The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Some Gaming, Some non-

  • Forbidden Island — Pandemic lite, which is fine if you have young kids who can’t quite grasp the implication of Pandemic’s infection model. (On the other hand, The TaoBoy check-raised me in our last poker game, and was the only person to make it to the helicopter in today’s Zombie Hunt, so some things have sunk in. They grow up so fast).
  • St. Pete — I (mildly) regret having sold this. Need to play the expansion again.
  • Battlestar Galactica — Our (human) admiral jumped us 2, then 1, then 1, then 2. So, you can guess how that worked out.
  • Agricola — Academic (Counts as 2 occupations) –> Writing Desk (requires two occupations, lets you play two at a time) –> Stone guy (stone for food) + Building Master (Free expansion once you’ve expanded) –> Animal Pen (2 Food a turn, but it requires four occupations) –> 3rd person on round 5, 4th on round 6.  No problems with food. It’s almost like the opening setup determines the winner… But I still like this game.
  • I even played a game of Magic! That takes me back.

Non-gaming observations:

  • The Protector (movie) — Tony Jaa really is a human special effect. The parking garage set piece reminded me of the best of Jackie Chan and the fight in the burning temple? Classic.
  • When did George Will stop wearing bow-ties? He was on ESPN (talking baseball) with a hideous yellow/blue thick stripe tie.
  • “Do you want to play another.” “I have to be home at 4am.” “That’s an oddly specific time.” — I probably had that same conversation when I was younger, but it would have been a lot closer to 4am back then.
  • Your tower defense timewaster de jour — Don’t touch my gems! You are welcome.
  • “Triangle” (Horror Movie) — They telegraphed the twist a mile ahead, but it was pretty well done.
  • “Archer” (TV Series) — Fantastic. My new “go to” series for quotes.
  • Vending Spree — Have I mentioned this?
  • “Thirst” — Of all the foreign vampire movies I’ve seen recently, this was the most recent.
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Written by taogaming

May 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

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  1. “Agricola — Academic (Counts as 2 occupations) –> Writing Desk (requires two occupations, lets you play two at a time) –> Stone guy (stone for food) + Building Master (Free expansion once you’ve expanded) –> Animal Pen (2 Food a turn, but it requires four occupations) –> 3rd person on round 5, 4th on round 6. No problems with food. It’s almost like the opening setup determines the winner… But I still like this game. ”

    Thats why I like drafting everything in Agricola. Solves most of the imbalance problems. Everyone has the same number of 1st picks, 2nd picks, etc.

    (Add to that removing anything that is truly broken, and its pretty balanced).

    Alexfrog

    May 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm

  2. “Your tower defense timewaster de jour — Don’t touch my gems! You are welcome.

    Is this up to par with Protector 3 and Gemcraft? Both of those were great (especially Gemcraft) but most other tower defense games havent been up to the same level.

    Alexfrog

    May 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    • I haven’t tried Gemcraft. DTMG Is not quite as good as the protector series (which I liked)

      taogaming

      May 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      • IMO, this is the fourth best tower defense game I have played, 1st being Gemcraft chapter 0, 2nd being Gemcraft, and 3rd being Defender3.

        Alexfrog

        May 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

  3. Damn you and your timewaster….stuck on level 12 and still wasting time!

    It’s okay though, I’m in a hotel tonight on a trip, so it’s a good time for it. I hope I waon’t have time to play this weekend since tomorrow I pick up Race 3, Dungeon Lords, and, yes I caved, my copy of LotR:CE (as well as a copy of Frank’s Zoo, since mine is totally lost). Should be a great gaming weekend!

    Lou Wainwright

    May 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm


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