Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Designer pages on BGG

Gosh, with the new designer pages on BGG, there is now an entire page devoted to me. Of course, you may be more interested in this one.

Funny, it lists forums about my game, but not The Menorah Game itself.


Monday, February 27, 2006

Monopoly Versions

Since I'm bored, and astoundingly enough there is no complete list of Monopoly versions on the Internet (!!!), here is a list I collected from eBay, BoardGameGeek, and various people's online collections.

  • In general, versions are prefixed or suffixed by either "Monopoly" or "opoly". Some also say "edition", "collectible", and other such stuff. And some are "on Board", "in a Box", or "Here and Now". Unofficial versions might say "The Game of". [2008/08/27: Just discovered all the Stock Block games.]
  • Contains many unofficial (unlicensed) versions.
  • The list covers different versions; that is, the spaces on the board are named for different things. It doesn't contain endless series of editions of the same versions published by box color and date. It also doesn't contain all language editions of the same version. For instance, there are many different editions in different languages of "Wonders of the World Monopoly". As a rough estimate, including all editions and different language editions of the same version would inflate this list by a factor of five.
  • In my opinion, Monopoly is not a very good game, even when played without house rules. It remains popular mostly due to nostalgia and lack of information about better games. If you don't know any other games besides Monopoly, please go to BoardGameGeek and learn about many, many better games. I recommend starting with Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, or Acquire.
Some of my sources: eBay, BoardGameGeek, World of Monopoly, Monopoly Lexicon, Richard's Monopoly page, Monopoly Base, Wikipedia, Helponboard (thanks Kevin), David (thebigchip), ...

2488 versions, and counting (last updated Apr-01-2014):
  1. .com
  2. 08520
  3. 123 Sesame St
  4. 150th Hartford Independent Fair
  5. 1899 Hoffenheim
  6. 1935 Commemorative
  7. 1935 Deluxe 1st Game
  8. 1999 NFL Gridiron
  9. 2012 Olympic Games
  10. 25th Anniversary
  11. 30A (South Walton)
  12. 50's
  13. 60's
  14. 60th Anniversary
  15. 65th Anniversary 1935-2000
  16. 70's
  17. 70th Anniversary
  18. 80's
  19. '84 L.A. Games
  20. A Christmas Story
  21. Aachen
  22. Aandelenspel Houten
  23. Aberdeen
  24. Abilene
  25. Abington
  26. AC/DC
  27. Adelaide
  28. Adelaide Crows
  29. Adelaide Crows 20th
  30. Adoption
  31. Adventure Time
  32. Aerospace
  33. Affton
  34. AFL Premier - Carlton
  35. AFL Premier - Collingwood
  36. AFL Premier - Geelong
  37. Aggie
  38. Aitkin County
  39. Akita
  40. al Dallal
  41. Alabama
  42. Alabama NCAA
  43. Alan Turing
  44. Alaska
  45. Alaska's Iditarod
  46. Albany
  47. Alberta
  48. Albertsons
  49. Albuquerque
  50. Albuquerque (Stock Block)
  51. Aldeburgh
  52. Alexandria
  53. Alfa
  54. Algarve
  55. Algonquin
  56. Alkamar
  57. All About Allentown
  58. All Blacks Charity Edition
  59. Allegany
  60. Allgau
  61. Allstate Insurance
  62. Altman Barbados
  63. Alpaca
  64. Alsace
  65. Alta Vista
  66. Alton Metro
  67. Alton Towers Resort
  68. Amanda
  69. Amador
  70. Amarillo
  71. AmCan
  72. America
  73. America Special
  74. American Chopper
  75. American Cities
  76. American Express Funds
  77. Amersfoort
  78. Amherst
  79. Ami
  80. Amiens
  81. Amsterdam
  82. Amsterdams Zwerfspel
  83. Angers
  84. Anglesey
  85. Angry Birds
  86. Anniversary
  87. Anti
  88. Anti II
  89. Anti III
  90. Antwerpen
  91. APBA Boxing
  92. Apple
  93. Arabic
  94. Arabic e-sinibad
  95. Arberdeen
  96. Argentina
  97. Ariel Investments
  98. Arizona
  99. Arkansas
  100. Arlington
  101. Arlon
  102. Armador
  103. Armenian
  104. ARMLS
  105. Arsenal
  106. Arsenal - Farewell to Highbury
  107. Art
  108. Aschaffenburg
  109. ASML
  110. Assen
  111. Asterix
  112. Aston Villa FC
  113. Astronomy
  114. Astros
  115. ASU
  116. Atlanta
  117. Atlanta [Stock Block]
  118. Atlanta Braves
  119. Atlanta City
  120. Atlanta Olympic
  121. Atlantic City (regular)
  122. Atlantis
  123. Athens
  124. Attleboro
  125. Auburn
  126. Auckland
  127. Audubon
  128. Augsburg
  129. Aurora
  130. Austin
  131. Austin (MyCityopoly)
  132. Australia
  133. Australia Here and Now
  134. Australian Football League
  135. Austria
  136. Auvergne
  137. Avalon Communities
  138. Avignon
  139. Avon
  140. Azerbaijan
  141. B.C.
  142. Back to the Future
  143. Bad Axe
  144. Bad Homburg
  145. Bad Kreuznach
  146. Baden (BNN)
  147. Baden-Baden
  148. Baden-Wurttemberg
  149. Baghdad Game
  150. Bahamas
  151. Bakken
  152. Bali
  153. Bailiwick of Guernsey
  154. Ballard
  155. Baltimore
  156. Baltimore [Stock Block]
  157. Bama
  158. Bamberg
  159. Banco Imobiliário
  160. Banco Imobiliário Cidade Olimpica (Olympic City 2016)
  161. Banco Imobiliário Junior
  162. Banff
  163. Bank
  164. Bank Elhaz Elsaed
  165. Bank of America
  166. Bank of America Baseball
  167. Bank of America Toy Bank
  168. Bank Game of New Paktrade
  169. Bankhaus Wolbern
  170. Banking
  171. Barbados [Stock Block]
  172. Barca
  173. Barcelona
  174. Barstow
  175. Bass Fishing
  176. Basse Normandie
  177. Bassin d'Arcachon
  178. Batavia
  179. Bath
  180. Batman
  181. Batman and Robin
  182. Battle Creek
  183. Bayerische Ausgabe
  184. Bayern
  185. Bayern Muchen FC
  186. Baylor
  187. Bayreuth
  188. BBC Radio One
  189. BBK Clinical Research and Development
  190. Beach
  191. Beachfront
  192. Beagle
  193. Bean
  194. Beauvais
  195. Beaver
  196. Beaver Island
  197. Bel Air
  198. Belchertown
  199. Belfast
  200. Belgian
  201. Belgian Ltd
  202. Belgian Travel
  203. Belgie-Belgique
  204. Belgrade
  205. Belkin
  206. Bellaire
  207. Bellingen Shire Council
  208. Belvider
  209. Bend's Powderbroker
  210. Berkshire Hathaway
  211. Bergen
  212. Berlin
  213. Bermuda
  214. Bermuda [Stock Block]
  215. Bernard Power's Canada
  216. Berryville
  217. Besancon
  218. Best Buy
  219. Betty Boop
  220. Beverly Hills
  221. BGCA (Boys and Girls Club of America)
  222. Bibby Line Group
  223. Bible
  224. Bielefeld
  225. Big Apple
  226. Big Mac
  227. Bigtopolis
  228. Bilbao
  229. Billings
  230. Bird
  231. Birmingham
  232. Birmingham University
  233. Birmington
  234. Birthday
  235. Bita
  236. BJU
  237. Blackpool & the Fylde Coast
  238. Blacks & Whites
  239. Blaenau Ffestiniog
  240. Bloomies
  241. Bloomington
  242. Blossomland
  243. Blue Box
  244. Blue Marble
  245. Blue Sky
  246. Bocholt
  247. Bochum
  248. Bodensee
  249. Bogalusa
  250. Boken
  251. Bolton
  252. Bolton Bohnanza
  253. Bomber
  254. Bombsquad
  255. Bonn
  256. Book
  257. Book-
  258. Bookshelf
  259. Boom (Studio 360)
  260. Boone
  261. BOOOO
  262. Bordeaux
  263. Borink
  264. Borsa
  265. Borussia Dortmund
  266. Bosch Belegh
  267. Boston
  268. Boston- [Terrier]
  269. Boston Celtics
  270. Boston Red Sox (2000)
  271. Boston Red Sox (2006)
  272. Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Champions
  273. Boston Scene
  274. Boulder
  275. Bourges
  276. Bourne
  277. Bournemouth and Poole
  278. Boutique
  279. Bowie
  280. Boxer
  281. Boy Scouts of America
  282. Boynton Beach
  283. Bradford
  284. Braille
  285. Brandling Arms
  286. Branson
  287. Braunschweig
  288. Brave (Pixar)
  289. Brazil
  290. Breckenridge
  291. Breda
  292. Bremen
  293. Bremerhaven
  294. Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit
  295. Brest
  296. Bretagne
  297. Brew
  298. Breyer
  299. Bridgeton
  300. Brighton & Hove
  301. Bristol
  302. British
  303. British 60th Anniversary
  304. British Milk Chocolate
  305. Broken Arrow
  306. Bronxeville
  307. Brookfield
  308. Brookline
  309. Brooklyn
  310. Brown
  311. Bruderheim, AB
  312. Brussel
  313. Brussels
  314. BU
  315. Bucharest
  316. Buck
  317. Buckeye
  318. Bucks County
  319. Budget
  320. Buffalo
  321. Bug
  322. Build
  323. Bulgaria
  324. Bulldog
  325. Bungay
  326. Bunnings Warehouse
  327. Bunul gospodar
  328. Burbank
  329. Burghausen
  330. Burma / Myanmar
  331. Burgenland
  332. Burmese
  333. Business
  334. Bunnings Warehouse
  335. Buxtehude
  336. BYU
  337. C-TEC
  338. Caen
  339. Café Wilhelmina - Eindhoven
  340. Cairo
  341. Cal
  342. California
  343. California Centers Magazine
  344. Calgary
  345. Calumet
  346. Calvert
  347. Camargue
  348. Cambridge
  349. Camrose
  350. Canada
  351. Canadian
  352. Canadian (2010)
  353. Canadiens
  354. Cane
  355. Cannes
  356. CañonCity
  357. Canton
  358. Cape Breton
  359. Cape Cod
  360. Capitolio
  361. Cardiff
  362. Cardinals World Series Champions 2006
  363. Carglass
  364. Carlisle
  365. Carmargue
  366. Carolina
  367. Carpenter
  368. Carribean
  369. Carribean [Stock Block]
  370. Carroll 
  371. Carroll County
  372. Cars 2
  373. Cartoon Taiwan
  374. Carver
  375. Casey
  376. Casino
  377. Casino Rama-Big Time
  378. Cat
  379. Cat in the Hat
  380. Cat Lovers
  381. Catholic
  382. Cats
  383. Catskill
  384. Cayman
  385. Cedar Point
  386. Cedar Rapids
  387. Celtic
  388. Celtic Legends
  389. Centennial Olympic Games
  390. Centenium Benefica 1904-2004
  391. Central Lee Donnelson
  392. Century of Flight / Aviation
  393. Chamonix
  394. Chancer, The Game
  395. Charleroi
  396. Charlestown
  397. Charlevoix
  398. Charlotte
  399. Charlotte [Stock Block]
  400. Chav
  401. Cheese
  402. Chelmsford
  403. Chelsea
  404. Cheltenham
  405. Chemnitz
  406. Cherry
  407. Chesapeake
  408. Chester
  409. Chester & Cheshire
  410. Chester County
  411. Chesterfield
  412. Chiangmai
  413. Chicken
  414. Chicago
  415. Chicago (2009)
  416. Chicago [Stock Block]
  417. Chicago Bears
  418. Chicago Blackhawks
  419. Chicago Cubs
  420. Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Champions
  421. Chieftan
  422. Chihuahua
  423. Chile
  424. Chili Heads
  425. China
  426. China Wall
  427. Chip 'n Pin
  428. Chocolate
  429. Chopply
  430. Christian
  431. Christmas
  432. Chronicles of Narnia
  433. Chrystler
  434. Chrystler Town & Country Road Trip
  435. Cincinnati
  436. Cincinnati [Stock Block]
  437. Circus
  438. Citrus
  439. Citta d'Italia
  440. City
  441. City of Bath Endeavor
  442. City of Falls Church
  443. City of Green Bay
  444. City of Green Bay Sesquicentennial
  445. City of Lagos
  446. Cityville
  447. Civil War
  448. Clarksville
  449. Classic Video Game
  450. Classic Volkswagen
  451. Clemson
  452. Cleveland
  453. Cleveland [Stock Block]
  454. Cleveland Browns
  455. Clinton (1994)
  456. Clinton (1995)
  457. Co Tan Trieu Phu
  458. Co-opoly
  459. Co-opoly Malaysia
  460. Coburg
  461. Coca-Cola
  462. Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary
  463. Coca-Cola Classic Ads
  464. Coca-Cola Collector's
  465. Cocktail
  466. Cody
  467. Coffee Bean
  468. Cofu
  469. Collector's Tin Car
  470. Collector's Tin Train
  471. College
  472. Cologne
  473. Colorado
  474. Colorado State
  475. Columbia
  476. Columbus
  477. Columbus [Stock Block]
  478. Combined
  479. Compiègne
  480. Con
  481. ConAgra Foods
  482. Concord
  483. Condo
  484. Connellsville
  485. Construction
  486. Copenhagen
  487. Cork
  488. Cornell
  489. Cornwall
  490. Cornwall Challenge
  491. Coronation Street
  492. Corpus Christi
  493. Corrupt
  494. Corse
  495. Corvette
  496. Corvette 50th Anniversary
  497. Cosmopoly et megapoly
  498. Coté D'Azur
  499. Cottbus
  500. Country
  501. Coventry
  502. Covington
  503. Cowboy
  504. Cranbrook
  505. Crayola
  506. Cricket
  507. Cricket Australia (Ashes Series)
  508. Croatia
  509. Cronulla
  510. Crooks & Castles
  511. CSUN
  512. Cuba
  513. Curacao
  514. Cuti-Cuti Malaysia
  515. Cycle
  516. Cyclon
  517. Cyclone
  518. CyFair
  519. Cyprus
  520. Cyrus Deluxe
  521. Czech Republic
  522. d'Arlon
  523. Dachshund
  524. Dacorum
  525. Dairy
  526. Dale Earnhardt
  527. Dale Earnhardt Legacy
  528. Dallas
  529. Dallas [Stock Block]
  530. Dallas Cowboys
  531. Dallas Scene
  532. Dalton
  533. Dana Point
  534. Danbury
  535. Dance
  536. Danville, Illinois
  537. Darmstadt
  538. Dart
  539. Das kaufmännische Talent
  540. Das Warnemundespiel
  541. DaVita
  542. Dawg
  543. Dayton
  544. Dayton [Stock Block]
  545. Daytona
  546. Daytona Beach
  547. DC Comics Retro
  548. De Delftsche Ronde
  549. de Hypotheker
  550. Debrecen
  551. Decatur
  552. Deep Sea
  553. Delaware
  554. Deluxe
  555. Deluxe (50th) Anniversary
  556. Den Haag
  557. Denver
  558. Denver [in a Box]
  559. Denver [Stock Block]
  560. Denver Broncos
  561. Denville
  562. der Verruckte Geldautomat
  563. Derbyshire
  564. Desi
  565. Despicable Me 2
  566. Destination Downtown (Jacksonville)
  567. Detroit
  568. Detroit [Stock Block]
  569. Detroit Red Wings
  570. Detroit Tigers
  571. Devil
  572. Devon
  573. Dickinson County
  574. Dictator
  575. Die Borse
  576. Dijon
  577. Dino
  578. Dinosaur
  579. Disney
  580. Disney 3D
  581. Disney Theme Park
  582. Disney Vacaction Club
  583. Disney/Pixar
  584. Dive
  585. DIY
  586. Doctor Who
  587. Dodgers
  588. Dog
  589. Dog-
  590. Dog Artist
  591. Dog Eat Dog
  592. Dog Lovers
  593. Dolphin
  594. Dom tot Dam
  595. Domain
  596. Dominik's Food Store
  597. Door County
  598. Doraemon
  599. Dordrecht
  600. Dortmund
  601. Dostihy a sazky
  602. Double Feature
  603. Doylestown
  604. Dr. Ochel
  605. Dresden
  606. Drug
  607. Dubai
  608. Ducasse de Mons
  609. Duck
  610. Ducks 
  611. Dubai
  612. Dublin
  613. Dubuque
  614. Duel Masters (US)
  615. Duel Masters (UK)
  616. Duisburg
  617. Duke
  618. Duluth
  619. Dulwich College Preparatory School
  620. Dundee
  621. Dunkerque
  622. Durant
  623. Durham
  624. Durham County (2009)
  625. Durrell Trust
  626. Düsseldorf
  627. Dutch
  628. E. M. S.
  629. Earth
  630. Earth: Team Power Smart
  631. East Aurora
  632. East Grinstead
  633. East Hampton
  634. Easy Money
  635. ECU
  636. Ecuador
  637. Ede
  638. Edicao Sporting
  639. Edinburgh
  640. Edmonton
  641. Edysje Fryslan
  642. Eger
  643. Egypt
  644. Eindhoven
  645. Eksklusif
  646. El Banquero
  647. El Paso Scene
  648. El Turista Anahuac
  649. Eldorado
  650. Electronic Banking
  651. Electronic Labs Finance
  652. Elk
  653. Elk Grove
  654. Elvis
  655. Elvis 75th Anniversary
  656. Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary
  657. Emergency Medical Services
  658. Emirates
  659. Emlak Ticareti Oyunu (Istanbul)
  660. Empire
  661. Emsland
  662. EMO (Europees Massagoed Overslagbedrijf)
  663. Endangered Species
  664. Endless
  665. Enfield
  666. England
  667. England Deluxe
  668. England Football Stars
  669. England Travel
  670. Englewood
  671. Enschede
  672. Environ
  673. Environmental Concerns
  674. Episcopalian
  675. Equip De France De Football
  676. Erfurt
  677. Erlangen
  678. Erwin
  679. Espanola Futball
  680. ESPN
  681. Essen
  682. Essex
  683. Esslingen
  684. Estes Express Lines 7th Anniversary
  685. Estonia
  686. Euro
  687. Euro Company
  688. Euro Super
  689. Eurobusiness
  690. Europa
  691. Europe
  692. European Union
  693. Euskirchen
  694. Evanston
  695. Evansville
  696. Everest
  697. Everton FC
  698. Exclusive Resorts
  699. Exeter
  700. Exeter Challenge
  701. F.S.U.
  702. FA Premier League 1999/2000
  703. FA Premier League 2000/2001
  704. Fabulous Las Vegas
  705. Fairbanks
  706. Fairmont Resorts and Hotels Centennial
  707. Fairy
  708. Falkenberg
  709. Falkirk
  710. Fall River
  711. Fallout
  712. Family
  713. Family Game, The
  714. Family Game Night Championship
  715. Family Guy
  716. Famu
  717. Fantastic Four
  718. Fantasy Football Players
  719. FAO Schwartz
  720. Farmapoly
  721. Farmopoly
  722. Farmington Valley
  723. Fazzino
  724. FCBarcelona
  725. FedEx
  726. FedEx Kinkos
  727. Fehmarn
  728. Fergus (Fergus Falls)
  729. Ferrari
  730. Feyenoord
  731. FIFA WM 2006 Germany
  732. FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa
  733. Final Fantasy
  734. Finance
  735. Finance & Fortune
  736. Finance Knapp/Electric
  737. Firefighter's
  738. Firefighters Second Alarm 
  739. First Edition
  740. Fisher Scientific Centennial
  741. Fishin
  742. Fishing: Prized Catch
  743. Flagle
  744. Flemish
  745. Flensburg
  746. Fletcher Hotels
  747. Florida
  748. Flynt
  749. Flynth
  750. FNW
  751. Fohr
  752. Folk
  753. Fond (Fond du Lac)
  754. Football Top Clubs
  755. Ford 100th Anniversary
  756. Ford Mustang 40th Anniversary
  757. Ford Thunderbird 50th Anniversary
  758. Foreclosure
  759. Forest Park Historical Society
  760. Forks
  761. Fort St John
  762. Fort Thomas
  763. Fort Wayne
  764. Fort Worth
  765. Fort Worth [Stock Block]
  766. Fox
  767. Fox Cities
  768. Foxborough
  769. Foxwood
  770. France Reunion
  771. France World Cup '98
  772. Franken
  773. Frankfurt
  774. Franklin Mint
  775. Free Set of Uniquely Singapore
  776. Fredericton
  777. Freiburg
  778. Fremantle
  779. Fremont
  780. French Bulldog (Frenchie)
  781. French Top Football Clubs
  782. Frisian
  783. Fryslân
  784. Fulda
  785. Fulham FC
  786. Futurama
  787. Future Electronics
  788. Galveston
  789. Game Car Token Tin
  790. Garden
  791. Garfield
  792. Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  793. Gator
  794. Gay
  795. Gay-
  796. Gaya Baru
  797. Geck
  798. Geelong FC Premiership
  799. Geldermalsen/Waalkant
  800. Gelsenkirchen
  801. General Mills
  802. Geneva
  803. Geneve
  804. Georgia
  805. Georgia Tech
  806. Georgsmarienhutte
  807. Gera
  808. German Shepherd
  809. Germantown
  810. Germany (Deutschland)
  811. Ghetto (black)
  812. Ghetto (hand-made during Holocaust)
  813. GI Joe
  814. Giancola
  815. Gießen
  816. Gilbert
  817. Girl Scout
  818. Girl's Guide Anniversary
  819. Girlguiding UK
  820. Gironde
  821. Glasgow
  822. Glasgow Rangers
  823. Glen Ellyn
  824. Glendale
  825. Glenwood Springs
  826. Gloucestershire
  827. Glousester
  828. Go To Texas
  829. Gold Coast, Australia
  830. Golden
  831. Golf
  832. Golf Signature Holes
  833. Goodrich
  834. Gopher
  835. Göppingen
  836. Gosforth
  837. Göteborg
  838. Göttingen
  839. Gouda
  840. Gouwe Deal
  841. Gran
  842. Gran Capital
  843. Gran Mundo Financiero
  844. Gran Santiago
  845. Granada
  846. Grand Island
  847. Grand Junction
  848. Grand Rapids
  849. Grande Prarie
  850. Grandma
  851. Grateful Dead
  852. Grazer Wirtschafts
  853. Great Stampede West
  854. Greater Bozeman
  855. Greater Hazelton Area
  856. Greater Jenkintown
  857. Greater Miami
  858. Greater Memphis
  859. Greater Moncton
  860. Greater Saint John
  861. Greater Sudbury
  862. Greek
  863. Greeley
  864. Green
  865. Green Bay
  866. Green Bay Packers
  867. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc.
  868. Green Valley
  869. Greenbrier County
  870. Grenoble
  871. Grillin
  872. Groningen
  873. Grosse Point
  874. Grow Op
  875. Growth Equities Mutual
  876. Guadeloupe
  877. Guatemala
  878. Guelph
  879. Guernsey
  880. Guildford
  881. Gunzburg
  882. GW
  883. Gyôr
  884. Hackettstown
  885. Hadley
  886. Hagen
  887. Halle (Saale)
  888. Halloween
  889. Hamburg
  890. Hameln
  891. Hamilton
  892. Hamm
  893. Hammonton
  894. Hamoen
  895. Hanau
  896. Handel Ehrlekh
  897. Hannover
  898. Hanover Norwich
  899. Hans Anders
  900. Hanson
  901. Hard Rock Cafe
  902. Harderwijk
  903. Hardinxveld-Giessendam
  904. Harley Davidson
  905. Harley Davidson 95th Anniversary Limited Collector's
  906. Harley Davidson Authorized
  907. Harley Davidson Legendary Bikes
  908. Harley Davidson Motorcycles "Live to Ride"
  909. Harrisburg
  910. Harrods
  911. Harrow School
  912. Hartland
  913. Harvard
  914. Harz
  915. Haute Normandie
  916. Haute Savoie
  917. Havertown
  918. Hawaii
  919. Hawaii (State)
  920. Haworth
  921. Hawthorn
  922. HCI Capital
  923. Heath
  924. Heidelberg
  925. Heilbronn
  926. Heineken
  927. Heinz
  928. Heirloom
  929. Hello Kitty
  930. Hellraiser
  931. Hen
  932. Henderson
  933. Here and Now
  934. Here and Now (Australia)
  935. Here and Now (France)
  936. Here and Now (Ireland)
  937. Here and Now (Netherlands)
  938. Here and Now (New Zealand)
  939. Here and Now (Taiwan)
  940. Here and Now (U.K.)
  941. Here and Now (World)
  942. Hereford Zone
  943. Heritage of Green Bay Area
  944. Herne
  945. Hershey's
  946. Herzogenaurach
  947. Heute
  948. Highlands and Islands
  949. Hildesheim
  950. Hillegom
  951. Hilton
  952. Hiphop
  953. Historic Boston
  954. HMO
  955. Hoboken, NJ
  956. Hoeksche Waard
  957. Hof
  958. Hog
  959. Hold'em
  960. Hoeksche Waard
  961. Holiday Property
  962. Holly
  963. Hollywood
  964. HOM
  965. Homeschool
  966. Hometown Anoka/Ramsey
  967. Hometown Bloomington
  968. Hometown La Crosse
  969. Hometown Oshkosh
  970. Homonopolis
  971. Hong Kong
  972. Hong Kong 1997 Commemorative
  973. Hong Kong Deluxe
  974. Hong Kong Travel
  975. Honolulu
  976. Hooked on Hereford
  977. Horrible Histories
  978. Horse
  979. Horse Lovers
  980. Houston
  981. Houston [Stock Block]
  982. Houston Astros 2005 NL Champions
  983. Houston Scene
  984. Howard DeWalden Estate
  985. Howell
  986. Hoya
  987. HP Supplly Chain
  988. Hub City Livin
  989. Hudson Valley
  990. Hudson-Litchfield
  991. Huevopolis
  992. Huisjesmelker
  993. Huizer
  994. Hull
  995. Hull City
  996. Hull City AFC
  997. Hungary
  998. Husker
  999. Hydr
  1000. I Love Lucy
  1001. I Love Lucy "California Here We Come"
  1002. I Luv Colorado Springs
  1003. I Luv London
  1004. I.U.
  1005. Ibiza
  1006. Ice Cream
  1007. Iceland
  1008. Idaho
  1009. Illinoise (Illinio)
  1010. Illoni
  1011. Illumin
  1012. Imperium (Empire)
  1013. In N Out
  1014. India
  1015. Indiana
  1016. Indiana Jones
  1017. Indian River
  1018. Indianapolis
  1019. Indianapolis [Stock Block]
  1020. Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI
  1021. Indonesia
  1022. Ineel Institute Techn
  1023. Inflatable
  1024. ING Direct
  1025. Ingolstadt
  1026. Inheritance
  1027. Interbay Funding
  1028. Intercontinental
  1029. International Business
  1030. International Euro
  1031. Inventus Patentus
  1032. Inverness
  1033. Investing in Radio
  1034. Investment Styles of the Rich and Famous
  1035. Iowa
  1036. Iowa State
  1037. Iowa State Fair
  1038. Ipswitch
  1039. Iraq
  1040. Ireland
  1041. Irish
  1042. Iron Mountain
  1043. Islam
  1044. Island
  1045. Island (Iceland)
  1046. Islay
  1047. Isle of Anglesey
  1048. Isle of Arran
  1049. Isle of Man
  1050. Isle of Wight
  1051. Israel (Monopol)
  1052. Issaquah
  1053. Jack Russell (Jacks)
  1054. Jackson
  1055. Jacksonville
  1056. Jacks
  1057. Jakarta
  1058. Jamaica
  1059. Jamaica 50th Anniversary
  1060. James Bond 007
  1061. Janesville
  1062. Japan
  1063. Japan Deluxe
  1064. Japan Pocket
  1065. Japanese
  1066. Jay and the Silent Bob
  1067. Jayhawks
  1068. Jekyll Island, Georgia
  1069. Jersey
  1070. Jewish
  1071. Jim Hanson's Muppets
  1072. JMU
  1073. John Deere
  1074. John Wayne
  1075. Johnny Lightning
  1076. Johnson
  1077. Joliet
  1078. Juicy Couture
  1079. Jumbo Jet
  1080. Juneau
  1081. Junior
  1082. Junior Avatar
  1083. Junior Ben 10
  1084. Junior (Big Mac Korea)
  1085. Junior Bratz
  1086. Junior Deep Sea Adventure
  1087. Junior Dig 'N Dinos
  1088. Junior Disney Channel
  1089. Junior Disney Princess
  1090. Junior Edible Sour Candy
  1091. Junior Eloise's Rawther Exciting Globetrotting Adventure
  1092. Junior Hannah Montana
  1093. Junior Hello Kitty
  1094. Junior (Korean)
  1095. Junior Kung-Fu Panda
  1096. Junior Lemonade
  1097. Junior Monsters University
  1098. Junior Party
  1099. Junior Shaun the Sheep
  1100. Junior Shrek 2
  1101. Junior Sports
  1102. Junior Toy Story
  1103. Junior Toy Story 2
  1104. Junior Toy Story and Beyond
  1105. Junior Travel
  1106. Junior Trek Alaska
  1107. Junior Waddingtons
  1108. Justice League of America
  1109. Jutaria Around the World
  1110. Jutaria Disertai dengen hadiah misteri
  1111. Jutaria Millionaire
  1112. Jutaria Billionaire
  1113. K Mart
  1114. Kalamazoo
  1115. Kalli
  1116. Kamp Tjideng
  1117. KanAm
  1118. Kankakee
  1119. Kansas
  1120. Kansas City
  1121. Kansas City Scene
  1122. Kansas State
  1123. Karachi
  1124. Karlo
  1125. Karlsruhe
  1126. Karntener Wirtschafts
  1127. Kassel
  1128. Kasteel De Haar
  1129. Katy
  1130. Kauai
  1131. Kecskemét
  1132. Keller
  1133. Kelowna
  1134. Kempten
  1135. Kennebunk
  1136. Kenosha
  1137. Kent
  1138. Kentuky State
  1139. Kessef Gadol
  1140. Key System
  1141. Khov
  1142. Kiel
  1143. King's College University
  1144. Kingston
  1145. Kingston upon Hull
  1146. Kingwood
  1147. Kip
  1148. Kismet
  1149. KISS
  1150. Kitchener-Waterloo
  1151. Kix 104 FM Hometown
  1152. Klamath Falls
  1153. Klingon
  1154. Koblenz
  1155. Koch
  1156. Köln
  1157. Konstanz
  1158. Korean
  1159. Kreasi Baru
  1160. Kreasi Baru Maknit
  1161. Krefeld
  1162. Kristianstad
  1163. Kuala Lumpar
  1164. Kuwait (Al Dallal)
  1165. La Crosse
  1166. La France Agricole
  1167. La Jolie
  1168. La Jolla
  1169. La Palette Rouge
  1170. La Rochelle
  1171. Lab-
  1172. Lafayette
  1173. Laga Internasional
  1174. Laga Nasional
  1175. Laguna
  1176. Lake Winnipesaukee: Follow the Mount
  1177. Lancashire
  1178. Land
  1179. Landshut
  1180. Landslide
  1181. Las Vegas
  1182. Las Vegas Fortune
  1183. Latin
  1184. Latvia
  1185. Laurel and Hardy
  1186. Law Enforcement
  1187. Lawton
  1188. LDS
  1189. Le Havre
  1190. Leather
  1191. Lebanon
  1192. Leelan
  1193. Leeds
  1194. Leeds (private edition)
  1195. Leerdam - Geldermasen
  1196. Legal
  1197. Legends of the Game: Negro and Latin Leagues Baseball
  1198. Lehigh Valley
  1199. Leibnitz
  1200. Leicestershire
  1201. Leipzig
  1202. Leominster
  1203. Let's Buy Hollywood
  1204. Lethbridge
  1205. Letzebuerg
  1206. Levenger Leather
  1207. Lexington
  1208. Lexington [Stock Block]
  1209. Lianca
  1210. Liberal
  1211. Library
  1212. Liege
  1213. Life in Dubai
  1214. Lighthouse
  1215. Lille
  1216. Lilly
  1217. Lilly Pulitzer
  1218. Lima
  1219. Limburg
  1220. Limited Too: It's a Girl's World
  1221. Limoges
  1222. Limousin
  1223. Lincoln
  1224. Linden
  1225. Lingewaal -  Gorinchem
  1226. Linzer Wirtschafts
  1227. Lion
  1228. Lionel Trains
  1229. Litchfield
  1230. Little Debbie Snack
  1231. Little Rock
  1232. Littlest Pet Shop
  1233. Live
  1234. Liverpool
  1235. Liverpool - Capital of Culture 2008
  1236. Liverpool FC - European Champions
  1237. Liverpool FC 2007
  1238. Livonia
  1239. Lloydminster
  1240. Locke
  1241. Lodi
  1242. Lokalspelet: Falkenberg
  1243. Lokalspelet: Gotland
  1244. Lokalspelet: Hassleholm
  1245. Lokalspelet: Helsingborg
  1246. Lokalspelet: Kalshamn
  1247. Lokalspelet: Karlskoga
  1248. Lokalspelet: Kristianstad
  1249. Lokalspelet: Linkoping
  1250. Lokalspelet: Mellanskane
  1251. Lokalspelet: Nykoping
  1252. Lokalspelet: Osterlen
  1253. Lokalspelet: Pitea
  1254. Lokalspelet: Trelleborg
  1255. Lokalspelet: Tvastad
  1256. Lokalspelet: Vastbo
  1257. London
  1258. London (2006)
  1259. London Olympics 2012
  1260. London Underground
  1261. Long Island
  1262. Longhorn
  1263. Loon
  1264. Looney Tunes
  1265. Lorraine
  1266. Lord of the Rings
  1267. Lord of the Rings (alida saxon)
  1268. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  1269. Lorraine
  1270. Los Angeles
  1271. Los Angeles [Stock Block]
  1272. Los Angeles Dodgers
  1273. Los Angeles Lakers
  1274. Los Angeles Scene
  1275. Louisville [Stock Block]
  1276. Lov
  1277. Lozere
  1278. LPR (La Palette Rouge)
  1279. LSU
  1280. Lubbock
  1281. Lubeck
  1282. Ludwigsburg
  1283. Ludwigshafen
  1284. Lufkin
  1285. Luna Park Sydney 75th
  1286. Lunar: Mutant Chronicles
  1287. Luneburg
  1288. Luther
  1289. Luxus
  1290. Lycoming
  1291. Lynn
  1292. Lyon
  1293. M-State
  1294. M & M's
  1295. MA BELL
  1296. Maailman Ihmeet
  1297. Maaslands
  1298. Macon
  1299. Madison
  1300. Madrid
  1301. Mafia
  1302. Magdeburg
  1303. Maiden City
  1304. Main-Taunus
  1305. Maine
  1306. Mainz
  1307. Major League Baseball (2004)
  1308. Major League Baseball (2010)
  1309. Make Your Own
  1310. Malaga
  1311. Malaysia
  1312. Malaysia Travel
  1313. Mallorca
  1314. Malmo
  1315. Malta
  1316. Manager
  1317. Manchester
  1318. Manchester City FC
  1319. Manchester United
  1320. Manchester United 2000/2001
  1321. Manila
  1322. Manitowoc
  1323. Mannheim
  1324. Mansfield
  1325. Manx
  1326. Marble Arch
  1327. Marburg
  1328. Market Square
  1329. Marlborough
  1330. Marlin, Texas
  1331. Marquette
  1332. Marseille
  1333. Marshall Fields
  1334. Marshalls Natural Paving
  1335. Martian
  1336. Martin
  1337. Martinique
  1338. Martinsburg
  1339. Marvel Comics
  1340. Marvel Universe
  1341. Mary Rose, The
  1342. Maryland
  1343. Mass Effect
  1344. Massey
  1345. Matador
  1346. Mataro
  1347. Maui
  1348. Mayberry
  1349. McCreary
  1350. McDonald's Mini 
  1351. McDonald's Promotion Junior
  1352. MCI Classic
  1353. Medical
  1354. Mega
  1355. Megalopolis
  1356. Megan
  1357. Mekelomania
  1358. Memmingen
  1359. Memphis
  1360. Memphis [Stock Block]
  1361. Menard
  1362. Menomonie
  1363. Meppel
  1364. Meralco
  1365. Merveilles Du Monde
  1366. Metallica
  1367. Meth
  1368. Métro
  1369. Metropoly
  1370. Metz
  1371. Mexico
  1372. Mexico City
  1373. Miami
  1374. Miami and the Beaches
  1375. Miami (Lion's Club)
  1376. Miami Dolphins
  1377. Michael Graves
  1378. Michigan
  1379. Mickey Mouse 75th Anniversary
  1380. Micro
  1381. Middlesbrough
  1382. Midlothian
  1383. Mifflin
  1384. Migros
  1385. Milan
  1386. Military (Pemberton & Milner)
  1387. Millennium
  1388. Millennium-
  1389. Million
  1390. Millionaire
  1391. Millionth
  1392. Milton Keynes
  1393. Milwaukee
  1394. Milwaukee [Stock Block]
  1395. Mini-Cassia
  1396. Minneapolis-St. Paul's
  1397. Minnesota
  1398. Minnesota Vikings
  1399. Minnesota Wild
  1400. Minot
  1401. Miskolc
  1402. Miss
  1403. Mississauga
  1404. Mississippi
  1405. Missoula
  1406. Mizz
  1407. Mizzou
  1408. MOB
  1409. Moberly
  1410. Monaco World Championship 1977
  1411. Monchengladbach
  1412. Money-maker
  1413. Monkey Island
  1414. Monona
  1415. Monopo-Lee
  1416. Monopol na Zbawienie
  1417. Monopoli
  1418. Monopolie
  1419. Monopolly 
  1420. Monrovia
  1421. Monster
  1422. Monster Jam 
  1423. Montcuq
  1424. Montgomery
  1425. Montpellier
  1426. Montreal
  1427. Montreal [Stock Block]
  1428. Montville
  1429. Monty Python
  1430. Moose
  1431. Mormon
  1432. Morocco
  1433. Morris Unilever Corporate Strategy
  1434. Morro Bay
  1435. Moscow Special Limited
  1436. Moshi Monsters
  1437. Motalaspelet
  1438. Motown
  1439. Mount
  1440. Mount Lebanon
  1441. Mount Shastan
  1442. Mountain
  1443. Mountaineering
  1444. MTG (Modern Times Group)
  1445. Muhammad Ali
  1446. München
  1447. Muni (Rochester)
  1448. Munich
  1449. Münster
  1450. Muppets
  1451. Murch
  1452. Mus
  1453. Music
  1454. Muskegon
  1455. Muskogee
  1456. Mustang 35th
  1457. Mustang 40th
  1458. Mutt
  1459. My
  1460. My (2014)
  1461. My American Idol
  1462. My Disney Villains
  1463. My Fantasy Baseball
  1464. My Fantasy Drivers
  1465. My Fantasy Football
  1466. My Little Pony
  1467. My Little Pony (2013)
  1468. My Marvel Heroes Customizable
  1469. My MLB Customizable
  1470. My NBA Customizable
  1471. My NFL Customizable
  1472. My NHL Customizable
  1473. N.C. State
  1474. N. Carolina
  1475. Nacognopoly
  1476. Namur
  1477. Nantes
  1478. Nantucket
  1479. Napa Valley
  1480. Naperville
  1481. NASCAR
  1482. NASCAR 50th Anniversary Limited
  1483. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
  1484. Nashua
  1485. Nashville
  1486. Natchez
  1487. National Parks
  1488. NBA
  1489. Nebraska
  1490. Necrono
  1491. Neiman Marcus
  1492. NEPA
  1493. NET.
  1494. Netherlands
  1495. Netherlands Travel
  1496. Neubrandenburg
  1497. Neuss
  1498. Nevada
  1499. Nevada [Stock Block]
  1500. New Caledonia
  1501. New Canaan
  1502. New Disney
  1503. New England
  1504. New England Patriots
  1505. New Haven
  1506. New I Love Lucy
  1507. New London Area
  1508. New Milford
  1509. New Orleans
  1510. New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Champions
  1511. New Orleans Scene
  1512. New Richmond
  1513. New South Wales (NSW)
  1514. New York
  1515. New York [Stock Block]
  1516. New York City
  1517. New York Giants
  1518. New York Giants Superbowl XLII Champions
  1519. New York Jets
  1520. New York Knicks
  1521. New York Mets
  1522. New York Scene
  1523. New York Yankees
  1524. New York Yankees 2009 World Series Champions
  1525. New York Yankees Century's Team
  1526. New Zealand
  1527. New Zealand: Pink Ribbon
  1528. Newcastle & Gateshead
  1529. Newcastle United
  1530. Newfoundland and Labrador
  1531. Newington College Sesquicentary
  1532. NewLondonArea
  1533. Newport
  1534. Newport (G & L Enterprises)
  1535. Newton
  1536. NFL
  1537. NFL Grid Iron
  1538. NFL Official Limited
  1539. NHL
  1540. NHL Collector's
  1541. NHL Original Six
  1542. Nice
  1543. Niederbayern
  1544. Niederosterreich
  1545. Niger
  1546. Nigeria Centenary
  1547. Night Sky
  1548. Night Sky Solar System
  1549. Nightmare Before Christmas
  1550. Nijmegen
  1551. Nimes
  1552. Nintendo (2006)
  1553. Nintendo (2010)
  1554. Nissan
  1555. Nord
  1556. Nord-Pas de Calais
  1557. Norderney
  1558. Norse
  1559. North Bay
  1560. North Carolina
  1561. North Carolina State
  1562. North Shore
  1563. Northampton
  1564. Northern Ireland
  1565. Norwich
  1566. Notre Dame
  1567. Nottingham
  1568. Nova
  1569. NRL
  1570. NUF
  1571. Nummi
  1572. Nuremberg
  1573. Nurnberg
  1574. Nyenrode Business University
  1575. Nyíregyháza
  1576. O.C.
  1577. O.J.
  1578. Oahu
  1579. Oakland
  1580. Oakland Raiders
  1581. Oakville
  1582. Obama
  1583. Oberhausen
  1584. Oberosterreich
  1585. Oberpfalz
  1586. Oberursel
  1587. Ocala
  1588. Ocean
  1589. Ocean Beach
  1590. Ocean City, NJ
  1591. Odaiba
  1592. Odense
  1593. Oekolo
  1594. of Three Kingdoms
  1595. Offenbach
  1596. Offenburg
  1597. Ogden
  1598. Ogden II
  1599. Ohio
  1600. Oil Barons
  1601. OK State
  1602. Oklahoma
  1603. Oklahoma Centennial
  1604. Oklahoma City
  1605. Oklahoma City [Stock Block]
  1606. Okolo
  1607. Oktoberfest 
  1608. Old Bridge
  1609. Old Forge
  1610. Old Navy Shop
  1611. Oldenburg
  1612. Ole Miss
  1613. Olive
  1614. Oly
  1615. Omaha
  1616. Oman
  1617. One Direction
  1618. Oneida
  1619. Only Fools and Horses
  1620. Oogziekenhuis Rotterdam (OOG)
  1621. Option One
  1622. Orange
  1623. Oregon
  1624. Orlando
  1625. Orleans
  1626. Osaka
  1627. Oshkosh Is Game
  1628. Oslo
  1629. Osnabruck
  1630. Ostereich
  1631. Ostfriesland
  1632. Ostsee
  1633. Oststeiermark
  1634. OSU
  1635. Otra Sud
  1636. Ottawa
  1637. Ottawa [Stock Block]
  1638. Oundle
  1639. Owens
  1640. Oxford
  1641. Oxford [Stock Block]
  1642. Ozaukee County
  1643. PABI Island
  1644. Pacific Palisades
  1645. Packer
  1646. Packerland
  1647. Packers
  1648. Paderborn
  1649. Palatine
  1650. Palm Beach
  1651. Palma de Mallorca
  1652. Palmer
  1653. Palmmuusaaren Pohatta
  1654. Palmyra
  1655. Palos Verdes
  1656. Pamp pa Paradison
  1657. Panama
  1658. Panama City
  1659. Parade (2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade)
  1660. Paris
  1661. Paris Saint-Germain
  1662. Park City
  1663. Parker
  1664. Parkersburg Discovery
  1665. Pas-de-Calais
  1666. Passau
  1667. Patriot Act
  1668. Pau
  1669. Pays Basque
  1670. Peanuts
  1671. Pécs
  1672. Pedigree Dog Lover's
  1673. Pelhams Westchester County
  1674. Pembroke
  1675. Pendelton
  1676. Penguin
  1677. Peninsul
  1678. Penn
  1679. Penn State
  1680. Pennsville
  1681. Pepperell
  1682. Pepsi
  1683. Perigord
  1684. Perkiomen
  1685. Perry Rhodan
  1686. Perth
  1687. Perth WA (Western Austrailia)
  1688. Peru
  1689. Petaluma
  1690. Peterborough
  1691. Petropolis
  1692. Peugot
  1693. Peuter
  1694. Pfalz
  1695. Pforzheim
  1696. PGA Tour
  1697. Philadelphia
  1698. Philadelphia [Stock Block]
  1699. Philadelphia Eagles
  1700. Philadelphia Phillies 2008 World Series Champions
  1701. Philately
  1702. Philippine
  1703. Philippines
  1704. Philipstown
  1705. Philly
  1706. Phineas & Ferb
  1707. Phoenix
  1708. Phoenix [Stock Block]
  1709. Phon
  1710. Photo
  1711. Picardie
  1712. Pikes Peak
  1713. Pimp
  1714. Pink Floyd
  1715. Pirate
  1716. Pirates of the Caribbean
  1717. Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides
  1718. Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy
  1719. Pitea
  1720. Pitt
  1721. Pittsburgh
  1722. Pittsburgh Penguins
  1723. Pittsburgh Steelers
  1724. Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champions XL
  1725. Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champions XLIII
  1726. Pittsfield
  1727. Pixar
  1728. Planet Earth
  1729. Planet Orange
  1730. Plant City
  1731. Playmaster
  1732. Plumbing-Heating-Cooling
  1733. Plymouth
  1734. Pocomoke
  1735. Poet
  1736. Pogromly
  1737. Point
  1738. Pointe
  1739. Poitou
  1740. Pokemon (1999)
  1741. Pokemon (2001)
  1742. Pokemon (2014)
  1743. Pokemon - Gold and Silver 
  1744. Polk County
  1745. Poly
  1746. Pond Hockey
  1747. Pontiac
  1748. Pony
  1749. Poodle
  1750. Poole
  1751. Popular
  1752. Porn Masters
  1753. Port Adelaide
  1754. Port Sorell
  1755. Portland (Maine)
  1756. Portland-City
  1757. Portland [Stock Block]
  1758. Portsmouth
  1759. Portugal
  1760. Possum
  1761. Post Office - Holiday Stamp
  1762. Post Office - Love Stamp
  1763. Post Office - Wonders of America Stamp
  1764. Pot
  1765. Potsdam
  1766. Powell River
  1767. Power Rangers
  1768. Powerpuff Girls
  1769. PowerTechnics
  1770. Pow Wow
  1771. Prague
  1772. Premier Communities
  1773. President
  1774. Pretty Pretty Princess Cinderella
  1775. Prince Caspian
  1776. Prince Edward Island
  1777. Princess
  1778. Princeton
  1779. Prison
  1780. Prologis Industrial Real Estate
  1781. ProRail
  1782. Prosser
  1783. PSG - Paris
  1784. PSV Soccer Club
  1785. Puerto Rico
  1786. Pug
  1787. Puppy
  1788. Purdue
  1789. Put-In-Bay
  1790. Putrajaya
  1791. Puttan
  1792. Puzz 3D
  1793. PV Autoteile
  1794. Python
  1795. Qantas Socceroos Charity
  1796. Quad
  1797. Quad Cities
  1798. Quebec
  1799. Quebec [Stock Block]
  1800. Queensland Charity
  1801. Quik
  1802. Quilt
  1803. Quincy
  1804. QVC
  1805. Race
  1806. Racine
  1807. Radio One
  1808. Raiders
  1809. Raleigh
  1810. Rambler
  1811. Randolph
  1812. Ranger (Forest Hills Elementary School PTA)
  1813. Ranger Rick
  1814. Rangers
  1815. Ras Al Khaimah
  1816. Ravensburg
  1817. Reading
  1818. Real Madrid
  1819. Recycl
  1820. Red Bank, NJ
  1821. Red Box
  1822. Red Deer
  1823. Red Sox 2004 World Series Champions
  1824. Red Sox 2007 World Series Champions
  1825. Redding
  1826. Redditch 50th Anniversary
  1827. Redneck
  1828. Regensburg
  1829. Regina
  1830. Reims
  1831. Renaissance Investments
  1832. Rennes
  1833. Resident Evil
  1834. Réunion
  1835. Reutlingen
  1836. Revolution
  1837. Revolutionary War
  1838. Rhein-Neckar
  1839. Rheinische Post
  1840. Rheinland-Pfalz
  1841. Rhode Island
  1842. Rhodesia
  1843. Rib
  1844. Rich Farmer, Poor Farmer
  1845. Richmond
  1846. Richmond [Stock Block]
  1847. Ricuz
  1848. RIM 25th Anniversary
  1849. Ringhotels
  1850. Rio de Janero
  1851. Ripper
  1852. Riverside
  1853. Riyadh
  1854. Rochester
  1855. Rochester Funds Muni
  1856. Rock
  1857. Rockford
  1858. Rockland
  1859. Rockyhill
  1860. Rodeo
  1861. Rono
  1862. Roosendaal
  1863. Roppongi Hills
  1864. Rosenheim
  1865. Rostock
  1866. Rotterdam
  1867. Round Rock
  1868. Rouen
  1869. Row
  1870. Royal Marines 350th Anniversary
  1871. Royal Wedding
  1872. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  1873. Rugby World Cup, 1999
  1874. Ruhr
  1875. Ruhrgebiet
  1876. Russia
  1877. Rutgers
  1878. S. Carolina
  1879. S.M.U.
  1880. Saarbrucken
  1881. Saarland
  1882. Sachsen
  1883. Sacramento
  1884. Safari
  1885. Safari Tanzania
  1886. Saidina
  1887. Saidina Hill & Beach
  1888. Saidina Kuala Lumpur
  1889. Saidina Pulau Pinang
  1890. Saigon
  1891. Saint Etienne
  1892. Salem
  1893. Salt Lake
  1894. Salt Lake City
  1895. Salt Lake City [Stock Block]
  1896. Salt Lake City - Monogamy
  1897. Salvation
  1898. Salzburger Wirtschafts
  1899. San Antonio
  1900. San Antonio (MyCityOpoly)
  1901. San Antonio Spurs
  1902. San Diego
  1903. San Diego [Stock Block]
  1904. San Francisco
  1905. San Fransisco [Stock Block]
  1906. San Francisco Giants
  1907. San Francisco Historic
  1908. San Jose
  1909. Sandusky
  1910. Sandy Bay
  1911. Santa Barbara
  1912. Santa Catalina Island
  1913. Santa Fe
  1914. Santiago, Chile
  1915. Sao Paulo
  1916. Saskatchewan
  1917. Saskatoon
  1918. Sauerland
  1919. Sault Ste. Marie
  1920. SBB Immobillien SFF Immobillier
  1921. SCHEELS
  1922. Schiphol
  1923. Schleswig-Holstein
  1924. Schroders
  1925. Schwabing
  1926. Schwabisch Hall
  1927. Schwabische Alb
  1928. Schwaebische Alb
  1929. Schwarzwald
  1930. Schweinfurt
  1931. Scituate
  1932. Scooby-Doo
  1933. Scooby-Doo Fright Fest
  1934. Scotland
  1935. Scranton
  1936. SCS (St. Claire Shores)
  1937. Scuba
  1938. Seattle
  1939. Seattle [Stock Block]
  1940. Seattle Mariners
  1941. Seattle Seahawks
  1942. Seaworld
  1943. Seine-Saint-Denis
  1944. Seinfeld
  1945. Semant
  1946. Sephora
  1947. Sesame Street 35th Anniversary
  1948. Seville
  1949. Sex
  1950. Sex Imperium
  1951. Shalom
  1952. Shanghai
  1953. Sharon
  1954. Sharp Solar
  1955. Shawnee
  1956. Sheboygan Road America
  1957. Sheffield
  1958. Sheffield Shares
  1959. Shenandoah
  1960. Shenandoah (The Game of)
  1961. Sheraton
  1962. Shih Tzu
  1963. Shrek
  1964. Show-Me
  1965. Sidney Mobell
  1966. Siegburg
  1967. Siegen
  1968. Sigma Chi
  1969. Sikeston
  1970. Silicon Valley
  1971. Simcoe
  1972. Simonds
  1973. Simpsons
  1974. Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors
  1975. Sims, The
  1976. Simsbury
  1977. Sin City
  1978. Sindelfingen
  1979. Singapore
  1980. Singapore "Lion"
  1981. Singapore "Lotus"
  1982. SixFlags
  1983. Skan
  1984. Skandia Maklarna
  1985. Skinle
  1986. Skylanders
  1987. Skyanders (2014)
  1988. Skyrim
  1989. S.L.O.
  1990. Slovakia
  1991. Slovenia
  1992. Snap-on Screwdrivers
  1993. Snap-on Tool
  1994. Snohomish County
  1995. Snoopy
  1996. Snoopy It's a Dog's Life
  1997. Snowboarding
  1998. Snowman
  1999. Soester
  2000. Sofia the First
  2001. Solarquest Apollo 13
  2002. Solingen
  2003. Somerset County
  2004. Son
  2005. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2006. Sonora
  2007. Sooner
  2008. Sopron
  2009. South Africa 1963
  2010. South Africa 2002
  2011. South America
  2012. South Australian Charity
  2013. South Carolina
  2014. South Carolina State
  2015. South Kingston
  2016. South Korea
  2017. South Orange
  2018. South Park
  2019. South Philly
  2020. South Tampa
  2021. Southampton
  2022. Southwold (Reydon & Walberswick)
  2023. Space
  2024. Space Estate
  2025. Space Express, King of Hotel
  2026. Spacer
  2027. Spade Town
  2028. Spanish
  2029. Sparta
  2030. Spartan
  2031. Spelman
  2032. Speyer
  2033. Spider-Man
  2034. Spider-Man (2002)
  2035. Spider-Man 3
  2036. Spin
  2037. Spokane
  2038. Spokane [Stock Block]
  2039. Spongebob Squarepants
  2040. Sporting Clube de Portugal
  2041. Sports
  2042. Spring Lake
  2043. Springfield
  2044. Spruce Grove
  2045. St Albert
  2046. St Catharines
  2047. St John's
  2048. St Joseph
  2049. St Lawrence River
  2050. St Louis
  2051. St Louis (in a Box)
  2052. St Louis Cardinals
  2053. St Louis Cardinals World Series
  2054. St Louis Rams
  2055. St Louis Rams Championship 2000
  2056. St Mawes
  2057. Stamford
  2058. Stan
  2059. Stanford
  2060. Star Trek
  2061. Star Trek (11)
  2062. Star Trek Continuum
  2063. Star Trek Limited
  2064. Star Trek The Next Generation
  2065. Star Wars classic trilogy
  2066. Star Wars anniversary
  2067. Star Wars Episode 1
  2068. Star Wars Episode II
  2069. Star Wars Limited
  2070. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  2071. Star Wars: The Saga
  2072. Stargate
  2073. Starpoint
  2074. Stash
  2075. State of Utah
  2076. Staten
  2077. Statesville
  2078. Stavanger
  2079. Stawar
  2080. Steiermark
  2081. Steven's Point
  2082. Stibbe
  2083. Stitch
  2084. Stock Exchange
  2085. Stockholm
  2086. Stoke-on-Trent
  2087. Stoner City
  2088. Stowe School
  2089. Strasbourg
  2090. Straubing
  2091. Street Fighter
  2092. Stripp
  2093. Stroudsburg
  2094. Stupid
  2095. Stuttgart
  2096. SUD
  2097. Sudbury
  2098. Sugar Land
  2099. Summer
  2100. Sun-Maid
  2101. Sunderland
  2102. Sunderland AFC
  2103. Sunnyside
  2104. Sunriver
  2105. Sunterra
  2106. Suomi
  2107. Super
  2108. Super Bowl XL (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  2109. Super Bowl XXXII
  2110. Super Deluxe
  2111. Super Greek
  2112. Supercheap Auto
  2113. Superman
  2114. Superman Returns
  2115. Supply Chain
  2116. Surfing
  2117. Survival
  2118. Suske en Wiske
  2119. Sverige
  2120. Swansea
  2121. Sweden
  2122. Swindon
  2123. Switzerland
  2124. Switzerland Deluxe
  2125. Sydney
  2126. Sylt
  2127. Syracuse
  2128. Syria
  2129. Szeged
  2130. Székesfehérvár
  2131. Szolnok
  2132. Szombathely
  2133. Taiwan
  2134. Tallinn
  2135. Tampa
  2136. Tampa Bay
  2137. Tampa Tycoon
  2138. Tampere
  2139. Target
  2140. Tauton Deane
  2141. Team Great Britain (2012 Olympics)
  2142. Tech
  2143. Techno
  2144. Tecumseh
  2145. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  2146. Tehran
  2147. Temple
  2148. Tenessee
  2149. Tenessee Volunteers
  2150. Ter
  2151. Terp
  2152. Tewksbury
  2153. Tex
  2154. Texas
  2155. Texas Tech
  2156. Thailand
  2157. Thanet
  2158. The '60s
  2159. The '70s
  2160. The Aviation Collector's
  2161. The Bay Area
  2162. The Beatles
  2163. The Beatles Yellow Submarine
  2164. The Best of Northampton
  2165. The Byrnecut Group (Mining)
  2166. The Chronicles of Narnia
  2167. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspia
  2168. The Doom That Came To Atlantic City
  2169. The Godfather
  2170. The Grain Game
  2171. The Greatest Beaver County Game
  2172. The Green Earth
  2173. The Hague
  2174. The Hobbit
  2175. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  2176. The Landlord's Game
  2177. The Legend of Zelda
  2178. The Lincoln Challenge (YMCA)
  2179. The Mob
  2180. The National Gallery (UK)
  2181. The National Trust (UK)
  2182. The Office 
  2183. The Outer Banks
  2184. The Rolling Stones
  2185. The Smurfs
  2186. The United Game
  2187. The Woodlands
  2188. There's No Place Like Rome
  2189. Thessalonica (Θεσσαλονίκη)
  2190. Thomas Cook
  2191. Thomaston
  2192. Three Kingdoms
  2193. Three Stooges
  2194. Three Trains
  2195. Thug
  2196. Thunder Bay
  2197. Thunderbird 50th
  2198. Thunderbirds
  2199. Thuringen
  2200. Tiers-Mondo
  2201. Tim (Hortons) 
  2202. Tijuan
  2203. Timmins
  2204. Tirol
  2205. TLN
  2206. Tokyo
  2207. Toledo
  2208. Topeka
  2209. Torbay
  2210. Toronto
  2211. Toronto [Stock Block]
  2212. Toto
  2213. Tottenham Hotspur
  2214. Toulon
  2215. Toulouse
  2216. Tour de Saar
  2217. Touraine
  2218. Tours
  2219. Toys "R" Us 50th
  2220. Toys"R"Us: NY Times Square
  2221. Transformers
  2222. Transformers II
  2223. Transformers Retro
  2224. Transport en Logistiek
  2225. Traunreut
  2226. Traunstein
  2227. Trend Wirtschafts
  2228. Tri
  2229. Tri-Aktiv
  2230. Tri-Towns
  2231. Trier
  2232. Trinidopoly, Historical Buildings
  2233. Trio
  2234. Tron
  2235. Tropical Tycoon
  2236. Troy
  2237. Troyes
  2238. Truc
  2239. Truckee
  2240. Trump
  2241. Try
  2242. Tubingen
  2243. Tucson
  2244. Tulsa
  2245. Tumwater
  2246. Tunisia
  2247. Tuolumne County
  2248. Turista, Disneyland
  2249. Turista Internacional
  2250. Turista Mundial
  2251. Turista Mundial Chico
  2252. Turista Mundial Grande
  2253. Turista Nacional
  2254. Turkish
  2255. Turku
  2256. Turtle
  2257. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
  2258. TV
  2259. Twas the Night Before Christmas
  2260. Twin Cities
  2261. Twin Cities [Stock Block]
  2262. Two Rivers, Wisconsin
  2263. Tycoon
  2264. U.C.
  2265. U Dub
  2266. U.K.
  2267. U.K. Millennium
  2268. U.K. Nostalgia
  2269. U.S.A. [Stock Block]
  2270. U.S. Air Force
  2271. U.S. Army
  2272. U.S. Coast Guard
  2273. U.S. Marines
  2274. U.S. Navy 1998
  2275. U.S. Navy 2006
  2276. U of L
  2277. U.S. Space Program
  2278. U.S.C.
  2279. U-Build
  2280. UCLA
  2281. UConn
  2282. UCSD
  2283. UK Electronic Banking
  2284. Ulm/Neu-Ulm
  2285. Ultimate James Bond
  2286. Ultimate Rhode Island
  2287. Ultraman
  2288. Umass
  2289. Umpqua
  2290. UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Mexico)
  2291. Union Trust (Maine Dept of Conservation)
  2292. UnionPacific
  2293. Uniquely Singapore
  2294. Unit4 Business Software
  2295. United Way of Massachusetts Bay
  2296. University of Leeds
  2297. University of Newcastle Upon Tyre
  2298. UPS
  2299. Urbandale
  2300. URI
  2301. Uruguay
  2302. USA Greatest Cities
  2303. Utah
  2304. Utah (State)
  2305. Utrecht
  2306. Uusi Finanssi
  2307. UVA
  2308. Uxbridge
  2309. V8 Supercars Australian Charity
  2310. VA Tech
  2311. Vác
  2312. Valencia
  2313. Valenciennes
  2314. Vallejo
  2315. Valley Center
  2316. Vallo
  2317. Vancouver
  2318. Vancouver [Stock Block]
  2319. Vancouver Island
  2320. Vaughan
  2321. Vegan
  2322. Vegas
  2323. Vendee
  2324. Venezuela
  2325. Verkeersvliegers
  2326. Versailles
  2327. Verzetsstrijders
  2328. Veszprém
  2329. VFG
  2330. Victorian (Melbourne)
  2331. Villingen Schwenningen
  2332. Vine
  2333. Vienna (VA)
  2334. Vienna (Wien)
  2335. Vigo
  2336. Vintage Game Collection
  2337. Virgin Money
  2338. Virginia
  2339. Virginia Beach
  2340. Virginia State
  2341. Virginia State Parks
  2342. Virginia University
  2343. Visit South Walton
  2344. Vita Vera
  2345. VM Upplagan Frankrike 98
  2346. VNV
  2347. Vodafone
  2348. Vol
  2349. Volkswagen
  2350. Vom Niederrhein ins Bergische Land
  2351. Voralberg
  2352. Vyapar
  2353. W. R. Berkley
  2354. Waco
  2355. Waddingtons Standard
  2356. Waffle
  2357. WAGs
  2358. Wake Forest
  2359. Wakulla
  2360. Wal*Mart Retro
  2361. Wales-Cymru
  2362. Walk
  2363. Walking Dead Survival
  2364. WalleyeCapital
  2365. Wangerooge
  2366. War: A New Concept in War Games
  2367. War Scrap
  2368. Warsaw
  2369. Wartime (w/spinner)
  2370. Washington
  2371. Washington D.C.
  2372. Washington D.C. [Stock Block]
  2373. Washington State
  2374. Washington Redskins
  2375. Waterloo / Cedar Falls
  2376. Watford Grammar School for Boys
  2377. Waukesha County
  2378. Wazzu
  2379. Wedding
  2380. Weilheim
  2381. Wellingborough
  2382. Wereldhave
  2383. Wesel
  2384. West Coast Eagles FC
  2385. West Edmonton Mall
  2386. West Ham United
  2387. West Hartford
  2388. West Highland Terrier (Westie)
  2389. West Point
  2390. West Virginia
  2391. West Virginia State Parks and Forests
  2392. Western Australian Charity
  2393. Westfield
  2394. Westlake
  2395. Westie
  2396. Weymouth & Portland
  2397. White Flint
  2398. Whitehorse
  2399. Whitetail
  2400. Whittier
  2401. Who Can beat Nixon
  2402. Whoville
  2403. Wichita
  2404. Wien
  2405. Wiesbaden
  2406. Wigan
  2407. Wight
  2408. Wild Animal
  2409. Wild Turkey
  2410. Wildcat
  2411. Wildcatter 
  2412. Wildwood
  2413. Wilkes-Barre
  2414. William & Mary
  2415. Williamstown
  2416. Williston
  2417. Wimbledon
  2418. Windsor
  2419. Wine
  2420. Winnie the Pooh
  2421. Winnipeg
  2422. Winnipeg [Stock Block]
  2423. Winston-Salem
  2424. Wirtschafts
  2425. Wisconsin
  2426. Wisconsin Dells
  2427. Wisconsin State
  2428. Wismar
  2429. Witten
  2430. Wizard of Oz
  2431. Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary
  2432. WM Fussball
  2433. Woerkum
  2434. Wolfsburg
  2435. Wolverhampton
  2436. Wonders of the World
  2437. woot
  2438. Worcester
  2439. World
  2440. World (edition)
  2441. World Cup France 98
  2442. World Cup 2006
  2443. World Dredging
  2444. World Express, King of Hotel
  2445. World Football
  2446. World of Warcraft
  2447. Worms
  2448. Wrigley 100 years
  2449. Wuppertal
  2450. Wurzburg
  2451. WW II
  2452. Wyland Underwater World
  2453. X-Men
  2454. XXX
  2455. Y's Investments
  2456. Ya Gymraeg
  2457. Yakima, Washington
  2458. Yale
  2459. Yankton
  2460. Yellow Tail
  2461. Yemen
  2462. Yeo Valley
  2463. Yerington
  2464. Yn Gymraeg
  2465. Yokohama
  2466. Yonkers
  2467. Yoop
  2468. York
  2469. Yorkie
  2470. Yorkshire
  2471. Yorkshire Building Society
  2472. YS
  2473. Yukon
  2474. Zack
  2475. Zag
  2476. Zalaegerszeg
  2477. Zanesville
  2478. Zapped
  2479. Zappos.com
  2480. Zaragoza
  2481. Zbawienie
  2482. Zeeuws
  2483. Zeeuwsch-Vlaams
  2484. Zicht op Zaken
  2485. Zontik
  2486. Zurich
  2487. Zwijndrecht
  2488. Zwolle-Noord


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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Weekend Gaming

My daughter taught her cousin and friends how to play Apples to Apples. I joined for a while, but it tends to get repetitive. OK, it was amusing that one of them was tipsy and couldn't stop giggling. They, on the other hand, can play this for hours without getting bored.

She also played Set. I looked on during the first game. Unlike some, I can actually keep my mouth closed while others are playing Set. This wasn't good enough, because my daughter could still tell by my eyes when I found a Set, and this bothered her. I was impressed with her friend's Set finding ability, so I joined the second game and won by a small margin. This was the closest game I'd played in a long time.

Am I bragging? No, not really. Set hits people in a particular area of the brain, and you have it or you don't. There's plenty of other things where I don't; this one I do. Actually, you can probably learn to get better at it if you really care. I'm sure there are plenty of others who could beat me.

Parents who can play well and refuse to "play badly" need to choose the right games to play with their children, so that the kids have a chance of winning once in a while. As the kids improve, the games improve.

Eventually, if they are not spoiled and have not given up playing games because they don't always win, they will start beating you, even at the harder games. This usually happens somewhere in their teens. It's partly due to their having grown up, maybe a little due to you slowing down. But it's fine and good.

Of course, then you have to move to games where you have a chance of winning once in a while.


Friday, February 24, 2006


My daughter tells me that her cousins who are visiting for the weekend "know how to play Settlers". I'm ready for anything.

Meanwhile, here's the top ten "games" over the course of my life, in no particular order:

1. AD&D, 1st edition
A. Magic the Gathering
a. Puerto Rico
i. Cosmic Encounter
I. Soccer
01. Ultimate Flying Disk (Frisbee)
one. Dungeo (Zork's predecessor)
One. Nethack
Alpha. Bridge
Aleph. Settlers of Catan

Wish I could add Go, but I haven't played it enough, yet.

See you on the other side of shabbat.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Session Report

Games played: AD&D 2nd edition, San Marco.

It's really long, and probably full of spelling mistakes, but it's up. It's mostly a role playing adventure, but board gamers will probably enjoy it.


Also, here's another shout out for the excellent Treppenwitz. Do read.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Havoc with Tal

Tal does cause havoc, but we're talking about the two-player game of Havoc by Sunriver Games.

I haven't played this in a while. It's not a top tier game, but it's also better than many second tier games. Maybe it's the perceived amount of luck, strange mechanics compared to the theme, I don't know. It's still a pretty good game.

The game is a little long for a straight filler, but that can be rectified by removing one or two battles from the game. It's not that long, however. Tal and I played the full set in about 50 minutes.

I pulled ahead early by taking the first three battles, while Tal spent her time trying to pull certain cards to make perfect straight flushes and sets of numbers. Apparently this was the right choice, as she took all but two of the remaining battles, and one of those two was removed from the game, unfought.

After round seven I was 3 points behind. The last two battles are six points each (swing), so I had to win both and she only had to win one. She won the last battle with her perfect straight card flush up to the 8 in green, beating my five 1's.


As Long As We're Linking 7

See As Long As We're Linking 6 for more details.

Note that several of the sites in previous ALAWL lists have been, or are in danger of being, removed from my blogroll, as they haven't updated their site in way too long. Also, some of the sites I add are new sites that pop up for one or two posts and then disappear. Get with the program, people.

Also, if you change your feed URL, please notify people on the old feed URL (Critical Gamers, this means you).

In addition to the sites I list here, there are other sites: sites that don't update, sites that have board game content very infrequently and provide no way to RSS by category, promotional sites (blogs containing no information other than new games received in the store), and many sites that deal primarily with war games, classic board games (chess, poker, backgammon, go, and so on), other games, and so forth.

Here's the new sites:

BoardgameCafe.net Community: Session Reports by various people on the BoardgameCafe site. They have a blog feed, too, but no bloggers.

The Games Journal: Greg's posting some article odds and ends as he receives them on The Games Journal site. May be very infrequent.

Have Games Will Travel: I listed the blog by Paul last time, but neglected to add the feed for his game podcast.

Karl CA Wilde: Blackpool, UK. Session reports. Suggest that you set your feed for articles from the board game category only.

Meeple Monologues: Gone Gaming's own sodaklady from South Dakota.

Petworth Game Night: Brian, Washington D.C. A little sparse, but still hoping.

Truth & Strategy: Lance Roberts, Fairbanks, Alaska. From Coldfoot's hometown.


Update: Added 'Peg City Gamers, a blog by Ryan Walberg and others in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Colloquialisms on the Air

I'm not interested in mentioning by name that radio station again, but I heard what I thought were some interesting colloquialisms on the air this morning on the way into work.

The subject: the Darfur conflict, a subject that deserves ten times the media attention that Israel gets, let alone that it has been getting.


The first was something by the correspondent in the field, in response to an on-air correspondent's pointed question:

waka waka blah blah. That's the rub[on-air correspondent's name], blah blah ...

"That's the rub"? Since when did the word "rub" enter into the dictionary as synonymous with "main issue"? I though Shakespeare made it up.

*Type* *Type*

Ah, here it is. According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms, "the rub" means "the difficulty":

This expression may come from lawn bowling, where rub refers to an unevenness in the ground that impedes the ball.



The next was from a different correspondent:

waka waka blah blah. Touch wood, they hope to blah blah.

"Touch wood"? Is that like "knock on wood"? Of course, "wood" must refer to "cross". In Yiddish that would be "pooh pooh pooh", the symbolic spitting sounds used to ward off the evil eye.

*Type* *Type*

Dictionary.com does it again, this time by means of Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English. It indeed is meant to ward off evil spirits. Since when do on-air correspondents use idioms like that?


The last one, again by the first correspondent:

waka waka blah blah. The refugees are hemorrhaging across the border into blah blah.

Yikes. An appropriate idiom, indeed.

Too bad I couldn't write while I was driving. I didn't realize the radio people were so idiomatic (1) (2).


(1) In it's third sense here.

(2) Something similar to "idiomatic" I already realized.

Monday, February 20, 2006


I feel like someone should be calling gotcha on DW's latest article. C'mon guys: It's the king of ranters ranting about people who rant. Get it?

I received an email today from a Helena Kling of The Educational Centre for Games in Israel (or possibly The Heritage Centre for Games and Toys in Israel). They are based in Tel Aviv. It is some organization that has been promoting games and toys in Israel for 25 years. Strange that I haven't heard of it.

One of the reasons must be that the focus has been on "games and toys" and the implicit understanding of the foundation that assumes interest only from children and grandparents. The only games they know appear to be typical games from Kodkod (the only large Israeli games producer, makers of Rummikub) and classic pre-1970 games. Also, Helena only speaks English, which must be a problem. I speak Hebrew poorly and it is a barrier for me in reaching out to Hebrew speakers.

They appear to be underfunded, so I can't say I blame them too much. In any case, I know that Gilad, who is trying to start a Board Gaming organization in Israel (Hebrew speaking), is looking for a place to play in Tel Aviv, and Helena sounded enthusiastic about hosting his group, so maybe the connection will work out.

In other news, I bought a used copy of Queries and Theories from someone on the Jerusalem mailing list. It is an old game about logic and natural language. Some of you computer geeks may remember that languages are formed by sentences (such as A, PQ, and ABG) and rules (such as P -> BA). In the preceding example, we know that BAQ is a legal sentence in the language because it can be formed by some combination of the sentences and the rules.

You are supposed to guess the language; that's all I know so far. The game consists of a bunch of colored chips, a mat, and a 50 page rulebook in itsy print. I suspect that this rulebook could probably be rewritten as 8 colored glossy pages with pictures, but I wouldn't complain about the rules with DW around to scold me. Hee hee.

I think my son Saarya might enjoy playing it, as he is learning logic and computers in his ninth grade science high school class, and he likes games.

I also got the first three books of Pratchett's Diskworld series in pristine condition. The person selling me the game was getting rid of them, so I bought them, too. If you want them, make me an offer.


50 steps to a healthy gaming life

Inspired by this post by Better Me, I decided to make a checklist for healthy board gaming ...

By a "healthy gaming life", I don't mean just "a healthy life", or a "gaming life", but a synergy of both. Therefore, a certain amount of obsession is implied. A life full of gaming that is also still healthy. If this is not your intent, then the list doesn't apply to you. See the comments for more details.

Your stuff:
  • I am aware of all of the games that I own.
  • I have played all of the games that I own.
  • I don't own any games that I have no realistic plan on playing in the future. I don't own any games just for nostalgia. All of my games are fun to play, right now.
  • I own or have easy access to all of the games that I like to play.
  • My games are kept in a safe and dry location, in an organized manner.
  • All of my games have all of their pieces. None of the cards or pieces are marked or broken.
  • All of the components to my games are in their right location, and are not mixed with other games or under the couch.
  • All items in my games work properly, such as spinners or towers.
  • All of the boxes to my games are intact and sturdy.
  • All of my games contain rules in my native language or a language I can read easily.
  • I do not play with games if the parts were acquired by means of copyright violations.
  • I put away one game before taking out another, unless many people are over and playing simultaneously, or unless I have a designated area to store a long game such as a monster war-game.
  • My game collection is not obtrusive, and does not interfere with the functions of the house or the room in which they are stored.
  • I have a well-lit, uncluttered, and healthy place to play games. This place has access to fresh air, natural light, and a bathroom with a sink.
  • I have enough chairs for all players, and these chairs are comfortable.
Your self:
  • I don't overindulge in caffeine or sugar.
  • I exercise a few times every week and I don't watch much television.
  • Games do not take up more than 1/3 of my waking hours, unless I am involved with them professionally.
  • I read or write general articles about tech, math, or game strategy, as well as about games that I play.
  • I can effectively teach all games that I play.
  • I make a reasonable effort to win games while I'm playing them. If I'm playing with children or sensitive people, I still try to win, but I give advise to help them as well.
  • I really don't mind losing, since I find the game enjoyable for the experience.
  • I am a good winner, because I don't think that any of my opponent's are inherently incapable of doing whatever I did to win; it just clicked. I make other people feel good about specific plays that they did after the game, or I point out how the loss wasn't really under their control due to some random event, when appropriate. And I mean it.
  • I never cheat, and if I gain inadvertent information, I either don't use it or I disclose the fact to my opponents.
  • I never play with an agenda in mind. I don't try to humiliate my opponents. I don't carry grudges. I play for the shared enjoyable experience with my opponents, aware that both/all of us have to work together to achieve it.
  • I don't whine or use other means of coercion during game play.
  • I do not argue about rules during the game. I assume a ruling is unfavorable to my position before asking a question about rules.
  • I assume that actions are not permitted unless otherwise specified.
  • I do not favor an opponent when I can't win. I have a kingmaking code to which I follow in this situation (pick one or more:play for placing; play for max points; play for min point differential with leader; play for sub-goal; try a wild strategy that has at least some possibility of success; passively try not to affect the outcome and wait for the next game).
  • I play reasonably quickly, think only as long as acceptable given the spirit of the game, and do not hurry others to make their moves.
  • I maintain a record of my games and seek to improve my play in these games.
  • I am open to playing both games that I have already played and new games.
You and others:
  • I share my love for boardgaming with other people.
  • I play with my spouse or significant other.
  • I play with my children or parents.
  • At least some of my friends play games with me.
  • I do not use games as an excuse to cause distance between me and anyone else.
  • I do not play or suggest playing games when it will cause a fight of any sort.
  • I belong to and regularly attend a weekly game group.
  • I contribute to the game group more than just my attendance, such as organization, snacks, games, recording sessions, and/or cleaning up.
  • I ensure that all players feel welcome where I play, and I don't only talk to my close friends.
  • I give minimal strategy advice to new players, and otherwise only when asked. I never give misleading advice.
  • I politely decline to play games in which I am not interested.
  • I politely request to play games in which I am interested, unless I already know that other players don't want to play them.
  • I do not quit games in which I am losing, except for two player games where I politely offer to resign, but will continue if I think my opponent doesn't want me to.
  • I do not request takebacks that annoy other people. I let others take back their moves whenever possible so as to ensure they continue to enjoy the game.
  • I maintain a clean and healthy body and ensure that other players are not offended by my personal grooming or manners.
  • I am equally respectful to all people at a club, regardless of sex, race, age, or physical disability.
  • I prefer not to play than to get into an argument.
  • I do not gossip about other players or ridicule moves made by other people, even when they are not present.
Your initial score:

Score yourself again in two months and every six months.

Happy Gaming,

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Anti-climactic Game Endings

This is what happens when you track too many blogs. Someone started a discussion about board games that peter out with anti-climactic endings, but I can't remember who. I search back a week in bloglines to no avail.

Anyhoo, I just wanted to add a confirmation of this phenomenon. Lately, even some excellent games seem to end with a dawning slow realization that the game is over slightly before it should be.


Power Grid. It comes down to some positioning that happens a few rounds before the last. Even if you don't realize this until the last round, once the person with the most plant capacity has built an equivalent amount of cities, everyone else just tosses their cards in without finishing the round. Bleah.

Maharaja. Similar situation. Someone pulls ahead in palaces and then the last three rounds are useless attempts to catch up, since the leader probably has enough money already to drop the last palaces, and it is really difficult to stop this. Again, cards are figuratively tossed in at the beginning of the last round, rather than finishing out the round.

Taj Mahal. Another major offender in runaway leader, if the lead is far enough.

In extreme cases of Settlers of Catan this can also happen, but generally speaking with enough lucky dice and a trade embargo it always remains possible to catch up. In Puerto Rico, you may know that you've lost, but the two leading players almost never know who has won.

So what is wrong here? What is the pattern?

In Power Grid, it's that there is no hidden scoring. In Maharaja, not only is there no hidden scoring, the victory condition is just too easy to fulfill once you are leading. In Taj, it's that there are not enough points to earn each round, even with the hand points (a poor attempt to add hidden points to the game, in my opinion).

There's no pattern. It's just a slight negative feature of otherwise great games. You would think that they could have gone back to the drawing board and added something to fix this, but either it didn't matter enough to them to fix, or they didn't consider it a problem.

Whatever it is, now that it has been pointed out, it bothers me. Don't you hate when that happens?


More on Linkposts

I tend to avoid a lot of the "best" blogs because they are filled with a whole lot of posts that are just links to other blogs (I call these "Linkpost" blogs). It's information overload and most of the information is highly time-wasting and irrelevant.

With their emphasis on traffic and the "wow-factor", it can feel a whole lot like hype. "This is cool! And so is this!" over and over. Like staring at an infomercial for too long, until you begin to realize that there's nothing behind the smoke and mirrors.

Occasionally something cool does pop up. Unfortunately, what each person considers "cool" is so widely varied that any attempt to consolidate it is doomed to failure.

Linkpost sites are no more than collections of what one person, or a few people, think is cool on other sites. I don't consider all the stuff in Boing Boing or Engadget cool; just a fraction of it, about the same amount I consider cool when I read the original sites themselves. What you need is a list of what is REALLY cool in all of these cool linkpost sites.

I'm sure you realize where this is heading. I make a list of what I think is cool from all of these sites. So do a hundred other people. Nobody agrees exactly with what one particular person finds cool, so after reading all of the summaries someone condenses all of the summaries, and so on.

All you can really do is flock around people whose ideas of cool match yours to a slightly higher percentage than what is typical.

Aside from game sites, one linkpost site that hits cool for me is Techdirt. I don't always agree with their assessments, but the topics are about what I want to see covered.

Another one that I discovered recently that is just inside my radar is lifehacker. It slips in and out, actually. Sometimes I'm just about to stop following it because it is wasting my time, and then it comes up with a few good articles. Two of the latest ones it linked to are Conversational Terrorism, an article about the unethical language we use to "win" conversations, and Are you ready to clean up your life?, one version of a checklist containing important steps to create a healthy lifestyle. I am considering adapting the latter article to create one for the gaming community.

I am far more enthusiastic about sites that actually have content. It's like listening to an original album by an artist, rather than to the greatest hits of the seventies.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Weekend Gaming

For lunch we had a woman and two of her three children. I don't know why so many people we have over are divorced women with children; something about our social circle.

This one was a very old friend of my wife's. She was married to a gamer who once left me a large bag of Magic cards when we stayed at their apt in New York. Apparently he is also in Israel for the year. I invited him for Wed night games but haven't yet heard back from him.

Where was I?

So she came with her two kids, ages 10 and 13. After lunch, while she and Rachel discussed Pseudopigrapha and such stuff, I played Settlers with the kids. They took to it pretty well.

Settlers is one of those games that is just complicated enough that it is hard to teach all of the rules in one go before people's eyes begin to glaze over. Leave out the development cards or the robber and you could do it. Also, the setup phase also tends to confuse people. With some people you have to start playing a bit and then tell them about the cards.

I am extremely well versed in teaching Settlers, so I generally do teach it all at once, anyway. These kids were very bright and didn't have a problem. Their previous game experiences included Risk as well as most other board games.

Of course, the dice were screwy, but they got into it anyway. The ten year old boy won (with a little assistance of showing him how to build settlements) which was great. Both of them liked the game.

I decided to go read some Dragon magazine issues for ideas for the upcoming game, so I left them playing Yinsh. They seemed to get it, but when I came out to check on them I found out that they had disagreed over which ring they had to remove and had prematurely ended the game. A little while later they were playing Settlers with their mother.

She wanted to know if I take a commission in selling the game.


Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Bump in the Road

I would just like to give a shout out to the guy or gal who came up with the idea of having visitors to a website pay to not see ads. The idea is based on the following premise:

The people who have money, or are willing to spend money, do not see advertisements. The people who don't have money, or are not willing to spend money, see advertisements.

What a brilliant concept. I expect this idea to have a long lifespan.


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Meanwhile, Out in the Field

Captain Martin squinted through the dusty binocular lenses, trying to ascertain the enemy's activities. Four weeks of hard traveling and he was ready to engage his enemy. Martin was a military man through and through. He didn't serve because it paid well, because it was honorable, or because he had nothing better to do.

Martin's grizzled gray hair dripped water beneath his battered gray helmet. He lowered the binoculars, and reflected. He knew why he served. He served because he loved the taste of combat. This was his element.

Around him his men were setting up, building fortifications, and scouting around for the resources needed to prepare for the coming conflict. He surveyed the proceedings with a grim eye.

"Sergeant Trent, front and center!" he bellowed.

Sergeant Trent appeared before the Captain and gave a crisp salute.

"Yes, sir!" yelled Trent.

Martin commanded, "The enemy is trying to dig something up. I want you to take a crack squad of four men and blow up their position."

"No, sir!" replied sergeant Trent.

"What the ... Sergeant, that was an order! What the Hell is wrong with you?"

"Sir, sorry, sir! We are not allowed to engage in direct confrontation with the enemy, sir!"

"Not allowed .. What? What the Hell are you talking about, Sergeant? Not allowed to confront the enemy? That's ridiculous!"

"Yes, sir! No direct confrontations, sir!"

"Well, what the Hell are we supposed to do, wave at them?" asked the Captain.

"Sir, we are digging our own water supplies, as is the enemy! If we work hard, we can dig more water supplies faster than the enemy. If we have more water, we win."

The Captain stared at his sergeant as if he was seeing his left foot for the first time. "What!? What do we need more water for? We've already got enough! And how is having more water than our enemy going to win this war!?"

"Sir, not just more water!" Trent replied. "Let's see," he looked up and began ticking off on his fingers, "We need more water, more dirt, and more wood, and then we trade the dirt and wood to get bricks! Or we can use the wood to get paper which we can use to write to HQ for another shovel. That will let us dig even more water. See?" he beamed happily.

"What!" barked the Captain. "What are you talking about? We have to kill the enemy, not drink water!"

"Well, sir," answered Trent, somewhat embarrassed, "you know that the better supplied army is going to win, isn't it? That's why we need to get more supplies than they do!" And he smiled.

"Trent, I don't give a goddamn hoot nor holler about water, shovels, or dirt! Just take some men and go blow up that ... what the Hell is this!?"

An enemy soldier walked past Martin and Trent with a shovel and began digging in the ground. The rest of his men were laughing and joking and carrying on with their work.

"What the Hell is going on here?!" He fumbled for his gun. Trent lay a hand down on his arm. The Captain went wide eyed, struggled for a moment, and then gave up, staring at the sergeant.

"Uh, uh, Captain, sir. No direct confrontation, remember? He's just digging here for water, like the rest of us."

"What the Hell is he doing here? What's he doing in our position? How did he get into our position?"

"Well, Captain, I learned that it is best not to think of any particular position as 'ours' or 'theirs', you know? What's important is that you are constantly looking around for the best position at any given moment."

The Captain was looking rather green. "How did he get in here? What's happening with our fortifications?"

He looked around and saw his fortifications halfway built. There was another enemy soldier standing on top of one of the walls building it up. Right next to him was one of his soldiers, just standing around doing nothing.

"What the Hell are you doing?" he yelled up at his soldier. "What's that guy doing here?"

"We built up a few pieces of the wall, and then this other guy climbed up and began building some more on top of what we built," yelled his soldier from on top of the wall.

Trent added, "Don't think of it as 'our' wall sir, like I told you before."

"Well why is our man just doing nothing?" the Captain asked in bewilderment.

Trent answered, "He needs to get to the other side of the enemy guy, but he can't pass him."

"Can't pass him?! The damn wall is five feet wide! Just go around!"

"Sorry, sir. Our man just has to wait for the other guy to move. He's not allowed to go around. Hmmm. He might be able to come down on this side of the wall, walk around to the other side, and then climb back up. That will probably take a few days, however."

Meanwhile, a contingent of enemy soldiers had walked up to his canteen. After some exchange, the soldiers handed the guy in the canteen a cordon of wood and in return received a barrel of water.

"What's going on? Why are we giving them water, sergeant? You told me we needed to have more water than them to win the war!"

"Oh, we have enough water. We have a good water supply. We're trading water with them for wood."

"But we're helping the enemy! You don't trade with the enemy!"

"Well," answered the sergeant slowly, "we are helping them, true, but we do need the wood, and both of us are gaining over that third enemy over on the other hill."

The Captain's grizzled face began to turned purple. He jumped up and down and began screaming "Sergeant!!! What the Hell is going on here!? I came here to fight a damn war, and I'm going to fight a damn war!!!"

Trent traced a circle in the ground with his foot. "Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to stop shouting at me. That could be considered confrontational, you know."

Huffing and puffing the Captain slowly regained his composure. He hung his head in defeat, staring at the ground with a small tear slowly running down his face. He wore the look of a beaten man.

"Sergeant," he choked. "Sergeant, I give up. I'm going to go back to my tent to turn on my computer and play war games. It seems to be the only way I'm going to be able to experience any combat around here."

"Sir, I'm afraid you can't do that, sir."

"I can't?" asked the Captain, wearily.

"No, sir."

"Well, what can I do?"

The Sergeant took out something front his breast pocket and fanned it out in front of the Captain.

"Pick a card."

Some old postings of mine from Usenet


An acronym dictionary

Quick code to add callbacks into Net::FTP in perl.

A post of mine in 1994 questioning the sanity of propagating virus alerts via Internet. I was one of the first to catch this problem. It was related to the very first virus alert hoax, Good times.


CE Superpowers

My early attempt at fun Magic comboes: Stormbind/Whiteout

I actually commented on the entire Stronghold expansion

I get persnickety after Hasbro announces it is taking over Wizards of the Coast.

My first attempt at a completely new game posted. Not a good game, since there is a forced stalemate.

3e D&D Elementalists and here. And additional elements, too.

How to succeed using cursed items


RAP UP 1: where I attempt to provide a weekly wrap up on poems I found interesting on rec.arts.poetry. I stopped after four postings due to complaints about copyrights.

My Microwave poem

Monday, February 13, 2006

2 Player Power Grid

Today was the last day before I start a new job, and also Tu B'Shvat, a Jewish holiday for planting trees.

Many kids go on field trips to plant trees, either through school or with youth groups. I let Tal skip school and we went hiking. Long story short, we hiked around the Ein Gedi area near the Dead Sea. In the evening I brought Saarya home from school and we ended up playing two player Power Grid.

The game works pretty well for two players. Saarya started with some extra cities, but eventually the good prices slowed him down. Coal and oil kept being used faster than they could be replaced and they eventually ran out each round by the first person to pick them. Neither of us could get a nuclear plant running until nuclear fuel had already hit a cost of 1.

The problem was for the person with more cities who couldn't power them because he had no fuel - that was me. I saw this problem coming two rounds earlier and tried to switch to alternate plants of garbage and nuclear but couldn't do it early enough.

Saarya built to and powered 21 cities while I only had 3 plants operating and powering 16 cities.

There you have it. The trick is to work back early enough from the end game to see where that point is that you can establish a victory by running your opponent out of fuel. Of course, it is always possible that other 2 player games will go differently; this was only the first time I tried it.

Quite fun.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

The State of Games in Israel: FoxMind Games

Every once in a while I browse through the Israeli game stores looking for new products. Last time I found Ingenious and some other abstracts, like Travel Blokus, Gobblet, and Batik.

This time, in addition to the usual Haim Shafir line of card games, I found a line of FoxMind card games that looked familiar. I didn't write them down because I figured I would just look on FoxMind's site when I got home to remember them.

Strangely enough, none of the games are on FoxMind's site. In fact, when you look at the site (www.foxmind.com) in English you see one set of games, and when you look in French you see a different set of games. On BGG, only three games are listed from FoxMind. I know it's the right company because I recognize the fox logo.

This must be one of those weird country distribution sector business thingies, wherein they won the rights to publish certain games in some countries but not in other countries. Maybe the French will boycott them if they know that the company sells games in Israel, so Israel-only distributed games are not listed on the site. (It wouldn't be the first time.) Could be some more mundane reason, of course.

I'll see if I can pick up a list of these games next time I go.


How to Ruin Your Son's Computer Games

Something like the following happened this evening...

Eitan (16 yo son) fiddles with the computer and the voice of a Roman emperor is heard.

RE (loud and passionate): Your warriors are in position! The day of battle draws near!

Me: Boy this guy sounds angry.

Tal (12 yo daughter): Yeah, he does, doesn't he?

Eitan: Hey, be quiet, I'm listening to this.

RE: With blood and fire, steel and muscle you will drive your enemies before you and destroy them!

Me (moving over to computer): He's got issues. Listen to all that violence.

Tal (moving over to computer): He probably wasn't loved as a child.

Ariella (17 yo daughter, moving over to computer): Maybe he broke a nail.

Eitan: Will you guys shut up, I want to hear this.

RE: They will fall before the might of your glorious legionnaires! You shall make Rome whole again, oh mighty emperor!

Me: He really ought to get some therapy and deal with those anger issues.

Tal: You don't want to keep those feelings all bottled up inside. It could be dangerous.

Ariella: He could hurt someone, or himself.

Eitan: Come on guys! I can't hear what he's saying!

RE: Nothing will stand in your way! Your forces are the mightiest on Earth!

Me: Wow. Maybe he had a hard day. The guy should learn to relax.

Tal: He could use a good cup of cocoa and a warm bath.

Ariella: Maybe a massage. He sounds tense.

Eitan: That's not funny, just shut up!

RE: With a mighty trumpet and a swinging sword you shall conquer all and be victorious!

Me: I wonder if his family knows the problems he's been having at work.

Tal: Poor guy. A massage, or maybe ... oh wait I know!

Ariella: Yes! Yes! He needs ...

Eitan (puts his head in his hands)

RE: All hail oh mighty emperor!

Me, Tal, and Ariella (holding out our hands): A MAKEOVER!

Eitan: Crap, I can't play this anymore. (shuts off game, gets up, and walks away).


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Weekend Gaming

This was a full weekend of gaming, for me. Saarya and Tal were both here for the weekend, which only happens once every three weeks.

Our guests for dinner were Zeke, who comes occasionally to the Wed night games, and his mother Mindy. Zeke is about 14 years old, by the way.

After dinner, Zeke, Mindy, Saarya, Tal and I played Zug im Zug, otherwise known as Ticket to Ride. I had played TtR:Europe at BGG.con and was hoping that this could be a game that both Tal and Saarya could enjoy. Net reaction: it's ok. Maybe we are spoiled from five years of gaming already, having broken our teeth on Settlers and Cities and Knights and so on, but TtR is not quite deep enough for us, at least on first playing.

I will say this: it is a very elegant game. It combines a very few rules for a complete game experience. There are just the right amount of decisions to be made on your turn, but not too many. And all with very few rules to the game. Add to that some nifty pieces, an educational map, and you're good to go.

However, it lacks a bit. Since you don't really know what other people need to do, blocking them is usually more of an accident, rather than educated guesswork (although there's some of that). Most of all, it lacks any sort of story arc; the game plays the same from the very beginning to the end and then it stops; then you count points. Some sort of mechanism that required an increasing minimum route length as the game progressed would be slightly more interesting. And of course, the luck of the routes is a big factor, although variants on the web are designed to solve that problem.

So let's say it's 85% of the game we want at 30% of the complexity, which is a good tradeoff. SoC is 70% of the complexity for 95% of the game. I don't think TrR will replace SoC as our introductory game of choice, but it is a strong candidate for being one of the first ones out.

Anyway, Zeke cleaned up in our first game with 115 points. I was the next closest at 88 points.

Saturday Tal brought over some friends. They played TtR again; I forget who won. After dinner we played 4-player Settlers which played ok, although one of them was more interested in the LotR:tConfrontation game I played simultaneously with Saarya. In the Settlers game, there was a lot of giggling, and one of the girls didn't really try, buying only Devel cards whenever she could. I knocked out four cities and a Longest Road.

Meanwhile, Saarya took white in LotR. This was his second game. The first time he beat me playing black. This time he beat me playing white. I must be getting old. Somehow our pieces just kept trading off until we each had three left. Unfortunately mine were not able to get to the Shire or intercept Frodo before he could waltz in.

Lastly I introduced Saarya to Maharaja, and also tried it as a 2 player game. It played pretty well, actually. We played with the variation that each player kept picking roles whenever they chose role swap until we both had three, and thereafter we traded roles. So we each had three roles from the second round onwards. We also played that the role owner had +1 in the corresponding city.

I really like the game; I like it as much as I like El Grande, and there sure are a lot of similar mechanics between the two. However, the one thing that bothers me about Maharaja is the victory conditions. Aside from the fact that the rich kind of get richer, somewhere around midgame one person gets out a palace one round earlier than the other person and that kind of wraps it up as long as he can keep doing so each round thereafter.

Which only matters because the winner is the first person with seven palaces. Two of my game group members complained about the same thing during game night and I dismissed them, but I now kind of agree with them. As a general rule in games, the mechanism for gaining resources should not be the same mechanism for victory points, unless there is a clear means of ganging up on the leader or otherwise making up for a deficiency. Settlers has the robber and trading, Power Grid has the turn order. Maharaja has the blind actions, but it's not quite enough.

In any case, it doesn't prevent me from enjoying the game; I may just have to think if there is anything I can do that would make it slightly more to our taste in victory conditions.

After shabbat I reviewed my player's character sheets and answered an email from a new potential player. The next two days are semi-vacation.