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J Macc
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Having just recently rejoined the hobby I have been acquiring a few games that I used to play. So right now I'm just riding high on the nostalgia.
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I just got my copy of Where Eagles Dare today. My moment came right after I stopped jumping up and down yelling, "I got it, I got it, it finally came! Yes, Yes, Yes, YES!". I am cool and composed like that. cool
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This past fall, on a nice warm day, a parcel arrived with four GMT games inside. I went out onto the deck, and spent a couple of hours enjoying the sunshine, some really excellent coffee, and going through the games.

So yeah, I totally get it.
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I know exactly what you mean.

(And this is exactly the kind of thread that I would hate to have buried in a subforum.)
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The game looks great, a little out of my price range. I am very interested in No Question of Surrender. I find the histroy of Bir Hakiem interesting.
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I don't *need* to wait for it, but it always pays off when I do. An uninterrupted 30 mins with a new game is something I appreciate.
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'The Moment' will easily make or break my relationship with a particular game.

Poor, poor Power Grid; we never really hit it off shake
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Nope, I got my copy of Where Eagles Dare the night before I was supposed to drive up from Norfolk, VA, to Bowie, MD, to play a campaign game of it during MMP's WINTER OFFENSIVE 2012 convention. No time for lingering intimacy. No time to garner slow familiarity. Nope.

Just rip off the shrinkwrap, ensure I've got all the components, find the exclusive rules, enter the errata, and then take off for Bowie. That's it!
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1. Remove the game from the shipping carton.
2. Remove the shrinkwrap from the game box.
3. Open the box. Inhale deeply, breathing the new game smell (if game printed in China, lose consciousness. Otherwise, proceed to step 4).
4. Remove the contents, stacking them neatly next to the box.
5. Open the rulebook and find the 'Components' section.
6. Check the box contents against the components list.
7. Check the printing alignment on each countersheet, front and back.
8. Replace the contents; close the box.
9. Send the kids to bed as early as possible.
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I seem to get astonished every time a game arrives without getting lost.
Then I struggle with the dang shrink wrap for a while.
Finally, I spread everything on a table and dance a welcome dance a la Lord of the Flies.
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Usually I'm pretty emotionless during the moment, but Labyrinth was different. I mean, the box wasn't just glossy, it was... I don't know... cushy.

The internal components were very impressive! Awesome cards, exquisite board, exceptional counters. I found myself absent-mindedly caressing them.

It was the only time I've ever felt I'd encountered gaming porn.

And now... bacon. bacon
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Either I'm home when a package arrives (FedEx/UPS) and straight to the man cave or I have to go to the rental office (USPS or delivery when I'm not home) to get the parcel and then to the man cave. Either way it's not more than 5 minutes between getting the box in my hand and the utility knife cutting the box open. Most of the time everything gets opened. I'm all about instant gratification.

I'll take this opportunity to say thank the maker for online tracking too. I know when that box hits the premises.

Got a box yesterday with Napoleon's War II: The Gates of Moscow and a bunch of stuff for Battleground and life was good.
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As I type a copy of A Few Acres of Snow sits beside me, wrapped in shrink and recently denuded of it's USPS carapace.

Maybe there is something to this "what is a wargame debate", when Phantom Fury showed up, I ripped that bad boy open in no time flat!
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This is a blatant example of frivolous geek gold spending.
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Being one of those rare "adults without wife or kids", I rarely have trouble finding a good uninterrupted stretch of time to use for the new game opening ritual.
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Volfield wrote:
Being one of those rare "adults without wife or kids", I rarely have trouble finding a good uninterrupted stretch of time to use for the new game opening ritual.


Bragger.
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Rip the shrink wrap off fast ... Like a band-aid ...
Lay the maps out ...
Check the counters briefly ...
Hid game under bed ...
Go to man cave with rule under arm ...
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usrlocal wrote:

If so, why? If not, why not?


Nope.

House could crash on you, bus can explode, Martians "adopt" you, get struck by lightning, exotic flu, poison, assassins whatever.

Open as soon as you get you grubby hands on the game. Inhale (but make sure it wasn't printed in China - otherwise: see above).

Why wait. Time is too short. The time you wait you could read the manual and start a Vassal game.

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jeb123 wrote:

Go to man cave with rule under arm ...


laugh This one's worth GG. Spilled my coffee.

Thought I was the only one
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Once upon a time, I enjoyed my new purchases.

Now, it's just open, peek to make sure it's complete
(especially if used), and add it to the damned pile.

:(
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calandale wrote:
Once upon a time, I enjoyed my new purchases.

Now, it's just open, peek to make sure it's complete
(especially if used), and add it to the damned pile.



You need to put down the (tobacco) pipe and channel your youth.
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I had a new year's resolution of "post less, play more"...
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My latest thing (well to be honest I have noticed it over the past few years) deals with the plastic shrink wrap. I will take the game to some comfy location (re: couch) and take off that wrap. However, I do not simply toss it aside, but rather get up and go find the nearest garbage can to toss it into. I then return to the couch and begin the intimates. All unnecessary delay. I think that on a subconscious level I am simply prolonging "The Moment".

Roger's post reminded me of one of my best openings from years past. On a warm summer afternoon with absolutely no immediate commitments whatsoever I sat on a secluded veranda and opened up Wooden Ships & Iron Men. Man, that must have been 25 years ago or more, yet I remember it like it was yesterday.
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I used to get that moment opening booster cases for MTG.

Fortunately, I have (almost) recovered
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I usually just stick new games on the shelf and forget about them for a few months. snore
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Oooh, I so know what you mean!

A new wargame, or a new Apple product - both require 'The Moment'. Come march or so, I look forward to bringing my Napoleon bust out of hiding (my wife doesn't share my fascination with the short Corsican to put it mildly), queueing up '1812' on my trusty Mac, and having 'The Moment' with my newly arrived Nations in Arms: Valmy to Waterloo. The faint smell of printed wargame components when you open the lid, spreading the countersheets out, unfolding the map the first time - a religious feeling!
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