GCL Gelato 370 - Exploration, Curiosity and New Horizons
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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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Recently I talked with Andrea about exploration in games; creating dungeons while playing or drawing tiles to create a playing field. I thought this might be a good topic for this week’s list, so I invite all Gelati: let’s explore the unknown together. Originally, I wanted to to something with monkeys (as suggested two weeks ago), but I think I will delay this until my next turn - I need to play Planet of the Apes before I can handle it ...

... right, so back to exploration, curiosity, and new horizons.


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1. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1592]
Board Game: DungeonQuest
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EXPLORATION GAMES

Exploration is and was always a classic theme in gaming. Diving into the unknown by drawing cards, adding tiles to a map, or simply telling the GM that your character now steps through that magical portal that miraculously opened just a minute ago …

I think exploring is a fantastic mechanism, and I totally enjoy it. I guess it’s open to discussion if Carcassonne is an exploration game, but seeing the map developing and drawing new tiles and adding them to it has certainly an exploration touch to it. And it’s one of the best-selling game of our times.
Of course, the fourth “X” in 4X games means “exploration”, so every serious 4X games should offer this feature.

I love Dungeon Crawlers. Does anyone remember Dungeon!? Six levels deep, and every level had about 12 rooms, each with a face-down monster and a treasure card. It’s so tense to kick the door open and find out what’s behind it! With six players, it was great to see the whole dungeon explored!

And then, there are so many great exploration games I explored (pun intended) when I discovered that gaming is more than just Monopoly … like New World, or Source of the Nile and of course, DungeonQuest! The latter I still love to play today. Exploring that dreaded castle and finding the dragon’s lair … likely dying why doing so … awesome! Also Merchant of Venus, where the whole board needs to be explored first!

Do you like that mechanic in your games? Exploring?
What’s your favorite game that centers on that mechanic?
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2. RPG Item: Curiosity, Thy Name is Hera [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG Item: Curiosity, Thy Name is Hera
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CURIOSITY

I have to admit, I’m very curious. I see something new and I’m eager to check it out. Throw me a bone in a conversation, and I will surely bite and pester you with questions until the cows come home, especially if I’m interested in the topic (and I’m interested in many topics).

And then, there’s curiosity in gaming. You surely know that it is wrong, but it would be great to explore one more tile before you end your turn, or draw one more card, or roll the dice just a last time, simply to find out if it’s really possible to score that many points on your turn.

That’s totally me. You can catch me quite often doing some stupid moves, just to find out. It bugs me, and there’s that urge to do it, even if I’m totally aware that this is the wrong move at this time. So often I can’t live with that unexplored edge on the game map, just behind my starting tile …

Are you the curious type? Do you like/enjoy to find out more about people you interact with (of course, being part of a GCL indicates that you do)?
Are you curious while gaming and do you act accordingly? Trying out extreme strategies, just to see how things work out? Doing sub-optimal moves just to satisfy your curiosity about a face-down tile or similar game situation?
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3. Board Game: Colonial Space Wars: New Horizons [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:11383]
Board Game: Colonial Space Wars: New Horizons
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NEW HORIZONS

So this has a little to do with boldness … and I’m definitely not the bold type. I have a huge comfort zone and I very much prefer to stay in it, meaning that new, innovative things will be eyed suspiciously by me. I prefer to wait and see before I decide to dive in. I guess I was one of the last persons to own a smart phone, the last one to buy a car with ABS, and it needed five expansions and a lot of positive reviews before I finally bought Mansions of Madness: Second Edition with the app …

I also dislike new tools at work – I so much prefer the old ones, which I can handle in my sleep. Why do I always have to learn new to handle new tools that do exactly the same as the old ones, just differently and with a little more “bling”? Of course, when it comes to new games, I happily dive into the manual; although, the older I get, the more I find out that I prefer playing games I already know … is that an age thing, or the is it the scarce leisure time?

Do you like to explore new horizons? Do you buy new tech stuff as soon as it is available? Alexa and the like?
Do you prefer to play games you already own and know, or do you enjoy new and fresh gaming experiences, probably digging through the manuals of new games?
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4. RPG Item: The Crypt of Saalo Morn [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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GAME WEEK

 10   Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (16 all-time)
 6   The Crypt of Saalo Morn NEW!
 9   Wasteland Express Delivery Service (5 all-time)
 5   Exploding Kittens (3 all-time)
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Episode 15 of my Star Wars: Edge of the Empire campaign happened on Friday, and what a game it was! My Force sensitive player found a lightsaber, in the crypt of a long dead Sith Lord, and – to my disappointment – withstood the temptation of the Dark Side. So I have a beacon of light in my group, who loves to play with his Coercion skills. And … to the total surprise of my group, they found their old ship, the Krayt Fang, which was stolen by a couple of rogue droids many adventures ago. Those droids were in cahoots with Hondo Ohnaka, who ran with their help a nice little shadowport on Florrum (where they also found the crypt of that Sith Lord). To my surprise, the whole situation was resolved without the firing of a single shot; even the droids were unharmed (I remember my wife saying: “when I ever get my hands on those droids, I will dismantle them to the last screw and nail their plating on the hull of my ship!”. They struck a deal with Hondo (who claimed that the stolen ship now belongs to him) and switched their Droid’s Bane freighter with the Krayt Fang. However, because of recent events, they now have a bounty on their heads and need to lay low for a while. They turned to an old contact for a job to earn some coin and now they are to investigate the fate of an old Separatist ship which disappeared 20 years ago, at the end of the Clone Wars, with many treasures aboard … so people say. Here’s the whole story (in German): Dead Sith Lords & Crafty Old Pirates

Saturday was a wonderful warm spring day, and a friend came over; we grilled some pizza and drank a little beer on the patio, and then went down in the dungeon for a game of Wasteland Express Delivery Service. It was very, very close: my truck had to stop one space before the final delivery space (where I would have won the game), but Andrea just reached her final space just before my turn and won. What a great game!
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We then played two games of DungeonQuest Revised Edition – according to this week’s topic, it’s exploration week, so I wanted to play at least one exploration game! And in both games, we all died. Horribly. This game is so cruel … and so awesome at the same time! meeple

To end the evening, I suggested a game of Exploding Kittens, which I played last week for the first time. It’s a little different with three, but nevertheless, hilarious. Andrea’s Kitten exploded last and therefore she won. Really hilarious.

RPG: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
RPG Item: The Crypt of Saalo Morn
Board Game: Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Board Game: Exploding Kittens
Board Game: DungeonQuest Revised Edition


Finally, the new Clone Wars sourcebook for the Star Wars RPG came out - I saw it Friday on Philibert's and wanted to order it Saturday. Well, it was already out of stock Saturday morning. So I ordered it at Amazon. Talk about "support your game store" ... goo

I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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5. Board Game: Sagrada [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:150]
Board Game: Sagrada
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Every once in a very long while, I'll have a memorable game night. Where I win everything that I play.
This was one of those nights.

Board Game: Sagrada
Board Game: Euchre
Board Game: Age of War


 7.6   Sagrada
 8   Euchre x3
 7.7   Age of War

A delicious Springbock on tap as well, at the place we went to for games and dinner.
I could use more nights like that one.
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6. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Just 2-player with Daniel this time.

We started out with Star Wars: Rebellion, with Daniel siding with the rebels.

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At first, thing were going pretty well for me. Daniel kept his Rebel Base pretty well-supplied, enabling me to pull quite a few cards from the Probe Deck.
I also got the second Death Star early on and ...

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Now WE'RE on Dantooine!
On top of that, I got a solid fleet going, blew up Bothawui to gain loyalty from Nal Hutta, crossed Mon Mothma over to the Dark Side ...

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... and slowly narrowed my search grid.
Meanwhile, Daniel managed to score a few points of reputation. Nothing big, but still - it could spell trouble.
Then he suddenly launched a surprise assault on Coruscant from Alderaan ("Alderaan is peaceful, we have no weapons." Yeah, right! ) and took Coruscant away from me at the end of the turn - scoring 2 reputation!
With the next turn, the turn marker was 3 spaces away from the reputation marker, I had things narrowed down to either Alderaan or Sullust and I had fleets to strike both. Then disaster struck ...
I only had a small fleet at Corellia that could engage and try to retake Coruscant, preventing Daniel from scoring another 2 points at the end of the turn. But Daniel preemptively attacked them with most of the stuff he had at Coruscant, destroying my transports and denying me the chance to move. He also scored a point of reputation from that battle!
Two more and he'd win at the start of next turn - and he still held Coruscant!

I needed to win this turn.
I moved one of my big fleets into the Alderaan system, only to find it was not the Rebel Base. Dammit!
And then I made a mistake and mixed up two of my orders, blocking one of my fleets from moving into Sullust (He's been hiding out right under my nose the entire game!).
I could've moved a small fleet into Sullust, but they wouldn't have succeeded ...
One more turn and I could've swooped in with the Death Star and just obliterated the planet. Oh well, it was still a very fun "other-verse" game.

Next we played 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
Short, tense, fun. Daniel won by 1 point.

Then Pandemic: The Cure hit the table, with Daniel as the generalist and me as the scientist (random role draws).
This was actually a solid combo. While Daniel had trouble finding the cure for the one virus he even attempted (yellow - and he failed the roll with 5 dice! But succeeded next turn with 7 dice!), his 2 extra dice and infection prevention came in handy.
Shunting most samples my way, I made good use of the +2 to find cures and we managed to win with infections still in the first third of the track and outbreaks at about the halfway point.

By then, it was just a few minutes to midnight - and seeing how today, the 26th of May 2019, is Alien Day, with the movie having its 40th anniversary, it was only natural to play the Alien scenario in Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game. Daniel used the synth while I was the tech.
And at first, things went well. In fact, apart from a point or two of damage we had no trouble defeating every obstacle thrown our way and sailed smoothly into the third act.
Then a self-destruct came along and we didn't have the stars to defuse it for several turns, while more and more xenomorphs with 6 or even 7 health showed up. We were struggling! And getting injured!
Then the self destruct triggered and blew up Daniel. I survived - for 2 more turns before getting shredded by xenomorphs.

Fun times!

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7. Board Game: LOT [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:9316]
Board Game: LOT
Board Game: Fiery Dragons
Board Game: Can't Stop
Board Game: Button Men
Board Game: Cheat
Board Game: Timeline: Discoveries
Board Game: LOT
Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game


 5.0   Fiery Dragons x3 (10 all-time)
 6.0   Can't Stop x2 (15 all-time)
 6.0   Button Men (12 all-time)
 4.0   Cheat x3 NEW! (not really)
 6.0   Timeline: Discoveries (8 all-time)
 N/A   LOT (2 all-time)
 N/A   Pokémon Trading Card Game (5 all-time)

Hi, everyone.

Not much gaming going on this fortnight, save a bit online and some with the kids. Shenomad and I taught them the old card game Cheat, and they loved it. It seems giving kids carte blanche to break rules is appreciated: who knew?

Avri and I started our second game of LOT, and it's a corker. I can see myself playing this a...great deal in the future. It'll be easy to teach the family, too. I recommend it to all of you and will happily set up games here on BGG for any takers.

During a break at ultimate last weeek I taught 2 teammates to play Timeline, which unfortunately didn't feature many big surprises. I'll have to shuffle better next time.

A fellow BGG lives in my neighbourhood, and it looks like we'll be getting together for some F2F gaming sometime soon, which makes me happy.

I just got a haircut. It's different. I'll try to get a pic up sometime this week. Tomorrow I'm off to IKEA because we've been in the new house a month and still don't have beds for the boys. Or lighting: it's 10 p.m. and I'm sitting in total darkness.
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8. Board Game: Hadara [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:530]
Board Game: Hadara
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 N/A   Way of the Panda NEW! - I had never heard of this game before, though it's not the type of game that I would seek out. I have a bit of a bias against games where they're obviously aiming to present the theme as if it had a certain famous character (here it's Kung Fu Panda) but don't have the official rights. Knizia has done this - Moana in Blue Lagoon, Pirates of the Caribbean in Dead Man's Treasure. The game itself is clunky, rules heavy and too long. The constraints on worker placement are interesting, but the way the game ended was extremely disappointing, making me wonder what the whole point of the exercise was. Because you benefit from other people building up the routes between cities, I just waited to build everything until the end of the game, racking up tons of points for minimal effort.

 N/A   Tiny Towns NEW! - Apparently this game is currently popular. The friend that taught it introduced it as a relative of the match 3 mobile game like Candy Crush. I'm not sure I understood the comparison. The idea certainly is interesting, but I'm not sure I really enjoyed the experience.

 9   Spot it! x2
 10   One Night Ultimate Werewolf x4 - It was fun to see a bunch of students take to this fairly quickly. It really is the type of game that almost requires you to be taught by someone that already knows how to play, especially when you have Werewolf baggage from the original game.

 7   Melee

 N/A   Hadara NEW! - I can see why people like this, it seems to have attracted a lot of buzz. It is a smooth playing engine builder, sort of like a more complex Splendor. But it sure has a lot of parts, takes a while to set up and tear down for such a simple game. Also, I'm not sure there's all that much tension when so much information is for the most part hidden. You don't really see what cards other people are choosing and how many points each one is worth. So you really have no idea how well someone else is doing, making the interaction extremely minimal. And I wouldn't want to be constantly observing what the other players are choosing, as that would slow down the game, robbing it of its best aspect. So I guess it's fine.

 10   Crokinole x3 - I partnered up with a completely new player, which means there were a couple completely lopsided losses, but he got the hang of it really quickly and we ended up being very competitive on our third time

Also, a table may have been flipped this week, resulting in this mess.
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Path to Carcosa: Expansion [Average Rating:8.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.74 Unranked]
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Only three unique games this past week, but played each one several times. :0)

Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Path to Carcosa: Expansion

 10   Arkham Horror: The Card Game x9 (122 all-time)
 10   Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Path to Carcosa: Expansion x6 (23 all-time)
I played 1 solo game of Path to Carcosa and then instead of continuing (after just one play) our Dunwich Campaign, Owen and I instead started a Carcosa one. We played one game during the week and then on Saturday had a marathon game play, playing 4 more games back to back. It was great fun thought. I'm playing Rita and Owen is playing Joe Diamond.

The first few scenarios felt a bit too easy to get through and then the final one, Phantom of Truth was pretty rough! I'm not sure if it was the late hour at that point or the scenario but Joe just barely made it out with 1 remaining health and Sanity.

Board Game: Too Many Bones: Undertow

 9 Too Many Bones: Undertow x2 (3 all-time)
On Tuesday my friend came over and one cancelled. We had already planned for TMB so I had it set up and ready to go. For this one he played Boomer and I played Duster (my favourite) and we went up against The Goblin Queen. I liked this Tyrant ok but I feel her guard should be it's own poker chip not a random 5pt baddie. It adds too much imbalance/variabilty between player counts I feel.

Then later in the week Owen and I started the Undertow campaign going up against Barnacle. This time I decided after 3-4 plays with Duster to try someone new, so tried Stanza the Bard. I liked her, but the decision tree and complexity of her songs/focus/dexterity was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be. She needs a few more plays to find the song path/combo I would enjoy playing and I'm not sure I want to put that time in. So after our game ended, I counted up how many training points we earned over the course of the game and switched out Stanza to use Duster instead. We'll likely play the next Tyrant later this week.


Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Dunwich Legacy: Expansion
Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Return to the Dunwich Legacy

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 8.6   Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Return to the Dunwich Legacy (6 all-time)
On Thursday after dropping my kid off at a dance rehearsal and went to a friend's house to continue our Return to Dunwich campaign. For this scenario we were playing Undimensioned and Unseen. It did not go well. We lost badly. I feel like every time we play this scenario we get our butts kicked. lol





Was a quiet week. Kid 1 had a couple of dress rehearsals and dance functions. Her performance at Callaway did get cancelled though due to poor (rainy) weather so we had a full free weekend with zero dance. Well we did go to the studio for about 20m to get her final dance photo taken, but it was just a blip in the day.

Kid 2 has this horrible cough that started about 2 days ago. No rash outbreak but I'm not sure what is causing the cough.

For me..I'm just coasting through. This week dance schedules come out and we are still in heavy talks as to whether or not to let her continue. She's been doing it since she was 4 yrs old and is now 12, and part of me feels if we could just cut it back a bit, it should be ok. Owen though wants it completely done. So I guess we'll see when the schedule comes out.

With that said, she has a final dress rehearsal on Saturday and then Sunday she has a dress rehearsal for her year end Recital that is Sunday. With that, dance will be almost done for the season with a small break. Just depends on if we still do dance in the fall. If we do, she has a 1 week technique camp and then it's done until end of September.

Owen has been good about getting his running back up to a good speed and consistency and I feel I really need to get back into it. I've gained a lot of weight over the last couple of years and spend a lot of time sitting. I think adding some exercise to my life would also make me feel a lot better too. I use to run 3-4xs a week and see a personal trainer 2-3xs. I was sooo active!
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10. Board Game: Where's Waldo? Join The Search [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Where's Waldo? Join The Search
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The past couple of weeks:
Board Game: Microbrew
Board Game: Melee
Board Game: Titan
RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
Board Game: The Fantasy Trip: Legacy Edition
Board Game: The Gallerist
Board Game: Button Men
Board Game: Startups
Board Game: Cribbage


7  Microbrew (2 all-time)
N/A  Melee x2 NEW!
7  Titan x3 (102 all-time)
7  Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) (5 all-time)
10  Twilight Struggle x3 (407 all-time)
10  The Fantasy Trip: Legacy Edition (6 all-time)
8  The Gallerist (17 all-time)
7  Button Men x2 (8 all-time)
8  Startups x2 (85 all-time)
8  Cribbage x2 (50 all-time)

What's going on?
Sorry to have been MIA the past little while. I had an interesting week feeling a little off before the long May weekend, followed by a week enjoying the hospitality of my local hospital.

I checked myself into the ER last Tuesday and was let go with instructions to come back Thursday for some tests, except I got to return via ambulance in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and then admitted - I was finally discharged Saturday and have been sleeping much of the time since.

I'm on the mend. I'm in good spirits. I am grateful for our healthcare system. I'm also off work this week and will check in from time to time.
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11. Board Game: Greedy Kingdoms [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:5899]
Board Game: Greedy Kingdoms
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 8   Qwixx: Das Duell

A game for couples, could be said
although one of might lose their head
for even though it's simple, clean
the moves withing are frightful mean

Yeah, I can't go back to regular Qwixx. The in-your-face placement rules make this one an absolute joy, and well, the Martin mantra of "a shared board is a better thing" is definitely true here.

 8   Senators NEW!

If partial game can shine so bright
I cannot wait for full play's might

Damn. We only played a couple rounds, due to explanation and lunch-time limitations. But it hits the ground running, is full of nasty player-order binding and extortionate pricing shenanigans, and demands that you play it close to the edge (There are rich-get-richer cards to encourage spending cash as fast as you can get it). I cannot wait to play again. Martin gave me a copy as a get-well-from-surgery gift, and I am very grateful. It's not often someone gives you a present designed to test friendships.

 8   Res Arcana x2

Spare change for I have got no home
no space to let my dragons roam
I thought that I could find some space
indeed I found a powerful place
but I waited- being rash
instead I got a market crash

Played with my brother. The first I lost on tie-breaker, though as a first game, I was mostly playing myself. The second game, I had dragons ready to rock, and right before I was about to, he purloined the dragon place of power. Alas! Alack! It was like a nuke in innovation. The game basically reset, and we had to crawl our way out of the hole, though he managed to do it better, with the gold from his pilfered place. Absolutely awesome.

 7   Micro Robots

A late night jolt to cranium
to keep our brain from getting numb
but oh like bomb uranium
we were depleted, feeling dumb

A part of me wants to get the big ricochet robots, but the other part of me says shut up and play what you have. Megan got the longest path yet, 11- but I won. Was it skill? or was it because I got a freebie reverse path? You decide! No, I'll decide. I'm the best.

 9   Guess Club

God bless you, taxonomic seeker
for naming all the farts you know
the depth charge, and of course the squeaker
are cracked cheeks classified by blow

This game is amazing, and even though I wanted to senators, it was 11, so I erred on the side of droopy eyelids, and we played this instead. The highlight was my brother naming types of farts in a business-conference-powerpoint-tone-of-voice: "And of course, we all know the squeaker". Megan and I died laughing.

 9   Greedy Kingdoms x2 NEW!

I think that you think of me
the thinks you think that I will be
well I think I know what you see
and thinking so, I choose these three

Holy crap. As I told Morten, this was phenomenal fun that I shan't be recommending to any of you. It's a resource converter with a fantasy theme. There, you can skip the rest of the write-up.

Are they gone? Good. For the rest of you, oh the cultured few, I might note that it's in a sort of similar vein to witch's brew. You choose three cards of a possible nine to generate resources on your turn, but your opponent also chooses three cards from a mirrored pool. If they choose any cards you choose, those cards are canceled out.
There are upgrades to the cards which can cause serious mind games (Well he has a master-of-arms now, so will he he choose him for the bonus- but I know he has it so maybe he won't), and simple bonus cards that provide fun wrinkles. In addition, you can absolutely set up chains, feeding one converter card with another- but that puts you in danger of having your logistics chain disrupted, adding a little bit of a frisson of danger.
Point is, every turn is full of emotion, so it's a game I can give a 9 to for myself without question, but for everyone else... 7 maybe?
Also, this is the version that Cathala cleaned up with the original designer, the inimitable Hayato Kisaragi, of Pyschic Pizza Deliverers go to Ghost Town and Uncharted fame, and his little touch-ups, whatever they may be, were perfect.

 9   Small Indigo Plant

Perfect is enemies with good
that much is often understood
but good can be enough to win
so throw perfection in the bin

Megan crushed me, but she never once took the flip action. I also let her have too many row refills. "I played totally different this time!" She said, not telling me what that difference was.

 7   Epic Card Game NEW!

In a world where all is broken
nothing could be said to be
semantics aside, your zombie token
is really, really vexing me

What a neat game! Basically Magic the Gathering but with costs removed and everything is broken as all get out. It's almost Chudykian- just a mild bit of inelegance, but other than that, it's very fun. I don't know if it belongs in my collection, but I'll be happy to play whenever. Right now, Rone and Allegiance occupy that slot, so I've no need for it, but as a neighbor has it, I'll always be up for it. However, a small part of me itches and wonders if the free-form draft might entice Megan, who finds the character powers in both Rone and Allegiance stultifying.
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12. Board Game: Wingspan [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:20]
Board Game: Wingspan
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Board Game: Drop It
Board Game: Blue Moon City
Board Game: Splendor
Board Game: Spirit Island
Board Game: The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Board Game: Manhattan
Board Game: Cheeky Monkey


Thurn and Taxis
R-Eco x2
El Grande
The Castles of Burgundy
San Juan (Second Edition)
Mystic Vale NEW!
Machi Koro
König von Siam
Concordia
Wingspan NEW!
The Scarlet Pimpernel NEW!
Res Arcana
Maskmen
Between Two Cities NEW!
Seikatsu x2
New Frontiers NEW!
Modern Art
The Mind NEW!
Lisboa NEW!
Encore! NEW!
Drop It
Blue Moon City NEW!
Splendor
Spirit Island NEW!
The Quacks of Quedlinburg x2
Manhattan
Cheeky Monkey


A couple of weeks of games, plus KublaCon game convention in nearby Burlingame (next to SFO). Starting with Wingspan, the rest were at KublaCon, while the earlier games were online games.

Finally got a play of Wingspan and can say that I felt it was a rather good game. I would like a few more plays to get a better sense of it, but all in all, I enjoyed the game.

The Scarlet Pimpernel did not turn out as good as I thought it would have been. It is a form of worker placement, but a lot of the placements seem contrived and it really lacks anything to do with theme.

I really enjoyed the game of Between Two Cities. The semi cooperative aspect of the game with players on either side working together on their city was an interesting change form the usual cooperative style.

New Frontiers (Tom Lehman's board game version of Race for the Galaxy) was really great. I found it easier to understand than the card game and I think I might be open to trying the original again.

Finally got a play of The Mind, actually two plays since we failed quickly in the first play because we started out the first hand with one of us with 88 and another with 89. Bad start...

I got into a game of Lisboa, a game that's been on my need to play list and was glad I got to play. There is a lot going on in this game, and it's easy to get confused on when you pay via money or influence. But the three I was playing with were all good teachers and I caught on fairly well, getting a lead and hanging on at the end. This and The Gallerist are at the top of my need to play again soon list.

Had a great time at KublaCon as usual. I get the usual friendly harassment from staff since I used to be on staff. I get to see a lot of longtime friends that I don't always get a chance to play games with.

On the home front, I was in Florida the weekend before as Mary was attending a conference in Orlando. While she was in Orlando, I headed out to stay with my youngest brother who lives in Melbourne Florida. Another brother recently moved there as well, and we had a great time catching up. Which reminds me, I played a couple of games of Circus Flohcati with them while visiting.
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13. RPG Item: Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e) [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:13]
RPG Item: Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e)
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Board Game: Space Base: The Emergence of Shy Pluto
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Board Game: Jungle Brunch
Board Game: Hubbly Bubbly Brew
Board Game: Mystic Vale: Harmony


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 N/A   Space Base: The Emergence of Shy Pluto (6 all-time)
 7.0   Epic Resort (4 all-time)
 N/A   Try-Angle x3 NEW!
 N/A   Jungle Brunch NEW!
 N/A   Hubbly Bubbly Brew NEW!
 N/A   Mystic Vale: Harmony x2 NEW!

Lots of gaming! Except that's for the last *3* weeks...shake

Been GM'ing every Thursday recently. One of the GMs hasn't been able to make it, and another one is having to drop out due to being super busy with work, so that leaves only 2 of us. Thankfully there's been a person able to step in and help out each time as we've generally had 3 tables each week. I've taken the Tier 2 folks each week this month, not by design but it's just happened that way. No gaming tonight though; store is closed due to Ascension. I was like, why so many religious holidays? Apparently the Dutch like having a holiday about every 8 weeks.

MALCon

We got a bunch of vendor room invites out (after we designed the room layout), so I'm working on assigning spaces and then we'll get invoices out. We got a bunch of invitations out for the panelists and I'm working on getting things approved, people assigned, adding in folks that got missed, etc. We don't have a volunteer coordinator any more so it's a-me-a, so I've been emailing people about volunteering at the con. We're short a bunch of area heads (for various reasons) so I've been reaching out to people to fill those spots, and Billy and I will need to be involved in some of those areas during the con I expect.

I love the con and I love what I've been able to create for people, but the stress of this, I won't miss.

Everything else

I find myself playing little bits of games because everything is a rabbit hole these days and I worry about getting stuck for hours somewhere, so instead I'm a bit of the head-in-the-sand instead.

I did publish a Blog Post today though, yay. https://www.nikkiabridged.com/2019/05/30/enjoying-the-local-...

Even with all the con responsibilities smashing my brain, I'm still loving living life here. I'm also enjoying the questions being posted in Gelato, so I'm hoping to get caught up on being active in the current week soon.

And with that I think I'm off to make "Indiase Curry Madras" with ingredients from a box put together by the grocery store. Pretty cool.
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14. Board Game: Warriors of Japan: A Country Aflame 1335-1339 [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:7880]
Board Game: Warriors of Japan: A Country Aflame 1335-1339
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I played a bunch of great games last week - Angola, Warriors of Japan, Liberty Roads, Churchill, Sekigahara, Cataclysm, and Blackbeard (1991 AH version).

Details: Stevecon IV - or, Thunder in the East I mean Southern Vermont
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