2014 In Review For Nerdy Life Of Mine

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Long Week.. At Times I Hate Being A Grown-Up

Oh how I long for the days of nap times and juice boxes.. Well the title might be misleading, I’m not really going to pull out the soap box and go off on a tangent. Just a lot of things happen this week that made miss the good old days of preschool. Everything from bills, car problems, trying to get everything moved/settled in from the girlfriend moving in with me. Then there is the ups and downs of the child  custody with the ex,  there were some paper work that was file I personally didn’t find “cool”. But oddly enough I wasn’t mad and we sat down and remade the custody/parenting times so she will be able to rebuild her relationship with the kids. For those who aren’t up to date the “drama” and goings on here is a link to an older post I made about what has happened. But with that being said, not all things were bad! Lilly is doing well in school beside going for a full day of school (8:30am-3:25pm) I’m sure you’ve seen the 1st day of school pictures. Jax on the other hand had to get 3 shots and some blood drawn for a lead test (poor little guy), so we just had some guy time watched Batman, playing some games, and had ice cream haha.

On Saturday Spent the day with the Hobbits and took them to Wicked Comics here in Albany Oregon. One of the main things I was looking for was euro size card sleeves to finish off my Alhambra board game. Sadly they didn’t have what I needed, but they were really nice and told about some other place that might have them. SO I found myself heading to Matt’s Cavalcade Comics in Corvallis and there he only had 2 50 packs of the euro size. I figured that will be enough for the game.. NOPE! I was only 10 off, well 26 if you count the expansion for the game. So this last Sunday I had to drive up to Salem to Borderlands Games and that’s where I found everything I needed and then some. Oh a small side story that happened in Matt’s Cavalcade Comics. So once I walked into the shop everyone looked up and saw I had kids, I think everyone made the “Oh great. Children.” face. But then Jax found the Doctor Who sleeves and went off on everything haha! From there I hear some people laughing and saying “how cute.”, there was this guy standing behind us looking at comic with his girlfriend. Then asked if Jax can name off the characters from the show and the Doctors.. To my amazement Jax did just that and then some, the guy’s girlfriend then leans over and says,”Honey. He knows more then you do and he is only 4.” Awww nerd fail.So with that I had to get him something and this is what he got. The best Doctor Who poster ever haha.

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Also on Saturday I made a print of DeForrest Kelly (Bones from Star Trek), the reason behind the print was do to the autograph I got from my Dad. When my Dad was a kids he met Kelly, Shatner, Nimoy and some “Shatner girls” I had them filed away so nothing with happen to them, sadly when it became to frame them up and I couldn’t find them. Called up everyone who has been in my house to see if anyone seen them or know of anyone random has some new autographs. No Luck.. So I started cleaning out the garage and Found DeForrest Kelly! This was the most important one to me, aside from being my favorite Doctor and the fact the actor is also not alive anymore. This was something my Dad gave me. So I printed off a photo and added the autograph to the picture..

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I’m still hunting for the Shatner, Nimoy and hope I can find them! I know Shatner & Nimoy are going to be at the Portland Comic Con coming up next year and thought it would be cool bring the picture of my Dad when he was a kid getting autographs from them. Then getting new autographs from them.

Alhambra & Granada Custom Fitting

So today I found some of my old cutting box foam. Then made a much over due custom lay out for all the gaming tiles for Alhambra & Granada. I think it took me a little under 30 to make one and have all the pieces fit. Not bad for being my first time making one of these.
How to tell when one is serious about TableTop/boardgames?

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By Jason Bucky Roberts

Finally Broke My “Wil Wheaton Curse”

So the other night we (me & my wonderful nerdy girlfriend) had a small TableTop night. We played five different rounds of games and might I add I won 3 of them! Started off with Ticket to Ride: India witch a super fun map. All tho we didn’t play with the rule of occupying only one track when there are doubles. Never played India before so we wanted to get a feel for it.

So after my lovely win (I’m green by the way) we started up Ticket to Ride: US. Seeing how my girlfriend was a little mad that she lost and thinking I never win at the US map. What could go wrong? Me winning the US map……  Played again, she won this time. So at this point we’re tied and we played one more time on the US map and I won…… Yeah OOPS. So I pulled Alhambra out because I NEVER win at this game.. NEVER. As much as I love it, I never win.  To make a long story sort, she won! Made her feel better at least haha..

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The following day my little Hobbits wanted to play a boardgame. Well they wanted to play Ticket to Ride, but I think it might be a little hard for them at this point in time. SO Alhambra it is!! I must say I’m rather shocked on how good they are at this game. Sadly I had a massive headache while playing this game. But I pushed through it because the Hobbits we having fun and didn’t want to stop them. In the end I lost, and Jax came in 3rd, Lilly 2nd and my girlfriend won.

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More Castles You Can Shake Dice At, Plus A Mad Train Ride Through Africa To Play With Some Magical Buildings

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So last Saturday was the first time playing Castle Dice. I must say it was rather fun and yet there was enough of the “cut throat” element within the game to make you keep playing. We played with 4 players and it ran about 40 minutes or so.   Here is a small description from makers page:

“Castle Dice is a light worker-placement, dice-drafting game in which the players have been ordered by the king to build castles along the borders of the kingdom. The player who can create the greatest castle will become the new heir to the throne. Players will explore the land by rolling the dice, and then take turns gathering resources from them. These resources are then used to hire workers and improve castles. Players must gather and spend wisely as the Barbarians from the neighboring lands will attack players and steal their resources throughout the game. At the end of seven turns, the player who has built the greatest castle (earned the most victory points) wins the game!”

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In one of my older TableTop posts I said I came in right in the middle of a “stressful” game of Ticket to Ride: Heart of Africa, sadly I wasn’t able to play that time. BUT! This go around I finally got a chance to play. I enjoyed it, aside from people getting mad haha. The only time I got mad at the game, was when I realized I just screwed myself on completing on my last route. ONE TRAIN SHORT!!! I almost pulled a Anne Wheaton at the table too.

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Game description from the publisher:

“Set in the vast wilderness of Africa at the height of its exploration by intrepid explorers, missionaries and adventurers, Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa, a single-sided expansion map for Ticket to Ride or Ticket to Ride: Europe, focuses on the central and southern “heart” of the continent displayed in a vertical format.

This expansion introduces 45 new terrain cards, divided into three different terrain types. Each type is associated with different route colors: Desert/Savanna cards for yellow, orange and red routes; Jungle/Forest cards for green, blue and purple routes; and Mountain/Cliff cards for black, white and grey routes. Players can draw terrain cards just like train cards and they may use these to double the value of the routes they claim, under certain conditions.”

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So after everyone cooled down from Ticket to Ride. We picked up Citadels. A rather enjoyably game and fast, I think the game it’s self only took about 30ish. Easy to learn and really easy to screw other players over hahaha (joking.. kinda)

Here is a small description from makers page:

“In Citadels, players take on new roles each round to represent characters they hire in order to help them acquire gold and erect buildings. The game ends at the close of a round in which a player erects her eighth building. Players then tally their points, and the player with the highest score wins.

Players start with a number of building cards in their hand; buildings come in five colors, with the purple buildings typically having a special ability and the other colored buildings providing a benefit when you play particular characters. At the start of each round, the player who was king the previous round discards one of the eight character cards at random, chooses one, then passes the cards to the next player, etc. until each player has secretly chosen a character. Each character has a special ability, and the usefulness of any character depends upon your situation, and that of your opponents. The characters then carry out their actions in numerical order: the assassin eliminating another character for the round, the thief stealing all gold from another character, the wizard swapping building cards with another player, the warlord optionally destroys a building in play, and so on.

On a turn, a player earns two or more gold (or draws two building cards then discards one), then optionally constructs one building (or up to three if playing the architect this round). Buildings cost gold equal to the number of symbols on them, and each building is worth a certain number of points. In addition to points from buildings, at the end of the game a player scores bonus points for having eight buildings or buildings of all five colors.”

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The following day we played Alhambra with the The Magical Buildings expansion. Vary cool!! Even tho it was a small add on with only six titles, it added a whole to twist to the game. One that can make you or break you.  The game we played only lasted about an hour and a half, not to bad seeings how we had one last over FOUR hours. Here is a small description from makers page:

“Alhambra: The Magical Buildings, a promotional item from Queen Games for Spiel 2011, consists of six new tiles – one in each of the six colors of buildings – that are placed in the bag with the other tiles at the start of the game.

When drawn, they are placed for sale as with any other building. What’s different about these buildings is that no direction is up, so when added to a player’s Alhambra, the tile can be turned and placed in any legal position based on all the building rules except orientation. During scoring, these magical buildings count as a building of the appropriate color when determining majorities.”

Sadly I have the “Wil Wheaton cure” when it comes to this game. I own it, I love it…. BUT I NEVER WIN AT IT… I have never won one game haha. Oh well, one day…… Right?

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Tabletop Night: We had a small Pandemic It’s a Wonder it didn’t spread Through our Dominion

So this post is about a week late…. I’m sorry… This had been a LONG weekend/week. More good an bad, that a plus! Did start a new relationship!! A quite nerdy thing, not my usual. But nice(Dr. Horrible anyone? Anyone?) No I’m joking tho, she is great in many ways. It’s nice to have a gamer/bookworm/comic-con happy girlfriend! But I’m going off topic here. Sorry HAHA!

We had a fun little Table Top night. I did break my “Wil Wheaton losing steak” with 7 Wonders!! I didn’t build any of the 3 Wonders, instead I just build up my army and won with 62 points! BUT…. Things changed rather quickly HAHA, I kept coming 2nd or 3rd place after that. Well we did win at Pandemic… But I felt that we won to easily. Rather bitter sweet.. But anywho, here are some pictures for eye candy.

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Tabletop Night: Alhambra

So I started teaching my little hobbits Alhambra. Now keep in mind Lilly is 5 years of age and Jackson is only 3. For their first time they did REAL WELL. Lilly figured it out rather quickly, Jax took a few turns to put it all together.
But in the end it was Jackson winning with a 142 points with the second longest wall of 18. Both me and Lilly tied with 141 points, Lilly had the shortest wall with 9 and mine came in at 20. It was nice to have a REAL tabletop night with them. Something that wasn’t Clue or Sorry…. Monopoly jr………..

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For those who don’t know. In Alhambra, players are acquiring buildings to be placed within their Alhambra complex.

On a player’s turn, a player may take money from the open money market, purchase a building from the building market, or engage in construction and re-construction projects with buildings that have been placed in the player’s reserve. The game rewards efficiency, as when a player purchases a building from the market for the exact amount of money, the player may take another turn.

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Players with the most buildings in each of the six building types score in each of the scoring phases, and points are awarded for players’ longest external “wall” section within their complex. The game ends when the building market can no longer be replenished from the building tile supply, and there is a final scoring, whereupon the player with the highest score wins.

By Jason Bucky Roberts