|18 of us played 14 games. Welcome new guy Justin who just moved to Austin in February. And the weather is actually warming up enough into springtime that we turned on the AC.||
I have added a russ blog! Movabletype is pretty damn cool I must say; I wish I'd done this years ago. Over the weekend I did a lot of pondering about blogs and wikis and other content automation methods. Lately I've been wanting an easy way to put up short articles on various topics (e.g. HTML info and peace issues) without manually creating entire pages like I've done historically. I'm not sure a blog will meet all my needs, but I'm quite impressed with the quality of movabletype. It even meets my obsessive-compulsive anal-retentive desires for generating valid XHTML code, unlike many other blog packages. I recommend it highly if you want to set up a blog system on your own server (as opposed to using a 3rd party server that hosts blogs, e.g. livejournal.com). It's also an enjoyable opportunity for a little geeky tinkering.
If you are into activism for peace and justice, this could be a busy fun weekend...
Hopefully I'll see some of y'all at some of these. If anyone wants to carpool or hook up, let me know!
There is a new game store Thor's Hammer which is on 183, just north of Kerbey Lane and Serrano's, in the same shopping center as the old SimTex office (for you old-timers), which is conveniently across 183 from my current office. Some cow-orkers and I went to check it out (after the traditional Monday 2-for-1 enchilada lunch at Serrano's). Like Great Hall, they have tables set up for gaming. They have some German-style games, but it's mostly focused on RPGs and miniatures (as you might guess from the store's name!) There's also a section of used sf books. Worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood. But Great Hall is still the best in my book.
|TallyHo||2||JamesK 1 Fina -1|
|GalacticTakeover||2||JamesK 1 Fina -1|
|GalacticTakeover||2||JamesK 1 Fina -1|
|Carcassonne||2||Clayton 1 Justin -1|
|LOTRTheTwoTowers||5||Steve 4 Carly 2 Marty 0 Matt -2 JimG -4|
|Vampire||2||Justin 1 Clayton -1|
|Entdecker||4||MarkG 3 Whendy 1 JP -1 RussW -3|
|UnionPacific||4||JimG 3 Whendy 0 RussW 0 MarkG -3|
|Exxtra||5||JimG 4 Matt 2 Steve 0 Carly -2 Ben -4|
|SettlersStoneAge||4||MarkH 3 Dan 1 TimG -1 William -3|
|PuertoRico||4||Carly 3 Matt 1 JP -1 Steve -3|
|Exxtra||4||MarkH 3 TimG 1 Dan -1 William -3|
|CarcassonneHunters||4||RussW 3 Clayton 1 MarkG -1 Justin -3|
|Euphrates||4||Matt 3 Steve 1 TimG -1 JP -3|
Fina's son James returned after a long hiatus due to school nights (his other visit was 2002-08-14), and he proved to be quite the gamer, winning Tally Ho and Galactic Takeover (which is a cute gussied-up Dots And Boxes with a UFO theme and a 3x3 grid; the rules come with references to Conway and Berlekamp's work on combinatorial game theory and serious discussion of strategy!)
There was incentive to play Entdecker since Whendy pointed out it has friendly natives with leis.
The 2nd quarter of the Barbu game started last week was played. I guess we'll have to wait 2 more weeks to find out who wins.
We had quite an excellent close game of Union Pacific, including a tie for 2nd place. I've been playing this game more lately and rediscovering how enjoyable it is.
I notice Exxtra is really getting played a lot lately, often several times per evening, and it always leads to lots of excited laughs and shouts! It also usual has a huge score spread -- it probably says something about that game that even the players who are still stuck batck at start still get into the excitement of it. I heard that in a game this evening TimG lucked out rolling 3-3, 1-1, 3-3 all in the same turn, and then ended with a great roll like 6-0 or 7-0.
The Alan Parsons Project, The Turn of a Friendly Card
Iggy Pop, Brick by Brick
Porno for Pyros, Good God's Urge
Psychotica, Psychotica (swapped with Tubai Choir, Polynesian Odyssey)
Henry Purcell, Odes and Funeral Music (swapped with OMC, How Bizarre)
P for Polynesia! MarkG brought the traditional Polynesian music by Tubai Choir. Dan brought New Zealand band OMC which has a Maori band member. I supplied Porno for Pyros which has the nifty song Tahitian Moon. I'll also mention the reverberating metaness of the Alan Parsons Project and Iggy Pop albums both having songs from JimG's song lyric Meta Game ("Turn of a Friendly Card" and "Candy").
I'll also mention that I saw Talk To Her at the Dobie after go club the night before, and the opening scene has Henry Purcell music. Within about 5 seconds of the movie's opening, I was ecstatic, thinking "Oh my god, is that Michael Nyman? No it's Purcell! Cool!" Talk To Her had a later scene which was tailor made for me and my eccentric movie tastes too, heh.
i don't know if i'll make it home tonight
but i know i can swim under the tahitian moon