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News and Events / Re: Secret Santa 2018
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:12:28 AM »
Following on from my earlier post I am now able to attach attachments.

Thank you, once again, Secret Santa

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: December 30, 2018, 01:47:13 PM »
Hey JB did you get the U?

Anything Else / Re: Christmas Greetings
« on: December 24, 2018, 03:35:29 AM »
Thank you Wolnic and a very happy Christmas to you and yours

We’ve got sprouts Tom going to be cooking then up with some chestnuts and bacon bits with a little seed mustard dressing mmmmm. Want some?

News and Events / Re: Secret Santa 2018
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:43:11 PM »
Mine arrived today, thank you Santa

General / Re: Hans Im Glueck Trademarking Meeple
« on: November 02, 2018, 09:19:52 AM »
Oh no, does that mean we are not allowed to use meeples in our Secret Santa pressies this year?

What about my meeples pillow? I'll have to get my secretary to knit me something else.

General / Re: Let the Madness Commence (again)
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:42:36 AM »

News and Events / Re: Secret Santa 2018
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:01:38 AM »
Oh I'm in again :) Can't promise it'll be the hand made effort of last year but I do have something in mind that is games related though not Carc based.

Then again I may change my mind on that..... or not.

General / Re: Favourite single Carcassonne item
« on: September 17, 2018, 02:22:59 PM »
I would have to say it’s one of three;
My signed KJW tiles which are a little bit special.

The signed Moustache tile designed and signed by the great man himself and an absolute treasure

Or the Leviathan tile together with the Leviathan blue dragon meeple designed by Wolnic and myself and one that I’m particularly proud of

Hmmm, tough one but because it’s so rare, it has to be.....

The Moustache signed tile.

Dan, stop signing those spare tiles you have now!!!

News and Events / Re: KJW-Signed Tile Giveaway
« on: June 15, 2018, 04:25:43 AM »
They aren't as good as the signed DAN tile that I have.

Ah but is it a signed Dan tile signed by KJW or is it the uber rare never to be seen again signed Dan tile signed by Dan! with the Travelling Dan meeples expansion.

News and Events / Re: UK Carcassonne Championships 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:25:30 AM »
Whilst the slackers didn’t watch all of the games all of the time we popped over now and again to see how Dan was getting on and in the latter stages camped ourselves in the games library area close by so that we could watch from afar.

Dan does not do himself justice, his concentration when playing is phenomenal. He totally gets into his Carc zone. So much so that in the quarters match I took the pic of the game and had stood directly behind him chatting to one of the organisers finding out how the tournament had gone throughout the day and he was oblivious to us being there or that I was taking pics. Jonnie, I have to say was also in his zone and it shows how much these guys and gals invest into the game we love so much.

Well done Dan for coming fourth and to all players taking part. Especially to Jack the overall winner

News and Events / Re: UKGE 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:56:41 AM »
Day Two began with a meet up with Tom and Jen in the hotel car park at 7.15. I forgot to mention that day one ended with us getting back to the hotel at around 11.30 and Tom and I having a drink in the bar and chatting till around 1 to 1.30.

We had a leisurely drive to the NEC if you can call breakneck speeds, last second indicating, traversing roundabouts two or three times at each one, speed humps through residential estates, hand break turns, two wheels off the ground on corners and jumps that would not look out of place on the Dukes of Hazard! It was Jens fault as she was navigating although Tom had forgotten to let her know that we were going to breakfast at Maccie D's.

Again Tom has done the report on games tried so its just enough for me to say what a great time I had, what fantastic people I was with and what a great show they put on. If like me you haven't been before then book up for next year and spend a couple of days with like minded people.

News and Events / UKGE 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:44:51 AM »
The UKGE Adventure – A first timer’s experience.

A few of the Carcassonne Slack members had been discussing heading up to the UK Games Expo this year so as I was unfortunately unable to attend the upcoming trip to Germany in July I was determined to get to this one and put a face to the guys I chat away to on a daily basis.

Hotel was booked for two nights and two days of tickets were booked for the Expo. My plan was to drive up on the Thursday, have a wonder around the NEC to get my bearings whilst it was still empty of people, pick up my tickets in advance and then make my way back to the hotel for a good nights sleep in readiness for the task of exploring the largest games expo in the UK.
Hmm good plan but as usual in life things never work out as you expect.

Two days before the trip the wife asks me, as I’m off work on the Thursday could I pick the youngest Daughter up from the airport as she’s coming back from her holidays? OK says I. Morning of the trip and we gets a call from said youngest from the airport in Greece, Planes delayed could be an hour and a half late, supposed to arrive around 1.00pm now more like 2.30pm. OK says I will be there.
Finally left home at around 4.30pm to head up to Birmingham and now having to deal with rush hour traffic and road works. What should have taken 2 hours now took more like 4 and after a 2 hour round trip to the airport.
Got to the hotel around 8pm by 9 I was fast asleep……

2.30am I was wide awake again! And I mean wide awake, no going back to sleep for me that night. 3.30am and I was down in the lobby having a chat with the night shift guy, wandering outside for an early morning ciggie etc. 5.30 and I’m showered, dressed and in the car setting off for the NEC. The night watchman said it could take time getting there due to the rush hour traffic so allow myself time, HA! Not at 5 bloomin 30 it doesn’t I was the only mad sole on the road! I got to the NEC was parked right at the front of the carpark and setting off to the halls by 6.00am.

6.30 I’m back in the car. Nobody was about just me and the squirrel.

I waited, I’m a very patient man, the people started arriving, the ticket office for the carpark opened at 8.00 and the queues started forming. Ticket purchased for three days (long story) and another long walk from the carpark. By now the people had started arriving and I saw who I recognised from the few pics that I had seen, Tom (Decar) and his lovely wife Jen. Another long wait in a queue for the pre-paid tickets and a further wait for the doors to open. And they did….. Eventually.

It was massive! Two main halls one full to the brim with trade stands the other divided into two areas half for competition gaming the other with trade stands although this also contained more of the prototype games to try out.
I spent much of the day with Tom and Jen, who I must thank for putting up with the ‘tag along’ and much happy banter, general chat, and gaming was had by all. In one of my few excursions away I came across a happy family of four who were the Chard Crew. I recognised Dan (Danisafatheratfourty) and introduced myself. He would join us later once the wife and children had departed.
When I returned to Tom and Jen they had found Richard and Jake (Rich the fish) and we carried on with them for the day.

Toms report above pretty much says it all for the day with the exceptions that I made my way to the Thundergryph stand to introduce myself to the guys there. I’m in on a couple of their Kick starters and wanted to pick up the other games that I had missed out on. Such a lovely dedicated bunch and I walked away with a bag full of games and goodies which completes my collection of their games list.
The other was in the evening. Whilst the others went to the talk mentioned by Tom I had booked into the Pandemic live show. Brilliant, fun, mad, and we won! Hard level game of Pandemic with the audience as the fourth player and we won.

Not too sure if I will ever use the infection replacement that they used to represent outbreaks when they hit though…….. Hmmmm then again maybe I just might 

News and Events / Re: UKGE 2018
« on: April 20, 2018, 03:17:38 PM »
I’m up for that.

News and Events / Re: UKGE 2018
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:49:19 AM »
Hello I'm booked. :)

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:56:38 PM »
I was watching that but funds would not allow. What’s it like and are you happy with it?

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