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1. Board Game: No Regerts: The Game of Art and Poor Life Choices [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:14841]
Board Game: No Regerts: The Game of Art and Poor Life Choices
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This job conundrum that's come up for me this past week (an admittedly good problem to have) has made me reflective of the long string of past choices that have led me to where I am now.

So that is why I am shamelessly stealing a question of the day from the RPG Geek side of the house.

What would shock the 1998 you about the 2018 you?
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2. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5540]
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When I was a kid, I had the usual litany of "what do you want to be when you grow up" answers that grownups expected to hear from kids.

But a lot of what I was told to expect about the world of work when I was in school never came to pass, jobs that we take for granted today didn't even exist back then, and we cannot predict what the world of work will be in another 10, 20, 30 years.

How do your childhood expectations of the world of work mesh with the reality of work?
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3. Board Game: Robot Wars [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My daughter told me that at school this week they talked about the future of automation.

Depending on which source you read, automation will be replacing people in many tasks and jobs, but that we won't be replacing those jobs with new ones. The world of the Jetsons where we all live a life of leisure doesn't seem to be in the cards.

Can you imagine what you do being replaced by some kind of automation?
If not, what is it you do that can't be?
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4. Board Game: Odd Jobs [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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Something that always impresses me is when I meet someone who is clearly in the right job - someone who is really good at what they do, and make it looks easy. Could be anything - the cashier at the grocery store, the guy at my local coffee shop who knows every regular's order, the tradesman who can resolve your plumbing issue in no time flat, etc.

What's an example you've seen of a person being in the right job or profession?

Is there a job or profession you at which you think you'd be really awesome? (assuming it's not your current one)
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5. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:4]
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This is the week that was:
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
Board Game: Pax Porfiriana
Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy


 9   Terraforming Mars (50 all-time) ww
I feel any game I get to 50 plays has to be a great success.

I got an early lead on terraforming points, but my wife built a better engine and by the end had caught up and wound up beating me by almost 20 points.

 10   Pax Porfiriana x2 (124 all-time)
 7   Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers x6 (40 all-time)
I hate going to Yucata and not having a game ready for me to move, so I joined a bunch, including having created four of the Carc H&G entries.

 7   The Castles of Burgundy (43 all-time) ww
Unusually, my wife was the one who kept collecting the completion bonuses for finishing no less than 4 different sets of tile, but the early lead I ran off to in an unusually productive first round sustained me through the end.

Whats Going On:
Work: I'm no closer to a final decision, but I have good advisors I'll be talking to on Monday and I'm taking it as a sign there is no wrong answer.

World Cup 2026: There's a joint Canada-USA-Mexico bid to host the 2026 World Cup, and the deadline for the various host cities was last week. Vancouver was in the running, but our provincial government nixed the bid and I couldn't be happier. There's one local online news outlet that just won't let it go, but Edmonton has dropped out as well, as have Chicago and Minneapolis in the US.

I love the World Cup, it's hands down my favourite sporting event. FIFA however... is another story.

John Oliver FIFA clip, part II, part III.

And the article about the 2026 bid...

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6. Board Game: Second Season Pro Football Game [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:5192]
Board Game: Second Season Pro Football Game
Board Game: Carcassonne Junior


 5.0   My First Carcassonne x2 (3 all-time)

Thrilling.

I also taught KidN to play 31 with standard cards (although the deck I bought at the thrift store wasn't: it has two 10-of-clubs cards).

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Reading
Canada Reads starts next week, and I'm on schedule to finish the books in time for the event.

The Canada Reads 2018 contenders are:​

Mozhdah Jamalzadah, defending The Boat People by Sharon Bala
Tahmoh Penikett, defending American War by Omar El Akkad
Greg Johnson, defending Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson
Jeanne Beker, defending Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto
Jully Black, defending The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

I have a very low tolerance for good stories badly written. That unfortunately eliminates Davidson's book. The same problem hits Sakamoto's, but I think that's his editor's fault for insisting the last 20 mundane pages be included in an otherwise haunting book. The Marrow Thieves is an incredible tale well-told, and could win. El Akkad's book suffered for me from being one post-apoc too far (MT is also one), and if there's one I won't finish, it'll be AW. But if you have an affinity for the ACW, it might be your bag. On the third page of The Boat People I found writing so beautiful and crafted I knew the book would be my favourite. So far the story--which passes my visceral reaction test--is enforcing that belief.
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7. Board Game: Big Dumb Five [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Big Dumb Five
YES! Sunday funday!

There was no voluntary board gaming at all since the last GL. I'm working some extra shifts for the FLGS, teaching games to kids at schools in the evenings, because we are a bit strapped for cash currently. The resulting tiredness made for no games played all week.

So instead we do something different this week, et voila:



Videogame week:
Video Game: Darkest Dungeon


I've been pretty hooked on Darkest Dungeon on the Switch lately. Its round based nature and completely player dependent pacing makes for a great past time on my all too frequent sick days and scratches a bit of the solo gaming itch. If you aren't turned off by the uber-gloomy and gory tone of the game it is highly recommended.

Video Game: Night in the Woods
Another favourite currently, that has been sitting idly though lately, is Night in the Woods, which is basically an interactive story more than a classic challenge presenting video game. The game is the coming of age story of a girl who returns home after dropping out of college only to see that she can't turn back to who she and everybody else was before she left and struggling to find herself.
Video Game: Night in the Woods
Artwork, character development and story are all superbly done and sometimes I feel like firing up the game just to play a song or two on the characters base guitar (rhythm mini game) and humming the base lines while walking to work in the mornings.

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A unique experience that sadly isn't in the data base is OPUS: The day we found Earth. It's another story focused indy game. It isn't much longer than a movie and is based around just one core mechanic of looking through telescope to find Earth. I won't tell more in order not to spoil anything, but in board game terms it is one of those little unassuming games that aren't spectacular by any means, but don't outstay their welcome and have something that makes you keep thinking about them.

Video Game: Violett
And lastly we (I and my sickly daughter) played some way through Violett. An entirely forgettable point and click adventure style game from an indy-publisher that seems to specialize in entirely forgettable games delivered to you semi-cheaply.
The world building is kind f pretty, the riddles (so far) work. Those are the games merits.



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Today is our (not so) little artist's 9th birthday and you wouldn't believe what present she got from her beloved grandmother in Germany. A brand-spanking-new set of GELATOS! Who'd have know this to be a thing even. What a dumb name for colours. What's next? I vote Tzatzikis. I love Tzatziki!
Yesterday we took her and her friends out for a round of Laser Tag to celebrate the occasion. Her littler sister was a bit too sick and insecure to enjoy it sadly, so she spent the time playing air hockey with me instead.
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8. RPG Item: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook [Average Rating:8.46 Overall Rank:8]
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Hedy Gelati,

Another week of no gaming, but it's all good.

I did get to go see my juniors from last year present their senior projects, and I was very proud of them. They did amazing work, and many of them got opportunities or offers from their ideas. It was very nice to see them all again. One group surprised me when I got there by clapping me into their area as I came in, and that brought a few tears to my eye. They were all so genuinely excited to show me what they had done.

I also have one more week until I get to escape Vegas for a few days, so I'm ready for that relaxation time!

Otherwise, my wife got me Ticket to Ride Germany, so we might get to play that today.

Yesterday was Star Wars, and my group was very distracted by one of our members getting a fancy new light saber from ultra sabers that makes noise, pulses the light, etc. so we barely landed their ship and got them settled in at Ryloth. Then we ate corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. Good stuff.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Edit: I almost forgot! I'm getting a new tattoo while I'm in Hawaii. It's a custom based off a design I drew up. I'm really excited for it. It's pretty geeky, so I'll be sure to share a photo once it's done!
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9. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:78]
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We had a long game day on Saturday. I tried Battlestar Galactica for the first time. Pretty cool! I was Boomer (a pilot and human) and the game started with swarm after swarm of Cylon ships; lots of shooting action before we finally got to jump and got the hell away from them. But it then turned out that I was actually a Cylon after all; by that point there was little combat and I spent my time trying to break out of the brig. I guess I didn't mask my incipient Cylonism well enough. The admiral though had known she was a Cylon from game start and picked the most damaging jumps possible before being thrown in the brig. Largely due to her sabotage work, the ship went to zero fuel and we Cylons won.

I would totally play this again. We had a good group of six, and I had a blast.

Earlier we had a 4-player game of Terraforming Mars, a game I'd seen and was definitely interested in. I finished fourth, but respectable close - very cool, would like to play again now that I have a better idea of what's going on.

We also had a game of Illuminati; alas, my poor Cthulhu dudes rolled back-to-back boxcars while trying to wipe out Hollywood and another group. I did have the satisfaction of eradicating the KKK, though in the end the Bavarian Illuminati won the game, the bastards.

In our ongoing game of Tunisia II - well, let's just say German/Italian lines are getting a LOT shorter as the Allies advance...
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10. RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:39]
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GAME WEEK


 7   Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats x2 NEW!
 6   We B4 Goblins! NEW!
 6   Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook x2 (54 all-time)
 7   A Vision of Betrayal NEW!
 10   Eldritch Horror (65 all-time)

Currently, Firefly: The Game is one of our favorites, so when Gale Force Nine, LLC released Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats, I had to buy it. Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats is basically a single job for the crew – imagine a couple of Misbehave cards in the big game played out on a side board. You get great miniatures of the protagonists and ten goons that will hinder you. The goons are controlled by the games’ AI (which works surprisingly fine) and the crew is controlled by one to five players. We played two missions and the game is basically very good; however, compared to similar games (like Star Wars: Imperial Assault), it somehow lacks. I can’t even tell why, but we both were a little disappointed. Maybe it’s the lack of scenarios, maybe it’s the flimsy components …? Well, we will play more and maybe it will grow on us. Or maybe not.

Friday and Saturday was RPG night. On Friday, our regular group met with one guy missing, so we played a one shot fun scenario called We B4 Goblins!, where we all had Goblin characters. It was a lot of fun playing silly and fooling around, and the story was decent enough to keep us occupied. On Sunday I continued the campaign with my newbie group (plus Andrea), and what I thought will be a mediocre adventure turned out to be the best story ever (according to the group). I summarized the events in my Campaign Log Geeklist as usual, and as usual, it’s in German: Item for Geeklist "PzVIE's Pathfinder Society Season 3 Campaign"

Sunday saw snowfall … so we set up a game of Eldritch Horror, for the first time with the Eldritch Horror: Masks of Nyarlathotep expansion. This is the weakest expansion so far; a big box, no board, but a lame campaign game. The highlights are seven (probably overpowered) new investigators and two new Ancient Ones – we tried Nyarlathothep for the first time and with a team of four of the new investigators, we won pretty easily. There are rumors that this is the last expansion for Eldritch, but I strongly hope for more sideboards, and there are a couple of Ancient Ones that we still miss. And maybe a campaign game that deserves its name?

Board Game: Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats
RPG Item: We B4 Goblins!
RPG Item: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
RPG Item: Pathfinder Society Scenario 3-00 Intro 3: A Vision of Betrayal
Board Game: Eldritch Horror


NEW GAMES

As we both liked One Deck Dungeon, I also ordered the sequel One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows, more a dense forest than a dungeon, but otherwise the same game. The heroes are interchangeable, and with the sister game, it would theoretically support four players, but I would prefer other games when playing with four.

And of course, the new Firefly game. Shiny to look at, but lacking a little in game play.

Board Game: Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats
Board Game: One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows


I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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11. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1568]
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"Board" games for the week that was.

Euchre (x2) My partner and I won the first five hands, but only got 1 point for each. We called it "death by a thousand cuts" while we were trash-talking the other team.
Then we proceeded to lose that game, and the next game. It was miserable.

Zooloretto: The Dice Game (x1) Taught a visiting friend how to play, and we did a three-player game after two test runs.
Turns out that all three of us scored incredibly high-- 17 points. Each.
We use "most coins gained" as a tiebreaker, and there was still a two-way tie. Not including me, who was declared the clear "loser" of it all. With 17 points and one less coin.

Beer:

Guinness, in my St. Patrick's day Guinness Beef Stew that I made. Delish.
I had a Jameson's Irish whisky as well.

Otherwise, I had a barleywine, and an Irish ale, at the pub on Tuesday and a black lager with supper on Thursday, I think it was.
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Thinking about the conversation about BSG on a previous item, I wondered if there were any other TV show or movie that might be good as a game.

Answer me this, if you so choose to:

What movie or TV do you think would make a decent boardgame?
Most of the time this sort of thing devolves into a Candyland/ Monopoly/ Game of LIFE variant, where you follow a track with your token and stuff happens on cards and squares along the way. Dukes of Hazard or Hogan's Heroes, for example.
But what if you could make it so it wasn't lame? What show has hidden potential, in your eyes?
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12. Board Game: Star Plus [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:14900]
Board Game: Star Plus
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Ideal Natto 3p x1, 4p x1

I do prefer
a perfect stir
and so defer
this bowl to her
for who can ever be this sure
that perfect natto will occur
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Raining at work means lunchtime card games. And this may be the best of the bunch. Absolutely hilarious, what with a blind limit bid and a mamma mia esque memory-ingredient pile. It's genuinely been a pleasure every play, and its speed and ability to just be a silly nutkin on a tiny amount of rules means it's easy to get buy-in. Due to its unavailability my co worker and I might PnP it unless we can find a copy for him and his kids.

Star Plus 2p x1

don't look at me, I'm over here
I didn't zap your sweet caboose
aw knock it off, you lightning jerk
we all know that it's you, lord zeus

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Baby's first climbing game. Not quite mindless, but it doesn't appear to have anywhere near the amount of strategy of other titles. But genuinely a fine game for just shooting the breeze. The sub 90 second rules explanation certainly doesn't hurt.

Eggs of Ostrich 3p ww x1

I gave him scrambled eggs to chew
and like m. Creosote he burst
it turns he can have but two
or else we can expect the worst
Alack, alas- how can this be?
Upon his shirt was printed "3"
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My mother in law is getting far too good at this. She just always chooses left of what you'd expect. This game certainly has legs- sexy sexy ostrich legs.

Thunderstone Quest 2p ww x1

building decks and killing orcs
has never needed so much bread
bread for gold and bread for strength
and bread for slaying the undead
But all the bread in all the land
could not allay my awful hand
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Played it over two nights with wife. Megan loved it, I loved it. All of the additions to the system make sense, and only add interesting choices- sans perhaps the addition of guardian keys without scaling (2p games are going to be a lot longer than 4p games, weirdly). There's a neat rhythym of going to the dungeon until you're so bloody you need to return to the village and heal/gear up. Unless you're Megan and you have a bunch of clerics, wizards, and protection spells so you can just lumber through the dungeon soaking up damage like sponge protected by arcane wizardry. She pipped me by four points. I didn't think Krass Kariert was going to have a serious GotY contender this early, but with this and Ideal Natto, it's going to be a crowded field in the nobody-gives-a-shit-but-Hanibal awards this year.
Edit: Also, Megan made a lovely point. All of the women are clothed in this game. That might not be a big deal to you, but as she put it, she didn't really grasp how terrible depictions of women were in this hobby until she finally saw fully clothed women kicking ass. Before it was just something she had to put up with in this hobby to participate at almost any level in fantasy gaming- but no longer. She says she's getting something like retro-active feminist fury, as it's much easier to see in retrospect. Either way, now that she's tasted exploitation-free exploration, she can't go back.

Portale von Molthar 3p x1

Who's knocking on my door tonight?
Unlicensed Frodo- that ain't right!
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Gave it as a thanks-for-moving gift to workmate and husband, then taught them at lunch. The classic euro push and pull between engine building and scoring merged with a little light melding left of rummy made always pleases. Having played this, I can't ever go back to splendor.

Beer report:
Blue Moon Horchata Ale x1
I can't recommend this to anyone, but that's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I didn't not enjoy it either. Like Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista, I should be thoroughly disgusted, but am instead intrigued.
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13. Board Game: Lucky Dogs Dice Game [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Lucky Dogs Dice Game
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Finally some games on the table. We spent the day at our niece's place in Portland and I got to play a couple of games with the two boys (ages 4.5 and 7).

First was a couple of plays of Lucky Dogs Dice Game followed by a never ending round of Go Bananas!. I was most surprised at how quickly the younger one was able to grasp the rules to Lucky Dogs and he played it well. I think it helps when it's a cooperative game at that age.

The previous week I played Bunny Kingdom with the Thursday play group. It's a lot of fun and besides, it's bunnies.
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14. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:155] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Last week's gaming:

Board Game: Button Men
Board Game: Star Realms
Board Game: Meteor
Board Game: Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
Board Game: For Sale
Board Game: Bug


 8   Button Men x4
 8   Star Realms
 5   Meteor x2
 6   Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers NEW!
 7   Ticket to Ride
 7   For Sale
 8   Bug

I'm reading Titus Chalk's unofficial account of the rise and rise of grandpa CCG, and it is making me itchy.

I discovered MtG in the summer of 1994, was taught it in fact by a pair of my 12-year-old campers, and played *a lot* over the next four years (by the end of which time I was working my first post-university job in a comic book store with immediate and at-cost access to all the cards I could eat . . .)

And yet, in reading the book, it is clear how much of the scene I missed out on entirely. I never played in tournaments. I never watched the Pro Tour on ESPN2. I never knew the names of the top players, the construction of the top decks.

I stepped away from the game after the horror of Homelands for most of two decades, occasionally riffling through my enormous (120 card) Vintage deck but otherwise seeing the changes in the game from afar and not seeing a way to jump back in.

A couple of years back I stumbled on the idea of a Pauper (commons only) Cube specifically designed for two-player drafting and spent a summer putting one together and even playing a few games! I was reminded that the game underlying the phenomenon is quite excellent.

Last year I discovered Card Kingdom's pre-constructed and seemingly balanced 60 card Battle Decks, picked up a few and taught Boo to play.

This month, in reading the history, and seeing so much of my own past in the story, I'm kind of desperate to reenter the scene in some way. I picked up a Chaos Draft pack. Now I just need to find seven opponents and a free afternoon . . .

I've even been watching 20-year-old YouTube videos of TV coverage of the Pro Tour and signed up for a Twitch account with an eye to watching current games being streamed.

Hell, I told Johanna I wanted to teach her to play!

It's a long way off, but would any Gelati be interested in a MtG session at BGGCon this November?

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We are trying to get Boo off of screens more and more, and to do so Johanna has agreed to join in our games. She agreed to be our third player so we could try out Eminent Domain: Battlecruisers, which went quite well, then asked to pull out Ticket to Ride. It's been forever since I played, and it is still a solid game.

I am also a little obsessed with Bug. It is such a simple game, with clear rules and goals, yet it feels bizarrely, wonderfully counter-intuitive to play. You want to make sure you opponent has moves left while running out your own. And the Conway's Game of Life-ness of the growth and change on the board is hypnotizing.

In online Button Men play, I was promoted again (back to back!) from Division D to Division C after finishing second. Also scored my first medal (bronze) in the Winter Olympics contest in my fourth event - just one more to complete, and it's too early to tell how I'm doing.

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Audit began yesterday and, thanks to two months of prep, seems to be going very smoothly. (Watch me eat my words . . .)

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