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I want to share a pretty awesome story with you folks...

My life has been pretty chaotic in the past couple of months. I’ve been dealing with a pretty heavy, rough patch. It has gotten me pretty down at times. However, I have two fantastic friends who I game with regularly:

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Unbeknown to me at the time, Chase and AJ decided that they wanted to do something to cheer me up. They know that I am a big fan of the games designed by Christian Marcussen.

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Clash of Cultures and Merchants & Marauders are my two favorite games of all-time.

Through BGG, my friends contacted Christian in hopes that they could get some sort of shout-out to me, maybe an autograph or something. Christian really surprised my friends with his incredibly kind, thoughtful and creative response. Here are a few snippets from the letter that was sent to me from Christian along with a very special gift:


“Hi Jason.

I hear you are going through some tough times. You have some great friends who are concerned about you and are looking for ways to cheer you up and keep your mind off things. They asked me what I could come with, and I think I have something.

I have here 4 of the 14 civilizations included in the upcoming
Clash of Cultures: Civilizations expansion...

...You are the first one outside of the play test group to see it...

...Below are the rules you need as well as the 4 civs you can print and use.

Have fun and stay happy the best you can.

All the best,
Christian"



Can you believe that? What an amazing gesture. Chase and AJ presented all of this to me during one of our regular game nights a week or so ago. The materials that Christian sent had been cut and freshly laminated by my pals ...ready to play!

For those of you who are also fans of Clash of Cultures, this upcoming expansion is going to be fantastic. The mechanism Christian came up with for adding the civilizations’ special abilities into the game is so clever and simple. The special abilities themselves are quite creative, thematic and unique. You folks are gonna love it!

To conclude, I want to thank Christian for taking the time to make such a considerate and selfless gesture towards a total stranger. I am really honored that you shared part of a brand new, unreleased design with me. It more than cheered me up. I hope to meet you someday and shake your hand. Sincerely, thank you.

To my pals Chase and AJ, I couldn’t ask for two people who are more fun to game with (even if I do lose quite frequently), but far beyond that, thanks for being such high-quality people. I’m very lucky to have such thoughtful friends. I absolutely love playing games, and it’s so important to me to be playing with people who I really respect and enjoy. You guys are the best! Thank you.


Cheers!
Jason

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You've got some great pals there, buddy. Congratulations on the cool gift as well!
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I agree with Justin.

However, was posting this in four different places really necessary?
 
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Gejayge wrote:
was posting this in four different places really necessary?


Six different places, actually.
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Just awesome. Tearing up over here.
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Pfft. 4 of the 14. whistle
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I was just having a conversation with my Significant Other the other day. I asked her, given a choice, who would be her pick for Geek of the Week.

She thought about it for quite some time, hemmed and hawed, and could not decide. She then turned the question back to me.

My reply was Christian. When we were researching on Merchants and Marauders for our game purchase (we did buy a copy in the end), we found out about the lengthy journey Christian had to endure before he was eventually able to publish Merchants and Marauders. I have great respect for his perseverance.

Looking through the Merchants and Marauders forums also revealed that Christian makes the effort to reply to game questions quickly. Not many game designers do that.

And now, I can add kindness to the list of virtues. thumbsup


(He also thumbed one of my inane pics )
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Hi Jason.

I'm really happy it had the desired effect. Great friends you have there - sharing some of the expansion was the first thing that popped into my mind.

Thank you for your kind word, and thanks for the geek gold people have sent me. Youreally shouldnt have, but I will be sure to deal some out generously.

Have fun Jason. I hope you will enjoy what you have, even if its only a small part.

Cheers cool

Ps: Keng... That picture contains magic. Magic gets thumbs!
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marqzen wrote:
Hi Jason.

I'm really happy it had the desired effect. Great friends you have there - sharing some of the expansion was the first thing that popped into my mind.

Thank you for your kind word, and thanks for the geek gold people have sent me. Youreally shouldnt have, but I will be sure to deal some out generously.

Have fun Jason. I hope you will enjoy what you have, even if its only a small part.

Cheers cool

Ps: Keng... That picture contains magic. Magic gets thumbs!


You rock Christian!

I often talk about Sid Meier's Pirates! for computer (you know back in the day) when playing M&M with Jason and Chase. I love how you captured the feel of that game so well so that we can all experience it. It was the most engaging and exciting game back in the days of the DOS!

Not to mention a similar feel with CoC and Civilization. Thanks again for your kindness and generosity. You know your games will have a place in our group for as long as you decide to keep making them!
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Thanks A.J.!

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