Stay Home and Nurse My Wife-Con: A Three Day Weekend Solo Con
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A minor (very very minor) surgery has me taking off tomorrow to drive my wife home and make sure she has everything she needs.

So I might as well make a Solo Con out of it! thumbsup

I anticipate most games will be played Thursday Night and Friday, as she should be recovered by Saturday...so anything else is a bonus game!

Here we go!!!
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To the ant hills! To the meadow! To victory!!!



Squeaked out a win...I had 16, the centipedes had 15. A burst of ants exploring and marching at the end set me up, and some good draws during battle pushed me across the finish line with a win!

I think this might be my last play with the base game. Time to add the expansion!!!

(Soundtrack: Aerial M's self-titled album)
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A short and pleasant walk through the herb garden with my thematically colored water bottle (though my wife describes it as my "ninja turtle bottle" laugh).

I found some sage and two mediocre scores!

46 points:



42 points:



(Soundtrack: the ambient bliss of Aix Em Klemm's self-titled album...with a little nod to Twin Peaks in the song title...)
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3. Board Game: Pencils & Powers [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
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Enough with the pleasant strolls through nature...time for monsters!

And a pnp!

And a loss!

And a very poor score to go with it!

16 points, and everybody's dead. zombie



(Soundtrack: continuing with the ambient bliss of Aix Em Klemm's self-titled album)
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4. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:78]
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To the future!

This game. I love it. So much. I'm almost tired of repeating the ways that I love it. Still trying to figure out how to top the Chronobot, the hungriest of hungry hippos when it comes to victory points. And such a table hog...

I'm gonna need a bigger boat:



Final score:



It is tragically unfair to me that the Chronobot doesn't lose points for warp tiles...Chronobot has too much power over time!

I almost want to keep it on the table, but I'm going for variety today...

(Soundtrack: Boards of Canada, always always always Boards of Canada)
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5. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:302]
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I tried again. It's just not for me.



I couldn't even finish the game; not one part of the game was connecting with me. It's a strange reaction...one I'm not used to...usually I can at least enjoy getting through the rules and discovering the mechanics.

Oh well! On to the next game!

(Soundtrack: Brian Eno's Ambient 4)
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6. Board Game: Quest for the Auburn Pelt: A PageQuest Game [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:11849]
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This was A LOT of fun. A nice balm on the wounds of frustration that Friday left on me! laugh

If you like Four Against Darkness and CYOA books...this is a game to try. Just a really interesting approach to this style of game.



I couldn't show my game because it would be one giant spoiler. This is a once and done unless you've got terrible short term memory like me...

The files on BGG are a little blurry, you can find cleaner ones here.

30 to 40 minutes of pure discovery and enjoyment.

I wish there were more like this from the designer(s) but I don't think there are...

(Soundtrack: John Fahey's Days Have Gone By)
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7. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Next game: a learning session!

Tried two videos that weren't clicking for me and then I found Ricky Royal's walkthrough; so much better!

I don't know why I find the iconography for this game so confusing. I've learned new icons, then learned some more, and then gone back to the icons I initially learned and it was like indecipherable runes all over again. shake I'm not giving up, I'm just frustrated with myself...but I'll get there!

I don't know if I'll get to a full game tonight, but I at least want to get some of the basics down...



For now though, a break to pick up some items for the wife and get some dinner going...and then back to learning this classic!

(Soundtrack: Ricky Royal!)
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8. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:437] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Continuing with the space theme...and the learning theme...

Because I'm still trying to grasp aspects of this game.

Combat. I'm struggling with combat.

I think I've got a good handle on everything up to when the Doomsday Machine's come out. But once combat starts...I feel like I'm missing something. I'll watch some videos tonight and see if I can't iron out the details.



I have a feeling I'm going to overpay for the Close Encounters expansion if I keep enjoying it like I am...especially once I get a grip on the combat...

No win or loss...I defeated the first two DMs but during the third battle I lost my confidence that I knew what I was doing and didn't feel comfortable finishing it out. shake

But I had fun!

(Soundtrack: whatever my wife was watching on tv...she left the bed and moved to the couch! thumbsup)
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9. Board Game: The Bloody Inn [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:704]
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Last game of the night...a little bit of crime under cover of darkness...

And my highest score since I started logging them: 156!

A different strategy for me and it paid off...literally!



And now she's back in bed, off to sleep, and I think I'll poke around on the web and watch some SP4X and RftG videos.

SoloCon, day 2...in the books!

(Soundtrack: Ulan Bator's Ego:Echo)
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10. Board Game: Gladiator Gauntlet [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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SoloCon day three begins with arts and crafts!

I need to look up some gluing tips. I know what glue I like to use (Krylon's spray adhesive) but...by the end of spraying I had glue all over my hands, got glue on the front of the uncut cards...shake

I'm just hoping they're lined up!

Although, I'm not a fan of one aspect of the card design...there is a tiny white line dividing all the cards, and it's hard for me to judge where I should cut them...it's too small to go down the middle, so really, in the end, I'll have to trim all the edges...it's better when the cards are just lined up right next to each other, cut down, done.



After cutting and gluing I moved on to playing games! And I'll probably finish the job tomorrow.

(Soundtrack: I was watching Monk...is Monk my generation's Columbo?)
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11. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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What a ruthless game from the Automa.

I think it was my first time playing as Clan Albion…and we got pinned in the corner so fast. I probably spent too much time producing for workers and trying to get a mech. But then it seemed like every Automa card was just pushing their mechs towards me.

I had one star, few territories, lost two battles…69 to 31.

I haven’t felt this way playing Scythe in a long time; defeated, lost, no clear way forward. It was just brutal. I didn’t have a chance. Well…more likely whatever chance I had was squandered with poor decisions in the first rounds…



(Soundtrack: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld's Never Were the Way She Was, which I think I always listen to when I play Scythe...it's such a haunting and beautiful album...)
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12. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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SoloCon food break: my patient had a specific craving so I went on a little adventure to find it. Success!

And back to the games, where I am having...less success.

Second game of Scythe went better but still a loss; switched sides and apparently the Automa knows how to run Clan Albion better than I do.

Automa: 78. Me: 74. So close...

(No soundtrack, just tv in the background)
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13. Board Game: Gladiator Gauntlet [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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Finished up my simple SoloCon pnp build. Trimed the edges down, and the cards turned out to be lined up well enough after trimming off the silver and white borders on the front/back of the cards. Threw them in some sleeves and I feel good about them apart from some glue smudges. Between this and my failed Pocket Landship build I think I have a much better idea of how to make cards with card stock. Just need more practice with the glue! laugh

The game was fun and kicked my butt twice. The rules were well done and I didn't need to reference the forum for anything.



And I like the design apart from those border lines!

And I need a set of D6 that aren't a shade of blue...

And I think I want to try a linen/card stock combo for my next build!

(No soundtrack, just my wife watching tv)
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14. Board Game: Far Space Foundry [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2955]
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More space adventures for the SoloCon!

This arrived from Amazon today (only $20 and I had some credit left on my account so...). Cracked it open, punched and bagged it, and set it up to learn and play. (This makes six games that I learned or continued learning during the SoloCon...not bad!)



Enjoying the game, love the graphic design and the art, love the metal tokens, love that the first line of the manual calls itself a holograph that replicates the look and feel or a real book laugh

Failed miserably at my first game but...it was my first game! (22 is considered a win...)



Seems to play fine solo, but I would be interested in playing this two handed and playing for a maximum score, trying to manipulate both hands off each other to maximize points for both...I'll have to poke around the forums and see if anyone else has tried this as a solo approach.

(Soundtrack: Max Richter's lovely variations on Vivaldi's Four Seasons)

One more small game, and then I think I'll call an end to this SoloCon!
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15. Board Game: Limes [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1754]
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Hello Limes. Final game of my first SoloCon and part of my Unpossible (score 60pts) and 1x100 challenges.

The scores were nothing to shout about. My usual average, mid to high forties.



Just a little palate cleanser to close out this marathon of games.

I could probably get some more games in tomorrow but...I also need to catch up on all the household chores I avoided while playing and monitoring/helping my wife. She saw me give a look to the stack of dishes in the sink and said, "Yeah, it's a #$^%&# mountain to climb," then she laughed and walked away. And there's some football games that I'm mildly interested in (Go Vikings, Go whatever team is playing the Pats).

Thank you if you followed along or read through this at any point!

It was a great SoloCon, lots of fun memories, and I'm so amazed that we reached capacity every day for our first year of the con! (Capacity = 1. shake)

(Soundtrack: Continuing with Max Richter's Vivaldi's Four Seasons which is just so pleasant, until the final two tracks...which are some fairly generic electronic remixes and totally killed the mood that rest of the album had created...they will be: deleted. cool)
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