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Mikey O'Brien
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So, my tale begins, take heed all, I hope it entertains and informs.

It was the end of a tough week at work, I work in human services as a counsellor and my week was a little more draining than usual. It is the tradition in Australia, as it is in many other places, that the week is often seen off with cordial social interactions usually accompanied by a few alcoholic drinks for those that enjoy them; and that's what we decided to do as our spirits were in need of uplifting.

We are fortunate here in Western Australia to have some wonderful wine growing regions that supply the local market with some exceptionally fine drinking product. After enjoying a few glasses of a rather crisp and refreshing Swan Valley sémillon sauvignon blanc over nibbles with the fading sun as the backdrop we proceeded to an exceptional dinner. I think I enjoyed a little too much of a rather cheeky but complimentary Margaret River Shiraz. Australian Shiraz is often noted as being a little aggressive, they let you know they are there, no mucking about, I like that.

Anyway, as you might guess the night wore on and the judgment loosened as the joys of life flowed, conversation sparkled, and the pressures of the week eased from the body. This meant that I may have indulged in the pleasures of the grape a little more than is habit.

Time came for the close of festivities and before retiring I popped into my study to check my messages, blog, and for a little scan over BGG.

My inbox had a note from a great mate, who is also my gaming buddy and regular face to face opponent. He pointed me to España 1936 with much excitement, urging me on, "go on mate, have a go". Well that's how it appeared at the time.

My interest was high, as was I! I have been reading about the conflict that is the games setting - it was a combination of food, Hemingway, and my Basque heritage that drew me in to finding out more about 20th century Spain. It was love at first sight when saw the BGG listing for the game, through the ruby goggles of the grape I glimpsed gaming pleasure at its greatest.

It all gets a little hazy here, I was tired, full of great food, and the spirit of Dionysus ran strong.

Cut to a week later and a package arrives at my door...well, I don't not remember ordering anything?! Oh yeah...that's right.blush

There is that minor uncomfortable moment when I try to recall which credit card I might have accidentally knocked up.

Questions I had about the recent blowout in my entertainment budget are suddenly answered. This is what can happen when you drink and browse people, shiny new games and a few glasses can lead to surprises on the doorstep!

I was lucky, I got a good game, España 1936 is a top title, but I might not have been so fortunate. There could've been shame and awkward glances at my games shelf as I try to avoid looking at that "title", the one that seemed like a great idea at the time.

My partner laughingly described the whole affair as a sort of gamer geek drunken one-nighter, her description is what lead to this post. She had a great laugh at my expense, a part-time gamer she very understanding about my hobby, but wisely cautioned me about my budget. I agreed, no BGG after a night out, well not as much, eh?

So, what titles have you "picked up" after a night out? Are there any stories from a judgment impaired bacchanalian journey cruising through the seductive lure that is BGG and the online bars and clubs game stores? Titles that you don't want people to know about, or maybe a hidden gem that gives a lifetime of great gaming?

Edited for clean up.
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Scott Nicholson
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It's funny how, through "beer goggles" (as we call them in the states), even trash looks like something you want to bring home.

Her name was Tanga. Tanga Trash. She sounded alluring, so I invited her into my house. Sure, I had been with Ms. Trash before, and it never worked out, but this time it will be different, right?

No, it was not to be. Host your own Casino Party, a heavy and obscure trivia game about movies that goes way back in time, and Spy Alley. I should have learned my lesson before... but when under the influence, you just want to take out the Trash.

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I don't even need beer goggles. I just need to be sleep deprived.

Some time late last night I ordered 4 games that don't even exist yet (Conflict of Heroes, Galaxy Trucker, Power Grid China/Korea, and Race for the Galaxy Gathering Storm). This illustrates to me the truly dark side of BGG; without it, I never would have considered ordering a game that isn't even there yet. shake
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I met her on a site on the internet
I'd had too much to drink and placed an order from Pensacola
C-o-l-a cola
Six days later she showed up at my door
I opened her up, and in the dark brown box was Agricola
A-g-r-i cola co-co-co-co cola

Well I'm not the world's most Euro-type guy
But she had so many components that I couldn't decline
Agricola co-co-co-co cola
Well I'm not dumb but I cant understand
Why she played like a German but had stuff like American
Agricola A-g-r-i cola co-co-co-co cola

Well I drank champagne and played all night
Under electric candle light
I picked her up and we played 'til three
She said "Dear boy, won't you harvest with me?"
Well I'm not the world's most harvesting guy,
But when I looked at her cubes, well I almost fell for Agricola
A-g-r-i cola co-co-co-co cola
Agricola co-co-co-co cola co-co-co-co cola

I pushed her away
I walked to the game drawer
I fell to the floor
I thought of pirates and zombies
But then I looked at her and she at me...

Well that's the way that I want it to stay
And I always want to keep on playing Agricola
Co-co-co-co cola
Well cubes will be beasts and beasts will be cubes
It's a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world except for 'cola
A-g-r-i cola

Well I'd used plastic figures just a week before
And I'd never ever played a Euro before
But 'cola smiled and took me by the hand,
She said "That disc you're shackin' up with's gonna make you a man"

Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man,
And so's my spouse in Agricola
A-g-r-i cola co-co-co-co cola
Agricola A-g-r-i cola Co-co-co-co cola
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Back in the days when there were less maps we played every map back to back
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Ooh a little higher, now a bit to the left, a little more, a little more, just a bit more. Oooh yes, that's the spot!
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A wise man once said "Never drink and ebay".
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Back in the days when there were less maps we played every map back to back
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WonderCinz wrote:
I don't even need beer goggles. I just need to be sleep deprived.

Some time late last night I ordered 4 games that don't even exist yet (Conflict of Heroes, Galaxy Trucker, Power Grid China/Korea, and Race for the Galaxy Gathering Storm). This illustrates to me the truly dark side of BGG; without it, I never would have considered ordering a game that isn't even there yet. shake


Two of those four exist. I have seen one, and heard of others who have seen another. The other two I will give you as figments of our collective imagination
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OH Snicker-snack, after reading your Agri-Kinks rendition I nearly had tea all over my keyboard. That is just brilliant, mate! I had to go and dig out the original track after that.
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snicholson wrote:
... but when under the influence, you just want to take out the Trash.

I would think that in my advancing years some I would have the experience to know better, it must be the reptile brain at work.
 
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Yeah, it can happen to anyone.
Normally I research my game purchases very carefully, in fact I've set up a lot of voting geeklists just to determine what are the truly great games of a certain category.

So the snap purchase of World of Warcraft The Adventure Game one night after too much wine does rather stand out.
It was a bargain, honest.
I'm so pleased that I went looking in the Hot Deals section.

It remains in shrink.
 
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Padwan wrote:
So, my tale begins, take heed all, I hope it entertains and informs.
My inbox had a note from a great mate, who is also my gaming buddy and regular face to face opponent. He pointed me to España 1936 with much excitement, urging me on, "go on mate, have a go". Well that's how it appeared at the time.

Edited for clean up.


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