Solaris was a cool movie. Just don't expect laser guns and explosions and other Star Wars style sf. Which reminds me that in last week's Report, I forgot to show the picture I got of Emperor Palpatine, I mean Daniel, playing Bluff.
I also forgot to show last week's picture of the amazing and wondrous Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers game where all 4 players ended up with both their huts on the largest body of water we've ever seen. You can see JP's second red hut in the upper right soon before it managed to weasel in, to his great relief:
There seems to be some interest in RussCon gaming on Wednesday December 25, so I think that I shall indeed boogie back from Houston on Christmas for RussCon As Usual.
|PuertoRico||3||JeffF 2 Fina 0 Zack -2|
|Volldampf||4||Marty 3 RussW 1 JonathanC -1 BobR -3|
|Tichu||2||( Dan Ben ) 1 ( Whendy MarkH ) -1|
|Cathedral||2||RussD 1 MarkY -1|
|CarcassonneHunters||4||JP 3 Steve 1 Whindy -1 Clayton -3|
|PuertoRico||3||JeffF 2 Zack 0 Meng -2|
|Vampire||4||MarkH 3 JP 1 Steve -2 Clayton -2|
|Transamerica||4||Clayton 3 Steve 1 JP -1 MarkH -3|
|PuertoRico||3||JeffF 2 Meng 0 Zack -2|
|Tichu||2||( William Brady ) 1 ( Marty Whindy ) -1|
|Exxtra||3||Ben 2 PJ 0 MarkY -2|
|StephensonsRocket||4||JimG 3 RussW 1 JonathanC -1 RussD -3|
|SamuraiSwords||3||BradS 2 Daniel 0 Fred -2|
|WhatsThatOnMyHead||4||Ben 3 MarkY 1 PJ -1 Dan -3|
|Tichu||2||( JeffF Zack ) 1 ( Meng Fred ) -1|
|CarcassonneHunters||3||RussD 2 William -1 BradS -1|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||Meng 2 Zack -1 MarkY -1|
|PuertoRico||5||JP 4 JonathanC 2 RussW 0 JimG -2 Steve -4|
Volldampf (a variation of the Lancashire Rails system with snazzier components) is frustrating because it's just not quite as fun as I want it to be. I like the idea of it. But a game only last 4 rounds and we feel like it's over just as you're getting a satisfying rail network built up. Also I'm not sure I like the wacky special effect cards.
After Volldampf it seemed only right to continue the train game theme and play Stephensons Rocket, which is of course the greatest of all Knizia train games. I would have liked to continue the theme with Transamerica, but instead I got sucked into Puerto Rico, where at least I didn't totally suck, and I did enjoy the power of a Small Market, Large Market, and Office.
Daniel was happy to play Samurai Swords, which he frequently brings but can't convince people to play; this time people felt sorry for him since the next day was his birthday, so they played. Happy Birthday, dude!
Michael Nyman, The Draughtsman's Contract
Michael Nyman, Drowning By Numbers
Michael Nyman, Gattaca
Michael Nyman, The Piano
Michael Nyman, Prospero's Books
yo, i'm harder than a mithril coat
a hundred is the number of the orcs i smote
i battled helms deep and i took minas tirith
if you don't watch out, i'll make your ass dissappeareth.