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What is a Game Chat League?

A Game 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.

Policy: If you're a lurker or have otherwise discovered GCL Gelato, feel free to read along with us and see what the members have to say on everything under the sun. If you have a constructive comment or something else you think would add to the discussion, consider posting it — if it's helpful, respectful, and polite to the discussion group as a whole, as well as to its individual members.


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1. RPG Item: Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:764]
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At first, let’s look at your game group and your favorite gaming buddies.

Do you have a game group that meets regularly?
Or a club/game store where you meet lots of new players?
Probably a bunch of gaming buddies who get together after agreeing on a date arranged by phone or whatsapp or similar methods?
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Lords: Dungeon-Setup Tiles [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
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Now on to the setting for your gaming activities:

Where do you game?
How does the place look like?
Is it exclusively used or designed for gaming?
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3. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:997]
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We have the players, we have the setting ... now what do we want to play?

How do you agree on a game? Does the host select a game for the group? Or do you vote? Random selection?
Also, how do you determine a start player (if one is needed)? Do you let the rulebook dictate (“the player who most recently farted”) or do you employ your own methods?
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4. RPG Item: Tavern Menus: Fantasy Food and Drink [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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To keep our bodies up and running for the game night, we need some fuel from time to time. Although this distracts from gaming, it is a necessary evil to keep your innards wet and fill your stomach with calories.

When *you* organize a game night, how do you treat your guests? Is cooking a meal included? Or do you simply order pizza? Or even start after dinner, so that everyone is already sated when he arrives?
What about drinks? What do you offer your gaming buddies? Do you allow drinks on the table?
And snacks? Are you ok with greasy fingers on your game board?
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5. Board Game: 18Dixie with 18MS and 18GA [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:7784]
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GAME WEEK

 7   One Deck Dungeon x2 (4 all-time)
 6   Meeple Circus NEW!
 7   Zombie Dice (37 all-time)
 9   18Dixie with 18MS and 18GA NEW!
 9   18Dixie NEW!

This little One Deck Dungeon game … just a couple of cards, but it seems to be addicting. We played two more games against the Dragon. I ordered the expansion set. Of course.

I also tried out Meeple Circus with Andrea. What an unusual game. It’s more a dexterity lesson than a game, but it is fun. I guess you can’t play it too often before it gets boring, but once every six months or so and it might be some sort of highlight on a game night. I’ll try that out with my group!

Train Gaming Night on Friday saw the first game of my new copy of 18Dixie with 18MS and 18GA. It’s as good as I expected! It covers mainly the Georgia and Mississippi states, and on the backside, there is a smaller game for each of those two states. So after Dixie, we tried the Mississippi board and – tadaaaaaah! – I won (which is a memorable event when Lonny Orgler sits on your table).

We ended the night with a game of Zombie Dice. I was overrun by the Schoolbus three times. Weird game! Love it!

Board Game: One Deck Dungeon
Board Game: Meeple Circus
Board Game: Zombie Dice
Board Game: 18Dixie with 18MS and 18GA
Board Game: 18Dixie with 18MS and 18GA


NEW GAMES

Two new games desperately tried to find a free space on my shelves … 18USA and Dice Stars.

Board Game: 18USA
Board Game: Dice Stars


I hope you all had a great week too. meeple
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6. Board Game: Round Four [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
Board Game: Round Four
I'm feeling especially gelatine today. The last week was pretty joyless, mostly due to migraines and tiredness. The weekend worked out pretty well though.



Boardgame week:

For reasons mentioned above I was not able to finish my previously started game of Cuba Libre.

Yesterday was everybody's favorite FLGS's biannual(?) selling and trading market which cleverly coincided with a sale in the store this time around. I left with two stuffed IKEA sized bags and returned with the larger bag half emptied: OBJECTIVE 1 - SUCCESS! I got rid of several Advent calendar promos from the last two years: OBJECTIVE 2 - SUCCESS! I reduced the cubic mileage of games owned and stored by a respectable amount: OBJECTIVE 3 - SUCCESS! I came home with new games AND a wad of cash: OBJECTIVE 4 - SUCCESS!
I was a bit sad about having to let go of Ponzi Scheme and K2 specifically (as well as Tammany Hall recently). But I decided that, if I want to go to Essen this year and go on to receive the occasional P500 as well as keep having a family and the tiniest amount of dignity, something drastic had to be done.

I spent 1000 isk (appr. 12$) on Copycat (SCORE!) and K2 got converted into the original Japanese version of Joraku (MEGASCORE!!).
Otherwise we got a bunch of small card and kids games. Such as a copy Saboteur with all important hidden information containing cards marked (I'll slap Óskar for that later).
Alda Lóa (7) came with and sold a bunch as well. She was extremely patiently waiting by my side from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so she got to pick some stuff to take home for herself and her sister as well.

We tried out some of our newfound treasures right away:

Board Game: Rhino Hero
Rhino Hero
2 plays, 2p with Alda

Game of the Week
dexterity, but fun
Board Game: Hamsterbacke
Hamsterbacke
1 play, 4p, lost badly

fun, but too slow
with younger children

Board Game: Saboteur
Saboteur
1 play, 3players

like it, will try to
find a non-damaged copy

Board Game: Dirty Pig
Dirty Pig
6 plays, 4players

(grownup only rating)

(silly family fun rating)
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7. Board Game: London (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:341]
Board Game: London (Second Edition)
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The week that was:
Board Game: Gloomhaven
Board Game: Titan
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Board Game: Pax Porfiriana
Board Game: Glen More
Board Game: A Game of Thrones
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Board Game: El Grande
Board Game: Cribbage
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
Board Game: Table Battles
Board Game: Pulsar 2849
Board Game: Manoeuvre
Board Game: London (Second Edition)
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game


 9   Gloomhaven x3 (8 all-time) wf
In truth this was two complete resets because we had a character taken out immediately the first two times and there was zero chance two of us could have made it through. But one more scenario through and now we're set for a few more!

 7   Titan (30 all-time) iOS
I'm never going to play this live again, but as an online game, with the app it's grand.

 7   Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers x2 (34 all-time) wf
The Kelda absolutely kicked our asses. It was awesome. I'm so proud. So was she, though she tried not to let on.

 10   Pax Porfiriana x2 (122 all-time) Yucata
The love affair continues with this game.

 7   Glen More (52 all-time) Yucata
Slow slow slow players (non-Gelati)

 5   A Game of Thrones (first edition) (3 all-time) TNC
A funny thing happened on the way to the forum...

My wife used a Car2Go to take the Kelda to her music lesson, and when she got home couldn't find her phone. The Find My Phone app on the laptop told here where the phone was, and the only way the phone could be there is that the phone was in the car she'd used.

Problem is twofold. Assuming she could get to the car, she couldn't then call Car2Go without one, and in order to book/unlock a Car2Go you need the phone app.

Car2Go was willing to book the car in my name, but that meant I had to bail on the game to go get it. And the phone was well hidden indeed - clearly had slipped out of her purse or pocket.

I "won" anyways, as the player who was about to be eliminated took over my position and stomped all over my neighbour to get the last two castles. House Tyrell didn't have a fight all game long but had been quietly building up its forces...

Incidentally I like the first edition better than the second. The random combat deck in the second edition wasn't a plus IMO.

 7   El Grande (10 all-time) Yucata
With Gelati.


 7   ブレンドコーヒーラボ (Blend Coffee Lab.) x2 (3 all-time) ww
On Friday while the Kelda was making art, we played a game of this, followed by...
 8   Cribbage x2 (43 all-time) ww
... a game of this.

And then there was yesterday...

While my wife was off to visit a luthier to get her custom fiddle sized up, my friend Allan came over while our smart kids were learning some cell phone science.

 9   Manoeuvre (43 all-time) w Allan
We played the Chinese vs. Japanese, and it was a good match.

Then Jonathan came over for a game day and he taught us the new edition of London (more comments below).

Then the kids came home and Allan took his daughter home.

 9   Terraforming Mars (49 all-time) w Jono and the Kelda
We offered to teach the Kelda Terraforming Mars, giving her a starter corporation and taking out the Venus Next cards, but leaving in the corporate cards.

She took to it like a duck to water, and save for my having some VP on cards I'd built led from the get go on the Elysian map. This is including sponsoring and handily winning the Benefactor as she was about a dozen terraforming points ahead of me at the end of the game.

 6   Pulsar 2849 NEW! w Jono and the Kelda
I'm not sure what to make of this game, which is a bit of a mish-mash of mechanics that don't really tie into the theme very tightly, but it involves flying a spaceship around various solar systems and harvesting/claiming pulsars on the way and there's tech and other stuff to do. I did manage to win, so I clearly did something right, but I'm still wondering how I did it.

 5   The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game NEW! w Jono
It seems every successful game comes along with a dice and or card version later on - and why not. If people like Castles of Burgundy, they'll surely like a card game version of it, and now there's a dice version.

CoB:tDG is ok. I'd play it again. But it didn't feel like Castles of Burgundy.

It's fortunate that I played Catan Dice Game last week because I can make a bit of a direct comparison. Catan is simple and clean and Yahtzee like with three rolls to try and get what you want. In CoB:tDG one person roll and then each player gets to pick something from what was rolled to try and build something. It also wasn't intuitive - having someone teach it to me was good.

 7   Table Battles (5 all-time) w Jono
This really is a great little filler game. If you take the scenarios in isolation, the game admittedly feels like a die rolling luck fest, but having now played a variety of the scenarios and them all having a different look and feel, I'm admiring it for it casual simplicity of the "I could have designed this... oh, wait, no. No I could not have." kind of way.

 8   London (second edition) x2 NEW! ww and Jono
Final game of the night, my wife came home from the luthier and after a very satisfying home made pizza dinner, there was time for one more game and I got to play this a second time.

It's not often that a second edition of a game is better than the original. When I watched the Watch It Played rules video by Rodney Smith, I didn't feel that the changes would be positive. And I had no intention of getting it or playing it.

I was wrong. I LOVE the second edition. In fact, I went straight to Amazon.ca and ordered a copy at the end of the night.

London (the original) is one of my favourite Martin Wallace games, and it's currently sitting at 46 plays - I totally got my money's worth from it. It was a game my wife and I took the pub, but the amount of space needed was a problem as was the time - it was just a tiny bit too long for the time we had.

I expect to get just as much play from the second edition.

We ended the night teaching Jonathan how to play Blend Coffee Lab, and it's a really good game with three.

What's Going On:
Work stuff: I've been given an offer from another department. My current boss is now scrambling to see if they can make me an offer to entice me to stay. It's good to be wanted!

Union stuff: I'm in a unionized work environment, and I'm part of my union local's executive. I've been invited to attend the national bargaining convention at the end of March. I'm debating about going, especially as I have opinions and ideas that are not congruent with the positions dearly held by the national executive, but then at the same time I think there's nothing for me to lose by going to check things out.

Yaah! Issue 11 is available for pre-order... I have two articles in this issue, one on SHUX 2017, and one on Columbia Games Combat Infantry: WestFront 1944-45.

GCL tool: A new feature of the GCL tool is "all time plays", which is nice for stuff I've tracked (which has been since 2003), but not as useful for things like Cribbage that I've been playing forever - in fact, there was one evening where a friend of mine from high school and I played 26 games in one evening.

But it's still a cool feature.
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8. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1681]
Board Game: Conquest of Paradise
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Usually when the gang gets together at a local game bar, there are 5 or 6 of us. But I knew the headcount for last week would be four - so I brought Conquest of Paradise. The guys all agreed to play, and it was of course a hit. My Tongans had a crappy time of exploring (lots of open oceans), so I knew I would have to hit my opponents to have any chance of getting to 22 VP. I was able to stay close and started buying some culture cards; in the end I had managed to be last in VP which meant I picked the order. I made sure I went last and launched a huge armada from Tonga to Raiatea and grabbed it and its villages to put me over the top. The culture cards were the margin of victory since Chris' Hiva also went over 22 that turn.

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9. Board Game: Piro [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Piro
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Games played this past week:

Piro (x1) This is a card game that I have been playing since the early 2000s; one I learned about in GAMES magazine.
I added it to the BGG database before discovering that I mis-remembered the name. The game coming from Uzbekistan or some satellite ex-Russian country or another; I still can't remember the real name. It may be Pirlo.
But it's on BGG under my title, so I record plays there. cool
Technically it is a 2-player game, and quite a simple one but with sneaky tactics and the need to remember certain past cards that have been played.
We adapted it to include a 3-player version, and it works very well in practice. But any strategies that you had for 2-player mostly fail in 3-player.
At any rate-- we played a round of 3-player at the pub and I was on the cusp of winning and then I got blanked, two hands in a row, and lost.

I encourage you to click on the game item and learn to play from there (ask me anything you don't understand).
You scarcely even need a pad and paper to keep track of score; as long as everyone can remember multiples of 5, the score can be memorized easily enough.

Sergeant Major (x1) This is another card game-- exclusively for three players this time around-- that we use a different name for.
Even on the BGG database game item they mention the various alternate names. We've always just called it 9-5-2, which is the number of tricks that each player needs to take before scoring points.
The card count varies and there is a version called 8-5-3. However 9-5-2 is more punishing and apprently that is preferred by Canadian players.
In our game, I ended up with 3 points. The winner had 11 points, and since the scores all balance out that means that the loser in the game was at -14! Punishing.

Zooloretto: The Dice Game (x1) Always in the bag as a filler game, since it is so small and easy to transport. I lost; big time.

German Whist (x1) Yet another card game that isn't quite correctly named. Ours was 3-player whist, which is apparently called "Widow Whist" in some circles. For recording purposes I threw it under the "German" label, though.
Trump is always Clubs, for some reason. In this one you deal out four hands and then the first player gets to decide if they want to keep their hand or trade it for the unseen fourth hand. If so then they need to take an extra trick before they can score points.
If not, the offer goes to the next player, and eventually to the dealer if no one else claims it.
I had a good run of card luck in this game, plus some prudent leads and a touch of card counting. I won it, easily.
The only thing I won all night.
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The beer report:

Much more exciting than the game results, for me, this week!

I had a lovely pint of Guinness (from a can) at home last week, just to get me in the mood for St. Pat's this upcoming Saturday (when I will be making a Guinness beef stew).
By the way, in an attempt to make you even more jealous and potentially hungry, I just finished a homemade (meat from the deli) hot pastrami sandwich, with spicy mustard, and a crunchy garlic dill pickle for my lunch. So-ooo tasty!

At the pub on game night, I started out with a Gigantic IPA.
No, not a really large serving of IPA; Gigantic is the brewer. From Oregon.

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Four different types of hops, and big hop flavor. The bitterness level is not as high as many other brews I've tried, but then I'm used to and enjoy hop bitterness. So this one is an acquired taste, but it ticks off all of the boxes for me.

Sticking to the Oregon theme, I finished up with a Black Butte Porter:

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Lovely sweetness of the malts, and a lot of chocolate flavor, plus a hint of roasted barley. I wish that I didn't have to drive so far to get home. I would have had two more of these if I could have walked.
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10. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2236]
Board Game: After the Flood
Board Game: The Rose King
Board Game: Pairs
Board Game: Havana
Board Game: El Grande
Board Game: Glen More
Board Game: Carcassonne Junior


 7.0   The Rose King (21 all-time)
 6.0   Pairs (26 all-time)
 7.0   Havana NEW!
 8.0   El Grande (2 all-time)
 7.0   Glen More (3 all-time)
 N/A   My First Carcassonne NEW!

I'm sure there were more games than I've listed here, but it's been an insane couple weeks at work, and my brain is mushy grey matter. Wait: isn't it always?

I'm very much enjoying Cuba Libre with Ron, Wendell, & Roger, despite early mistakes. It occurs to me that it may be my turn in 1989 and Warriors of God, as well. I'll check later today and get back to you, Roger and Jacob.

The Rose King - with Roger for the umpteenth time, and I'm not even remotely bored by it. What an amazing little 2P game.

Pairs - when the monkeys want gaming 10 mins before bed...

Havana - First solo playthrough to re-acquaint myself with the rules. Felt a little like Splendor, only good.

El Grande - with Gelati at Yucata. I'm starting out languishing in Basque country, without even a single caballero to defend my ancestral lands.

Glen More - with Gelati at Yucata. I think I grok all the mechanics, now I just have to link them together.

My First Carcassonne - February 1st, 1953. A young girl delivers (of all things) socks to my father's house. She's 12, and has come from Amsterdam (by herself, on the train: take that, helicopter parents). He's also 12. As the girl is leaving, a report comes on the radio that all the trains have been stopped as a result fo the worst flooding in the country's history. At least two young people are not upset by this as the girl is forced to stay in Rotterdam for a few days. Young love ensues, though like most of its ilk, it does not last.

36 years later, the first offspring of that young man makes his way to Europe to do the grand tour. His father mentions that he has an old acquaintance in Amsterdam, and after a couple phone calls, she offers me (in case you hadn't guessed) a room in her house from which to base my travels.

28 years after that, a sweet old lady drives (by her own admission) 160kph from Amsterdam to Den Bosch to be reunited with her former lodger. Lots of joyful tears before I introduce her to my family. The boys want to hear all about their Opa when he was 'a kid.' She weaves tales and despite the day's non-stop supply of sugar, they are transfixed. Just before our goodbyes, she presents them with a largish box. It's Carcassone Junior. We almost lose pieces on the bus ride home, the boys are so enthusiastic.

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11. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:6673]
Board Game: Rummy
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Krass Kariert 4p ww x1, 3p x1, 3p x1

Synergies are teased and squeezed
from chaotic card display
in the end you feel quite pleased
by your chequered hand array
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Right now I think it's my GOTY, and it's going to take a lot to beat it. It, like quidditch before it, has a bit of an endgame problem, but the emotional payoff that comes from slowly setting up your hand to drop a big combo is endlessly satisfying. But then, that's what it's designed to do. It reminds me of the 30 seconds of fun design philosophy that, with their ever changing shuffles, classic card games seem to be so good at implementing.
I also had the pleasure of playing it with climbing game enthusiasts, and we all noted and appreciated all of the little "tropes" Krass Kariert turned on its head, intentionally, due to the ruleset and game development.
1. it's a once-round, so you don't have players with high singles constantly dumping, and it gives it a neat staccato pacing that you don't usually get in a climbing game.
2. The way that you can try to make gangbuster combos by passing and sorting- but if you pass twice you're really investing in the fact that you won't be beat, as the minute you can't play it's a round end condition- that happens almost as frequently as the other condition.
3. And the other end condition really highlights the struggle between really taking the time to make nice combos... but possibly ending up as the only one still with cards.
4. Of course the fact that each once round can have multiple combinations and special cards played to it means that, unlike a lot of climbing games, there's almost never a safe play.
As a result, each hand is a delightful wade into the ether- requiring different control mechanisms than we were used to.
Chearns also said that the term emotional payoff needs to be used more in game reviewing. I think I agree.

500 Rummy 3p x1

you pick up two, and then drop one,
and then you see your foe is done
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Delightful little classic game. It was pretty fun, and I enjoyed a lot of the elements present. Of course, the whole time I was thinking of mystery rummy.

Gangsi 4p ww x1

Hop to it, says the hopping ghost
your soul is what I want the most
well that, says hunter timidly
is what I need for living, see?
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I can see this being a go-to filler. Poker faces, a hidden prey, limited information, and all within the span of 15-30 minutes. I barely lost as the gangsi- it came rather close to the wire, with Megan not only winning, but never getting caught. Indeed, I chased her rabidly once I realized that I had hit everyone but her, but only ended up hitting the other players in her wake. It's a nice 1 vs many that also has the many vs each other, which is always nice.

Beer Report:
North Coast Brewing Company PranQster
Not a bad beer, I'm really liking North Coast. However, I think I really like less alcohol content
T.W. Pitchers' Tropic Plunder IPA
Look, if you're going to advertise the passionfruit, make it stand out. I had it in a clear glass and saw the passionfruit seed bits in the bottom, and it only added to the disappointment I had regarding the lack of fruitiness. Despite that though, it is a solid, unintrusive beer.
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12. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Board Game: Quarriors!
Board Game: Lotus
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar


 7.0   Quarriors! x2 (27 all-time)
 7.0   Lotus x2 (6 all-time)
 7.0   Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (7 all-time)

GAMES
Monday night we missed one of our regulars, but another of our newer regulars joined as well as one of our roommates, so we picked easy to teach and play games. Got in two plays of Lotus and two of Quarriors!, both of which I enjoy a lot. I used to play Quarriors a lot more with my son, as he quite liked it for a while, but it doesn't see a lot of play these days, so it was nice to bring it out.

I have a copy of Tzolk'in that a friend of mine helped me paint about 4 years ago. Billy and I visit a widow friend and her daughter occasionally (we were good friends with her husband). They used to play Tzolk'in, but after he passed, they kind of forgot how to play, so we took our copy over and retaught them. We pick up gluten free pizza on the way when we go game with them, so it's an extra treat for me.

CONVENTIONS, WORK, MOVING
We're still finishing up the hotel bill and other accounting and meetings to wrap up WhimsyCon 2018, but overall things went well (I think I posted about it last week?)

I'm working on getting things caught up for Westercon & Myths and Legends Con, co-hosted over the 4th of July weekend this year. I'm the chair, vendor head, and programming head, so I've got a bit to do.

One of the offices where I fill in has me in this week - the office manager went home with a terrible flu and is out for the week, so I have to dress up like an outdoor hooman and get up in the morning and stuff. Blah. (Heh) But Billy and I are talking about getting new phones soon, so this will help.

I'd like to wait until we get to the Netherlands (we leave in 149 days surprise ), but I'll sock away money now to cover it later.

Another step forward in the moving plans - we got a rental agency referral from Tommy.

WEBSITE/BLOG
I still plan to post once a week. I have a few more days this week to make it happen. I've got a spreadsheet of things to cover, so I've got a lot of outlines of things ready for me to fill in.

CAT, HOUSEMATES

I still have a cat. She's still a bit crazy, and I'm going to miss her a lot when I finally find a good home for her.

Which I need to get on, because it looks like we found someone to take over the Master bedroom at our house! It's someone we know from conventions, and she's actually my current massage person too. She's an author and she has a day job, so creative and practical.

She's currently living in a house owned by family, but there's been a lot of "oh now can you take care of this? and now this too?" kind of scope creep, and she's looking for something with a lease and standardized expectations.

The room we're having built out won't be ready until near the end of March (like the 29th to April 2nd), but then Billy's sister & family are coming (2 adults, 2 young children), so they'll probably crash in there, so that takes us into April. Billy and I will plan to move out of our room during April so our new person can move into the Master at the beginning of May. I'm glad I have a month, because I'm kind of entrenched in that room!

But I do need to go through all my things in the house over the next 149 days, so this will help keep me on target I guess. So much to do!

surprise surprise surprise
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13. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1183]
Board Game: CV
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Howdy Gelati!

I am sorry for the long absence. I hope everyone is doing well. I have been finishing my thesis for my M.Ed., and I have an insanely difficult professor for my final class as well, so on top of all of the teaching stuff and school, I have been a bit overwhelmed. I have almost 700 subscription items in my inbox at the moment, so I have plenty of backtracking I need to do.

Just to let you know what's up with me:

My final or close to final draft of my thesis is completed, I am just waiting for permission to submit it.

My graduation is set for this semester, and I haven't decided if I'll walk or not for this commencement, but I might.

I have started a "Wonder Women" girls club at my school where the girls can get together and hang out to help each other, inspire each other, and have a safe place to be themselves. It's been going amazingly well, and the school culture has been positively impacted by this.

I am going to Hawaii for Spring Break (Friday after this one) so I'm excited to get a break.

I have not played any board games at all except for one small game of Cockroach Poker with my Pop Culture Club.

Some of my fellow teachers and I have started a Star Wars RPG campaign, and I'm game mastering it, but I already had some stuff prepared so I haven't had to do too much extra prep work, which works out well. We are going to have to pause after this week, though, since I haven't developed everything beyond that and don't have much time to do so just yet (April 1st!!!).

I have a lot of exciting activities going on with my classes, and I'm enjoying my work overall.

I miss gaming and I miss all y'all! I hope everyone is well!

I'll be trying to stay on top of GCL if nothing else now that I have a little more free time. I have missed all of our conversations for the past month.

Cheers everyone!

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14. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:459]
Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
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Last week's gaming:

Board Game: Kintsugi
Board Game: Button Men
Board Game: BraveRats
Board Game: Bitskrieg
Board Game: For Sale
Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork


 7   Kintsugi x2
 8   Button Men x2
 7   BraveRats
 8   Bitskrieg
 7   For Sale
 7   Discworld: Ankh-Morpork NEW!

A couple of years back, for my birthday, Johanna picked up a pair of Martin Wallace games based on the works of Terry Pratchett. I first discovered the Discworld when I received a book certificate (anyone remember them?) for twenty five pounds around age 12. Among the stack of paperbacks I was able to pick up with that huge sum were Pratchett's first two (non-Discworld) books, and The Color of Magic.

I was hooked, and read everything he released for decades.

When I met Johanna, I introduced her, and she fell even harder than I. When I stopped buying dead tree versions of books, I fell behind and to this day Johanna has read the last half dozen of the series ad I have not. (I'm planning on rectifying that as I work through my reread . . .)

Anyway, we have played The Witches: A Discworld Game a bunch of times with Boo, and it's . . . fine. For whatever reason, we had not tried Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, I hadn't even cracked the card wrap or read the rules, until Johanna suddenly got it into her head that she wanted to play this week.

What the hell had we been waiting for. Simple rules (draw on - play one), hidden roles / win conditions, plenty of take that, doesn't outstay its welcome. The game is fun! It didn't hurt that Boo won, helped by my misrembering which roles were out of play - I just didn't think that she could possibly be Vetinari, so wasn't stopping her from flooding the city with minions . . .

We'll be playing this one again, even after noticing the silly prices the game fetches, having gone OOP soon after release.

Another round of Bitskrieg with Boo, this time my Heavy Tanks outlasting her more strategic mix of armament - the dice in this are brutal both when they do damage and when they don't.

And she keeps asking to play another round of Kintsugi. Getting harder to be sure which is her secret color, as she figures out she can get a higher score my not letting me know . . .

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ConnCon is next week, and I'm signed up to teach For-Ex and Alien Artifacts (the latter having sold out two tables), and to play Reiner Knizia's Decathlon, Biblios, Import / Export, Imperial 2030, in all likelihood a stack of abstract strategy games, plus whatever shows up over the (sadly only) two days I'll be there. Be good to catch up with Erik D again and see what new designs he's been working on.

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Johanna's stepfather offered us ticket to see the National Theater Live viewing of Follies, starring Imnelda Staunton, at Symphony Space on Saturday. It is perhaps his favorite show, certainly his favorite Sondheim (as seen by the enormous, framed, pre-Broadway showcard he owned and later gave to Johanna which now hangs above our living room couch) and he loved this version so much, he wanted to see it again. So it seemed less strange, he wanted to share it with us.

I'd never seen Follies before, although I was familiar with about half of the music. And as usual, Sondheim in context is so much greater than Sondheim out of context. The "story" (for want of a better word - nothing actually happens) is gripping and stunningly revealed, and the performances did proper justice to the venerable words and music.

Such a great night - I recommend it if NTL comes to your town. And it's much cheapr than a theater ticket . . .

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I may have created a monster.

Boo and I have been watching Tottenham Hotspur soccer many weekends now for months, and she's fallen a little in love with our star striker, current two-time golden boot (for most goals scored in a season) winner, and one of our own, Harry Kane.

She was perturbed when Kane had to come out of the game injured on Sunday, but didn't think too much of it as he walked off the pitch, and we went on to score 4 goals without him. Yesterday, without really thinking too much about it, I shared the news that he had a sprained ankle and would be out for 3 to 6 matches.

And she couldn't stop crying for over half an hour.

I may have created a monster . . .

Spoiler (click to reveal)
COYS!

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