Russian Railroads: American Railroads — Being industrious and dabbling in stocks

I recently played my new copy of Russian Railroads: American Railroads that I picked up recently at BGG Con.  I’ve had the base game Russian Railroads for a few years, and while I always enjoy playing it, the game’s winner, for the most part, is determined by who advances the most on the Trans-Siberian railroad.

With American Railroads, that is no longer the case. This mini-expansion is great! It makes the original better, and I really like the new added mechanics, which allow different ways to score. I won’t be going over how to play the original Russian Railroads here, but I think I’d like to revisit how to play that game in a future post.

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BGG Con 2016: Friends, Team Geek and new games!

Guys, I’m totally having BGG Con withdrawal!! I had such a fabulous time, and I just want to spend another 5 glorious days of just board gaming. This past BGG Con was my third one I’ve attended. I think back to how I went to BGG Con for the first time in 2014 ALL BY MYSELF and didn’t know a single soul, to how busy I was this year gaming and hanging out with people. I feel eternally grateful for finding great friends who are obsessed about this hobby as I am.

I remember telling local friends three years ago what I was going to do, and they were like, you’re going on vacation by yourself and doing what for how many days?!? Turns out, it was one of the best things I’ve ever did, as it allowed me to jump straight into the deep end of the hobby. And I can’t wait to see where this hobby takes me.

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BGG Con 2016: All the board games I played!

BGG Con 2016 came and went, and it was a blast! It still blows my mind that five days can go by so quickly! And I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

I’m planning to do two posts on BGG Con. In this post, I’m going to write about all the games that I played. The next post will be about gaming with friends and the overall con experience, and, most importantly, which board games I came home with. My board-game play total for the convention: 23. And away we go!

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Leaving Earth: Using math and tech to space travel

Two weeks ago, my friend @idontknowrules purchased this game Leaving Earth, which sounded like a game theme he and I were randomly talking about a few weeks before that. He still isn’t quite sure how he ran across the BGG listing for it, but we’re so glad he did. The guys and I have played the game twice this week. And we can’t get enough of it. My other friend even printed out a copy of the rules so he could make his own notes!

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The second-annual Friendship Con

My friends and I decided to host a second-annual Friendship Con last week, and I had so much fun. It was nice seeing friends who moved away from Phoenix and those friends I haven’t seen since last year’s event.

We played a lot of games, though sadly we didn’t get through all the games on our uber ambitious list. There were a couple sleepless nights for me (I am so not a morning person, and, not gonna lie, it was rough getting somewhere by 8:30 a.m.), but in the end, I got some good gaming in with fun folks!

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Trickerion: Finally off my Shelf of Shame

One fewer board game is off my Shelf of Shame. For those unaware, the Shelf of Shame is what we call board games that have never been played and have been sitting on your shelves forever. Sad little games, hoping that one day they’ll get picked up and put on table.

That such game is Trickerion: Legends of Illusion.

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Loving Lovecraft and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

As you guys know, I’m a huge fan of the Cthulhu/H.P. Lovecraft universe. One of my gaming groups and I try to play Arkham Horror about once every other month. These are the guys I’ve dubbed affectionately as the Arkham Guys. So when Pandemic re-themed its game in that world, I was totally excited.

I’m pretty indifferent to the original Pandemic game, but I do recognize its place in being a great gateway game to get more people into the hobby. And I did a Pandemic Legacy campaign earlier this year, which was a fun experience. And funny enough, my friends who I played Pandemic Legacy with got me  Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu for my birthday this year. Woohoo!

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New game purchases: AquaSphere, Grand Austria Hotel, Royals

My lovely friends got me some gift cards for my birthday, and naturally, I spent a chunk of them on new board games. The conversations mostly went like this — friend tells me that he/she wants to get me a board game but didn’t know which one I already had, so he/she opted for gift cards. Yay!

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The big 3-6, and a Takenoko Tournament

So I turned 36 last Sunday. Eeeeks. I can’t even fudge it a bit and say I’m in my early 30s. It’s all good. I’m here to officially embrace my late 30s. And I’d like to think I don’t look like I’m 36. (Don’t answer that). Anywho …. I celebrated with my framily (my Phoenix friends who are my family), and my board-gamer peeps. And what’s the best way to celebrate? With food, desserts and a Takenoko Tournament!

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Falling Sky, Scythe, Marco Polo, Heartland: New games I’ve played recently

It’s been a chaotic few weeks (personally and professionally), and I haven’t been able to purchase any new games recently either, hence the lack of posts. But I have done some gaming (not as much as I would like) and here are a few exciting new games I’ve gotten a chance to play recently.

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This is Meeple Lady, and I love board games.