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Mar. 28th, 2017 @ 11:58 pm Carry on
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Work continues to be about as much as I want it to be, with extra I'm turning down.

I decided to not work last Thursday, partly as I'd thought I'd go out to game Wednesday night. (With rain starting late afternoon I stayed home though.) After getting up later than intended I headed to the Uni and helped out a little with the "Week of the Geek" event for the day. I basically sat there most of the time, and spent a little while playing King of Tokyo or Tsuro for a short while.

I haven't really felt like I'm missing the games on Monday nights, the walk was obviously more of an issue than I'd realised. Knowing that what's being played is simple/short has probably impacted things as well. If I'd not gone back to the Wednesday group so much this year that would likely be different. It will probably lead to another drop off in yearly game plays though. I seem unlikely to ever again reach the peak of 800+ that I was at about five years ago.

I really ought to start having conversations elsewhere to cars. Considering how little time I spend in cars it cuts down on how many conversations I get to have for a start.

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Mar. 21st, 2017 @ 11:45 pm Another year older.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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Like I've been doing for a while now I hid certain information on FB a couple of weeks ago so I'd not get as many messages about being older at the weekend. I also prevented posting to my wall by everyone at least a year ago.

I took almost all of last week off work, only going in on Tuesday and letting the agency know I wasn't interested in working the rest of the week. That left me completely free to go out and game each night, without the minimal concern for when I'd be getting home.
Gaming on Wednesday night ended up being a single relatively simple game, that took longer than it ought to have. I shouldn't complain about it though, one of my best scores, and only my second win at four player, after 17 games at that count.
Thursday night I got to play an even longer game, that was new to three of us and only the second game the owner had played. Time travel was a part of it, with resources potentially sourced from the future and needing to be sent back later to avoid penalties. I don't want to play a lot more,yet anyway, but will definitely be interested in a second game now I've got a better idea of what's going on.
A friend recently acquired some more board games and hosted games on Saturday. One of which is a game I've known about for more than half a dozen years and refused to play on the rare occasion I've been asked. Because of how I feel about that particular group I was interested in playing, had a good time, and will now consider playing with others depending on time available. I'm not going to play it at regular sessions of SAGA though if people decide to try it there, length is one of the biggest factors in what I want to play at SAGA.

I had the entire flat to myself for about 72 hours at the weekend as well, most of my time here was spent the same way I spend it when my flatmates are home. Watching YouTube on the TV and catching up on Tumblr, BGG, FB, and the other assorted sites I keep up with.

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Mar. 14th, 2017 @ 11:51 pm (no subject)
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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I decided today that I wasn't going back to work this week. I've been taking Wednesdays off since Mainly Music started up again and don't really want to be going to work on Thursday morning after being out gaming the night before either. Which leaves Friday, during which I'm more interested in going to the community lunch. Having a lot of rain recently probably impacted that, I don't like walking in it and we've got a bit of a heat pump issue again.

I helped a friend shift on Saturday, much of the time just waiting at the new place as I wasn't wanting to be travelling between the old and new places but felt inclined to help lift things into the house. Fairly close to me which is why I volunteered to help and a massive back yard compared to what I'd have expected for the area. Time didn't pass as fast as I thought it had when the last trip was made, I got home nearly two hours earlier than I thought I was going to.

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Mar. 7th, 2017 @ 11:57 pm tastes change?
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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It would seem that I might be playing a lot more "social" games at SAGA this year. I spent what seemed like an hour or more playing four games of The Resistance tonight and then played another couple of games of a simpler level. Started with Roll for the Galaxy though which was good, even with the obvious poor play that had me tied for last place. I am still struggling to remember names of a number of the seemingly new regulars, I hope to be able to call them by name before the month is out.

I took the second part of the regular Friday shift off work last week, so I could go to the Community Lunch, getting there late because I took longer to deal with laundry than expected. While there I was again assumed to be the father of a baby, perhaps understandable considering how I gravitate to the baby and mother when they arrive and don't really interact with others that are present.
I might already be finished with work for this week, it seemed likely that there won't be work for the rest of the week because things are a bit quiet at the moment.

For the past couple of days I've put a podcast on my phone and listened to them while getting to work. Road noise is a bit of a problem for some of the trip, but I'm missing very little of what gets said.

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Feb. 28th, 2017 @ 11:58 pm 2017 SAGA began tonight.
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Current Location: Riccarton, Christchurch, NZ
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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.

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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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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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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
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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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