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General / Re: TGBCW—August UK Meet-Up; My journey to my first ever KFC
« on: August 29, 2021, 03:57:44 AM »
Also "My First KFC" sounds like a Kid's spin-off  ;D ;D ;D

General / Re: August UK Meet-Up; My journey to my first ever KFC
« on: August 29, 2021, 03:20:27 AM »
...and don't forget those two random people that join our photo in KFC :D

The Great Big Chicken Weekend was most awesome. I'm sorry I was so late, I got 20 minutes from home and then realized I left something, so had to go back.  Then I had to stop for petrol and by the time I got back on the right side of the dual-carriageway a car and broken down (with 2 blown tyres).  Eventually I managed to catch you up.

I do enjoy Spicy.  It's a tidy bluffing trick-taking game, I love the art too.  I was happy with my convincing win on that second game.

The Crew is a great co-op game too. I love how varied the simple mechanics are used.  I think generally, we made a good space crew. Hopefully, we'll get to complete all 50 missions eventually (maybe on BGA).

It's safe to say I over chickened; but it wouldn't have been a BIG Chicken weekend without too much chicken.  With the most important aspect of the Big Chicken weekend out of the way, we headed to Geek Retreat.

I have to say, it's a interesting concept for a game space.  They don't charge for tables, so we spent about 2 hours in there and I think we spent less than £15.  This was why we decided to go back and get dinner!

I enjoyed playing Amazonas again, it has been quite some time since I last played, and it's definitely up there with my favourite Spin-offs.  My convincing victory mainly came down to sharing a large jungle space with Rich the Fish, and getting a good boat boost in the mid game (for about 15 points or so).

My explanation of Fort was quite brief. And it looks likely a fiddly game, but I think we all managed to get into the flow quite quickly.  The main mechanism is trying to spot what other people are trying to do, and make the most of other people's public actions, and then make sure your private action is the thing that's pushing you ahead.  I don't like some of the wording around public and private actions.  It says things like one of your actions must be completed fully, but doesn't give clear examples of a partially completed action just to help reinforce the mandatory and optional parts.  I'll read the rules again before we next play.  I think the 40minute mark was pretty optimistic, but maybe next time we play we'd be more focused on the end game.

Thanks to Dan, Rich, and Willem for acting as postmen, and filling the boot of my car.  I'll be updating the postman thread shortly!

I enjoyed playing Forbidden Island again, I love how the game manages the timing.  I think we had a pretty unlucky start and did well to get so close to completing the game!

As for speed Carcassonne, I didn't see any good farming opportunities until it was too late.  So I scored first and ended in last  :'(

Can't wait for The Even Bigger Board Gaming and Big Chicken Weekend Great Britain (TEBBGABGWBG)!

This only includes a short double page interview with KJW. There's a large image too showing a Carcassonne collection that takes up half a page.

General / Re: Need help deciding which "The River " to buy.
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:57:13 AM »
whether I should be that bothered about keeping it unpunched.

Unpunched.... oooh
I suspect there will be interest from the super collectors.

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: August 12, 2021, 03:52:48 AM »
Not boardgame related, but DecarJr has really enjoyed this book series from two Polish artists/authors.  The series is called Mamoko and each book follows a dozen or so characters who's story you can track across each page.  There's no words, but you can tell a story and describe what happens to each character, and how their days and adventures interleave.

Unfortunately, only the first book is available in English, but it's only pictures, so that's no problem at all!

The smaller books are number and letter games.

If you're interested you can read more about the series and the artist's other works here:

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: August 11, 2021, 04:12:03 PM »
Awesome, merit from me  ;D

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: August 10, 2021, 12:18:40 PM »
I just receive 2 pack of blank tile  ;D

Photo or it didnt happen

General / Re: Pre-orders for Carcassonne 20th Anniversary UK
« on: August 09, 2021, 02:31:09 AM »
It's all those great games you're playing on BoardgameArena!  ;D

General / Re: Pre-orders for Carcassonne 20th Anniversary UK
« on: August 07, 2021, 10:10:31 AM »
Why's that?

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: August 04, 2021, 09:23:58 AM »
Nice package Whaleyland!

Today I received this short strategic game that has been out of print for a while. It comes from a small Finnish publisher who re-released back in 2019. I missed it!

General / Re: team work
« on: July 30, 2021, 01:14:17 PM »
Nothing official.  You should take a look at the Carcassonne Star Wars spin-off through.

Most Team variants I've tried are 4 players.  Were people alternate, their turns and just sum their scores together.

We ran a Dream Team tournament a few yonks back:

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: July 29, 2021, 01:34:23 PM »
Hehehe, that's one you'll love the rules for!

It's very zany and fun!   :gray-meeple:

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: July 29, 2021, 01:24:29 PM »
Very nice Meepledrone! I hope you enjoy it.

I also had a delivery today. After waiting several months for delivery, I had to give the notorious Queen Games a kick. In all fairness they've been better in recent years.... ish.

Orderes front and centre and got sent the LHS as a token of good will.

I got to try Winter Kingdom at the VUKGE last year with RichTheFish and rather enjoyed it.  Looking forward to playing this again soon.

News and Events / Re: Carcassonne Central is back!
« on: July 27, 2021, 12:56:35 AM »
Just to round this topic out:
1) HiG aren't making anyone buy the new edition.
2) If changing the art, encourages people, or a broader range of people, to play the game, then great.
3) The designer did state that their original plan was to have a range of people represented, but this was accidentally lost during the design process.
4) I agree that our games should, and do, represent us.

Drodo won't be able to reply for a few days after their last post.
But I won't be deleting posts, I'm happy for the world to see people's opinions.

Anything Else / Re: Be careful what you wish for...
« on: July 25, 2021, 12:28:54 PM »
...Still wishing for some Chicken Selects

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