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General / Re: What is your number 2?
« on: May 16, 2022, 11:19:09 AM »
Well, you can assume that Carc is my number 1 and I'm glad it's just an assumption. It's a good game, sure, but nowhere near the top spot. To be fair, I haven't played the game in years and my go-to Carc game would be Ark of the Covenant anyway (it's the best vanilla version out there). So, assuming that Carc is my number 1, what is my number 2 (and 3 for good measure).
Currently, my number 2 would be Railways of the World, and my number 3 is Wingspan.
That said, my favourites are always in a state of flux and change fairly frequently, like many of us I assume ;)

Other Games / Re: Today I played...
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:21:18 PM »
I was also a KS backer of Brew Crafters and in fact it has been my most delayed game of all that I've backed. However, in my opinion, Brew Crafters is a smashing worker placement game. It takes its heritage from Agricola, but is less punishing. Bear in mind that we only ever play the 'Family' version of Agricola (without the cards), which we feel is the superior version because we like completely open information. That is reflected in Brew Crafters, where everything is known by all from the start. I also prefer the brewing theme over the farming theme.

My daughter's (20) favourite game is Agricola, but after playing Brew Crafters, she now requests that over Agricola.

You need to get on a 'plane, fly back to Arizona, pick up your copy, fly back to NZ and get it to the table!

Anything Else / Re: What TV series do you follow?
« on: June 21, 2015, 04:01:12 PM »
Don't follow much TV, but I have been watching Gotham and Game of Thrones.

My favourite TV series of all time was Hustle.

Other Games / Caverna mini-expansion - help needed
« on: June 20, 2015, 02:16:04 PM »
I am trying to get hold of Game Trade Magazine number 176. The trouble is that it appears to be sold only in the US and not available for shipping to the UK.

I particularly want the mini-expansions included within the magazine (Caverna/Sheriff of Nottingham). I'm not too bothered about the magazine.

Is there someone from the US who would help me get my hands on a copy by buying within the US and shipping the expansions over to me? Please drop me a PM if you would be willing to help :)

Other Games / Re: Today I played...
« on: June 15, 2015, 01:47:47 PM »
I have been playing the excellent Brew Crafters quite a bit recently. On Wednesday our group is going to give Russian Railroads a go and then at our next months session I think Le Havre is going to hit the table for the first time.

News and Events / Re: New Carcassonne App for Android
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:03:13 AM »

Anything Else / Re: Merry Christmas and a good new Car year
« on: December 24, 2014, 05:31:09 AM »
It's Christmas Eve and for the first time in about 4 years, at the request of my 19 year old daughter, Carcassonne has once again hit the table. We are currently teaching my 9 year old daughter how to play. Just playing the basic game for now; we'll see how she gets on.

Have a blessed Christmas and a fantastic New Year.

Other Games / Re: Stone Age
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:00:02 AM »
I think Stone Age is a wonderful example of a physical board game. One of the best worker placement games available. However, I prefer the game without the Style is the Goal expansion, although the expansion is still very good. Well worth the small amount of time it takes to learn.

General / Re: Ark of the Covenant availability
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:19:18 AM »
There is a CAR for the Ark of the Covenant here:

Parents gave us as New Year's present our first serious board game - Monopoly. All stuff and rules were in English, but we didn't know a word in English! So, we invented our own rules, all hotels were meeples, rent for visiting states (real estates were USA states) was their mortgage value (half a price!), etc.

This is amazing! I bet you created a better game than the real monopoly!

Thanks for the link, jungleboy! This is exactly what I need! :(y)

The CAR for the AotC was compiled by me for CarcassonneCentral and is available in the downloads section on this very site!

It's a great version of Carcassonne and, in my opinion, it is by far the best version of 'vanilla' Carcassonne.

Other Games / Re: KickStarter - Backed Projects
« on: October 10, 2014, 03:31:46 AM »
Here are my current Kickstarter 2013 backings:

Dungeon Roll - Received
Flash Point: Extreme Danger / Flash Point: Dangerous Waters - Delivery imminent
Coup - Delivery imminent
Snowdonia expansion - Delivery imminent
Fleet: Arctic Bounty expansion - Expected 2014
Buccaneer Bones - Expected November
Brew Crafters - Kickstarter currently running (
Kings of Israel - Kickstarter currently running (

I'm really looking forward to what DHMG does with Brew Crafters. It is looking fantastic.
Following on from my previous above quoted list, here is an update to my backed Kickstarter projects and a list of my backed projects during October 2013 - October 2014:
Flash Point: Extreme Danger / Flash Point: Dangerous Waters - Received
Coup - Received
Snowdonia expansion - Received
Fleet: Arctic Bounty expansion - Received
Buccaneer Bones - Received
Brew Crafters - Received
Kings of Israel - Received
Dungeon Roll - Winter Promo Pack - Received
Templar Intrigue - Received
Coin Age - Received
Burgoo - Received
This Town Aint Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us! - Received
Province - Received
Twilight Struggle Digital Edition - Expected March 2015
Yardmaster Express - Received
Flash Point - Honor & Duty Expansion - Received
Bomb Squad -Expected May 2015

Between Two Cities - Expected November 2015
Bottom of the 9th - Expected October 2015

Anything Else / Happy Christmas
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:22:47 PM »
To all my online friends at Carcassonne Central, I wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2014.

Anything Else / Re: Christmas time...
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:21:36 PM »
Thumbs up Kettlefish :) Great picture.

Other Games / Re: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:52:16 PM »
I think this is one of the first Kickstaters I have been involved in where the Brits got their packages long before the US and Canada! I received my package, containing 17 copies of Coup (I ran a grouo buy), Flash Point and the Snowdonia expansion on Saturday 9 November.

Other Games / Re: KickStarter - Backed Projects
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:47:29 PM »
Yes, I got everything in one package about a month and a half ago - Coup, Flash Point and the Snowdonia expansion. Haven't actually tried out the Snowdonia expansion as yet though. Perhaps over Christmas.

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