GCL Gelato 305 - My Life as a Civ Game
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What is a Game Chat League?

A Game Chat League is a weekly discussion-group format for people who love gaming and enjoy talking about games. It is intended to foster depth and familiarity, producing engaging content and worthwhile interaction. Members get to know one another, establish shared interests, and generally develop a friendly and productive environment.

Of necessity, each division of GCL is kept relatively small (typically between 12-16 members, though individual divisions may incline one way or the other). A tight-knit discussion group tends to function more smoothly than a free-for-all. It allows individuals to be heard and understood, and for each participant to keep up and enjoy multiple topics as the week progresses. The format is geeklist-based, and lists are not published to the BGG front page.

Policy: If you're a lurker or have otherwise discovered GCL Gelato, feel free to read along with us and see what the members have to say on everything under the sun. If you have a constructive comment or something else you think would add to the discussion, consider posting it — if it's helpful, respectful, and polite to the discussion group as a whole, as well as to its individual members.

Leader of our civilization

mb leroy 43 (Roger)

Working on their tech trees

mb ad79 (Stig)
mb Bacchus (Kevin)
mb bongoHerman (Bastian, Serbastian, Sjerbastian, Sembastian, Mabastian, Ágúst, Basti, Josephine)
mb cmontgo2 (Chris)
mb Cole Wehrle (Cole)
mb cscottk (skippen)
mb cubbieblue (Steven)
mb Farsol (Patrick)
mb Hanibalicious (Sonderegger)
mb grammatoncleric (O.Shane)
mb jacovis (Jacob)
mb jtakagi (Jonathan)
mb leroy 43 (Roger)
mb Lil Red Head (Nikki)
mb MABBY (Murray) W Prepare to tech up
mb nycavri (Avri)
mb PzVIE (Ron)
mb refusetoshine (Kaitlyn)
mb Scarlet Witch (Julia)
mb tommynomad (T. Nomad)
mb wifwendell (Wendell)

A variety of opinions on what constitutes "Civilization".

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1. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:173]
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The typical civ game has goals, often for accumulating money, prestige, or knowledge, or the goal of territory exploration.

If life was a civ game and you were put in the game now, with all the knowledge and life experiences that you have to this point, which resource would you want to focus on? Making lots of money (I hear retirement can be nice), being well known in your field (Prestige! Fame! Glory!), learning a lot (discovery and science), or seeing the world/owning lots of land (travel and territory expansion)?
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2. Board Game: Progress: Evolution of Technology [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1606]
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If you could have started with an extra tech in your already existing life while keeping all other advantages you already have, what would you have chosen? Money, land, strong travel gear, or something else?
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3. Board Game: Jack of all Trades [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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What if mixing and matching tech was an option? Would you focus deeply on one tech or would you learn a little bit of each?

Would you be a subject matter expert or a Jack/Jill of all trades?
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4. Board Game: Operations & Objectives [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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In your actual (not a boardgame) life, what are some things you’re working toward? Buying a house to live in and eventually retire in? Building your career for long-term purposes? Working on certain projects?

If you listed your (current) life goals, what would they include?
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5. Board Game: Relic Raiders: Haunted Ruins [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:14168]
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You find some old ruins containing resources! What do they contain?

That is, if resources were not an issue, would you make any changes to your life goals?
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6. Board Game: Historia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:972]
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GAMES

I'm still having trouble getting results from Robin's code but we didn't play a ton this week, so it's not too much work to find the games, heh.

It was our normal Monday group, and we had 6 this time (the-working-from-our-dining-table-crew sticking around, plus our regulars). Billy has an interest in trying the max on some games, so getting a full group of 6 players for Historia was worth putting on the table.

One of the folks is new to civ games but thankfully it's a reasonably gentle introduction, and she had a good time.

Then a few folks left or headed to bed, so we continued our lesson in trick taking games with an old classic, Hearts. First pass from me was to her, and I was a stinker, giving her something like ace of hearts, and queen & king of spades. Initiation by fire, I suppose.

She took it with grace and came back to be a pretty competitive player, so that was cool. Definitively glad she had a good time.

CONVENTION

WhimsyCon is coming up in (less than) 2 weeks. I was just telling Billy that I don't feel like I'm running an event in 2 weeks. It's weird, I just feel kind of numb. Maybe it's the weather.

WEATHER

mb Seriously, the weather here is amazing today. Gorgeous, sunny, light breeze, and it's got to be near 20C today.

mb Tomorrow we're supposed to have snow, LOL!

CAT and MOVIE

Still no takers on my cat, although I haven't been trying as hard recently. I'll definitely miss her when she's not here. Maybe that's why I haven't been really working on finding her a new home.

At some point soon, I want to write up a personal's ad from her perspective. I think that would be amusing. Wanted: human who wants a companion but limited physical contact. Things like that.

And speaking of black panthers (my cat is solid black), Billy and I went and saw the movie, Black Panther and loved it! We may go again tomorrow.

WEBSITE, MOVING

As some of you noticed, my website is up, but it's really not very engaging yet. I've started keeping a spreadsheet of the posts I want to make in the blog section, and then I'll also need to set up the Tour Guide section.

Anyway, that's one more step in the preparation for moving so progress is being made.

ELECTRONIC GAMING

I do have an affection for the tech/engine building, civilization style games, so at one point I was bored with my current games and went looking for something new. I found The Battle for Polytopia, a cute little game with various default options for tribes that you can play, plus some you can buy to unlock.

I've been playing a ton of it, and have managed to convert over Billy and our friend Shawn. The Polytopia people just came out with an update for playing together over the internet (previously it was local pass and play only for multiplayers, or you vs bots). So now we've been playing a bunch of that together and it's been pretty awesome. Crushing bots is satisfying but playing with human friends is more fun.

MICROBADGES

OH! I almost forgot - at some point, I want to earn the I purchased 1000 microbadges in a single day microbadge mb, so I've started a geeklist to keep track of what I want to purchase, when I do it. The list is at Lil Red Head's List for 1000 Microbadges in 1 Day. Feel free to comment with any suggestions!
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: Star Wars – Erweiterung 1 [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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GAME WEEK

 8   Carcassonne: Star Wars x2
 7   Blood and Jungle NEW!
 10   Advanced Squad Leader
 6   Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook x2
 7   To Delve the Dungeon Deep NEW!

Not much traditional gaming this week; just two games of Carcassonne: Star Wars with Andrea on Monday evening. This is basically the "normal" Carcassonne game, where cities are Asteroid Fields, streets are Hyperlanes, and cloisters are named planets from the franchise (and there are much more of them than in the mundane Carcassonne). Two different meeples on a site battle each other, sometimes with blasters, sometimes with lightsabres, and sometimes with bare hands. In all instances: with dice. It's a fun variant of the game, and if you are a little into Star Wars (like we are), this is even better than the normal game.

On Tuesday I played a small PTO Advanced Squad Leader scenario from the Blood and Jungle pack via VASL/SKYPE, where I - the Japanese - had to defend a jungle hill against US troops and local rangers. My setup was crap. I realized this after the first two rounds and my brave soldiers died en masse with the superior US firepower ... meh. Bad play on my part!

Finally, on Friday, our RPG group met again – after a couple of cancellations because of vacations and illnesses, we started the final book of the Rise of the Runelords campaign. After the long wait, everybody was eager to play again, and we played for 7 hours, and it was awesome.

You might remember that I started a campaign with a newbie couple – boardgame friends of ours. We already played an introductory scenario, and on Saturday, I GM’d a good old dungeon crawl for them. The basic plan is play through all the Pathfinder Society Scenario Season 3 adventures. That's nearly 30 missions - not sure how far we will get. Nevertheless, I started a Geeklist which I use as a campaign log (it is in German though): PzVIE's Pathfinder Society Season 3 Campaign



NEW GAMES

No new games, just a couple of Cthulhu-themed RPG dice and a huge map of the Inner Sea region, the setting for our Pathfinder campaign.



OTHER NEWS

Julia should be in Vienna by now and I’m totally looking forward to our meeting on Saturday. I have a cold at the moment and I’m a little down; however, this should be easily rectified by the weekend. Stay tuned for next week’s entry!

BGG’s XML access seems to have issues every Monday ... timeouts! I needed to try the GCL formatter a couple of times, until I finally got a result. Like every Monday when I write my entry …

I hope you all had a great week too! meeple


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8. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1443] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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GAMES

I only got some gaming in on Saturday this past week, but I did quite a bit of it. I stayed over at my sister Amanda's place Friday night and Saturday morning, we decided to play a couple games I'd brought. We first played a couple rounds of Qwixx which, after a little refresher of the rules, went pretty well. She soundly beat me the first game (109-62) and I won the second game, but only by 5 points (82-77).

Then I brought out Gloom which was new to Amanda. We played with the beginner rules where you don't use the actions on the modifier cards. We had a lot of fun creating horrible, miserable tales for our families. We each won a game as well.

After that, my husband Jeff came to pick me and the baby up and we went to see one of his colleagues from work. We ended up playing Sorry! which I haven't played since I was a child. I ended up in second place, with Jeff's colleague winning, and Jeff and his colleague's wife tying for last place. We also taught them Mexican Train which they enjoyed. We played 3 rounds, but by then, the baby had woken up and was getting fussy so we decided to head home and call it a night.

NEW GAMES

I haven't gotten a chance to play it yet, but I picked up BANG! The Dice Game second hand from a Facebook group. I'm pretty excited to try it and I may bring it to my board game group on Thursday.

ABOUT ME

Since I'm new here, I figured I'll give you guys a little bio about me. I'm 24 from Ottawa, ON, Canada. I'm married and have an almost 4 month old daughter. I've loved board games since I was a kid, but only got really into the hobby a few years ago, so I'm fairly new to this. My other hobbies include reading (although I haven't sat down and done this in awhile), and making jewelry.
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9. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:789]
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My games for the past week (and a bit further back):

Condottiere: As my two friends both said, after the game, "Why don't we play this one more often? We ignore it for a year and forget the rules and have to learn how to play like it is a new game; every time."
But we all do enjoy it, so it should come out more often. It's a deceptively deep game, with a lot of secrecy and plotting. The rules even tell you that you can compare cards and make deals between players.
Not that you have to keep up your end of the deal forever, of course. devil

Fist of Dragonstones: Rather than wait for a year between plays of this game, as well, I brought it along. Much to the delight of my two opponents, who were more than happy to revisit this from two weeks ago.
Only I got the last laugh this time. I played like a pro, and the card order (so important) was in my favor for the winning point.

Scharfe Schoten: We all tried our damnedest, but none of us could make a proper prediction. At one point I randomly chose two tiles and did just as well (nothing correct) as when I put some thought into it.
Being such a difficult game to wrap your mind around, why do we all continue to enjoy it? So much?

Jaipur: Before the third player arrived, my buddy and I finished up an incomplete game from last month. He was up on me one - nil, and I was dealing to him so he had first choice of whatever was exposed first.
I managed to cream him on that round-- the score is now 1 - 1 --and then I made good with a follow-up win on the final round, to take the victory.

We all seem to have a game that we really enjoy, but never win.
For him it is Fist of Dragonstones (and, to a lesser extent, Jaipur); for me it is Tally Ho!. For the other guy, who always has to arrive late, it is San Juan. I'm the king of San Juan in our group.
I think I'll put it in the game bag for the next meet-up. And maybe Condottiere, again.
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10. Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:103]
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Placeholder for some more beef than this; but anyway, as promised, my GL for our holidays in Austria

Hamsters stay at the Grand Austria Hotel
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11. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:420]
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Last Word 2p ww x1

when finding words one must be sure
that their position is secure
For one misstep and you will find
that your wee pawn's been left behind
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We played with the rules as written, and have decided on a houserule. That is, if one player gets eliminated, the other doesn't just get to go on forever. It also puts more of a premium on big words, which we enjoy.


I barely attended my friend's little gaming shindig because I had a craaaaaaaaazy bout of vertigo. Full of projectile, well, you know. A friend drove me, and I ducked out early, but I'm glad I made an appearance, as it's his yearly gaming bash. Clearly, as was ill, no beers to report.

Krass Kariert 3p x1

Like Michaelangelo we cut
breathing life into the stone
but here the marble's simply cards
and mistakes are our own to own.
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I love the idea of having an arranged hand- I found Bohnanza to be absolutely innovative. I don't like trading though, so, you know, one of my grails has been finding that without the wheeling and or dealing. Enter Krass Kariert. Very nifty how you play cards not just to make your hand stronger, as in tien len, but to actually make combos through spatial adjustment. This has been what I wanted. Have to see more play, but it might make it into my top 20 card games.

Spoil Me Not 3p x1

That teddy bear's got broken stitches
I think he may have been a mule
indeed I found some heroin
inside this teddy's vestibule
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A Korean re-theme-ing of nicht die bohne, I feel like this theme works far better than the original bean shenanigans. It's also a nifty beast at 3p- ferociously tight

Rajas of the Ganges 4p x1

Damn these human hands of mine,
damn this vertigo
I tore off elephant's poor legs
and now he'll barely go
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Interesting little WP game. May be my second favourite brand game, but I don't know if it'll have staying power. I did like that there are definite things you can do to block other people... although in a 4p game, there is that inherent kingmaking through inattention which is a tad annoying- I can't wait to try with two, for both Megan funsies, and targeted assholishness.

Scuttle 3p x1

I hear you're an assman when you're drunk
you like the ladies with full trunk
Ah, no, see you misheard me
It's booty that's my cup of tea
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Simple little take-that game about gathering pirate booty. Simple and terrible. If I never see it again I'll be a slightly happier fellow. I really enjoyed the company though.

Crokinole 2p x1

I lost that game of crokinole
by leaving an unguarded hole
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Always good fun, even If I'm terrible. One of these days I'll pick up a carrom board though!
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12. Video Game: Hello Neighbor [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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OK, let's give this gelating a try!

Thank you for inviting me into this neighborhood of the geek. I got here first by stalking Julia, whom I know through the FTL forum and am lucky enough to have met in person once a while ago.

I am going to experiment a bit with the format of my entry, so please do tell if it is at all annoying or doesn't display well on your screen.

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Boardgame week:

It was an exceptionally light week of exclusively children's and filler games. Before last week that we played a bunch of Gloomhaven which I really enjoyed, but my spouse (and main gaming partner) barely tolerates. cry

Trambahn
2 plays with Nina

New to me
keeper, very crunchy
2p. set collection



Gold Armada
1 play with the kids

pirate yatzee for kids,
superbly mediocre




Secret Code 13+4
1 play with the kids

sneaky way to
make kids do maths,
fun in small doses



One Deck Dungeon
4 plays

Game of the Week
New to me
the whole family
likes it


Beasty Bar
1 play with Alda

Out of the Dust
1st play in 10 months



BauBoom
1 play with Alda

Out of the Dust
1st play in 12 months
not very good,
even for a kids game




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Song playing right now:



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Gaming stats and lists:

The rules reading waiting line:
1. Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain
2. IKI
3. Bruxelles 1893
4. 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War
5. Warriors of God
Currently most played boardgame apps:
1. Baseball Highlights: 2045
2. Alhambra
3. Tokaido
4. 1775: Rebellion
5. Onirim (second edition)


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Today, 6 years ago:



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I'll go on expanding and fixing for a bit. Sadly I have to "save" regularly as my laptop likes to overheat and crash from time to time. Sorry for the extra subscription triggers.

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13. Board Game: Tonga Bonga [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3305]
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 N/A   Tonga Bonga x2
 7   Het Sliep Uit Spel x3
 7   The Rose King x3
 7   Eggs of Ostrich x2
 6   Archaeology: The Card Game
 5   Wizard x2
 7   Karuba
 6   Bohnanza
 7   Win, Lose, or Banana x3
 8   Tsuro
 5   Pick-a-Dog
 N/A   Hispaniola x2 NEW!

Lots of fun family gaming this week. Another gift from Ron, Hispaniola, saw two learning games (we still haven't got the rules right). But KidN was so smitten with trick-taking in Wizard, that I'm sure he'll enjoy this one, too.

His little brother is more of an Eggs of Ostrich guy. Here he is basking in his (unaided) perfect score:


We played an M&Ms variant of Tsuro I stumbled across somewhere here on BGG (do I need to qualify that? It's not like I have any other online presence anymore). The only thing that could make Tsuro better is chocolate.

Het Sliep Uit Spel is one I thrifted and added to the database. It's a children's deduction game in the Mastermind tradition. The goal is to correctly guess the colour and type of three hidden fruits. A player's guesses are limited by a hangman-like monkey puzzle. Less accurate guesses add more parts to the puzzle. We howl like monkeys when we play: great thinky fun.

Over at Yucata, your fellow Gelati are looking for players for:
Pax Porfiriana
Glen More
El Grande

Reading:
I finished Mark Sakamoto's Forgiveness, a quintessentially Canadian story, and very good right up to the denouement, which was starkly out-of-sync with the rest of the book. I've just started The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, the 2nd book in my 2018 Canada Reads adventure.
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14. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:579]
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So two weekends ago I went to Yellowknife to see the northern light.

Mission accomplished.

Standing on Lake Prelude, NWT

That took the weekend and didn't see us home until late Tuesday.

Then I played no games (except for some online games that started on Yucata that for administrative purposes I've saved for next week).

Then, last Friday, I flew to Regina for...

BixCon IX - Party like it's 999

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Matt is a Gelato alumni. He and I first met in Dallas in 2009 at my first ever BGG Con. Matt knows how to put on a party. He arranged for a ride for me from the airport and I regret not taking a picture of Dave with the BixCon sign with my name on it.

Friday night:


 10   Power Grid
My first game was this on the Russia map with Matt and some other fine folks that have become new gaming friends. I got lucky on the final turn because crappy plants turned up meaning that I could end the game and win despite being able to power only 14 cities. Sometimes it pays to be first (and last to build) so that those kinds of decisions can come into play!

 8   Keyflower
My second game was a dusting off of this long forgotten title - I can't remember the last time I had the chance to play this. I thought I was doing really badly like I always do at this game, and wound up being the decisive winner with 82 points (the next highest was in the 60s).

Saturday:


 9   Here I Stand
I taught Here I Stand, to five new people, and handled the Hapsburgs while I was at it. No mean feat. We did play the 1517 scenario, but we called it after 5 turns for reasons of time. I was tied with England at 23 points but held the tie breaker for being ahead the turn before. I was a good conquest roll away from winning outright.

 9   Terraforming Mars
Then we had four full tables of Terraforming Mars. Every table had a rookie or two. I thought I was terribly behind again, had no cities on the map, but had two milestones, managed to sneak in some points on the awards, and really made up for it with greenery tiles and points on cards.

 7   Secret Hitler x2
Won the first game because I shot Hitler.
Lost the second game because the fascists managed to get off a pair of liberals and were able to pass the final fascist policy.

Sunday:


 8   Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Sunday morning I was on deck to teach this still delightful game. It was a lovely three player romp, and I romped to an easy win.

 8   Startups x2
Since we had lots of time I taught the other two this great little filler, and then...

 8   Deep Sea Adventure
... we played the drowning game. Scores were incredibly tight - 33, 32, 31 (me).

 7   Brass: Lancashire
Matt needed a fourth for Brass, and my previous experience was kinda meh, but clearly my brain just needed to process it for all those years because I managed to not only take no loans the entire game, but won handily 112-109-107-91.

Makes me glad that I did Kickstart the reprint.

 7   Pacific Typhoon
Matt still had this in shrink. I taught the whole table how to play and still managed to come in second. Of course, called it on account of time (Matt runs a tight schedule and hey, it was dinner time!), but it was a good time for all.

Monday:


 7   Heaven & Ale NEW!
This game was a pleasant surprise. I didn't have a lot of expectations from it, having heard mixed reviews from the pre-Essen buzz, but it's a nice mid-weight point salad Euro that has a similar vibe to The Castles of Burgundy, and yet feels exactly unlike a Feld game.

I know that's a weird way of putting it, but there you go.

I managed to take a one point win 46-45-36-4.

 9   Friedrich
Ah, Friedrich, a game that I just don't get to play often enough, only ever play at conventions, and yet insist on keeping on my shelf.

I was Russia. The Tsarina lived. I was one objective away and had a very healthy hand of cards to fend off the Prussians, who had managed to deplete themselves in both suits we fought in.

Then I had to leave for the airport.

I'll pretend I won.

Matt, and my new friend Judy from Montana

Thanks for the con Matt. I won't be coming to BixCon away this year, and I might not be back to BixCon next year, but I will be coming out again.

edit: I got named in the post-BixCon survey results too!



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15. Board Game: Dome Crushers [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:10404]
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Hey, the formatter is working again (or maybe it's not . . .)
Here's the last three weeks of gaming:

 8   Button Men x10
 N/A   Games of Art NEW!
 9   Brawl x8
 6   NMBR 9
 7   Dome Crushers x2 NEW!

The Winter Olympics has inspired a wonderful series of tournaments at Buttonweavers.com (home on free Button Men gaming online). I placed 5th of 10 in the Figure Skating (nailed the jumps but the overall performance was uninspiring, I guess), am currently in 4th of 11 in the Alpine Skiing with one competitor still to finish (nailed the Slalom, but less so the Super G), and don't think I can place higher than 6th of 11 in the Biathlon (my shooting was quite poor - four misses.) Looking forward to the next 3 events . . .

The ingenuity of the community in creating these weird and wonderful tournaments using just a list of dice and a dice roller is astounding. I'm still competing in a Round Robin Tourney (currently battling out a mid-table finish with the new Steven Universe buttons in Division D after promotion from Division E last season), as well as managing a handful of (undefeated!) fighters in the Ultimate Button Fighting Championship (think boxing or wrestling).

All the rest of the gaming was with my 8-year-old daughter (who I refer to as Boo on the big bad internet.) She has really started to hold her own when playing Brawl, and always insists on using the more complex fighters. More often than not we are winning and losing by a single base, sometimes a single card, occasionally even by who plays the final Freeze first! This was not the case last year when I was whomping her 6 times out of 10. So proud.

Our first play of the write-but-don't-roll games in Games of Art was a gentle and quiet thing that ended in a draw and left almost no impression. Hoping for better luck with a) other games in the book, and b) player counts above 2 . . .

A couple more plays of NMBR 9 have actually knocked it down from a 7 to a 6 rating - it's fine and does what it does well. I bought it thinking that Boo and (my wife) Johanna would enjoy it, but Boo's scores just don't reach ours, and she gets frustrated. Which makes the game less fun for the rest of us.

On the other hand, new Kickstarted arrival Dome Crushers was a smash. Microgame with two players having an identical hand of 12 cards which can each be used for points or an action. Boo loved the artwork (as did I), loved winning the early hands, and actually twigged immediately when I won the first game from behind because she had used up her big cards. She was so excited to have noticed this all by herself, she didn't even mind losing the next game by letting me win the first hand by too much! Great tension in this game, and plenty of fascinating combos and opportunity for bluffing.

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So, where have I been the last couple of weeks? First Johanna was sick and out of action for a week, then Boo for a few days. Once they were almost well, I had a rough day (but of course I could not take time off of work since we were kneedeep in a move away from the office we have worked out of for over 20 years . . .

The move was completed this past Friday and I'm sitting at my ludicrously large new desk which I filled with teas, comic books and board games!


I got my ticket to see Dan Reed Network do a thing, and I get to do it with them. I'm quite ridiculously excited!

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Happy to announce DRN's 'Live Studio Sessions' is coming to NEW YORK CITY on Saturday May 12th, and you are invited to be a part of recording our two new singles!

After the most inspiring and fun filled time of doing the 'Live Sessions' in Manchester, England last December with a truly lovely live audience we are bringing the idea to the US for all the East Coast supporters of our music and any one who wishes to make the journey :-) The legendary 'Power Station' Session in Manhattan on Saturday May 12th will be a capacity of (70) people. The band and myself will be truly honoured to have all those who are able to attend be a part of recording new music and reworking a track from our past. We will also be simultaneously filming the entire day for a future music video and possible documentary!


[Edit - fixed the game images . . .]
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16. Board Game: Bios: Genesis [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1770] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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For 2018, I've stopped tracking my games on BoardGameGeek and I'm not really tracking them at all. Sometimes there is joy in looking back at the recordkeeping and remembering an event or a time with people, but I have been too busy to care.

In the earlier Geeklist item regarding what resource we would want, money is clearly at the top of my list. I firmly believe that love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (the literal translation of the verse)—that when we prize resource accumulation over principle, we darken, we do evil, we dissipate our true humanity.

BUT, having money (especially lots of it), all other things considered, is usually an excellent thing, because resources enable actualization. Money enables us to accomplish things. It doesn't guarantee accomplishment (think of all the third generation moneyed wastrels!), but it does enable it.

Anyway, I've been working because in my line of work, my client cases and matters ebb and flow and as one client encouraged me once when I told him I had been working 18 hour days, "you make hay when the sun shines." The sun has been coming out a lot more and I have had more to do—so I've been doing it.

Traveled to San Francisco to enjoy a small intimate wedding a few weeks ago of about 120 guests. I really believe that my wife and I were guests 119 and 120 and I was quite honored to have been invited. Black tie, held at the Legion of Honor at Land's End. Very fancy reception in the Rodin Gallery, etc. Outstanding food. Beautiful company. Gracious bride and groom, family, etc.

We lived in the Bay Area a long time, so SF is familiar, but Michele and I acted like tourists without a car, using Uber only. It was quite fun. We stayed at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, which is where we had an early date at the Top of the Mark.

On the horizon is a financial transaction that, presuming it closes (all conditions to close have been reached, so the only way it won't is if somebody breaches!), we will be able to pay off our debt in its entirety. I am greatly looking forward to the profound freedom that represents.

And for the first time in months, because of this prospect, I've been able to relax and think broadly and deeply about my life's course.

I've also been able to enjoy a few games recently. I was reading through the rules of Bios Megafauna (2d ed.) and realized that one's organisms from Bios: Genesis can be used to start your game in Megafauna. Well, given that I'd never really learned Genesis, I finally sat down to teach myself.

As with every Phil Eklund game not taught by someone else, the best way to learn is to not try to eat the whole mental elephant at once but to simply play through the phases/steps, noting the rules as you go. I did so. I played through a solo constructive four-player game that took me about 5 hours. I certainly made some rules mistakes, but after I was done, I felt so satisfied by the experience that I played again the next day.

But actually, I played with my son. He saw the panoply of colors and cards and the lifeform drawings and said, "Dad, that game looks really fun. I mean really fun. Can we play." So I taught him. He's competitive, so I encouraged him not to worry about points but just to play through to understand what the game was about. I ended up winning, but only by 1 point.

I played a third time this week with some friends and ended up teaching one and re-teaching/minding the other how to play. I am sure I am missing a few easily-forgotten rules, but I am convinced that Bios Genesis isn't a hard game procedurally. It's really straight-forward. One just needs to be guided or have the patience to bear through the rules, which use biology jargon—but use it so perfectly.

I've also played Azul, taught my son's friend Coup (he's now obsessed with it, so his mother tells my wife). I have played a TON of games of Innovation. Played Unconditional Surrender, which was a fantastic hex-and-counter experience because it was so high level.
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17. Board Game: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mystery at Hogwarts Game [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14300]
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 N/A   Shopkins Supermarket Scramble Game x2
Two games of this(actually another Shopkins game, but haven't bothered to upload a new game entry) with my son.
 N/A   Terraforming Mars
Against Ingmar. I lost, again, as I always do. I like this one, but I couldn't get an engine running for the first few turns. Like, at all. I think I got to play 3 or 4 cards total the first few turns. I liked the look of the newest announced Terraforming Mars: Prelude expansion, but might look into the other expansions first.
 N/A   Hero Realms
Played a game of this after our TM game. A nice variation on Star Realms.
 N/A   Mini Curling Game x5
The mixed double curling team from Norway performed well and we brought this out and pplayed a few games during the week.
 9   Thunder Alley
A solitaire game with the Crew Chief expansion. Good fun to add the Strategy Cards. Hope they will be put in the Vassal module soon.
 N/A   Hey, That's My Fish!
I lost in spectacular fashion to Tommy.

Harry Potter Gameday
My son requested we play all our Potter games, so we did. One after the other. I'm buying Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle next time I see it on a shelf. Need more Potter games for my son.

 N/A   Harry Potter Trading Card Game
Hermoine destroyed Draco again.

 6   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Quidditch Card Game
Gryffindor beat Slytherin.

 N/A   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Mystery at Hogwarts Game NEW!
We found who did it. Basically CLUE in a Potter setting.

Beer update coming later.
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