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Feb. 21st, 2017 @ 11:58 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Yesterday evening there was a community gathering to talk about the National government deciding to sell off State Housing. As such I missed Monday games for the first time in a fair while that wasn't due to me not wanting to walk so far. I didn't miss the walking and currently feel that I won't be as inclined to go out as I have been. The actual discussion didn't provide me any particular insight, selling of housing is abdication of responsibility from the government.

On Friday I headed to the community lunch thing that runs a couple of times a month at the church I attend. While there I got to play a little Heads Up type game and then got asked to stick around and mind a toddler while his mum had a meeting. I may also have been recruited to mind him (and other?) on other occasions, barring work issues.

My smart phone now has some of my music stored upon the Micro-SD card and I no longer listen to the radio as I walk to and from work. I haven't yet got around to putting any of the podcast files on it, I'm not sure how well the Google Play app will allow me to deal with a desire to go back and listen to a portion of the file again.

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Feb. 14th, 2017 @ 11:59 pm Gaming
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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For what may be the first time ever I did something relevant to Valentines Day on valentines day. Love Letter, Batman edition, was played at Saga tonight, and I was leading strongly when one of the others had to leave. I also played a decent game of Elysium earlier, and a good game of Dominion after. Next Tuesday is the first of the Uni clubs days so we'll likely see an upswing of numbers from then and could well see simpler games getting played more for a couple of weeks. I am interested to know how many people will be sticking around this year. Unfortunately one of the regulars, five years or so, will likely be shifting to Dunedin soon and another has relocated to the east of the city such that making it to sessions is awkward at best.
I'm currently thinking that tomorrow night will be the first Wednesday night this year that I don't go out gaming. The location is even further than the other locations tend to be and I'm hopefully going to be working on Thursday morning. Last week was the birthday of one of the hosts and she wanted to play Concordia, a game I've not played as much in person as I'd like, so I got to be a part of her winning that. My tendency for my first action seems to be different from other people's which may have helped her start. I also got to play Endeavor for the second time recently, winning handily.

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Feb. 7th, 2017 @ 11:53 pm Reflections
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I spent nearly 72 hours of the long weekend just been a little north of Amberly, enjoying the heat a little less than I would have had I made a slightly better choice of clothing. As expected I didn't take part in almost anything that had been organised activity wise, choosing to not go orienteering, rafting, climbing rocks, or going through the confidence course etc. I did however spend a short while with bow and arrows, although it seemed to be over very fast compared to what it might have been. Much of my time was spent using my smart phone to occupy me with games or playing physical games of Star Realms with the 10 year old I taught on Saturday. Aside from a couple of aborted games of Galaxy Trucker I might as well have left my bag of games here, aside from the Star Realms box.
With a 14 month old being there I ended up spending a reasonable amount of time watching over him, letting one or other of the parents go do other things briefly. I also had the younger children of another individual monopolise some of my time, one wanting me to read to her which is something I've done very little of considering how often I spend time with children that young.
My current expectation is that I won't be going back again next year unless the attendees change a lot. Most of those that have been going in recent years have been families, and while I get on with those I know from that grouping I don't "fit in" as a single middle aged man that doesn't want to talk. Being there also led to me missing out on a game day that I'm sure I would have had a good time at. Getting fed etc. is good but not worth the inconvenience of sharing a room, not having internet, etc.

I went into work an hour late this morning, because of miscommunication yet again. I also found out the supervisor has also been annoyed at how late the casuals are getting contacted about shifts, sometimes four or more hours are going by before the message is passed on. I do still get offered shifts though which I still have to count as a big improvement from a year ago. A depressingly low bar.

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Feb. 1st, 2017 @ 12:08 am January is done.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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The weekend just been saw the 1o year anniversary of me shifting into this flat, longer than I've lived anywhere else and significantly longer than all but the house I consider my childhood home. There's probably been close to a dozen different people in the room upstairs over that time frame, while the other two of us seem unlikely to be leaving anytime soon.

I'm going to miss gaming this coming weekend, because I decided to go to this years church affiliated camp. I'll probably still manage to get a few games played while I'm out of the city, but not the number I might have managed. I also currently have little idea about who else is going to be going, a couple of those I'd expect to play with aren't going to be going because they're out of the area. On another level I'm considering this a test of sorts for the year end GamesFest that I'm wanting to go on, after missing three years due to money and expected travel issues.

For the last half of last year I had a book in my work bag that I intended to read during my lunch breaks and machine downtime. Over the five months I had it with me I managed to read about half of it, in the first three days I worked this year I finished the other half. I will be finding something else to take along, although I may also read on my smart phone during the lunch breaks, if I can keep myself from playing games instead.
A couple of days ago I had Pythagorea 60 suggested to me and I quickly found myself puzzled by some of the levels. I've also been playing a SET like game when I have a couple of minutes.

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Jan. 24th, 2017 @ 11:59 pm Back to work
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: On Board Games - OBG 230: Spatial Location Awareness
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I've had shifts at work for the first time in more than a month, I am sleepy and sore. With the recurrent short slowdowns or stoppages of the machine I was working at the past couple of days I managed to read about 70 pages of Robinson Crusoe, after getting through barely double that in the six months or so I was reading it last year.

I've pretty much guaranteed that this January will be the best for games played yet and I'm still expecting to game on three nights and maybe even a fourth. I'm not sure if there will be Wednesday games yet and even if there is I might already be breaking with my intention to attend most of them for the year. Working the following morning won't be particularly pleasant if I'm out late, wherever it might be. I may be spending pretty much all of next Tuesday evening playing Scythe if a couple of (suitable) others can be found to join in. There are people at SAGA I just won't considering playing it with, especially when we'd likely all be learning. The holiday sessions are going well though it seems, decent numbers, especially considering the lack of students around.

A couple of weekends ago I purchased some DVDs, watching the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine that afternoon. This more recent weekend I consumed almost no media that wasn't the first couple of seasons of The Newsroom

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Jan. 17th, 2017 @ 11:57 pm We've been warm
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Hannah Witton, Lucy Moon and Leena Norms - A Little Gay History Discussion | Banging Book Club Episo
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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.

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Jan. 10th, 2017 @ 11:56 pm Reflection on gaming
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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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Jan. 3rd, 2017 @ 11:59 pm 2017 is doing well so far
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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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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Dec. 27th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Christmas is done and 2016 is almost so.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Last Wednesday I went out in the morning and helped someone shift into a new place. The walk there was long enough that I started to feel warm enough to remove my jacket and the day was warm enough that I didn't put it back on. As has seemed normal when I help people shift I felt as though I wasn't really doing a lot, even with my being one of the few actually loading stuff on the trailer.

My Christmas day ended up a bit different than I'd expected as I did wake early enough to get to the service at RBC. As I was arriving I saw the family of an ex walking in, and moments after I got into the auditorium the youngest spotted me and headed towards me. For much of the rest of the service I had at least one of the three of them near me. After walking with them to the car I made the effort to say goodbye to a few other people and walked home. Most of the rest of my afternoon and evening was spent in the lounge at my flat, watching Transformers and a couple of movies.

Boxing day I was awake too early and then went out for the afternoon. The family of the friend I helped shift last week had a BBQ that I was invited to. I knew most of those that were there early, and recognised some of those that arrived later, but spent most of my time there with the children and some of the others that I already knew. The family has a couple of cats, and a dog, the younger cat spent a while on my lap late in the afternoon and one of the others present was kind enough to take photos of it. I made a couple of attempts in the evening to get more photos of the cat when it sat on my lap again, that wasn't managed as well. As I was about to leave I got offered food, which is fairly common, and ended up bringing home a bucket of food. Salad, rice, and a bunch of sausages/patties in a Cookie Time bucket. I still have the sausages/patties, but that was always going to take longer to get through.

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Dec. 20th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm Bah Humbug (again)
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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.

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