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So far I've been out playing boardgames for much of the month. The weekend was Saga's second mini-con and I think I played games for more of it than normal. I went out to the Monday group again last night, with no work today I figured I might as well see how things were. I spent a while playing with a little cat that I'd probably now have as a pet if we were allowed pets in this flat, and felt I'd be able to take care of it.

The Steam summer sale has cost me about $30 all up, and should lead to me having plenty of games to play for quite a few months. Especially when a couple of them are RTS games. If I already had Tabletop Simulator or had felt like spending $15 on it, there would probably be another half dozen purchased games as a fair few boardgames are available there. Unrelated to that, I did purchase Colt Express, largely because there is a mission aspect to it that I hope will get expansions at some point.

By the time I got up on Thursday last week the heat pump had been fixed and working for a while, the flat hasn't felt cold since then which has been very good. The weather in general has also been better than I expected, I even managed to have laundry on the line for a while yesterday afternoon.

A bit more gaming.

2017-Jun-20, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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As I knew Buckets of Dice would leave me drained at the start of the month, I chose to take a few more days off around that weekend than normal. I then didn't get asked about work for nearly two more weeks. Yesterday and today were both simple enough work but I haven't missed the early starts. FB indicates that this time of year is comparatively short on shifts so it may just be the time of year, but paranoid me wonders if I missed out because I wanted time off.

I got to play Chicken Caesar at the weekend, with a couple of the other players teaming up with much younger family. I ended up scoring very well after getting more tokens of one particular office than could be placed on my chickens. Games tonight didn't go quite so well, although I did win Jamaica after a particularly slow start, and the last three treasures (which were the only ones I picked up) being the special cards not point cards.
Messed up an Agricola game this afternoon though, was meaning to take food, got distracted by resources due to not counting properly, and have taken a begging card.

The heat pump has been looked at by a professional, and there's some of fault in the electronics. Not sure how soon the fix is going to be possible.

Buckets of Dice 2017

2017-Jun-06, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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tl/dr I'm glad I went along, but on the whole it was something of a disappointment. Having a cold for much of the weekend is going to be a big part of how I feel about the event though.

Friday night was the quiz that seems likely to continue as an annual thing as long as someone can be found to organise it. I ended up on a team that had a poor early round and gave up, aiming for funny for most of the rest of the rounds. The first round not taken seriously I'd have managed 8 of the 10 answers which was a moderate disappointment but I was entertained by the others trying to be amusing.

My Saturday ended up being about what I remember as far as getting to play games is concerned. Mostly longer games with a fair amount of waiting for other specific people to finish so I could play with them or the "what do you want to play" discussion that always takes time. Three of the games I played are my top three games so that was good, although one of them was ended earlier than it should have been by a player throwing the game because he wasn't enjoying himself. If he was a SAGA member I'd probably have put him on my (short) list of people to never play with again.

Before going to bed that night I decided I wouldn't set an alarm for Sunday morning, as I'd started to experience cold symptoms. I ended up waking up every couple of hours or so through the morning, not cold or with a sore throat or anything else to explain it. By the time I actually got up and sorted things it was about noon, I didn't actually leave until about quarter to one. Games were ending when I arrived and one game I'd probably have been otherwise quite keen to join seemed too much for me so I helped explain Eclipse and then got asked to play Dune. I probably would have been better off not agreeing to play that considering the head cold. I did still have fun though, at least until the final played round (half the group needed to leave early evening), where I overcommitted forces and was basically eliminated as a relevant force. Timing of that was such that I managed to spend most of the prize giving time in that room, and was awarded a voucher for something (I was apparently nominated for something by someone at some point). The other thing I played on Sunday was a partial game of (co-op) Eldritch Horror, where we'd managed to deal with two of the three things that would grant a victory by the end of the booking. With another hour or so I think we'd have won.

Monday started a bit later due to the less regimented session times, and many of the attendees going to breakfast together. I still showed up more than 30 minutes after the doors opened and spent a fair while doing nothing or helping shift things to help with the Grand Start. I played a couple of good games, and another I'd have enjoyed with more involved (Tiny Epic Galaxies with two doesn't seem worth it). The last game ended up being a somewhat mixed up DC Comics DBG with a player that had played before but didn't seem like he had a clue. Having all the non-Grand Start gaming in one area isn't a great ides, the RPG that happened mid afternoon was loud and distracting.

As a follow on, tonight at SAGA was very empty compared to recent weeks, no doubt because of the general tiredness/exhaustion of members. Probably also because another Club had claimed two of the rooms we use which may have led to at least one RPG group heading away. Whether counting completed games or not I nearly played more tonight that I did over the entire event weekend, although that statistic is biased heavily due to playing Coup and Red 7 multiple times tonight.

Weekend of sand

2017-May-16, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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I spent a significant portion of my Saturday playing a Print'n'play copy of Dune. The first game was over in the first round as the host managed to take control of another couple of the goal regions without the rest of realising that was going to happen. The second game went more as expected although there were a couple of the early rounds where it needed to be pointed out that one particular player might get control of the third region they needed to win. Game end came when the alliance option showed up and the two of us that were getting other players money during the rounds allied. It nearly ended up being all five were controlled by the two of us, but one of the three fights went the way of the defenders.
There was also a couple of other games played, one prior while waiting for the last to arrive, and one after before our host had to leave.

Star Trek: Timelines lost my interest after little more than a month. Probably due to finding Fallout Shelter and starting to play it, a game that feels similar in commitment etc. but which continues to have things to do regardless of how long I've been doing things.
The newest thing on my YouTube playlist is Subnautica, which, if I played, I'd probably spend most of my time building a base instead of progressing the story.

Digital gaming

2017-May-09, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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I started playing video games a bit more recently, even if one of them is Catan online. Yet another development of the Catan game, this time on Steam, recently became available and I spent a few hours over the weekend playing, getting a few of the achievements. The Seafarers expansion was available to play over the weekend, it will cost money now.
Mass Effect 2 was available to download and play for free recently on the Origin client. I tried to play that yesterday and was only able to get a short way into the game before getting shut out due to (what seems to be) a hardware issue. I get the feeling I'd enjoy it if I could keep playing, but I'm not interested enough to see about fixing things.
Because I couldn't get ME2 to work I ended up logging into the Blizzard app as well, where I saw that the original StarCraft was free to play. A few minutes later the download was done and I opened the program to find it had integrated with the CD version I had played a while ago. So I played about five of the first missions before logging back out.
While at the supermarket last week I purchased a Steam card and got home to find that there was a sale of Star Wars games, for less than $2 more than what I'd got as Steam card. As such I don't have 23 new games to play through.
Star Trek: Timelines is already losing the appeal it had earlier, probably in part because I keep getting new crew that I won't be able to keep without spending real cash.

YouTube videos of other games have also taken a lot of my time. Subnautica and Oxygen Not Included being the two most watched.
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SAGA started up again properly this evening, with at least 20 people playing board games at one point, and some others arriving once early departures had happened. There seemed to be a fair amount of simple, social, games that I've little interest in. But there were a few play Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and an individual showed interest in some of the more involved games during a discussion about game types. I'm expecting Thursday night to be smaller based on past years but with that I may be able to play something more substantial.

As of Monday afternoon I've decided that I won't be gaming most Monday nights for the foreseeable future. I was no longer getting to game as long as I wanted, making the walk there and back too long for what I was getting from the evening out. Since five years ago it's gone from maybe 15 minutes of walking total and more than four hours of gaming, to nearly 90 minutes of walking and barely three hours of gaming.

Yesterday after I got home I noticed that my smartphone wasn't charging, and after pulling the cable and trying a different USB port realised it was something more problematic. There's still some connection, as a little red LED goes on when I plug in the cable, but there's no charging at all. Being without Snapchat is bothering me, I don't know if I'm getting messages/pics from my ex, my friend in the U.K. and I know I'm missing things from a few "famous" people. Getting around without music has been odd as well, I quickly got used to the audio. On the upside, I napped during my lunch break today as I couldn't play games like I've been doing for most of the past four months.

We've been warm

2017-Jan-17, Tuesday 11:57 pm
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I feel better about SAGA so far this year than I was at the end of last year. Part of it may be the numbers are already high enough that multiple games were going for a significant portion of the evenings. I have yet to decide what I think about the intention to theme evenings through the year. Much of it will be RPG stuff which isn't of interest to me, but some of it is relevant to Board Games. I also realise I'm not really the target for the theming.
Unless the weather is worse tomorrow night than I'm expecting it to be I'll be gaming again then as well. The Wednesday group does seem to have regained my interest as well, although when the location is further away I might not be as inclined to go out.

I still haven't been back to work, although I was offered a shift on Monday night. Starting at 2200 and pushing a button when there was a problem on the conveyor was really not of interest. Both because of the time, and because I've found that watching that sort of motion causes a headache. Going back will result in the normal shock to the system with me having been going to bed after midnight for the past month.

Temperatures of late have been what I like, although being able to stay at home throughout the day makes it less of an issue than it would be for others. Walking to games has still been t-shirt and shorts weather, and getting home would be as well (if I'd needed to walk home). The fact this house has so much shade from trees keep the house cooler than it would be without fans etc.

Bah Humbug (again)

2016-Dec-20, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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Not even a week until Christmas is done with for another year and if was subjected to much in the way of media I'd be looking forward to that even more than I am. I might go spend an hour at the Christmas Eve service RBC is having on Saturday but it's unlikely I'll be making the effort to get up in time for the Sunday service. Most of the rest of the "Christmas" time will be spend with my laptop watching YouTube videos or in the lounge watching DVDs.

Board gaming has picked up for me a bit recently, going back to SAGA on Thursday because of the SGM led to me doing the best I've ever done with Castles of Mad King Ludwig. I also went to the Wednesday group last week and had a good time there. Fortuitously being present for the last session one of the regulars will be at due to him shifting away from Christchurch the following day.
With Game Depository getting sold I decided to spend some money there at the weekend, placing an order on Facebook Sunday night. The box was at my door when I got home from work yesterday and I've already played one of the games. Two of the others were a game I play elsewhere as friends have it, and online through STEAM.

Work dropped off a little quicker than I'd have expected, I got a single day last week (declined Friday afternoon) and have had a short day yesterday for this week which will probably be it until next year. Having done so many weeks of more than two days recently I'm not hurting for money at all and it's left me in a position to help a friend shift house tomorrow.

Being busy

2016-Nov-01, Tuesday 11:49 pm
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Since the end of August I've been typically getting three days of work and that's with me turning down Wednesdays for a while so I can go and spend time at the Mainly Music sessions I used to be helping at every week. I don't know how long the better situation will last but I'm managing to save money each week which is good.

This coming weekend will be the eighth in a row that I've had plans besides simply attend church on Sunday morning. One of those weekends I was going to go visit a friend that ended up with conflicting plans such that I didn't go see her. I still spent much of that weekend away from here feeding the cat at another friends place (and walking). There is a local area community event this Sunday around noon and while I'm not expecting to spend a lot of time there I do hope to see certain people.
Show weekend will make nine with the SAGA 48 hour charity event and while I'm not going to make any effort to stay awake the entire time I'll probably be there most of the weekend.

The mass of activity at work and weekend has impacted on how far through my Media backlog I manage to get each day. iTunes is currently at about 18 hours of podcasts not listened to and YouTube has 60 unwatched videos on the Watch Later playlist, without me updating it today. I had thought I'd buy a smartphone yesterday which might have impacted how much audio I listened to each day, but the branch I went to doesn't sell phones.

A short while ago I started thinking about what should happen to my stuff when I die, I don't know what brought it on. So far I've decided that my copy of Chicken Caesar goes to someone specific as it seems she's enjoyed it more than I do each time she's played. Her husband requested another game and I'm more inclined to leave him the Babylon 5 DVDs I own. The actual listing is going to take a while and I'll have to make it obvious somewhere so it could be found when needed. About a dozen years ago I signed a will, but there wasn't a lot of detail in it, and my parents would currently be tasked with dealing with all my stuff. Most of which they'll have no idea about.

What new beginning?

2016-Sep-20, Tuesday 11:18 pm
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It's a fairly common saying that with things ending there are new beginnings.

SAGA has recently had a bit of an upswing in attendance for boardgaming. And I've no interest in playing the games that the newer people are choosing to play.
The past 2 or 3 weeks have seen games like The Resistance getting played; secret roles, social deduction, and hidden teams. Even Codenames, which was played for a couple of hours tonight, isn't something I typically care to play (and I sat out hoping to be free to play something else when others finished whatever). There are a few others that are interested in Agricola, Colosseum, and other games with involved game play, but it seems that most of the group is now likely to be playing simple, social games. My general feeling about going along had been getting less enthused for a while, and only got lower when I found out I'd caused a couple of people to cease attending earlier in the year.
Gaming on Thursday has been more of interest compared to Tuesday for quite a while, due to someone specific that only games with us on Thursdays and she's been missing some weeks due to other plans for a while. With the comparatively lower attendance on Thursdays though it's almost always a single game, which limits (to some extent) what can get played.
Monday nights have also been a little lighter most weeks of late, although with a new flatmate there it seems I'll be able to play some heavier games there. Wednesday nights would likely be the best chance to play the level of game I want to play, apart from the distance issue and my general disinclination to learn new things.

What this all comes down to is that I seem likely to be leaving board gaming as a big thing by the end of the year, and don't seem likely to bother with SAGA next year at all. Having become so much older than most of the group is also part of that, the regulars I've played most things with are closer to my age (a couple of them are older) but nearly everyone new is going to be more than a decade younger than I am.
If I wasn't so damned lazy and unmotivated I'd clear the mess that exists in this flat (almost all mine at the moment) and try to get certain individuals to visit at some convenient point. Actually having people visit me in that way is so counter to my normal life that I don't see it happening though.

Empty week

2016-Aug-16, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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SAGA had the AGM tonight, we've got a partly new committee that seems likely to be at least a little more inclined to Board Games than this years' and those of prior. It's going to be a couple of months before I have any reason to be attending any SAGA events (aside from the Tuesday/Thursday nights), with the only things coming up being very much RPG.
I'm missing out on gaming of late with me not feeling as inclined to head out on Monday nights as I was, even with a standing ride offer. Last Thursday had only a couple of us show up to SAGA as well with most of the regulars having other things on. I had gone out the night prior, for the first Wednesday in a while, and was soundly beaten in a game of Colosseum.

With me not getting much work recently I've found my sleep schedule has gone back to the point of me basically sleeping during the hours I work if I have work. Not really a problem until I do get work again, or want to go to Mainly Music or Church. With all that time I've probably spent more than 30 hours watching old episodes of What's My Line? and idly wondering whether or not it could ever be done now.

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