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Sunday, April 26, 2009


The big four oh.

Well, the wife took me out for dinner on my birthday. We had a great meal at Bobby's. Had calamari (the good kind, deep fried with tentacles still dangling) and the stuffed grape leaves for appetizers then some (unremembered) pasta dish for the main course. The wife had shrimp. They were kind of rubbery, I'm glad I went with the pasta. Good stuff. The kids hated it. To be fair they hate all restaurants that don't serve smiley face pancakes.

I ate so much that I was ready to go home and take a nap. I was uncomfortably full.

But my wife had a surprise up her sleeve. She had arranged for an evening of gaming at the local game store with some of my gamer buddies. Something like 10 adults showed up, plus a few kids. That was fun. Played some Puerto Rico and Dominion. We had to be out by 10, but that wasn't much of an issue as I had to be at work by 11.

Good times. Thanks to my wife and everyone who showed up.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


What's been going on with me...

Well let's see.

Met local blogger Michael "Sudsy" Sutherland at the gun store the other day. I was wearing a Boardgamegeek T-shirt which he noted and was the spark for our conversation. Talked about getting together for a game. Sounds like we will have to work to find a mutually acceptable time, but I hate knowing that a potential gamer lives just down the road from me and we haven't been able to meet for a boardgame.

Haven't been driving a cab much lately. I got drafted to go full time at my second job. Been full time there in the past, and part time suits me much better. I like the hours and the eight hour shifts, but I'm getting burned out. I'd much rather have two part time jobs than one full time job.

Played Through the Ages..... finally. Don't know about it. It wasn't what I was expecting, and more fiddly although not excessively so. It is currently the #5 ranked game on BGG. It is a pretty good game, but I'm not ready to get on the bandwagon. Seems like more of an exercise in card drawing along the lines of Ticket to Ride, but with a ton of chrome. I am itching for another game, though. It did leave me intrigued enough to play more. :fingers crossed:

Chicago Express is now the game I'm itching to learn.

Dropped Phoenicia down to an average rating with more play. Confusing rules played a role, too few options played a role.

Bumped Indonesia up to a 9 with more play. Great game. Serious component flaws. With better components a few rules could be changed to make a great game. For example a way to distinguish plantations of different companies would be oooooh so helpful.

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