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20 of us played 22 games!
There were several folks who'd not been around much lately! Reminder that tonight some folks are going to see the cool-looking new Guy Maddin film The Saddest Music In The World at 6:50 at Dobie.
|RicochetRobot||6||Tim 5 RussW 3 Ben 0 KevinU 0 DaveB -3 Marty -5|
|Vampire||5||KevinY 3 Marty 3 RussW -1 MarkY -1 Matt -4|
|Crokinole||2||( MarkG Fred ) 1 ( Whendy Clayton ) -1|
|ZirkusFlohcati||3||Dudley 2 KevinY 0 MarkG -2|
|Crokinole||2||( KevinU DaveB ) 1 ( Ben Tim ) -1|
|SanJuan||4||Matt 3 Fred 1 Clayton -1 RussW -3|
|TooManyCooks||4||MarkG 3 KevinY 1 DaveB -1 Dudley -3|
|Goa||4||JP 3 MikeC 1 Fina -1 MarkH -3|
|Blokus||4||Clayton 3 RussW 1 Matt -1 Fred -3|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Tim ) 1 ( KevinU MarkY ) -1|
|Tutanchamun||3||DaveB 2 PJ 0 Matt -2|
|SanJuan||4||JP 3 RussW 1 Fina -1 Clayton -3|
|Bluff||4||KevinU 3 Matt 1 MarkY -1 Ben -3|
|Guillotine||4||KevinU 3 MarkY 1 Ben -2 Matt -2|
|RicochetRobot||3||JP 2 RussW 0 PJ -2|
|Cosmic||4||William 2 Dudley 2 MarkG -2 KevinY -2|
|Crokinole||2||KevinU 1 Ben -1|
|Crokinole||2||KevinU 1 JP -1|
|Labyrinth||2||KevinU 1 RussW -1|
|Labyrinth||2||KevinU 1 RussW -1|
|Crokinole||2||PJ 1 JP -1|
|Crokinole||2||JP 1 PJ -1|
Ricochet Robot seems to be getting more and more popular. Later in the evening, JP and PJ and I experimented with playing it on a hex grid, which works but feels very strange!
I was very happy to finally get another chance to play San Juan (twice!) again. I am happy that I continue to enjoy it, even though I didn't do very well, and I want to play it some more. It has an awful lot of different buildings and possibly strategies. E.g. JP won the last game having built something insane like 8 production buildings and having the Guild Hall or whatever that gives you 2 points for each production building.
Goa is some new game MikeC brought, described as a meaty cross between Puerto Rico and Princes of Florence, and indeed it took them almost 3 hours to finish, I believe.
Labyrinth is a card game KevinU brought back from Germany - it's pretty simple and chaotic and luckbased, but interesting fun and has that pretty appeal of geomorphic tile maze games... We tried playing with hand sizes of 3 instead of 2 to permit a little more strategy/planning; unclear if that helped. So far we've only tried it 2-player but are curious to try with more (it supposedly works with up to 6 players.)
Crokinole is clearly quite popular lately as well!
A reminder: please write names unambiguously in The Book, with last initials for people like KevinU and KevinY.
Antietam, Comes Alive!
Yo La Tengo, Ride the Tiger
Yo La Tengo, Painful
Rasputina, Thanks for the Ether
Rasputina, The Lost & Found
I saw them all 3 play on Saturday night, yay! I've tended to avoid smoky music venues in recent years, but since I like all three of these bands, I went to Stubbs to check them out. I've seen Antietam and Yo La Tengo a couple times before, both a decade ago. They played outdoors; Antietam (who I thought had disbanded, but they're back together with a new album) opened to a small crowd, and then the popular eclectic Yo La Tengo filled the backyard. I kept missing Victorian corset cello rockers Rasputina in the past and was happy to finally see them live. Rasputina played indoors and the smallish room was way too cramped for the dense crowd, and way too smoky, but the music was great. Esperantistoj eble ĝuos mian pli longan koncertrecenzon.