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.
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The Outgoing Champion
leroy 43 (Roger)
ad79 (Stig) Bacchus (Kevin) bongoherman (whodat?) cmontgo2 (Chris) Cole Wehrle (Cole) cscottk (skippen) cubbieblue (Steven) Farsol (Patrick) Hanibalicious (Sonderegger) grammatoncleric (O.Shane) jacovis (Jacob) jtakagi (Jonathan) leroy 43 (Roger) Lil Red Head (Nikki) Allegedly next but ... MABBY (Murray) nycavri (Avri) PzVIE (Ron) ... Ron swapped so he's next! refusetoshine (Kaitlyn) Scarlet Witch (Julia) tommynomad (T. Nomad) wifwendell (Wendell)
Our game week started on Wednesday, when two friends came over and we played two of the 4 player scenarios for Zombicide: Black Plague. The first one was a cakewalk … we never had any problems and we waded through hordes of dead zombies towards our victory. The second scenario was brutal; we lost badly. Even when we discussed strategies afterwards, we’re still not sure how this scenario can be won.
A PbM game of 1830: Railways & Robber Barons ended with bankruptcy … those 4-trains are beasts! More train gaming on Friday; we continued to test Lonny’s new game, 1840: Tramways of Vienna. It works, but it also needs a lot more work. Below is a photo of the Friday playtest crowd. As I received the Winsome Game package this week, I was eager to try out the new 18xx: 1834. Well, what can I say … like the other Winsome 18xx before, it’s short and brutal. A little too quick for my taste.
On Saturday, the ViennASL halfsquad met in my Gaming Dungeon, and we played WO15 from the WO Bonus Pack #6: ASL Scenario Pack for Winter Offensive 2015. That is a very interesting scenario, where only a handful of Germans have to defend a small village and a railway station a little outside. The attacker (Partisans and Russians) win if they either control the railway station or the village. On turn 2, German reinforcements arrive and they have to react to the actions the Russians took. In our case, the Russkie totally ignored the village and therefore a hefty fight for the railroad station developed. It was brutal and bloody, but in the end, the Germans stood their ground. We met at two in the afternoon and took a break around five when I fired up the grill and we enjoyed Käsekrainer & craft beer from Vorarlberg.
On Sunday Andrea and I set up Eldritch Horror again; a random draw put us up against Hypno, who needs the Dreamlands sideboard, and the Prelude card demanded the Antartica sideboard … although it was our 70th game, we never had a game with two sideboards simultaneously in play before! It was a very intense game, and although we fought bravely, the world came to an end. But it was close!
N/ASpades - My son learned this at a scout camp he recently attended and he was eager to teach it to everyone.
8Gelini Nightlife - A family favorite. I love the way it entices you and then punishes you for being greedy. It is funny to watch my wife take advantage of the kids' good natures to skate through to a win.
8Phoenicia - It had been a long time since we have played this one and it was actually awkward to teach. I did warn everyone about the power of the Dye House, and sure enough, one player used it to catapult to an early money lead. I took the second one, but overspent, which prevented me from stopping the player from running away with the game. Still fun!
N/ANull Bock! - A wonderfully themed game about mating deer that is surprisingly thematic, though I don't know if it's true. In order to entice and "score" a female deer, you have to play a male deer that is higher in number. But then any number male deer can be taken into your hand with any female deer card, regardless of the number. This was an extremely unique game that felt unlike most card games out there, which is a pretty rare achievement.
N/AJump Drive x4 - We continue to really enjoy this with the kids, and I have definitely learned something about the game as I continue to play. It makes me eager to potentially play Race with them soon. The upcoming board game version of RftG looks very interesting.
9Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000 - I have always really enjoyed this game, but for the first time was surprised to see how it can be broken with some unusual chopstick flicking. Some players used the chopsticks to basically scoop and toss the pieces out of the bowl, which seemed completely against the spirit of the game.
This last week I watched The Incredibles 2 and Won't You Be My Neighbor? I thought Incredibles 2 was very boring. I really hate that kind of family type humor in which the father is incompetent at taking care of the kids. I also wondered who exactly this movie is for. A lot of the plot points seemed completely lacking in interest to children. And the "tearjerker" short "Bao" I liked even less, total pandering to sentimental parents. I have been confused at how people talk about how much they cry during the Mr. Rogers documentary. I found it to be a one trick pony - yes he's a nice guy, but the film belabored the point and could have been so much more informative than it ended up being. I was not touched at all - it was fine, I guess, but I can't help but feel that there are documentaries on more deserving subjects that should be screened in theaters.
8Tulip Bubble x2 (3 all-time) TNC I won the first game, and did well in the second but needed one more turn. It was amazing with five players. Lots of deliberate screwage in the auctions, and deliberate colour manipulation to boost/crash prices. Divine.
8Startups(43 all-time) TNC Still a very popular filler.
6The Rose King x2 (23 all-time) Tommy I was doing so well in our last game too...
6R-Eco(3 all-time) Gelato I think I'm finally starting to grok the strategy in this game.
7Titan x2 (55 all-time) iOS I never need to play this live again (not that I have for over 25 years...)
Later, we played Once Upon a Time around the campfire. No cards were harmed.
What’s going on: Camping: we spent the long weekend camping out at Lightning Lake in Manning Park (a provincial park), and it was good but very cold - the week before we went it was about 20C and sunny during the day, and of course the four nights we were there it was 12C with overnight lows in single digits. Indeed, on Monday morning when we headed back it was 5C. We got to Vancouver after lunch time and it was mid 20s and we quickly changed out of long pants and thermal wear into shorts!
For all that it was not bad and only aside from the colder temperature a good time. We saw some cool wildlife including a large yellow bellied marmot.
Moving: my friend Gerry (Uhlan) moved over the long weekend. Since I was away I went over earlier in the week to help him pack. After many many many many boxes of games I felt an overwhelming urge to purge - not just games, but other stuff cluttering my house. Of course, I don’t have any moving plans, but even the mere thought of it made me feel vaguely ill!
Absenteeism: I’ve been unusually inactive in our GCL the last few weeks and it’s been a combination of a crazy big project at work that’s launching Monday, the end of school for the Kelda, and the camping trip. I hope to resume normal levels of participation soon!
Speaking of the Kelda: the art school my daughter attends on Friday evenings is a nonprofit with many sponsors. One of the sponsors is a law firm that at the end of every year selects about 20 student works to display. The Kelda’s piece was one of the ones picked! She had to sign a release to allow it to be exhibited and everything. The law firm has all the pieces professionally framed and once they’re done with it they return it to the artist to keep - framing gratis.
There are 10 types of people-- those who understand binary, and those who don't.
My past week featured no real games, other than finishing up an older game of 9-5-2 and a few hands of Euchre, which I was on the losing end of, but it did involve live music. A friend came into town especially for a reunion tour concert of a band from our youth: Jr. Gone Wild
They were prominent in the local culture back in the mid-'80s and early '90s before they retired and had children and lives of their own to live. Then they made a comeback, about 3 years ago, and this was a second chance to see them since the reincarnation. We now refer to them as "Senior Gone Wild", since the punk haircuts and clothing have been replaced by graying and thinning hair, and sensible shoes.
They still know how to rock out, though.
Beer highlights, before the show, were Smokes Scotch ale (with peat added to the wort) and Talking Hops, a fragrant and bitter IPA.