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Mike Hostetler
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I thought I have updated this in August... and yet it seems that I haven't. Hrm. I must do better...

Anyway my 10x10 is blown -- not enough time/energy for solo games and my usual gaming partner (my now-13 yr old daughter) doesn't have time. And gaming with my 7 yr old can be tedious (but that is getting better). And yet now I feel better about my gaming life than I have all year.

I taught my son Stratego which he liked but obviously he couldn't get the tactics of it. I knew he would like moving the pieces around and he understood the lower and higher numbers bit. But, since I've been playing more modern games, I dislike setting up the pieces, deciding what should go where (though I understand that is part of the fun for him).

I also got out The Magic Labyrinth, which is also his style and fits my preference for more "modern" gaming. Yeah you have to build the maze before you play but you can use that maze a few different times if you play more than one game. He loves mazes so it was no surprise he liked it. He also likes Minotaurus a lot, so we play that. Not as fun for me as him (and he also cheats a bit on that... something I don't want to stand for).

I also have the beginnings of a game group going. We've met sporadically but now want to work on getting it monthly (we'd all love it more often but aren't sure that will happen). We meet at Spielbound and last week we played Quadropolis and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival. I found Quadropolis fun but complicated and Lanterns really fun but more cutthroat than at first appearance (this is not a bad thing).

All that to note - for the first time a few years I'm getting back in the Thrifty Christmas Exchange. Even though I haven't thrifted much this year (thrifting games is terrible in Omaha) I'm participating again. It was a lot of fun the first time I did it and I'm pleased that my target may actually want something that I have. That said, I'm also really happy when my target got me games they thought I would like.
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Mon Nov 7, 2016 7:20 pm
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Apr/May 2016 update

Mike Hostetler
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Yeah I know I said I was going to blog more often and then April and May got away from me. Non-game life was busy. But hey I'm keeping on and will update both April and May...

April

One of my most pathetic play months in a long time. I tried to get my daughter into Star Realms and she beat me a couple of times, but was not interested in playing more. I also played San Juan for the first time in a while and still really enjoy that game.

My highlight is probably a few solo scenarios of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set. I do enjoy it but it would be hard to get it out with the kids around(esp my 6 yr old).

Only 11 total plays in April. Pathetic.

May

May wasn't a ton better than April. But I did take my daughter to the local game cafe named Spielbound. Highlight were

Patchwork -- we played this twice in a row, and then we got the app when we got home (we like the cardboard version a lot better)

Jenga -- I didn't know my daughter was a fan of Jenga but she is. I don't mind it...better than most dexterity games.


On another trip Spielbound with some friends we played Stone Age. I hadn't played it before but once I got the flow, I really liked it.

Only 20 total plays in May.

Number of plays for 2016 as of the end of May: 113
Plays per Day: 0.74 (oy)

10x10 as of the end of May:

Splendor 8
DC Comics Deck-Building Game 7
Hive 7
Ticket to Ride 7
Zulus on the Ramparts! 5


This is not good... but June is already looking up! But you have to wait for that update.
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Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:24 pm
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March 2016 Review

Mike Hostetler
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I'm a week behind, which is better than not doing it at all.

I look back at March and think of it as a gaming dry spell -- not much happened in my brain. But I look at my stats -- 31 plays! One a day average! Not high enough to my 1.1 games/day but the best so far.

I keep having thoughts about hobby gaming has (or needs) a certain type of discipline. I mean, it's not like mountain climbing with breaking in new boots or making sure you are in shape for your next climb, but it's also about putting TV away and making time to play a few games... I may write more as my thoughts form more fully.

Most Played Games:

Ticket to Ride -- my wife and I continued our online games against each other. It's the only way she'll play (not as fidgety with parts... hard to disagree with that). We are sitting on the same couch as we play so I count the play.

DC Comics Deck-Building Game -- quite a few solo games, some solo, others with my son and one with one my game-lunch crew. I really like it solo and it's not bad with a co-op variant (how I play with my son).

I hope to start putting up some plays with Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn and Zulus on the Ramparts! in April. And I got my daughter playing Star Realms with me (and beating me soundly).

Interestingly played a game of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set with a couple of people. They weren't impressed but I think I would like it as a one-person RPG. It's been on my list for a bit and maybe it will be my purchase.


2016 goals?

1 10/10 Challenge: Splendor at 8, Hive at 7, Ticket to Ride, at 7, I think I'm in good shape

2 Increase h-index: still at 15 but I think I can get it up there. Playing Ticket to Ride and Star Realms won't help this but DC Deck Building will!

3 Starting to branch out more... still haven't found my niche in what I want to play.
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Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:08 pm
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