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TV Shows

Mr Robot,  S3

This is excellent. There are episodes which are “off” for me, something that does not click. Overall though it’s the best on-going show for me at the moment. I am now re-watching season 1 – Enthousiastic

Suits, S7-8

Mindless and easy going. Guilty pleasure – Suggest/Indifferent

The Good Place, S3 (on-going)

Season 3 has just started but I don’t think this is going anywhere and i am considering to drop out. Disappointing, after 2 solid seasons.

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Posted by on October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized


Board games – 4th Quarter 2017 review

Total plays: 111 (155 in 2016, 129 in 2015, 90 in 2014, 70 in 2013)

Distinct games35 (57 in 2016, 52 in 2015, 39 in 2014, 44 in 2013)

New-to-me games14 (31 in 2016, 24 in 2015, 14 in 2014, 26 in 2013)

Ten+ times: 1  (3 in 2016, 2 in 2015, 0 in 2014, 0 in 2013)

Spirit Island

Five+ Times: 2 (5 in 2016, 3 in 2015, 3 in 2014, 2 in 2013)

Strike, Die Fiesen 7


Acquired: 3

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2, Winner’s Circle, Mintworks (this was a present)

I bought 1 game that broke my resolution and i am very happy with this. 

Removed: 32

Too many to add. The collection cull will continue in 2018. 

Owned:  182 (211)

I think my target is around 100-125 games at the moment.

Unplayed: 37 (67)

Best New to me: 

Ethnos, Die Fiesen 7 and Defenders of the Last Stand


New 10s:  N/A

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


Board games – 3rd Quarter 2017 review

Total plays: 86 (131 in 2016, 124 in 2015, 97 in 2014, 71 in 2013)

Distinct games32 (52 in 2016, 43 in 2015, 39 in 2014, 28 in 2013)

New-to-me games12 (15 in 2016, 15 in 2015, 13 in 2014, 9 in 2013)

Strike, Spirit Island, Roll Player, Medici: TCG, Blood Bowl, Dice Forge, Exit series, The Lost Expedition, Barenpark, A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Kanagawa, Viticulture: Essential Edition,

Ten+ times: 2  (1 in 2016, 0 in 2015, 1 in 2014, 1 in 2013)

Spirit Island, Strike

Five+ Times: 1 (9 in 2016, 8 in 2015, 6 in 2014, 2 in 2013)

Too Many Bones


Acquired: 12

Trains, Trains: Rising Sun, Ortus Regni, Blue Moon: Legends, Automobiles, Automobiles: Racing Season, Millennium Blades, Roll Player, Defenders of the Last Stand, Spirit Island, Branch & Claw expansion, Tiefe Taschen

Removed: 22

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Dixit, Dixit: Odyssey, Dixi 2, Mare Nostrum: Empires, Mare Nostrum: Atlas expansion, Time Stories, Under The Mask, Expedition Edurance, The Lost Expedition, Bruges, Vikings, The Fall of Pompeii, Marcy Case, Stephenson’s Rocket, The Downfall of Pompeii, Exit Series (The Secret Lab, The Abandoned Cabin, The Pharaoh’s Tomb), Mission: Red Planet, Brewcrafters, Liberte.

I made a public pledge not to buy any more games (apart from Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and a kickstarter i pledged for) until the end of the year. This will solve the acquisition addiction while i continue to dispose of games.

Owned:  211 (221)

Unplayed: – (67)

Best New to me:

Spirit Island is one of the best games i’ve played in years. Definitely my favourite co-op game of all time.

Also enjoyed Roll Player, Kanagawa.

New 10s:  Spirit Island

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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Uncategorized


Board games – 1st Quarter 2017 review

Total plays: 114 (173 in 2016, 136 in 2015, 108 in 2014, 64 in 2013)

Distinct games: 41 (51 in 2016, 41 in 2015, 36 in 2014, 28 in 2013)


New-to-me games: 21 (26 in 2016, 9 in 2015, 17 in 2014)

Slight improvement but still too many new games. 

Ten+ times: 2  (2 in 2016, 1 in 2015, 3, in 2014, 0 in 2013)
Comancheria: The Rise and Fall of the Comanche Empire, Fabled Fruit

Five+ Times: 4 (12 in 2016, 2 in 2015, 5 in 2014, 3 in 2013)
TIME Stories, Hanamikoji, Pandemic: The Cure, Xenoshyft


Acquired: 19

( A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Hanamikoji, Fuji Flush, Kingdom Builder, Ra, Stephenson’s Rocket, Pandemic: Iberia, Xenoshyft, Troyes, The Big Book of Madness, Jump Drive, Cacao, Final Touch, Watson & Holmes, Mamma Mia!, Die Fiesen 7, Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game, Jeju Island, Sherlock Holmes: Jack the Ripper)

Online shopping is an addiction which i need to pay more attention to.

Removed: 19

(Sekigahara, 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, Spyfall, Incan Gold, Rockwell, Guildhall: Job Faire, Animals on Board, Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion, Survive, St Petersburg, Ginkgopolis, Medina, Longhorn, Trajan, Maria, Rococo, Leo, Chicken Cha Cha, Guilds of London)

Owned:  230 (230)

Unplayed: 67 (70)

Best New to me:  Comancheria: The Rise and Fall of the Commanche Empire, Fabled Fruit, Hanamikoji, Pandemic: The Cure, Xenoshyft

Comancheria is an exceptional solo game while Hanamikoji is probably the best micro game i’ve ever played. 

New 10s: n/a

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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Uncategorized


Board game resolutions – 2017

Acquisitions 24

This is extremely important as i am addicted to online shopping. There’s no way i can stick to zero (0) acquisitions for an entire year so the goal will be 24, which is 2 per month.

Unplayed owned games 35-45

I have 70 as at 1 January 2017. Aiming for 0 unplayed in 2017 will prove difficult, even impossible. Also it will clash with the Fifty by Fifty target (see below).

A more reasonable target i believe is to reduce that number to between 35-45 by the end of the year. This should help with the reduction of the number of acquisitions over the year.

Collection 160-170

The collection is 226 games excluding expansions. The long term aim is to have half as many but for the year 2017 i’d like to be between 160-170 which means disposing at least 80 games considering that i stick to the 24 acquisitions target.

Long Term Resolution -> Fifty by Fifty project

“H-Index” is X games you’ve played X times e.g if you have played 10 games 10+ times but haven’t played 11 games 11+ times then your H-Index is 10.

Playing fewer games more times is something i’ve been wanting to do for the past couple of years. This will give me a target and  a record my progress.

My goal is 50 i.e. play 50 games 50+ times each.

At this time my H-Index is 19.

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Posted by on January 2, 2017 in Board games, Uncategorized


Board games – 3rd Quarter 2016 review

Total plays: 130 (124 in 2015, 97 in 2014 and 71 in 2013)

Distinct games: 52 (43 in 2015, 39 in 2014 and 28 in 2013)

New-to-me games: 15 (15 in 2015, 13 in 2014 and in 9 in 2013)
(Lancaster, Circus Flohcati, Too Many Cinderellas, Karuba, Incan Gold, Homeland, Dawn of the Zeds 3rd edition, Yinsh, In a Grove, Adventure Land, Maze Racers, The Voyages of Marco Polo, The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Yunnan, Super Motherload)

I want to significantly decrease the number of Distinct and New-To-Me games. Less game tasting.

Ten+ times (1 game): Flash Point: Fire Rescue

Five+ Times (9 games):
Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition), Shakespeare, Castellion, Circus Flohcati, Too Many Cinderellas, Food Chain Magnate, TriesteBaseball Highlights: 2045, Onirim

I’m glad to see a few great games in there like Food Chain Magnate, Dawn of the Zeds and Baseball Highlights: 2045.


Acquired: 15
(One Zero One, Too Many Cinderellas, Sticheln, Elevenses, Sushi Go Party!, Shakespeare: Backstage, Cry Havoc, Mare Nostrum: Empires, Amun- Re, Deadfall, Gloobz, Targi, Soccer City, Medici, Flash Point: Fire Rescue Dangerous Waters)

Removed: 41
(Cards Against Humanity, Battlestar Galactica, Wir Sind Das Volk, The Builders: Antiquity, Mess Machine, Battle Sheep, Die Portale von Molthar, Onward to Venus, Dawn of the Zeds (2nd ed.) , Dawn of the Zeds: Director’s Cut (2nd ed.) Fury of Dracula, Letter’s from Whitechapel, Sly Dice, Bang! The Dice Game, Oh My Goods!, Spookies, Canal Mania, Keyflower, Musee, Panic on Wall Street, Madeira, Mombasa, Fleet, Fleet: Arctic Bounty, Valley of the Kings: Afterlife, Queen’s Necklace, Gloobz, Lifeboat, Funemployed, Homeland, Long Shot, Churchill, Asara, Lancaster, Between Two Cities, Completto, 6 Nimmt!, Mafia De Cuba, Samurai, Cry Havoc)

Wow, what a month for the collection. Games getting added and removed in the same quarter. Ridiculous but i’m trying to rectify mistakes i’ve been making in the past few years.

I’m hoping to do even better in the last quarter, especially in the Acquired part. Next target is to have new games acquired down to single digits within a quarter. At the same time i plan on removing quite a few more. The target is to have around 100 games in the collection.

Owned: 206 (228)

Unplayed: 67 (86)

Best New to me: The Ravens of Thri SahashriCircus Flohcati, Adventure Land, Yinsh, Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition)

Let’s start with the games i own. The Ravens of Thri Sahashri is a unique two player gaming experience. I only played it twice but i enjoyed my second play even more than the first. I need to find a regular partner for this one.

Circus Flohcati is a delightful push your luck game with art that i love. I know the art puts many people off but i i actually love it. The gameplay is also excellent. Simple, short and exciting.

Yinsh is competing with The Duke as the best 2 player abstract game i own. You can teach the rules in less than 5 minutes and start playing. The fact that the opponent can get a ring is a great motivation and form of encouragement for people who are new to the game. The fact that the pieces are lovely is a bonus. I hate the box though. Too much empty air.

Dawn of the Zeds (3rd edition) is an outstanding update to the already excellent 2nd edition. I might even try it as a coop game with other people.

Finally, Adventure Land. This is a game i sold and i have added it back in my wishlist. Once again, very simple to teach and play. I can see me this getting played with the girls and the rest of the family.

New 10s: n/a

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Music in an analogue age car

One of the effects of travelling by an “analogue age” car is that you are forced to finally change your CDs in the cd changer which is conveniently located in the boot.

That has its advantages as you rediscover certain albums and artists. These are three of the best we listened to during our recent trip to Droushia .

Back in Black – AC/DC

Automatic for the People – REM

Pleased to Meet You – James

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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized