October 2012

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PhotobucketSo in the process of the conversation, I essentially called them out and said that they weren’t playing it right, so they didn’t really have grounds to complain about how the game played. The mere mention of the phrase “you’re not playing it right” made one other listener bristle up and push back against me a little. And that small point of contention was interesting enough to me that I thought I’d explore this whole idea of what is the “right” way to play a game…

I’m not as young as I used to be.
On the front side of the Extra Life event, a 24-hour gaming marathon sounded like a really cool idea. I was all giddy and happy and excited to play so many games with my gaming homies…

My Picture of the Week this time around is from Extra Life on Saturday/Sunday. The second game we played was a big 7-player game of Tsuro that ended in a tie between Chris and James, which was pretty amazing considering all the chaos of that big a game…

As I mentioned the other day, it’s been a really long time since I actually got to play games. So it was with great elation that I walked triumphantly back into Hypermind on Tuesday evening for a solid session of gaming with my buddies. I have received a few prototypes in the intervening period of time, and I was really anxious to get them (especially Viticulture) to the table. But since we were waiting for Tom to arrive before getting started, we instead went with the spirit of the Halloweeney season and played a couple games of…

I did’t quite know what to label this week’s picture. Since I missed last week (having not played nor taken any pictures of games), this is actually the 42nd week of the year. But to avoid confusion about the series itself, I’m just going to continue with the sequential numbering and then run over into next year by one week.
As for the picture itself, here’s an image from the prototype of Viticulture, which I finally had the chance to play this week…

I’ve been through some periods in my life when gaming was pretty hard to come by. As of right this now, I’m still in the midst of nearly a month where I’ve only played two boardgames (one solo and the other with my wife), and I’m very ready for it to be over. But at some points in my life, I would have felt pretty happy to have one evening of hardcore gaming in a month (let alone 24 hours of it coming up on Saturday), so it’s all a matter of perspective, I suppose…

Extra Life is coming up this weekend! If I haven’t made it clear before, Extra Life is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network involving a 24-hour gaming marathon. My team is playing specifically for Duke Children’s Hospital, which is the closest one to us here in central North Carolina, and I just want to make one last plea for any help that any of you out there can give me…

Just this morning, I listened to the latest episode of Garrett’s Games & Geekiness, and Doug sort of went on a little rant about how Tom and Eric at The Dice Tower are basically ignoring the huge spectacle that is the Essen game fair coming up in a week or two. I found myself having an interesting reaction to the rant, in that mostly, I disagree with Doug and agree with Tom…

In this episode, I start off with an especially long segment of Recently Played games, featuring some comments about the Unpub ProtoZone at the Escapist Expo. I then have a bit of a rant about Kickstarter rewards, and mostly share fears I have about the abuse of stretch goals. And then, I wrap up with a full review of Lancaster…

Sorry for the back-to-back Picture of the Week posts, but we had a death in the family and all sorts of other stuff going on over the last couple of weeks. All this has also kept me from attending the last two game nights, so I really haven’t played any games much to speak of recently. It’s sort of hard to take pictures of games when you don’t even have time to play them, so as I was waiting for my next podcast to export last night at 1:30am, I had an idea…