July 2012

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It’s been a pretty crazy week or so… But still, I was able to snap a few pictures that I was pretty happy with, the best of which came from my first play of Pergamon…

This week, I went with a slightly different reason for choosing my Picture of the Week. This picture is from my first play of Trajan last week, and I’m pretty pleased with it. But even more than the actual composition or focus or anything else, I’m mostly pleased with the job I was able to do in post-processing to make it at least half-way decent…

Gwen had to work a little later than normal this week, so I didn’t make it to game night until nearly 8:30 on Tuesday evening. And, as is usually true when I’m later than normal, I got to walk around and watch for a while before finding a game to join in with. And unfortunately, all of the games were ones I’d like to play: VIllage, Wallenstein (the new version), and Power Grid: The First Sparks…

Extra Life is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network involving a 24-hour gaming marathon. And after being challenged by fellow podcaster Jim Jones (of the Great Big Table), I’ve decided to step it up this year and create a team to participate in Extra Life as well!

This week’s game night was a little odd. I only got to play one real game that I “chose” per say, but I still had a good time, mostly due to the company. Due to it still being summer, we had a couple of “irregulars” with us this week as well (Britt and Steve), and a couple of prodigal sons (James and Tommy) reappeared for no good reason a’tall. But regardless of the reason, it was great to see and actually sit down and play games with them…

Most of you may already know, but the winners of the Spiel des Jahres (German “Game of the Year”) awards were announced on Monday. Just to make sure you know, here are the games…

I wasn’t very happy with any of my pictures from last week’s game night, so I just decided to wait until today to choose a Picture of the Week from my game night yesterday…

After my last marathon game night report, I think I’ll fit in this relatively short one just to keep up to date and to focus a little more than usual on one particular game…

Just yesterday, the gaming website Superfly Circus announced that they would no longer be accepting review copies of games. Their intention was to be a “CHAMPION OF THE CONSUMER” by eschewing all potential dependence or influence by game publishers. The article then went on to illuminate a culture of “anti-dissent” in the boardgame hobby and finally ended with a direct attack on the character of most popular reviewers. I’m going to speak pretty directly about many of the points that they made…

How do I let things like this happen? For any number of various reasons, all mostly relating to the busyness of having two little girls and perhaps somewhat aggravated by the rest of my life (like having my birthday fall somewhere in there and all), it’s been 3 weeks since I last wrote a game night report…