Mike's Game Ramblings

Some of my current thoughts on tabletop gaming.
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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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