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Our visit to Alea-appartments at Paros
Stefaan Henderickx
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Yesterday me and my girlfriend came back from our trip to the Greek isle Paros. We stayed in one of the Alea-appartments, hosted by the Varrias-family. The dream of the brothers Dimitris and Simon is to create a place where boardgamers can enjoy their holidays and play a boardgame if they feel like it. They started this year with a "testsummer".
Because we had a great experience and because I want to support the dream of Dimitris and his family, I create this geeklist. Feel free to comment or ask questions. The website www.aleaparos.com can also be a good source of info, photographs and a link to the available boardgames.
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Stefaan Henderickx
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I first heard about the project of Alea-appartments in this thread. I immediately thought it was an original idea and geekmailed to Dimitris about the possibility of planning a trip.
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2. Board Game: The Teachers Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I spoke about this "boardgameholidaything" to my girlfriend Sylvia. She likes boardgames and looooves travelling so she found it interesting. As we are both teachers in highscool, we thought it would be a good plan to arrange a week at Paros the last week of our summerbreak, in August, to "load up the batteries" as we call it.
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3. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:179]
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We booked a flight Brussels-Athens and a hotel for 1 night in Athens. Later on we booked the ferry to Paros. Dimitris helped us out when the boat back was a bit difficult in the period of August.
At that moment everything was arranged, and the waiting began...
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4. Board Game: Athene [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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The weather in Belgium was (as usual) pretty bad this summer so we were happy when we stepped of the plane in Athens and felt the weather was nicely warm. We went to Athens 3 years ago when we became a couple so having dinner again in the nice restaurant "h oraia pentelh" was really special. The next morning we left early (even before the door of the hotel was opened) to the port of Pireias.
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5. Board Game: Arrivée [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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We arrived after a nice boattravel of around 4 hours through the Cyclades. Arriving in the port of Parikia the bus is a very easy and cheap way to travel to Naoussa (the place where the appartments our situated), but the Varrias family may help you out too.
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6. Board Game: Welcome to Mission [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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We felt welcome every moment: in the morning Maria baked cookies if you passed bij the reception, we received hints about where to go, where to eat, we even planned a visit to the ancient quarry and to the village Leukes, guided by Simon and his father, followed by eating all of our favorite greek food (mmmm... the snails). I guess all the Greeks over here know Greek hospitality, now we know it too.
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7. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:102]
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And now on to the boardgames. We wanted to play Cyclades on the Cyclades :-). Simon explained this game to us and we had a fun time playing a 3-player game. We all thought it's a solid game: it looks good is playable in a reasonable time. By the way, I won, but the joking about not wanting Athena although she is a nice girl and things like that were more important in making this a pleasant night.
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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One afternoon we also played a game of Dominion the two of us. I will not go into details but I took a chapel to loose my victory cards and the mine (with the support of the throne room) to upgrade my money. Sylvia took a lot of advantage of the moneylender. It was a very close win.
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9. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1015]
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Our most played game was Zeus en Hera, a game we had in our suitcase and an old-time favorite. We played the game 3 times. In the picture you see (a bit theatrical) the moment my hostage is captured so I lost.
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10. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:286]
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Simon suggested us this game for 2. I played it before and Sylvia was intrigued by the theme. Mr Jack did not make it in both games we played with changing roles.
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11. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
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When we took the boxes of Dominion and Mr Jack, we also took this one, shining in the plastic. We unpunched it and I read the rules. I thought I would like it but I thought the raceforthegalaxy-icons would be a bit to much for a sunny afternoon.
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12. Board Game: Kakerlakensalat [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1941] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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We did not play this one but we saw another Greek family playing it in the cosy gamegarden. It was funny to hear the words for the different vegetables in Greek. In a nice conversation with the mother of the family I tried to brush off my Greek. I like to thank her and Maria to be so patient with me when the words came out reeaaally slloow.
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13. Board Game: Jumping to Conclusions [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I guess some of you want to use my experience to see if a trip to Alea may be something for them. I will sum up some things:
- The island is great for people who like sun and beaches. We also hired a motorcycle to visit some nice towns and the archeological museum, so there is definetely something to see. The nightlife seems to be ok too.
- Getting there is not so easy for everyone, but not impossible. We liked the plane-boatcombination, but you can fly to Paros directly in the summer.
- The boardgamecollection is big and there is a lot of variation. In the something like 200 games there are gamersgames and childrengames, long and short,...
- The accomodation is good, especially if you watch the quality/price-rate. Do not expect a Hilton-hotel, but a clean room with everything you need and a nice view.
- What would make this project even better is if more gamers would be there. I think it would be great if you would meet a full house of gamers and suggest some games to eachother sharing a bottle of the greek Alphabeer.
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14. Board Game: Back to the Future [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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This was the first summer Alea-appartments opened his doors. I guess Dimitris will keep us informed what the plans for the future are. I really hope they keep on building this dream to make a boardgameoasis. Good luck and thanks again to the Varrias-family.
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