Posts from 2004

Music to my ears

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A while back I talked about some of my musical interests.  This post prompted some helpful comments that pointed me to some other artists.  Here are some tho...

Two New Weblogs

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My friends Mike Deans and Eric Landes recently unveiled their weblogs.  Check ‘em out.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to all! The weather has turned for the worse today - high winds, rain, and so much fog we can barely see across the bay.  We've had a wonde...

Cruise on the Voyager of the Seas

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It’s Christmas Eve and I finally have a few spare moments to post some pictures and a narrative of our recent Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager o...

Pre-Sail in Miami

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I’ve got free broadband access in my hotel room here in downtown Miami.  We head over to the ship in about an hour, so hey, why not squeeze in one more post ...

Blog updates=off

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I’ve got a huge backlog of things to post, but my hosting ISP had my home blocked out in their firewall so the whole world has been able to see my site but n...

Video Tour of the Salishan House

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Now for something a bit different.  Using the great Microsoft Photo Story 3 tools I created a narrated slideshow / video of the Salishan home.  There are low...

Fresh Fish Rises from the Ashes

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Looks like I have permission from Plenary Games, publisher of the fine Fresh Fish game, to resume development work of the Windows-based implementation of the...

Happy Thanksgiving

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We had a great day here at the coast.  Before the details, first a little turkey day Haiku I composed: Turkey be afraid:Dinner comes before it’s dark,Best a...

Salishan for Thanksgiving

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Julie, the boys, and I drove out to Salishan today for Thanksgiving weekend.  Jan and David came out on Sunday and we are all very excited to have our first ...

Gaming in Atlanta

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I had some business travel to Georgia last week, and my meeting ran to late to catch a flight back on United so I had to spend the evening there on Thursday....

Playtesting Report

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KC, Rita, and I ran two playtest sessions here in Portland in November.  Our goal was to get feedback on four of KC’s designs and narrow down a list of publi...

Catchup - Goldbräu, Power Grid x2, and more

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I’m well overdue on a number of session reports, including recent playtesting reports for KC’s games.  Hopefully this is part 1 of 3 posts I’ll make tonight....

New Publisher on the Block: SimplyFun

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Found on Gamewire: there’s a new game publisher starting up called SimplyFun.  They have an interesting business model: The company won’t be selling their g...

Ruby on Rails

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OK, let’s geek out in the technical way for a bit.  Patrick mentioned that I pointed him to Ruby, and more specifically to Ruby on Rails.  I’m...

I’ve Arrived?

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Looks like I finally surpassed Chris Brooks, progressive rock guitarist from Australia, as the #1 Google hit for “Chris Brooks”.

Add BoardGameGeek Search to Firefox

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Thanks to Jason Ungerleider, there’s a nice little Firefox search plugin for searching BoardGameGeek.  Nice work Jason!

Acquire, Buyword, Lightning D-Day, Boomtown

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I’ll have a sizable post tomorrow about the playtesting we conducted over the weekend, but till then here are a few games played over the weekend. I managed ...

Metro 2

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I took off for the east side of Portland to help Rita setup for a games playtest day we are running today to showcase and evaluate 4 of KC’s game (Pizzza, Ha...

Life in San Andreas

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My friend and co-worker Travis is (!) taking a week off to play GTA: San Andreas.  He’s, very humorously I might add, documenting his week there in the first...

GeekSpeak / PodCasting

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There’s been quite a bit of talk about the pros and cons of PodCasting.  Part of this issue is that people get too wrapped up in the technology as opposed to...

I Voted Today

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Well, sort of.  Julie and I voted last night while the kids were out trick-or-treating.  Julie dropped the ballots off at the library today. Ole and Dave: yo...

November Games Journal is out

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The November issue of The Games Journal is out.  My favorite article this month is “Living the Dream 2.0: Promotion.”  Check it out.

Amazing Transformation

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My friend and co-worker John Hibbard has documented his transformation, self described as From Morbid Obese to Ironman.  Best of luck John next week at your ...

Keythedral, St. Pete, and Empire Builder

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Time to catch up on a couple of session reports. Last Saturday KC and Rita came over to discuss some planning for the upcoming playtest days we are running i...

End of Fall Sports

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Saturday marked the end of fall sports for Jacob and Matthew.  Matthew finished the season with a strong win against a Tigard team, while Jacob’s team suffer...

Happy Halloween

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For your viewing pleasure, here are a few costume photos from the weekend.  Julie and I are big fans of Shaun of the Dead in case you don’t know what you are...

Tivo Removing Features

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Boy, this could be enough to push me back towards cable and Windows Media Center.  I don’t know if they’ll push this patch down to DirectTivo (which isn’t of...

Piecepack Solitaire

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While watching the Cardinals look ever more futile this evening, I managed to try out a few solitaire Piecepack games. First up was Tula (ppwiki), which feel...

Yourself!Fitness

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Looks like Yourself!Fitness, the XBox-based personal fitness trainer, shipped this month.  This is a product of responDESIGN, a company founded by Corillian ...

Parental Warning: Betrayal at House on the Hill

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While this game is a smash hit with the family, I should warn those of you contemplating playing this with younger children: consider toning down some of the...

Gaming Birthday Party

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We finally celebrated Jacob and Matthew’s respective birthdays with their friends on Sunday afternoon.  The opted for a joint gameday, with each inviting 4-5...

Acquire

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Time to catch up on some session reports.  I had some good gaming activity over the weekend, starting with a Friday lunchtime session at work.  Side note: I’...

Musings on St. Petersburg

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Last week I participated in a four-way discussion on the pros and cons of the card game St. Petersburg.  Obviously I like this game.

Übergeek?

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This is where I am today.

Games Magazine Awards

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You can find the Games Magazine 100 list, along with the awards for 2005, over at Funagain.

Ole is Back

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Thankfully, Ole has returned to the blog posting world.  Welcome back, and stay for a while!

Alt Country / Americana

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I’ve never really been a fan of popular country music.  I don’t take it seriously, consider it worse than top 40 pop, and have spent most of my life befuddle...

Nashville

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I spent last weekend in Nashville at my good friend Russ Waitman’s wedding.  Russ and I were roommates in college, sharing an engineering suite our sophomore...

Play Ticket To Ride Online

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You can beta-test Ticket to Ride online over at Days of Wonder.  I played a 2-player game with Eric H tonight - well done implementation.

Wow. Google SMS.

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Thanks to Scott, I just discovered Google SMS.  I’m sitting here in Nashville right now and need to find a bookstore.  I send this SMS to GOOGL (46645): 3720...

Gaming with the Billabong Boardgamers

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Tonight I had the fortune of spending a few hours gaming with the Billabong Boardgamers of the greater Melbourne (Australia) area. Alan Stewart was kind enou...

Solitaire Middle Earth: the Wizards

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I awoke this morning at about 4:30am local time.  Not too bad in all - that’s about 7.5 hours of sleep and I’m on may way towards adjustment.  I wanted to go...

Melbourne on Saturday

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I arrived in Melbourne about 10am Saturday morning after about 18 hours total flying time.  Things sure have changed since the last time I was here: I had to...

Off to Australia

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I’m sitting in the Red Carpet lounge at PDX, doing some demo work for Corillian and waiting for my flight to SFO.  I’ll end my journey in Melbourne, Australi...

BoardGameSearch

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BoardGameSearch is a useful site for searching prices for online games.  This is a good start, but I want more (actually, my friend George wants more and I a...

Gmail Invitations

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I know these are SO scarce these days, but let me know if you’d like a gmail invitation.  Please leave a comment here with your first and last name and email...

Bargain Games

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There are a few good deals out there that are worth looking into: ToysRUs is still offering Roller Coaster Tycoon for a paltry $5.97 plus shipping.  Well wo...

Lunchtime Gaming at Corillian

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I recently organized a lunchtime gaming group at Corillian in our cafe.  A couple of us had met spontaneously for some gaming over the past year, but about a...

Movie Ratings for Kids

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Julie and I want to see a movie today, probably Shaun of the Dead, so we are looking for a movie for the boys to see at about the same time, at the same thea...

Playing CCGs Without Collecting

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Many folks into German- or European- or Family Strategy Games or whatever you call them these days played collectible card games in the 90s, especially the o...

Dave has a Blog

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My friend and fellow RipCity gamer Dave Eggleston has a weblog (atom).  Dave is in the midst of an interesting project: developing some Windows-based (but th...

Spycraft CCG

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Jacob and I gave the SpyCraft CCG a play while at the coast over the weekend.  We also played several other games - I’ll post some pics shortly - but I wante...

Robo Rally

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I didn’t see much of the kids this week due to work committments each night, so I was eager to sit down and spend some quality time tonight.  We decided to p...

Join Me in Wallenstein

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Come on over and join me in a game of Wallenstein.  The name of the game is Wildcard, password is “cubswin”.

Fall Sports Begin

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Not only was this the opening weekend for the NFL (my Colts and Cowboys appear to be off to a stellar start.  At least the Seahawks won…), but Jacob and Matt...

Heroscape, Taj Mahal

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On Monday, Jacob and I ventured across town (about as far across town as you can imagine) to KC and Rita’s home in Gresham.  KC, Rita, and I are planning a p...

First Day of School

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Yesterday was the first day of school for Jacob (4th grade) and Matthew (2nd grade).  Jacob was a bit stressed for most of the weekend, and Matthew in typica...

Weekend at Salishan

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We managed to spend Fri-Sun this weekend at Salishan.  We mixed in a bit of housework with some fun - best of all, Jan and David (Julie’s mom and step-dad) w...

Chinkway / FÜNF

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Got my latest issue of Counter magazine last week, and there was a nice article by Derek Carver about a trick taking card game he designed.  What made the ar...

St. Petersburg PC Game

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Thanks to Aaron Haag and his post over at BGG, I’ve just learned that there’s a PC version of St. Petersburg available for download.  If you are an English s...

Memoir ‘44 Overlord

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Jacob and I went over to Ken & Brandon’s house this weekend to try out a two-board game of Memoir ‘44 Overlord.  Days of Wonder was kind enough to give m...

More Gmail Invities

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I’m starting to think that anyone who wants a gmail account has one by now, but just in case, I have 6 invites available.  Leave a comment here if you’d like...

Gaming this Week

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I managed to get in a few games this week, both at home with Matthew and at Die Hard Thursday with the RipCity gamers. Wednesday night, Matthew and I had som...

Anime for Kids

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So my kids, particularly Matthew, love Anime movies.  They haven’t seen very many, but they’ve really enjoyed classics like Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away,...

GenCon 2004, Day 3

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GenCon is now over, it’s hard not to be a little saddened by how quickly it wrapped up and how much I hoped to do/see but didn’t have time to.  No worries; t...

GenCon 2004, Day 2

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Day 2 at GenCon is at a close, and here’s my report for the day.  Today was quite different - less time at the show, and I brought Matthew and Jacob today.  ...

GenCon 2004, Day 1

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Jacob and I spent our first day at GenCon Indy today, lasting from 8am until about 5pm.  Overall the experience was great; I would say better than last year....

Stephen Colbert on Dungeons & Dragons

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GameSpy has a pretty humorous interview of Stephen Colbert (of Daily Show fame) relating his experiences playing Dungeons & Dragons as a youth.  He got i...

My GenCon Schedule

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This is mostly for my own reference, but here’s my schedule at GenCon this weekend: Friday, August 20 8-10am -Giant Seafarers of Catan (Jacob and I, BG00354...

Fish Stories Part 2

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I just had to post this photoshop edit Bob sent over. If fish could talk.

Fish Stories

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I’m not a big-time fisherman; you won’t find me watching many fishing shows on TV and I rarely purchase my own fishing tackle.  The sport has always facinate...

More Salishan Photos

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I’ve had a few requests from family and friends for more pictures of the house in Salishan.  We were able to spend the weekend there again, doing some more w...

Gmail Invite?

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Looks like I can give at least one gmail invitation.  If you are interested in signing up for this great email service, please let me know.

GenCon Meetup

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Going to GenCon?  Interested in meeting up for some open boardgaming, perhaps at Gamebase 7?  If so, leave a comment here and I’ll post a schedule and locati...

Salishan

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Last week Julie and I, along with her mother (Jan) and stepfather (David), closed on a home in Salishan, near Lincoln City, OR.  This was originally an idea ...

Runebound

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About a week ago, Jacob and I joined Ken and Brandon at the Rude household for a game of Runebound, the fantasy boardgame from Fantasy Flight Games.  This ga...

Gmail is pretty sweet

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I was fortunate enough to get an invite to open a Gmail account from my friend Scott Ladewig.  Gmail is Google’s answer to Yahoo, Hotmail and others: free in...

Back to Some Gaming

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Last week our annual vacation to Keuka Lake finished (perhaps I’ll post a few more pictures this weekend), so we are gradually working ourselves back to some...

Keuka Lake

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Greetings from Keuka Lake, NY!  We took the red-eye from Portland last Thursday night, arriving at the lake cottage around 11am on Friday morning.  The weath...

What Are Wargames?

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Check out this interesting article in the recent issue of the GiocAreaA online magazine. The translation is a bit stilted at times, but the content is very n...

Memoir ‘44

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I finally received my copy of Memoir ‘44 this week, the new game from Days of Wonder.  DoW is on a roll, with the Alan Moon designed game Ticket to Ride winn...

Uberplay and Eagle Games Merge

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Sort of old news, but it gives me a good reason to post something.  Read about it here!

What’s Up

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Wow - long time since I’ve posted anything too meaningful.  This post won’t break that trend.  It has been a busy few weeks, so very little has happened on t...

Call for Opponents - Bus

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Join me in a game of Bus. Game: Do-Over.  Password: ripcity.

Review of the Iron Dragon Computer Game

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Shannon Appelcline wrote a nice review of the Iron Dragon Computer Game over at RPG.Net.  Funny thing, I just discovered this game on Saturday after a referr...

Gaming at Kevin’s

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Jacob and I spent Saturday afternoon at Kevin Graham’s for some gaming.  We picked up Ken and Brandon around 12:30 and arrived at Kevin’s place on the east s...

Piano Recital

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Jacob and Matthew had their end-of-year piano recital on Saturday.  They both did very well, and given that they enjoy it so much (and therefore practice) we...

Army Humor

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Somehow I got on the email list for Army ROTC alumni at Washington University.  Probably an alumni database screwup, as I was actually in Air Force ROTC ther...

Weekend in La Pine

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Julie, Jacob, Matthew and I spent the weekend in La Pine, Oregon, located in central Oregon just south of Sun River.  Jacob had a busy weekend of baseball sc...

Philips Senseo

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Sorry for the brief diversion into home appliance review, but I’m pleased enough with my recent purchase of the Philips Senseo that I just had to share my th...

Back to the Sun River Area Today

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Later today (it is Friday early morning right now), the four of us will pack up the car and head back to central Oregon (La Pine, to be specific), this time ...

Sun River, Day 3

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This will be my last entry on the Sun River gaming extravaganza.  Sunday was a shortened day - George and I left together around 3:30pm to get home in time t...

Sun River, Day 2

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Let’s move on to day 2, Saturday, at Sun River.  This was my heaviest day of gaming, both in terms of the number of games played and the style of games.  I’l...

Sun River, Day 1

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Twice a year the RipCity Gamers group journeys to Sun River for 3-5 days of gaming goodness.  Doug and his family are kind enough to offer up their vacation ...

Avalon Hill Goodness

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I mentioned last week that some parts were missing from my Axis & Allies: D-Day game.  Sent an email to Hasbro/Avalon Hill/WOTC and got this quick respon...

Jacob’s Oregon City Tournament

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Forgot to mention - Jacob’s baseball team took second place out of 8 teams at last week’s Oregon City baseball tournament.  Congrats team! Jacob’s t...

O Zoo Le Mio and Alexandros

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Quick session report this time - I’m in Sun River with the RipCity group and got a bit behind.  Gotta catch up so that I can start posting photos from the we...

Ole’s RSS Cookbook

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If you still haven’t taken the plunge and picked up an RSS reader, maybe all you need is a nice tutorial on what it is and how to use.  Ole wrote a great RSS...

Mark Johnson’s Gathering Thoughts

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Mark wrote a very insightful post about his recent experiences at the Gathering.  Even though I’ve lobbied for an invite, it would take some serious thought ...

A Day of Some Significance

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United Airlines has been doing a lot of things right lately.  I spend a lot of time on this airline, and am already half-way to 1K status this year (missed i...

Call for Opponents - Wallenstein

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I just created a game of Wallenstein over at SpielByWeb.  Title: WallyBlog, Password: ripcity.

Axis & Allies - D-Day

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Friday evening Jacob and I started our first game of Axis & Allies: D-Day, a game that we managed to finish tonight after his baseball game.  Jacob playe...

Music Program, Baseball

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Time for a few more family photos.  Julie and Matthew are in Reno for the weekend, so I’m spending each day shuttling Jacob to his baseball tournament out in...

Axis & Allies: D-Day Released

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Axis & Alies: D-Day (publisher site, preview) was released this week.  I was fortunate enough to be a playtester for this (thanks for the invite Doug!) -...

Gen Con Indy Event Registration is Open

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Jacob, Matthew, and I are already registered for a full conference at Gen Con this year.  Last year Jacob and I spent 3 days there and Matthew joined us for ...

Geek and Son(s) of Geek

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Greg and Patrick conspired on a spontaneous, full-scale garment design cycle.

Ticket To Ride

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Jacob and Matthew have a long 4-day weekend (Julie’s dad arrives tomorrow morning), so without an early bedtime we decided to play Ticket to Ride after dinne...

More Baseball Photos

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I’m having way too much fun with my Digital Rebel.  I’m especially impressed with the results I’m getting with high-speed (1/1600, 1/2000) action photos of J...

San Juan, Northwest Trek

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Not much gaming happening lately.  Busy travel schedule again (though things look to be quieter in May/June), and my gaming date in Las Vegas feel through la...

Game Ratings from the Gathering

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Joe Huber did a great job of summarizing the impressions of games from the Gathering.  Below is the summary of his work.  The rating system: + = thumbs up, 0...

Baseball Season!

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Jacob and Matthew are playing baseball again this year.  Though they are almost two years apart, it seems that Matthew is always only one year behind him in ...

Gaming in Sherwood - Sunday, April 18

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This report is almost a week late in coming, but better late than never.  Spent last week in North Carolina and Colorado, and I head to Vegas this week for a...

Funny Referrals

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DasBlog provides some nice referral tracking that helps me learn how people find the site.  Often the referral is from a strange search at Google, MSN, or el...

Doug’s Gathering Report

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My good friend Doug Walker (and wife Mimi) spent last week at The Gathering of Friends in Columbus, OH.  This is a private, invitation-only event sponsored b...

Oregon Destination Imagination State Tournament

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As I mentioned earlier, Jacob and I spent the weekend in Corvallis at the Oregon Destination Imagination state tournament.  This is Jacob’s second year in th...

First Impressions: Dracula, San Juan

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Jacob and I spent most of the weekend in Corvallis at the Oregon Destination Imagination state tournament (more on that later).  I brought along three of the...

Memoir 44 vs. Axis & Allies D-Day

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George asked this question: So how does this coincide with Hasbro’s Axis&Allies D-Day release? I believe they will both be released about the same time...

Drool

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Will it be possible to not purchase this game?

Cats

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Julie and I are cat people.  Dogs are cool, we love them, but they are way too restrictive and high maintenance for us.  So here are our cats. Wrigle...

Gaming in Redmond

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Finally some gaming! I was in Seattle/Redmond today on business, so I drove up last night for some late-night gaming with the Microsoft (and Boards & Bit...

Good Deals at Amazon

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Amazon currently has some good deals on a few Mayfair games, particularly the crayon rail games.  There were a few that had been on my list, so at 50% off th...

Photos from KL and Beijing

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I finally got around to posting some photos from my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.  Now that I’m using the Digital Rebel, the photos files are quit...

Tivo Hacks

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This is mostly just an entry for me to remember where to find the stuff, but here is the best place to find the list of Tivo hacks for modifying default sett...

Back Home

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Made it back home safely yesterday, flying from Beijing to Tokyo to Seattle to Portland.  Quite a bit easier coming back than flying out (shorter, less hassl...

In Beijing

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We safely made it to Beijing today, arriving about 7am after a restless redeye from Singapore.  Given the choice between catching up on some sleep and seeing...

In Transit to Beijing

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I am sitting in the Singapore Air lounge in Singapore right now, waiting for my flight to Beijing.  It is about midnight here, and we arrive around 7am.  Thi...

Day 1 in KL

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After a breakfast here in the hotel this morning, I went for a stroll to see what is near the hotel.  I wandered into the KLCC shopping complex, a very moder...

Portland to KL

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Yesterday (2 days ago?) I made the long journey from Portland to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I departed PDX about 9:45am on Friday morning, flying to SFO.  Thank...

Family Gaming

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Julie’s mom Jan was in town for most of the week, which is spring break for the kids.  Papa David also arrived in town today, and Jan/David headed for the co...

Puerto Rico Online

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I gave the new version of Puerto Rico Online a try last night.  Overall I was very impressed.  The interface isn’t great, but is still much better than the o...

West Side Saturday - March 20

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This will be a rather long session report - there was a ton of gaming going on last Saturday at Mike’s, mostly due to the unusually large crowd of 12 people....

Digital Rebel

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A while back I raised the quandry “should I get a Digital Rebel”.  Well, about a week ago Julie and I took the dive and we are starting to get some nice resu...

Oh, the Places I’ve Been / Lived

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Time to jump on the bandwagon.  I’ve seen a number of postings of where folks have been using the cool map service at World66.  So here’s my story.  First, t...

Happy Green Day

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Been a while since I posted some family photos, so here are a few I thought were more than worthy. Matthew with a traditional Irish dinner of corned b...

Preparing for Europe Engulfed

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A strange title for a post, but I’ve spent the last week reading (and re-reading) the rules for Europe Engulfed in anticipating of a trial short scenario pla...

Gaming at Doug and Mimi’s

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Yesterday Jacob and I made the long trek up to Vancouver’s east side to attend a game day hosted by Doug & Mimi.  It had been too long since our last vis...

State Chess Tournament Results

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We did pretty well at the state chess tournament - the team finished with 2.0 points out of a possible 5.0, putting us solidly in the middle of the pack.  Ja...

State Chess Tournament

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Today I take the Archer Glen chess team to the Chess for Success State Tournament in downtown Portland.  We have a strong team but frankly, I don’t know what...

New Gaming Blog

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Clay Blankenship has started a new blog, rss feed here.

Recent Acquisitions

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I picked up a few games over the past few weeks - some from the great online store Boards & Bits and some at the recent Game Storm.  Here’s a sampling: ...

GameStorm - Day 3 (Uberplay demonstrations)

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Uberplay Games was kind enough to send me copies of some of their newest releases to demonstrate at Game Storm in Portland on Sunday.  The demos went extreme...

GameStorm - Day 3 (non-Uberplay)

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The better of day 3 at Game Storm for me was my Uberplay Games demonstration session, which was supposed to last from nine until noon but actually lasted for...

GameStorm - Day 2

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Or should I say evening 2?  The day was spent spending time with Matthew while Jacob and his team participated in the regional Destination Imagination tourna...

GameStorm - Day 1

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Today was day 1 for GameStorm in Portland, OR.  I had to get there by 4pm to hand deliver KC’s New Eden prototype; I thought I gave myself plenty of travel t...

GameStorm This Weekend

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I will be heading to GameStorm after work (actually a bit early so that I can deliver a copy of KC’s New Eden prototype to him in time for his session) today...

Northstar Ski Trip

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I’m back after one my longer absences from posting.  If you aren’t family or interested in our ski trip, you can probably skip this one!  Back to gaming in a...

A Game of Thrones Online Back in Business

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The AGoTOnline team and Fantasy Flight Games reached an agreement this week that will allow the online site to continue operations.  Games already in progres...

Microsoft to Bring Settlers of Catan to MSN Zone

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Mayfair Games issued a press release today announcing that Microsoft will publish an online version of Settlers of Catan as a premium game service at MSN Zon...

Gaming in Sherwood - Sunday, Feb 15

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We welcomed a small crowd into our home again this weekend for some gaming on Sunday.  Gameplay lasted from about noon until 8:30pm, and we were fortunate to...

Saturday Gaming

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After spending 4 hours this morning at Beaverton Toyota getting my car worked on (regular maintenance plus some repairs from vandalism at the Portland airpor...

Die Hard Thursday - George’s Home - Feb 12

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Ok, round 2 of trying to make this post.  As much as I like dasBlog, the browser based editor can drive me nuts.  I was 90% through this session report when ...

GenCon Indy Registration Opens Monday

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You can register online here.  We plan to go this year, with Jacob and I probably attending for three of the days.  Perhaps Matthew will be ready as well.

Vanished Planet First Impressions

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I played a quick solitaire game of Vanished Planet tonight to acquaint myself with the rules and get a feel for the game play.  Maybe I’ll write a review aft...

A Game of Throne Online Goes Dark

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Bowing to pressure from Fantasy Flight Games, the great folks that built A Game of Thrones Online have taken the game down.  Apparently one of the concerns i...

Vanished Planet

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I took a bit of a chance and ordered the game Vanished Planet, a cooperative game published independently.  I’ve heard it is insanely difficult to win, but t...

Should I Get a Canon Digital Rebel?

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Julie and I have recently converted to nearly all digital photos, and while I like my Nikon Coolpix 2500 it is pretty challenging getting photos to turn out ...

Weekend Update

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After a long week of travel to the east coast, and a busy week of activities for the kids, we were all content to lay low and take it easy this weekend.  On ...

Great ASL Article

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Check out Chris Farrell’s article on ASL pros and cons. My favorite quote: …I think an unhealthy percentage of the skill involved in playing ASL is in simpl...

Superbowl Gaming

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My friend Mike Deans was kind enough to open his household for a day of gaming with a rather large crowd.  All four us joined the crew from Rip City Gamers. ...

My Visit to Uberplay Headquarters

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On my way home to Portland from Seattle on Thursday, I stopped by the Uberplay Entertainment headquarters in Issaquah.  Almost a year ago Jeremy Young, invit...

Gaming in Seattle - Jan 25

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I travelled to the Seattle/Redmond area this week for business, and managed to squeeze in some late-night gaming on Wednesday evening.  Tom Powers from Board...

Next Piecepack Design Contest: Group Projects

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The latest Piecepack design contest was announced today, and this time they are looking for group submissions from no less than two co-authors.  You can read...

Jason Sato has a WebLog

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Jason Sato (aka Magic Rat), with whom I had the pleasure of gaming in Arizona last year, has a new weblog.

Good Chess Books for Kids

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Every once in a while I get asked what chess books for kids would I recommend.  I haven’t read too many, but here are a few recommendations: Starting Chess,...

Gaming with the Rudes - Sunday, Jan 25

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Jacob and I traveled across town to the Rude household for some Sunday afternoon gaming yesterday.  Matthew had a birthday party to attend, so it was a good ...

PiecePack Solitary Confinement Contest

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I can’t believe I forgot to post this.  A while back I mentioned the latest PiecePack design contest, Solitary Confinement.  I even submitted a (very lightwe...

Senjutsu with Jacob

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Jacob and I had some spare time this afternoon while Julie and Matthew went shopping for a birthday present.  Looking into the game closet for a two-player g...

Some Used Games I Picked Up

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I checked out Greg Aleknevicus’ Games for Sale list and found a few things I wanted for a reasonable price - plus he was having a buy 2 get 1 free sale!  So ...

Plug for a Couple of Tools

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I don't write about technology too much in this forum, but every once in a while I like to plug some cool toys or tools that I find useful. First,...

Weekend Gaming

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We had a fun weekend of gaming.  Julie and a friend made a date to go night skiing at Skibowl Friday night, so it was just the boys and me for some gaming fu...

Wrestling Tournament

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Jacob and Matthew have been practicing with the Sherwood youth wrestling team a couple of times a week.  This is a low-key affair, and they are doing it prim...

Casual Gaming in Sherwood - January 15

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Our new friend Kevin McKenzie was still in town on business (we gamed with him last week), so we invited a few folks over for some gaming at our home on Wedn...

Family Gaming - January 8

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Board games have been coming out a lot at home so far this year.  Last weekend, we brought out Age of Mythology again.  One of my goals in playing the bigger...

Photos from the Chess Tournament

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If all goes well today, there will be a barrage of postings as I clear out the backlog.  It was a busy week and I just didn’t have time to touch up and post ...

Holy Cow - Titan: the Arena is Back!

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Just read on the Gamewire that Fantasy Flight will be re-releasing Titan: the Arena and will call it Colossal Arena.  I haven’t played the original Avalon Hi...

Chess Odyssey Winter Olympics

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I took three Archer Glen chess teams to the Chess Odyssey Winter Olympics on Saturday.  This was a big deal for everyone involved - all but one of us (coach ...

My Detailed, Categorized Bookmarks

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I’m experimenting with a tool called Womcat, referred to me by my friend Greg.  This is a decent way to organize bookmarks, and I have provided some brief no...

Sherwood is a Big Sheet of Ice

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The weather here has been nothing short of remarkable.  The schools still haven’t re-opened, and I didn’t even attempt to get into work today.  The warmup pr...

Rick Thornquist’s Best (and Worst) of 2003

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Another good list reflecting on 2003, this time from Rick Thornquist of “gone cardboard” and “gamewire” fame.  I agree with his list, though there were sever...

Games I Was Given For Christmas and Birthday

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Family and friends were kind enough to support my gaming habit, and here’s what my take was this holiday season.  I still haven’t played Metro or A Game of T...

My 5 & 10 Report for 2003

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Many folks who play board games will provide a year-end report of games they played, often in a form known as a “5 & 10” or “five and dime” report.  This...

New Year’s Eve Gaming

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Our good friends the Rudes joined us for our second annual New Year’s Eve game night.  Last year was mostly CCGs - in fact, I held a sealed deck Magic tourna...

More Snow in Sherwood

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We had a healthy dose of snow on New Year’s day - woke up to about 4 inches another 2-3 fell during the day.  The bad (good?) weather here has had great timi...