Less busy weeks

2017-Oct-17, Tuesday 11:56 pm
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I had expected to have work today when I left yesterday, I never got a text message though. So I went out last night to play games, getting quite unlucky in the Formula De game, scoring okay at Coloretto, and comfortably winning the Dominion game on the basis of seeing a combo my opponents did not.

My Saturday afternoon was spent in the park up the street, with the annual community event that involves a lot of free food and activities for children. I spent a fair portion of it with particular young people I know from church, and a short while with a couple of my second ex's children after they were happy to see me. Also spent a little while with the woman who inferred I was the father of a particular child at Mainly Music a month or so ago, minding her son on a couple of occasions as she got food for him.

The prior weekend was Mini-Con III for Saga and while I played only a few games it was mostly a good time. The only real downside, aside from not seeing people I'd have hoped to see, was the six hour game that should have taken about three with rules explanation etc. Having played once I now see more of what to do, and should both score much better, and play quicker in any subsequent game.

Four weeks from now I should be in Hanmer Springs, for the first Gamesfest I'll have attended in four years. I don't have any Saga thing keeping me here in the city, and money seems unlikely to be an issue this year. I don't expect to travel well, but with four full days there before coming back to the city I'll have plenty of time to feel "normal" again before needing to travel more.

About a month ago I started going back through the records I've kept at Board Game Geek to clean up inconsistencies in how I'd recorded seating, some played colours etc., missed data, and just generally making the data better. I have managed to get through about two thirds of the nearly 6000 recorded entries with 7 Wonders probably going to take the biggest time frame as the Boards used have many different notations. I've played Agricola and Race for the Galaxy more, but the clean up for each of them is simpler, I already dealt with the Agricola games.

Last week was busy

2017-Oct-03, Tuesday 11:58 pm
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I worked a "full week" last week, doing four days of work and helping with Mainly Music on the Wednesday. I only went out to game for SAGA so I still had a lot of time here sitting on this chair.
This week, I worked yesterday, and might on Thursday, but that's it. Someone that used to be regular at the Monday Night gaming was back for a long weekend and I had kind of expected it to a longer night than it was. I'm also going to be going out tomorrow night to game with the Wednesday night group, and with SAGA having a weekend event the only day I won't be gaming is Friday. I still haven't gamed on a Friday this year, which is leaving a hole in the table of games played by day of week I have access to. The table above that one also shows a particular hole, in eleven years of records I haven't yet played any games on January 3.

A friend recently got an informal diagnosis of Autism and has, unsurprisingly to me, been posting a number of things related to that. Much of it's "old news" to me after coming across such information more than a decade ago, but the amount that resonates is serving to reinforce my belief in my own autism.
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That is not true for many other people. Evidence exists in the UK welfare system designating people "fit for work" and then masses of them being dead within months. If that hasn't happened here in NZ it's not going to be because National is making better policy decisions.

My mental health has been largely unchanged for the past 20 years, occasional spikes and dips (mainly relationships), but basically unchanged. In that time frame I have also learned to cope with aspects that were more of a problem when I was younger. It seems that being able to just say no to work for most of the past 13 years will have left me an obvious out whenever work might have become too stressful/exhausting/whatever. Being beholden to work a full-time job over the same timeframe may have resulted in many problems.

Most of the people that know me elsewhere to just gaming and child minding will probably have an idea of some of the depression and/or anxiety issues I have. Even without professional diagnosis of either there seems little likelihood of better explanation for my issues when going unfamiliar places or the lack of interest in most things.

Even with those things I will keep on under a government that defunds mental health services. Nearly 20 years of experience has left me reasonably well able to see bad times coming and preempt them in some way.
Teenagers and others that are new to such issues aren't going to have the experience or resources they could/should have. The continued drop in effective income due to inflation outmatching wage increases etc. is going to put more and more people under pressure, some of them will break.

If I need more money than I currently bring in, I simply agree to work more shifts than the two or three I currently manage. Very few people have the ability to just bring in more money so easily.

Election 2017

2017-Sep-19, Tuesday 11:38 pm
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I came home thinking I'd write an entry about the upcoming election and how I'm intending to early vote tomorrow (as long as the booth isn't crowded) and have again become frustrated with the people that should know better than to want National back in.

I'm not articulate, I don't retain specifics, and I have no interest in tact.
Being aware of those things I don't tend to talk much about politics except when I'm confident my viewpoint is shared by the others around me. If you haven't heard me discussing politics and it's come up when I've been around, there's a reasonable chance it's because I find some of your expressed beliefs sign of a problem.

In relation to a post shared by an acquaintance I commented the following. I expect to be lambasted by someone before I'm up again in the morning.

"I am the only person I know that would be happy to live on the minimum wage full time.
Nearly everyone wants to travel, have nice clothes, drive places, eat out on occasion, etc. etc. and those things aren't really practical on low/minimum wage.

We have a society where there are children living in cars, garages, and places other than warm, healthy homes. I don't care what you think of the adults living like that. If it's their choice or whatever, fine.
Children living homeless is something that any compassionate adult should be opposed to.

As to student loans, Labour intends to reduce the need for them, perhaps even make tertiary education free again eventually. This has been proven to be good for the economy as a whole. As has providing people with homes; at the very least hospital expenses go down when people spend less of their lives in danger of hypothermia etc.

Children could be considered the least productive members of society, I never see the people posting this sort of commentary arguing that they should be deprived of the essentials of a good life just because of that.
A person's worth/value is not determined by how much tax they can pay.

The rich do not contribute their fair share, none of them do anything worth 100 times more a year than someone on minimum wage. None of them need more than a million dollars invested in housing, stocks, or whatever they have it invested in.
https://www.nbr.co.nz/wealth-order-2 Everyone on that list is more of a problem for society that the homeless etc. the writer of this piece wants to vilify."


2017-Sep-12, Tuesday 11:51 pm
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A friend stated tonight after SAGA he is a one issue voter... (paraphrasing) "If the environment continues to degrade the way it has been humanity is doomed and nothing else matters." I hadn't quite gone that far in my thought processes but it certainly explains my viewpoint as well. Conservative, right-wing, etc. parties typically deny that climate change is a thing. And then promote drilling for oil or other such things that contribute to the worsening of the environment because they espouse the idea that it's good for the economy. I've even seen reports of such governments that hobble solar panel uptake by introducing extra charges.

Something I found on tumblr a long time ago now that reinforces my opinion many "Christians" aren't.
"Jesus was a homeless Palestinian anarchist who held protests at oppressive churches, advocated for universal health care and redistribution of wealth, before being arrested for terrorism, tortured and executed for crimes against the state, now go ahead and explain to me why he’d vote conservative. I’ll wait." http://cutevictim.tumblr.com/post/76361676811

I'm probably going to be voting for the Labour candidate in my electorate instead of the Green, simply to make it less likely the National candidate gets in. It won't matter to the country as a whole of course, although I can hope that the results are such that National get so few votes that he doesn't get in via the List either.

7 years (+ 1 day)

2017-Sep-05, Tuesday 11:48 pm
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The anniversary of the quakes beginning here in Christchurch was yesterday and I saw practically nothing about it. FB showed me the "On this Day" posts and a small number of people posted things of their own, but I heard nothing on the radio at work and didn't hear any colleague talking about it there either. I spent half that day with a friend who had been worried about the stability of her home, and annoyed at the disruption to her sons first birthday party. I had been intending to visit in the late morning, and then go to the SAGA event that was scheduled for the day (weekend?). Yesterday I went to work, and games in the evening.

About two weeks ago I had the thought that it would be good to play Die Macher the day of the election. One of those I wanted to play with happened to show up at SAGA that night for the first time in ages and quickly agreed when I suggested it. I saw the second person at his work the next day and had him agree in principle. The third person I asked was interested and agreed when it was made obvious voting wouldn't be impeded, I had expected him to not be interested for some reason. The fourth person I intended to ask I didn't bother asking as early as I should, based on expecting her to be occupied with another thing, that's interfered with many occasions of SAGA weekend gaming over the past few years. Turns out I should have just asked at the start, we'll be playing in the middle of two occasions of the other thing she has on, when she wouldn't actually be there anyway.
So now I have plans for nearly the entire day of the election; starting with voting late morning unless I bother with early voting, it seems incredibly unlikely my choice will change in the next couple of weeks. Die Macher for most, if not all, of the afternoon and probably feeling annoyed at myself by the end of it because I overbid on at least one of the rounds and/or put enough effort into one region but failed to ensure media cube presence. Then I'll head home to watch what I hope will be a big change in the current political situation.
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I spent a very large part of my Saturday afternoon and early evening playing a game of Dune, that went far more like I'd expected it to before the first game I played back in May. A couple of the others that played have stated a disinclination to play again soon due to the way it plays out. I feel like I could play again this coming weekend without issue. One player had to leave a little earlier than half way through which was less than brilliant, and probably had a massive impact on the way the game went.
There was also a game of Ticket to Ride Europe while we waited for the last player to arrive. Much messing with others took place, I think most of it was unintentional. My lack of familiarity with the geography delayed my decisions/play on a few occasions. Lucking out on three of the four shorter tickets was good, they formed a chain of cities.

On Sunday morning I decided to skip church and head straight to the end of the KAOS 48 for board games. A decision I should have realised wouldn't pan out as I was hoping due to the slow waking of people after parties. I did get to play Race for the Galaxy a couple of times though, for the first time in months probably, and taught a couple of people how to play Chicken Caesar. I did not get to see either of two people I was hoping to see, one had other plans for the weekend, the other had been attending the night before.

Tonight at SAGA I played Roll for the Galaxy with a couple of new players that both seemed to pick up how things worked well enough that they'll be competitive in further games. I also played a game of Colt Express where I won on tie break (fewest received bullets), helped by playing with the character that can't be shot unless no other target exists.
The end of the night was less good for me though, I taught the same players from the prior couple of games how to play Chicken Caesar. I was eliminated from the board after the first round and things went little better from then. It seems that the others were more inclined to play for annoyance of others than to improve their position. The tendency of others to commentate from outside the game also impacted my enjoyment of things. I'm unsure of how hypocritical I am in this, my hope is that what little I interject is rules clarifications etc.

A little over a week ago I had the thought that it would be good to play Die Macher on Election day. Go vote in the morning, play in the afternoon (and be angry with everybody in the evening). Fortuitously, one of the first two on my list to play with was at SAGA that night after months of not attending. The next two I asked have also agreed but the issue of finding a final player that I want to spend that much time with is proving a little harder. The two I'd most want to game with are going to be busy with another thing that seems to come up a statistically improbable amount or family things.

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2017-Aug-22, Tuesday 11:59 pm
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A couple of weeks ago people with chainsaws started climbing the big tree at the back of the section I live on and started cutting it to pieces. On a few occasions the house shook because of big pieces falling to the lawn. On Thursday I took a photo of the lawn and there was a pile of sawdust that I could have easily hidden in. With that tree gone I'll probably notice a lot more sun in my room come summer, to the extent I may end up shifting furniture again so I can sit in my recliner while in my room instead of here in the lounge.

This afternoon I started thinking about the possibility of playing Die Macher the day of the election here in NZ. Not something I can see being all that interesting to a lot of people but the one person I asked tonight was interested.

I played Shakespeare on Sunday, one of a few games based on the bard. Having read the rules I feel a better idea of what's involved, but I picked up on a couple of things as the owner was explaining it and made some plans because of that. I also completely failed to realise a couple of things that I hope to be obvious in a second game.
I'll also be spending a lot of this coming weekend playing games, Saturday with the couple I played Shakespeare with and Sunday with whomever is awake and interested after the KAOS 48 event reaches it's last hours.

I finished Mass Effect a couple of days ago, I feel like I'm going to go through it again soon, on a higher difficulty. But I may decided that the resets are more trouble than they're worth.

Something of a cold

2017-Aug-15, Tuesday 11:50 pm
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I noticed my throat getting sore on Sunday and over the past couple of days it's got worse. My voice, already not particularly loud, has dropped in volume again. I'd have been inclined to take today off work, if there hadn't been an absence of work anyway. Tomorrow at Mainly Music I'll probably be leaving after dealing with the music portion, so I can go buy some things at the supermarket before coming back home to sit more on my recliner.

I've spent a lot of my free evenings for the past couple of weeks playing Mass Effect (and restarting it). Like I expect I always will, in first playthroughs at least, I'm getting sidetracked by minor missions and not spending much time with the main plot quests. Sitting in my recliner with mouse on clipboard on are of chair is probably causing me some impediment to skill level, but I'm far from good at that sort of thing anyway.

Over the past several months I've been making use of an app on my phone to update and clarify play records at BoardGameGeek. I had been inconsistent with how I recorded some places, and I wasn't consistent with all colours in the records. My checking has led to finding a few errors I'll likely not be able to fix as the paper records were limited, or scrap paper that I no longer have. The next big push will possibly be going through the 7 Wonders games and ensuring that the Boards are named consistently, Rome/Roma is one of the simpler issues that exists there. Having recorded 5870 plays it's unsurprising that I've not been completely consistent, especially when I hadn't given thought to the record keeping when it started. Not being sure of the names of many of the people I played against has also led to some issues, there have been close to a dozen different Sams for example, differentiating isn't always possible.

Changing times

2017-Aug-08, Tuesday 11:40 pm
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After about 13 years working where I do there's going to be a new shift supervisor when I go back to work. The guy that's been doing the job since soon after I started has his last day tomorrow, and it's going to be weird knowing he's not around. I feel, justified or not, that I owe him me still getting work over the past couple of years thanks to the temp agency depriving me of shifts until he started interceding on my behalf. The phone I purchased before my current smart phone came from him as well, I gave him $20 for it at the start of 2007 and it lasted more than eight years before it stopped charging, I almost miss that phone.

For this term, and maybe the next?, I'll be dealing with the music at Mainly Music, much easier now than it was a few years back with a multitude of CDs. Over the past couple of years especially I've felt the need to work when I was able to do so on a Wednesday. At the start of this year I decided to see if I'd get enough work through the rest of the week to take Wednesday's off permanently. So far it's been working fine and I have been spending the end of those mornings in the room with upwards of 20 toddlers and their parentals. With the person that had been dealing with music deciding to concentrate on other things for a while I'm going along earlier again. Considering everything I'm not likely to experience a lot of other differences in how the mornings go for me, aside from not getting to sleep in as much.

Early tomorrow, around when I'll be waking up, some people are going to make a start on cutting down the big tree at the corner of this section. I don't know how much impact it will have on light levels at this stage of the year, but I expect my room will get a lot more sunlight through summer. It may even lead to the kitchen and shower getting late night sun.

For most of the past 15+ years since leaving school my body mass has been relatively consistent, fluctuating maybe 5 kg total depending on exercise (work) and junk food intake etc. On occasion I'd hear people say that when I hit mid thirties I'd start to notice my metabolism change... it seems to have done so over the past six months. I don't think I've changed much of my activities or habits this autumn/winter compared to prior years but compared to the start of the year I've gained about 15% of my body weight.

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2017-Aug-02, Wednesday 12:27 am
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I played an aborted 2-player game of Alchemists at SAGA tonight, going through everything in short succession was weird compared to the drawn out games that online play results in. It's not going to get a lot of play as the owner is leaving halfway through the sessions and until players are all experienced enough it won't be done quick enough. I also won a game of Mystic Vale, partially as the player that's won most of the games I played in was the aforementioned player, and thus not involved.
Saturday was supposed to be a game afternoon, that ended up being myself and the hosts playing a couple of games before getting distracted by phones because gaming with three isn't as interesting. I got to play Fresco again for the first time in about five years, remembering most of it.
Last Wednesday afternoon I went to see a movie at the cinema for the first time in just over five years. Wonder Woman was as enjoyable as expected, and if I happened to be a person that went to the movies more often I'd probably be seeing it a second time.

I haven't posted here in about a month, I don't know if that lowered posting frequency was a one off, or if I no longer feel as inclined to post. Having had a particular thing I've been thinking about but not wanting to post about it yet is probably delaying much of the effort I might make.
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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.

Steam sale

2017-Jun-27, Tuesday 11:41 pm
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I have managed to avoid spending a lot of money in the Steam Summer Sale, mainly by not having a lot of money in my steam wallet. That might be changing tomorrow after I go to the supermarket. Deciding what I want to acquire, and will actually play, is the current factor holding me up from spending the last of what's there right now. With all I've seen about it (and the small amount I was able to play of the sequel) Mass Effect is currently at the top of my to buy list. The number of LEGO games for $6 would be tempting as well, if I had a working controller at the moment.
Apparently posting about how cheap Portal was a couple of days ago was enough to get one of the Saga regulars to buy it. He's got about halfway through after a couple of play hours.
As I was warned a fair while ago, the Hexcells follow ups are not as good. I'll almost certainly finish the pair of them, but it's going to take a lot longer than the Hexcells game did.

Work picked up again after nothing for nearly three weeks, I've been getting simple enough jobs while there. Getting out of bed quickly hasn't been happening, I'm not sure whether it's more because I'm tired and want to sleep more or the cold making me want to just stay under the covers. Apparently the heat pump is getting fixed on Thursday though, it'll be good to find the house warm again. Still thinking that a dehumidifier would be worthwhile.

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.

Unenforced lethargy

2017-Jun-13, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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I went to the Monday game group last night for the first time in over a month, and it may be done for me. As the past six years have passed those that were attending at the start got married, started working full time, etc. and attendance has dropped significantly from peak. I got to play a couple of games each of Race for the Galaxy and Dominion, only one wasn't 2-players. It was kind of weird to play Dominion with physical cards again after so many games online.

I've had a week longer without work than I intended, taking a little extra time off to deal with Buckets of Dice, and started trying to bring my sleep schedule back to "normal" a few days ago. Didn't really work that well but I have actually been managing to sleep more than the six or seven hours I seemed to be peaking at. The distinct lack of physical activity won't have been good, if it wasn't for last night and Wednesday last week I'd have barely been further than 1.5 km from home for the past week. Two days I didn't even leave my flat.

Fallout Shelter is probably ending it's interest span for me. This afternoon I built the last room type I hadn't got to, and the Quests are mostly simple now that Dwellers have levelled up. I wonder if a better specced computer would lead to other games holding my interest more, I think I'd have played Skyrim longer if I could run that with YouTube playing on the TV at the same time. The FPS I typically get seems likely to be low enough that most people wouldn't put up with it. I know I managed to deal with TV display issues that my parents wouldn't have.

I started wondering a while ago if I would benefit from a dehumidifier in the flat. An air purifier also seems likely to do good.

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.

Upcoming weekend

2017-May-30, Tuesday 11:41 pm
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I miss certain people when gaming more than I probably would have expected to a while ago. Not getting to hug particular people is part of that, there have been a few over the years that I'd hug while playing, or waiting for games to start, or whatever. I'm seeing less of those people now and I miss them. I might be seeing some of them this weekend, but not all. On the other hand, I'll be spending more than half of Saturday and Sunday at a game convention and should manage to play a lot of board games.

With the weekend I'm about to have I decided yesterday that I'd be declining work until near the end of next week. That means I have a full eight days without a reason to be up quite so early and will likely sleep in every day aside from those of the gaming weekend. Annoyingly enough the latest start of the three days is the one closest to me so I'll be out in the cold for the shortest time on the day that should be the warmest as I'm heading out.
If I could be assured that Thursday would be like today was I'd have been willing to work then as well. For an eight hour shift I feel like I may have worked about two hours, most of which was the 90 minutes helping load one particular job.

I played Dune again at the weekend just been, with a couple of people that hadn't played the first time and three that had. Things didn't go as well for me this time around, probably a result of not having other people pay me for things like was happening in the game a fortnight earlier. Still felt like there was a chance that I'd have managed a (combined) win, but the host had to go out for a family thing. After packing up I got offered a lift home and "suffered" a mini interrogation on the way home. Nowhere near as in depth as the conversation over chat that happened a year ago with a friend but I insinuated a truth that I normally don't talk about, which surprised me.

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2017-May-23, Tuesday 11:54 pm
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Simple work for the past couple of days, still tired though. I spent about half of my lunch break today napping and went to bed "early" last night. Getting up early on Saturday to attend the garage sale of the former Game Depository didn't help either, especially with me falling back to sleep and missing the offered ride.

I decided at the weekend that I'd rewatch the Star Wars trilogies, for the first time in years, probably a decade actually. With the reminder of Machete order I might watch in that order, although I'll probably watch the "first" movie as well. If the controller I have worked at the moment I was also considering playing through the LEGO Star Wars game I have, each episode after the relevant movie. That doesn't really seem worthwhile attempting with keyboard controls though, and I'm now thinking it's Episode I first in the game.

The next couple of weekends I'll be playing games again, this weekend is Dune again, with some different people than last time. Not sure if there'll be other games as well this time, or if we'll end up playing just Dune because it will last longer.
Queens Birthday weekend will be my eighth Buckets of Dice and I expect to be there more than half of both Saturday and Sunday. I doubt I'll be playing much that's long at all but there's been a request for Die Macher already. The reminder of how long it's been since I went and spent an afternoon with a friend isn't overly welcome though, the second attempt fell through due to other plans, and then neither of us has made another attempt.

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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