Reflection on gaming

2017-Jan-10, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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I got asked recently about my lack of desire to play 2-player games. I'd not really given any thought to the why, since it became obvious to me more than a year ago. Two obvious reasons came to mind as far as influential factors when I did start thinking about it.
The first being that the games I like most are typically (much) better at the full player count. Agricola, Princes of Florence, Galaxy Trucker.
The second was the factor of a 2-player game being, of necessity, myself and a single other person. There aren't many people whose company I enjoy that much that I'd seek out a game with them that way, and fewer still that I expect to enjoy mine enough.
A third reason, upon further reflection; I have two basic experiences with two player games (most but not all). My opponent was either a man that I sort of saw as a father figure (or, much earlier, my actual father), or, in more recent times, a romantic partner. Neither of those apply in any way to most of those I might game with now.
There's also going to be an element of correlation between 2 player and abstract games. For someone that claims to not care about theme, and largely ignores it during explanation, I am disinclined to play most abstracts.

Before I headed to Saga tonight I had already played as many games this January as I did through all of January last year. That was largely based on three game days, each being about 10 hours. I'm not expecting any more day long sessions this month but wouldn't likely turn down the option. Especially while I'm not yet back at work I'm going probably going to go to the Wednesday game nights again, the slightly "heavier" games than Monday and Saga typically have is good. I still haven't felt inclined to make it to the Friday group, but that's mainly distance, and expecting the games to not be of much interest to me.
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Wednesday night I went out to game somewhere new, with the current iteration of the group that I started attending nearly nine years ago. Furthering the "new that wasn't new" I played El Grande for the first time in six years and only the second time I remember seeing it in recent years. I also played Tiny Epic Galaxies, for the second time, a year after my first play, and am now wondering if there was something done wrong the first time.

New Years Eve I got invited to the home of a couple of friends, and spent the night playing board games with the two of them. Or, slightly more accurately, spent half the night playing with the two of them as one got tired and went to read. As midnight hit I was involved in a game of Gin Rummy, which I think was the first time I'd played since the end of 1997.
Sleeping on their bed was a bit less restful than normal, but part of that would have simply been it not being my bed. Having their cat make noise moving around in the morning also had me awake earlier than I wanted to be. The walk back to my part of the city, and the church service, was warmer than I'd expected and I could easily have not bothered with my jacket while away. That's been the only really hot day recently, I'm hoping for more.

I spent almost all of my waking hours yesterday away from here playing even more boardgames. As a result of being there I didn't go the regular Monday Night session that I have normally been to for the past 6 years. Half of what I played was games I like a lot; Agricola with actual drafting of cards at the start, Asara where we had very close end game scores, and El Capitan for the first time in six months. I also got to play Crazy Karts which I can see holding interest for a while, especially if there's an expectation that some one will be showing up late. The other two were Saboteur (which is a better filler than most) and Terra Mystica (which I'm okay with playing, just not eager).

This coming weekend I'm probably going to be gaming both days, in a couple of locations. A week from now SAGA is apparently going to have started up again so I might be back to gaming a lot, much earlier in the year than normal.

As I've been doing since the first year I was gaming with the Wednesday night group I went to the effort of using BGG and my records there to create a geeklist of all the Boardgames I played at least five times through the year. A list that was different to those of recent years in a few ways.
* My most played game in 2016 was only played 41 times, last year the high count was 73 and one year hit 91.
* A bunch of games that had been on last years list didn't appear this time, some of which I'm not sorry to see go, a few I regret not playing more.
* Five fewer games on the list compared to last year, which isn't a great reduction, especially considering how much less I gamed in 2016.
* On that topic, I only played 533 games through the year, in 2012 the count was 866. The simplest reason is that by not going to the Wednesday group at most of the locations cut out about 20% of what I might have played. I missed more of the Monday group than normal as well (because of distance) and there were a lot fewer short games played there, as well as earlier finish times.
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Two weeks from now Christmas will be over and I'll be in the enforced two weeks of time off work. I'm not sure how things are going to go once the factory starts up again, it's probably been heavily Christmas work leading to the mass of shifts available. Then again, the last time I did less than two days of work in a week was August (discounting a couple of days I left an hour early), corresponding reasonably closely with the departure of the prior intermediary. Over that time frame (late August to now) my average weekly income for the financial year to date has gone up by $50.

Over the weekend just been I attended two different gaming events. The first was SAGAs final event for the year, with what seemed like lower turnout than had been expected, and the usual RPG bias in attendees. Aside from the 2-player games of Pandemic, and a few games of Sentinels of the Multiverse (also a co-op) I think I played in every Board Game that was played while I was there apart from the game of Paperback that was started very early on the Saturday. I ended up leaving a few hours earlier than I'd have liked, as the attendance had dropped enough that to play in something I'd have had to put up with gaming with someone I refuse to.
On Sunday I headed to church, spent a little while talking with a few people, before heading back home to pick up my bag with a couple of games and head to Sydenham for the birthday party of a friend. While there I taught many of his extended family how to play Chicken Caesar and Sushi Go, as well as getting to play Hey! That's My Fish! for the first time in nearly two years (and play a few other games.) Even knowing fewer of the people "well" I had a better time there and I'm sure that wouldn't have been the case a couple of years ago.

Tomorrow morning will be the last Mainly Music for the year, and it's expected to be packed, partly due to "Santa" showing up. I will be braving the mall afterwards so I can buy food. My evening may (hopefully) be spent gaming with the Wednesday group I was once very regular at, I just need to not feel tired in the late afternoon and be willing to go walking.

Lethargic weekend.

2016-Nov-08, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I made it along to the Mainly Music session on Wednesday last week, which involved a bit more walking than normal as most of the group had headed to the Community Garden for a time. Once getting to where they were I got to hold the nearly 1 year old and then spent much of the following hour with him in my arms or beside me.
After the clean up of that I headed to the mall and started wandering around the stores that sell smartphones (and had an extended wander through the DVDs at JB) before deciding to spend a little money on getting my first. I didn't get around to registering the number on that SIM and probably won't be, initially because I didn't remember the need for such more than a dozen years after getting my prior SIM. With the fact that it's an Android and I have been adding various things to the app WishList for quite some time it didn't take long to download a number of apps. I am going to need to get a mini-SD card though as the memory is unsurprisingly low for a cheap phone but the "essentials" seem to be working fine. If I get the current Humble Bundle of at least half a dozen games I'd like to own I'll need even more space to get them as well.

Near the end of my work shift on Thursday I had a couple of sneezing fits and had been feeling weary enough before lunch that I let the agency know I wouldn't be working Friday. By the time I might have been leaving for SAGA (if not for my prior decision to skip it on Thursdays) I was feeling more lethargic and had started going through tissues. I woke earlier than I wanted on Friday and then spent almost all day just on my recliner with my laptop and occasional smartphone play. The dreams I had that night were the first recurrent dreams I remember having, with me waking up three or four times over the 11 hours or so I spent in bed trying to sleep.

On one level I feel like I should be in Hanmer Springs at the moment, with another couple of hours at least before I'd be heading to bed. The Wednesday night came group that I was once a regular part of is having their annual getaway over Show Weekend and some of them have headed up particularly early. Having missed the past couple of years due to the first SAGA 48-hour-charity-event and then money issues last year, I was again unsure of whether I'd be able to attend until very recently. This year the 48 event is again over show weekend so I'd been thinking I'd be there most of this weekend. Instead I've been invited to a smaller private gathering with friends and I'll be there on the Friday, probably heading home after. On Saturday I do think I'll be attending from as early as I can be bothered, and probably leaving much earlier than I would have expected a few months ago. It's become obvious to me that many of those I'd be gaming with over the 48 aren't people I want to spend a lot of time gaming with.
Tonight I had my new phone with me, and in addition to using it to do the scoring for 7 Wonders (and get a headstart on BGG play recording), I also had it playing music most of the time I was playing, and found myself far less irritated by the slowness of others at the table than I think I would have otherwise been.

Big weekend

2016-Oct-25, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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Three day weekend and I basically spent two of those days playing games. A couple of weeks ago I posted here that I'd be interested in playing Eclipse during the weekend if certain others were willing. The ease with which it happened means I'll probably sort another similar event at some point in the next couple of months, unless the SAGA 48 and Mini-Con IV sate desire.
A couple from the Wednesday group hosted games at their place on Sunday, starting late morning and going until late. I headed to church first and then spent about an hour walking across to South City area. I had a very ranged performance over the many games I played, winning four of them (two by wide margins) and getting thoroughly beaten in three of them. It was good to see the home of the couple, and now I know where to go if they host on a Wednesday night I have free.
The game of Eclipse went well enough for four of us, the fifth had very unfortunate draws while expanding and got hemmed in with not much chance of getting out. I had what seemed like poor early draws finding no more material worlds and having to make do with minimal income of such each round. The winner had what we all agreed were lucky discoveries, getting quite powerful ships early. My last round was big on miscalculation, spreading just thin enough that I had to withdraw from almost all my systems to afford all the actions I'd taken, one less move and I'd possibly have had several more points.

A week from now the first day of NaNoWriMo will be about done and I've started thinking I might be taking part again, after almost completely ignoring it last year. Me not bothering was partly due to one of those I know that takes part spending the month out of the city, and the other I'd most like to see having indicated no interest (I think? memory is poor). Having had three years of failures due to almost never feeling inclined to bother writing was the more significant motivation. This year I'm aware of another friend taking part and I do miss taking part, even with me pretty much never being inclined to show anyone any of what I achieved.
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I seem to be having trouble sleeping in the way I used to almost any day I didn't have work, didn't reach much past eight hours this morning. Maybe I should close the curtains at the top of my bedroom but I don't recall it being an issue until recently, even during summer.

I went back the Wednesday Night Gaming last week, and had a couple of very good games of (Rise of) Augustus, before a much longer than it should have been game of Castles of Burgundy. With the game end being nearly an hour later than I'd have estimated I was home noticeably later than I'd have preferred and had a somewhat unwelcome morning at work the next day. When I'd last been to the supermarket I'd purchased a can of LIFT+ figuring there would likely be a day it could be useful, I hadn't really expected it to be so soon. At some point in the past month or so Pak'n'Save stopped carrying Glucozade it seems, that's been my "energy drink" of choice since I felt inclined to buy any.

Saturday was the annual Community Fun Day in the park up the street from me, and I stuck around for the entire three hours this time. Most of the early portion just walking around to find people I know, lots of the later portion with particular people, including a baby. I don't look my age it seems, a couple of the young adults got engaged very recently and he wasn't present, sitting down by her briefly I got mistaken for him by a person new to the area. Granted, there probably hadn't been any discussion of what he looked like, but I'd have presumed I look significantly older than she does.

Next Monday is Labour Day, and I'll be spending the afternoon playing Eclipse, after actually making the minimal effort to set up such via FB. It would be better if there was a sixth that seemed likely to fit the group that's already organised, she that I would have asked is due to give birth on (or very near) that day.

I like to complain...

2016-Oct-11, Tuesday 05:40 pm
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... it's easier than actually taking steps to fix the "problems" that I see. I've started to make some changes in my behaviour regarding that however, and it seems to have cost me one friend on FaceBook already.

During the weekend I attended the third SAGA Mini-Con for the year, spending less of my time playing board games than I wanted due to a couple of factors, one being other people not having the stamina to stick around on Sunday evening. I also wanted to play different games than some of those that got played but had prepared for that with my laptop having Eclipse on it, getting through an entire game over the course of Sunday. A couple of people I'd have liked to show up didn't and the one person I avoid gaming with was present (briefly), but for the most part I got to play games with people I like spending time with including a couple of people that I hadn't been expecting to see there.

I did four days of work last week, most of it simple enough although a couple of the jobs were more taxing than normal. More than half of my Friday was spent putting things in bags which is always easy, there was a portion of Monday where I had to put stapled paper on the conveyor as magazines were going by, something that always strains my eyes and has once resulted in me leaving due to induced headache.
Having expected to be out later than I was on Sunday and at home for as little of the weekend as I was, I preemptively took yesterday off work and didn't get offered today. Leading to me agreeing to work tomorrow, and likely the rest of the week if I get offered those shifts. Tomorrow night I will be gaming unless I'm even more wiped out than I expect to be and will probably perform poorly in whatever I play.

This coming weekend will be the fifth in a row that I've had plans, although the one just been was the only one that was a full weekend of things. I'm now wondering if I'll be motivated enough to try and organise tabletop Eclipse for Labour weekend, it didn't get played at Mini-Con and I don't think waiting until the 48 Charity Event is a great idea.

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2016-Oct-04, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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Two and a half years ago I would have been getting back from SAGA late for an entirely different reason than I was tonight. Walking a friend to the bus stop she'd wait at led to me also getting more hugs than I managed while gaming with her. Tonight on the other hand I stuck around partially to let a committee member know a thing and make a request. (There's also no particular reason to come home as soon as I'm done gaming especially when I'm not working the following day.)

I spent much of my Saturday at the home of a couple I game with less than I'd like to. It ended up being close to seven hours that I was there, with the last half hour or so being conversation instead of games. A conversation that had me admit/confess a couple of things directly that they'd probably had a chance to guess at prior but wouldn't have heard specifically. It's good to have that level of trust with other people, probably far from necessary when talking with most of my friends, but I don't trust easily.

Work picked up a while back and hasn't faded in the interim like prior spikes have led to. I am taking tomorrow off after working yesterday and today, with an expectation for work on Thursday and Friday. If things keep being like they've been of late I'm going to consider taking Wednesdays off as a regular thing again like I was a few years back.
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And didn't walk as much as I'd thought I would be. A couple of friends had a weekend away and I got to go and feed their cat Jarvis, not that I saw him much. Considering the location I asked another friend a week prior if company on the Saturday would be welcome and with a yes arranged to go there instead of home between Saturday feedings. On the Friday night I was unable to see the cat and stuck around to make sure he did come in and eat. During contact with friends I got told it would be okay for me to spend the night on the spare bed and so I didn't head home. Over the course of that afternoon/evening I'd been keeping in contact with the other friend and found out other plans has been made; plans that ended up taking precedence over a visit from me. I didn't actually get all those details until the Saturday morning though, and after feeding the cat again headed back here, getting more exercise than is normal for a Saturday earlier than I'm normally up at the weekend.

I worked the last three days of last week, and was probably more tired at the weekend than I might have otherwise been. (Which likely led to me sleeping earlier and for longer than I otherwise would have on the spare bed.) That and the specific thing I was doing yesterday morning at work led to me turning down the offer of work I had for today. The listing on the board also made it seem I'd be getting an offer for tomorrow, that didn't happen. With it being school holidays this week and the next Mainly Music isn't happening tomorrow and I have nothing to do after I get up. Which means I'll probably end up spending a lot of time playing more Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy. Since getting it about 10 days ago I've spent an average of more than 2 hours a day playing, and even considered taking my laptop to work so I could play during my lunch break. Still haven't managed to win with all six of the Alien races though.

Facebook has shown me a couple of posts over the past couple of days reminding me even more of someone being not around. I miss hugs, smiles, amusing talk. I regret letting things go so long without conversation again. And I regret other friendships fading as well.

Almost busy again

2016-Sep-13, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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In only one of the next four weekends am I not already expecting to do something out of the ordinary for a weekend.
This coming weekend I'm gaming off Colombo street with a couple I haven't seen enough recently due to scheduling conflicts. Not sure what I'll end up playing but even the games I don't much care for are still fun with that group.
The following weekend I'll be going back to feed their cat while they do something somewhere else. Chances are good I'll spend a while reading at least one of their books while I'm letting the cat eat and such. I'm also heading further afield on the Saturday (unless plans change) to spend time with the friend I visited about three months ago. Time gets away from me far more than I'm okay with. The first time I was there I noticed a PS2 and had the thought she might like to play the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game I have.
The second weekend of October is Mini-con III, the first irregular SAGA event I'll have any part of for a nearly three month stretch. I am hoping that certain people show up and I get to play with them. Regardless, it could be a good opportunity to get games of Princes of Florence, Power Grid, and Rococo.

Work hours/offers seem to be keeping at the level they "should" have been earlier in the year, I did get offered Friday last week but felt I'd not really slept enough on top of the extra working, so didn't think it was wise to do the fourth day. Today was simple enough, especially with the shifting between machines as small jobs were finished quickly leading to down time throughout the day. We also finished all the different jobs earlier than expected, before the last thing was ready so many of us left early. I'm taking tomorrow off because it seems likely that I'll get either Thursday or Friday again (or both?) and would rather spend tomorrow morning sleeping in and then surrounded by little children.

Over the past couple of years at least I've not been getting to church much if any before it was halfway done, and normally later than that. This weekend I arrived no more than 15 minutes after the start of the service, and was there well past end time. For about half of that time I was holding a nine month old, or had let someone else hold him briefly.

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2016-Aug-30, Tuesday 11:40 pm
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The new favourite of the temp agency liaison has been getting to work 10 hours days for some reason. I'm not wanting to work that long so I'd turn down such shifts, but I wasn't asked at any point. With her being scheduled to stay into the afternoon shift today she got to stay for the entire morning shift even though the rest of us casuals got sent home early due to something having not got processed as soon as expected. (I'm getting paid for a little longer than what I actually worked and was home at what would have been lunchtime.) I'm working tomorrow as well which will almost guarantee what I see as minimum income for the week, but it means I don't get to go spend time at Mainly Music again; something I've started doing a little more often than I was for a couple of years.

Over the weekend SAGA held it's annual LARP con and while I wasn't interested I did hear about the surprise return (from the UK) of a couple that's been away for over a year. They signed up under false names and walked in, to the surprise of many of those in attendance. The Uni group KAOS also had an event at the weekend, their annual 48 hour party, and while most of that wasn't of interest to me, the end was board games. I played Castles of Mad King Ludwig and DC Comics DBG twice each, winning all four games which has to be significantly due to having new players in each game, and most (if not all) of the others being tired from their weekend. The one negative is that I seem to have lost my hat.

I still haven't sat down and watched Tron: Legacy but I did watch the original last week, and then let it run through again immediately after with commentary. Considering I'll want to go out and game tomorrow night but also hope to be offered work for Thursday I'm kind of expecting to watch the sequel tomorrow.

13 years

2016-Aug-09, Tuesday 11:57 pm
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The weekend just been marked 13 years since I shifted to this part of Christchurch and went flatting for the first time. I spent nearly 3.5 years at that flat, with one constant flatmate and others changing each year, before spending a month in Shirley while looking for another place. Which ended up being this flat, where I've been a little over 9.5 years now.
The fact I suddenly had access to the internet where I lived led to a few things changing, the amount of books I read being the most obvious change. I'd read more than 240 books in 2002, in 2004 it was only 50 and (especially if you discount what I managed to read at work) the more recent years have been pitiful in comparison. If my computer was more up to date at the time I might have been more inclined to play online, even with me being generally poor at RTS games. The connection issues I've had in the past was part of the reason I didn't play as much Settlers of Catan online as I might have, I didn't want to waste the time of opponents.

Before I really woke up last Wednesday someone was in the house fixing the heat pump. By the time I left my room it had been working long enough to make a massive difference in how warm the lounge felt. I've spent much of this week sitting on my recliner again, using the TV to play YouTube videos. If I had more cash reserves I'd probably have purchased a copy of RimWorld after the amount of YouTube Let's Play and the like I've been watching. Then again, I might have purchased a copy of Factorio a couple of months ago with bigger cash reserves.

I played Kingsburg tonight for the first time in a long time, after not feeling at all interested when it's been played by others all this year. I got resources easily early and was never lacking the ability to build something I wanted, aside from the second last season where I chose to not build so I could be assured of getting the last building I wanted. Even without me rolling high I didn't have many "bad" rolls and probably won on the back of that luck.
During the evening I also had the realisation that I've now been using the pseudonym Avron for very nearly half of my life. It was a few months into my time at Polytech that I first started using it and unless it's unavailable I don't use any other account name.

Too much Civ III

2016-Aug-02, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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I spent many hours at the weekend playing Civilization III instead of sleeping or dealing with other things I might have been better doing. I also failed to do well at Civilization III for most of that time frame. I am, by nature, more inclined to build than fight during the game and so even after seeing that other countries were going to run away with the I didn't make an early enough attempt to build up forces or form alliances against them. I have no idea how many more times I'm going to start over before I stop playing again but I'm going to see about doing things quicker, after realising that by changing some of the settings opponent turns were done a lot quicker.

I got my heater out last night with the intention of letting it heat my room for a while, only to have it trip the power strip overload so I won't be trying to use it again. That does mean I'm more put out by the heat pump issues. And I'm staying in bed longer than I otherwise would because it's actually warm when I wake up.

After SAGA tonight I spent a while talking with someone that's intending to run for President next year. Going over some of the things I see as issues, talking about various games and reaffirming that I made the right choice to not stand for committee last time and shouldn't this year.

Avoiding issues

2016-Jul-26, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I worked four days last week, only the second time this year I believe (and there may have only been three last year). I still wasn't asked about all the work that was available though as I didn't get asked about Wednesday and at least one, much newer, casual was in that day. According to something I heard at work today there might cease to be an issue with my employment there. Auckland management is wanting to cut back on labour costs, which would mean ceasing to use the temp agency and going back to their own casual pool. Not having to deal with the temp agency anymore would be great in my opinion, but even if that is happening it won't be anytime soon.

With the amount of work I got last week and the change in my activity levels due to it I chose to not go gaming on Monday last week, and also missed the Wednesday night session that I'd have otherwise gone to. Yesterday I had a similar feeling after work bu managed to get a lift so I got to play a couple of games, and see a couple of friends that haven't been making it along due to other plans.
I'm thinking I might head to Mainly Music in the morning, for at least the end of the session, I'm no longer as comfortable there as I was when I first started helping. Knowing almost none of the mothers is a big part of that.

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2016-Jul-12, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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I got to game with someone tonight that hasn't been making it to SAGA much for a couple of years now (other people have lives away from gaming after all) and also won each of the three games I played. My good mood because of those two things dropped somewhat, pretty much as soon as gaming finished though.
I took an early lead in Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and held it for the rest of the game. Normally I've ended up with low scoring rooms and lagged behind because of it, not sure why I did better tonight. The Agricola game went well for me, although I was of course feeling like I missed opportunities to get things done as well as I might have. My start hand of cards was synergistic to a degree that doesn't normally happen, and with more effort to get my house expanded earlier I'd probably have done better getting them played. DC Comics DBG played with a couple of Superheroes each leads to a quicker game, unsurprising with the dual bonus abilities.

In addition to watching lots more Critical Role recently I have spent a fair while playing Civ III again, getting quite a way through a map before attacking unwisely and getting much of my civilisation taken over in retribution. I need to ensure I have defensive forces, but not go attacking with them. Tropico also got played for a while, long enough after I last played that I'd forgotten some of what was going on and how it worked.

Change in gaming

2016-Jul-05, Tuesday 11:44 pm
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Played Tzolk'in tonight at SAGA, and did well enough I feel okay with my score. Had at least a couple of occasions where the move I chose to make was obviously worse than another I might have taken, but only realised after the next player took his action. The entire game played out oddly though; a bit before the halfway point I realised that almost no buildings had been built, very little of the wood/corn had been taken, and more of the Skull Track was full than normal.
I'm wondering if I'll be playing other games I'm not overly keen on, due to inexperience, in the upcoming weeks. I played Terra Mystica last week and did only a little worse than I'd have hoped at game start. Not sure what else might qualify, although Ankh-Morpork on Thursday probably would.

Appetite quickly dropped back to where I'm used to after my last post, having not worked will have had that impact. Having little in the way of junk-food also has an impact in how much I eat, if I have to make a sandwich or cook or whatever, I'm going to eat less.

I need to find a better job, problem is what's available and my near complete lack of job skills. I'm not going to interview at all well either so even if I could get a CV that seemed to indicate I'm worth hiring going further will be difficult.

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2016-Jun-28, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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If I was 20 years younger I might be thinking I was about to experience a growth spurt. My appetite seems to have increased over the past couple of weeks and I'm not sure what would have caused it. It's not like I've really been working a great deal more than I had been, or walking much further to games etc. I have been eating more fruit, with apples left over after Buckets of Dice, and me buying more last weekend, but I spend more time feeling hungry now.

My catching up with Critical Role goes in fits and spurts, I watched about half a dozen episodes over the past week, after not seeing any for the prior two (or more) weeks. Where I'm up to now is about what was new when I first remember hearing friends talk about it, I might soon be seeing things I heard mentioned specifically.

Games at the weekend went well for me, very narrow wins in a couple of the games. More important was getting to spend time with the hosts, after they've been unable to attend the gaming sessions I'm used to seeing them at. I was also informed that it could be possible for me to spend the night there if I do want to go visit someone else the following day. Not something that I'll likely take them up on, but the offer was nice. Didn't get to spend time with the cat though. :(

Buckets of Dice 2016

2016-Jun-07, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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As expected my weekend was largely full of gaming and not enough sleep. I only played a few games each day through the weekend but some of them were a significant length. A small number of people I'd have like to game with either didn't make it at all or were distracted by the mass of RPGs and LARPs on offer. Two new games over the course of the weekend although I'd had some idea about each beforehand, one being a development of a nearly 10 year old game and the other being one I saw video play through on YouTube.

Saturday morning I woke three hours earlier than I intended to for some reason and spent most of that time lying in bed trying to sleep again. I got to the event shortly before the spiel about RPGs that would happen along with LARPs etc, before having a very short attempt to get people interested in Quantum Werewolf. I spent the normal amount of time waiting around through the day with no clear idea of what game to play but at least some of the time I wasn't playing was to avoid an individual or a game I wasn't interested in.
Sunday I managed to sleep in longer and showed up after whatever speech might have happened. I also ended up playing everything with someone I spent a lot of the day hugging as well. Even though this day was the one I played the most games I went and got food at one point, which would have taken a while.
Monday was a later start than I'd have wanted due to people needing to sleep and many of the attendees wanting to eat breakfast at a group event. The trickle in was perhaps worse than last year but that's always going to be an issue, especially on day three. Clean up was almost completely dealt with well before I'd expected it to start, perhaps due to there being very little in the way of RPGs so only one room was in use for most of the day.

My walk to games on Monday night was little more than half the normal length due to relative locations, and attended by only one other aside from myself and the host. I got to play my second game of Samurai, doing quite poorly, and another game of St Petersburg where I actually felt I might be competitive from early on.

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2016-May-10, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I barely played any board games last week, after only going out on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and playing a single game each night. This week on the other hand looks likely to be games every day aside from Friday and I could likely play then if I was inclined to go as far as it's likely to be for as short a time of games. Sunday is this year's SAGA Long Board Game Day where it seems I will again get to play Die Macher and Eclipse, maybe something else in the evening if we get through things as quick as we did at the last one.

I worked at the start of last week and haven't heard anything about shifts since then. I have also been sent an email requiring me to fill in some sort of H&S thing to keep my employment. My first inclination was to email a reply asking why I should go to the effort of signing up to another site and filling out a form to keep my employment when I'm not getting the work offers I should be.

Laundry happened again at the end of last week, but as per normal I've still got a lot of clothes on the airer instead of getting around to putting it away. Of all the things I should do around this flat that's probably the one that would make the most difference on a regular basis. Actually finishing the sorting of my stuff after a couple of months would also be good.
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On Saturday I managed to get to the location at about the right time and a couple of others were present and ready to play already. Before we'd got far through our first game more had shown up. A while after noon a young couple I know from church arrived and I taught them how to play Colt Express, then 7 Wonders with her winning the second and only losing the first on tie-break. I then lost a game of Stone Age after failing to get quite enough cards to catch up to the hut point lead that the others had. Galaxy Trucker with a nearly new player and a couple of the newer, weird, boards where I managed to avoid losing almost any portions of my ships but failed to haul enough cargo, winning mainly on the back of still be present at round end with a "pretty" ship. Things started going down when I helped teach a stranger how to play Castles of Mad King Ludwig, he grasped most of it but something seemed off to me.
When that was done almost everyone had left and I ended up agreeing to a game of DC Comics Deck Building with an individual I have known for a long time I shouldn't game with, but keep giving "second" chances. The new individual from CoMKL was also involved and learning, and while he claimed to have played Dominion still took a long time to pick up what was going on. With the two of them we played for 90 minutes and didn't finish because the owner was getting picked up. It should have been a 60 minute game at absolute longest and I know players I could finish a game with in 30 minutes.

Sunday morning I played a game of Castles of Burgundy where I lagged behind each of my opponents in all I was doing, not paying attention enough to lead any of the categories. The game of Princes of Florence went better (as is normal for me) with at least one of my Prestige pickups being fortunate. After a game of 7 Wonders, that had a couple of obvious winners, I played in a game of Elysium where I actually felt I was doing okay and lost on tie-break. The last game I played was me teaching a couple of new-comers how to play Castles of Mad King Ludwig at the request of a friend who had just finished playing something else with them while I was ending the game of Elysium. That was the last game I played, partly because I'd started developing a headache, partly because those I would have preferred to game with had chosen games I wasn't interested in. The last game of the night involved she whom I'm going to avoid from now on and while I stuck around, and helped explain it, I would not have enjoyed playing with her. I did spend a fair while hugging one of the others that was playing though, both during that game and the one she'd been playing prior.

By the time I got home I was actually feeling ill, and decided to leave the lounge lights on as dimmed as possible with a bucket by my bed as I tried to sleep. By the time I woke I was feeling better, but not great. Having not unset my normal alarm I had another two hours before needing to leave so I spent a while longer online than is normal in my mornings and then slept for an hour.


While at work on Monday I was informed that the supervisor had specifically requested I be brought in a couple of times while I wasn't getting work. I also wasn't asked about tomorrow even though it looked likely that there would be enough work for a few casuals.

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