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Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Caylus and the weather

There hasn't been much to report on the game front recently. We've played Caylus several more times, and I am warming to it. Although I don't see it as a great game, it is pretty good. We've whittled the playing time down to about 2 hours.

One thing about the game that I don't think has been discussed enough is that the game plays very differently with different numbers of players. Even though the game plays differently it is just as good with 3 as it is with 5. With 3 players the gate tends to actually get used, and many more points are gleaned from building the castle. With more players you can ignore the castle and concentrate on the high value buildings, although it is a risky strategy. With fewer players points are easier to come by if you use a castle strategy. Turn order is much more important with more players. With more players precious workers need to be allocated to the turn order track instead of production.

Spring is still teasing us and digital technology still evades me. I couldn't take a good close-up picture to save my life. Here's the best shot of a blooming pussy willow that I could capture.

Even though we are now getting in excess of 16 hours of daylight, there is still a lot of snow in my yard. Temperatures are warming up. We can no longer put a 2 liter bottle of soda on the porch to chill in 20 minutes. Probably won't be able to do that again until late September.

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