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  1. Professor Rob

    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I was a fan when it first came out, but it's very much of its time. Being 28 at the time, I probably appreciated it more than would a six-year old. It was only later that I found out that he'd stolen his entire act from Bill Hicks. Shameful.
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    What are you playing?

    Sidereal Confluence sounds good - looking forward to it. I’ve also arranged to play Village with Andy, so I’ve been reading the rules for that. I should be coming to the next one, all being well, but I’ll let you know if I can’t.
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    What are you playing?

    Had another great time at Beyond Monopoly at the weekend, and got to play quite a few games I'd not played before. First up was Karuba, a fun little tile-laying game. You draw tiles and place them to try and get your explorers across uncharted territory to the temples. Each tile has a different configuration of paths on it, and can be used to either extend your paths on the board or to move your explorers. There are gems to collect on the way and bonus points for being the first explorer to reach the destination. I lost spectacularly, but quite enjoyed it. It has more depth than it first appears. Next came Troyes, a solid Euro game where you use a pool of dice to place workers in different parts of the city, to gain influence and special abilities. Each turn, there's an external threat that you have to join forces to fight against, and these continue to affect each subsequent turn until they're defeated. It took a short while to get the game running smoothly (lots of rules), but after that it was fine. I liked it. Think I came second (four player game). Imhotep was next, a game where you're building structures in ancient Egypt. Each turn you can choose to take stone from your quarry onto your wharf, move stone from the wharf onto a boat, or drive a boat to one of five different locations to contribute to different buildings. Each building scores in a different way, and the trick is to maximise your points and minimise your opponents' (boats will have other people's stones on besides your own). I already own this and always enjoy playing it. Medici: I really enjoyed this a lot, and would say it was my favourite game of the day. It's a deceptively simple auction game where where you're bidding on cargo to load onto your boat. For each consignment that comes up, you only get one bid each, with it then going to the highest bidder. You get points based on the tonnage (each cargo tile has a weight), and on how many of each type of good you have. Money is points and points are money, so you're reducing your final score with higher bids. It makes for a very tight, very tense game. Came second, I think. I think I'll probably get myself a copy of this. Last was Isle of Skye, where you lay tiles to build terrain in a very similar way to Carcassonne. As we were pressed for time, we played a simpler variant where you draft tiles rather than buy them at auction. It was quite good fun, but I think I prefer the elegant simplicity of Carc. Had a lovely time, and look forward to going again. My only regret was not being free at the right time to join in with Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, a game I'd really like to try. Maybe next time.
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    What was this, as a matter of interest?
  5. Professor Rob

    Die Hard

    I don’t remember him ever asking for a Coke. I’m quite certain he doesn’t, unless it’s in a deleted scene or something.
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    Men in Black Reboot: Chris Hemsworth/Tessa Thompson

    I wasn't even sure what accent he's meant to have. It's all over the place.
  7. Professor Rob

    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    I've backed it. Looks lovely.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Pretty good (and pretty comprehensive) Christmas buyers' guide from Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/12/ars-technicas-ultimate-board-game-buyers-guide-2018-edition/
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    Bargain buys for everyone.

    Mine's been changed to 14 Dec.
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    Bargain buys for everyone.

    I snagged mine around 5pm yesterday, and it says it's arriving on 21 December.
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    Bargain buys for everyone.

    As per this thread on BGG: something weird has been going on with the price of Concordia on Amazon over the past week or so, in that for short periods of time (15 minutes or so), it randomly plummets to around £15-16, then goes back up to full price again. If you check regularly, and are quick off the mark, you might be able to snag a bargain. It's apparently legit – people have been receiving their copies, and they're not counterfeit.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Oh, I’ll definitely be back as often as I can make it. I was sat opposite Jim for Auztralia, and playing Twilight Struggle next to your Le Havre. I’m afraid I didn’t get the guy’s name I was playing TS with, but he was very helpful. I didn’t really mind missing the bus, as I didn’t want to duck out of a game part way through and spoil it for everyone else. Though I was a bit worried that the car park would be locked. Were you the chap carrying Lords of Xidit when you left?
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    Time Trap

    It doesn’t seem to be included in Prime.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Well, I had a lovely time - really enjoyed it. Very friendly and inviting bunch of people. Started off being invited into a game of Castles of Burgundy (I lost by a mile), then played Twilight Struggle with a very patient and helpful chap (I lost, but didn’t do as badly as I expected, given that I’m rubbish at Twilight Struggle). After that got invited into a game of Auztralia, which was good but ran quite long so I ended up missing the last bus back to the park and ride. Had a splendid day.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    I'm quite excited – for the first time in literally years, I have a weekend to myself which happens to coincide with a meeting of Beyond Monopoly in York. Really looking forward to it.

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