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Feb. 2nd, 2016 @ 11:17 pm (no subject)
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With the exception of a couple of February's, last month was the first time since May 2011 that I've played less than 40 board games. The lack of SAGA was a portion of that, as was the limited weekend gaming and me choosing to not play something on each of those days. I started playing Magic Duels on Steam a week or so ago which has made me start wondering about joining the Magic: the Gathering draft thing I'm expecting to happen at Buckets of Dice this year. I've also got off my metaphorical butt and asked a friend if she would be interested in playing one of her newest games this week, making use of the SAGA rooms. I may manage more of that in suggesting particular games at other events.

I'm going back to work tomorrow, after working (what turned out to be a short shift) yesterday and three days last week, so I'm feeling like this year could be better, for a while at least. The reason I didn't do a full shift yesterday was machine issues meaning that what "should" have happened wasn't ready and I didn't want to spend the last couple of hours making more boxes.

For someone that has watched Star Trek and spin-offs for most of his life and has been listening to podcasts for more than a decade I took a long time to start listening to a podcast about Trek. It seems like every time I finish catching up on something I've been listening to the entire backlog of I find something else and then listen to that backlog in between keeping up with the others. So far I've listened to about 20 episodes and I only started listening to them on Saturday.



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Jan. 26th, 2016 @ 11:57 pm Things may be looking up
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I may actually be getting offered more than enough work in the immediate future for me to feel at ease about turning down shifts. After a month of nothing I found the shift I did last week, and the one I did yesterday, more tiring than normal. As such, and with me wanting to go out to game last night, I turned down the offer of work today. But I've agreed to work tomorrow (so I should be in bed now) and could have confirmed Thursday already if I'd been more sure of how my legs will feel. I think that being on my feet for so much of the day had the big impact on muscle strain, my calves have been sore today. The amount of walking I did a month ago didn't have the same impact, but simple walking hasn't ever really been much of an issue for me.

The run of good weather seems over for the time being as well, a fairly significant string of rainy days is forecast and temperatures aren't supposed to get beyond 20°C for another week. I realise others are going to be much happier because of that but I had been enjoying my ability to walk around in shorts without feeling cold. I did have my small fan running constantly in my room for a couple of days, which I suppose indicates it was hot, but I don't think I'd have struggled without it. Especially when I actually spent most of my time in the lounge while I was home.

After creating another "Five and Dime" at the start of the month I'd been thinking about which games I wasn't getting to play as much as I want to. There are a couple among the SAGA games that I'll have to wait a while to find out whether or not I'll get to play (depends a lot on who shows up for the year), but mostly it's going to be a case of suggesting specific things on the Wednesday nights I go out, and seeing if there's interest on Monday for the heavier games among the attendees that mostly prefer the simpler things.
Last night however, I got to play Power Grid, at someone else's suggestion; with a couple that had played before (with some rules issues apparently), and a couple of others that were completely new to it. Four of us ended up very close in score at the end, each of us had either 15 or 16 cities and were able to power either 15, 16, or 17. I won on tie-break as I'd had slightly more money than the other player able to power all 16 owned cities. I also won another game of 7 Wonders, almost entirely on the basis of having built much more Science than anyone else.

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Jan. 20th, 2016 @ 12:00 am Done with camping
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Last Wednesday afternoon I got a text message indicating there would be work this week (none of which I've been offered yet), but not the rest of last week. As a result of that I came home from games in Spreydon that night and stayed up late, figuring I wasn't going to need to be getting up early until Monday at the earliest. Instead, after I got up on Thursday around noon I got asked to work Friday and had to say no as I'd have been getting up barely 24 hours after going to bed. Not fit for work in my opinion.

While out gaming last night I got to play a couple of games I particularly enjoy, and lost both. Before playing another game that I'm usually willing to play but don't seek out because I normally lose, and I won it. I also got hugged a bit and had the cat let me pay attention to it.

After I got home from games last night I saw a facebook post with a lot of photos from the Camp from the prior weekend. Seeing those photos makes it even more obvious that I chose correctly when I decided to not attend this year and stay in the city instead (even before I was expecting to be able to game most of that weekend). The past few camps have had attendees skew far more to the young family demographic than the first ones I attended. While I like spending time with children the demographic change has meant that I don't get to play games like I did at the first few, and almost no-one is up even past about 2300.

With the mass of rain, and generally wet days, I've done very little in the way of leaving the flat for the past week, besides the two days I went out to play games and me taking advantage of the sun today to buy bread. The near complete lack of domestic activity over that week makes it obvious I'm going to need to prepare for winter. Although getting out of the flat for work will help, that's only going to be useful if I am getting work.

SAGA might be an issue for me earlier this year than has been normal, for some reason the club has been able to book rooms well ahead of Clubs Days which I believe was the prior start point. The issue is going to be knowing that others are wanting to play Board Games ahead of time so I make the effort to go along.

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Jan. 13th, 2016 @ 12:24 am Gaming not camping
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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This last weekend was the latest summer camp that has been run by the Oak Development Trust, which sort of took over those that had been run by the church I attend. It was also the first that I haven't attended in the more than ten years since they started to be a thing. I spent much of the weekend, and last night, gaming with friends and didn't miss the camp at all. I'm doubtful that I'm going to want to go back to the one they have next year.

Between a couple of games I already knew, on Saturday I played a couple of games for the first time, although I had been aware of most of the rules for each beforehand. The first new one was a co-op where players are trying to prevent the destruction of a castle by Orcs, Trolls, and the like. Heavily luck dependant so even if it wasn't a co-op I'd probably not be inclined to play again. The second was a party game of sorts where one or two players are attempting to get the other players to identify a Concept from nine options on a card. One of my paired attempts was to get the others to guess Calvin and Hobbes and apart from my teammate being sure tigers are Orange and White we had an easy enough time of it. Markers on Comics and fictional, with the sub-concept of Animal, Orange, White (which should have been black) and someone got it. If my prior attempt hadn't been Yeti with me getting it confused with Sasquatch thus having Brown and White confused I'd have been surer about the colour of Hobbes.
On Sunday a friend hosted a BoardGame day to raise funds and such for a charity that provides for single parent families. While there I mainly played DC Comics DBG with a couple mostly new to modern games. Later on I ended up playing a game of RoboRally by the proper rules (or at least much closer than normal) so there was a lot longer to program each round. I didn't really find myself getting pushed off course but failed to make my way to the second flag by the time the winner hit the third. I didn't get to play with the host or the other person I'd have preferred to, nor the game I'd have quite liked to play again, but I still had a good time.
Last night I went to the regular Monday night gaming and played a game of Witch's Brew where the only reason the new player didn't beat me was that she failed to see the card that wasn't allowed in the first two rounds. Most of us present then played a couple of games of The Resistance which I had last played six months prior. The second game had a couple of spies on the first mission and neither was sure who should fail the mission so we got a couple passed before they managed to sort that out. I didn't end up playing anything else and there was a fair amount of talking and a game of Dixit that I ended up watching much of.

Much of my afternoon and evening today was spent with my laptop and External HD transferring files to clear some space and tidy file names of the Podcasts that iTunes persists in altering. And adding in episode numbers for those downloaded since the latest update made it impossible for me to do so in iTunes. I may spend more of tomorrow similarly occupied, before I go out to game in Spreydon, or I' may deal with some of the papers spread across my desk and drawers. The couch and table in the lounge got mostly cleared recently so I am making slow progress at clearing my mess.

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Jan. 5th, 2016 @ 11:53 pm Not a bad start to the year.
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I've already had a couple of game days this year, the second at the expense of my normal Monday night gaming.
Saturday afternoon I showed up a bit after 1400 and was soon after seeing Terra Mystica in front of me. Two of the others were new so I explained the rules to them, with checks to the other two players to make sure I got things right when I didn't remember for sure. At a couple of points there was dissension about rules that we needed to go back to the book to sort out but mostly things were sorted quickly. I did well enough for most of the game, even after one of my start locations was almost surrounded by other players. Later on I played Saboteur and Race for the Galaxy, doing okay in each of them as well. The last game of the night was a game of Keyflower that I sat out of to reduce the time taken, and because it's another game I don't really enjoy.
Yesterday I got picked up mid-morning to go spend the day with a friend while she was house-sitting and wanted to host a game day there. The issue with new affected me again and I ended up spending what I expect was at least an hour there feeling unwell. Thankfully a lot of that was sitting on a chair, with one of the cats on my lap, and an opportunity to doze while we waited for someone else to arrive. When that happened the three of us chose to play something simple and we mixed DC Comics DBG and the Teen Titans version to create a big game. Not long before we were going to finish another couple showed up and once we packed up a game of Sheriff of Nottingham was begun. With the expected lying and bribery and such, although our host played a very honest game and nearly won. A game of The Witches followed while the first other to arrive went and dealt with something else, a game where I ignored the Hard Trouble to amass easier points and increase my hand size. I didn't maximise the results of that and missed out on getting to deal with enough Hard Trouble in my last couple of turns. He that left arrived back after the other couple left and we played 7 Wonders before the two of them went to get food for the evening, in which they both learnt the Babel expansion and I somehow won. Last game of the night ended up being a three hour game of Alchemists where I taught the other two after playing once myself a month earlier. Now that I've had a couple of games I feel like I've started to get a grasp on how the Alchemicals interact but I still didn't manage to figure it out as quickly as I think I will with more experience.

In addition to going out to game through the week, I was out for a while on New Years Eve. I posted on FB that I was going to be watching TV and dealing with things at LibraryThing, only to have a couple of friends both comment that I should go to the party I'd decided to not attend. I decided to go out, walked the 15 minutes to get there and spent 90 minutes having a few short conversations, getting some hugs, and feeling less out of place than normal. I left just in time to be back here at midnight and settled back into how my evening likely would have gone if I'd just stayed in.



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Dec. 29th, 2015 @ 11:54 pm Books (for a change)
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I've read more books this past week than I did for the entire rest of the year. Not particularly surprising when I didn't read anything between the end of February and last week. While out feeding cat I've been spending at least 30 minutes reading before heading home, giving the cat time to wander outside if he wanted and time for head rubs when he's wanted that as well. I haven't done as much walking as I'd been expecting to though, I caught a bus to games last night, and then slept on a couch there so I wouldn't be walking home at night and to cat in the morning. The first I read was one of those I'd read back a dozen years ago, and the others are from where I got up to in the series.

I really haven't done a great deal else in the interim, I missed the one church service I was aware of happening and the gaming that happened on Wednesday wasn't at the one location I still walk to. I considered buying a bookshelf yesterday (to put DVDs on) but carrying it home would have proved difficult and I wasn't actually sure it would be a good fit. There was actually two, one double the price of the other with just one more shelf that looked to be better made. If it was the right size I think I'd be able to get all my DVDs on the one shelf, which would be an improvement on the four different locations they're currently spread around.

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Dec. 22nd, 2015 @ 11:57 pm 9 days
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I'm done with work for the year, so I have about three weeks until I go back, with holiday pay coming in that will be more than I likely would have got for working as I had been. My shift yesterday was fine for me, the factory hadn't yet got "hot" by the time I was leaving and the fans hadn't yet been turned on. I wasn't surprised to have all the comments/posts I saw about such be displeased about the heat but aside from the walk home and then to games in the early evening I was enjoying it, and even those walks were only a little hot for me.

For the last week of the year I'm going to be taking care of the young cat a couple of friends have. I'd understood things initially to be them wanting a house sitter as well but they don't need that so I'll be getting plenty of exercise, and probably be using my laptop/internet for the rest of my days. I had begun to wonder if I'd end up reading a lot of Discworld books during the week, I've read the first six or so, back more than a decade ago.

New flatmate has been here a week now and seems to have settled in fine. Not really surprising but good that there haven't been issues. At some point the mattress base will leave the lounge, it was just a little bit big for the stairway so he's going to try and sell it. Once that's happened I'll probably be back to barely noticing the difference except when he's in the kitchen or whatever. If I clear the table properly I might get to play a game or two of Caverna though, not sure if that's motivation or not when I think Agricola is so much better.

My parents came by for a short while late this afternoon, they'll be going up north for the next few days so the fact I intend to spend Christmas alone won't be an issue at all on that front.

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Dec. 15th, 2015 @ 11:04 pm I had another busy weekend
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Friday I worked in the morning and after spending few hours at home in the afternoon I went out to a gathering. Someone I started developing a friendship with due to the 48 charity event left the country yesterday (and won't be back for three years). While there I spent the expected couple of hours by myself or at least not really talking with the others that were present. As the evening wore on however I spoke with a few of the people besides my friend that's now left, mostly mutual friends. (Although one of those present used to work where I do and we had a discussion about his new work in Australia and how things are at PMP now.) There was a Rock Band set up, apparently a mainstay at parties that she and her boyfriend held, and I spent one song playing drums, about as poorly as I expected with no experience and no rhythm. After most of the attendees had left I ended up in a longer discussion with her, that included what may have been the best story of how a couple got together that I've ever heard.
Saturday was the start of the last SAGA event for the year and while I'd thought I go to the morning of that I didn't get home until early Saturday morning. With a friend having birthday games on Saturday afternoon I changed my mind about things such that I got up mid morning, did laundry etc. and walked to the other games. After spending my afternoon there I started walking home, only deciding on the way that I'd catch a bus to the end of the SAGA event. I arrived to find the few boardgamers starting a game of Mysterium, which I declined the offer to join, watching over it and finding out about how things were played wrong in the game I'd played a couple of weeks prior. After that was done there were half a dozen games of Codenames before we ended for the night.
Sunday morning I had decided to skip church and took Die Macher along to the second day of gaming, even with me being confident it wouldn't get played. The first couple of games I played were new to SAGA after we finally got around to buying new games for the year. Splendor was as simple as it seemed, although the two of us that did best had taken somewhat contrary strategies. Castles of Mad King Ludwig was again fun for me, although I persist in not having a clue about pricing things most rounds. I played a few more games, with distraction in the middle of the afternoon due to massive hail storm, and early evening when the Secret Santa took place before the LARP. Neither of which I took part in. I did end up getting home in time to sleep as much as I normally attempt before working, although I stayed up to spend some time online.

Last night I went out to game more at the regular Monday location and got to play at being a giant monster, a chicken family, and a group of police trying to escape a dungeon with a hungry monster. I also ended up lending my copy of Trigger away, which is uncommon for me.

I'm doing a second day of work for the week tomorrow morning, which may lead to me missing games tomorrow night thanks to weariness combined with rain. I may also get offered the Thursday shift which will mean I don't go out regardless of the weather. I realised a week or so ago that every time I have made it to games at the particular location I've played Castles of Mad King Ludwig, which is indicative of how little I have been gaming Wednesday's for the past half year. Me working also means that I'll be missing the last Mainly Music session for the year which I'd probably have gone to otherwise, even if I'd have arrived late.



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Dec. 8th, 2015 @ 10:34 pm Christmas
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I'm going to be ignoring Christmas again this year, for the most part anyway. It will be unavoidable in the lack of work offered to me, and I'll probably go to whatever Christmas service happens at "my" church. This weekend is Mini-Con III: Merrycon as well, although I'm not taking part in the Secret Santa and I don't think there's really going to be much else themed.
Back a couple of years ago when I was still considering myself a Christian the commercialisation of the holiday bugged me (and had for a few years), and I didn't have the money to be buying things for people anyway. Now, I'm not feeling any connection to the traditions, I won't likely be seeing any more of my family than my parents, and I don't want to do anything Christmas related.
This also means that I'm expecting no presents and giving none. An attitude that might change if I worked more, but realistically I doubt it.

New flatmate intends to move in next Monday so I have less than a week of solitude in the afternoons after work. Not that my behaviour is going to change, I'll keep sitting in this chair with my laptop and maybe watching YouTube on the TV. It's going to be strange living with someone I consider a friend again though, especially someone that I know before the move. I've been here very nearly nine years and didn't know anyone that I've lived with in that time before they shifted in (or before I did).

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Dec. 1st, 2015 @ 10:32 pm Nearly finished with 2016
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There's a number of things I should do in the next couple of weeks. one of which is continue to work when offered shifts. I've filled out the leave form that was left with time sheets so I should get money over the Christmas break which will be better than last year. I've stalled on the cleanup and tidying that I started a while back so there's probably a fair amount more in my room that I need to sort and put away in a specific place. At some point in the next couple of weeks the new flatmate should shift in, and there's bound to be a period of adjustment to a new person in the flat, although knowing him already will hopefully make that easier.

With the multitude of free time I have some days while at work I've accumulated half a dozen pieces of paper with various writing on them over the past year or so (possibly even further back) and I need to start digitising that info. Much of it is the rules explanations I mentioned at the start of the year, most of which I haven't yet written up on Google drive although I did get another couple of files sorted late last week. I also spent a while making lists of things that are relevant to SAGA and the incoming committee which I intend to add to the DropBox before I no longer have access as I am not on next year's committee.

I might be going out both this Friday and the following one, for a Birthday and a Leaving the Country gathering respectively. The day after the second of those I have a clash of gaming events and will miss most of the Mini-Con III on the Saturday to spend time with the others celebrating another birthday (that may also include cat time).
This weekend just been was another game day, at a new place, where I played a couple of games I'd never played before. Both of which I enjoyed enough that I'll gladly play either again, and would be inclined to buy the second if not for the great benefit to having a Smart Phone.

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