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Well is was fun being GotW and I really hope that you found it entertaining. But I have overstayed my welcome and it is time to introduce my successor.

Your next GotW demonstrates how truly global our hobby of board gaming is. We meet in clubs the world over to socialise and pit our wits against one another.

These clubs need organisers and enthusiasts to keep them going and Michelle truly exemplifies this! Congratulations!

Michelle enjoy your week and a bit!

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More about myself -
Wow, I’m Geek of the Week no. 420? What’s a Geek of the Week? What am I supposed to do? I saw some GotW posts every other week but to be honest, I never really read much as I only access BGG to find info about the games, to update our games collection, clock plays (yes, I try to clock almost all our plays with the exception of the few couple of years when we first started), read reviews, look at the images, get ideas about painting the miniatures.

By the way, my dad just had an operation in his left eye so these two weeks would be a crazy time for us. Hence kindly pardon my slow responses but I promise to try my best to check and reply regularly! Special thank you to Steve (srlarkin) for your kind guidance in what I need to do and also Daryl (darcchion) who recommended me to Steve for GotW.
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So I will give it a shot. Here goes nothing:
I was born in Singapore on 26 Dec. Cool to have a birthday on Boxing Day right? Not really, I only end up getting a combined X’mas and Birthday gifts instead of two….lol. Well, I graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. and I'm currently working in Customer Service/ Technical Support role for one of the world's best company to work in. Make a Guess?

How did I get involve with board gaming?
I met my hubby through a mutual friend at Settlers Board game cafe during early 2006. Guess it must be fate because I didn’t wanted to meet my friend after their dinner but she insisted that I joined them at Settlers. It was an eye opener to the awesome world of “designer” board games at Settlers. Prior to this, I only knew Monopoly, Scrabble, UNO etc. We made a mutual agreement to forgo weekend movies and invest in card & board games instead which was a wise choice as we can introduce many wonderful new games with our friends. Over the years, our love for each other grew and so does our board game collection. We have more than 300 games and counting...

We used to stack our games on a long TV console shelf but we realized that we needed more space as our collection grew. So we DIY two white Billy bookshelf from Ikea as a new home for our beloved board games a few years ago. The Billy bookshelves gave way as they warp badly under the heavy weight of the games so we upgraded to Ikea Ivar solid wood shelves recently. It is our dream to have a cozy and comfy gaming area complete with a big gaming table, chairs/ sofa, wooden shelves and an iMac when we have our own love nest in the future.....currently staying with my hubby's parents so we only have a bedroom for ourselves. We do not have any kids yet but intend to have a baby maybe next year or so. I would love to have a big family if we could afford it….everything is so expensive in Singapore. Wish us luck!


Game Hosting for the Public
We also volunteer our time to conduct game hosting sessions for the public and also at the Government Social Development Network for singles. We enjoy spreading the love for board games and also help to create more awareness of new and exciting Euro games rather than the typical standard Monopoly and Scrabbles in our local malls.


Trading
We are always trying to trim down our games collection to make room for new games. So trades offer are very welcome. We take very good care of our games and we are non-smokers & have no pets too even though I would love to have a chocolate Poodle Labrador cross breed when we gets our own house in a couple of years. I’m a dog lover. Hubby is influenced by me. He said he’d love to get a corgi. He thinks it looks cute being chubby with short legs. So all games are in good condition unless otherwise stated.

I had good experiences with some overseas trades on BGG. Sellers were very kind and as much as possible, I have also gone beyond my trade offer by giving them extra stuffs. Nonetheless, we have traded more than 100 games among the local gaming community in Singapore. Feel free to make me trade offers. It's good if u are in Singapore so we can meet-up at a convenient train station. Otherwise for overseas geeks, we can still trade smaller games or expansions as shipping can be a killer for both parties.


Our gaming preferences -
- Games in English or language independent as in no foreign language text on the cards or tiles would be very much appreciated. You see, English is just about the only language we can read well as it was our first language in school. We can manage Chinese but Hubby is better at Chinese…. I generally don’t really like to read Chinese stuffs. For some reasons, my brain takes a longer time to process the Chinese words but I scored distinction for my O’levels Chinese by pure hard work since I dislike the subject.
- Games that play well with not only 2 but also more players to cater to a big gaming group of 6 or more friends.
- Euro games with lots of different strategies to win
- Card, Board or even Dice games
- Games with high re-playability
- Games with reasonably short set-up and keep time
- Fairly easy-to-learn rules (Hubby usually learns those rules for board games while I will tackle the simpler rules for smaller card games)
- Fun Party games for our non-gamer friends or big group gatherings
- Themed games (We do NOT appreciate: violence, drugs, religious, drinking, political or sexual themes)

We are NOT into:
- Trivia, Memory,or general-knowledge, RPG, War, CCG, Miniatures games
- Super long and/or very complex games but we do happen to enjoy Agricola which usually takes us about 2-3 hours due to high AP among the players
- Roll-&-move or primarily random games
- Direct conflict (player elimination)
- We also try not buy too much games which require min 3 players cos it is usually just my hubby and myself. Friends only play whenever they come over to our house or during the occasional gatherings after dinner outside. However we prefer to game at friends' house due to space constraint at our place.

My Top Ten are my favorite games to play!

We are always happy to share our love of board games by introducing new games to our non-gamer friends & their partners or spouses. You should see their eyes sparkle whenever we table new games. Some even ask us to bring some games over during our regular gatherings!

Our gaming Group
- Our buddies mainly made up of young married couples
- Some friends who are casual gamers
- Cousins
- Occasionally some children (Our nieces & nephews, friends' or neighbours' kids)

Hooked on Painting Minis
We have completed painting Shadows over Camelot so far....I just coated all the minis with two coats of matt varnish yesterday 1 Oct 2013. It was a combined effort between hubby and myself. Soon I would get started on Fury of Dracula followed by Cyclades. Gotta buy more Citadel paints!


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1. I love to read rulebooks
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2. I’m a pretty good cook which is a rare virtue for Singapore Chinese girls nowadays
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3. Currently, I’m in the process of garnering some interest in a board gaming at work
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Peace and Happy Gaming to all!

God Bless.

Cheers,
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420, huh? I could offer some suggestions for celebratory substances, but not sure what the site's policy is....
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Re: Geek of the Week #420 - MIchelle "xia0dingdang"
...My two truths and a lie? Be it known that your suspicions that my love of gardening was less than stellar was statistically significant.

Now some questions, Michelle, to get you started:

d10-0 If you were a board game, which one would it be?
d10-1 What is the best game you've played that has the worst pieces?
d10-2 What is your ideal game playing experience?
d10-3 If you could give a nasty old roll and move a "Euro" make over, which one would it be?
d10-4 What is the most gratifying thing about gaming in Singapore?
d10-5 What is the most aggravating thing about the Singapore gaming scene?
d10-6 Please describe a favourite game as a food dish!

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Re: Geek of the Week #420 - MIchelle "xia0dingdang"
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d10-0 If you were a board game, which one would it be?




Thank you once again, Steve!

Wow that's quite a lot of questions for a start.

I shall try my very best to answer your questions.

Here is a picture of hubby & myself taken with our Taiwanese tour guide.


If I were a board game, I would be Race for the Galaxy.




This is our favourite game and one that has clocked more than 150 plays since we got it 3 years ago. It's not love at first sight for me as I must admit. Honestly, Race for the Galaxy is not an easy game to master. When my buddy Jerry tried to teach my hubby and myself his new Race for the Galaxy in Mar 2009, I was like a very lost sheep. . . .I didn't know what I was doing the whole game.

Sometime later in Jul 2010, hubby decided to trade a game for Race for the Galaxy cos another gamer friend said his wife loved it so that gave him a glimmer of hope that I might grew to enjoy it too. So he eagerly tried to teach me the game again.

What do I think of Race for the Galaxy?
- Steep learning curve with all the iconology but once you have it down pat, everything would be a breeze!
- Some may even shy away from this game at first glance but once they master it, they will grow to love it.
- It's a rather fast game where people would usually play two or three games in a night.
- Lots of room for more awesome expansions.

(Like myself, I may seem to be very quiet and soft-spoken. I can't crack jokes very well. . .I'm don't have many funny bones in my body but once you get to know me better, you will find that I'm actually a very nice gal and a good friend!)
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Congrats!

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srlarkin wrote:


d10-1 What is the best game you've played that has the worst pieces?



Can't think of any best game with the worst pieces though....
But when I first played Acquire the 2008 edition of the first image with the cardboard pieces. I was thinking.....what happened to those nice plastic hotel and tiles pieces which I saw on BGG forum? Why was there a "downgrade" of the bits for a good financial game?

Nonetheless, we are very grateful to our buddy, Jerry for getting a second hand copy of the 1999 Acquire edition for hubby and my birthday in last Dec. He got it for a great deal at S$100 only. It was a dream come true for us! Finally we own a nice Acquire edition with great bits for a good game!

The Bad:


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The Good:
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d10-2 What is your ideal game playing experience?




My Ideal Gaming Experience

- Most important would be the gaming company such as people who don't take losing to heart. After all, winning or losing is just part & parcel of life; what's most important is the gaming experience. Chill....

- An environment with good lighting, big tables, comfy chairs,
and easy access to food and drink for breaks in between gaming. Clean toilet is a plus.
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d10-3 If you could give a nasty old roll and move a "Euro" make over, which one would it be?




Orient Express








"Orient Express is a crime fiction board game published by Jumbo and Just Games. The game is based on the book Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. The game was designed by Jeff Smets and released in 1985. The game contains 10 different murder cases, each of which can be played only once. Five new plots were released in 1987." I haven't play this before though.....I got the description from wiki.


Gameplay:
"The game is set on the train Orient Express, going from Paris to Istanbul. The players сhoose one case among the 10 possible cases. On each case a murder has been committed by one of the 8 suspects on the train. The suspects are handily named so that the first letter of each forms a successive list of the first eight letters of the alphabet: the actress, the baroness, the count, the diplomat, the entrepreneur, the fortuneteller, the gambler, and the heiress. It is up to the players to solve the mystery before the train reaches Istanbul and the murderer gets away. Prejudices such as gamblers aren't law abiding, fortunetellers lie, colonels are armed with guns etc. must be set aside. It is possible that more than one suspect is guilty.

Another aspect of the solution: players must identify the motive behind the murder. Possible motives: blackmail, espionage, insanity, jealousy, money, and revenge.

The players start in the middle of the train and move around in the two train wagons according to dice rolls. By moving through the train players are able to get clues about the characters by talking to the innocent crew on board or examining the rooms. The suspects can also be interrogated - they never lie but they might be telling useless information. In practice text cards represent the staff, the suspects and the rooms.

An engine pawn is moved one station every time the specialized dice shows a green figure. The detectives receive a telegram about one of the suspects or the victim on certain train stations.

When the train stops at Istanbul each player must announce their solution of the murder. The player with the correct solution wins."
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Re: Geek of the Week #420 - MIchelle "xia0dingdang"
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d10-4 What is the most gratifying thing about gaming in Singapore?




Singapore is only but a little red dot on the map.
We have came a long way over the years from a little settlement to a developed metropolis city today.

Brief history of Singapore (This proved that I didn't fall asleep during my history lesson back in school....just kidding, actually I quoted these info from wiki
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore )

"Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post of the East India Company in 1819 with the permission from the Johor Sultanate. The British obtained sovereignty over the island in 1824 and Singapore became one of the British Straits Settlements in 1826. Occupied by the Japanese during World War II, Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom, uniting with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963, although she was separated from Malaysia two years later. Since then, she has had a massive increase in wealth, and is one of the Four Asian Tigers.

Singapore is the world's fourth-leading financial centre, and its port is one of the five busiest ports in the world. Our economy depends heavily on exports and refining imported goods, especially in manufacturing, which constituted 26% of Singapore's GDP in 2005. In terms of purchasing power parity, Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world.

Our population is highly diverse; the majority are Chinese with almost 75% of the total population, while Malays, Indians & other races eg. Eurasians forming significant minorities. Reflecting this diversity, our country has four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil."


Having said this, the most gratifying or satisfying gaming experience in Singapore would be to have the opportunity to game with friends or strangers from different races in harmony.
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d10-5 What is the most aggravating thing about the Singapore gaming scene?




One of the most annoying thing would be gaming with people who are too serious about winning or losing.

It's very exasperating when they pull a long face when losing....argghhh...

Lighten up & take it easy, peeps! We should enjoy the gaming experience instead. It's ok to lose some time but we can do better next time!
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d10-6 Please describe a favourite game as a food dish!





I would describe Agricola as a local Singapore Indian Rojak dish.

Every game is different depending on what occupations & minor improvements cards you have been dealt with.
You gotta go for the action which u absolutely must take first especially if you are the starting player else the action would be taken by other players.Then you might be left with not much choices or less attractive actions.

Similarly, every dish of Indian Rojak can be different depending on what food items you have selected & gave to the stall owner to deep fry and chopped into bite sizes for you. It is called Rojak in Malay because it is a mixture of everything like a salad eg. Prawn fritter, Fish cake, Potato, Hard boiled egg, Coconut dough fritter, Beancurd, Veg fritter, Squid, Fish roll & many more ingredients garnished with raw cucumber & onion.
You gotta be fast & eat those ingredients which you prefer more on the plate else they will be gone soon...hahaha

Delicious Indian Rojak dish with sweet & a little spicy red peanut sauce for dipping.


Typical Indian Rojak Stall


Yeah! Finally I finished replying Steve (srlarkin)'s 6 questions!
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Congratulations, Michelle!
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congratulations on making Geek of the Week, Michelle!

A few questions:

what...
1) ... did you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday?
2) ...'s your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
3) ...'s your favorite alcoholic drink?
4) ...'s your favorite food?
5) ...'s your favorite / most self-cooked recipe?
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Congratulations for being Geek Of The Week, Michelle! Enjoy your time in the limelight and I hope your dad recovers well from his eye surgery.

P.S I think you're the first GOTW from Singapore that I know of. BGGers are definitely a wonderfully international community!
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congratulation Michelle, enjoy the week!

d10-1 – Do you have a favorite opera? If yes, which one?
d10-2 – What is the best city in the world and why?
d10-3 - What cd do you now have in your cd player or other audio carrier?
d10-4 – If we would meet one day at the gaming table, what would you propose to play from your collection and what from my collection?
d10-5 - What do you plan playing this week?
d10-6 - What under- or unused theme would you like to see implemented in a game?
d10-7 - What is the best sketch in Monty Python?
d10-8 - Why do you have Arne and Ticket to Ride on your trading list?
d10-9 - Is there a game from Singapore you would like to bring to attention?
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Congrats Michelle! Enjoy your week.
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Re: Geek of the Week #420 - MIchelle "xia0dingdang"
Congratulations, Michelle!

1) Do you allow other players to drink or eat while you’re playing one of your games?
2) Do you have any game that was irremediably spoiled by another player’s thoughtlessness with food or drinks?
3) What do you enjoy the most in a boardgame (theme, strategy, interaction, sociality...)?
4) What is your fondest memory related to gaming?
5) What do you think of the iOS versions of any boardgames and do you play them?

Enjoy your week!
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Re: Geek of the Week #420 - MIchelle "xia0dingdang"
Congratulations, Michelle! I hope you have a wonderful week.

I would love to know more about Singapore and the gaming scene there....

What is it like to live in Singapore? Give us some local color.

What types of games or game mechanisms are popular in the Singapore gaming scene? Feel free to just speak from your personal experience.

Enjoy!
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Grats, Michelle! meeple
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A superb choice.

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CONGRATULATIONS

Enjoy your week in the spotlight!

Questions:

d10-1 What is your most favorite game mechanic and why?
d10-2 What game are (were) you most looking forward to in 2013?
d10-3 If you could game with a celebrity of your choice, who would you choose and why?
d10-4 If you could add, delete or change something about BGG, what would it be and why?
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