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Saturday, December 18th, 2010
10:34 pm
Screaming deals tomorrow at the Math 'n Stuff annex
I'm only calling this out because:
1. I really, truly love Math n' Stuff, and
2. There are some unrealistically awesome deals there tomorrow (last day of their "half off everything in the annex" sale)

NOTE: I don't work for them, so if I get a number wrong here, all I can do is add "sorry, my bad."

Stuff I saw today BEFORE discount:
Fall of Pompeii @$50

Chicken Cha Cha Cha @$36

Big Manitou @$18.00

And games that I can't remember, or didn't check the price on:
Thurn and Taxis
Mother Sheep (a Knizia title)
Hare and Tortise (I think it was this title).

I'll be x-posting this to my own blog as well...
Saturday, August 28th, 2010
5:22 pm
Rockin' games sale @ math n' stuff
Math n' Stuff is having a 25% off sale on a lot of great board games- I saw downfall of Pompeii, Alhambra, and a flock of other stuff... including (possibly) their HABA kids games, which are awesome.

Retail location:
8926 Roosevelt Way NE
Seatte, WA 98115

Sale runs through tomorrow at their annex:
9210 Roosevelt, in what used to be the NAPA auto parts building. Should be parking behind the dental building next door.
Friday, April 17th, 2009
5:26 pm
Pub games tonight: The Pub at Third Place
I'll be bringing some light fare (Marrakesh, Cartagena, Hey That's My Fish, and Von 0 Auf 100)... drop on by for beers and fun!
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
9:34 am
Beserk Games - Game night coordinator
This isn't a formal announcement.

I went to Berserk Games in the Greenwood neighborhood yesterday, and was talking to the guy behind the counter. (The owner? I'm not sure.) There is an incredible amount of board games there, and he mentioned that they have a 1,000 games in the store.

I asked if they have game nights or those kinds of activities where people could come and play games (and basically try different kinds of games.) He mentioned that they do that for Magic already, and are interested in doing that for board games, but they were hoping someone in the community would organize it, and then Berserk Games would offer the space (for about four tables) and games to play.

I thought this sounded really interesting though, and they definitely sounded open to having a regular game night. It would be good for them since it encourages people to not just come to the store, but stay for a while, and also builds up an active gaming community with the store as a main part of it. People who come get the benefit of being part of a community based around their hobby or interest (board games), get the chance to meet new people, and also get the chance to try new games without having to shell out $45-$70 for a game they've never played before.

So, I wanted to throw this out there for someone who might be interested in coordinating a regular (monthly, weekly, whatever works) game night. It sounds like there is already a willing partner with lots of games to share. It would just need someone to step up and help pull it together and advertise. (This community can also be a help with that.)

Anyone interested?
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
6:27 pm
Agricola and KB
I have recently preordered Agricola and Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter, and should be having them in my skulky clutches shortly. Next month!

The Killer Bunnies card game has been well received by those I play with, as I suspect will be the case with the upcoming boardgame. As for Agricola? I really doubt I'll be able to get many of my usual crew into it.

Thus, if there are any game nights coming up on a Saturday evening in June, I may finally make it out to one. That is, if those who want to play the game can set aside the approximate 2 and a half hours it will take to learn and play the game.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
2:07 pm
Games denied!
Well, I got a games shopping list together, and somehow I've managed to hit on the very hot and very unavailable games du jour. Through the Desert, Samurai, Agricola, Caylus, Brass - forget about it! All of the sites I looked at were sold out.

If anyone out there has any ideas of online retailers selling these games, I'd be very grateful. (I'm in the UK so going to a shop in person won't work for me - I need these shipped to my hotel while I'm in the states.)
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
12:49 am
A Few Words on Board Game Design Month
I was talking to a few people involved in Board Game Design Month (BoGa DeMo!) and the general consensus was that they hadn't quite gotten what they had wanted done finished within the month. To that end, perhaps two months or even three were more needed for their project.

I'm glad that people have gotten started on projects, and I think it makes a lot of sense to take the time needed to finish them. To that end, I'm perfectly happy to test and comment on said projects for the next few months, interwoven with the regular game night schedule.

Thus, game night, and continued BoGa Demo action:

November 29, 2007
December 20, 2007
December 27, 2007

See, I've cleverly avoided holidays in December! Not like November with its tricky Thanksgiving Day!

We've also gotten a pretty awesome offer from one of our participants:

To anyone participating in this months board game design fun, I would like to extend an offer to you all. I own a small sign shop and we have 2 large format digital printers. So what I’m offering is that if you design a board game, I will print and mount your game on a 20”x 20” quad fold board (Free) just supply the artwork in a computer file if possible. I have 10 extra 20” x 20” quad fold boards in my stack of supplies. You’ll have to take care of any pieces and cards as my sign company does not print cards. If you need any advice on tokens or small pieces let me know. It just so happens that board game designing is one of my hobbies. I will have 2 games ready for play testing. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

See you Thursday,

Thursday, November 15th, 2007
4:25 pm
Carcassonne free on Live Arcade
Those of you with an Xbox360 (I don't know if this works on regular xbox), Carcassonne is free off of Live Arcade for the next 48 hours. GRAB IT! This is a really, really nice port of Carc.

Gamertag: IrrationalRobot
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
4:56 pm
November: Board Game Design Month
Hello Everyone,

Mr. Johnathan Keith and I have wondered why authors get to have all the fun in November (with national novel writing month). We've decided game designers should get to be in on the action, and have each pledged to design one board game this month. We have also committed to test one board game from each person who designs a board game this month, and give them useful feedback. If anyone else would like to join in on the action, either from the designing or testing phase, feel free to let us know and we'll get you in on it!

We'll kick things off tomorrow (Thursday, November 1) with a game night at my house. Delicious food made by the talented Shannon Gallardo available on a most loved, first served basis while supplies last. Rumor has it that the chantrelle mushrooms we picked may be on the menu...

The schedule of Game Nights this month will be increased to support Board Game Design Month (despite my brief disappearance to South America.) Other dates to be added, as needed, based on number of parties involved to accommodate testing sessions for everyone's work. Thus, the board game night schedule for the month shall look as follows:
Thursday, November 1st 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 22nd 6:30 PM
Thursday, November 29th 6:30 PM
If we add more dates, is there a day of the week that people would prefer?

Best Regards,

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
4:35 pm
Pub games Thursday: Teddy's Tavern
I have games. I don't seem to play them enough. Thursday, I could play some.

Thursday: Teddy's Tavern (at Roosevelt on 65th), 7pm.

1. Marrakesh: I finally want to try the variant I came up with to see if it plays better. Wooden camels, yes!
2. Stack the bones: Jenga, but with skeletons. This will go on this years "Halloween games" list if it doesn't totally suck. Oh, and it is just like Jenga with a skull on top, so it can't.

3. Cartagena: Still in the rotation. :)

Interesting trivia: My box indicates that the game is called "stack the bones," but the website calls it "dem bones." Also, Dem Bones is priced at 15 pounds, but I got my copy from Science Art and More for 14 US dollars.

NOTE: I was going to do this at the Pub at Third Place, but I changed my mind- the guy who manages that place was a jerk to us last time we went.
Thursday, July 12th, 2007
10:08 am
Pub games tonight at the Pub at Third Place in Ravenna
The 3rd Place Pub, 65th and 20th.

I'll be bringing Marrakesh (finally time to try out that variant), Cartagena, and Loot. Please come on by, I've got no family at home this week so I can stay out pretty much as late as I want. :D
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
1:08 pm
Pub Gaming, July 12, Pub at Third Place
Pub gaming went so well at Die Bierstube, that I thought I should do it again. I'll be there by 7:00, and they are open until 2... we'll see how long I stay, but with my wife and kiddo out on vacation, I should be able to hang around until midnight or later if there is enough interest. :)

This time though, we'll try the Pub at Third Place again. While the pub environment isn't as lively, we are much more likely to have enough light, and shouldn't have a hard time finding a decently-sized table (which was great for Jenga).

I'll bring Marrakesh (I really want to try the variant this time!) and Cartagena, others are welcome to bring whatever (just bear in mind it will need to be pretty easily teachable unless we arrange ahead of time to have people who already know there).
Thursday, June 28th, 2007
3:52 pm
Pub gaming tonight: Marrakesh, 8pm, die Bierstube
Who would be interested in a game of Marrakesh tonight? It has little wooden camels...
8PM Die Bierstube

While marketed and designed as a children's game, Marrakesh is really a pretty fun game at any age. Check out the recent review for a little more information. Also- it bears mentioning that Die Bierstube is a really cool place, if you've never been.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
11:58 pm
Need Space?
Gosh, there hasn't been much activity in quite a while. Are folks no longer interested in boardgames, or is finding a space the issue?

If it is the later, I may be able to offer some relief - I recently started renting space in a rather large work-loft. A fortuitous consequence is amble space for handling boardgames. Would such accommodations rekindle interest?

Current Mood: Quizzical
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
10:18 am
Pub gaming Thursday, May 24, 7:30 PM
We had 3 of us last week, hoping for 2-3 more next week.

Please reply here if interested, and specify your preferred location:
1. Teddy's Tavern (colorful environment, plenty of beer, okay to get a bit rowdy)
2. Pub at 3rd Place (better lit, better tables, bookstore upstairs)
3. Pies and Pints (those pretzels, those pretzels, and the little gas fireplace)

Now I'm tempted to make a little comparison chart of the three places... but that's the caffeine talking.

Last time we played Pack of Flies and Showbiz Shuffle, and oldmangrumpus pretty much cleaned house.

By next week I should have Sucking Vacuum in hand, and if not, we've got a ton of other things I'd like to try in the pub:

There's a Moose in the House
Marrakesh (with some modifications to make it a bit more strategy-oriented)

Also, after this gaming session, I'm going to start my first geeklist on Seattle pub play...

x-posted to my blog
EDIT: This is next week, not tonight
Monday, May 7th, 2007
2:30 pm
Pub games Thursday @ 7:30PM
Pub games Thursday! I suggested it for last Friday but got no positive response, so I'm getting people together at the Pub at Third Place (approx 65th and 25th, North of the University District) this Thursday evening and was wondering if anyone would like to join me there...

I'm bringing Elk Fest and Cartagena (I was reminded by the reply I wrote to the Penny-Arcade message boards about how awesome Cartagena is), as both are easy to teach and relatively undamaged by a spilled drink. Worth noting: If you are under 21, the seating area of the pub is technically a restraunt, so yes, you can come too. :)

UPDATE: Time will be 7:30 pm, and I'm also bringing "There's a Moose in the House," mostly because I like Moose.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
5:29 pm
A little quiet here- pub gaming on Friday?
Would anyone be interested in doing Pub Gaming Friday evening? I'm thinking Teddy's Tavern (65th and Roosevelt) for the authentic pub experience, or the Pub at Third Place (better lit, bigger tables) if you want to "Get serious."

1. Cartagena
2. Elchfest
3. Fluxx? Uno? Phase 10? We don't have to be hardcore...

1. Nexus Ops
2. Winner's Circle
3. Through the Dessert (intentionally misspelled, last place buys a dessert to share w/ the table).

Drinking game potential (for those inclined)
1. Elchfest (obviously)
2. Midnight Party (if someone else has a copy to bring)
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
1:47 pm
Game reselling/trading around seattle?
Hey folks- one of my friends (oldmangrumpus) is moving and was trying to get rid of some games.

It occured to me that I also have a few I'd like to get rid of, but I really don't want to deal with the hassle of eBay and I don't know if any local gamers read Craigslist.

Do you have any ideas of ways to trade / sell / happily retire games in the greater Seattle area?

Some thoughts:
1) I've heard that Gary's buys used games, but I don't know
2) I don't know what the convention schedule is around here, or if I'd need to pay to sell stuff (if so, I'm sure I don't have enough stuff to sell to make it profitable).

Thanks in advance...
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
3:30 pm
Light Dungeon-Crawlers?
Descent supposedly takes quite a while, but I just read a review of Cave Troll and it looks like a lot of fun.

I enjoy the Zombies games more for the little plastic dudes than for the gameplay itself, but this sounds like Good Components + Better Rules = Better game and more fun.

Anyone here try it? Alternately, any other good LIGHT dungeon crawlers?
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
10:25 pm
On account of exhaustion, and mass unavailability, there will be no game night tomorrow (Wed 1/31). I will also be out of town until March, so no game nights for a little while. I'll let y'all know when we start up again.
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