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Back from a one week vacation feeling great!

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Not really, but let's go with that. One week isn't enough to relax and get my mind of work, but that's all I ever get.

It seems I have been lazy writing here, but since nothing has really happened worth writing about, maybe it's OK. We did get a used copy of Merchants & Marauders which was in excellent condition. We have only played it once, but we had so much fun! We put the soundtrack of Pirates of the Caribbean on and spent a sunny afternoon playing with family.

Today I'm going to meet up with someone who's selling us his copy of Nations. Nations wasn't really on our list to buy, but an opportunity came up to get it cheap. I don't like the look of Nations, so it never really appealed to me in any way, but maybe it will surprise us, in a good way I hope. I like the theme, so who knows? Maybe it's great.

I'm hoping my FLGS gets The Voyages of Marco Polo soon. I've been waiting all summer, and still no show. They said they would get in in July, but time is running out. Maybe some shipment issues.

Also, can't wait for Mysterium!
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Blog blog blog, says the rain when it hits the window.

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I got a surprise flu last night, and that just sucks. I really don't have time to be sick right now, but then again, do you ever have time for that?

Now that I'm in my bed, hoping that the fever goes away, I thought I'd write something here. Like a real blogger. Whatever that is.

There is actually something worth mentioning. On Monday I had the chance to play games with my 15yo niece Aino, who has an attention span the size of a chipmunk. This sounds bad, I know, but here me out.

I had a bag full of games with me, because I thought I could spend some quality time with my other niece Maiju, who is a 19yo gamer girl.
But, alas, she had other things to do.

I asked Aino if she would play a game of Samurai Spirit with me, and we ended up playing three times. And then she noticed Dungeon Petz in my bag, and took it out with glowing eyes. " I want to play this!", she declared with a stern voice.

I became really hesitant, because it is a heavy and long game, and knowing her ability to concentrate to anything more than 5 minutes is a stretch. But being a good Aunt Miira, I said yes and let her set up the game and even start reading the rules. And you know what? We finished the whole game and she was into it the whole 2h it took us. And she even sent me a message yesterday, asking when we could play it again.

I'm amazed.

Is this the same girl that can not sit through a game of Carcassonne?!

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Ooh, and I just got Cleopatra and the Society of Architects in the mail. Yay! Bruno Cathala + Days of Wonder = Awesomesauce.
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I have four days off of work!

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Yesterday was May Day, which is a national holiday here in Finland. I also took Saturday off, and since I don't work on Mondays (well, usually) I now have a long and sweet weekend to relax and spend time with family.

We celebrated May Day, or Vappu as we call it, quite traditionally. We made doughnuts and a type of mead called Sima, and started the barbecue season with grilled chicken and roasted salmon. Did not eat outside, though, because it was a bit chilly.

We played three games of Samurai Spirit in the evening and as you might expect, the game kicked our butts every single time. We did come pretty close one time. I really enjoy Samurai Spirit. I think a lot of people were a bit disappointed with it, because they expected Ghost Stories 2.0, which it clearly is not. They don't have much in common, besides the designer. I like both, though.

Today I'm going to see the Mamma Mia! Musical, so no games for me today. That's okay. I have a package coming for me on Monday with Dominion: Cornucopia and Dungeon Lords, which were on sale in our FLGS. We also got Alchemists on Wednesday for 30€, which I thought was really cheap. A lot of fresh cardboard around here!

But some games had to go, to make space for my new darlings. So Conquest of Planet Earth and Blood Bowl: Team Manager got the boot. We just don't enjoy them that much anymore, so no point holding on to them. I still need to cull three more games, so we can acquire Stone Age, Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar and The Voyages of Marco Polo. I'm giving our Africana to my mother-in-law, so two more to go. I would love to get rid of Thurn und Taxis, but my husband won't let me. We never play it, so I don't understand why not.

Well, I'm in no hurry, I have lots of games to play. I wish we could schedule a gaming weekend soon, but it looks like May is going to be quite busy. I have an itch to play Caverna: The Cave Farmers, now that we got the replacement tiles. I don't remember if I wrote about it last time, but our copy had a few tiles misprinted, so we had to wait for them to get replaced. Mayfair was really great and replaced them within a week.

I was a bit worried what our copy of Alchemists was going to be like, after reading about people having some printing issues and markers not fitting the grid properly. But our copy has no issues whatsoever. We got it really cheap because the back cover is in Czech. I don't mind that, it's actually quite quirky that we have a "special" edition.

Now, I'm going to relax, despite the rain were having today. I wish you all a great weekend!
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A post about worker placement high, buying too much games and loving it, and possibly some other ramblings.

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I have this weird thing, that I'm usually interested in one particular game mechanism or genre at a time, and then focus on that type of games for awhile. Now I'm really into worker placement games.

Funny thing, though, is that I find most of worker placement games somewhat unappealing, so I'm really picky about which WP games I like. But there really isn't a coherence, like if I like this I'll surely like that. One thing I do know, is that I don't like Mr. Feld's games, and I know I'm in the minority here. They just leave me with an empty feeling.

We just got two new games, one of which is Dungeon Petz. This is a game we've been meaning to get for several years, but just didn't until now. We don't usually buy that many heavier games, but this one I feel is really good and the rules make sense, so it doesn't really feel heavy. I hate when designers make heavy rules just for the sake of making a game they can call heavy. To me a game's weight doesn't affect that is it a good game or not. A game is good when it is, and bad when it isn't. And Dungeon petz, to me at least, is a great game.

I was contemplating if I should get the expansion, Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys, too, but since I don't really know that much about it, I didn't order that one. But apparently people seem to think it's great? Looks kinda fun, actually.

The other game we got is Lords of Vegas. Not a worker placement game, but one I'm sure my mother-in-law is going to love. I have to admit, Wil Wheaton got to me. Ever since it was featured on TableTop, I've been interested in it, and look what happened! My husband got really interested in the theme of Lords of Vegas too, so it ended up on our wishlist. And eventually in the shopping cart. I just hate hate hate the insert and the paper money, but I'm sure I'll find some cheap poker chips somewhere, and the insert I can just toss if and when I get the expansion, so the box gets a bit more full.

But these two weren't enough.

A day or two after we got those two games, I may have ordered Caverna: The Cave Farmers. Well, actually our friendly local gamestore owner put up on his Facebook page that he just got Caverna on his shelves, so I reserved it for us. My husband wasn't too thrilled, that I pulled the trigger after just getting two games, so I might have to be on my best behavior for awhile
I'll make him a candlelit dinner and bat my eyelashes at him!

Okay, but honestly, one does need to own Caverna, right? We don't own Agricola, so Caverna is justified...? I'm just making poor excuses here.

I've also been eyeing Alchemists after my husband saw an add for it, and thought it looked really interesting. And it does! I've been reading about it since its release, but didn't think he would be interested in it. Glad I was wrong. He even downloaded the app already, even though we don't have the game yet Maybe next time we buy a game. Which might be soon, at the pace I'm going. So glad we sold some games few weeks ago, so I don't have to feel too bad. There is still room on our shelves, but not too much.

This has been a dull post, but I don't really have anything more interesting to tell you guys. If you want to see random gaming related(and sometimes not at all related to games) pics, you can follow me on Instagram. You find me there as miirahartemo.

And also for you Finnish speaking people, my other game blog is at noppapotti.blogspot.fi. More ramblings in Finnish there. And pics!

Have a great weekend everybody! Game on!
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Is it weird to feel sad when dropping a game's rating by one?

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Sorry for a little pause on posting. I've been unfaithful to you, and only written on my Finnish game blog. I try to be more active from now on.


I've been having a hard time with my game ratings. I've always felt I'm not analytical enough of a person to do game reviews, and even struggle to give numbers to games. Because if I give a game a 7, which is here considered to be solid and quite good, to me a number 7 feels inadequate. And then I feel sorry for the game, that only earned a mere 7.

I've been trying to update my ratings lately, because I've played so many great new to me games this year, that it has made me look other games differently.

There really is no real issue here, I'm just being silly. They're just cardboard, after all.

One of the hot new games in our household is Alien Frontiers. I really enjoy it, and kind of am ashamed that I only got to play it now. After like five years since its release.
Better late than never, I guess. But I really do enjoy it, so much, actually, that I just want to play it over and over again.

I would really like to bring AF to the TableTop Day event we're attending on Saturday, but since we don't know what kind of people are coming there, I don't know if I should. I'm a little nervous to go there, because we only know the owner of the store, so we have no idea if there's only going to be teenagers playing Magic. But I did promise to bring games and be willing to teach them if necessary. I'm bringing Colt Express, Hanabi and The Resistance, and maybe a few others.

I hope we're going to have a great time and maybe meet new gaming friends. What are you guys planning on doing on TableTop Day?
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Aah, the fresh smell of cardboard in the morning.

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I went on an impromptu game shopping spree with my husband. (Okay, he was actually going to buy some other stuff mainly, I'll admit it). We went to our FLGS and I wanted to get Samurai Spirit, since I had seen from their website that they recently got it. Everybody knows I love Antoine Bauza.

My husband also wanted to get an expansion to Dominion, that was on a discount, so why not. We often play Dominion at my in-laws while having coffee, so surely it would get table time soon enough.

I had secretly(or not so secretly) wanted to get Kingsburg, which had been on our wishlist for years. Always some hot game took precedence over it, so we never bought it. I had seen online that they had a copy available, but didn't reserve it. Stupid me. Of course someone had snatched it right before we got there! Damn you someone from Norway! (Just kidding. Norwegians are actually quite nice)

After leaving the store, we decided to go to another game store, that might have a copy, but has higher prices, than what we would like them to be.
Lo and behold, they had a copy of the base game and the expansion. Ca-Ching, said the cash register and now they're both mine! Err, ours I mean.

When we got home I got to open the boxes and smell the cardboard and punch out the tokens. I know I'm a tad crazy for liking such things. I can't wait for my niece Maiju to come back from New York so I can show her Samurai spirit.

Today I also got the new issue of Spielbox. As I was browsing through it, I dropped the playmat for Colt Express from between the pages. This has to be a sign, that we need to buy that game! Because earlier this week my husband saw and older issue of Spielbox that had a picture of Colt express on the cover. He was intrigued by the Western theme, so we discussed about the game but that's it. I'm not that into that theme particularly, and I have a little concern about the fiddlyness of the train, even though it looks awesome. But now I think we should probably get it, because he would really like it. I'm sure the theme is the only reason he loooves Dice Town. Maybe Colt express would be a cool party game?
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I can haz Imperial Settlers?!

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Do you ever get cravings?

Board game cravings are the worst. And the best at the same time. Like chocolate on chocolate. I've been reading stuff about Imperial Settlers and watching some videos and so far I've liked what I've seen. So the craving started.

I haven't been a fan of Portals other titles, other than Robinson maybe, but something about IS speaks to me. At first I wasn't that fond of the art but now that I think about it, it's fine. Cute even. I'm more interested in the mechanics which sounds funny because I'm usually very strict about how I like games to look like. I just like pretty games over ugly ones. If I'm going to spend x amount of money on a game, I expect the game to be good both visually and gameplay wise.

I like how in IS all the factions have a deck of their own and there is a common deck. I'm hoping they come up with more factions, though, because four seems too few. But surely they will. The board game industry practically lives on expansions.

So, the reason I'm writing this is, that after batting my eyelashes for two days, I got my husband to agree on getting Imperial Settlers and the Why can't we be friends expansion. I ordered it today from our FLGS. I was supposed to save money for Summoner wars Alliances but whoopsie daisies. I hope this turns out to be more than an impulse buy.

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On an unrelated note, we played Among the stars last Saturday, and I remembered why I like 7 wonders more. I don't like most of the races special powers in AtS. I just feel blah about some of them. There's even a few I refuse to play. Other than that, it's a great game! I like that it plays so quickly. But the set up can be a pain in the ass.
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The Fallen Kingdom... has fallen.

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So yesterday my husband and I played a game of Summoner Wars in the evening. I realized I had never played the Fallen Kingdom faction, even though we've had it for like two years. So, It most definitely was time to brake them out of the box.

And I lost.

What on earth?!, I said to myself. This is s game I usually dominate, and now I just had no clue what went wrong. Except all my champions were the LAST CARDS IN MY DECK. Literally.

I demand a rematch, so I can save my self esteem. I'm hoping it was just bad luck that all my good guys were buried in my deck. Or I'll have to face the fact that I don't know how to play the Fallen Kingdom.

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Btw, the new Alliances box looks very tempting. I saw it today in a store, but resisted the urge to buy it. For now. I did buy some other stuff, to take my mind off the horrible defeat. I went there to get some sleeves, but ended up getting the Monster smash expansion to Smash Up, Extreme danger to Flash point and Royal bonus to Smallworld.

There was a new sales person, and I really didn't like his style. I would've liked to look at the shelves in peace and quiet, but he wanted to try to sell games for me like his job depended on me buying more games there. And the games he suggested were games like Fluxx.
All the other personnel let customers wander at the store and look at the games at their own pace. Which is how I like to do things. They might ask if I need any help, but after that they let me browse the shelves by myself. But not this one.

I actually felt like he looked at me and thought that I'm not a gamer, so Fluxx it is. This sort of thing doesn't usually bother me, because why would I care, but today I really didn't appreciate it. I should have worn my geeky dice earrings today.
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Light games are not just for casual gamers!

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When do I learn not to read forum posts? Ever. I was reading the results for the Golden Geek Awards, and for a reason I just can't fathom, I also read the comments below. A huge mistake.

People seemed dissapointed and many commented those games that won are merely games for casual gamers, none of which real gamers would play, and thus the awards are meaningless.

I just have to rant a little. Because I'm just sick of people saying light games are only for casual gamers. To me the weight of a game has nothing to do with it being good or not. I enjoy mostly light and medium weight games but I most certainly am a gamer. And someone saying those games I play are only for casual gamers, really is insulting. If you enjoy mostly heavy games, well good for you! That is amazing that you have something that you enjoy and that gives you pleasure. But when you come saying that I need to enjoy those same games as you do, to be a real gamer, that aggravates me beyond measure.

Sorry, I just had to vent a little.

Well, being this casual gamer that I am, I spent last night playing Thunderstone advance with Caverns of Bane for the first time. I don't have a strong opinion on the expansion yet, but I can say there surely are some interesting cards included. I guess I just like to have variety. There were some nasty battle effects on some of the monsters, but I like the challenge they bring. I really should learn to use the rest action more often, since by the end I really hated the regulars that kept clogging my deck. I have Root of Corruption coming, but I hope to venture the Caverns of Bane a little bit further before adding those cards to my set.

By the way, I sleeved my CoB cards in the Mayday Almost-a-penny perfect fit sleeves. They're not ideal, but they match the ones in my copy of Tower of Ruin, which came sleeved when I bought it used. I wish the plastic was thicker but it'll suffice for now. Good thing they're cheap.

I sleeved my Trains Rising Sun with Dragon sleeves, because Trains is becoming one of my favorite games. I thought I'd splurge a little, and get better sleeves for it. I should have done it sooner, as the cards started to show some wear pretty early. Look what has become of me? Nowadays I sleeve almost every game we own. I've realized I prefer to shuffle sleeved cards.

I got to try the newest expansion to Elder sign this past weekend. Wow, does it make the game harder! Not saying that it isn't good, by any means. My brother-in-law didn't like the changes in the game. More specifically the gates. I'll have to play it some more to really get a feeling of it, but for now let's say I like it. Not love, but definitely like. Maybe we shouldn't have played it after a long and very unsuccessful game of Fortune and Glory. I would have wanted to play it competitively but everybody else wanted the co-op version, so that's what we played. And we lost badly. Damn those pesky nazis.

Next weekend we have no game night, since half of the group is in New York on vacation, so maybe I'll use this free time learning Legendary encounters. I have read the rules but have not really put my thought into them more. The box is quite intimidating, to say the least. I'm sure once I set up the game and get going it'll be awesome.
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I hate shopping. Unless it's board games.

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Valentine's day went by and it seems Cupid shot his arrow, because my best friend has found herself a new boyfriend. And he is into games! Organizing game nights is going to be much easier from now on. We played Trains: Rising sun with him and he seemed to enjoy the game. I might have made a bad first impression when I sniffed the rule book. It still has that new game smell!

I just love Trains! <3

I went a little crazy and ordered a huge amount of stuff, because why not?! My husband and I have this separate money stash just for games, and I dug into it a little. I ordered two expansions to Thunderstone Advance, Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption and Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane. Root of corruption was a little hard to find, it was out of stock in all of my regular game stores. I have noticed that nowadays I enjoy card games more and more everyday. And a couple of years ago I strongly disliked them. I introduced Thunderstone advance to my niece and brother-in-law the other day. He wasn't thunderstruck with it like I was but said it got more interesting after awhile. Don't know if that means he'll play it again with us. My niece liked the game which was to be expected.

I also ordered Flash Point: Fire Rescue – 2nd Story, since Flash point is on our 10x10 list, I thought this would be fun to try. I hope it fits in the base box.
I got the Trains: Map Pack 1 – Germany/Northeastern USA for obvious reasons. I haven't read anything about it, so I have no idea if it's any good or not. I'm sure though it can't be that bad.

Next item that I chose was 7 Wonders: Babel. We love 7 wonders, but for some reason I've been a bit uncertain whether I like the idea of the expansion or not. But, my niece has been begging me to get Babel. This is going to cause some serious storage issues. I guess it's not a joke that there's going to be 7 expansions for 7 wonders. Got to catch 'em all!

I saw that the store had the new expansion for Elder sign, and since that is one of my husbands favorites, that was a no-brainer. Apparently Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham moves the setting from the museum to the streets of Arkham and that sounds cool enough. I knew the expansion was coming but was unaware it had already hit the stores.

As you can see, I'm keeping up with my resolution to concentrate on expansions this year.

Next Saturday were going to have another Fortune & Glory game night. I was thinking we would play competitively this time. I think the co-op is fun but takes a little longer time to play. If the Gates of Arkham arrives on time, I'll try to get people to play that also. Anyhow, it's going to be lots of fun, I'm sure.
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