GCL 10: The Quickening
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Don’t know why, but “The Quickening” was the first title that popped into my head for a GCL list. It juts lends so much gravitas to a heading. Put “(colon) The Quickening” after anything and it’s somehow so much more serious.

Eat Poop, You Cat: The Quickening

See?

We’re going to step outside the box a little bit this week, folks, into a slightly larger box. I’m broadminded like that. First of all, in honor of GCL 10, I have a list of 10 questions. Since you're all gaming rock stars, this list goes to 11. Second, there is no puzzle, but rather a unique question for each user in their heading. Oh, and a group project I thought would be fun. Please note that my intent here is to create content which can provide fodder for conversation over the week, not assignments that must be completed asap. In fact, I'm not going to police anyone to answer questions; feel free to ignore any that don't interest you. Fair 'nuff?

Group Questions


This week it’s a game of 10+1 questions for everyone. Your job is to answer ALL of the questions below. You may be as brief or elaborate as you wish. And remember, you have all week, so no need to rush through them.

1. If you had to pick, which previously owned game would you most want back?
2. Which game in your collection is most outside your gaming “comfort zone”?
3. Which game(s) have you been thinking about but just can’t pull the trigger to acquire and why?
4. Per a recent geeklist I saw: Which game do you dislike (hate even) – even though you’ve never actually played it? Feel free to be as unreasonable as you wish.
5. If you had to, which game would you write a strategy article for?
6. What parts of the geek (if any) are still a mystery to you?
7. Post one of your positive comments and/or one of your negative comments that you think we’ll find interesting.
8. What type of content would you like to see more of on BGG?
9. Which game that you own is most likely to make you laugh when you play it?
10. Do you ever game online, and if so, which websites? Are you available to mentor in any?
11. Name a game that would benefit from having “(colon) The Quickening” added to it.


Group Project

Recommend a microbadge to the person below you on the list that you think they would like. John, you Kamchatka to James.


No Puzzle

Told you I wasn't a puzzle person. For some reason, I got curious about the games people previously owned, and I read through everyone’s previously owned game list. Very interesting. I’ve posted a game and a question that popped to mind for each person.
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1. Board Game: The Castle of the Devil [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1716]
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The stats say: 46 previously owned games.

No question, just noting that this is Breno's lowest rated (by him) previously owned game.

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2. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:380]
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The stats say: 7 previously owned games

The question: This game was a gift from your 2009 Secret Santa but it didn't quite work for you. Bummer. Did you trade it for something that you like better?

Agricola 6
At the Gates of Loyang 2
Dungeon Lords 2
Hansa Teutonica 2
Colosseum 1
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 1
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3. Board Game: Tulipmania 1637 [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3525]
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The stats say: 46 previously owned games

The question: You got rid of this game without even trying it first. Why so sure you weren't going to like it?

Sushizock im Gockelwok 3
Age of Steam 2
Commands & Colors: Ancients 2
Kaivai 2
Agricola 1
Hansa Teutonica 1
Homesteaders 1
In the Shadow of the Emperor 1
Tigris & Euphrates 1
Vikings 1
Age of Steam Expansion - Sun / London 0
Age of Steam Expansion: Holland / Madagascar 0
Agricola: Farmers of the Moor 0
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4. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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The stats say: 27 previously owned games

The question: I have this game marked as "owned" and "previously owned". I will explain why that is the case.

Pyramid (Fluch der Mumie) 3
Glory to Rome 2
Goa 2
Jungle Speed 2
Erosion 1
Pandemic 1
Scripts and Scribes 1
Die Sieben Siegel 1
Wings of War: Famous Aces 1
Unpublished Prototype 1
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5. Board Game: She's Charmed and Dangerous [Average Rating:4.14 Unranked]
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The stats say: 108 previously owned games

The question: You have 108 games listed as previously owned, many without ever having played them, including this little gem, and you're a known thrifter. Are you the boardgame equivalent a "flipper" -- do you buy used games, fix them up and sell them for mad profit?

Ra: The Dice Game 4
Clue: The Great Museum Caper 2
Sequence 2
Haggis 1
Macao 1
Monopoly Deal Card Game 1
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6. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2140] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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The stats say: 0 previously owned games. 1 of 2 GCLers who have a 0 trade rating on BGG.

The question: Apparently you've never traded a game on BGG? Any particular reason why?

1841 1
Homesteaders 1
Macao 1
The Scepter of Zavandor 1
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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The stats say: 4 previously owned games

The question: I would ask you a question about your previously owned games, but you answered them all via your comments and this review, Losing My Grip: An Investigation into Arkham Horror, which is yet another piece of your BGG brilliance. Read my mind and offer some interesting tidbit about one of your previously owned games.

Homesteaders 2
Starship Catan 2
Twilight Struggle 2
1841 1
Commands & Colors: Ancients 1
Odin's Ravens 1
Pandemic 1
Vikings 1
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8. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
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The stats say: 163 previously owned games

The question: This game is marked previously owned, want in trade, and wishlist "love to have"... Get rid of it too quickly? What did you trade it for?

Scrabble Sentence Cube Game 2
6 nimmt! Junior 1
Manoeuvre 1
Die Siedler von Catan Junior 1
Twilight Struggle 1
Washington's War 1
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9. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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The stats say: 58 previously owned games

The question: This game is pretty darn new and it already came and went with you? Was it the game in particular or the genre?

Before the Wind 1
Blokus 1
Brass 1
Container 1
Saint Petersburg 1
Shadow Hunters 1
Tichu 1
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10. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1470]
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The stats say: 2 previously owned games. 1 of 2 GCLers who have a 0 trade rating on BGG.

The question: Positive comment about the game and a 7 rating yet it's previously owned. When did it go bad between the two of you?
Dixit 3
Hansa Teutonica 3
Homesteaders 3
Battlestar Galactica 2
Mü & More 2
Balloon Cup 1
Blue Moon 1
Doppelkopf 1
Endeavor 1
Galaxy Trucker 1
Goa 1
Notre Dame 1
Power Struggle 1
The Scepter of Zavandor 1
Tales of the Arabian Nights 1
Vikings 1
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11. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2140] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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The stats say: 0 previously owned games

The question: 0 games previously owned, 0 games want in trade, 0 games for trade, only 2 trades completed. You really like all your games that much or just that you like to give your games lots of chances?

In the Shadow of the Emperor 2
Age of Steam Expansion - Sun / London 1
Agricola: Farmers of the Moor 1
Kaivai 1
Maria 1
Der Schwarm 1
Sushizock im Gockelwok 1
Tigris & Euphrates 1
Vikings 1
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12. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2545]
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GCL Format

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