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Just a few questions related to advent and such, and a gaming related one.
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I have changed the channel on the radio in the car to the Christmas themed one. I like Christmas music, and especially songs that aren´t quite what they make out to be.

«Everyone» loves Fairytale of New York, but not everyone knows what they are singing about.


The season´s upon us by Dropkick Murphy is also hilarious and it is just plain fun.


Even if these songs bring up bad topics I find them good songs.

What is your favourite «bad» Christmas song?
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What is the best game for advent?

Are anyone doing the advent gaming challenge?
I planend on doing it, but Sunday was too busy to get any gaming in. Made three types of Christmas treats.
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Judd has put up his 10 best new to you list.

I have played 55 new titles so far this year.

You might not list 10, but which games are the best new to you games this year?
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Christmas is coming.

What is the best game to give as a gift?

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Fillers?
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This last week some friends and I went on a local Carnival cruise that swings through Catalina Island and Ensenada. We don’t really get off the boat, we mainly just sit there, play games, and overeat. Usually we go with just 4 or 5 of us, but this last trip had up to 8 playing games at one time. It was nice to have added flexibility and there was always someone to play with. We brought all of our own games, which of course elicited plenty of questions from passersby. “What game is that?” “Keyper.” “Oh, okay!”

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I realize that there are other game related cruises (BGG, Dice Tower, JoCo), but I would never choose to do one of those, as the price is extremely high and I would prefer not having to compete for table space with other players. Not everyone had a great time. Some were annoyed by the noise, crowds or lighting. Others actually got quite sick. But, as usual, I really enjoyed myself. We played a ton of games from this year’s Essen crop, and it was very refreshing to spread the rules teaching duties around several people.

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Board Game: Riverboat
Board Game: Reworld
Board Game: Pulsar 2849
Board Game: Linko!
Board Game: Transatlantic
Board Game: Tichu
Board Game: Santa Maria
Board Game: The Sanctuary: Endangered Species
Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges
Board Game: Pioneers
Board Game: Montana
Board Game: Meeple Circus
Board Game: Dixit
Board Game: Calimala
Board Game: Tribes: Early Civilization
Board Game: Riga
Board Game: Potato Man
Board Game: Paper Tales
Board Game: My Story
Board Game: Heaven & Ale
Board Game: Gentes
Board Game: Foppen
Board Game: Azul
Board Game: Altiplano
Board Game: Voodoo Prince
Board Game: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game
Board Game: Mercatores
Board Game: Medical Frontier
Board Game: Lagerstätten
Board Game: Keyper
Board Game: Iberian Rails
Board Game: Herbalism
Board Game: Hearts
Board Game: CV Pocket
Board Game: Cover Me
Board Game: Bunny Kingdom
Board Game: Agricola
Board Game: Lethal Party
Board Game: Druids
Board Game: Destination X


 N/A   Riverboat x2 NEW! - A pleasing misnomer. I’d rather play a game called “Riverboat” than “Farming”. The riverboats only comprise a small part of this game. The spatial element of the player boards seems like it would be a bigger part of the design than it really ends up being. It’s a perfectly cromulent design that is fun and engaging to play, but I’m not sure it stands out enough to make it a favorite.

 N/A   Reworld NEW! - A completely different type of game. Totally boring theme (generic space!), but the main mechanism is certainly unique. It mainly centers around drafting tiles, but the timing in which you take them makes a big difference, since they have to be placed in a sort of reverse chronological order. It’s not something that I recall ever doing in a game but I’m not sure that it’s all that compelling of a central mechanism either.

 N/A   Pulsar 2849 NEW! - Another generic space theme, but I enjoyed the exploration and development, even if there is quite a bit of luck involved. The amount of components and iconography can be a little overwhelming at first. I need to try this again to solidify my opinion.

 7   Linko!
 N/A  - It’s been a long time since I’ve played this, and it was fun to try again. I am pretty sure that I played this wrong initially, since this was a lot more fun than I remember. Fuji Flush took an element from this game, but this is better.

Transatlantic NEW! - Concordia is a favorite among many people I play with, but I’m a bit behind the curve and would probably always lose due to my inexperience. It’s natural to compare this to Concordia, since they share the same card-based game play. Many people have bemoaned the lack of a spatial element, but I actually enjoyed that aspect. This is one of the more enjoyable games I’ve tried from this year’s Essen crop.

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 N/A   Tichu x2 - We did a mini Tichu tournament where we randomized partners by throwing in our room keys. My partner and I actually won the mini tournament, but then we decided to play past 500 and lost multiple hands in a row. I’m still counting it as a win, but it’s one with a big asterisk. I’m definitely starting to sour a bit on Tichu, wondering how much of the game really comes down to skill between equally matched opponents.

 N/A   Santa Maria - This was my second play, and I performed better than the first time. I’m of mixed opinion on the game. It is quite challenging and the puzzle of properly placing the tiles is interesting. But I’m not sure that it’s actually all that enjoyable. The main requirement is a short game time. At 45 minutes I would be happy to play this. But the longer you go past one hour, the worse it gets.

 N/A   The Sanctuary: Endangered Species NEW! - This is an intriguing title with a great theme. But the actual play is very abstract. There is a ton of iconography which IMO damages the experience. I understand the necessity, especially for small publishers, to seek to create language independent components, but there is a fine balance and here it was a little too much for me. I would like to try this again but the initial experience was not very positive.

 N/A   Rajas of the Ganges - Another favorite from this year’s Essen crop. Some people don’t like the race element, but everything flows really well for a quick playing, smooth experience. It is impressive to see the diverse strategies that can be employed, and different game tempos that create a different experience each time.

 N/A   Pioneers NEW! - The public image of this game is really poor. Queen has basically damned its own title through its own business practices. They tied it to Feld’s Merlin, bundling them together, creating the impression that they are forcing you to acquire it. I actually like this quite a bit more than Merlin - it is on the lighter end of the spectrum, but the rules are concise and the game zips along very quickly. The decisions are interesting and important.

 N/A   Montana NEW! - This, like Riverboat, is a game whose interest (at least for me) lies in its name. There’s nothing particular to the game that ties it to Montana. It’s a very general, bland theme, but for reason the title makes it seem a lot more interesting. I wish that the spinner, the main gimmick of the game, was a little more bulky. I was hoping for one like they use in the Game of Life, which is bulky, easy to spin, and very quick spinning. This one doesn’t work very well. This is another rules-light, fast playing race game that is facing a lot of competition from this year’s crop.

 N/A   Meeple Circus NEW! -I really like the idea of this game. The app is a nice touch, providing a bit of fun/annoying (depending on how you look at it) music together with a timer. The third round requirements, making each player do something silly as they stack their pieces, is a nice touch that guarantees a laugh or two. I do find it somewhat frustrating stacking these very small pieces that don’t seem particularly suited for such a game, but maybe skill will improve in time.

 7   Dixit - It was unusual to play a game without really heavy inside jokes or obscure clues, it was all pretty straightforward.

 N/A   Calimala - After three plays I think I’m probably done with the game. The action selection mechanism is kind of fun, but there is a lot of frustration involved in whether or not other players give you as many extra actions as everyone else. I guess that’s more of a feature than a flaw, but it has not been enjoyable.

 N/A   Tribes: Early Civilization x2 NEW! - This was a pretty divisive game. If you don’t like having your stuff messed with, either by the game or by other players, I would steer clear. Those expecting a Nations prequel will probably also be disappointed. I really liked it. It plays extremely quickly, there is quite a bit of interaction, and the rules are easy to teach. The main weakness I see is a lot of luck in the tile draw that determine the scoring condition. The second game I played had a ton of one icon, greatly helping me and hurting the other players, since I had already specialized in that icon.

 N/A   Riga NEW! - There’s something weird about these little games that Stefan Risthaus releases each year (Visby, Tallinn and this year Riga), in that they come with all these mini expansions upon release. They are usually just hung upon a single mechanism, and Riga is fairly bland and uninteresting. You basically pick up money, which is of variable value, and then try to buy points. However there are at least 3 different little expansions out, who knows what you have to use to get the experience the designer intended.

 N/A   Potato Man - A fun trick taker, another one I was glad to revisit after several years. I would be happy to play this more, though you do seem sort of bound by your card draw in a way that prevents this from being a truly great game.

 N/A   Paper Tales NEW! - It is kind of shameful how closely this copies 7 Wonders, though I guess if you want to make a drafting game, you steal from the best. One player figured out an interesting strategy that shows that there is more to the game than meets the eyes. The combos are somewhat limited, but it is nice that this is way easier to set up than 7 Wonders (probably the biggest knock on the game), and it feels different enough to play both.

 N/A   My Story NEW! - It could have been me and my particular combination of cards, but the iconography here was overwhelming. I spent all the time between my turns drawing my next hand and adjusting my different life values. You know that there’s sort of a bookkeeping issue when you get issued a player board just to track your different levels, which will vary each round. Too much work for what is presented as a light “game of life” type experience. I really like the artwork, and wanted to like this game, but it was just tedious.

 N/A   Heaven & Ale NEW! - This was one of the more hyped games coming out of Essen and it didn’t disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised at how intuitive the game was, as well as how quickly the game progresses. It certainly doesn’t do anything all that novel, but doing well is definitely a struggle, you start out so poor, yet by the end of the game, you really start to work out a fun engine. I didn’t grasp that the title of this game was a pun until I saw the French title (“Le bien eat le malt”).

 N/A   Gentes - I enjoyed this a little bit less on my second play. This seems like a great choice for TMG’s next deluxification project. This is an approachable game with appealing artwork and an inoffensive theme. The chits can definitely be upgraded and I think people will like the engine building in this game, which seems to be strangely unavailable at the moment.

 8   Foppen - Why does Friese keep making all these new mediocre games when he’s sitting on pure gold! One of the best trick taking games - familiar enough to not be a chore, but with a twist that’s twisty enough to make it worthwhile to own. It also is unusual in that it is probably best with 5 or 6.

 N/A   Azul -SdJ front runner for sure, this has gone over well each time I’ve taught it.

 N/A   Altiplano NEW! - There’s nothing really novel here, but seeing how empty my warehouse was at the end of the game showed me how poorly I’m playing. I’d like to try a few more times before I get rid of it. I really like the theme, however thin it may be.

 N/A   Voodoo Prince - Knizia, what a genius! Definitely in the upper echelon of trick takers, even if I’ve come to not be bothered as much by the IMO ugly artwork.

 N/A   Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game NEW!.- I’m sure that those that love the books/movie will find a lot to love here. The double-sided card use is kind of different, but it was both difficult enough to figure out a strategy and somewhat simplistic in what I perceive to be its long term appeal. And then there’s always the question of why I would ever play this over Dominion. But again, it seems like a mistake to play this if you’re not already a Scott Pilgrim fan.

 N/A   Mercatores NEW! - This is a pretty cool game. It is impossible to not compare this to Bohnanza, but the end scoring is different enough to make this stand out. Sure, the theme is dumb, but I was pleasantly surprised. Also, this game was the object of a 30 minute discussion/argument at the adjacent table, which is extremely rare and makes the game notable in my eyes.

 N/A   Medical Frontier NEW!
 N/A  - I wanted to like this, the theme is kind of fun. But the game itself was extremely tedious, way too long for something so dominated by luck of the draw, and frustrating to play since the game punishes you without too many ways around it other than hoping for good cards to come out on your turn.

Lagerstätten NEW! - It is hard not to be cynical about the appeal of this game. I was also susceptible to the hype. The cover art is very appealing (to my eyes anyway), and the foreign sounding title and Japanese origin make it look unique. But unless we did something wrong, this was extremely lucky and not very challenging. The box says 75 - 120 minutes, which is a huge red flag, but it probably took 45. If you want to play a game about excavation, I would recommend something like Thebes over this.

 N/A   Keyper NEW! - The character edition is actually kind of annoying to use since they obscure the colors of the meeples. If you have a hard time distinguishing colors, this game might be a little difficult to play. The folding boards also seem like a huge gimmick, but I suspect they may make more of a difference once we gain some proficiency with the game. I like the way the keypers both reward and punish greed. It is thematically yet another resource collection and conversion game, but there is enough here that at least feels new that I look forward to trying this some more.

 N/A   Iberian Rails NEW! - I really don’t like a lot of these post-Chicago Express games. American Rails was too similar to the original, it was mainly just longer. At least here the map is completely different. The addition of role cards was an interesting development. It was a very rough start, as we felt like we were overspending on shares, but had we spent any less, the companies would have had very little with which to operate. But as the game went on, everything ramped up and it came together, payouts given after selling shares producing the majority of the scoring.

 N/A   Herbalism NEW! - An interesting idea for a light deduction game. The information does move around (which I usually hate), but here it’s simple and quick enough that it isn’t too annoying.

 8   Hearts - I have concluded that with the scores of JATTWATs we’ve played, my favorite trick taker is probably regular old Hearts.

 N/A   CV Pocket NEW! - A nice development on the original CV in that it greatly speeds up the game. It might even speed it up too much, in that it is easy to overlook the theme and just play it as an abstract set collection game. I found all of the fun of the original CV to lie in lecturing the other players about their short-sighted life choices, but here you just grab cards and hope for the best. It's great that it lasts about 5 minutes, but I wish the theme shone through more.

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 N/A   Cover Me NEW! - I was really disappointed by this game. Great theme of trying to follow fashion trends as the publisher of a fashion magazine. But the artwork is a little creepy, what first appears to be stock photos of models end up being CG imitations that look weird. Also the game play is repetitive. It would benefit from a bit of table talk and collusion, though that would lengthen the game even more, which would be problematic. To anyone wanting to play a fashion/trend type game, I would recommend Trendy over this.

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 N/A   Bunny Kingdom NEW! - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Richard Garfield's name means nothing to me, and might even be a deterrent. Initially it seems like Acquire, but since it's a drafting game, it is much easier to get the placement you want, they naturally come to you. I found this to be quite fun, even if it is fiddly component-wise. This occupies an awkward space in which it is a little too complicated for family play, when it really wants to be a family game. I'll probably try playing it that way, though everyone that played it liked it, I believe.

 9   Agricola - My 100th play of Agricola! I yet again employed a "don't play any cards" strategy mainly due to necessity, as early congestion made it hard to get an occupation played.

 N/A   Lethal Party NEW! - A fun little speed game that lasts for under 5 minutes. Due to the alcohol theme, it's not really a family game, though it would be best with a family audience. It's much too silly for "serious" game players.

 N/A   Druids NEW! - The way they try to make a series out of Wizard, Witches and now Druids is kind of sad. The theme is laughable and the artwork is ugly. The game itself is interesting. I wonder how much control there really is. It's basically a JATTWAT in which you try and take high numbered cards in all but one suit. The twist is minor, which makes it fairly easy to teach, but I'm not sure it's all that successful.

 N/A   Destination X NEW! - This was disappointing. With the hundreds of cards, you think that you're in for a geography challenge. But it ends up being way too easy. Perhaps this would be useful for kids, but it is not challenging enough for adults.

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This last week I watched Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Justice League. I liked Denzel Washington’s performance, but wondered what the point was of watching a fictional account of a person like this. In real life they might have admirable motivation and goals, but it seems pointless as a fictional account. Of course the guy that wants to reduce overly harsh sentencing has noble aims. Justice League was just ugly, boring to watch, and the CG made everything look completely fake.
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6. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:4]
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Apparently I'm getting good at posting my games played every two weeks. Will work on that...

I'm getting a timeout error on getting the cool code that Robin provides, and I don't know how to post my games easily without it! I may come back and add it in later, but for now here's my text (gasp) based version.

SO this time span runs from Thanksgiving to last Saturday.

On Thanksgiving, Billy and I spent the day with friends, and about half of us are gluten free for one reason or another, so all the food was gf and really, really yummy.

While there we played Codenames: Pictures twice and Deep Sea Adventure twice to folks who were new to these games. One of the folks has bad memories from playing games with family, and people getting angry, so she wasn't playing much, just there to socialize. We chatted beforehand about how she might enjoy coop games with different people than she's played with before (not her family, that is), and she quite enjoyed watching, and slowly getting into playing, Codenames. Yay progress!

On our usual Monday, we played Terraforming Mars with the beautiful hard plastic player sheet covers. They are fabulous. Definitely makes the game a lot more enjoyable (I tend to bump my stuff and then I spend a bunch of time trying to reconstruct my board, etc.)

Then this past Saturday we had a board meeting for our nonprofit at Board Game Republic, a gaming cafe in Denver, so of course we had to play something after the meeting! There were only 4 of us left, and we wanted something short, so Billy and I taught them Splendor, which they liked.

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Speaking of the board meeting, one of our number wasn't present because she was in the hospital. She had a serious stay earlier this year, but she's been taking good care of herself and doing well. I got a message from her daughter last night that her mom passed away yesterday. It's been devastating. Jo was one of those people who always found the silver lining, always a smile (even for strangers), such a positive attitude about life and everything. I have a cat; she's very scared and nervous about people, and Jo was going to foster and probably adopt her, and was really looking forward to it. She lived that kind of kindness.

So today has been difficult, and we'll be feeling this for quite a while. *sigh*

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We're headed back to MI next weekend to see Billy's family. His dad is in yet another new place, but hopefully he'll be able to settle in at this one. He's not remembering a lot these days from what we can tell, so it's important we go see him while it's an option.

The following weekend we'll be in Colorado Springs for a day doing "family Christmas". We do a present stealing gift exchange, but everyone brings good stuff, so it's a lot more fun than the usual white elephant fare. I think last year we brought baskets of chocolates and fruit (and took one home - it was yummy!)

Then we're off to Europe for two weeks!

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I had more to say, but I've forgotten now. Need more sleep, fewer friends dying, and/or more chocolate. How about all of the above?
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7. Board Game: Book of Dragons [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:12872]
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Board Game: Robot Turtles
Board Game: Meteor
Board Game: Chess


 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x3
 8   Button Men
 5   Robot Turtles
 6   Meteor x3
 5   Chess

Plenty of play with Boo, including her playtesting my expected contribution to the Book of Dragon compendium, Dragon Lines. Sent out the beta rules to a handful of playtesters tonight.

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Took Boo to a production of Pirates of Penzance at Skirball this weekend. My grandpa used to take my brother and me to every Gilbert and Sullivan production that came through our town, and to the West End when there was a D'Oyly Carte production, and it was special to be able to share this with Boo. The show was put on in the round, with the audience invited to sit right on set. We were moved around by the cast when in the way, we were handed props to hold, and were fully part of the experience. This may have been the most fun I've had at a G&S show, and I've loved these shows for almost four decades . . .

Along with concreting my new game rules, I have also been tweaking my pitches for next week's Twitter Pitch Party. Very exciting.

I read comics constantly, and never really talk about them here. Terry Moore is my favorite writer / artist, and he just completed a 10 issue story which may be his most beautiful yet. Motor Girl is silly and fun and thought-provoking each episode right until the moment it kicks you in the head. And the entire arc of the story is similar to that of each issue - amazing payoff.

I would have been sad it is over if a) it hadn't been such a perfect beginning, middle and end and, b) Terry hadn't announced that he is revisiting his original masterpiece, Strangers in Paradise in January. In preparation, I have been rereading the entire 80-odd issue run, watching his art and storytelling improve from merely beautiful to flat-out jaw-dropping.

I love these characters - Francine, David and Katchoo - so much. Any other SiP fans out there?
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 – Normandy [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
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GAME WEEK

 10   Firefly: The Game
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype
 6   1876 x2
 10   Combat Commander: Europe x5

On Monday our table was still occupied by the Firefly game from Sunday, so we played another game in the evening - another 4 hour beast! Have I mentioned that I love that game? I even ordered the Star Wars (fan) expansion on Artscow now. What the heck, more cards = more variety = more adventure. Even if blasters, lightsabers and droids are not really fit in this universe ...

On Friday, our 18xx group met in my Gaming Dungeon. We started off with Lonny’s latest prototype, a game about tramways in Vienna. This was the fourth playtest of this game with this group, and it was the first time that we finished it. Lonny again came up with some fantastic ideas, and I’m totally eager to do more playtesting and see the game become printed.

After that one, we tried 1876: Trinidad (“30” variant) – a game with only 3 companies, only 12 hexes, but with 5 players. That’s a little brute … the first game ended after an hour in a wonderful bankruptcy. We played the second game to the finish, and – for reasons unknown – I ended up as the winner. However, we had a lot of fun with this little beast.

On Saturday my wargaming buddy came over, and as I had a Combat Commander: Europe game scheduled with Roger on Sunday, I thought it would be a good idea to re-familiarize myself with the rules a little, and so I asked for some CC-action. Arno agreed, and we played the first four scenarios of the Combat Commander: Mediterranean box, of which I won one. However, all of the played scenarios were pretty close and I enjoyed this casual wargame a lot (even when I played with the French deck, which allows you to only discard one measly card …).

I was a little excited about Sunday, as Roger and I had that CC game scheduled. Roger set his alarm clock to 6 AM, and we started to skype half an hour later. After eliminating some technical issues, we started to play Scenario 51 from the Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 – Normandy, in which the British attack three German bunkers. Roger was very kind to me and he rolled a lot of crap, meaning my Germans sat slightly bored in their heavily fortified hexes, fired a MG here and there, and in the end it was an easily achieved victory for them. However, Roger accepted his bad luck like a true gentleman, and it was a huge pleasure to play with him. He seems to have the same approach to gaming as I have: get the most fun and excitement out of it. And I want to say, he’s really a great guy; what a pity that there are so many miles between us. Thanks for the game, Roger!

Board Game: Firefly: The Game
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype
Board Game: 1876: Trinidad
Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe


NEW GAMES

Yes, there are some. Long Live the Queen is a little kickstarter game I ordered a couple of month ago. And of course, I had to order Planet of the Apes from Richard Launius, a coop based on the first Planet of the Apes movie with Charlton Heston. It follows the usual mechanism for coops: cards give you a task which you have to overcome (in this case with dice rolling) and then the game tries to make it even harder for you. Woohoo, this one looks great. The first edition of this game also contains miniatures in addition to the card board standees. I already have compelled Andrea to watch the movie with me again, to get in the right mood for our first game.

And then there is Star Trek Adventures, the RPG. I’m now the proud owner of the Deluxe Edition, and after reading the first few pages, my eyes already started to bleed a little. White and pink text on totally black pages??? What a joke – the editor must be an ophthalmologist in financial troubles! I also bought the PDF with eight adventures and this one is much better: a conservative, bland, white background and black letters. However, despite from those issues, this game looks really great. I already committed myself to GM’ing a Star Wars: Edge of the Empire campaign in February next year; otherwise, I would have opted for this one.

Board Game: Long Live the Queen
Board Game: Planet of the Apes
RPG Item: Star Trek Adventures Core Book
RPG Item: Star Trek Adventures Quickstart Guide
RPG Item: These Are the Voyages: Mission Compendium Vol. 1


I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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9. Board Game: Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:105] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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Board Game: Tyrants of the Underdark
Board Game: Skull
Board Game: Rise of Augustus
Board Game: Junta: Las Cartas
Board Game: Cockroach Poker
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Board Game: Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure
Board Game: Archer: Once You Go Blackmail...
Board Game: Tem-Purr-A
Board Game: Hamsterrolle
Board Game: Five Tribes


 N/A   Tyrants of the Underdark x2 NEW!
 8   Skull NEW!
 8   Rise of Augustus x2
 N/A   Junta: Las Cartas NEW!
 N/A   Cockroach Poker
 N/A   Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure NEW!
 N/A   Clank! In! Space! x2 NEW!
 8   Archer: Once You Go Blackmail...
 N/A   Tem-Purr-A NEW!
 N/A   Hamsterrolle x3 NEW!
 8   Five Tribes

My buddy from Arizona came into town for the weekend. He is part of my original Vegas gaming group, going on 16 years of gaming together, so it was nice to get the gang back together.

However, before that I went to my friend's house on Sunday to play Tyrants of the Underdark. It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I got to play it. I have purchased it wholesale from a friend, so I'm looking forward to more plays of it.

We started gaming at the local game spot Tables, with Clank! and Clank! In! Space!, then we headed back to my place to play some more games. I liked both, but Space was far superior in my opinion. The game flowed much better and just felt more balanced.

We got in Junta: Las Cartas, which was a lot of fun, especially with the roleplaying.

I then introduced them to Skull, which proved as much fun as always. I figured the guy with 3 tiles left would call out the guy who bid 1 to keep him from winning, but he let him take it. He won't let it happen next time!

One of us had to leave about 1 AM, so the rest of us played Rise of Augustus, which is a decent enough game. They wanted to play twice because it was so short and they wanted to play it with maximum strategy the second time, for what that is

We ended with me teaching Cockroach Poker which I learned at BGGCon thanks to Chris, and they loved it. We closed with Archer: Once you go Blackmail.

The next day we all had dim-sum and went to this game store to play games and play in a L5R tournament. I opted out of the tournament to play with the guy who came along with no interest in the tourney. We ended up playing another game of Clank in Space with the other guy who hadn't made the previous night's gaming. The first L5R match was me against my buddy, so I forfeited so we could play the board game.

When our buddy from Arizona went to play the tourney, my other buddy wanted to play Five Tribes, which made his third try of the game. I still enjoy the game.

Then, on Sunday, I found out that unfortunately my favorite local place is going to close, so I went down to talk to the owner. We are looking to play some games at my place once he is done, and he hopes to try again in the future with better support.

I got to play Hamsterrolle with my son and with the owner, then two more games with my son. He loved the game, so if I ever find a deal on it I'll pick it up. We also played Tempurra, which was cuter and more fun than I thought it would be. Good stuff.

Work, school, and everything is kind of catching up with me right now, so I'm a bit stressed. I finished a poster for my one class, and I'm finishing up a website for another. I also have to write an essay this week for my final paper for the class with the poster, so that is kind of hanging over me.

I also have my last class Wednesday, and I have two courses that apply toward my mandated Professional Development credits as a new teacher that I'm taking Tuesday and Thursday night, 3 hours each. Neither of them is remotely useful, but they simply fill a number meter counting up my credits. I will be taking two more on Tuesday and Thursday in two weeks.

Semester exams are in two weeks as well, so I'm trying to get some review mixed with instruction in now. I also get observed for my first of two observations this year sometime before the 13th. Even though I'm not particularly worried about it from a career standpoint, it is an added stress when I don't need anything added to my plate.

I can't wait to be done with school so I can focus on being a good teacher. I feel like the classes and other things take my time and energy away from doing as much as I would like to as a teacher, so it is frustrating.

My Gelato Santa has asked me to mention a sport in a comment... but I'm not really a sports person so I guess soccer/futbol? I like Frisbee and disc golf quite a bit, and hiking and bicycling as well.

I hope everyone else has a great week!
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10. Board Game: Keyper [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1086]
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skippen's Week(s) that Was/Were:



Face 2 Face Games:
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
Board Game: Fast Forward: FLEE
Board Game: Bärenpark
Board Game: Quilt Show
Board Game: Nerdy Inventions
Board Game: Guess Who?
Board Game: Fabled Fruit
Board Game: Colorado Midland
Board Game: Clue
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Board Game: Guild Ball
Board Game: Keyper
Board Game: Clans of Caledonia


 8   Ticket to Ride
 N/A   Fast Forward: FLEE NEW!
 N/A   Bärenpark x2 NEW!
 N/A   Quilt Show
 N/A   Nerdy Inventions NEW!
 N/A   Guess Who? x3 NEW!
 7   Fabled Fruit
 8   Colorado Midland
 N/A   Clue NEW!
 7   Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island x2
 8   Guild Ball
 9   Keyper NEW!
 N/A   Clans of Caledonia x2 NEW!
PBEM (in progress):
Nothing, other than an ASL game I had to abandon due to the holidays and BGG.Con.

PBEM (finished):
1835 -- the Gelato game finally finished with Ron taking the crown (shocking, I know). Talks are on the way of a new game.

Games on my Radar:


Acquisitions to the Collection:


Departures from the Collection


On the nightstand (currently reading):
Stiletto, by Daniel O'Malley


In the life and Times of skippen: I thought I had posted last week, but apparently not. I am a bachelor this week as my wife is off on her trip with her girlfriend in the land of Harry Potter and Disney. Gaming locally (my normal group) has been pretty sparse as we have been busy. Still painting, still reading, still gaming. Life goes on.

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11. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1022]
Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
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I didn't get up to a lot of gaming this week, or last.
But we did play Mystery Rummy for the first time in close to 2 years, and it was a good time.
We have a running joke when we play-- one fellow insists that Jill (the ripper) never 'does it'; i.e. she is never caught as the Ripper.
It's hard to make happen, since she's lowest on the card rankings, but the rest of us managed to get her as the main suspect and then one of us went out, solidifying the facts: Jill did it!
On that round, at least.
My wife won the game, which is an accomplishment for her, since she rarely does in this game.

We also played three rounds of Euchre and she was on the winning team for that, too.
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As mentioned in a comment above, I have purchased a Beer Advent calendar again this year, so I have been sampling more beer than I normally would.
Here are the offerings so far, plus one that isn't in the calendar. At least, not yet.
They are presented in order from favorite to least. The non-advent calendar beer is leading the pack!

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The Red & White is the most complex in flavor, and has the most balance of sweet and bitter, carbonation and mouthfeel.

The Evil Twin "Quad" is not like a Belgian quadruppel, in that it isn't yeasty or well-carbonated. This one is on the sweet side, but it is easily drunk. Plus it is 10% ABV, so that don't hurt.

The Nǿgne Ӧ Dubbel was a bit of a letdown, since the Adventurous Brown from the same brewer, last year, was the allstar clear best beer in the calendar. A very tasty beer, however.

Shipyard Export, from Maine, was the first beer that I sampled. It isn't bad, per se, but it had an odd adjunct flavor (honey?) and sweetness that I didn't like. It finished clean and bitter, though.

The Cocanuck Stout from Michigan was a ballsy effort. I give them props for trying, but it was far too sweet for my liking.
Inky black and almost syrupy thick. And the aftertaste of coconut, chocolate, and coffee could be measured in minutes, rather than moments.
Literally five minutes after I finished it, I could still taste it.
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12. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:79]
Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
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This is the week that was:
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe
Board Game: Tsuro
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
Board Game: Titan
Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
Board Game: Citadels
Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel


 10   Twilight Struggle Playdek w Damilli
My friend David found me on the app and is currently trouncing me in our online game...

 10   Combat Commander: Europe #100!
As I mentioned last week, this was play #100 of my Combat Commander career, and earned me the coveted Microbadge: I completed the 100 Play Challenge microbadge.

 5   Tsuro x2 w RPGG
On Monday we had a lack of quorum so we played board games. Among others, two games of this little gem.

 5   Thurn and Taxis w RPGG
You know how there are some games one can really suck at and still like? That's T&T for me. At least I did better than the 4 score I had last time I played with this group.

 7   Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers w RPGG
I don't care for Carcassonne Classic, but I like this one very much. Almost as much as the Castle and the City.

 9   Terraforming Mars ww
My wife and I had a quiet night on Tuesday and played this. I had an absolutely ridiculous game. 23 points for cards, 34 for stuff on cards, 25 greenery tiles! If it had a bio tag synergy I had it. I played a plant tag which put a resource on one card which I then promptly used my predators on to steal.

 6   Titan iOS
I now have four games going of this. If I knew how to find people or tell others how to find me I'd invite you all to join me...

 6   Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization NEW! w RKM
There's a trio of gamers I somehow got in with a few years ago and we regularly played Pax Porfiriana via Vassal when it was new. We now play Pa on Yucata (huzzah!), but we also try out other stuff. We just started a game of this on boardgame online. Yet another online game site I need to keep track of...

 4   Citadels ww
My wife and I found a new place to hang while the Kelda is in art class, and it seems like it'll be a good option. We'll see how we like it as the weeks unfold.

 5   7 Wonders Duel ww
Our other game for the Friday night.

What's going on:
Last week, on Thursday, we went to the Arts Club on Granville Island and watched the Veda Hille musical production of Eugene Onegin.

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The gentleman who played Onegin may be familiar to some of you - he happened to play Lt. Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica back when... that series was of course filmed mostly in town - there are many scenes of Caprica and Caprica City that are easily recognizable to me, among them my alma mater, Simon Fraser University, and our downtown main branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

It was an awesome awesome show. Truly.

Terminal City: Ugh, the website said tickets were going on sale on the 1st, but actually not until the 17th. Sigh. I want my tix!

Rognukkah: Next week is my birthday and I declare the week to be Rognukkah, i.e. it's all about me.

Combat Commander: As Ron mentioned, I got up at o-dark-thirty to play CC:E with Ron, and we had a great time. We'll do it again soon Ron!

Ron even offered to play another match right away, and I would totally have taken him up on that, except that my wife and daughter respectively had their annual Christmas concert (my wife plays with the Vancouver Fiddleheads), and the Kelda had her winter fiddle recital later in the evening.

November gaming:

Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Board Game: Citadels
Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe
Board Game: Cribbage
Board Game: Crows
Board Game: Formula Dé
Board Game: In a Grove
Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India
Board Game: Nations
Board Game: Pax Porfiriana
Board Game: Power Grid
Board Game: San Juan
Board Game: Secret Hitler
Board Game: Startups
Board Game: Stone Age
Board Game: Tajemnicze Domostwo
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
Board Game: Tesla vs. Edison: Duel
Board Game: The Expanse Board Game
Board Game: The Gallerist
Board Game: The Rose King
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
Board Game: Time of Crisis: The Roman Empire in Turmoil, 235-284 AD
Board Game: Titan
Board Game: Tsuro
Board Game: Twilight Struggle


 6   BANG! The Dice Game
 7   Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
 4   Citadels
 10   Combat Commander: Europe x2
 8   Cribbage x3
 6   Crows NEW!
 6   Formula Dé x2 NEW!
 8   In a Grove x2 NEW!
 6   Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India
 4   Nations
 9   Pax Porfiriana x3
 10   Power Grid
 8   San Juan
 7   Secret Hitler x4
 8   Startups x6
 5   Stone Age
 7   Tajemnicze Domostwo
 9   Terraforming Mars x6
 5   Tesla vs. Edison: Duel
 6   The Expanse Board Game x2
 8   The Gallerist
 6   The Rose King x2
 5   Thurn and Taxis
 7   Time of Crisis NEW!
 6   Titan x3
 5   Tsuro x2
 10   Twilight Struggle x3
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13. Board Game: Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1216]
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Bali 2p x2.5

The gods of wall street take break
(messers bull and bear are tired)
to take a flight away out east
where one gets re-inspired

But soon they turn this sceptered isle
this tropical near-heaven
into a roiling trading pit
from zero to eleven

this rice is now worth thrice the price
i'm selling grain on loans
Buy Bali low, sell Bali high
they scream in fevered tones
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Re-implementation of Rapa Nui, which I'd never tried. Played .5 of the game with the wrong rules- interestingly, MIL said it wasn't a game because she didn't groan over a bad decision. When we did, there were groans a-plenty. Very interesting little card driven game with a neat stock system. Am wary of trying the included expansions, to the point where I probably never will, as the simple tight package of the original is more than enough for me.

Kashgar 3p ww x1

A mule, a mule, my kingdom for a mule
I've got the gold and spice to spare
I'm suave and ultra-debonair
but lord I missed the golden rule
when trading, bring a mule.
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This was amazing. It's become a family staple, and I feel like, as a result, we've all hit a higher level of play. Megan and I tried to hit the bauers, where as MIL picked up the quacksalber and adeliger and with the zigeuner pushing the patriarch to the back, churned the special deck. She also, powered by the quacksalber and pflanzerin, and the newly acquired cinnamon prince (she had two by the end) and schmied, tore up the contracts, especially making sure to steal any fields from me and Megan. I was donkey shy, Megan was gold shy, and in the end MIL took it by at least a turn. I'm really loving all the subtlety in this game. It also feels interesting, as it's an anti-engine game in that it's only 25 points- which comes up fairly quickly, and it also constantly throws inefficiencies in your way with the patriarch.

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Calm Before the Storm x1
Coffee and vanilla? Yeah, I can taste it, and it's a rich, smooth drop of cream ale. Indeed, am excited to go back this weekend and kill the six pack.

Tropic Plunder IPA x1
Really, am just finishing off the six pack. It's not bad, it's not good, it's there, and it was cold. I wish I could taste the lychee more. Don't advertise a flavor if it's barely in there! It's like advertising Jackie Chan in Twins Effect.
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14. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:374]
Board Game: PitchCar
Stig Morten
Norway
Kvernaland
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N/A  Dobble Free Demo Version NEW!
With my daughter
N/A  Flamme Rouge x2
Once solo and one pbf game.
10  PitchCar x4
With some kids at school.
N/A  Dungeon Roll
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