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The movie Bohemian Rhapsody, much like the band that inspired it, has divided opinions. And divided opinions make for interesting conversations, given mutual respect among those conversing.

Fair warning - I found Bohemian Rhapsody one of the most moving experiences of my life.

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Art versus Truth.

The biggest complaint leveled against Bohemian Rhapsody is that it strays so far from the truth, and I can't refute this fact. There are so many examples of timeline tampering that people even even casually aware of Queen identify, and for true fans the storyline is full of inconsistencies and untruths.

And I don't care.

As a fan, I can see the decisions made by the producers to veer from the gospel truth, and in each case I understand that the reason for the departure is the great god, story. What appears on the screen may not be *true* but it feels *right*.

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Do we live in a "post truth" world?
Does a boardgame have to have truth?
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Crying.

I went to see Bohemian Rhapsody on opening weekend with my wife. Queen is one of the major pillars of my identity. She likes some of their songs.

30 seconds into the movie, as Malek, playing Mercury, bounces backstage about to go on at Wembely, Johanna looked over at me. I was already sobbing.

I didn't cry for most of my teenage years. I'm still not sure why, but the death of dogs and great-grandparents, let alone breakups and heartache, never brought me to tears. Until the night Freddie died. I was 17 and had spent the entire day in a daze. I came home and watched the coverage on TV. When they played the These Are The Days Of Our Lives video, and Freddie turned to the camera and said "I still love you" the floodgates opened.

They've never really closed.

What makes you cry - movies, music, art?
Do you cry easily, or rarely?
Has a boardgame ever made you cry?
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Where were you when . . . ?

I remember vividly the moment I found out Freddie was dead. I walked to my best friend's house on my way to school, and when I walked in Who Wants To Live Forever was playing. "Terrible, isn't it?" he said, and I just nodded. In fact, no one actually ever told me. I just knew.

Everyone of my generation could tell you where we were just 12 months earlier when Margaret Thatcher resigned. In previous generations, people would talk about where they were when Kennedy was assassinated. In later years it would be the death of Kurt Cobain and 9/11.

But for me, the most personal "Where were you?" was November 24, 1991.

What are your "Where were you?" moments?
Are these shared touchstones eroded or enhanced in the social media age?
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The artists who shape us.

I would be a different person without Freddie Mercury and Queen. The first album I ever owned was their Greatest Hits in the early 80s, and I wore it out, rewinding the opening track (Bohemian Rhapsody, of course) to play it over and over again on my Walkman.

Perhaps more importantly, my favorite song for many years was Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy, which shaped my early views on romance and I hope helped to make me one of the good guys.

The first album I ever bought with my own money was Sheer Heart Attack, an album which was released before I was born. I led me down the path of heavier sounds, which in turn gave me a tribe when I was in high school and university. Many of my closest friends and favorite memories stem directly from my love of Rock music.

And more, Queen were never afraid to indulge any influence, so I was exposed to all manner of musical genre, not just the narrowly defined scope that I might otherwise have encountered. (This is probably a part of why they were so often dismissed, even ridiculed by the music press - hard to categorize, hard to pigeonhole, hard to label in an industry where the label is everything.)

There were other artists who hand a hand in my upbringing - Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Gilbert and Sullivan - as well as a huge number of writers. But Queen were my first love.

Who were your musical inspirations?
How important were those artists in shaping who you are today?
Which boardgames shaped you, inspired you?
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Inspired by Roger, I developed a Geeklist discussing my All Time Top 20 (with the understanding that if asked again in 5 minutes my answers would be very different.)

What's yours?
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6. Board Game: The Dragon & Flagon [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2812]
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This is the week that was:
Board Game: The Dragon & Flagon
Board Game: For Sale
Board Game: Jambo


 7   The Dragon & Flagon x2 NEW! TNC
Board Game: Swashbuckler: A Game of Swordplay and Derring-do

Back in June I played a 1980 game called Swashbuckler: A Game of Swordplay and Derring-do at our TNC gamer guy weekend, and we all loved it.

The premise is silly fun - a bunch of pirates in a bar get drunk and have a brawl. You can throw tankards, tug carpets, flip tables, jump on tables and swing from the chandelier.

The game was a klunky, with written pre-plotted movement, and the objectives was to wound and take out the competition and you had to worry about your arm, leg, and torso damage.

When we learned later that there was a reimplementation of the game, and that it was streamlined, I used some of my ample Amazon.com credit to order a copy. It arrived on Thursday just in time to take to game night, and we tore off the shrink and learned it together.

The new version has individual characters with different powers, chair meeples (!!!!!), and a vastly sped up play because instead of plotted actions, you have cards that you pre-select and then execute. If you've played Wings of Glory then you know the rough idea.

We managed to play our first game in under two hours, complete with punching everything out and learning all the rules and nuances. Then we played a second game in just over 60 minutes. It was a total blast!

Like the original game from which it drew inspiration, there's a tavern map and a pirate ship map. The rules for the pirate ship scenario are only available online though, and I don't like that.


 7   For Sale x2 (5 all-time) TNC
After our second game of D&F it was too late to start a third, so we played a pair of this game.


 8   Jambo (50 all-time) ww
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On Saturday while the Kelda was in her new comics and graphic novel art class, we had brunch at the cafe on Granville Island and played some Jambo before we went shopping for something for dinner.

I'm surprised and pleased to see I've hit 50 plays of this delightful 2p game. I reminded my wife that I have both expansion decks and she wants to give some of them a spin.

What's going on: I don't post a lot about personal matters online (here or elsewhere), but I feel it's fair to say that while everyone has peaks and valleys, I'm currently looking up from a valley - but as the Oscar Wilde quip goes, "we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Hopefully more stars and fewer clouds in the weeks ahead.

On a big plus note, this Friday it's SHUX 2019 and I'm looking forward to a good time.

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7. Board Game: dude [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:10372] [Average Rating:5.79 Unranked]
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 N/A   TEAM3 GREEN x4 NEW! - This ended up being just as I envisioned it. The cover art says it all - see no evil/hear no evil/speak no evil. There is another game that uses this idea (3 Monkeys) - here you have to cooperate to build a structure out of blocks. But the builder can't see anything. The person that sees the card can only gesture and cannot speak. And then the third person must bridge the gestures to the verbal instructions to the blind person. This is way more difficult than it looks, though. There is another game I like that is similar (Visionary), though this one is different enough to stand on its own.

 9   Intrigue - I don't think anyone else liked the game, but the players weren't the kind of people that take joy in the predicaments you get into in a game like this. It was actually a little too friendly for my tastes, with no real shocking moments, which was a little disappointing.

 N/A   Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky NEW! - Lanterns is one of the worse games in my memory. At BGG Con 2015 we were on a mission to play as many games as possible and I believe we finished a whole game in under 7 minutes. This ended up being pretty delightful. The gimmick of the dice tray that sorts your dice is very clever. But otherwise this is a standard randomize and record that doesn't stand out too much.

 7   The Princes of Machu Picchu - It had been seven years since I had last played. I misunderstood a critical rule and just tried to amass gold, which ended up obviously not paying out at all. But I definitely enjoyed the play. I still think Mac Gerdts has the worst art sense in the industry.

 8   Through the Desert

 N/A   dude NEW! - The game is hilarious, but probably lacking in replayability. They totally stole the main mechanism of the game from Brouhaha, which remains superior due to the rule that allows you to fake a certain sound to try to trap the other players. Bruno Faidutti used to do a giant (32 players, I think?) version of Brouhaha at his con in Etourvy, which sounds like a lot of fun. I also think the game is a little slimy because of its effort to use the likeness of Jeff Lebowski without actually licensing the character. That said, I had a great time playing this game and look forward with anticipation to the next time we play.
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8. Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1799]
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Plenty of games, based on my average for a week, this week:

Board Game: Zooloretto: The Dice Game
Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue
Board Game: Cribbage
Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra
Board Game: Dominoes


 7.9   Zooloretto: The Dice Game
 7.3   Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue
 9   Cribbage
 7.2   Caesar & Cleopatra
 6   Dominoes

It's been so long since I played crib! We often play for a nickel a point, double if you're skunked.
Let me tell you, I've never been so happy to lose $0.25 in my life.
Every time that I got a good hand (say 12 points) my buddy had a better one (16 points, typically). I had many hands with 4 points, he had many hands with 10 - 12. I was 23 points back as he was approaching the skunkline (3/4 to the finish) and it was looking like a big payout (though probably not a skunk).
I made a move on one hand and ended up 16 points back but he was only 9 points from the finish and counting first.
And then he stalled. 2 points. Next hand I counted first and he scored 4 points and 2 in the crib.
He finally put me out of my misery on the subsequent hand, but I'd clawed back many nickels by then. Whew!

He also beat me at Caesar and Cleo, but I didn't mind so much because it's such a fun game to be involved in. With almost 2 1/2 years between plays, I was reminded that I should bring it along for 2-player night more often.

Dominoes (Mexican Train) was my choice for a birthday game with my wife, and daughter who dropped by for dinner.
If you added both of their scores together I was only 20 points lower than that. Suffice to say that I was never a threat to win the game. But we had a good time; naturally.

It's been snowing for the past two days, with temperatures at or below freezing; totally out of season. Way too early for this sh*t!

It does mean that I have free reign to use the oven to bake meals, even if they do take a long time, however.
So I made pizzas for supper tonight.
I added some whole wheat flour to the crust, as a favor to my wife, but I don't think that it does much. A bit of a different flavor, I suppose. I also added some cornmeal, which is my regular m.o., and that makes the final dough crisper.
The dough got made at 10:30 am and sat and rose until almost 5 pm, to develop some good flavor.

Since I made a 2-batch dough, We each got our own 12" pie. We both had olive oil and garlic as a base, sauted mushrooms, and sliced artichoke hearts.
I added a chiffonade of fresh basil to mine, and dried oregano flakes to hers.
Topped them both with mozza cheese and some truffle infused salami slices. You could sure smell it, but the flavor was actually quite mild.
When her pie came out of the oven, she got a scattering of fresh spinach and torn basil leaves, and chopped up grape tomatoes.
I'm not a big fan of wilted greens/ hot tomato but she was really happy with it.
Mine got a sprinkle of oregano flakes and a hit of grated asiago cheese.

Now we've both got a half leftover for lunches in the coming week.

Tomorrow I'm already looking forward to making tacos.

And the temperature is supposed to climb all week, so this stupid snow will just be a memory in about three days.
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9. RPG Item: The Jewel of Yavin [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:713]
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GAME WEEK

 8   Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Board Game x3 (13 all-time)
 10   Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (23 all-time)
 8   The Jewel of Yavin NEW!
 10   Star Wars: Imperial Assault (86 all-time)

This week, Andrea and I finally finished our campaign game of Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Board Game. To make it short – we won it. But it was way too easy. I wrote a summary about it here: Some Thoughts after playing the Campaign.

Friday was RPG night and we continued to play Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, The Jewel of Yavin. Again, things developed differently than the book suggested and we had unexpected side adventures and events, which lead to two of the group now being wanted by the Wing Guard on Bespin (where the adventure takes place). As usual, a German chronology of the events can be found here: PzVIE's Star Wars Edge of the Empire Campaign.

And I got a delivery from Printer Studio: two huge card packs for use with Star Wars: Imperial Assault, called Redjack’s Automated Imperium Variant; basically, it mimics the app for the game with cards. To try it out we immediately started a new campaign (using the one in the base game) and played the first mission, which we lost …! The system works great so far, and as with the app, I totally enjoy not being the evil Empire, but playing coop with Andrea against the baddies.

Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Board Game
RPG: Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
RPG Item: The Jewel of Yavin
Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault


I hope you all had a great week too! meeple
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10. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
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8  Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory
N/A  Can't Stop x3
7  Quiddler x2
7  Las Vegas x2
7.6  Finca
7  Space Base
N/A  Gaia Project NEW!
7.5  The Quacks of Quedlinburg x2

I haven't posted games played in nearly 2 months. Just been busy I guess, especially since almost all of these, save the last three, were online play and mostly with Gelati.

I just happened to have some free time and made it to the local Gamesday and got in plays of Space Base and Gaia Project, the later was the first play for me. I did terrible, though only a little behind second place. The winner had lapped us on the scoring track. I would certainly like another play, now that I have a sense of the game.

My Thursday group played a couple of rounds of Quacks, using other than the base choices. It was a much different game with the alternative bonuses. Now I want to try more combinations.

The week after our trip to Valle de Guadalupe, we went up to Seattle to see a friend, and did some wine tasting there as well. The cellar is officially full, I'm going to have to drink more and more quickly it seems. We opened up a 1999 Petite Sirah from Granite Springs (Fairplay region of El Dorado County) that was outrageously good. It was one of their best vintages, but they were bought by another winery in the area a few years ago, and I'm not as fond of the new winemaker.

I picked up a couple of good games in thrift stores recently. San Juan, another copy of 7 Wonders (though this copy is missing the player boards, so it may be for naught but a parts copy), Munchkin (Deluxe version) and 4th Edition Settlers of Catan.

I have to go back to one store that has a Trivial Pursuit game that Ron doesn't have. (it should still be there, as they don't sell all that quickly). BTW Ron, they had the Baby Boomers expansion set and the 10th Anniversary Edition there as well, but I saw you already had them in your collection.
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11. Board Game: Fabled Fruit [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:735]
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Board Game: Sagrada
Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game
Board Game: Fabled Fruit


 6.5   Sagrada x2
 7   Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game x2
 6   Fabled Fruit x3 NEW!

Hey all! I have been around but not very active with my game plays until recently!

I taught the boyfriend Sagrada. Good news is he loves it and I think he will want to play this more and more.

My co-worker and I decided we wanted to dive into my D&D Castles of Ravenloft game. We had an amazing adventure conquering scenario 2! We anticipate to play this game more and hopefully some more challenging games I have been itching to get off the shelves and to the table.

I also FINALLY got Fabled Fruit to the table. I received it for Christmas from one of my many exchanges I participate in. I love this game so much. The boyfriend and I played three times last night and can't wait to play it again!

Sadly, I have been going through a lot this summer. I'm still playing volleyball. My team has split up, but we found a way to still play without paying expensive league fees!

I decided to start taking some classes to gain some skills. I have been working hard on them up until about a week ago when I hit a wall and started questioning why I wanted to do it. It's really hard guys! I'm not sure if I can do it, but I am still going to try.

I also found out some really bad news yesterday about my cousin. He fell 30 feet while hiking with some friends. He has been hurt badly, but the outcome looks good. The best news is that he regained feeling in his legs.
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12. Board Game: Texas Showdown [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2655]
Board Game: Texas Showdown
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 9.0   Scharfe Schoten 3p x1

Hands up, get your colours in the air
put yo' swagger on, and get real debonair
'cus we about to try and be
horny scotsmen, you and me

Note that in German, Scharfe can mean, like randy and Schotten is scotsman, so cue confused MIL when we want to play Scharfe Schoten. Still makes me laugh. Anyway, got a nice 3p game in. Still as brutally beautiful as I remember. I need more.

 9.0   Exit: The Game – The Polar Station NEW! 2p ww x1

I think we found an alien
we only have till ali-when
to quickly parse this ali-glen
and board the chopper ali-then
exit from this frozen place
oh no- there's black goo on your face!

Hell yeah- fairly easy, but fun as beans. I really enjoyed all the puzzles. It was great to just have a puzzle time with me and Megan. These have become regular date nights for us, and this was an excellent time.

 7.0   Thebes NEW! 3p x1

Time, you thief who love to get
behold my wrapped ahmenhotep
This mummy's mine, despite your thrall
and with more time, I'll find them all!

Neat little slice of euro-game. I can see how this got an SDJ shortlist. No need to own, but will gladly play. Gifted to my neighbor girl.

 8.0   Texas Showdown 6p x1

No hats no boots no sheriff badge
no service here, please do not cadge

Great "party" trick taker. Simple to explain, and simple to get rocked in. Great lunchtime fodder.

 7.0   Die Pyramiden des Jaguar NEW! 2p ww x1

You're dirty, and you've got some grit
but Megan thinks you're missing it
no clara bow did she find here
and soon you'll leave us- so I fear

Yeah, it's a neat little burkhardtian trip, but the similarities to the game (despite it coming first!) had Megan comparing it unfavourably. I'm happy to play it, but I'm also happy to play a lot of other stuff first.

 N/A   Tembo NEW! 2p ww x1

Everyone aboard the 'fant
this pachyderm's not waitin' round
now huddle close for those who can't
will in a deathroll soon be drowned

Soohoohoooooper light little card game. Again, like the pyramid of the jaguar, she found it compared badly, although the multiplayer component and simple rules meant it will make a good gateway gift.

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13. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:408]
Board Game: Photosynthesis
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At our Tuesday night group, we had a game of Photosynthesis. Pretty interesting though the owner made a mistake in describing the rules. I'd try it again.

We also (while waiting for my brother to get there) had a couple of games of Mastermind which I haven't played since dinosaurs roamed the earth.

Also I've been solo running Europe in Turmoil: Prelude to the Great War; I really really like it.
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14. Board Game: Second Chance [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2378]
Board Game: Second Chance
Stig Morten
Norway
Kvernaland
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I took my kids to the local SPEL convention this weekend.

Board Game: Tumblin-Dice Medium
Board Game: PitchCar
Board Game: Le Passe-Trappe
Board Game: Drop It
Board Game: Adventure Time: Love Letter
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype
Board Game: Second Chance
Board Game: NMBR 9
Board Game: KLASK
Board Game: Flamme Rouge
Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game
Board Game: My Little Scythe
Board Game: The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43


N/A  Tumblin-Dice Medium x13 (37 all-time)
Only play this game when I´m at SPEL. Really a fun dexterity/luck game.

10  PitchCar x7 (155 all-time)
Played in the tournament. Won my qualifier from pole. Wasted my pole in the final by doing too many bad pitches. Got third place out of the eight in the final. We used the LOOP and a crossing in the final and it adds a bunch of uncertainty. Played a bunch of races with the LOOP in different configurations afterwards.

N/A  Le Passe-Trappe x4 (6 all-time)
The kids like this.

N/A  Drop It x3 (10 all-time)
I think this one is really cool. We tried it with the FLOP IT variant too, where you try to score the least amount of points.

N/A  Adventure Time Love Letter (5 all-time)
Played this. I actually like this game, but prefer the Batman variant. My son won the kids tournament in Love Letter at the convention.

N/A  Unpublished Prototype (8 all-time)
FREMMAD! A local designed game that was a viking themed abstract/chess type of game. Fun to play and my son also liked it a lot.

N/A  Second Chance x3 NEW!
This was really cool. Drawing in tetris thingies on a 9x9 grid. I was beaten by a young girl every time I tried it.

N/A  NMBR 9 x3 (9 all-time)
One of our SPEL games that we alsways play. Ok game and I now see more strategy to it.

N/A  KLASK (37 all-time)
Fun, but the table was a bit worn.

10  Flamme Rouge (36 all-time)
Taught this to a family that had never tried it. Always fun.

6  Pokémon Trading Card Game (15 all-time)
Played this with my son. He got to borrow a deck that got second in the worlds this year. i lost with a theme deck. We are going into the local Pokemon league tomorrow. he really likes the game and the deckbuilding.

N/A  My Little Scythe NEW!
My son wanted to try this and we did. Actually a really fun game. Also makes me want to try Scythe gain.

A fun convention that the kids amnd I enjoyed. Friendly atmosphere and the kids and youth events are very well done.

I also see that I don´t need a long brainburner or a wargame to enjoy gaming. Fun games all around.

On Monday I went out in a U-boat and was sunk on my second patrol in ´39. Didn´t even manage to build up the tension before I was detected and sunk.
N/A  The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 (8 all-time)
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15. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
Board Game: Saint Petersburg
Nikki Ebright
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Arnhem
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Board Game: Quarto
Board Game: Splendor
Board Game: The Quacks of Quedlinburg
Board Game: Dominion


 7.0   Saint Petersburg (5 all-time)
 7.0   Res Arcana (12 all-time)
 8.0   Pandemic: Rising Tide (10 all-time)
 N/A   Quarto x2 (4 all-time)
 8.0   Splendor (32 all-time)
 7.0   The Quacks of Quedlinburg (18 all-time)
 8.0   Dominion x2 (41 all-time)

The two weeks previous to this week (Sept 15 - 28), we finally managed to start getting some gaming in again! We actually made it to the Friday night gaming on September 6th as well, earlier in the month, but took the following Friday off. Still feeling pretty worn out through most of September, so taking it slow in general.

For the GAMES:

On the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, we went to our normal Friday night gaming at Arnhem Speelt.

We played Q.E. (the wooden 2017 version) at BGGCON, so when this one went up on Kickstarter, Billy made sure to get in on it. We've been taking it with us on Fridays, and there have been some very wide swings in numbers! I like working in smaller numbers so I can keep track, but once people start doing 10,000,000,000, I've probably lost the game. Still, we're having fun, and that's the point.

Beyond Baker Street was interesting; quick too, so we played it twice.

I liked Awkward Guests. Rather Clue-like, but a different take on it, and more engaging. Definitely would play again.

Villagers is one of those engine building sorts of games, and where you want synergy, etc. Fun, and it comes out from time to time at game night.

And a bunch of our classics, like Space Base, Pandemic Rising Tide, Splendor, Quacks of Quedlinberg, Res Arcana, Star Realms, and an oldie but goodie, Saint Petersburg.

The store is also selling wooden games, like Quarto, so I've been getting in a few plays here and there.

LIFE

Everything else: we've been trying to relax and enjoy being home. There are still some convention related to do items still outstanding, but most things are behind us. I'm working on figuring out what life is like when I'm not busy. Still not sure, but so far I like it.

We recently discovered an online comic, in Dutch(!) called Dating for Geeks. So we've been working on our Dutch a little, heh.

Billy's work is going well. He has a work meeting in November in the US, so we're going to fly to Colorado with the intention of getting the majority of our personal items out of the house. Then Billy will fly to his work meeting, and from there fly to Dallas, where we will meet up for BGGCON.

Then off to MI for Thanksgiving, and home to the Netherlands in time for Sinterklaas (which is Dec 5th). There's a conversation going on about someone in our group being Sinterklaas and a number of us backing him up as, yes, you are correct if you are guessing Zwarte Piet. It's a minefield idea; for the uninitiated, Zwarte Piet is a controversial character. He/she accompanies Sinterklaas, but the character and their costume is of a black person, so there's some close runnings to looking like blackface, which as someone from the US is a big nope. But it's a different culture here, the history is different, etc, so it's a conversation being had.

Overall my health is ok. I can bicycle to the grocery, to the gaming store, etc, but my intestines are inconsistent so I don't stray too far from places of comfort. I've also been having dizziness sorts of things - you know when you're drunk (for those who have been) and the world kind of shifts one way, then it's back, then slides again, then back. Yeah, that. So I should go talk to a doctor probably. They (the dr office) sent me a flu shot letter, so I may see about getting an appointment while at their office for that. (Online appointments are far enough out that it's during Essen.)

In other news, Billy and I have put down a deposit for the 2021 BGG cruise in the Mediterranean! I've been wanting to do one of the game cruises, and I want to see the Mediterranean, and given that this leaves and returns out of Barcelona, it's pretty on target for what we want. I do have mixed feelings about cruising - environmental impact, how are the staff treated, things like this. It kind of reminds me of Disney parks in a way. So we've been watching videos and I've been looking at people's advice. Maybe I can reduce my carbon footprint more in order to enjoy my extra effect on the cruise. cool

Ok, I hope everyone's September was good, and your October is awesome.
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16. Board Game: Haven [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:2253]
Board Game: Haven
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September gaming:

Board Game: Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue
Board Game: King's Valley
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!
Board Game: Azul
Board Game: Cannon
Board Game: Carcassonne
Board Game: Haven
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
Board Game: L.L.A.M.A.
Board Game: Ogre Cheerleaders
Board Game: Penguin Soccer
Board Game: Ra
Board Game: SUPERHOT: The Card Game
Board Game: Sellswords: Olympus
Board Game: Nertz
Board Game: Splendor
Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set
Board Game: The Institute for Magical Arts
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype


 6   Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue x3 (4 all-time)
 7   King's Valley x3 (11 all-time)
 8   Hey, That's My Fish! x2 (51 all-time)
 8   Azul (9 all-time)
 10   Cannon (154 all-time)
 6   Carcassonne (6 all-time)
 8   Haven NEW!
 7   Kingdom Builder NEW!
 7   LLAMA NEW!
 6   Ogre Cheerleaders NEW!
 N/A   Penguin Soccer (213 all-time)
 8   Ra (9 all-time)
 7   SUPERHOT: The Card Game NEW!
 6   Sellswords: Olympus NEW!
 7   Solitaire Frenzy (16 all-time)
 7   Splendor NEW!
 9   Summoner Wars (7 all-time)
 N/A   The Institute for Magical Arts NEW!th minute.
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype (38 all-time)

Spent Friday night and Saturday at FalCon - the smaller September sibling of my favorite weekend, ConnCon - and this year brought my girls. Favorite new to us game was Play to Win, Haven, but close runners up were a pair of new Steve Finn games (one a perfect information Sherpa game, the other a revamp of his The Institute for Magical Arts) and our game of Ra after persuading Joe Gola to drive minutes to join us. It was Boo's first game of Ra, and she now says it is her favorite game.

Got some hardcore Azul in on Friday night while the girls slept and was reminded why I love this beautiful, brutal, evil little game. Always epic trash talking.

Played a couple of little card games, too. First was Ogre Cheerleaders is a rummy-like thing designed for two-players but silly enough that you can play with any number (the rules describe it as for "two-ish"). The three of us pulled the tiny deck from the Play to Win pile Friday night, played a quick hand which Boo won, and unsurprisingly had our names pulled to take it home - the game had not been shuffled yet when we took it out.

The other card game, the last game we played at FalCon, was a new Knizia, L.L.A.M.A.. It was another game that Boo flat out ran away with, and is a fun shedding game which in hindsight reminds me of Pairs (which I love).

The reason we didn't stick around Saturday night into Sunday was an NWSL match between Carlie Lloyd's New Jersey Shy Blue and Alex Morgan's Orlando Pride. I had tickets for me and Boo, and she was super excited. She even kept it together when it turned out Morgan (whose full USA kit Boo was wearing) didn't even make the bench. It was a decent game in gorgeous weather, capped by a Lloyd equalizer right in front of us in the 89th minute. We'll be back for more NWSL action next season . . .

Playing lots of AbStrats via the BGG Play by Forum functionality, including King's Valley with Tommy. It's such a simple game, yet bizarrely satisfying.

Some gaming with Boo in the evening: taught her Summoner Wars and she was a rough die roll away from beating me, Sellswords: Olympus which might just be light enough to get back to the table (she loved the character cards), and a Johanna favorite, Carcassonne. I was reminded again why I don't love Carc.

Also played some quick Hey, That's My Fish!, Nertz, and Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue (which went down better than Penguin . . .)

I also finally got SUPERHOT: The Card Game to the table, a game I picked up on a whim at BGGCon last November . . .

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New York Comic Con starts tomorrow, and I am ready. I read a quote in the back of a recent comic book (The Plot #1 from Vault Comics).
Quote:
"Next time you visit your local comic shop, take a moment to be amazed. You might not realize it, but you're in an extraordinary business.
There are a few thousand comic shops in North America. It's hard to get a precise fix on the number. Some venerable old shops close, and some brave new shops open. The shops are almost all independently owned, and almost all staffed, at least in part, by their proprietor. There are no national chains. There are no giant corporations. Each shop is a distinctive business, serving a singular clientele, contributing to its local community.
Yet they happy in the custodians of cherished icons for at least two generations. They are the primary purveyors of the most valuable entertainment franchises ever created. They are an integral piece of a multibillion-dollar global business. Without local comic shops, they would have been no record-breaking superhero films, no cape and cowl costumes at Halloween, no graphic novel section at your local megastore. Over a few long decades, local comic shops have celebrated, defended, and advanced our beloved medium, its characters, and stories.
It's staggering and awesome. Comic shops are beacons of independent entrepreneurial spirit in a world of conglomerates. They make up one of the last great networks of small businesses.
Take it in next time you visit your local comic shop.
And one more thing. Bring a friend."

Damian Wassal
Publisher, Vault Comics
I'm skipping Saturday as usual, but in a weird twist I am meeting one of my favorite writers, Peter Milligan, at 7.30 that morning to watch Spurs play Brighton as they attempt to get their season on track. I've met Milligan a time or two before (first time was in 1993 at San Diego Comic Con) and in between spelling out how he is a major reason why I got into the comics game a quarter of a century ago, we discovered our mutual love of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Sunday I'll be taking Boo, and she is almost as excited as I am.

I rearranged our bedroom a little this week, and it turns out I have room to hang another page or two, so I'm on the lookout for original comic art. (I already have my eye on a sketch that Terry Moore posted yesterday of Sam and Mike from his spectacular Motor Girl book. If I had to recommend a single title to show people what I love about sequential art and the comic book medium, I think Motor Girl might be it . . .

Then bring on BGGGCon and NaNoWriMo in November and England in December - I'm kind of over the whole "work" thing . . .
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17. Board Game: Time of Legends: Joan of Arc [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:1569]
Board Game: Time of Legends: Joan of Arc
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Right, finally getting round to writing about my gaming.
It's not that I didn't play anything since the last time I wrote something here. I just sort of ... didn't write anything. Sorry.

Anyway, last Saturday was a game night and Daniel came over.
With just the two of us, I set up Time of Legends: Joan of Arc in advance, specifically the La Brossinière scenario. The game played out a bit different than the historical battle in that the English (me) tried to make a run for it, but the end result was pretty much the same as the historical outcome.
This was our first time playing the game and we both enjoyed it.

We opted for an easy set-up next, going with KeyForge: Call of the Archons. Both of us used a previously un-opened deck and both decks were pretty fast and devastating. It was a close game, but Daniel won about 1-2 rturns before I could've closed things.

Last but not least, we played The Battle at Kemble's Cascade. I had just recently managed to get a hold of The Battle at Kemble's Cascade: Cetus and we were eager to fight him. He's a mid-game boss and unfortunately the only one of his type. The game could really have used more mid-game bosses, end bosses and different level cards. As is, it's still great though, make no mistake. Perfectly captures the feel of a top-down shooter and is tons of fun.
We didn't play very competitively, instead just having fun. Daniel scored more Glory, but who's counting anyway?

Fun times were had.
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18. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1288]
Board Game: Helvetia
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Board Game: Helvetia

Helvetia - Didn't play for a long time, almost forgot how much I love it. Brilliant game actually!

Board Game: Signorie

Signorie - Another brilliant game, also not played in ages.
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