price. I feel vindicated in that having now played it several times. The "campaign" sort of way the game unfolds is an interesting way to introduce deck builders and the game to newbies.

My son and I are now on Game 6, having lost only one game at Game 4 because of a particularly nasty villain combo combined with no cards to remove markers from the locations showing up for us.

That said, once you realize that the game isn't a game about killing villains, but about keeping tokens off the locations, that becomes the priority after which you can run fairly rampant through the game. It's been fun to play with my son, but I don't see much game here after we finish the last two games here. I heard they fixed some stuff in the expansion and made it harder, but there is literally no way to thin your deck in the base game. I can't figure out how a deckbuilder can ignore that element of the dbg.

That said, it's gotten my son to the gaming table more than he has been in a while, so it's a winner for that reason for me.

I busted out Deadpool for Legendary and that was an interesting experience. Using just the Deadpool cards in a 4 player game (Heroes, a Villains, Mastermind, scheme) was about as close to impossible as I've seen in a Legendary setup except for a couple of nasty scheme and mastermind solo combos. Nevertheless it was fun.cicchose Deadpool because I was introducing the game to a teacher at my school and he loves the comics.

Our TI4 game was very good. I was Barony of Letnev (Purple), the other two were Hacan (Yellow), and XX'Cha (Red). The Hacan player was trying to get into it, but there was so much going on that he was a bit distracted. The XXCha player wasn't all there, unfortunately, and he was taking the idea that his faction was turtles and... Turtled. And he forgot about his faction abilities until late enough in the game that he was more a nuisance than anything to my mighty fleets.

We all loved the game, and we are looking forward to playing again, though probably not until Spring Break maybe. I had both other players watch how to play videos and read the Learn to Play book beforehand, but we spent 45 minutes or so going over everything with the pieces in front of them. I set everything up the night before, so we saved that time at least.

It's pretty close to a ten for me, if not so, and I can't wait to play it more.

Holiday break is the only time I really get to spend time with both my wife and my son with any regularity, so it was nice to get to do so. I also get to meet up with several friends who teach at other schools over the break, so I was excited to meet up with some people I haven't seen since summer.

One of my students from last year had surgery and they had to put a spacer bar in his chest, so I visited him and wished him well. I also brought him the Attack on Titan DBG to play with his dad, since they are both fans of the anime, and he is going to be stuck at home for a couple weeks.

I have been pretty stressed out trying to get my curriculum map and lesson plans revamped for the unit I am doing right now because the English 8 teachers decided together (including me) to do that first and then Lord of the Flies.

We are letting the students pick their own book to read, then we approve the choice of course, and we have some lessons and activities that work with any fiction book pretty much, so the students get to use their own pick of reading material to learn this stuff. I am doing my own version of the lesson because I felt the other teachers versions were a little too low level for our students, so I had to fend for myself here. It seems to be going well so far, but I had to remap everything, and update my lesson plans because it changed the order in which I am teaching some things.

Overall, that's fairly well settled finally, so I'm back to normal for another week until my semester at UNLV starts. Final semester of my Masters in Secondary Ed. I can't wait to be done.

I hope everyone is well and has a great week!
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Rebel Saboteurs Ally Pack [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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 10   Eldritch Horror x2
 N/A   Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
 6   Rendezvous at Ord Mantell NEW!
 10   Star Wars: Imperial Assault x3
 7   Sushi Go!
 7   Rat Trap x3 NEW!
 2   Peak Oil NEW!
 8   Liar's Dice
 7   La Cosa Nostra NEW!
 5   Attack on Titan: The Last Stand x2 NEW!

We started the week on Monday and Tuesday evening with Eldritch Horror. The first game against Hypnos and the Dreamlands sideboard, the second game against the Elder Things and the Antarctica sideboard. We won both, the first one was very close, and the second game was a cakewalk (however, the Elder Things are generally seen as the easiest of the Ancient Ones). Still, one of our favorite games if not our most favorite.

As I agreed to GM the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire RPG this year, I played a small scenario with Andrea to get familiar with the various rules and concepts of that game. So I chose a scenario called Rendevous at Ord Mantell[ and Andrea played a Togruta Pilot named Azira. The scenario went on for five hours. I’m still a little on the edge with the rules – one one hand, they are close to perfect, on the other hand, they have holes as big as a swiss cheese. But generally, they are fine and you can find a lot of additional stuff on the net.

Our RPG group on Friday was cancelled, as two of the guys were on vacation, so it was only Andrea and me, and our GM, who wanted to try out Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I took the Empire and we played three missions, of which the Rebels won two.

Saturday was game night, and we played through the new games that our friends brought home from Essen. Attack on Titan: The Last Stand is a one against many style game, where the players gang up to bring down some kind of evil titan (who – for reasons unknown – looks suspiciously like Mick Jagger). It’s basically a dice roller and we played two games; one was won by the heroes and one by the titan. Generally a good game, but a little too elaborate for the simple mechanism.

La Cosa Nostra is a very interactive, very funny game about the mafia, extortion, prostitution, drug dealing, illegal businesses and gang wars. We had a lot of fun playing this one and I seriously think about adding this one to my collection. You definitely need the right group to enjoy this game!

Peak Oil … oh boy. What a bore. One and a half hour of lost life time. The game is ugly, tedious, and boring. Mechanically it works and I can see where some people might like this, but for us, it was a dud. I expected a somewhat modern Crude: The Oil Game, but this game was simply a huge big disappointment. Ugh.

The next game was more on the light and fun side: Rat Trap. Basically a dice/card dungeon crawler, although the heroes are rats, and the dungeon is some kind of search-for-cheese-and-avoid-the-traps-and-the-cat quest. This is a very entertaining and fun little game, and we had a lot of laughs! As it only needs about 25 minutes to play, we had three games in a row. I’ll surely order this one.

So that were all of my friends’ new games, and we played something older then: Liar's Dice, which is always a welcome sight at our table, and we ended the evening with Sushi Go!, another great little card game.



I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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7. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1910]
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It was a good week for games, and I had my fill of beer (more or less) last week.

Mystery Rummy- Al Capone
This is the least "Mystery Rummy" game in the set of 4, in that it plays long, there are no wild cards, and you are rewarded for large sets.
It does have standard mystery rummy elements (one gavel per turn, must discard) but we've usually played one of the other three (two, really, since Jekyll & Hyde is a 2-player only offering).
Anyway, we had a good game and a lot of fun with it on one night.

Unreal Estate x2
Finally got a real game in, and we enjoyed it enough that we followed it up immediately with another one. As I suspected, 3 players is a good number, and the two guys I played with were more into it than the family ever was.

Backgammon
AKA "Dice hate me"
I accepted an early double, even though I knew in my heart that it was probably a bad idea. We only play for dimes, so it would have seemed pretty cheap to give in.
I should have listened to my head.

Monty Python Fluxx x2 --NEW
A game that I don't own. My buddy got a copy from his niece, for Christmas, so we broke it out.
Silly and fun, and the two of us got to quote Monty Python lines that weren't on the cards while our wives rolled their eyes and kept commenting, "What??"

Euchre x2
Guys versus gals. Us guys are deadly on the same team, it seems.
I love this game.

Scharfe Schoten
Still looking for a breakthrough stretgy, but still enjoying the hell out of the experience.

Dice Town
AKA "Dice hate me"
When I picked up this game, I had no idea that it would be so popular with my wife, family, and other friends.
Fortunately for them, I'm a good loser.

Clubs
Now this is a card game where my skill comes through.
Having three wild 15s in one hand didn't hurt, neither. whistle
Final score: Me > the other three players' scores, combined.
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Had a Russel Brewing IP'eh (Canadian flag on the front; they are a Vancouver brewery).
Sweeter than a typical coastal northwest IPA, but plenty tasty.

Curly Horse IPA
Very bitter, but well balanced by malt. This is what an IPA should be and it's the best style of beer to drink, in my opinion.

Paranoid Black IPA
Bitter but with an extra alcohol hit (7.2%, I think it was; your typical IPA runs around 6.5%) and that means malt. Chocolate malt, in this case; thus the "black" part of the equation. Yum.

We also cracked open some Pistachio creme liqueur that my in-laws bought us in Italy. It was OK, but sadly it lacked the authenticity of the version that we had in Amalfi. This one was mostly sugar syrup.

An excellent Limoncello was purched by me, however, featuring Sorrento lemons.


This one was just as good as any that we found in Sorrento or Amalfi.
Not syrupy thick, and not face puckering acidic. Smooooth.
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8. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.02 Overall Rank:1]
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This is the week that was:


New Year's Eve:
 7   Telestrations x3 NEW! with a full house
New Year's Eve saw us at Dave's Pop Culture at a potluck boardgame night that the three of went to, and we got into an 11 player session of this variant on Eat Poop You Cat. The little flip books are a great addition to the general game, but the use of start phrases instead of words would have made the experience that much better. Still, a big thumbs up on this one.

 8   Startups
One my favourites of the 2017.

 7   Secret Hitler x2 with a full house (10 people)
A fabulous game in which the Kelda caused Dave, the owner of the shop, to literally go speechless and slack jawed in awe when she was revealed to be a fascist when Hitler was elected chancellor.

The second game was also highly entertaining when the chancellor asked to veto the policies and the president said no - because she had passed the chancellor two liberal policies! Ha! And the game ended dramatically when three consecutive elections failed and the random policy on top of the deck was liberal and won it for team blue.

 8   In a Grove
Taught this one to Tracey and the Kelda managed to eke out a win. A brilliant little game this one.

 7   Downforce x2 with a full six.
Jonathan, despite having given this to me for my birthday, had never played it. It's awesome with six players, and three cars went DNF, including mine. I went DNF in the second race too!

 9   Gloomhaven x3 NEW! wf
I finally cracked this beast open and... I. Love. This.

I'm not a huge fan of cooperative games, and definitely not keen on legacy games, but this... this has completely blown away all my expectations. I love the story arc development, and in session 4 last Sunday we completed one scenario which meant that we've closed off a different story path.

We've all just levelled up, and we now have many other locations to explore, including having discovered two side quests to go on. We're all intensely curious to open up some of the other boxes in the game...

 6   Titan x2
I've been playing a lot more Titan thanks to the iOS app.

 5   A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) w TNC
On Thursday we played a full house of this one, and I managed not to come last and to not get eliminated. I was house Tyrell. I still don't love it, but I like it better than the last time I played.
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:26]
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N/A  Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Started the app campaign with Ingmar and Geir Erik. Fun to play it like this. We played the first scenario. I was the Wookie character.

N/A  Pokémon Trading Card Game
Pikachu vs. Volcarion. My son demolished my Pikachu with his Volcarion. He was happy.

Slow start to the year, due to getting prepared to send my wife and son to Spain for a month. They left yesterday.

Reading
Got in my minimum 10 pages a day and have in fact already finished Replay by Ken Grimwood. Very cool book.
On to the next one now. A Norwegian book. So far ok.

Expansions:
I recieved Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Tragic Events which I backed on kickstarter last summer.

And Days of Wonder announced a new expansion for Memoir´44. That one is an instabuy.

And the expansion stuff I backed on kickstarter for Star Realms is coming in a few months time.

Other incoming expansions are Replicators for Space Empires and Talon 1000.

Expand or die!
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10. Board Game: Das Tiroler Spiel [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Happy 2018, Gelati!



 2   Operation x2 NEW!
 6   The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
 6   Archaeology: The Card Game
 8   Tsuro x2
 4   Chess
 4   Dobble x2
 5   Sherlock x2

Gaming:
Lots of kid gaming these last two weeks as we went on a family trip. Six parents, seven kids, one tiny resort in Western Tyrolia.


It was wonderful getting back on a snowboard, and the weather cooperated, dumping about 90cm on us the week we were there.


My cousins play Risk and Bingo with their kids: after 10 minutes with Tsuro they all want my recommendations for what to buy next. But I'm a bit stumped. So that's my request (as I'm not as up on new, in-stock games as all of you): what are the best family games of the last 5 years?

Visits:
Gearing up to welcome Nikki and Billy tomorrow. I hope you still have our wifi set up because I've forgotten your custom pw. Our staff trip for 2018 was to Brussels, where we had a great think-session with a partner school and stopped to see some government building.


Reading:
Determined to do better at this, I'm reading a good PD book called Naked Teaching Practices. I also picked up a Dutch translation of one of Allende's books. Reckon if I get through it I'll order the original and dust off my Spanish. Also, the Canada Reads shortlist is only a fortnight away, and that always spurs me.

Life:
Goes on, happily.
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11. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:379]
Nikki Ebright
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Centennial
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 7   Race for the Galaxy x3
 N/A   Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia
 7   Ticket to Ride
 7   The Game
 N/A   Camel Up x2 NEW!

What, it's Thursday already? But it was just Sunday, and I was hitting refresh every few minutes for the new geeklist (sure it was middle of the night for most of you, whatever).

Well, then, on with the show!

GAMES

New Year's Day, Billy and I took some time to play a few rounds of Race for the Galaxy. He's definitely got the upper hand on this one, but I'll get the synergy one of these days. I do well when I get good cards; I'm still learning what to do when I don't have compatible cards.

On Friday Jan 5th, we went to Vendetta, a game store in Arnhem. They were hosting a gaming night. It's interesting - so it's not huge or spacious, but there's a handful of tables tucked here and there. It costs €5 to play, but he gives you Vendetta Bucks that you can use in the store to buy snacks and games. So if you're already planning on spending money there in general, it's a good deal. He's talking about moving to a larger space too, and offered to have me organize his events. Already networking!

For gaming, we joined 2 other fellows who had just come in. They had Ticket to Ride and Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia with them. One of the fellows had not played TTR recently, so they asked if we could play that first. Sure! They set the map upside down for us, asking if that was ok - we were like, yes, totally fine, we know where these cities are, heh.

Billy and I did well. Then we played the Asia map, and did it as teams. That was *really* cool. I recommend this! We enjoyed that so much, it's on our wish list now.

Had a great time playing with those guys, and a nice chat after with the store manager, so Arnhem gets a few points in their direction (under Potential Places to Live).

The next day we checked out of the apartment and went to play at someone's house - mom, dad, and 2 kids (aged 10 and 4 I believe). The 4 year old wasn't much for gaming, but the 10 yo was! We were also there over lunchtime, so we played a short game of The Game before lunch. We were possibly in trouble, and I said something about it only being a game, and they were like, no, it's THE Game! It was a great time (and we did win).

Then a super yummy lunch. The mom/wife is from Russia, and they both lived there for some time, and other places, so we had a great conversation about different cultures and weather and housing (mostly weather, lol) and languages, all while she cooked pancake after pancake for everyone. We were so welcomed. That's 2 for 2 now, between them and Tommy - I'm going to start to think all Dutch people are really nice.

We used up a lot of our time socializing, so we had time for something short again. I asked for Camel Up as I keep hearing about it (in posts or lists), and I have something from the Advent Calendar for it, so I was curious. A silly game, but I had a good time, and I really like the pyramid dice rolling construction. Clever. Makes me wonder if they came up with that and then built the game around it.

Oh and speaking of game design, Michiel is also a game designer, so we chatted about our interest in designing and reskinning games. More bonus points for Arnhem.

In chatting about housing, something came up about a place near them that may be coming up for rent, so they're going to inquire about that and let us know. I said that if it comes up in 6-8 months, that would be ideal.

TRAVEL

I haven't been on a plane in almost 2 weeks. It feels weird.

In Arnhem, we were in a flat (basically) on a busy pedestrian street, full of shops below and housing above. We got out and walked somewhere almost every day. Now we're in De Meern, kind of a suburb of Utrecht. It's much more residential here; we have to walk over a canal and parallel to a busy road (but not near it) to get to the bus. Or we can walk the other way about 10 minutes and there's 2 grocery options (Jumbo and Lidl).

We have a small side house here, with a large bedroom (seriously, it has the bed, wardrobe, couch, dressing table, 2 chairs, and a small table), a living room with door (nice for keeping it warmer), small galley like kitchen with another living room type area next to it, shower and sink room, separate toilet and sink room, washing machine room, and boiler room. That's the first floor.

Second floor has 2 bedrooms, one smaller and another large "master" feeling room. No water upstairs though.

As I type this, I'm in the sitting area of our bedroom, I've got the shades open and can see where the canal is nearby (can't actually see the water, but that's probably a good thing), and I'm watching as bicycles and pedestrians go by. It's also the road for this little section of houses, so cars and scooters go by occasionally too. I'm enjoying watching families and groups of kids happily bubbling along, chatter chatter chatter.

WORK

I've had a few very productive days, and a few less so, and many in between. So it's like at home.

We've got HexaCon in a week - yay and omg! - and then WhimsyCon in 7 weeks. I finally got the program survey out to prospective panelists. Much later than I would have liked, so I know we'll lose a few people who would have come but are not available now, but I still think it'll be a pretty solid program. I'm still short a larger musical performer so I'm working on that, and maybe will fill in with a handful of smaller performers, which is actually quite nice because you can actually hear them and interact with them at the con.

And then WesterCon/MALCon is in under 6 months, so I'm getting inquiries about that, but I'm putting those off until after HexaCon (unless I have spare time between now and then).

AND THE REST

Overall things are pretty awesome. I've also been enjoying the Geek of the Week last week and this week. Alicialaura was someone I was trying to connect with here, and amusingly she's in the US right now.

I've also been having trouble adjusting to local time. I'm staying up until 2 am and sleeping in til at least 10 am. Not good when check out time tomorrow is by 10 am! Hopefully we'll get out in time tomorrow and say goodbye to our non-English speaking, poorly hearing, elderly couple hosts, lol! They've been adorable, and the language barrier has been amusing.

It's a male/female couple and she hears better, but speaks almost no English, so she and I have tried to communicate the most. I believe she said that she speaks a little French, but I tried that, and I think I'm more fluent than she is! I'd love to have it on video and show it to someone who could laugh at our misunderstandings. Billy and I have started using Google translate on our phones a lot, typing messages we want to say and then showing it to them. Anyway, it's been fun, and even more encourages us to learn more Dutch.

Guess that's all for now. Tot ziens!
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12. Board Game: Tak [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:816]
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Catch up post, since the end of last year / start of this year just flew out of control. (Nothing bad, just BUSY!)

2017 gaming:
734 total plays of 126 games



 8   Button Men x330 NEW!
 7   Pairs x37
 9   Brawl x26
 7   Pokémon Trading Card Game x16 NEW!
 7   Cosmic Wimpout x12 NEW!
 8   Hey, That's My Fish! x12
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x12
 9   The Rose King x11
 9   Crokinole x9
 5   Little Dungeon: Turtle Rock x9
 9   Tak x9 NEW!
 7   BraveRats x8
 8   Puppy Love x8 NEW!
 5   Firefly Fluxx x7 NEW!
 6   Meteor x7 NEW!
 6   Branches and Twigs and Thorns x6
 7   For Sale x6
 7   Lost Cities x6
 7   Spline+ x6 NEW!
 8   Onirim x5
 6   Pyramid Arcade Loonacy x5
 7   Quarriors! x5
 7   Win, Lose, or Banana x5
 10   Dominion x4
 8   Fight! x4
 9   Lines of Action x4
 7   Movie Plotz x4 NEW!
 9   Ordo x4
 8   Paris Connection x4 NEW!
 6   Spline x4
 7   Spot it! x4
 8   Star Realms x4
 8   Alien Artifacts x3 NEW!
 6   Angry Dice x3
 9   Blam! x3
 5   Chess x3
 4   Clue Jr.: The Case of the Missing Cake x3 NEW!
 7   GoRoGo x3 NEW!
 8   Jaipur x3
 7   Machi Koro x3
 7   NMBR 9 x3 NEW!
 6   Paper Football x3
 N/A   Penguin Soccer x3
 8   Pikemen x3
 4   Tem-Purr-A x3 NEW!
 7   26.2: The Marathon Dice Game x2
 7   Aries x2
 8   Azul x2 NEW!
 9   Biblios x2
 7   Can't Stop Express x2 NEW!
 10   Cannon x2
 8   Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire x2 NEW!
 7   DC Comics Deck-Building Game x2
 7   Frenzy x2
 7   Gravity x2
 6   Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game x2
 7   Kingdoms x2 NEW!
 7   LYNGK x2 NEW!
 8   Magic: The Gathering x2
 9   Mini Rails x2 NEW!
 9   No Thanks! x2
 8   Northern Pacific x2 NEW!
 7   Robo Battle Pigs x2
 6   Strawberry Ninja x2 NEW!
 8   StreetSoccer x2
 7   The Dream to End All Dreams: World Cup Soccer x2
 7   Adrenaline NEW!
 6   Asterion NEW!
 N/A   Avenue NEW!
 7   Axiom NEW!
 8   Bitskrieg NEW!
 7   Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game NEW!
 8   Cephalopod
 N/A   Cheat Your Own Adventure NEW!
 7   Coin Age NEW!
 6   Color Wheel
 8   Commands & Colors: Ancients NEW!
 5   Connect Four
 8   Dump The Ump!
 6   Eddie Cantor's Game: Tell It to the Judge NEW!
 8   Eight-Minute Empire
 7   Fire and Ice NEW!
 7   Five Ravens NEW!
 7   Flick 'em Up! NEW!
 8   Footy Manager
 6   Harald NEW!
 N/A   Herbaceous NEW!
 7   Hero Realms NEW!
 9   Homeworlds
 9   Imperial 2030
 4   Jericho
 6   Joking Hazard
 5   Le Passe-Trappe Grande NEW!
 6   Lords of Rock: Mosh Pit NEW!
 7   Manoeuvre NEW!
 7   Martian Dice
 6   Maze Racers NEW!
 7   Mystic Vale NEW!
 6   Pandemic
 5   Petal Battle NEW!
 6   Pocket Sports Baseball
 7   Red7 NEW!
 7   Reiner Knizia's Decathlon
 7   Riverboat NEW!
 5   Robot Turtles
 8   Root NEW!
 5   SHH NEW!
 7   Safari-Dual NEW!
 8   Santorini NEW!
 6   Simon's Cat Card Game NEW!
 10   Spell Saga
 7   Spinball NEW!
 6   Starcade NEW!
 8   Table Battles NEW!
 5   Terra Mystica NEW!
 6   Terraforming Mars NEW!
 7   Test of Fire: Bull Run 1861 NEW!
 6   The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game NEW!
 7   The Lords of Rock NEW!
 4   Tic-Tac-Toe NEW!
 4   Top Trumps NEW!
 7   TransAmerica
 2   Trouble NEW!
 6   Twin Stars: Escape the Brig NEW!
 8   Volcano

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Two weeks in England was great for catching up with my old High School friends, and for Boo to spend time with their kids. But it was another year where despite traveling 3,500 miles, I did not travel the final 90 miles to meet up with my old University friends. I miss those guys.

Big changes at work - new hires, people leaving, new A/P workflow, likely moving offices. At least the W2s and W3 are already out . . .

I started a cardio kickboxing class at the dojo where Boo takes Karate (and as of yesterday Ju Jitsu) several times a week. It is absolutely kicking my ass, but in a good way.

Hope to be more active with you fine Gelati going forward.
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