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A Geek Chat League is a weekly discussion-group format for people who love gaming and enjoy talking about games. It is intended to foster depth and familiarity, producing engaging content and worthwhile interaction. Members get to know one another, establish shared interests, and generally develop a friendly and productive environment.

Of necessity, each division of GCL is kept relatively small (typically between 12-16 members, though individual divisions may incline one way or the other). A tight-knit discussion group tends to function more smoothly than a free-for-all. It allows individuals to be heard and understood, and for each participant to keep up and enjoy multiple topics as the week progresses. The format is geeklist-based, and lists are not published to the BGG front page.

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Cole Wehrle (Cole)
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Neil Thomson (Neil)
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PzVIE (Ron)
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1. Board Game: Organized Chaos [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Well, the fall term is creeping up on those of us still bound by the academic calendar. Some of my fellow teachers have already begun their semesters. The University of Texas begins in a few days. The city is full of new students carrying milk crates up flights of stairs and making nervous conversation. The campus is brimming with fresh starts and promise.


Do you have any yearly "resetting" rituals? Are you a "spring cleaner?" As a terrible student growing up, I always looked forward to the start of a semester. Maybe this would be the year I finally got my act together...

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2. Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:765]
Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers
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Speaking of rebooting, let's talk about reboots. There's that old saw about how sequels rarely improve on the original--do you find this holds to games? Are their reboots in gaming or otherwise that you feel like really improve upon the originals?
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3. Board Game: Class Struggle [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:19205]
Board Game: Class Struggle
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Okay, this one will be a bit of a stretch, but bear with me. Let's go from reboots to revolutions. This week I read an utterly fantastic piece in Harpers called "The Neoliberal Arts" by William Deresiewicz. Read it. Discuss.

http://harpers.org/archive/2015/09/the-neoliberal-arts/?sing...

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But we no longer have youth as it was imagined by modernity. Now we have youth as it was imagined by postmodernity — in other words, by neoliberalism. Students rarely get the chance to question and reflect anymore — not about their own lives, and certainly not about the world. Modernity understood itself as a condition of constant flux, which is why the historical mission of youth in every generation was to imagine a way forward to a different state. But moving forward to a different state is a possibility that neoliberalism excludes. Neoliberalism believes that we have reached the end of history, a steady-state condition of free-market capitalism that will go on replicating itself forever. The historical mission of youth is no longer desirable or even conceivable. The world is not going to change, so we don’t need young people to imagine how it might.

All we need them to do, as Rothman rightly suggests, is to run faster and faster, so that by the time they finish college, they can make the leap into the rat race. Youth, now, is nothing more than a preliminary form of adulthood, and the quiet desperation of middle age has been imported backward into adolescence. (If Arthur Miller had been at work today, it would have been Death of a Senior.) And as everybody knows by now, it isn’t just postmodern youth; it is also postmodern childhood — for children, too, increasingly are miniature adults, chasing endlessly for rank and status.
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4. Board Game: Heavy Steam [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:6850]
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Well, that got heavy fast--maybe too fast. So, here's a softball question. What's your favorite ridiculous heavy game? I'm talking about a game that shouldn't work (perhaps doesn't work), but nonetheless fills you with glee.
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5. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:199]
Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President
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Okay, final question. So in the US it is, somehow, already primary season. It's awfully early for this kind of thing, but, for those of us with an inclination towards politics, I think there's a secret pleasure that it has finally arrived. Politics is my sports y'all, and you won't here me complaining about all of this nonsense coverage over a year from the general election.

But, let's put politics on the back burner and talk about board games. Because, if it is early in the political calendar, it's also early in the gaming calendar. Yet, it already looks like this year's Essen may have already been decided. Who are the front runners? Will Codenames take the day? How about 504? What's looking hot?

Or perhaps Essen isn't even what we should be talking about. Have you guys already found your GOTY 2015? What's the best new game you've played this year? Are we at the start of the Hermanssance?
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6. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3196]
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x6 Khmer
x4 Love Letter
x2 Twilight Struggle (Chandry ftw!)
x1 Pax Pamir
x1 Neanderthal
x1 Churchill (solo)

Keepin' it short this week. Last week was a good one for games. The big winner was Khmer which got daily play (6 point games). I love this game, which is everything tjsheilds says it is and more. It's deep and whimsical and calculating and intuitive all at once. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

The Twilight Struggle players were online real-time games that I played with a friend on Friday. He slammed me in the first and, in the second, I had perhaps the best USSR start I've ever gotten and closed up the game by the end of the second turn. Our current game is in the midwar and looks like it could make it the full distance, though the defcon is not healthy.

I played a game of Pax Pamir with a couple folks and tried sticking to the teaching script. Seemed to work pretty well. God I can't wait till I don't have to teach this game every time I want to play it .

Also played a rockin' 3 player game of Neanderthal. The game continue to amaze me. This time everyone made it to tribal and we had some pretty hilarious negotiations.

And, lastly, I pulled out Churchill and played it through solo to get a handle on some funny rules. I'm really impressed with the design, but wonder if the Herman-chrome is going to stop this game from being as large of a crossover hit as it might have been. It's still got my interest though.

The week ahead:
On Tuesday evening I get on a plane and head to the UK for a few weeks. I'll be mostly in the midlands with a stint in London for research and then a little vacation time in Bath/Bristol/Wales. It's a much needed break before the dissertation sprint begins.


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7. RPG Item: Masks of Nyarlathotep (1st & 2nd edition) [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:51]
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Board Game: Exploding Kittens
Board Game: Firefly: The Game


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N/A  Firefly: The Game

Hello from Sicamous (sick-a-moose). In the motel for a couple of nights before we get on our houseboat Tuesday. My wife's family just arrived and are ensconced in their hotel rooms.

Today on our way here we visited two wineries and a distillery, and also took a quick detour through Salmon Arm to visit my friend Jim at his game shop (The Puzzle Factory).

Not a lot of gaming this week. Two rounds of exploding kittens with my wife and daughter.

Thursday we played firefly with six players, and we should have done the intro session again because it became clear over two hours in that with six we weren't going to finish as people hadn't even reached the first goal. I still like it though.

I have internet at the hotel. Likely just my cell phone data plan once I'm on the lake. Have a good week.
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8. Board Game: Batman Fluxx [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3528]
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Sorry for the absence folks...been a busy couple of weeks and the games have suffered as a result.

Life

Sold the House in only a couple of weeks. Goes unconditional this week.

Signed plans to build new home. Hoping to start by late September and be in by Easter 2016. Exciting stuff.

Had the bathroom completely gutted and renovated by the landlord. Total pain in the neck and they left our freezer off to spoil $300 worth of food. Good times...shake

Turned 40 earlier this month. I have a 40-con planned but had to postpone until September to make the most of it. Looking forward to it. Got myself a Coutinho Liverpool strip and about 6 other Liverpool badged items. Good stuff.

Otherwise life is as busy as always.
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9. RPG Item: Pathfinder Society Scenario 0-11: The Third Riddle [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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 10   Advanced Squad Leader x2
 6   Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
 7   Zatre
 7   Spexxx

Two more games of ASL using VASL with my Finnish partner. The first one we played by eMail and Dropbox, the second one life with a headset. I never did this before and it was a really cool experience. We have another session scheduled this Thursday evening and I'm totally looking forward to it.

Our bi-monthly Pathfinder session was one player short (he's on holiday in Spain at the moment), so our GM decided on a short one-shot adventure using new characters. A good decision, as I again killed my guy (and Andrea killed her character too!). Our third player survived with one Hit Point left ... oh boy. That Pathfinder is really a deadly system!

On Sunday I had a piece of fine meat in the smoker and while that wonderful thing did his work, Andrea and I played a game of Spexxx and then Zatre on the patio. These games are really great for this, as they don't have any cardboard or tokens that the wind can blow away.

Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader
RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
Board Game: Zatre
Board Game: Spexxx


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Hope you all had a great week too!
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10. Board Game: Promi-Klatsch [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Promi-Klatsch
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I was able to take rare trip to the movie theater this weekend and caught Mission Impossible 5. It is so formulaic and predictable, but the formula works. It is exciting and highly entertaining. Like a sheep, I will keep watching them all!

Board Game: Nertz
Board Game: Nefertiti
Board Game: Black Vienna
Board Game: Anomia: Party Edition
Board Game: Puerto Rico
Board Game: Las Vegas
Board Game: Promi-Klatsch
Board Game: Giro Galoppo


 10   Nertz x3 - I've been on a nertz slump. No matter what other games are played on a game night, winning nertz is the most satisfying title to win.
 7   Nefertiti - We've wanted to get this back to the table for a while now. It's a cromulent auction game, nothing special, with a really stupid theme. But it's simple enough that it's fun enough to play for a bit of variety.
 7   Black Vienna x2 - I am essentially done with deduction games like this and Sleuth. They are fun to play, but are essentially luck games once everyone just makes the requisite deductions.
 9   Anomia: Party Edition
 9   Puerto Rico
 8   Las Vegas - It is delicious when players battle each other and waste all of their dice just out of spite.
 9   Promi-Klatsch - After Nertz, Promi-Klatsch is the other game that really matters whether you win.
 7   Giro Galoppo

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11. Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power 1936-1945 [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:478]
Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power 1936-1945
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Played this for the first time at the Thursday night Falls Church group. I enjoyed it very much - a very flexible take on WW2 and the pre-war. I'm still not sure quite how I feel about it, but intrigued enough that I wouldn't mind playing it again.

Also taught my friend Kevin Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. Close at first but I came out better after two massive battles near Kyoto and held on for a comfortable (16-11 I think) win for my Tokugawa forces.
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12. Board Game: Great War at Sea: Jutland [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:5566]
Board Game: Great War at Sea: Jutland
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This past week, these games were played face-to-face:
None.

This past week, these games started:
None.

This past week (through date of posting), these games continued:
Burnside Takes Command, Scenario 2 v. Carsten (100-Game-Play Challenge!)
Stonewall Jackson's Way II, Scenario 6 v. Patrick (Advanced Game!)
GCACW: Atlanta is Ours, Scenario 1 v. Scott (Playtest!)
GCACW: Atlanta is Ours, Scenario 2 v. Patrick (Playtest!)
The Great Invasion: Gettysburg v. Judd
1830: The Coalfields v. 5-Player (GCL Gelato!)
D-Day at Omaha Beach x 1 (In Progress; Solitaire)

This past week, these games concluded:
None.

This past week, these games/accessories were acquired:
Great War at Sea: Jutland
Great War at Sea: The Mediterranean
Toulon, 1793

This week, these games are on my radar:
Victory Roads
Founding Fathers (Thanks Wendell and Cole!)
Age of Industry (For those who know, is it worth it? Is Brass better?)

This past week, these interesting things happened in my games and my life:

1 ---> Game Pimping / Painting / Etc. Nothing to report.

2 ---> D-Day at Omaha Beach. After having owned this game for several years (I bought the first edition, which is what I am playing on), I am finally playing the "full game" - all 32 turns - I have a sinking feeling I am doing something wrong, but I've decided to have most of my initial units hold their ground until reinforcements can be moved in off the beach. With 6 new infantry companies in each sector, once they can start bring up the flanks, I should be in a decent position to try and win this one. The alternative actions, though, are making it a slow grind, here at the start, and there are many more possible locations for actions, so it is slow going for now. Still, having a blast.

3 ---> Family. The new baby is slowly getting used to life on the outside. My wonder wife is getting acclimated to having 3 kids at home when I am at work. The new child has coincided with a rush of new real estate transactions, so even when I am off work there is plenty of "other work" to keep me busy. I will have to find some way to handle this once my wife returns to work at the start of November.

4 ---> Atlanta is Ours! My Union boys outflanked the CSA on the first activation, driving back a division of rebels, but they caused *us* casualties, with out taking any of their own. The penalty for out-numbering your opponent in a combat continues to plague me in this game. Basically, the game encourages you to attack with equal, or nearly-equal strengths if the goal is to cause casualties to the enemy (for VPs), and encourages you to perform hugely numerically superior assaults if the goal is to capture land/space. It's been a hard lesson to learn, and continues to be one that I erratically employ. This time, outflanking the rebels cost me VPs. Someday I will learn.

5 ---> Civil War Campaign Series. I have successfully scouted some of the rebel positions and pinned the rebs in place . . . I think I will be able to put some of those rascals out of supply at the end of the turn . . .

6 ---> Gaming Group. Still on hiatus, but my fingers are crossed that I might be able to go to the game night this Friday. We will see.

7 ---> Other On-Going Games. 1830 Coalfields seems to be mostly-decided, but some brutal stock round maneuvers in the next SR might shake things up a bit. My general feeling is that everyone is content to end the game right where they are - I am messing around with a few options, but I doubt it will make much of an impression on the end-game.

8 ---> BGG Con. I've drafted up the header for the wargamers meet-up, and I'm starting to compile my list for the Con. I'm thinking that this year I will try and keep "new" games - which I have never played or even read the rules to - to a minimum this year. But there are some that I want to try, even though it's been years since I had a play-through: EastFront II, Unhappy King Charles, Baltimore & Ohio, and many others.

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13. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:485] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Space Empires: 4X
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Board Game: PitchCar
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients
Board Game: Quarriors!
Board Game: Space Empires: 4X
Board Game: Star Realms


PitchCar x7
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Had a neighbour over and we played a bunch of Pitchcar while testing out the Jura Superstition whiskey.
Also made a symetric track where we played pursuit style races where we started on opposite sides of the track and the first one to catch the other was the winner. That format was awesome 2-player.
Commands & Colors: Ancients x2
Played this with a friend that wanted to try the "other Memoir game" Borrowed it from Ingmar.
Quarriors!
Knocked this game of Ingmar's unplayed list. Not a very good game.
Space Empires: 4X
First play for Ingmar. Did the Knifefight scenario from the expansion. Ingmar met the Black Hole on his first move and lost 2 Scouts, the Miner and a Colony Ship in that Black Hole. It was essentially over at that point, but we continued for a while to teach Ingmar the game. He enjoyed and we will play it again.
Star Realms
Solo 2-handed. Good game, quick and easy. Saw they have announced a COlony Wars set for Star Realms. Might have to get that.

Apart from that. School started for the kids.
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14. Board Game: You're Fired! [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:12941]
Board Game: You're Fired!
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Howdy Gelati!

Sorry for the lengthy delay, life has been interesting for me.

On August 6th I was "fired" while I was home ill with a sinus headache. As you may or may not recall, I got a promotion in April/May and was taking on a much bigger job. I was dumped with all of the work for the whole department when they fired the other guy who was doing it as well, then I asked for help every day for months and finally they said I was performing poorly and fired me, while I was home sick.

Gotta love right-to-work.

Anyway, it's for the better, that place was terrible, and the fact that they had to hire four people to do my old job makes me feel good about the work I was doing. In spite of all that, I feel better than I have in months. The stress, and lack of respect toward the employees that that place started going down was really bad, and I feel like I have my life back.

I have begun the Alternate Route to Licensure program here in Vegas so I can teach. I decided I'm done with corporate America and my wife agrees that it's better for me to be happy than to make a ton of money so that is the plan for now.

On top of that, our house finally closed last week and we have been moved into our new rental for the time being until/when a good deal on a purchase comes along.

I have not had much time for games in a while, but I did get to play, over the past few weeks, Thunder Alley with my wife (she loved it), Parcheesi with my son (he liked it), and a few random games every once in a while along the way.

I've stopped recording my plays for a while now, but I may start again soon.

Our game of Space Empires 4x ended recently as well, and that was a lot of fun to play. I can't wait to play it again.

I also recently received Empire of the Sun and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Secret Wars, Volume 1, so I'm excited to play those at some point soon.

I truly have missed everyone, and I hope everyone is well!!



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15. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2555]
Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle
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Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle
Board Game: Navegador


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The summer is over and I'm home. Lots of wonderful gaming behind me, and my departure/arrival was bookended with game gifts. Upon leaving Winnipeg, I wanted some of my stored games to get some plays, so I loaned out a few. My best friend got Qwirkle, which we enjoy but felt was too heavy to carry back to Korea. Sp he and his family bought us the Travel edition, so we just gave them the original. Then upon arrival in Korea my in-laws mentioned that I'm the only member of the family with a summer birthday, and that I therefore never got gifts. So waiting for me was...
Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig


Gents' Club will reconvene tomorrow for AoI. I'll put up a real post on next week's list, I promise.
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