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On Friday I visited a play, in which Leonhard "Lonny" Orgler (a man of many talents) had the lead role: Der Brandner Kaspar und das ewig' Leben (The Brandner Kasper and the eternal life). As Roger asked me on a short note to jump in this week, I thought this week’s topic is about actors and acting.

Here’s a video with a stupid little pop song about the Duke – one of the great actors in classic Western movies



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1. Board Game: Bell-Bottomed Badassses on the Mean Streets of Funk [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:9084] [Average Rating:5.95 Unranked]
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There are a couple of actors I really like. Johnny Deep for example: an outstanding performer, regardless in which role. I also found that Schwarzenegger’s Conan can’t be beaten (even if his acting is … well, let’s say a little under-par, but he got better in his later movies). However, as a northern Barbarian, he was really great!

Or Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys: wow, here the man showed that he’s an outstanding actor! As a kid I always had a soft spot for Diana Rigg as Emma Peel … and of course, Leonard Nimoy as Spock!

One of the most impressive performances was Malcom McDowell as Alex. Kubrick said “without him, making this movie would have been impossible”. I can imagine why.

And Robert De Niro? IMHO one of the best actors alive. That man is so great, regardless which role he plays. He showed a very unusual performance in Jackie Brown - fantastic!

Who is your favorite actor/actress and what was his/her best role?
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2. Board Game: Berserker Halflings from the Dungeon of Dragons [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:12327]
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Acting is part of our lives. Sometimes we have to pretend a little … or act to hide our true intensions or simply to fit in. At work, I often have to hide my feelings and suppress myself, although I’m feared for always saying what I think (which is usually not what others want me to think). However, I mostly try to behave and blend in, using a little acting (or self-control).

One of my favorite aspects about gaming is the role that you play in a game: a hero, a merchant, an entrepreneur, a soldier, a gangster, or whatever. Probably that is why I love adventure gaming so much: the deep theme kindles my fantasies, and I can really become that little miniature that is my pawn on the board. Even when playing a game like ASL, I comment every event and die roll with some kind of role-playing phrases. That’s part of the fun I want to have. Gaming without a little trash talk sounds mighty dry to me.

Assuming that at home you are yourself, do you act differently at work, at parties, or at the game table?
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3. Board Game: Bushwhackin' Varmints out of Sergio's Butte [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:12682] [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
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Acting is fun. Children often act when they play, and while doing that, they gather experiences and impressions that will influence their development.

When I was in kindergarten, there was a yearly performance of us kids in front of all the parents: disguised as animals, there were dances and a lot of singing. This was my first acting role: I was chosen to be the narrator, the showmaster, who had to herald the next act and interacted with the audience. I totally remember how I enjoyed that, even if this happened more than 45 years ago.

In grammar school, I played the lead role in a play called Punchinello at School – the perfect role for me: I always loved playing the fool and making others laugh! That was also the time when the old Star Trek episodes were shown on Austrian TV every Sunday afternoon. On Monday, we re-played the episodes during recess in school. I was Chekov, but worked my way up and finally played Spock.

I also joined a theater group for a couple of years, and I did some amateur performances in various plays – mostly folklore or comedy. I abandoned that when I started a rock band, forfeiting a career as an actor for the career of a rock star. Well, as you might have suspected already, rock star didn’t work out so well too, so I became a civil servant soblue

Do you have any experience with acting? What was your role? Did you enjoy it? Was it a success?
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4. Board Game: Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11605] [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked]
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Now to the games. There are tons of movie or actor related games. Franchises like Star Wars sell like freshly baked bread (hmmmm …. looking at my collection … I’m one of their targets!).

A couple of months ago, I played a game called The Producer: 1940-1944, where you are a producer in Hollywood. I found it kinda bland and boring. Z-Man Games, Inc. started with a series of small card games, called "B-Movie Card Games" (some of which I used for the entries in my list). That was harmless fun, but still not a game I really enjoyed. In fact, I haven’t found a good game about movie making yet.

When it comes to franchises though, I own a ton of that stuff! Star Wars of course, RPG, board and card, bring it on. I passed on Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game and Star Wars: Armada only because of the space requirements! I’m deep in to Star Wars: Imperial Assault (my wallet too!) and I love the Star Wars RPGs from FFG (even if I don’t play them at the moment …)

I recently bought Firefly: The Game, and I’m totally fallen for it. BTW, I blame one of you gentlemen for that … you encouraged me in a recent list to sink a couple of hundred Euros into that system! It's a simple pick-up-and-delivery game at its core, but they added so much chrome and story around, that Andrea and I watched the series again last week, just to get even more feeling for the game.

What’s your favorite game about movie making, or your favorite game based on a movie?
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5. Board Game: Pericles: The Peloponnesian Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1910]
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Lots of FTF gaming this week.

First, last Sunday my friend Kevin organized a game of 7 Ages; we had three experienced players and two noobs. Started in era 4 (unusual). I never really got off the ground and finished a distant 3rd or 4th, but this game is always a blast. We played a time-limited game, which is possible with 7 Ages; no round could begin after 1:30.

Then a couple of games at Jason's on Saturday. My first play of Pericles since it was published. Dean and I the Athenians vs Paul and Kip the Spartans, the tournament scenario. Only the Athenian State Ships kept us from a defeat at Naupactus on the first turn. Second turn, peace broke out between Athens and Sparta, which sent my aristocrats into the lead. But the very last issue revealed was a battle in Boetia and Dean and I had forgotten to put an Athenian unit there to stop the Spartans from showing up. They Spartans won the battle and just edged ahead of Athens on total honor, so Paul's king won.

Then Paul, Kip, Joe (who did the rules explanation for Kip) and I played Struggle of Empires. I took the Russians (Paul-Prussia; Joe-Austria; Kip-Britain). I was in last place after the first war, having lost my North American possession (and poor Joe lost a ton of stuff in a huge fight against the Prussians in North America where Joe's luck was pretty bad!), but hung on to an island in the Caribbean and a strong position in Central Europe and the German states. Second war I evicted the Austrians from the Baltics, got a colony in the East Indies, whacked an Italian city-state and somehow found myself in 1st place, narrowly.

So the third war they were all after me, but I'd made sure to ally with the British who I think could have hurt me first. While the Prussians and Austrians were ousting the British from the Ottoman Empire, and the Prussians established themselves in the Baltics and Central Europe, I shored up my Central European defenses and surprise-attacked the Prussians then the Austrians in the Caribbean to go from 3rd to 1st there. A late effort by the Austrians to oust me from Italy didn't work as we BOTH played our reserves down there and my newly-built fort held out. In the end, I won with about 84 points, about 8-10 points ahead of the British (including my 4-pt penalty for being second most afflicted by unrest). I really like this game; it plays pretty well with four.
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6. Board Game: Der dreizehnte Holzwurm [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:11184]
Board Game: Der dreizehnte Holzwurm
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Board Game: Can't Stop
Board Game: Gooseberry
Board Game: Der dreizehnte Holzwurm
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Board Game: Yspahan
Board Game: Agricola
Board Game: Arkadia
Board Game: Barbarossa
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 8   Insider x7 - Always a great time with this one! It was interesting to see the Werewords "drama" play out. I have my opinion on the matter.

 10   Can't Stop x4

 N/A   Gooseberry x4 NEW! - Definitely a derivative game, but when you like where it's drawing from that's probably okay. I think I even used the word "derivative" as my clue when the secret word was Keltis.

 N/A   Der dreizehnte Holzwurm x3 NEW! - This is a very delicate, weird game of timing and valuation. I was happy to try it out, you don't see games like this being released very often anymore.

 10   Liar's Dice x2 - It's always a lot of fun to see someone bomb out all their dice one after the other, even when one of those people is me!

 8   Say Anything Family Edition x2
 8   Yspahan x2
 9   Agricola
 7   Arkadia

 N/A   Barbarossa NEW! - This one tested my patience. The idea was interesting but it needed to be developed further. Though the SdJ jury doesn't seem to agree with me.

 8   Dominant Species - Had a lot of fun with this one, it was nice to revisit after so many years. If we could shave an hour off the time I think it would come out more often.

 6   Mississippi Queen - I think I was only halfway through the track by the time the winner finished. It didn't help that one of my opponents was playing bumperboats!

 N/A   Nations: The Dice Game
 N/A   Port Royal

 9   Puerto Rico - It was fun to force myself to play without buying the factory. It's enjoyable to do something a little different from time to time.

 7   RinglDing - My wife's come from behind victory was astonishing.

 8   Splendor - I don't see what Century: Spice Road does that this doesn't do better. I was hoping that it would improve on something I already like, but no.

 8   Take it Easy!

 8   Trendy - Always a good time. I really like collusion in games and this is one of the places where it's done best.

 N/A   Vino NEW! - Very weird game. I can see why this didn't take the world by storm way back when. I have to admire it just for being a little different.

I watched Transformers 5 - while not a great movie, I have to admire it. I like watching these movies and wondering what exactly I am looking at. What percentage of what my eyes see is actually real?
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:153] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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This is the week that was:
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
Board Game: Pax Porfiriana
Board Game: Kamozza (貨モッツァ)
Board Game: Deep Sea Adventure


 9   Pax Porfiriana x3 - More Yucata...

 8   Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
 7   Kamozza (貨モッツァ) x2
 8   Deep Sea Adventure
All of the above were played last Sunday, i.e. a week ago, when my daughter had one of her BFFs over, who asked to play some games because she loves playing games and her parents don't.

Which makes me a little sad. I get it to some extent, but board and card games are such a fun way to socialize and spend time together.

Nonetheless, we played TTR:Nordic, one of my favourites. The Kelda got blocked out of Narvik which was going to cost her some points, but I encouraged her to build the 9-long Murmansk run because its 27 points would absolutely make up for whatever ticket it was that she was locked out of. In the end, she was only a few points behind me at the end.

If I'd have been more on the ball, we could have played Win, Lose, or Banana too!

What's Going On:
Knee: As previously discussed, I've got a torn/damaged meniscus in my knee, which sucks since walking is my primary form of exercise and it's prime walking home after work season. Physio is in my near future.

Canada 150: Officially Canada became 150 years old yesterday. There was of course a couple of centuries of French settlers before that, the Vikings circa 1000, and of course the folks who were here since the last ice age.

New Games: Nothing much to report here. A few more GMT titles including Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD that I haven't even taken the shrink off yet. I did get another review out - [Roger's Reviews] The Distant Echo of Opportunity Missed

Summer plans: No major summer plans for me. A couple of artificial long weekends coming up in July and August (i.e. I've made my own long weekends).
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8. Board Game: Ski Sprung Spiel [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Game Week

 10   1835
 8   Zombicide: Black Plague x2
 7   Star Traders
 7   NichtLustig: Fäkalini x2
 9   Firefly: The Game
 8   Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game x3

The sixth PbF game of 1835 with the same group here on BGG ended. Again, Peter won – this guy is really a sly fox! We started a new game, and I will try to catch him this time! meeple

Finally, after my short gaming break last week (mainly because of our short vacation in Tyrol – see below) , Saturday was game night.

We started with Firefly: The Game and played the First time in the Captain’s Chair story mission, but with doubled goals (4 solid contacts and $12,000 to win). That lead to a three hour game, but it was awesome. We played with all expansions, except Firefly: The Game – Blue Sun – I ordered it two weeks ago from an Italian store and it still hasn’t arrived.

After that, we had a quick game of Star Traders, while we waited for another player. Although old, this is – like Firefly – a pick up and delivery game, but without all the chrome. The main fun here comes from a ton of cards that you can throw onto your opponent. I got a lot of them thrown on me meeple

Then we finally came to the main attraction that evening: Zombicide: Black Plague. We played scenario B2, and I had that Conan-like character called Grom. Well, as stupid as Barbarians are, I made a completely unnecessary mistake and we lost it after half an hour of play because of me. Ooops! So we started it again, and this time, I tried to avoid stupid stunts. It went well, although there were times when we were close to being beaten. Damn close! But in the end, we made it to the objective, and finally won. What a game of bloodshed and carnage! Awesome!

To end the evening, we agreed on something harmless and played two games of that great little dice game, NichtLustig: Fäkalini.

It was a rainy and windy Sunday, so Andrea and I decided to continue our Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game campaign and we played three scenarios: two dungeons and one village encounter. We won all three, but two of them only barely. The monster deck is getting harder everytime we play, but finally, all four heroes we control have levelled up, and we started putting some money aside for upgrade counters. This campaign game is really a great way to experience those D&D adventure games. I’m looking forward to the fifth one in the series – it should be available this year!

Board Game: 1835
Board Game: Zombicide: Black Plague
Board Game: Star Traders
Board Game: NichtLustig: Fäkalini
Board Game: Firefly: The Game
Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Temple of Elemental Evil Board Game


New Games

The Winsome Games 2017 package arrived – four new train games, one of them an 18xx and a new map for Age of Steam. Also, a very nice BGG user sent me the Firefly: The Game – Artful Dodger, a promo ship. Andrea used it in our game on Saturday and promptly won! I also acquired Eastern Front Tank Leader; I already own the western front pendant, and looked for that one quite a while. It’s from the same designer as the original Squad Leader and deals with WWII battles on a platoon level, with a strong focus on tanks. Obviously. meeple

Board Game: Iberian Gauge
Board Game: Iberian Railways
Board Game: 1868
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sicily
Board Game: Firefly: The Game – Artful Dodger
Board Game: Eastern Front Tank Leader


Other News

Last week, we spent a couple of days in Tyrol, with Andrea’s sister and her husband. They live a couple of miles outside Innsbruck, and we used the opportunity to do a little sightseeing. I don’t think that ski jumping is very popular overseas, but here, it’s a big thing and we went to the ski jumping facility on Bergisel. The construction point is 120 meters, and each year, we follow awesome competitions there in winter. We watched a couple of young jumpers practicing, and enjoyed the awesome view from the tower.

From gallery of PzVIE


My brother-in-law also made us a very nice souvenir!

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I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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9. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:818]
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
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Howdy Gelati!

Here's the week that was:

Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb
Board Game: Stratego
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
Board Game: Hero Realms
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers


 N/A   EXIT: The Game – The Pharaoh's Tomb NEW!
 7   Stratego
 8   Hey, That's My Fish! x2
 6.5   Hero Realms x2
 7.75   Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

My fellow teacher and her boyfriend opened their gaming cafe here called Tables: The Boardgame Spot, and they had an "escape room" day for $10 per table plus admission (but I kickstarted so I had admission) on Friday, so my friend, his girlfriend, and her brother joined up to defeat Exit: The Pharaoh's Tomb Spoilers below!

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Holy crap... I had no idea how much room I had to play with for this game!


It was fun, but it was at 11 PM and took three hours to finish, with three clues. I think the next one I play will go much better now that I know what options I have.

Had most of my old regular gaming group over on Sunday for games. We played Hero Realms twice, and it was a raucous blast, with cries of "Kill him, he's the wizard and he heals!" causing the table to laugh pretty regularly. We also played Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, which I hadn't played in several years, and it was fun as always.

After that two of the crew needed to go, so we played two quick games of HtMF, which was pretty hilarious. The first time I explained the rules they were all distracted and somehow thought they could only move one space at a time. We played again and they enjoyed it, especially since it is so quick.

Finally, the last guy and I played classic Stratego, which he won by two moves as I was moving my general over to what I later found out was his flag! It was fun as always.

Talon is still ongoing, as is Russian Railroads and Warriors of God (your move Tommy!). I think PaxPo is still ongoing as well?

I just finished working 11 days straight at the convention Cisco Live again this year doing internet and networking for the booths at the show. It was a lot easier this year as we did not have to put up 1200 Access Points on metal poles all over the building, hallways, and meeting rooms, but it was still a lot of work. Good fun was had, and we successfully knocked the show out of the park.

That said, I did not have much time for anything during that, so I was not around much the past couple of weeks.

In other news, I leave for Hawaii soon for a short summer vacation, and I look forward to relaxing.

Oh, and I got a tattoo. It is a symbol of the Basque culture, the Lauburu, and has the Basque flag in each of its arms. I'm also including a picture of the hall I was in charge of before and after it was built up, and a fun picture from during setup.

Spoiler (click to reveal)

From gallery of Jacovis


From gallery of Jacovis


From gallery of Jacovis


From gallery of Jacovis




I hope everyone has a great week as well!
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10. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:692] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Board Game: Thunder Alley
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Finished the 5th race of the season. 1 point behind the winner, but took over the season lead from Wendell. I really like TA as a season game. There are so many options for backstabbing, alliances and subtle evilness.
As Wendell so finely put it earlier in our season "I´ve been in friendlier games of Diplomacy"

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I watched the latest Transformers movie. It feels like a kickstarter full of fancy minis. It looks really cool, but it´s extremely shallow. Combat is also very random, as the same shot that barely scratches one robot, completely obliterates another.

Also spent two days painting my inlaws house, before spending some days on their cabin.
Read 3 books: Best among them the second book in the Shadow Police series.
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11. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.63 Overall Rank:19492]
Board Game: Battleship
Yup, Battleship.

Board Game: Win, Lose, or Banana
Board Game: Qwirkle
Board Game: What's Up
Board Game: Wildlife Safari
Board Game: Het grote Pluk van de Petteflet spel
Board Game: Fiery Dragons
Board Game: Race Through Space
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
Board Game: Battleship


 7   Win, Lose, or Banana x2
 6   Qwirkle x2
 6   What's Up x2
 N/A   Wildlife Safari NEW!
 4   Het grote Pluk van de Petteflet spel
 N/A   Fiery Dragons x2 NEW!
 5   Up the River NEW!
 8   Hey, That's My Fish! x2
 3   Battleship

For most of the last two weeks, my brother, his partner, and her daughter were visiting us from Canada. Jetlag consumed the first few evenings, but we managed to get in a few games of Qwirkle & What's Up, and WLB was always around, especially for the kids. She's not really into games and he's a Killer-Bunnies-and-little-else kinda guy, so most of our quality time was spent just gabbing.

They are also veteran thrifters, and indulging that hobby led me to some new finds. Fiery Dragons is a HABA memory game, one even the Tot (now 4yo) will soon outgrow. Race Through Space is a roll-and-move with a cool twist reminiscent of Niagara: at the end of a round, the rearmost river tile is removed and placed at the front. This creates a waterfall in which the boats are lost, but also makes the path to the dock (finish line) longer. Silly schadenfreude.

Finally, we nabbed a weird German Kwartet deck featuring rescue vehicles from all the different manufacturers and/or cities.
From gallery of tommynomad


It was not for that reason that we bought them, though. The deck was sealed and all we could see was the backs, which looked like this:
From gallery of tommynomad


Each one is different and sure, if you're a total killjoy you could see them as identifiable/marked and therefore unplayable as Kwartet. I prefer to see them as an opportunity to play Battleship, the way our parents'generation did. A quick scrounge for paper and pencils and the boys and I had this:
From gallery of tommynomad


Great fun was had as Totnomad and I trailed the whole game, but on our last possible guess sank one of the Kid's single-square ships. Much whooping and making of torpedo noises throughout.

PBEM
There's no wind for our sails. My games have all stalled and in at least 2 cases it's my fault: WoG(but I have my table back) and 1989 (sorry, Roger: you deserve a game to distract from the knee). Russian Railroads and Pax Porf is on someone else's watch. I'm itching to play another Cuba Libre: anyone want in?

The sun is shining over here, and I plan to have an ebullient (not my skin) day. I hope you all do, too.
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