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  1. Professor Rob

    Settlers of Catan

    Amazon are taking steps to reduce the number of counterfeit goods sold via their marketplace to zero: https://blog.aboutamazon.com/company-news/amazon-project-zero Like you, I tend to use dedicated games retailers (and I'll add Chaos Cards to your list), but I do use Amazon when decent games come up at unmissable prices. I haven't yet had a counterfeit copy of anything, as far as I can tell, but reading the threads on BGG, it does appear to be a growing problem (at last in the US).
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    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    Now You See Me.
  3. Professor Rob

    Recommend Me A Whisky

    Cardhu's a decent one to try if you're just starting out, and the Gold Reserve bottling tends to always be on offer in one supermarket or another – usually about £25 (down from £42).
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Nice one. I had planned on popping in on Saturday but didn't get chance in the end. Cheating Moth's not a bad little game – I got it (well, Mogel Motte) from a charity shop a while back.
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    Games Exchange

    Snowdonia please.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Ooh - for some reason I thought it was later on in the year. I’d be up for it.
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    The Kickstarter Group Thread

    The Kickstarter for Aftershock, Alan Moon's new game being published by Stronghold, has been cancelled, and seems to have been a bit of a disaster. First off, it was brought to their attention that there's already another game called Aftershock, an educational game used to raise awareness of the humanitarian crises that invariably follow natural disasters. That's fair enough, but Stronghold started blocking anyone on Twitter who pointed this out to them, no matter how reasonably and politely they did so. Then people started grumbling about the eye-watering shipping to costs to anywhere outside of the US, and then to add that, the "deluxe" version components were considered a bit of a rip-off. Shipping: Some of those prices are astonishing. BGG threads: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2140791/aftershock-live-kickstarter/page/1 https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2141048/aftershock-name-confusion/page/1 Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/strongholdgames/aftershock-deluxe-edition
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    Scary stories to tell in the dark

    Looks Creepshow-y.
  9. 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?
  13. 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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