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Eight and a half years ago, I asked this question in this thread. The filler text was the elaborate "I love the top 10 lists, but sometimes I just want to talk about what is new in my life. So this is a thread to chat about the latest game you played, or the last 3 or 5, or what game you bought on the weekend. Really, whatever game you want to talk about."

And wow. We're still loving games, and we're still talking about the games we have played. But a lot has changed in eight and a half years, so if you would like to, please take a moment to reflect on what those things are: how have you changed, has your gaming (activity, choices) changed, what has stayed the same?
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...and here we go! We played Paperback this afternoon and lost. This game can really be draining sometimes.
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Cerebria: The Inside World! My husband and I are playtesting it before it goes into production for July delivery to KS backers. : D

Also loving Empires of the Void II, and we still have yet to play Gloomhaven!
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I'm going to answer my own question.

Eight and a half years ago, when I started the first thread, I was on an extended family holiday, living in Germany. We acquired an insane amount of games - over five months, we averaged about a game a day - although that included a trip to Essen. We came home and built new shelves to store all our games, which at that time probably numbered about 900. My main gaming partner was my husband Fraser, and our daughters who were six and eleven. I was on a break from working as a consultant in "online services" which was a grab bag of online strategy, usability and requirements analysis.

And we were playing Alea Iacta Est and Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel.

These days, I'm writing up my PhD on the hobbyist experience of boardgames and teaching Human-Computer Interaction to Masters students. We've only been back to Essen once since 2009, as October is the end of the academic year in Australia so a difficult time to be away. Our daughters are fifteen and nineteen, and one is about to go back to Germany on her own, on a student exchange; meanwhile, I'm off to Montréal to talk about playing boardgames. I'm very fortunate to have moved from a career I loved to a new career that I also love - although these final PhD throes don't leave much time for play. I've just stepped down as Co-chair of Boardgames Australia, although I will remain a committee member; I'm a juror for the International Gamers' Awards; and I'm the Tabletop Manager for PAX Australia (for one final year).

My most-played game this year is Terraforming Mars and my most-recent gaming was yesterday - the focus was on conversation, so we played lighter games, TransAmerica, Timeline: Diversity and Timeline: Music and Cinema.

With a convention next week, I'm looking forward to some meatier games - probably Altiplano and Concordia, which is a solid favourite, as well as our younger daughter's beloved Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and Codenames: Marvel. And I might take my laptop and write in the gaming rooms - the company is always great.

And I'm still a card-carrying member of The Cult of The New, but I do love my older games as well.
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Oh help me...someone here was running an auction, but I don’t remember who, & apparently I didn’t subscribe to the thread. I bid on some stuff, and now I have no idea how to locate the thread. Does anyone remember who it was? Or have the thread link? modestmodestmodest
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Wasn't Stasia auctioning some things?
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Oh help me...someone here was running an auction, but I don’t remember who, & apparently I didn’t subscribe to the thread. I bid on some stuff, and now I have no idea how to locate the thread. Does anyone remember who it was? Or have the thread link? modestmodestmodest


Unless someone else on the forum was also running an auction, that would have been me. The auction closed about an hour and a half ago. Sorry!
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DonkeyJay wrote:
Oh help me...someone here was running an auction, but I don’t remember who, & apparently I didn’t subscribe to the thread. I bid on some stuff, and now I have no idea how to locate the thread. Does anyone remember who it was? Or have the thread link? :modest::modest::modest:


Note: if you go to my geek > profile > contributions on the right side of the screen there should be a list of all your contributions, sorted by type.

So yeah looks like some bids on scdosters: Eldritch Horror Lot, Family Games & Expansions - US Only, Ends 3/24/18 CLOSED. (Yes, all your contribution are publicly available to anyone who checks your profile.....)
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scdoster wrote:
DonkeyJay wrote:
Oh help me...someone here was running an auction, but I don’t remember who, & apparently I didn’t subscribe to the thread. I bid on some stuff, and now I have no idea how to locate the thread. Does anyone remember who it was? Or have the thread link? modestmodestmodest


Unless someone else on the forum was also running an auction, that would have been me. The auction closed about an hour and a half ago. Sorry!


Yes, it was you! I think I put the final bid in on something. I need to check.
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DonkeyJay wrote:
Oh help me...someone here was running an auction, but I don’t remember who, & apparently I didn’t subscribe to the thread. I bid on some stuff, and now I have no idea how to locate the thread. Does anyone remember who it was? Or have the thread link? modestmodestmodest


Note: if you go to my geek > profile > contributions on the right side of the screen there should be a list of all your contributions, sorted by type.

So yeah looks like some bids on scdosters: Eldritch Horror Lot, Family Games & Expansions - US Only, Ends 3/24/18 CLOSED. (Yes, all your contribution are publicly available to anyone who checks your profile.....)


Boy, I don’t know how you found that information, but thanks for the link. I got outbid, so we’re cool. I just didn’t want to complicate someone’s life by being a flake if I’d won.

I looked at a lot of that stuff on the right side of the screen, but never found anything that took me to the auction. You’re a master!
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Oh wow. I had unsubscribed from the other thread about 2 months ago with things being crazy in my life. How exciting that y'all had filled it up.

We played Witches of the Revolution today. I thought I was going to really enjoy it. I had been pretty interested in it after watching Rahdo's run through. Instead, I just felt okay about it. It's a decent enough game. However, last weekend, we played Hardback, and I kept saying "This is a really good game. I really like it." I would like to feel that way about the games that we keep on our shelf. I will give Witches of the Revolution another try in case I was just having an off day. However, I suspect it won't be staying.

We also played Pie Factory today, because Jenn suggested that we get rid of it, but I wanted to play it once more and see. It just wasn't much fun with 2p. I was able to stay as first player most of the game and get the free card, so it wasn't much fun for either of us. Definitely going on to the trade list.
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Not physical copies, but I periodically play Ascension: Storm of Souls on my tablet, and tonight I tried out Cthulhu Realms in app form as well. I really enjoy Ascension and its various expansions (we have Rise of Vigil in hardcopy), and found that I rather enjoy Cthulhu Realms too. I may have to look into picking up a copy for playing with my husband, who loves Lovecraft stuff.
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We had a big group of six at J's today, thankfully he had pulled out Power Grid which plays 6. I was the most experience with 2 plays though I hadn't played the U.S. map before, J and Karen each had one. I got of to an early lead and was 1st player for most of the game. Karen invested in two power plants early and held off on expanding while the rest of us tried to split plant purchases with expanding our footprint. I tipped the game into phase two a round earlier than I would have liked but as first player needed to claim the cities before they went up in cost even though it would take me another round to power them. Despite there being 6 players there wasn't much fighting/blocking over cities. Black took New England and went down the eastern seaboard, Green started in Georgia and went north on the coast, Blue took California, Karen hunkered down with yellow in Texas, Purple took the south central and I claimed most of the Midwest/central cities. Even with six players there was never the feeling of not having an affordable city to expand into on the U.S. map like Karen and I have have felt with other maps. I was at 11 cities when the 3rd phase was triggered. In verifying the market change I saw that the game end is triggered at 14 cities with 6 players instead of 17. They let me get the hydro-electric plant 65 and then it came down to if I would be able to place 3 more cities to win/end it or if there would be another round with all bets off. I managed it with $2 to spare.

Karen and I then headed over to FLGS. I'd received a box of games a couple days before and wanted to get a second opinion on a couple. In Array you want to use all your cards first by either playing matching colors onto the cards on the table and/or playing 'splatter' cards forcing your opponent/s to draw more cards into their hand. Each card has 2 - 4 colors. If you match a green/grey/purple card to an open green one you can also add a 'grey' card and a 'purple' card on your turn enabling you to play multiple cards in a single turn.
The cards are 12 sided, not actual circles which makes shuffling difficult. The colors include Pink, Red, Orange and Magenta which can be difficult to tell apart in poor lighting.

We then did a trial run of AARRR!. Cute illustrations on this pirate themed 2 players game of war. I got clobbered! She was able to avoid or deflect just about every cannonball I sent her way and I was a sitting duck with the cards I was drawing.

Time for a real game! She brought Gaia Project. I've played Terra Mystica though it's been a while and both games have enough happening that it'll take a couple plays to really figure it out especially with the asymmetrical abilities. Not even going to try to comment on the game as I was only starting to figure some of the stuff out with the different scoring tracks etc.







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Last night we went over to some friends and played Missions 3 and 4 of Mechs vs. Minions. This game is so fun! I'm also really impressed at how all of the missions so far (including #5, which we peeked at after winning #4) can take the same base mechanics and yet set up such different-feeling games (some are like 4 v 1, others feel like huge brawls, and others are like fetch or escort quests). I'm really enjoying this game and can't wait to see what's next. But, that said, I also think that this is definitely a game where the surprises and joy of unlocking new stuff is a huge part of it. Once we play through the whole story, I believe I'll have been happy enough with the game to pass it on or sell it. (10 plays is quite good in my book, to be honest).


Tonight my partner and I played two rounds of The Great Heartland Hauling Co.. I'm trying to play through some of the games that have been forgotten on my shelf for a long time, to see if they hold up or should be passed on to someone who will appreciate them more. In some cases, this means actually getting them to the table for the first time blush.

The first we played "vanilla", and the second we played with a variable starting position, and the "Truck Stop Inpansion", which adds purchasable special powers. It's a neat little game, but I don't think the 2p version is all that compelling. We were rarely blocking each other (which seems like an important part of the game). In the second game I purchased a power that let me pay $1 to stay in a location (normally you have to move each turn). I parked myself in a place that "produced" green beans (let you purchase them cheaply), as well as bought them back. This was very boring, but was ultimately the best strategy and I did win, by paying $2 to make $15 every two rounds.

So I'm on the fence with this game. We both agreed we should try it with 3 or 4 players before trying to sell it. Personally I also think the aesthetic is really boring. I like the cubes and don't mind the concept, but the art on the cards reminds me of Farmville (or other 00-era facebook games), just a little bit bland and slick lol.
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Yesterday I played a couple of games with Romycat and my daughter.

Monopoly Gamer I didn't mind it as much as I thought I would. It was kinda fun getting hit by lots of red and green turtles and losing my coins. I even had to sell some of my properties to cover my turtle shell coin loss. I would play it again. But it is better with more people.

Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter I have read all the books and seen all the movies but I stand no chance against my daughter. She has never lost the game. Maybe I should reread the books.
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Yay, new thread! Thanks for hosting us again, Melissa!

Yesterday I played Islebound with the people at the meet-up I go to. I went last in turn order and made some mistakes right at the start: I don't think I chose my home port well, and then I did not go to a spot blocked by another player, although I could have.
Like a proper boardgame teacher/host, I ended up coming last 72-65-59-57... I would have come 2nd or at worst 3rd if I had ended the game the round before, since I didn't have many scoring opportunities in the last round, but other people had.
Next time I need to try to go for a more coherent strategy again.

Edit: Ah, I was going to say something about player count as well: This was the first time I'd played with more than 2, and unsurprisingly this makes the board a lot tighter. It also makes the game more cutthroat, because you will get the islands you own taken away from you a lot more often.
I really like the game 2-player, but ultimately I don't think I mind it with more. It does seem like investing in diplomacy is better with more players in the game.
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Yesterday we visited friends and we played:
Fast Forward: FEAR I sorted the deck and we started at the beginning. We played through the entire deck, 17 games, so I guess it was a success.
Azul We've played this with the four of us before and it's become a favourite right away.
Tichu My all time favourite! We came back from minus 265 with three successful grand Tichu's in a row, the last was even a double win for us. But unfortunately we still lost
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melissa wrote:
Eight and a half years ago, I asked this question in this thread. The filler text was the elaborate "I love the top 10 lists, but sometimes I just want to talk about what is new in my life. So this is a thread to chat about the latest game you played, or the last 3 or 5, or what game you bought on the weekend. Really, whatever game you want to talk about."

And wow. We're still loving games, and we're still talking about the games we have played. But a lot has changed in eight and a half years, so if you would like to, please take a moment to reflect on what those things are: how have you changed, has your gaming (activity, choices) changed, what has stayed the same?


Hello, Melissa!! It's been a long time I haven't "read" you. Thanks for the update on your 8.5 years.

I will attempt to answer the new questions:
1. How I have changed in the past 8.5 years? On Tuesday, 3/27/18, will be my 10-year BGG registration anniversary. I have switched jobs in the same company and have worked in my new position for 5.5 years. My daughter is 17 now and has 1 more year of high school left. I have slowed down and shifted priorities in my personal life to include more time for living in the moment versus overcrowding my free time with "things I HAVE to do" that can usually wait.

2. How has my gaming (activity, choices) changed? My gaming activity has changed dramatically. My daughter was my main gaming partner and is so burdened with school work that she (and, I) barely play games anymore. I have slowed down buying games because of that and also sold/gave away a good bulk of my "good" games in order to keep only games I think are "great". I have also ventured out to meet-ups with BGG-users several times. I also volunteered at Dice Tower Con last year where I demoed games, played games with BGGers, and experienced a gaming Con for the first time.

3. What has stayed the same is my top games, especially my #1 which is still Louis XIV. I still lust after games I don't have anyone to play with, and have been curious about for a long time (18xx, Brass, Power Grid, Indonesia, Twilight Struggle, Tikal, and Java).
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I have a question. Why do I get a red outline around the last post that basically locks it? Or a blue outline?
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A red line is because it's a subscription item you haven't read, a blue line is a new post, I think.
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I have slowed down and shifted priorities in my personal life to include more time for living in the moment versus overcrowding my free time with "things I HAVE to do" that can usually wait.


Oh my goodness, please teach me how to do this.


(I didn't answer the question because I wasn't part of BGG 8.5 years ago. Heck, I was just being introduced to modern boardgames 8.5 years ago. Though my life has certainly changed a lot in the last 8.5 years. I earned a PhD, got married, moved states 3 times, and lost my mom.)
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I have a question. Why do I get a red outline around the last post that basically locks it? Or a blue outline?


A red line is a post new to you, so the site takes you there first. A blue line is one that has been ‘seen’, whether you saw it or not. For example, SGoYT has a lot of comments that come up on my subscription feed. I don’t care to read them. But if I go to the page it first takes me to, it registers as having read all the new comments on that page.

It’s just a way of taking you to the end of a discussion thread, rather than to the first page every time. It just doesn’t work so well on geeklists. IMO
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But I can't thumbs up the thread until another one is posted. Never had this problem before.
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anjulka wrote:
EgorjLileli wrote:
I have slowed down and shifted priorities in my personal life to include more time for living in the moment versus overcrowding my free time with "things I HAVE to do" that can usually wait.


Oh my goodness, please teach me how to do this.


(I didn't answer the question because I wasn't part of BGG 8.5 years ago. Heck, I was just being introduced to modern boardgames 8.5 years ago. Though my life has certainly changed a lot in the last 8.5 years. I earned a PhD, got married, moved states 3 times, and lost my mom.)


Well, Rose, as a planner who likes to structure my life and free time as much as possible, it has been pretty hard with a high learning curve. Spirituality has helped as I have a strong faith life and am always striving to improve and simplify my relationship with God to focus on what is REALLY important for me RIGHT NOW versus what I think (or have planned) to be important (such as, my interactions and time spent with my spouse, daughter, and others). When I find myself stressing over my "schedule" I try to pray and put it in God's hands for me to relax and go with the flow and try to understand that the world will not end if I don't do what I had planned to do when I had planned to do it.

I'm not sure that answers your question?
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I'm fortunate to have my parents visiting me for the winter. They arrived in January and will stay until we get back from taking a trip to Europe and Japan together in June. They are helping me play through tons of games and expansions in my collection that are hard to get to the table while I'm alone.

Just so far this month, we've played the following:
At the Gates of Loyang
Automobiles
Bird of Happiness
The Castles of Burgundy
Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure with Clank!: Sunken Treasures
Codenames Duet
Dominion with Dominion: Prosperity and Dominion: Alchemy
A Feast for Odin
Fields of Arle with Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade
Fields of Green
Fruit Picking
Hardback
ヘッジホッグジレンマ (Hedgehog's Dilemma)
Hocus
Kingdomino
Lewis & Clark
Mystic Vale with Mystic Vale: Mana Storm and Mystic Vale: Vale of Magic
The Oracle of Delphi
Pandemic with Pandemic: In the Lab
Pandemic Iberia
Queendomino
Raiders of the North Sea with Raiders of the North Sea: Hall of Heroes
Roll for the Galaxy with Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition
7 Wonders
Takenoko with Takenoko: Chibis
Thurn and Taxis with Thurn and Taxis: All Roads Lead to Rome
Trains: Rising Sun with Trains: Coastal Tides and Trains: Map Pack 2 – Europe/Italy/California
Valley of the Kings: Afterlife
Viticulture with Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture
Yokohama

I'm hoping that this will help me fine-tune my collection, maybe weed out things that I don't need to keep. So far, though, they've enjoyed everything--what a dilemma! laugh The only minor complaint they've mentioned is that Fields of Arle took too long; between teaching and playing, it took us two days to finish. But they still liked it...
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