Thursday Things

What I’m Reading

What I’m Playing

  • I worked in two different Advanced Squad Leader sessions over the past two weeks and will be playing again tomorrow. I’m joining an online league for beginners which will allow me to mix up my playing partners more, hopefully leading to more learning and tactical improvement.
  • Allen and I snuck in a game of Twilight Struggle after our ASL game.
  • Ken, Spence and I took another go at Triumph & Tragedy and we fought it out big time. Whereas last game I won without ever going to war, in this one we were at each other’s throats from 1937 on.
  • We invited neighbors over to teach them Tichu and it went over well.
  • On Thanksgiving we played Wits & Wagers and Power Grid with friends. Power Grid was a big hit with the 4 new players.
  • While Matthew was home we played Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game and the newish expansion to Dominion, Dominion: Adventures. Adventures is not technically a standalone expansion but we played with only cards from it and liked the new (to us) mechanics.

What I’m Contemplating

Thursday Things

What I’m Playing

  • Of course, more Advanced Squad Leader with Doug. We are in the middle of a German / Dutch early war campaign.
  • I played Combat Commander: Europe with my young friend Peter who just shipped off for US Army basic training.
  • I taught newbie friend Spence how to play Twilight Struggle and it has reignited the flame for me to play more on my iPad. I also tricked out my 1ed box with some foam core inserts I built.

What I’m Contemplating

Thursday Things

Skipped a few weeks so there’s a bit more than usual this time.

What and Where I’m Drinking

Overall I’m not drinking much at all – 1 or 2 nights a week at the most, and I feel better for it. I’m two weeks into an intense weight training program and trying to reduce my body fat percentage from about 15% to 8%. Wish me luck.

  • Tried the beers Flower In the Kettle and Oathbreaker at Wayfinder Beer, one of my new favorite spots in downtown Portland. Close to Guardian Games and a solid menu.
  • Tried the beer Altbier at Verde Cocina Café, with beer being the highlight (16 oz can!). Food was bland.

What I’m Playing

  • Matthew was home for about 32 hours total and Julie and I played Small World with him. Big hit and fit into about a 2 hour window.
  • We also played Ninety-Nine while at the aforementioned Wayfinder Bar.
  • Julie and I dropped by our friend Chuck’s game night to play Honshu. Lite, city building fun.

What I’m Reading

What I’m Watching

  • Julie and I watched First they killed my father on Netflix. We both read the book and wanted to see this. Worth it.
  • On the other hand, the third movie in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam trilogy Heaven and Earth was a waste of time. Book was OK, movie awful.
  • We went to a free preview of Goodbye Christopher Robin and enjoyed it.
  • Right now we are working our way through The Man in the High Castle on Amazon. I like how they take their time revealing what the true nature of this alternate reality is. Fun show.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Contemplating