Sunday, July 29, 2007

Packing for Vacation

Okay, now I'm just procrastinating. I should be packing and getting the house in order. So far I pulled out the games we are taking and stacked them on the dining room table and made a pile of clothes in the middle of my boudoir. Then I got sidetracked trying to decide which lipstick to pack, and painted my nails. See, this is why I always forget stuff. Al is giving me a hard time about needing to bring 4 pairs of shoes for a 5 day trip and says I can't put any in his suitcase. But I do get points for finding our badge holders. Yay me!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Countdown to WBC

We are hitting the road to PA on Tue. I have to get my act together and get organized. I have packing anxiety. I always forget to pack something important, like prescription meds or a bottle opener. Last year we had to go on a church key hunt. You would think that in a room full of gamers, at least one of them would be able to open a bottle of beer without a church key. I guess none of them were drummers or bass players. After some hunting, we finally found a dollar store that not only carried a wide selection of kitchen utensils, but also sold dice, glass beads, zip lock bags and rubber bands. I picked up some scissors, tape and soap too while we were there. The soap at the hotel was too flowery.

So far the games that I am bringing, subject to change, are:

Fury of Dracula
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Betrayal At House on the Hill
Funny Friends
Villa Paletti
Cosmic Encounter
Fairy Tale
Grave Robbers from Outer Space
History of the World
Lord of the Rings
Primordial Soup
Arkham Horror
King Put's copy of Puerto Rico

game list updated 07/27 with KP's requests.
game list updated again on 07/27 with Al's requests.

Game Dates:

Wed Night: Fury of Dracula

Fri or Sat: Warrior Knights

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Freedom of Expression

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

You can express what you want. However, you can't express it in spray paint on the side of a public building. No newspaper is obliged to print it.

Removing comments from a blog, deleting a post from a message board, even banning a member from a forum isn't an infringement on freedom of expression anymore than a publisher rejecting a manuscript, or a store owner removing graffiti from the side of their building. You still have the legal right to go express yourself somewhere else.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Arkham Horror

I have such a friggin' headache. We started a game of Arkham on Monday and are about half way to being slaughtered, but haven't been able to finish the game because I can hardly see straight. It's this weather.

I had the brilliant idea that we should play the singer and the musician. We put on some Robert Johnson and some Bessie Smith to create the mood. I love me some Robert Johnson. However, playing these two characters turned out to be a very bad idea because their stats are too similar. Al made short work of a several of the undead. However, on the second turn I got sat upon by a Star Vampire. I struggled along for a few more turns, and then the headache hit, and has been in and out for the past two days. I'm thinking we should just pack it in. We are sooo losing anyway.

Is it giving up if it's been three days and you need the table back?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

King Put

I am copying this post made by my brother on BGG so that I can always find it and re-read it and LMAO. I can so hear him saying, “I can’t do any worse than you did fighting that giant rat. "

Yesterday, I answered this question with a one word answer “Beer”. Well I’d like to explain that answer more clearly. Back in 1989 life was simple. I was single living in house with 4 other guys. Once or twice a month me and my friends would buy a case of cheap beer take it back to the house and play games. The games we played were Risk, Rise and Fall, Diplomacy, Supremacy and few other AH games. For us playing the game was secondary to hanging out drinking cheap beer. Fast forward to 2001 after getting married, having 2 kids and giving up playing board games. This is about when I was introduced to my first Euro game.

My first thought was “Wow, this is great. Now I can relive my youth. I can play these great games, hang out with people and drink beer.” We’ll I soon learned that Euro gamers don’t drink beer and hangout. In fact drinking beer while playing Euro games is frowned on. You wouldn’t want to play Princes of Florence and over bid for a jester just because you have a good beer buzz going. You don’t want some sober tea toddler telling you that you could have gotten 7 VPs if you had done some move when you only got 5 VPs.

Then there’s the whole bathroom thing. The 8th law of thermodynamics says for every beer you drink, you’ll have to use the bathroom. The turns in most Euro games are very quick. Take Puerto Rico for example. There is no mathematical way I could use the bathroom in time for the guy next to me to ship his indigo.

Americatrash games are just the opposite as Euros, they were designed to drink beer to. A couple of times I tried to play an Americatrash game in the middle of the afternoon without a beer. We’ll after sitting there for 30 minutes waiting for one of the other players to roll the dice 20 times and use 6 spells I was ready to explode with boredom. If instead, I using my 30 minutes of waiting time for good use like drinking a beer, using the bathroom and making fun of the player for having to use 6 spells to kill a giant rat I’d have be having a great time. Then when it was my turn I’d have a good beer buzz going and I announce “I’m ready to go kill the great evil demon with my +1 sword and a four leaf clover”. The other players would yell “that impossible with only a +1 sword you’d have to roll about twenty 6 in row and use up your four leaf clover” And I’d I yell back “I don’t care I have a good beer buzz going and I can’t do any worse than you did fighting that giant rat. If I lose the battle I just lose a turn and then I’ll teleport back to the monks who will heal me besides by that time I’ll have to go to the bathroom again.”

Friday, July 13, 2007

Busy Playing

I have been so busy playing, I haven't been keeping up with my blog. I also haven't finished writing anything for F:AT. I have several things started, but haven't had the focus to pull anyof them together into something that makes sense. Maybe I should just throw up my mad ramblings, and let people connect the dots by themselves.

D came up for a visit at the end of June. We spent 5 days playing. He borrowed some games from some very nice guys. The biggest hit was Kapitän Wackelpudding. Although it is impossible to find a copy, I happened across a couple of Wackelpudding type dice in a bargin bin last weekend (29 cents each). I gave them to Z and told her that she could make up her own game with her blocks.