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This week's topic is classics of all kind, and - as I favor this kind of music very much - here are a hundred classic rock songs you can listen to while you (hopefully) enjoy adding your thoughts to the list.

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1. RPG: Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:14]
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Classic Games

Usually, when I think about classic games, Backgammon, Chess, and the like spring to my mind. Risk, Monopoly, Clue … they are classics too, aren’t they? And what about Catan? Is that already a classic? IMHO, yes, it is. It is on the market since nearly 25 years, and still has respectable sales numbers. What about Advanced Squad Leader or World in Flames? Those two wargames are on the market since 1985, and both have a strong fan base and still seem to sell well; should they considered to be classics? Well, I tend to think yes. Maybe not in the league of the “true” classics, but what’s a classic anyway?

How would you define a “classic game” and what are your personal classics? And do you play classic games anyway?
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2. RPG: Machines Do Not Understand Dance [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Classic Machinery

There is one car I consider my personal favorite classic car: the Jaguar E-Type. The car with the longest hood ever … I first saw that car in a French movie (can’t remember the name, but it starred Lois de Funés as lead actor), and even though I was only a kid, this car fascinated me immediately. I got a 1:24 model of that car for Christmas afterwards. When I was 26, my uncle (who operated a garage at the time) rented such a car for me as a birthday present: I drove around with it for a full day. The handling was awful. But the rest was … oh boy. Better than sex!

Do you have or even own a special piece of machinery you consider a classic?
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3. RPG: Damn the Man, Save the Music [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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Classic(al) Music

I have an ambivalent relationship with classical music. What I love here is the monstrosity and the strength of the sound: with so many instruments and no amplifiers; the sheer might and strength of the vibrating air that come down on you when you listen to it. I’m talking about Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and the like. Mozart is nice, but I consider Mozart to be the pop artist of classic music (and I don’t mean that in a bad way).

There is also the term “classic rock” and it refers to a rock music style that was written and played between 1965 and 1975; the most prominent members of that genre were of course Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Animals, and so on. I totally love that genre and most of my album collection can be labeled “classic rock”.

What’s your classic music? And with “classic” here I mean the kind of music you always love and presumably will always love?
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Classic Movies

There are a lot of movies that are considered to be a “classic” today.

My absolute favorite (as you might have already guessed) is of course STAR WARS – A NEW HOPE (or, using the classic title, EPISODE IV). You might already know that I watch the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy (extended edition) once a year during the Christmas holidays. I’m totally looking forward to that this year!

I am also fascinated by Hitchcock’s classics, especially THE ROPE, VERTIGO, and PSYCHO, IMHO all master pieces.

I also consider ALIEN to be a classic – but just the original movie. The sequels were good, but I would never call them classic.

And – of course – the most classic of adventure movies: INDIANA JONES – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. What a movie; it has everything a true adventure needs.

When it comes to “true classics”, the original KING KONG is still impressive, as is DRACULA starring Christopher Lee. I watched CITIZEN KANE (which is considered to be one of the best movies of all times), but I guess I didn't understand it. It left no impression. Although I found BEN HUR was awesome and epic. Is that indicating that I am an adventure gamer? meeple

Please share with us your favorites of these classics – even if it is only you who considers it a “classic”
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5. Board Game: 12 Days of Christmas [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:8629]
Board Game: 12 Days of Christmas
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 N/A   Fast Forward: FORTRESS x14 - I had forgotten how to play (we had stopped half way through the deck), so we dug it out and played through the entire deck. I think the idea of the game is fun, but the deck churns a little too quickly to enable strategic moves. I respect what he is trying to do, but I still don't see the Fast Forward concept appealing to anyone else but seasoned game players, who don't mind reading a rule book.

 N/A   Word Slam Family x8 - Played with my kids and my mom, which was fun. There are a lot of terms that they don't understand, but we just select something that works for both teams. This has been an unqualified hit and you don't lose anything over the "main" version of the game.

 N/A   Cat Lady x3 NEW! - I resisted buying this for a long time. I'm not necessarily a cat lover, but I do enjoy cats. So the artwork here is adorable. The game is okay too. A little too rules heavy to break out of the gamer ghetto, but fun and light.

 7   12 Days of Christmas - This was a very pleasant surprise from a couple years back that again worked like magic with my kids and mom, so from ages 8 - 71. The theme is appealing (especially at this time of year), and the card play is classic enough, essentially just a very forgiving shedding game that it is approachable for those that grew up playing traditional card games. I was surprised to see even my youngest sons making good plays, watching for the lead.

 N/A   Decrypto - I enjoyed an earlier play I had, though others seemed not to. There is a little too much downtime for my taste (but I would say the same of Codenames). A great idea, but not one I'd suggest if it keeps taking over 30 minutes.

 N/A   Just One NEW! - Yet another wonderful party game. Even though this is cooperative, it works well and is enjoyable. Like the best party games, it's amazing no one had come up with this already.

 N/A   Key Flow NEW! - A faithful card-based representation of Keyflower. It is very solitary. I guess you could make the same critique of 7 Wonders. If the game play sped up I think it would be more forgivable. This should be a 30 minute game. It's also way overpriced. I was amused to see KS backers screwed yet again. It showed up at CSI for under the KS price the week after it shipped to backers. I have no one to blame but myself!

 N/A   Ticket to Ride: New York - A lot of fun to see deliberate blocking by some of my kids.
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Legends of the Alliance [Average Rating:8.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.44 Unranked]
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 10   Star Wars: Imperial Assault x3 (76 all-time)
 10   Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Legends of the Alliance (3 all-time)
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype (19 all-time)
 8   Liar's Dice x2 (91 all-time)
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 8   Cuba Libre (7 all-time)

Another Star Wars dominated week meeple

Andrea and I finished our app-supported Flight of the Freedom Fighter campaign, and immediately started a new one: Jabba’s Realm. We played that one before, but competitive; this time, we use the app and the first mission was won by us Rebels.

Train Game Night on Friday saw Lonny’s prototype 1840 – Viennese Tramways again. Lonny streamlined and reworked and got rid of things; I’m not happy with every decision, but the game shows a lot of promise. He reduced the playing time and reduced the map. Unfortunately, he also removed an element I very much liked (but this will come again in his next game, so I’ve been promised). However, given the new elements and mechanisms, the game needs now even more testing. After that, we played
1879: US Pacific Northwest from the Winsome Games catalogue; well, not the best 18xx, but nice and short. Perudo was used as a nightcap.

A VASSAL game of Cuba Libre with fellow Gelati Roger, Tommy and Wendell ended, and Wendell – controlling the Syndicate – won. Thanks for the game, guys!

Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault
Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Legends of the Alliance
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype
Board Game: Perudo
Board Game: 1879: US Pacific Northwest
Board Game: Cuba Libre


NEW GAMES

Lonny ordered a couple of games from All-Aboard Games, and two of them were for me. 1822CA uses the 1822: The Railways of Great Britain system but with a Canadian map. 1761: From Canal to Rail is set in England and has a canal phase attached at the beginning (thus the strange date).

Board Game: 1822CA
Board Game: 1761: From Canal to Rail


BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

As promised last week, here are a couple of thoughts after seeing Bohemian Rhapsody this weekend – WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD:

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For a starter, we both enjoyed the movie quite a lot. Rami Malek did a great job playing Mercury, and Gwilym Lee was so much Brian May! The movie was totally focused on the character of Freddie. The beginning – introduction to Freddie’s family and his meeting with the band which later becomes Queen – was very, very short and not correct; the authors omitted a couple of other bands Freddy worked for, and also, he didn’t simply approached the band Smile (who later became Queen) and asked them to be their lead singer; he already worked for them as a roadie.

The movie focused on only one album: A Night At the Opera. The rest of the artistic work was sometimes mentioned, but more or less omitted. They used the time to carefully show Freddie’s coming out, his break-up with the band, going solo, and the reunion a couple of years later. His illness was shown, but never became a dominant part of the movie; it somewhat lingered in the second half. I guess it was a good decision not to make that dominant. However, they concentrated a lot on his affairs and his emotional life, and because of that, the movie dragged on some times.

However, what they totally achieved is playing with the audience’s emotions (provided you like the songs of Queen); they always picked the perfect song for the various scenes, and therefore, the movie gave me a lot of goose bumps, especially in the second half. To criticize again, they exclusively used Queen’s hits and none of the other songs. Well, understandable from a commercial point of view.

So, I would have wished for more Queen and less Freddie, but the movie itself was really good. As was the beer afterwards. meeple

Cheers!
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7. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:802]
Board Game: Metropolys
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The week that was
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails
Board Game: Metropolys
Board Game: Brass: Birmingham
Board Game: Pyramid Arcade
Board Game: Twilight Struggle


7  Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails NEW! ww
First of the secret Santa gifts to get played. I like the added complexity of having to figure out both boats and trains.

7  Metropolys x2 (3 all-time) wf and TNC
I played this twice this week. Once with my family and once with my Thursday night crew. Both groups liked the game.

9  Brass: Birmingham x2 (19 all-time) wf and TNC
We played this after Metropolys on Thursday and it felt like a real knife fight. That's not what the scores said, but that's how it felt.

On Friday my wife and I played and I thought for sure she had me but I eked out the win on rail connections.

N/A  Pyramid Arcade NEW! ww
We played Volcano (one of the 22 included rule sets) and enjoyed it.

10  Twilight Struggle (397 all-time) Damilli
Another online game.

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8. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1648]
Board Game: Cinque Terre
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A very brief gaming week for me.

Cinque Terre: My daughter and my niece came over to our house to make Italian Christmas cookies (Biscotti, Scallile and Cialde).
I made a big batch of "nuts and bolts" (AKA "Chex mix", in some people's parlance), and when my niece's boyfriend came over after the baking was done, I provided homemade Donairs ("doner kabob") for dinner for us all.
The four of us played a game after dinner, while my wife did the dishes (at her insistence; my job is to "keep the kids entertained").
I chose Cinque Terre as it is reasonably easy to understand and explain, and it goes quickly during the turns.
I had good luck and good cards and I won, but not by a lot. My daughter was 2nd, and she was the only other one there to have played before, so some experience is obviously helpful. whistle

Euchre x3: Technically 2 1/2 games, since both teams won one game and the rubber game was interupted by the start of the concert that we were at. We saw Captain Tractor (and the opening band The Plaid Tongued Devils were also highly enjoyable).



We'll finish the card game at a later date, no doubt.

Beer and drinkables

Lots of dinner hosting, with my inlaws just returning from Italy and staying with us a few days before going home. We drank mostly wine; in particular a 2013 Bordeaux from France that was spectacular.

The best beer to be had on tap in Calgary right now, IMHO, is the Imperial Saison at Highline Brewing; a micro-brewer of the most micro of definitions. They have one room of an old gas station converted into a brew room, and there is a bar and maybe 6 tables--
a capacity of 40 people, if many don't mind standing-- in the other common room.
But the beer on tap there is delicious.

From the advent calendar, the highlight of the week was probably another Saison (think "Belgian Farmhouse Ale", with yeasty flavors mixed with citrus and spices) from a brewer called "Yankee & Kraut".
I was going to include a photo of the bottle from the internet, but it is gigantic (5184 × 3456 pixels) so I'll save us all the hassle of having that load...
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9. Board Game: Munchkin: Waiting For Santa [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
Board Game: Pachisi
Board Game: The Lost World Jurassic Park Game
Board Game: Weetjes Kwartet
Board Game: Dixit
Board Game: Catchup
Board Game: Pentago
Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game


 N/A   The Castles of Burgundy (3 all-time)
 4.0   Pachisi NEW!
 N/A   The Lost World Jurassic Park Game x2 NEW!
 4.0   Weetjes Kwartet (4 all-time)
 6.0   Dixit x2 (5 all-time)
 N/A   Catchup x9 NEW!
 5.0   Pentago x5 (13 all-time)
 N/A   Pokémon Trading Card Game NEW!

Tales of proxy Santas over here in Duketown. It seems Nikki and I are both muling, and yesterday her Gelato Santa came through with something large, Dutch, and apparently gluten-free. I'll let her reveal the rest, and (gifts or not) we're all thrilled that she and Billy will be here before we leave for Korea on Saturday.

Korea is going to be a whirlwind of preplanned family time: birthdays (newest cousin is turning 1), farewells (her gran), ski resort, old friends (and my game group), cleaning up & shipping the last of our left-behind stuff, NYE, all in 11 days. I plan to be offline for all of it.

As if all that isn't jam-packed enough, Shenomad and I are viewing houses all this week. It may be time to change my username: we've decided that Den Bosch is the place for us, and are going to buy a house in the new year. Our search is limited by the fact that we refuse to uproot the boys again, so no changing schools. Fortunately, the main cycle path serving the neighbourhood is over 4kms long, so we have some leeway.

So about those games...
At KidN's behest we thrifted a copy of the Jurassic Park game and it was an instant hit. The setup made me feel like I was following in Michael & Ron's footsteps: I'll take a picture next time we play. The boys have also taken to playing it together, which warms my cockles.

TotN received a kind of tiny game folder as part of the school gift-giving. It contained punch-out mini versions of Dixit, Dobble, and something else. We played a couple games of Dixit with the cards, and then played again using the pictures of people we love on the walls of our dining room. Guess which version was more fun.

I agree with Ron that the Cuba Libre game was good fun. There's something in that game that the narrative is maintained even over very long layoffs. I'm also losing online games of Go, San Juan, King of Siam, and--to my surprise--Burgen von Burgund. I'm glad I'm playing that at Yucata, because it would drive me to drink if played F2F. Finally, someone (Russ?) sent out an invitation to a Catchup tournament, and I'm in 11 concurrent games (losing 7 or 8 of those, too). It's a good game I'll be playing with the family soon.

TotN is enamoured of Pentago. He challenged me just before bedtime last week and beat me for realz in the first game: I never saw his winning move coming. I then trounced him 4 straight, and to my delight he said "let's play that again soon" as he shelved the box. KidN is less sanguine about losing, but invents remarkable, opaque rulesets around mundane components. A friend of his gave him a stack of Pokemon doubles, and last night I somehow won 26-20-20-18 at his version of the TCG.

Whether with family bred or family chosen, I wish you all the merriest of merries and the fairiest of fairies. May your winter nights be dark, starlit, and shared under covers. May your holi-days be crisp, crunchy, and chocolate-coated. Until 2019 I remain
Your friend,
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10. Board Game: The Networks [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:555]
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First half of December gaming:

Board Game: KeyForge: Call of the Archons
Board Game: Dome Crushers
Board Game: BraveRats
Board Game: Dreidel
Board Game: Drop It
Board Game: Button Men
Board Game: The Networks


 9   KeyForge: Call of the Archons x5
 7   Dome Crushers
 7   BraveRats
 4   Dreidel x2
 6   Drop It x5
 8   Button Men x3
 8   The Networks

I've created a monster. Despite going 3-0 in KeyForge: Call of the Archons play at a local gamestore I am not getting too big for my britches since Boo has crushed me in both plays at home. Loving exploring this game.

Drop It was a holiday gift for Boo and after teaching her (and gaining a measure of KeyForge revenge) we also introduced it to Johanna. Seems that this one will have some serious longevity.

Season 21 of the Button Men league I play in has started up and I'm holding my own in Division C after back to back promotions through E and D. With two wins and one loss, and two games still to play, I am in position to top the group if I win out, so all to play for. The buttons this season are the new Rush Dice ones from the Beat People Up Kickstarter, and I'm enjoying these nerfed Speed Dice.

Johanna agreed to learn and play a longer game this week, and she is a fan of Gil Hova, so we got in a play of The Networks. She may not play Euros often, but she certainly has a feel for them - Johanna blew the rest of us away, and even Boo comfortably beat my score. Great game, and can't wait to swap in the Telly Time expansion next time . . .

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ConnCon 2019 was officially confirmed this week for March 15 through 19 and I've put in my requests for teaching slots. Anyone want to come join us in Stamford, CT for my favorite weekend of the year? Less than an hour outside of NYC, which is easy to get to from anywhere . . .

Billy Joel at MSG on Wednesday, Wicked on Broadway on Saturday. I love living in NYC over the holidays.
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11. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.25 Overall Rank:11] [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Scythe
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Last Saturday was a small 2-player game night with Daniel which was mostly us talking about music, games, books and action figures, but amidst all that we did get in two games of KeyForge: Call of the Archons and a game of Scythe.

On that latter one ... well, it was our first experience with this game, so I'm sure we made a few mistakes, but overall we enjoyed it. Fairly easy to pick up, lots of choices yet still plays reasonably fast, lots of paths to gaining stars and no need to go into battle if you don't want to.
In the end, it turned out to be a very close game, though we both apparently did play sub-par as the rulebook says that players "on average" finish with about 75 coins and our game ended with a 61 to 60 win for Daniel.
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12. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2742]
Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue
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I won't be spending much time online next week, so I'll drop in my gaming from last night into this week's list.

Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue: We did a 3-player game and, other than one really nice hand from me to make the final score respectable, there was a clear winner.
We also managed to go through the deck, on one round, without anyone going out. Which is rare. We were 3/4 through the deck the second time before one of us put the hand to bed.

Sergeant Major (AKA: 9-5-2): I began the evening with plenty of card luck. We picked up an older game that had turned into a marathon affair-- we started and stopped twice previously, with no result-- but on this night I was unstoppable.
It took a total of 20 hands and 6 months time, but I eventually was declared the winner.

Backgammon (x3): There's "card luck" and then there's "dice luck", and my evening featured NO dice luck. At all.
An example: At one point I was really behind in the game, and the only roll that would get me out of trouble was double 1s. I rolled, and I got... Double 1s!
But one of the dice was on top of a man marker, and we have a long standing rule that if both dice are not completely flat and on the playing surface, then it's a re-roll.
So I had to re-roll, and of course I didn't get my double the next time.
We play for dimes and start with the double dice already in play, at "2", so I lost three straight games and 60 cents before I decided to stop banging my head against the figurative wall.

German Whist: An incomplete game, and I'm down by three points, but I'm ever optimistic that we'll finish it and I can come back to win.

Just One: Did not play; I bought it, to take with me for our post Christmas family gathering. Last night was merely Pub night.
Speaking of...

Beer Report

I ordered a new IPA at the pub, called "Temptation IPA".
When the tab arrived, I was amused to see that it showed "1 Pint (of) Temptation", which was very true.

From gallery of MABBY


The beer advent calendar is moving along, with each passing day, but I'm falling behind in the queue.
I'm going to take a photo of my lineup, eventually, and I'll post that some week soon.
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13. Board Game: Realm of Sand [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3201]
Board Game: Realm of Sand
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 N/A   Mercado 2p ww x1

Pull from bag and bid on wares
catch opponents unawares
mildly fun is what it is
there's not much dense analysis
I'm not saying that this is dumb
but merely summed up with "ho-hum"
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Dorn works again, I guess. Megan's really not a fan of him- she doesn't dislike him, but finds what she's played of him workmanlike and unexciting. Anyway, Mercado worked, was mildly exciting, but not nearly what I wanted. For 13 bucks shipped I'm not too riled. Solid gateway game.

 8   Realm of Sand 3p x1

Just like splendor, I hear you say
and write it off as "let's not play"
But listen up you judgy schmuck
there's lots of spatial mucky-muck
to trudge through when you're buying cards
(from three card rows- Marc sends regards)
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Yeah, there are three rows of increasingly costed cards in splendor. And in realm of sand. But this is a super fun spatial puzzle, with lots of competition and interesting decisions. Like the other EmperorS4 game I like, Hanamikoji, there feels like very little cruft. It takes the fun part (pattern building with triominoes), and makes sure that everything else either comes from that or serves that. I liked the ideas behind Round House, Sorcerer and Stones, and Mystery of the Temples, but honestly, this one is the best I've played so far. It's smooth, it's fun, and its decidedly moreish. Like Hanamikoji, I feel like they developed this game until everything worked just right, and I'm excited to see if this is the new EmperorS4. I really wish S&S had gotten more development, because the idea was quite solid. Maisherly's art is stunning though- I am now going to look at some of her other games, just for the art. It also means I have to get the Hanamikoji sequel to the table... and Hanamikoji of course!
I know it seems heretical, but I'd choose this over azul 9 times out of ten, I think. But I'm a sucker for -ominoes, and puzzle games made cardboard.
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14. Board Game: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Board Game: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons
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Board Game: Quarriors!
Board Game: Space Base
Board Game: Forbidden Sky
Board Game: Spoons
Board Game: Mermaid Rain


Sunday December 9
 7.0   Quarriors! (29 all-time)
Before we left the US, we had a "family Christmas" gathering with my mom and stepdad, my stepsister and her wife, me and Billy, and my son Cam. We did food and chit chat, and Cam wanted to play a game, so we got out our usual, Quarriors. It was just the two of us. He got off to a great start and I figured I'd have my work cut out for me. Apparently playing games more often than him has advantages as I got a good engine going sooner than he did and I ended up with a solid win. Still proud of him for his gameplay.

I don't miss the US much, but after hanging out with my family for the afternoon, I had a lot of heartache for my mom and son especially.

Monday December 10
 7.5   Space Base (3 all-time)
 N/A   Forbidden Sky NEW!

We hosted Monday night gaming at our house again, for the last time for a while. Space Base is one of our new loves and we managed to pick up a copy in the US before heading back. We played it and Forbidden Sky, another new one (but this one is headed into the library in Colorado). Enjoyed them both.

Tuesday night was a board meeting for Shiny Garden. We got through a lot of stuff, which was good. I did get the OK from the board for MALCon 2019 to be the final one for now, so after we get WhimsyCon's vendor room and programming set, I can focus on that and make it as awesome as I can.

The convention is August 9-11, so at this point I'm planning on going back to Colorado for the two-three weeks preceding the con but hoping to get a lot done remotely in advance.

Wednesday December 12

 N/A   Spoons NEW!
 N/A   Mermaid Rain NEW!

We managed to make it over to our friends house for some gaming. She's the widow of a dear gaming friend of ours, so it's special when we get to go and game with her and their kiddo - who is now 12 years old!!!

After an amusing game of Mermaid Rain, we introduced said child to Spoons (speaking of classics...) We all had a great time, laughing, grabbing, spoons flying; so much fun. We introduced a rule that the dealer got to arrange the spoons, so we had all sorts of crazy setups, spoons in various patterns, sometimes balanced on top of each other. Such good times.

Boxes, so many boxes

We were trying to coordinate sending boxes to a pallet in California, but that didn't come together, so we ended up lugging boxes (thank you roommate for the ride) to USPS and send them that way. Not cheap, but in terms of an international move, still in the 3 digits, so that's not bad. (Just the boxes, I'm sure we've paid into 4 digits in total.) So I'm checking the tracking information daily, partly because I'm anxious for my stuff and partly to keep an eye on it since the Secret Santa muling I'm doing ended up in those boxes too. Thankfully Tommy is a patient person.

We did get to go see Tommy and the family the other evening before they head off to Korea and I got my Secret Santa presents. I'll get pictures posted in the thread soon, I promise. We also picked up bicycles from them, which was it's own amusing adventure.

The jet lag keeps hitting us weirdly. We're waking up super early, like 5 or 6 am local time, which would be about time to go to bed where we just came from. And then around 5 pm local time, or 9 am Denver time, we keep hitting a wall. Like cannot keep eyes open wall. I was planning in going to Vendetta last night (they're open late on Thursdays) but I crashed out and slept right through it. We're hoping to go tonight and be awake enough for at least some gaming!

I hope you all are having an awesome week, month, season, etc. It's been above freezing for the most part since we got back. Rainy, of course, part of most days, and really windy today. It's fun watching the clouds go by so quickly.

Anyway, we're glad to be back and I hope to keep up with the geeklists for a while.
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