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Jun. 2nd, 2015 @ 11:46 pm Buckets of Dice 2015 is over
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Apart from the debrief type stuff BoD2015 is finished, and I'm not as tired as I might have been. Unlike prior years I was away from the con by 2200 both Saturday and Sunday, with few boardgamers in the evening it wasn't worth sticking around, and didn't make as much effort to be there as early as I have previously. That could well be a big part of why I'm not as tired as I've been prior years. Getting to bed around midnight each night was also a factor.
Chicken Caesar has been going over well with those I've taught, it was played twice at Buckets, with eight different people, only one had played before. It might be that Ticket to Ride had a better initial return on investment (seven games the first day I had it) but I'm thinking that Chicken Caesar will do almost as well over the years I'll have it. With no internet play available (and I doubt that would actually work anywhere near as well) it's not really a fair comparison.

It's not really surprising that I've not really done a lot of other things since the last entry I made here. I didn't work at all, as I felt that I'd be spending longer dealing with something than I ended up needing, that and I don't really like working anyway. I barely even spent time playing Skyrim since the last entry although I did get some stuff done there. Playing FTL for a while before bed one night at the weekend ended up bring it almost level with Skyrim again.

If I was going to wake up early enough tomorrow I'd be heading to Mainly Music. As it is I'll be getting up late morning, heading to the supermarket to restock food supplies, dealing with overdue dishes, and then I'll be watching YouTube videos while I update my personal BGG account for games played over the past week or so. Depending on how long that takes I'll do the same for the SAGA account, which could take a similar length of time due to the significantly higher played game count.



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May. 26th, 2015 @ 11:57 pm Plans
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I'm going to spend a portion of tomorrow watching Pacific Rim, for the first time, and while I already know a lot of what's in the movie thanks to internet spoilers I'm hopeful that I'll have a good time watching it. I have the DVD thanks to spending Saturday afternoon with my parents and going around a few of the Warehouse stores in the city. I also got another season of Smallville and both seasons of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I won't be watching those as soon though, I'm a bit behind on YouTube subscriptions and PodCast listening so I want to get up to date with each of those. Which won't be happening particularly soon thanks to...

This weekend is the annual Buckets of Dice and I'm expecting to spend more than 35 hours at the con, most of it gaming if possible. I hope to get to play certain games, and I'll be avoiding maybe a couple of people, but for the most part I'm just going to see how things go. I won't be working on the Tuesday because I know that doing so would be unwise after so little time here at my flat. I'm also taking Friday off so I can do what little I need to before the pre-con-quiz.

I was wrong about Skyrim surpassing FTL as my most played game on Steam, it go to within a few hours short though. Having spent a couple of hours playing FTL on Sunday was probably enough to keep FTL in the lead. If I'd played Skyrim instead over that time frame the difference would likely have become nil. The time I spent playing Skyrim on Sunday night ended up being wasted though, I got through a location and realised that I'd lost my follower (possibly due to death) so I loaded a prior save that likely had five hours less playtime in it. It does mean the next time I go through I'll have a better idea of where to go but the time spent is a bit annoying.



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May. 19th, 2015 @ 11:28 pm Not all meh.
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Back to work again in the morning, after a long weekend of staying up very late playing Skyrim. At some point this week it will surpass FTL for my most played game on Steam, after no more than a month of playing. I'm quite certain that both Heroes of Might and Magic II and III (maybe even the first and fourth) as well as the original StarCraft have many more hours played but I don't have a record of that, possibly a good thing. I expect that if I was better with the combat portion of the game I'd have a lot more accomplished by now, having to try certain fights multiple times because I kept getting too close to my follower and inadvertently landing a killing blow. Being more organised as to what Quests I was doing would also likely have helped as I'd have spent less time wandering the countryside.

I went back to church on Sunday morning, for the first time this month, and I'm not expecting to be back until late next month if that. I've only been twice since the start of April and I'm really not missing Church, I do miss some of the people but not the service and such.

I've been missing certain people at SAGA though, three of those I most enjoy playing against have quit going or have been missing sessions recently and it's less interesting for me now. I still enjoy it, and am unlikely to stop going, but I left early tonight even with time left over and don't regret that at all.

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May. 12th, 2015 @ 11:39 pm More Skyrim, less sleep
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I have continued playing Skyrim into the early hours of the morning. Even when I'll be getting up early the following morning for work. There's been a small amount of web searching for information, mostly as I don't remember small details that make things easier. If I was to start over, I'd make some different choices, but for the most part I think I've done okay and apart from a couple of quests going in ways I'd avoid things are working out for me.

I need to figure out what board games I actually want to play instead of just happen to be willing to play. And then work out which are likely to be played by others, Ad Astra has been popular recently so I'm getting to play it as often as I want. Agricola is not likely though so it's been quite some time since I played it (apart from one of the first SAGA sessions for the year). I'm also hopeful that the game I'm buying soon will be enjoyed by enough others that I get to play it more than just once. Buckets of Dice is going to be over three weeks from now so I should contact work about getting paid for the Tuesday, there's no way I want to work that soon after the busy that weekend is going to be.

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May. 5th, 2015 @ 11:56 pm New game is occupying me.
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Gaming finished for me almost exactly at 2200 tonight, I didn't leave until almost exactly 2300 as I was listening to discussion of the RPG campaign. I also managed to come from behind in Tobago with a very fortunate final treasure dig giving me about 15 points worth of treasure, after the second cost me 6 when a curse showed up before I'd acquired an amulet. In the game of Jamaica I played, the first four treasure cards I drew (possibly the first four taken at all) three were curses and the other didn't come close to being of use to me (the player that stole it from me got reasonable use of it though).

I spent a fairly large portion of my weekend playing Skyrim, ending up with my "Friday" being 25+ hours as I didn't go to bed until a little after 0600 Saturday and had had work. With the wireless issues I've been having again for the past week or so I've also not watched YouTube videos and will have quite a bit to catch up on when I sort that out. I seem to have enough free time but am not using it as best I might.

With the amount of time I spent playing Skyrim at the weekend it wasn't surprising to me that I woke up shortly before noon on the Sunday, and thus missed church for the second week in a row. I miss the people, not the service at all. It seems obvious that I'm no longer going to be even trying to get up early enough on a regular basis.



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Apr. 28th, 2015 @ 11:54 pm Busy weekend
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I spent my Saturday helping friends shift home, most of which I was more actively watching over the children than shifting things. I also ended up having a short conversation about where I'm at faith wise and while I didn't go over everything I probably told her more than I'd have expected to.
Sunday was spent at the Uni with the SAGA group, I personally played a couple of games that take longer than is reasonable in the regular sessions with a number of others getting played as well. Die Macher showed me again that five is better than four, although it would likely have taken close to an hour longer if we'd had that extra player. I also managed to overbid at one point due to not realising the one thing I really wanted wasn't going to be taken from me. In the game of Eclipse we played I get fortunate explore actions and was able to boost my Money tracks to maximum and Research almost as much. Being nearest to a player that was effectively hemmed in with Ancients also helped my expansion.
Monday morning I was part of a meeting for the planning of the upcoming Buckets of Dice con, things seem mostly taken care of. I'll be doing my desk duty first thing, leaving me the rest of the weekend to play games, without concern for when I'll need to leave.

The weekend Steam sale had Skyrim cheap and free-to-play for a couple of days. Even with me away from the flat for much of the weekend I still got to play 10 hours or so and have since been gifted the actual game. So like StarCraft II occupied many hours at the end of last year, I'm expected Skyrim to be the big time sink for the next couple of weeks (or more).

It seems that this date has more significance for me than I've paid much attention to recently. The FaceBook "On This Day" link shows me that it was nine years ago today that I went to the Harvest Crusade thing and made the decision to follow Christ. Less than six months later actions I took indicated that I hadn't taken that conversion seriously. Actions in the years since just confirm that, largely the basis for me not considering myself a Christian anymore. On the same date last year I had a friendship change, but because I don't make an effort at almost anything that change receded and the friendship is probably worse off now.

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Apr. 21st, 2015 @ 11:55 pm Still active
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My weekend of not doing anything didn't last, I got invited to play games with friends on the Saturday and spent practically all afternoon there. I spent a portion of my time not playing games, while others were, and a little while listening to conversations about Game of Thrones. If I'm invited back I'll be going again, and might even manage to eat the next time. I'll also be taking one of my games over to expand the choices. Having one of those present be someone I've interacted with a fair bit online but only met briefly in person was good as well.
It's looking likely that I'll be able to play the two games I'm most interested in playing at SAGAs Long Board Game Day. The interest on the poll went up a little over the past few days, probably due to me posting about it, and both of the games have people saying they'd like to play.

I don't know if the heating has actually been fixed at work, but it hasn't seemed as cold since last Tuesday. The level of work has been good as well, mostly active but not rushed at all. With all the shifts I've been doing recently my bank balance is back above the level I want it to be. Which has unsurprisingly led me to start thinking about buying a tablet, not sure if I'll bother to do any research for a while though

I ended up spending most of Sundays church service in the children's church helping out for the first time in what could be more than a year. I certainly feel like it was a long time since I was there and it was nice to be back, but I don't feel any desire to go back and help more. Time in crèche would be nice though, I like spending time with the babies.

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Apr. 14th, 2015 @ 11:08 pm Mmm
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Today was one of the least pleasant mornings at work I've experienced. At some point recently management decided it was a good time to turn off the heaters, or disconnect them, or maybe even taken some away. As such they weren't on yesterday and hadn't been reconnected or whatever today. Temperature in the main bindery was down to 14°C and it was even colder in other parts as there are big doors for the forklifts to get through, thus even more cold. I was informed after leaving work that the heaters were being turned on again this afternoon so I'm really hoping that it's not so cold tomorrow morning. If it is I'll likely not be going back this week.

My weekend was a day of games, and a day of nothing. International TableTop Day on Saturday and I showed up to the event not too late after 0800 and then proceeded to play in 18 games before leaving around 2130 as nearly everyone had left. After which I went with a couple of friends and played three more games. Very little of what I played was of significant length, hence the many plays, but I did enjoy practically all of it. After getting home around 0130 Sunday morning I stayed up for at least an hour more and ended up not waking until church was nearly over. I then spent most of my day sitting on my recliner adding info to BoardGameGeek for the games I'd played Saturday as well as though that had been played by SAGA.
If last Thursday's party hadn't been ended earlier than initially planned due to the host having something to do the next morning there's a good chance I'd currently be at 16 continuous days of board game plays thanks to three nights transitioning to the next morning. I'm not going out tomorrow though, and this weekend is going to feel strange with no plans after weeks of doing something. Being busy is easier to get used to than I once would have thought.
ANZAC weekend is going to be busy again though, I'll spend much of Saturday helping friends shift home, possibly getting distracted by their children. The Sunday is SAGAs first Long Board Game Days for the year and I'm hopeful to get both Die Macher and Eclipse played again. Much of that Monday will be recovery and then I'll be out in the evening for more games.

Just because we talk sometimes doesn't mean I consider you a friend. And just because we haven't talked for a while doesn't mean that I no longer consider you a friend.

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Apr. 7th, 2015 @ 11:23 pm Getting worn out
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Massive week of gaming (average of three games a day) without SAGA organising anything and plenty of exercise with me walking out just past Broomfield on two occasions as well as just getting to Hoon Hay on Friday. If you count the last 30 minutes or so of the Terra Mystica game that started on Friday Night I have been gaming every day since Monday last week. That also led to 90 minutes walks on Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon with Friday taking me 40 minutes or so. I got to play Asgard again on Friday and am glad to have done so, I 'm just hopeful that it's going to be quicker eventually. Getting others willing to play for three hours or so isn't particularly likely.

Because I was out so late Friday night (until 1am Saturday) I missed most of the party for a friend that just turned 30. I was still there in time to spend time with a few of the last attendees, including someone that was surprisingly drunk (surprising to me anyway) and entertaining because of it. I would likely have had more fun at the party than I did while playing Terra Mystica (because the game confuses me, not the other players) but it was good to play again and nearly manage a win. Sleeping on a couch after the party for a few hours instead of walking home also led to me feeling too tired to go out Saturday night to a drinkies and I regret not going along, even if it was because I thought I might fall asleep on the floor.

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Apr. 1st, 2015 @ 12:50 am Little things.
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I went out on Saturday night to a party, and while I left after only a couple of hours and didn't really talk to anyone after the first 30 minutes I was glad to go out. The host has told me she'll keep inviting me to things which is nice, especially when she realises that there'll be times I just don't go, and even more important, how I won't really socialise much while out.

My Board Game rules write-ups continue, since the last entry I've dealt with Endeavor and Ad Astra and today I started on Agricola which could end up being the longest by a large margin. So far I've written about as much for Agricola as the longest others got to and I feel like I'm about half done.

Minimum wage goes up tomorrow, and with the increase in how much work I've been getting I'll probably end up with an average of about $10 more a week. I haven't yet managed to find any reference to tax brackets for the next financial year or the earners levy so I'm not going to be able to get my spreadsheet sorted for a while yet. The fact that my employer seems to do things in a different manner to how things were done also means that I should find out what the actual situation is.

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