Posts from 2003

Gaming with the Rip City Gamers

12 minute read

I managed to spend most of Monday in nearby Tigard with some new friends in the Rip City Gamers group.  It did a bizarre thing (for Portland) Sunday night: i...

Frenzy Card Game from Fantasy Flight

less than 1 minute read

I don’t play collectible card games (CCGs) much any more.  If I do, it is usually with pre-constructed starter decks or with out-of-print games (like 7th Sea...

Christmas in Las Vegas

1 minute read

Yes, I’m very lucky that my beautiful wife Julie is originally from Las Vegas and that her wonderful mother and step-father (Jan and David) still live there....

Warcraft Session with the Boys

2 minute read

Sunday after our successful game day, Jacob, Matthew, and I decided to play another game of Warcraft: The Boardgame.  The last time I played a three player g...

Sherwood Game Day

8 minute read

Julie and I hosted an all-day gaming event/party at our home in Sherwood on Dec 13.  I invited all of my usual gaming buddies plus the folks over at Rip City...

Jacob’s Grand Scientific Experiment

less than 1 minute read

Jacob has the opportunity at school to do some extra projects (reading assignments, math, and now science).  He designed an experiment around plant growth wi...

First Play of Serenissima

4 minute read

This game sat on my shelf too long - in fact, it was the only “big box” game remaining in my game closet that I had yet to play. I know, compared to many tha...

Eric Arneson’s Top 10 Games of 2003

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Eric Arneson just published his Top 10 Games of 2003 list.  I agree with many of his choices, though I haven’t played all of the games he mentioned.  I espec...

Operation Hero Miles

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If you know me or read this site very often, then you know that I travel quite a bit.  So much so that I have a hard time using all of my frequent flier mile...

Another Reason to Like Apple

2 minute read

As I’ve mentioned before, I recently purchased a new iPod and a used iBook.  I also enrolled in the iTunes service to see what all the hype is about.  The id...

Gaming at Kevin’s - December 7

5 minute read

Jacob and I cruised over to Kevin’s last weekend for some Sunday gaming. Normally a long haul for us, it was very convenient this time because Jacob and I we...

Clawing My Way Back

less than 1 minute read

Thanks to my pack-rat friend Greg, I’m in the process of restoring most of my content.  Things will still be shakey for a while as my ISP stabilizes the envi...

RSS Feed Will Be Broken for a While

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I’m still sorting through some configuration challenges on the host machine, so if you aggregate the site with an RSS reader, it will be broken for a while. ...

Good Grief and a Plea for Help

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My ISP crashed the box where my weblog was hosted.  I may have lost quite a bit of content as well.  My own fault for not having a better backup strategy. I’...

What Games Are People Playing?

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Mark Jackson took some time to summarize what are called “5 and 10” or “five and dime” reports culled from spielfrieks early this year.  This was a bit late ...

Train Gaming

less than 1 minute read

Took the family to Seattle for Thanksgiving weekend - it is a tradition for us to explore some area or just go somewhere for this holiday since all of our fa...

Gaming with the Family

1 minute read

After another long week of travel, I was determined to spend as many waking hours over the weekend with Julie, Jacob, and Matthew.  On Saturday, Julie and Ja...

Web Service Access to BoardGameGeek

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A few of us over at the BoardGameGeek tech Yahoo group are exploring some ways to use web services to provide programmatic access to BoardGameGeek.  Even if ...

Gaming with the Westbank Gamers

6 minute read

I was in New Orleans this week at a banking conference, but managed to squeeze in one evening of gaming with the Westbank Gamers thanks to a welcoming invita...

Lord of the Rings: Risk, Balloon Cup

2 minute read

I’ve been travelling too much - only two days at home between trips this time.  I’m back on the road again, this time in New Orleans for our big annual confe...

Could this be any good?

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Front Porch Classics is (has?) released a “classic Coffee Table Game” for the whole family: Master & Commander, The Far Side of the World.  I’m a huge fa...

Cranium Custom Cards

less than 1 minute read

Every once in a while we will play more traditional family party games like Pictionary, Guesstures, and Cranium.  Cranium is particularly popular with the bo...

Gaming at Doug and Mimi’s

7 minute read

Jacob and I were finally able to attend another group gaming session on Saturday, this one held at Doug and Mimi’s up in Vancouver.  We had a great time, and...

What Are Some Good Games for Kids?

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A co-worker of mine asked me over dinner tonight what would be some good boardgames to introduce to younger kids (5-7).  I have my own ideas, which I’ll shar...

Must Read Essen Report

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The biggest event each year for the boardgame hobby is Spiel, held in Essen, Germany each October.  There are quite a few Essen reports available online, but...

Age of Mythology with Jacob and Matthew

2 minute read

Today was supposed to be an afternoon gaming session at Kevin Graham’s, but unfortunately Jacob wasn’t feeling too well.  We were all suffering from some for...

Family Game of Piratenbucht

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Julie, Jacob, Matthew, and I sat down for a game of Piratenbucht this afternoon.  It was a busy day with other activities, but with 3 hours free in the after...

Jacob’s Top 5 Games

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I gave Jacob and Matthew a project a few weeks ago - write down what your 5 or 10 favorite games are with reasons.  I promised to publish them, so here is Ja...

Cub Scout Fun

less than 1 minute read

Among all of my activities outside of work, Scouting is probably most dear to me.  I’m the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 710 in Sherwood, and both Jacob and M...

Joe Long on Indigo Technology Roadmap

2 minute read

Joe Long from Microsoft gave a nice talk on the technology roadmap for Indigo, with a nice dose of prescriptive guidance for those of us who need to do distr...

Dinner with Old Friends

1 minute read

I was able to have dinner last night with two of my oldest (their not old, but you know what I mean) friends: Mike and Becky Sattin.  Becky’s new husband Bob...

Hazy Shade of Fall in LA

less than 1 minute read

I flew into LA late last night from Portland for the Microsoft PDC conference.  My outbound flight was delayed due to slowdowns in the LA area from the fires...

Don Box on Indigo

2 minute read

I’m sitting in a great talk by Don Box on Indigo, the new model and implementation for distributed computing from Microsoft.  Don refers back to the software...

Yet Another Blog About Games

less than 1 minute read

Looks like this is really catching on.  Great to see other people joining the fray and sharing session reports, reviews, and other thoughts on gaming.  Tolen...

Jacob’s Birthday Party

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Well, I’m only about 2 weeks late in posting this one.  We hosted a mystery party for Jacob and a few friends two Saturdays ago - sort of like a “How to Host...

Picked Up an iBook

less than 1 minute read

I found a good price on a used iBook here in town, so Jacob and I went to check it out on Saturday morning before his football game.  There were a few reason...

Games Magazine’s 2004 Games 100

less than 1 minute read

Funagain has posted a copy of the Games Magazine top 100 games.  I can’t argue too much with their pick for Game of the Year - New England - I’ve only played...

Too Much Travel

less than 1 minute read

This has been the lowest volume of posting I’ve had in a while - sorry for those of you who check here frequently for gaming-related posts.  I’ve been on the...

Teaching Chess

1 minute read

I mentioned a few days ago that I will be teaching chess classes at Archer Glen elementary school where Jacob and Matthew are in 3rd and 1st grade, respectiv...

Matthew’s Soccer Game

1 minute read

Wow, it sure has been a while since I posted an entry.  I was in Chicago all of last week at our customer conference and got a bit behind.  Matthew had a bye...

Wallenstein Arrives, First Play

1 minute read

My backordered copy of Wallenstein finally arrived from Funagain last week.  I played this for the first time during a trip to New York City last July, and I...

Cubs Win!

less than 1 minute read

Man, it has been a long time!  95 years in fact - 1908 was the last time the Cubs managed to win a post-season series.  In my lifetime, it has been one heart...

Session Report: Volldampf, I’m the Boss

3 minute read

Ken and Brandon came over Sunday afternoon for a few hours of gaming.  We decided to take a break from our D&D campaign and bring out the boardgames. Vo...

Age of Mythology First Impressions

2 minute read

After a Saturday full of sports activities (Matthew’s soccer game - he scored 5 goals! - and Jacob’s football game), I sat down with the boys around 5pm to s...

Piecepack Design Contest - Solitary Confinement

less than 1 minute read

If you’ve never heard of piecepack, you should check it out.  A piecepack is a set of boardgame parts that can be used to play a number of games and provides...

Warcraft the Board Game

less than 1 minute read

This has the potential to be very cool.  Fantasy Flight and Eagle Games seem to have have struck a resonant chord with their recent introductions of computer...

Gaming with the Arizona Boardgamers (Night 2)

4 minute read

Saturday night I headed east from my hotel to Rob Smolka’s house for some more gaming.  I was pretty beat after 27 holes of golf and 3 hours of instruction b...

Day 1 of Golf School

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It was a long, hot, but fun day here in the greater Phoenix area.  Steve and I spent the morning and afternoon at golf school with our great instructor Ubie ...

Gaming with the Arizona Boardgamers (Night 1)

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I was able to stay awake late enough tonight to join the Arizona Boardgamers at Gamer’s Edge in Chandler.  It was a fun, welcoming crowd and I look forward t...

Off to Arizona

less than 1 minute read

Tonight I’ll be speaking at a Software Association of Oregon Web Services Panel, then tomorrow morning I take an early flight to Phoenix, Arizona.  Next week...

Julie’s Recipes

less than 1 minute read

My wife happens to be an amazing cook.  On the few nights each week that we are actually able to site down as a family and eat together, Julie treats us very...

Congratulations Scott

less than 1 minute read

Its been a long, worthwhile road for Scott.  Congrats!

Gaming at Doug and Mimi’s

3 minute read

Jacob and I drove the 45 minutes to Vancouver, WA for an afternoon (and evening) of gaming at Doug and Mimi’s.  Many of the usual suspects joined us, includi...

A Day at The Coast

less than 1 minute read

I had to work, but Julie, Jacob, and Matthew spent most of Friday in Lincoln City, the closest coastal town to our home in Sherwood.  The summer is ticking a...

FreshFish 0.9 Available for Download

less than 1 minute read

I finally have another release of FreshFish available for download.  I think this version looks quite a bit nicer (thanks to Angela for providing some update...

Outage

less than 1 minute read

For the thousands of you that check my weblog daily (OK, the 3-5 of you), you obviously noticed I was down for a while.  My ISP (Stormhosts - great prices fo...

Session Report: Gaming at Kevin’s

2 minute read

I finally found some time for gaming last Saturday and spent the evening at Kevin Graham’s, “connector” of all us spielfrieks here in the Portland area.  I’v...

New Look and Feel

less than 1 minute read

You’ll notice that I’ve made some small changes to the look and feel of the site.  That’s because I’ve moved over to DasBlog by Clemens Vasters.  From a disp...

Day 3 at GenCon 2003

2 minute read

Sorry for the late report on our last day at GenCon (Saturday).  This was an abbreviated day - had to make it back to Shelbyville in time for a birthday cele...

Day 2 at GenCon 2003

3 minute read

It is getting late but I still want to get my report out.  This report will be shorter on words but I’ll keep the pictures.  Matthew (my 6 soon-to-be-7 year ...

Day 1 at GenCon 2003

5 minute read

Jacob and I just wrapped up day 1 of our GenCon adventure in Indianapolis.  We arrived downtown (after driving from Shelbyville where my parents live) around...

Safe Arrival in Indy

less than 1 minute read

Julie, Jacob, Matthew, and I arrived safely in Indianapolis tonight.  We had a great dinner at my sister’s place on the no...

FreshFish 0.2 Available for Download

less than 1 minute read

I finally have a working standalone version of Fresh Fish available for download.  In the download you will find the executable (ju...

Keuka Lake Wrap-up

1 minute read

We had a great but too-short time at Keuka Lake this year.  I managed to stay there for 9 days while Julie, Jacob, and Matthew were there f...

Gaming in Brooklyn, NY - June 30, 2003

5 minute read

I posted a note to spielfrieks several weeks ago about a liquidation sale at my local Wizards of the Coast store, particularly the discount on Tigris & E...

Gaming in Sherwood - Sunday, June 29

4 minute read

 I hosted an afternoon of gaming at my house in Sherwood before departing on my New York trip.  Julie and the boys were already at the lake, so it was just m...

Two New Games

less than 1 minute read

Stopped by my friendly Rainy Day Games store over lunch today to pick up two new games: Balloon Cup and Quicks...

Fresh Fish Development Update

less than 1 minute read

 I’ve made great progress on development over the past week.  Quick status update: <![if !supportLists...

Fresh Fish Online Source Available

less than 1 minute read

 I’m working on an online version of the game Fresh Fish by Friedemann Friese.  Some folks have asked to see e...

TechEd Wrap-Up

1 minute read

TechEd is essentially over for me - I'll be driving to the airport tomorrow morning and should be home by around noon. It was a good week -...

Summer at Keuka Lake

less than 1 minute read

 We will make our annual trek to Keuka Lake in western New York in July.  Julie and the boys usually take the train, ...

Where’s Chris?

less than 1 minute read

I’m back in San Francisco - it has been a crazy week: Nice photo from the top of a downtown SFO building. Tue - in Columbus, OH visiting customers....

Reading Masters of Doom

less than 1 minute read

I picked up the book Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner this week while in Columbus.  This...

Session Report - Sunday Gaming in Sherwood

3 minute read

I scheduled a fairly impromptu afternoon of gaming at my house this Sunday - Doug and Mimi joined us, fresh from their trip to the Gathering of Friends in Co...

Session Report - Sunday in Sherwood, OR

5 minute read

I hosted my first open gaming event on Sunday, April 13, at my home in Sherwood, OR.  We had a great turnout, we three folks I’ve gamed with before (Ken, Bra...

Face 2 Face Games and Lawrence Whalen

less than 1 minute read

I was in Providence, RI last week for a business trip, and had a few hours after my meeting before I had to head to the airport.  I did a G...

Spring Camping at Devils Lake

less than 1 minute read

We took the short trip to Lincoln City, OR this weekend for some yurt camping at Devils Lake.  Tent camping in the spring i...

Gathering of Friends Daily Reports

less than 1 minute read

As some of you know, there's a (private) group meeting this week in Columbus, OH for Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends. Ri...

First Time with Fresh Fish

less than 1 minute read

I received my copy of Fresh Fish from Plenary Games on Saturday and got a chance to play it for the first time tonight.  Julie humored me with a...

My Boys

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I've mentioned Jacob and Matthew (my two sons) here frequently, but I thought it would be nice to show a picture of them.  So here you go! ...

Gaming at Allumbra

less than 1 minute read

Benjamin Corliss has designed two abstract strategy games that he runs online at his web site.  I've only played Breacan so far (against Benjamin), ...

Converting Piratenbucht to English

less than 1 minute read

I recently purchased the German-language Piratenbucht online from Funagain.  This is a very attractive game, with a nice large boar...

Gaming in Redmond, WA at Wizkids

1 minute read

I enjoyed a fun night of gaming last week while visiting Bellevue/Redmond.  There's a group that meets weekly on Tuesdays at the WizKids ...

Quick Diversion - The Thorns

less than 1 minute read

I just might be one of Matthew Sweet's greatest fans.  Odds are, you haven't heard of him, but from the moment I first heard Girlfriend, ...

Yahoo Group for Alpha Playing Cards

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Tim Schutz has created an online group for discussing new games for the Alpha Playing Cards decks.  I reviewed some of those games in a previous...

Weekend in Newport, OR

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We spent a great weekend in Newport, OR.  Our hotel was on the beach and the weather was perfect - 60s and sunny during the day.  Friday ...

A morning with Advanced Squad Leader - ouch!

1 minute read

Ken Rude and I spent a morning last Saturday with a local gaming group that regularly plays Advanced Squad Leader and is open to newbies interested in lear...

Review: Battlecards - World Conflict

5 minute read

Overview Battlecards is an expandable (not collectable) card game of World War II.  DGA Games released their Western European Campaign (Great Britain vs. G...

Books About Games

less than 1 minute read

Mikko has an interesting post on Books About Games.  It reminded me of a fantasy book I read in the early 1980’s called Hobgoblin, which was about a teen...

Funagain Games Interviews Reiner Knizia

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Stephen Glenn from Funagain Games has posted a fantastic interview with Reiner Knizia, the genius behind the games Euphrat & Tigris, Samurai, Lord of t...

Session Report - GameStorm 2003

4 minute read

I had the pleasure of attending the GameStorm convention in Portland, OR last weekend.  I had business travel on Friday and a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby to r...

Battlecards

less than 1 minute read

I ordered and received Battlecards earlier this week.  Haven’t played it yet, but the cards are extremely high quality and I hope to play it this weekend a...

InfoPath and CAB Files

less than 1 minute read

As Scott mentioned yesterday, we’ve been playing with InfoPath and we were sufficiently impressed.  We had some great meetings with Microsoft today, and to...

Review: Alpha Playing Cards

2 minute read

Tim Schutz was kind enough to send me a free deck of his Alpha Playing Cards for review.  Tim has done some great work, and his focus on gaming systems ra...

Review: Laser Squad Nemesis

1 minute read

Odds are, you haven’t heard of this game.  You won’t find it on the shelves of your local retailer and you won’t see see 16 year olds lugging it to LAN par...

Let’s Get Started

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I’ll be using this space to talk about gaming (boardgames mostly), technology, software development, and just random thoughts. I’m the CTO at Corillian Cor...