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Athena Ex
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Those of you familiar with Solitaire Times already know that we have a section called Grumpy Gamer.

So far it's just been JW and me sharing our curmudgeony thoughts, but we would like to welcome members of the guild to share their own rants thoughtful concerns.

Sure, we all love gaming, and a general positive attitude is commendable. But... is this hobby a rose garden? And, at the end of the day, isn't it amusing when people let off some steam?

To the surprise of exactly no one, our first grumpy guest is Raz. He pours his heart and soul into a marvelous eco-rant.

Kevin (Kevinruns262) will follow with his own post on Friday.

So, we would like to invite you to submit your own Grumpy posts to the site. Is there a game that irritates you as soon as you set your eyes on it? A particular mechanism perhaps? The state of solo board gaming today? We would love to hear all about it. Please get in touch with either JW or me, and we will make arrangements.
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I will reserve this place for the scheduling:

September 10: Razoupaf (Plastic Waste)

September 13: Kevinruns262 (When six months is really a year and a half)

September 17: Arvid (Gamers and their High Horses: Beginners and Complexity)

September 20: Christianv (Is This Game Broken?)

September 25: Govmiller (Kickstarter Updates...)

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Oh, man. Somewhere in me I have a large rant about sleeves and sleeving culture.
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madantichris wrote:
Oh, man. Somewhere in me I have a large rant about sleeves and sleeving culture.

If you feel like putting it in more words, let me know.
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omega_player wrote:
madantichris wrote:
Oh, man. Somewhere in me I have a large rant about sleeves and sleeving culture.

If you feel like putting it in more words, let me know.


Put me down for a counterpoint. I could easily write a page over sleeves and game inserts
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I know I have a recurring grievance with Agricola: All Creature, etc., BUT it’s a 2p game and that rant (which is mostly about farm animal evoking images of children singing Old MacDonald vice a strategy game) ... does not belong in 1PG.
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If you (addressing everyone) would like to write something, but don't have a concrete idea at this very moment, don't worry. We are not in a rush.

Take your time, let it simmer, and grumpy inspiration will hit sooner or later.

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madantichris wrote:
Oh, man. Somewhere in me I have a large rant about sleeves and sleeving culture.


You mean a rant for or against sleeves? Cause if it's against, then I'm more than happy to rant for them in response

Seriously, I'm all for rants so I'll seriously consider your offer
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omega_player wrote:
To the surprise of exactly no one, our first grumpy guest is Raz. He pours his heart and soul into a marvelous eco-rant.
laugh My very first thought while reading your post was, "Get Raz," and then I read that you had. That's just too funny. That said, nice entry, Raz.

I don't feel grumpy, per se, but after reading your premise, you can put me down for something that's now percolating in the back of my brainpan.
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mihnea_1309 wrote:

Seriously, I'm all for rants so I'll seriously consider your offer

JYoder wrote:

I don't feel grumpy, per se, but after reading your premise, you can put me down for something that's now percolating in the back of my brainpan.

Good to hear. Both of you, please send me your articles when you're ready. I am in the process of booking dates.

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Oooh, I wanna write rant!

It may have to wait for a month or two until my brain heals, but I’d love to contribute, if I may?
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As I now think about it, you better give me a word limit, unless you want to risk splitting it up into a couple articles. 😜
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Maricel: yes, please! We'd love to host you, get well soon!

Jeremy: compact texts often pack a stronger punch.
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omega_player wrote:
Maricel: yes, please! We'd love to host you, get well soon!

Jeremy: compact texts often pack a stronger punch.

YAY! Now to think of something that's not been done to death...
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Awesome! But I'm surprised Raz's topic won't be, "Every game that isn't Aeon's End or KD:M" laughlaughlaugh
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omega_player wrote:
If you (addressing everyone) would like to write something, but don't have a concrete idea at this very moment, don't worry. We are not in a rush.

Take your time, let it simmer, and grumpy inspiration will hit sooner or later.


I concur, I had no idea what to write about at first.

Then I went and did the groceries devil
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Loving the site Athena and thanks for being grumpy Raz!
Being English and wanting to spend most of (but not all) of my time in France is making me VERY grumpy about the future. When I can devote some of my grumpiness to more gaming related matters I will be glad to share.
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Kristabelle wrote:
Loving the site Athena and thanks for being grumpy Raz!
Being English and wanting to spend most of (but not all) of my time in France is making me VERY grumpy about the future. When I can devote some of my grumpiness to more gaming related matters I will be glad to share.

Thank you, Kristabelle, I understand the irritation... Yes, whenever you have a grumpy idea, let us know. We need more grumpy ladies!
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Kristabelle wrote:
Loving the site Athena and thanks for being grumpy Raz!

You're welcome, it sorts of comes naturally
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Razoupaf wrote:
Kristabelle wrote:
Loving the site Athena and thanks for being grumpy Raz!

You're welcome, it sorts of comes naturally

As much as I agree with your grump about the single serve produce, I need it. I can't go through a lot of produce as a single person. But I loved your intro rant.
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Razoupaf wrote:
Kristabelle wrote:
Loving the site Athena and thanks for being grumpy Raz!

You're welcome, it sorts of comes naturally

As much as I agree with your grump about the single serve produce, I need it. I can't go through a lot of produce as a single person. But I loved your intro rant.

I have been guilty of that as well. blush Raz would be furious if we went to the super market together. laugh
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I liked the insightful conclusion

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Kevin's grumpy post is up!

When Six Months Is Really a Year and a Half
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It's Grumpy Tuesday today, and Arvid is our new guest!

Gamers and Their High Horses: Beginners and Complexity
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Looks good, but may I make a suggestion? From your site, when you click "Grumpy Gamer" at the top and show the list of articles, the ones with a guest give you no idea of the content. Whereas the non-guest ones give you an inkling of what to expect.

For instance, if Raz were to write you another article, with your current format, it would look nearly identical to the one he's already done, and possibly make a return reader think they've already read it. So instead, maybe the article title, followed with "by ___ (guest)" or something to pique the reader's interest?
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