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1. Board Game: Timeline: Events [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1125] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
Board Game: Timeline: Events
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Mankind has done a lot of amazing and / or crazy things over time. Some of these things stick out more than others, some were more influential than most.
What do you think is the most significant event in the history of the human race? Explain.
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2. Board Game: A Beautiful Place [Average Rating:4.36 Unranked]
Board Game: A Beautiful Place
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In your opinion, which is the most beautiful place in the world? What do you like about that place?
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3. Board Game: Wisdom of Solomon [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:6051]
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If you were to build a time-capsule today, to be opened by your great great great grandchildren many, many years from now, what would you put in there? And besides the obligatory board games (), is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
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4. Board Game: ego: emotions [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
Board Game: ego: emotions
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Art in all its forms can have an influence on our emotions.
Listening to a happy song might raise or spirits, watching a sad movie can make us cry, reading a beautiful poem can make our hearts soar ...
But to what degree are you susceptible to this sort of influence? Especially the "being moved to tears" part, as that is something that people often try to repress (which I think is both idiotic and unhealthy).
And if possible, can you give an example or two of things that moved you to tears? Songs, novels, movies, poems, stage performances, etc.
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5. Board Game: The Joke Game [Average Rating:3.06 Unranked]
Board Game: The Joke Game
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And finally, let's just have a bit of extra fun here.

Tell a joke or two.

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6. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:45] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
All the cool kids are playing it...

Board Game: Bohnanza
Board Game: Karuba
Board Game: Tides of Time
Board Game: Lino
Board Game: Stone Age
Board Game: Let's Catch the Lion!
Board Game: Las Vegas
Board Game: Pairs
Board Game: Azul
Board Game: Lines of Action


 7.0   Bohnanza x2 (111 all-time)
 8.0   Karuba x2 (20 all-time)
 7.0   Tides of Time x2 NEW!
 6.0   Lino (3 all-time)
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 7.0   Las Vegas x2 (7 all-time)
 6.0   Pairs (34 all-time)
 N/A   Azul x2 NEW!
 N/A   Lines of Action (2 all-time)

This week it was our turn to visit friends. For the last 2 years, I've been ultimate teammates with a really sweet midwestern couple who have found their spot here in Den Bosch. There aren't a great many people we connect with here, so it was really pleasant to receive their lunch & games invitation. Our combined 4 boys disappeared to play Loopin Louie/LEGO/ipad games, and we settled around the table for Las Vegas, Pairs, and Azul, which they taught us. An enjoyable diversion, I'm not convinced it would get a great many plays in our house, mostly because it's more a collection of mechanics than a coherent game, if you know what I mean. Even the most abstract of abstracts, like draughts or Lines of Action, can be described. But Azul needs to be explained, and that lack of narrative, of theme, is what makes it bland in a sense. I'm not sure I'm wording it correctly, but maybe that's also part of the issue. I'd happily play it again, but own it? Why? Which of my games would it bump out of rotation?

Shenomad and I tabled Lino again and had another close match, 161-159. It's reinforcing my belief that 2010 was one of the best ever years for game releases.

I hopped on my bike to meet fellow BGG Whymme at a nearby café, where he taught me Tides of Time with his beautiful handmade deck. The artwork in the original does nothing for me but the game's a winner, pitting two players against one another in the tradition of Vizzini's Battle of Wits.

Online, my tutelage at Avri's abstract table continues with the sublime Lines of Action. And after a Windows 10 installation, I finally got around to taking my turn at DragonGoServer (sorry, Roger).

TotN challenged me to a game of Animal Shogi, and surprised me by wining the second game. Still, I went on a run and took it 4 games to 1. He shook my hand, congratulated me, and asked to play Karuba next.

A bit of a departure for me: I played video games this week. Cousins gave the boys their hand-me-down Wii last year. On Monday we ordered a pair of extra controllers for family play, and we did some MarioKarting, at which I am objectively terrible (as I am at all screen-based games). Still, it's fun driving that little green lizard around, crashing into things and shooting turtle shells at people. I mean, that's the point, right?
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7. Board Game: Root [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:31]
Board Game: Root
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Quiet week last week. Well quieter then expected. It was the annual Calgary Stampede and usually Owen is really busy with volunteering and taking friends to it. As a volunteer he gets free admission as well as free entry for a quest. I never go, I've went a few times in the past and it's just not my thing. It's super super busy/crowd and once you've went once, not much chances year to year. Same rides, same food, same performers except for the Coke Stage which brings in different singers/artists each year for the duration. We were also both sick the week leading up to it, so that meant he did not attend a lot of the pre-events he normal does either.

We had our meeting with Kate's caseworker last week, my extra 60hrs for respite care for the summer finally got approved (was a month long wait) and we got our contract for the upcoming year (Sept-Aug) hammered out. We were advised if we made zero changes to it, it would be approved faster, so we kept with what we had - 10hrs of pscyh, 30hrs of community aide/support and 300hrs of respite care.

I can not remember if I mentioned it but the new Conservative government is looking to make some cuts in the budget. The are targeting these types of programs/funding for kids with disabilities/are autistic. As such, the FSCD (Family Services for Children with Disabilities) has put in a 'temporary' budget until they find out what is happening in the Fall to their funding. Adding anything to your contract use to be easy, now it has to go through special approval which can take up to weeks. Also, the wait times to get accepted into the program that was once 2-3w went to 4-6w and then to 6+ months and now the wait is indefinite. I can't stress enough how important early intervention is for these kids. I highly doubt Miss K would be where she is right not for all the early intervention we've been able to give her.

In less sad news, I pulled out her pool on Saturday, discovered it had a leak somewhere, which I could not find, so I headed to the store and re-bought the same one. It's 7'x 4' and she is absolutely loving the nice weather and playing in her pool. She's in heaven. Which in turn makes my heart sing with happiness that such a small thing like a pool/water and her toy fish make her so happy.

A little more variety in games last week:

AHLCG - Circle Undone: we played the 2nd to last scenario Clutches of Chaos and managed to end it with a good result, well as good as one can expect at this point in the story.

Escape Plan: A re-visit to this one after over a month of it not hitting the table. Owen did not have a great time and I doubt he'll play it again. I am part to blame, I really needed to get this played with him a couple more times after the initial two plays but it did not happen. As such, he'd forgotten most of the rules and even after giving him a rules explain before hand, he did not enjoy himself.

Great Western Trail: To improve his mood, I pulled out a game I knew he had found 'ok' in the past and since it was a 'lighter' weight than EP, he had remembered most of the rules. This game had a real over population of cowboys throughout, but I still stubbornly went for builders/engineers. In the end, I think the buildings I did get out, plus the train tokens (points for end game scoring) along the track (since he ignored them) is what gave me the game. It was in no way my skill or strategy, which failed me miserably during this play. I really need to stop changing my mind mid game on what I'm going for. We both still enjoyed it though and had a fun time.

On Sunday we had a 'date' while Miss K was out for a hike/adventures with her respite care worker. That date was going to a board game meet up at a local shop.

Unlock: Heroic Adventures: While we waited for more people to show up, we pulled out the Sherlock Holmes scenario for this one. We'd played some of it a few weeks ago but it was late, we were tired and we did not finish it. Even though this is 1-5P, we played 1-6P as that is who was there. Plus the person who owns the game mostly GM'd. I enjoyed it, but near the end it got pretty tough. We exceeded the 1hr time limit but decided to still finish it.

Root: More people has shown up at this point so our group split up to play different things. We set up Root for a 4P game but as we were just about set up, someone walked by and asked to join so it turned into a 5P game of Cats, Eyrie, Woodland Alliance, Vagabond and Riverfolk. I played Riverfolk this time and I think once the Vagabond joined and because we had WA also playing it was probably not the wisest decision. I had fun, and I like the idea of what Riverfolk do, but I don't feel this was the best set up for them since Vagabond was not going to buy from them and WA was new to the game, so was just grasping how her faction worked. Lesson I took away from this play: Pick a faction, play it repeatedly to learn it well instead of just picking one each play. I might set up the game this week for Owen and I to play using Better Bot Project or give it a go solo.

Res Arcana: It was creeping up on time for us to go and while I do not especially love this game and would never suggest it, it plays quickly so it fit the bill. I actually won this one. This 5th play did not endear the game to me though. Still feel there is not much to this game and I spend the whole time with my head down moving pieces from one card to another.
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8. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:149]
Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System
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This is the week that was:
Games Played:
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Board Game: Heul doch! Mau Mau


 7   The Castles of Burgundy (55 all-time) ww
My lovely wife had a craving for CoB, so we played. We tied!

 6   Xia: Legends of a Drift System (4 all-time) TNC
This is a game we had not played in a long time, and although it's not branded, this game screams Firefly (the teevee show) way way more than the actual Firefly: The Game.

We played to 5 points, and although I got to an early lead, I couldn't get that final point.

 7   Heul doch! Mau Mau x3 (5 all-time) TNC
This is insane with five players. And hilarious.

What's going on:
Commando: I took the Kelda to see this Arnie classic. I hadn't seen it since it was in the cinema originally.

Some great lines...

Stranger Things: We watched season 3 of Stranger Things and loved it. And a lot of the nitpicks some critics had about the pacing was precisely why I loved it. And the final episode was perfect.

Dark: Based on a friend's recommendation (and Netflix's "if you liked Stranger Things..." algorithm), the Kelda and I started watching this. It's good. Very good.

Work: I get to be a manager for two weeks starting Monday and wreak havoc via email (the team I'm managing is not local to me, but at least in the same time zone). It should be a good time.
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9. RPG Item: Beyond the Rim [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:473]
RPG Item: Beyond the Rim
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 8   Beyond the Rim NEW!
 8   Escape the Dark Castle (9 all-time)
 10   Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (18 all-time)
 9   Star Wars: Outer Rim (2 all-time)

As I was on a vacation the previous week, these gaming events happened the week before. And they started on Friday with my RPG group continuing their adventures in the Outer Rim on the planet Cholganna, where they found the wreck of the long and lost separatist ship Sa Nalaor. They met the local fauna (Nexu, Arborean Octopi and other hungry inhabitants of the jungle) and finally found the camp of the survivors. They shared the discovery with a rival group of Rodians, with which they had a confrontation where one of those guys died ... they swore bitter revenge. But for now, they are in the survivors' camp and find out, that there are many who wants to get back into the civilized parts of the galaxy, despite the evil Empire, and many who wants to stay here, hiding. The leader of the camp has a little Empire paranoia, and the leading tech fears the Empire more than a wild Nexu. I'm looking forward to the next steps of my group. Things will surely get interesting!

Star Wars: Outer Rim. This game screams "Expansion, Expansion!!!". As with recent games from FFG, it seems they published an absolute minimum of a game - simply not enough cards for a card-heavy game like this one. However, we are still in the exploration phase - so many options to consider and to try out. I'm very fascinated and I hope for more plays (and an expansion).

And we also tried to escape from the Dark Castle, and we did escape ... down on our last life points and pest ridden, but we escaped. What a fun game! I also backed Escape the Dark Sector on Kickstarter - a similar game in space.

RPG Item: Beyond the Rim
Board Game: Escape the Dark Castle
RPG: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
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I will write a little about our vacation last week when I find the time!
I hope you all had a great week too meeple
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10. Board Game: Los Banditos [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5139]
Board Game: Los Banditos
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 N/A   Match and Spell wd

We almost made it through the box
but patience soon wore thin
untempered by the orthodox
she went to pack it in

This has been a joyride with my daughter. She's slowly learning to spell and read, and this makes it fun for her. best 1.50 I ever spent at a goodwill.

 8   Los Banditos ww

Megan rolled amazing dice
the combos quite robust
but every roll of mine was nice
and left her in the dust

I don't know if you've seen Casino Royale, but the poker game has a set of impossible hands that just keep escalating. The same thing happened here, and I pipped her 10-9

 7   Res Arcana ww

The draft is how we're going to play
from now until eternity
the other way may quicker be
but fie with taciturnity
We want a game that lets us thrust
and riposte one another
and this one simple set up rule
pads parry to the pother

Martin's wrong! It's way better with drafting. Indeed, enough to even save it from the trade pile. It allows us to set up potential combos and threaten action through feints, and as a result, that's the way I want to play it. Ciub's still better though. Sorry Tommy boy!

 8   For Crown & Kingdom ww

A rulebook is a dreadful thing
sure, it's a bridge to joy
but if it's laid out a poorly way
well then you know, hoo boy

Megan wanted to teach herself a game, and this is the first one. And she did it better than I, noting an "additional rule" that may or may not come up during the game. Also, this game is slowly revealing layers. It's a pretty awesome, fresh, take on the mancala family.
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11. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:817]
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
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Board Game: R-Eco
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Board Game: Las Vegas
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Board Game: Tally Ho!


R-Eco x2 (23 all-time)
Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory (2 all-time)
Hey, That's My Fish! x4 (6 all-time)
Las Vegas (5 all-time)
Stone Age (7 all-time)
Tally Ho! (2 all-time)

It's all been on Yucata. My usual Thursday group got moved to next week.

Have had fun playing 3 and 4 player, Hey That's My Fish. I really like the game and it plays well on Yucata.

Opened a 2001 Kenwood Artist Series Cab last week with friends. Went really great with the BBQ'd steaks. We cleaned and lightly salted the steaks the day before, so the salt had time to work it's magic. Used the directions in Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat for salting and cooking. I may have to play closer attention to her ways in future culinary attempts.
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12. Board Game: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:7897]
Board Game: Battle of the Bulge
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Andrea & Ron in the Benelux

I case you don’t know the term „Benelux“, it means Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg – these three states are often called the Benelux States and that’s where we spent our vacation this year.

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Based in the city center of Liege, Belgium, we explored a new city or countryside each day. I was most excited about Stoumont/La Gleize, as this is the area where two very popular and great Advanced Squad Leader modules are set: Kampfgruppe Peiper I: ASL Historical Module 2 and Kampfgruppe Peiper II: ASL Historical Module 3. We wandered through the area, checked out the old stone bridge and the churches, the Sanatorium (which is nowadays a school for handicapped children) where Piper had his HQ. In La Gleize there is the December 44 Museum, and in front of that stands a PzVIE … seeing that for real and touching it … oh boy! What a behemoth!

In Brussels, we strolled through the city and the incredible main plaza, and we visited the Atomium. We also explored Maastricht and it’s incredible how clean, tidy and friendly this city is. I can totally understand Tommy and Nikki for their choice of living in the Netherlands. I know a couple of Netherland cities now, and I can easily imagine living in any of those. Awesome country, the Netherlands! With awesome people.

From gallery of PzVIE
Bastogne is also a very interesting area, especially because of the Bastogne War Museum. They have two M4 tanks there (one with the side cracked open by a Panzerfaust), as well as a Hetzer, a Kübelwagen and a Willy’s Jeep. When you enter, you get headphones and depending on where you currently are, you hear the story of the Battle of the Bulge from the perspective of four persons: an American GI, a German Lieutenant, a school teacher working for the Resistance and a boy named Emilie. They spent a lot of effort into the story and the museum itself, and we spent three hours in there. Absolutely great! We then went to Luxembourg to Castle Clerf, where they also had a very small museum and an M4A3(76) Sherman tank (see photo).

In summary, it was a great trip and the weather was – lucky us – on our side. From a culinary point of view, Belgium offers fantastic mussels in garlic and the famous french fries. I was surprised how popular hamburgers are! I also found out that everything is a little more expensive there as in my own small country. And – to my uber-surprise – those Belgians are like the French: there is no room for another language than French (hotel personnel excepted). Not even the younger population speaks English … that’s a shame for a country that sports the European capital city! So we depended mainly on Andrea’s rudimentary French language skills and improvised hand signs … well, it worked. Of course, we never encountered such troubles in the Netherlands, and in Luxembourg, nearly everyone spoke Letzeburgisch (which is very close to German) and/or English.

All in all, we had an awesome week and now we will relax two more weeks at home.

Cheers to all Gelati & friends! meeple
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13. Board Game: The Great Game of Britain [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:15027]
Board Game: The Great Game of Britain
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One game this week. It wasn't very good at all. I happened to spot it at a thrift shop the day before Tony Boydell posted about his find of the same title in his local charity shop. I went back and got it for a whopping $2. I figured I'd give it a try before sending it back to the same store. (This copy hadn't ever been played.) It's wildly luck-based. With more players the luck might have a chance to even out, but with 2 it just didn't work out. It was short. That was good.

In other news...

We had the first offer on our house within 24 hours of it going on the market. By Saturday we were signing paperwork for a better offer. Tomorrow morning is the home inspection, and if all goes well we'll presign the final paperwork on the 31st.

Next on the adgenda: packing up what's left to pack, getting rid of what's left to get rid of, and finding a new place to live. That's all.

Oh, and going to WBC. I'm really looking forward to the weekend.
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14. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:163]
Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges
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The only game I was able to play lately, I enjoy it a lot ...-> 9

Life:
Not being very active in BGG because too much stuff going on, I only read through some subscriptions in the evening before sleep.

Fish in the pond are sick, nothing unusual this time of year, but needs extra special care with water hygene and doctor comes for inspection and microscope to check for branchiae parasites.
Treatment is needed and being applied this evening. (pouring medicine into the pond, not too nervewrecking but super expensive)

Our whole w-lan, both printers and netflix and other stuff all broke down last week (or was it 2 weeks already?) Computer guy came and fixed averything and of course we had to buy a new printer.

I am being accused of having caused an accident, someone from Bavaria claimes that I drove into the back of his car - didn't happen.
Appaerantly the police took charge, so I guess they must have taken pictures and the whole shit will be sorted out in the near future.

The absolute worst: my cat Peter was again out all night and when he came back he had a totally destroyed tail end, bleeding bleeding bleeding and crying in pain a sound which I never heard before from him and which I will never forget.
The terrace is full of blood, my house is full of blood, I was full of blood after I had checked him to find out where all the blood came from.

What is wrong with my sweet Peter, what the hell is he doing outside at night???

In the vet clinic they amputated the last two bones of his tail, they said it was totally MUSH, they believe a car may have run over it surprise
I will leave him in the clinic a couple of days, he needs pain medication and antibiotics and whatnot, oh man, what are we going to do with him after that?
He is an outdoor cat through and through, we could never keep him in the house...

See you soon

Ah I forgot to tell you the second worst thing that happened to me a couple of days ago:
I burnt my arm while deep frying stuff (fish), it fell from my hands into the boiling oil instead of being gently slided into it, this is the result:
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A fun week! shake
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15. Board Game: The River [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2095]
Board Game: The River
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So last Saturday was another game night.

Since Dieter had announced that he'll join us later, Daniel and I started by continuing our game of Adventure Games: The Dungeon and actually finished it. I liked it a lot - it really feels like a point-and-click adventure. Looking forward to more in that series.

Since Dieter would still take about half an hour to arrive, I suggested we play The River (which Marion graciously gifted to me the week before).
Explanation was fairly quick and the game plays fast. It's not a deep game, I agree with Marion on that. But it's a fun little worker placement filler, I think.
I really need to try it out with my mom and sis. Could be a good one to play with them.

Dieter arrived during the last couple of turns of the game, so afterwards we set up for T.I.M.E Stories: Madame, putting in a couple more runs. And ...
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Well, we made it all the way to the second-to-last card.
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But turns out, to finish this scenario, you need
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all the cubes from the previous scenarios and we apparently missed one in Egypt. So I guess we need to revisit that one and come back here again ...


We also had planned to have another one-shot of ALIEN Cinematic Starter Kit, but it was already past 1am by the time we finished the scenario and so postponed the one-shot to another day.
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16. Board Game: Cryptid [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:268]
Board Game: Cryptid
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Board Game: Gizmos
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 7.0   Gizmos x4 (5 all-time)
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Theme of insanity, yeah that checks out. goo surprise

MALCon is 3 weeks from tomorrow, or today since we'll be loading the truck and unloading it at the hotel on Thursday August 8th. My brain is so overloaded at the moment. I'm holding it together, but sometimes I feel that I barely am.

Above is my/our July gaming. Usually Billy and I play together but occasionally not.

July 1 through July 10, we were in Michigan, so a number of plays of Wizard, a surprise game of Euchre, got Space Base for Billy's sister so of course a few plays of that. They also had Century: Spice Road, which I had played but he had not. Now it's on our Might Want to Buy list.

Landed in Denver July 10. Visited some friends and played Colt Express with the Stagecoach expansion (which I quite liked) and Puerto Rico, which I really don't play often enough.

Visited another friend and played 7 Wonders and Alhambra. It had been a while for Alhambra, so it was fun trying that out again.

Went to the Park Meadows mall on Tuesday and played with the Denver Games group, which was great to get to see some old friends and reconnect, and we brought a new friend (she runs WhimsyCon, heh) so she got to meet some neat people. Played Gizmos (we own and like it a lot) and Cryptid. I wondered what was the big deal over this game, and here's the deal: it's short, it's deduction, and it's simple. It's like Clue's cousin, who grew up in another country. Maybe not. I liked it, that's the bottom line.

Then yesterday, July 17, we drove down/up to Colorado Springs to stay at my folks' house while they're vacationing. Tomorrow night I'm going to a 30th high school reunion function (and dragging Billy there with me). Saturday night we're gaming with friends, and Sunday we're going to a theater reunion for my school (since so many people are in town, one was thrown together).

We were tired when we got in last night but it didn't stop us from 2 games of Gizmos. I had identical scores of 26 and 26, but Billy's scores were both higher. I'll blame my tiredness on getting beat. And sharing my strategies.

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I'm afraid I may be more monologue and less dialogue here for the next month or so. I keep hoping to "get everything done" so I can do other things, but that's just not going to happen until it's over. At least, so says Billy. I'm still holding out hope.
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