Table Top Night: A Double Agent stuck on a Forbidden Island looking for the 7 Wonders

Start the Night off with 7 Wonders!! There was just two of us playing, so we double up on the boards. That was a little crazy-some. But fun indeed!

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You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.

From the publisher’s website: “7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player, as in Fairy Tale or a Magic: the Gathering booster draft. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided as in Bauza’s Ghost Stories.) Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends.

In essence 7 Wonders is a card development game along the lines of Race for the Galaxy or Dominion. Some cards have immediate effects, while others provide bonuses or upgrades later in the game. Some cards provide discounts on future purchases. Some provide military strength to overpower your neighbors and others give nothing but victory points. Unlike Magic or Fairy Tale, however, each card is played immediately after being drafted, so you’ll know which cards your neighbor is receiving and how his choices might affect what you’ve already built up. Cards are passed left-right-left over the three ages, so you need to keep an eye on the neighbors in both directions.”

Though the box of earlier editions is listed as being for 3-7 players, there is an official 2-player variant included in the instructions.

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Round ONE: Forbidden Island (first time playing)

From the publisher’s website:

“Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!”

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Round TWO: Forbidden Island

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This is where we started getting our butts kick by the island haha!

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New game for the night was Double Agent: I wasn’t to bad of a game. It was what I like to call a “filler” game. A game to be played between much LONGER games.

From the author’s homepage:

“Double Agents is published as an insert in the french boardgame magazine “Des Jeux sur un Plateau”, in the October 2005 issue (#20). In this card game, each player is trying to manipulate five double agents with ambiguous loyalty, and to guess which ones are working for him and which one for his opponent. Hidden information, face down cards… it’s a two player game, but it’s also a classical Ludo or Bruno game, where you don’t know what is sophisticated bluffing and what it just global chaos.

From an earlier description on Bruno Faidutti’s website:
Double Agent is based on a simple idea : each player knows each agent’s loyalty to him, but doesn’t know his loyalty to his opponent. In such an ambiguous situation, it’s hard to decide who you can trust with your precious top-secret documents, which must not end in enemy hands. Each player plays cards face down on his side of the gameboard. It is therefore a bluffing game, but it is also, as one can expect from a collaboration between Ludovic and me, a deliberately chaotic and often uncontrollable game.”

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If you find you’re self with some time, go and check out boardgamegeek.com and JINX.com

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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Another long night.. No sleep

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Yep… Having trouble YET again sleeping… Shocker there! Tried tea, taking a hot shower, nothing.. I guess the upside I’m up to date on The Walking Dead and Arrow haha. Also started reading two new books I’ve been meaning to read for sometime now.

I did find myself playing WoW again… I’m in trouble 🙂 OOOOO!! I did get a new Nexus 7! This tablet is A-mazing!! I was running a HTC EVO View 4G for the longest time. Still a great 7″ tablet, just there are no more updates for it unless you root the thing. But anywho, Nexus 7 is one of the best tablets I’ve used, the only thing I’m not to big on was there was no mini SD slot. I mean I have the 32 GB N7 so memory isn’t a problem haha. But I guess you can just use the USB for all the file transfers.

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Hmmm well I think I’m going to try and get some form of sleep. Or just lay in bed and play games HA. There really is no reason behind this post, just something random and help with the lack of sleep.

Adventures in Single Parenting

Where to start…? For the past year or so I’ve been keeping a log of the day-to-day life of myself and my kids. I’ve also been keeping a medical log as well, mostly for my son seeing how he has the most of the problems. The reason for all the record keeping was caused by me and my ex-wife getting a divorce about a year ago…. As it stands I have the kids 90% of the time. She moved out.. I don’t know why I’m writing about this now. I think it was caused by reading everything that I wrote in the logs.
I know I made a post when everything went down on Facebook and I also stated that I wouldn’t talk about it again.. But there are so many things digging at me.. The drama, games, the lack of respect. Here is the post I made on Facebook:

“End of a Chapter. Starting a new one
by Jason Roberts on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:16am ·

I’ve been thinking a lot about this for the past month or two now. For those who knows both me and Laurel personally, know that we have been, having a great deal of trouble in our marriage.

For the past month now we both came to the point where things are just not working out anymore. We have parted ways and moved on to other things.

We are both working together to make sure the kids are happy in all this and that there is NO bad blood between us both. I know it’s never easy and also sad. But in the long run it’s for the best I think. We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.

Now this is something that just didn’t happen over night. No this has been going on from Oct. 2011 to now. We’ve try to work things out. But it wasn’t till these last 2 months is where we both realized that things were just never going to be the same or get better. Again there is no bad blood, no “he said, she said.” going on. We are both living our lives and making sure that the kids are happy , health, and that they have everything they need in life. After all.. That is what is important, the kids.

It feels nice to talk about this finally. We’ve been keeping a lot of this under raps for so long, worry on what people may think. Are we going to lose friends? Lose family? Be everyone seems to be working with us to make sure everyone is happy and working together.

We both are see other people and living our lives the way we see fit. No more, no less. This is the last and only time I will ever write about this. The fact is that this is a personal matter. But all of our friends are on here and this is just an easier way to inform everyone that needs to know.”

The truth of the matter is I tried to make it work.. THREE times I’ve tried to make things work out. Whats odd is, I’ve always said if someone cheated on me I was out. Gone.. But for some reason that just eludes me to why I tried to make things work. Maybe it was for the kids? I don’t know….. As time goes on my attention is on the kids. They have become my life and I will do anything for them. I want them to be happy and health. I’m just tired of  walking on egg shells so to speak.

I’m the one doing everything for them. School, meetings with teachers, Doctor appointments, helping with homework. I make sure they have clean cloths and 3 meals a day. Oh sure she takes them every so often. For the past month it’s been Tuesdays and Saturdays only for a few hours. But there have been a few times where I get a text or phone call stating that she is “tired” or not “feeling good” OR my favorite is ” can you come and get them? They won’t listen to anything I say.”

I’m sorry… But that’s not how this works. You’re the parent, the Mother… I just don’t get it really, it’s like they come off as a chore. Also what kills me is when I get texts late at night asking if I’m unhappy having the kids all the time? Followed up with a lame attempted of saying sorry for making a mess of my life.

No… I’m done being nice, I tired of the games and drama. Tired of waiting for someone’s mind to make decision and/or keep a promise. These kids are my life, the air I breath. They make me complete and happy where I am no made what. I love seeing their little faces in the morning and telling me what they had dreams about. How they slept and what they want for breakfast. I mean yeah it lonely not having another adult around to talk to. But I figured a relationship or what have you will happen in its own time. I just hope they are okay with kids HA-HA! I’ll tell you this tho… If I ever do get married again, that’s it! I want someone to talk to me about the problems when they have them. Not just sit there and do nothing. Like I said in that post:

“We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.”