GCL 9: I got'cher chat right here...
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You're probably wondering why I gathered you all here today... Actually, you're probably not. You probably expected to be gathered here today, this is week 9 afterall. Hmm, okay. Well then, I gathered you all here today because one of you -- is a murderer! No, that's not true either. We're simply a bunch of geeks who like to talk games, so let's get on with it, eh? (Note: that is the US use of "eh", not Canadian)

I hope you're ready to work this week. There may be a bit of homework for you. I've got individual questions, a group question, and a puzzle.

Individual Questions

This is the first-come, first-served part of the list this week, folks. Review the questions below and pick one -- only one per person and nobody can take a question that somebody else has already taken. And yes, there's one extra for a little extra chooseyness. I will select last. You may claim a question and answer it later.

Bolded ones ees takeen...

1. Name a game you think is underrated and why it should be more highly regarded (you may interpret underrated however you like)
2. Name a game that is rising in your esteem and one that is falling and explain why for each.
3. How do you use BGG? Tell us things like: what’s on your front page, what customizations you’ve made, what you subscribe to, and if you have a particular routine that you follow for checking things out on BGG, etc. Any cool tips for us?
4. Find an obscure game and tell us about it. It can be something in development, something from years ago, or just something relatively unknown. I will give you 1 gg for every person in the GCL who did not previously know about the game. The catch: it must be a game that you have an interest in for some reason and not just obscure for obscurity’s sake.
5. Tell us about a favorite strategy you like to employ in a particular game. Any particular ploy that you're quite proud of?
6. Of all the ridiculous behaviors that you see on BGG, which bugs you the most (or most recently) and makes you say, “Oh, get over it!”?
7. Name three games you’re very glad you played – but never need to play again.
8. Name your top three games which have a BGG ranking of 200 or higher
9. Which other game-related websites do you frequent? (ex: blogs, online stores, publishers, etc.)
10. Describe some favorite house rules that you use and/or recommend to others.
11. Is there any game genre that you want to try some day, e.g., role-playing, miniatures, etc., that you don’t engage in now? Conversely, is there one that you used to be heavily involved in and now are done with?
12. Tell us your thoughts on coop gaming. Like/dislike? What works/doesn’t work in various coop games for you? Name a theme you think would make a great coop game.
13. Tell us a gaming story. Could be about a memorable gaming session, how you won/lost a tournament, etc.


Group Questions
These are for all of us:

How satisfied are you with your game collection? Feel the need to add to it/pare it down? How many games do you own now and how many do you see yourself topping out as owning? Do you have a limit (soft or hard) or are you content to continue to acquire games indefinitely?

The Puzzle

Truthfully, I'm not a puzzle guy and I wasn't going to do one, but I needed to put a game next to everyone's spot in the GL, so I figured, what the hey.

Overheard at the Watercooler

Overheard at the GCL watercooler the other day was some talk of titles for team members, for example: "Queen of 99-Cent Thrift Store Finds" and "Iron Commissar of Twilight Struggle Re-Education". I propose that starting this week, members may feel free to propose titles for themselves and/or other members.
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