December 11th, 2005

Santa

Stolen from chipuni

A man and his wife are sitting in the living room and he says to her:

"Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state dependent on some machine. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."

His wife gets up and unplugs the Internet connection.
Serious

Gaming

Spent this afternoon playing the A Game Of Thrones board game.  None of us had played before, so it took a while to work through the rules before we started, but once we got into it it was actually pretty smooth sailing.

Some nice gameplay too - bits of it are Diplomacy-like - with the setting and uncovering of orders, units acting as support to other attacking units, and the general flexibility to stab people in the back.  But the collection of various different kinds of resources, and the bidding for position on different tracks, which then affected combat and resource usage, all gave it a rather nice complexity.  Plus, the occasional attack by Northern Barbarians which was straight out of Catan: Cities and Knights.

Overall, I'm looking forward to giving it another few goes - if nothing else I want to make up for my stupid moves in turn one and two, which left me in a terrible state for the rest of the game - not understanding the importance of fleets I didn't build any immediately, and by the time I realised they were important Hugh had grabbed my coastline, leaving me unable to produce any.