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  1. Kirstie Alley, of "Cheers" fame, has died of cancer at age 71 https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/05/entertainment/kirstie-alley-obit/index.html
  2. It's weird to me that this is being viewed as a send off. For some reason, it still feels like GotG is still just getting started.
  3. See...I actually think the ridiculous production will keep it from getting to the table as much as it could. It is a pretty straightforward game - but the giant box, and the ridiculous amount of table space needed is sort of a hindrance for having it in a regular rotation. I almost think they should make a smaller $40 version with just punchboard tiles...and I bet they'd sell a ton. I will likely flip my Frosthaven when it comes in. I ordered it when my son was really into Gloomhaven...but we sort of stopped playing, and never picked it back up. I ask him now and again if we're going to continue, and he's kind of meh about it. I think he got the digital version on Steam and played through it that way. So, if we're not going to play Frosthaven, I'll at least make some money on it...
  4. Got a chance to play Foundations of Rome (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284189/foundations-rome) last night. There is a decent game in there, besides just being an overproduced mini-fest. The game is actually quite simple - buy lots (like in Acquire), build buildings once you have enough connected lots to have the right footprint, get money/population/points based on the buildings you have built. There are a number of optional modules you can include to vary the gameplay. We played with "stealing", where twice during the game you can steal lots from other players (but they end up with points for your theft), and "monuments", which add a bunch of neutral buildings. I would never shell out the $200+ for the game, but I'm happy to play my buddy's copy.
  5. I have to admit, I'm not a college basketball die-hard, so I haven't been paying attention to closely. But man...what happened to Louisville? 0-6 with losses to Bellarmine (who?!), Wright State & App State. And then 19+ point losses to Arkansas, Texas Tech and Cincy. Yeesh. I'm sure they'll play their best game of the year against VT, though... And similarly...FSU...yowza
  6. VT-UVA game cancelled for this Saturday for understandable reasons. There was a lot of rumor they were trying to move it to Dec 3, but I guess there were some logistical hurdles that couldn't be overcome. I do not blame UVA one bit, but I do feel bad that there's going to be a whole class of kids at VT that never get to see our rivalry game in person in Blacksburg. No crowds allowed in 2020 due to Covid, and now this. It will be 6 years between playing UVA in Blacksburg with a home crowd (assuming nothing terrible happens in 2024).
  7. I don't understand this thing I'm feeling...wait a second...oh...that's joy in my Hokies getting a win! Tempered somewhat that it still feels gross to be glad that we squeaked by Liberty. https://youtu.be/KJqat0vyd9Q?t=20
  8. I've known Max Jamelli, designer of Lords of Baseball (along with his dad) for quite a while now, and been following the LoB saga since the early days. It's been quite a ride to get the game published - nearly 10 years. They've been through a number of publishers. It's really a labor of love for them, and I'm glad to see it finally having success. I paid the extra to have my picture on one of the cards - first time I've ever done anything like that! Ark Nova is an interesting game - the comparisons to Terraforming Mars are apt - although I know some folks who don't like TM that did enjoy AN. Generally they feel that the card luck is less swingy in AN, although it's still there. I had one game where I played some cards at the very beginning of the game that would get me discounts or bonuses on animals from Asia...only to have no Asia animals come up in the deck until 3/4 of the way through the game. That was frustrating. Generally I've enjoyed my 3 or 4 plays...but I haven't played it enough to really know the rules well, and it's a dense game, so relearning the rules each time is a bit of a pain...
  9. I think they were referring to W'Kabi (I had to google the character's name) - T'Challa's buddy who sided with Killmonger in the first movie. He rode the big rhino. He and Okoye were in a relationship...not sure if they are married though. (The big rhino stopped and licked Okoye during the last battle). Not sure why he wasn't in this movie - if the actor turned it down or something. M'baku seems to be taking the role of main Wakandan male character.
  10. Saw it Friday morning, and I am mixed on it. Fine performances from everyone involved, but the plot itself doesn't stand up to much scrutiny (I know, a lot of MCU movies are like that). Some thoughts (I guess we're still hiding spoilers):
  11. Your watermelons are now safe. Gallagher has passed away at the age of 76. https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/11/entertainment/gallagher-comic-dead/index.html No word on his brother, who tried to steal his act.
  12. Like most folks, I enjoyed the episode, but I guess I can nitpick the escape as well. Aren't there several of those prisons right next to each other? I assume there's comms between the prisons. Surely someone from another prison would see the prisoners all swimming away. And I'm surprised there's not some kind of air support, be it TIEs or just armed shuttles. They even had TIEs on Aldhani, a planet with a small population of primitive natives (not to mention in previous movies where they had AT-ATs and AT-STs on planets like Endor and Scarif.
  13. I finally finished it...and yeah. There were plenty of issues with the whole series in terms of plotting and pace...but then when he went full on evangelist at the end of the last book...bleh....
  14. Same. And I also really liked Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So...<shrug>
  15. Got an old favorite - The New Science - to the table this week. It's theme is that you are all 17th Century scientists vying to discover - and publish - the latest scientific discoveries. The main part of the board is sort of a flow chart that shows how you have to research and experiment on certain discoveries before you can start on more advanced topics. The interesting mechanic is that if you're the person that published a discovery, you get points...but that opens that knowledge to everyone as far as pre-requisites for more advanced studies. It's been years since I played, and there are some things that could probably use some tweaking in the game (and perhaps some improved art) - but I still quite enjoy it.
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