Monday, October 26, 2009

Pre-Trip Firing Up the E-Pen

My trip to Ohio, Dallas, and Toronto starts in six days. Time to fire up the e-pen again. I think I've been posting less on this blog not only because I am concentrating on Purple Pawn, but because it's easier to post on Purple Pawn. News posts don't require as much original thinking.

I'm looking forward to the trip, and writing about the trip.

Pre-trip means taking care of the things I need to take care of before I leave for a month. Someone to stay in the house? Check? What to do with the dog? Check? Bills paid, items to be returned, house cleaned, passports ready? Check.

Wait. What's this book here on the "To Be Returned" shelf? It says "Return to Matan, August 19". Huh. Rachel must have left it for me to return.

I stopped at the office of Matan to return the book today.

Sec: "Can I help you?"

Me: "Yes, is Ms August 19 in?"

Sec: "Excuse me?"

Me: "I have here a book that says it must be returned to Matan, August 19. See? Is August around?"

Sec: "Uh, August isn't in right now. She left some time ago."

Me: "Oh, dear. Do you know when she'll be back."

Sec: "Not for a while."

Me: "Well, could you see that Ms 19 gets this book? My wife left it for me to return, and I know how she hates it when I forget to return things. She didn't put a date on it, so I don't know when it's expected back, but I hope it isn't overdue! My wife would be quite upset at me."

Sec: "I'll make sure that she gets it."

Me: "Thank you."

Well! One more good deed done, and on time, too! Rachel will be happy with me; I bet she'll give me a big kiss when I tell her!

I'm now thinking about all the games I will be bringing back with me, partially subsidized by contributions from the game group, and partially funded by selling off unwanted games from the current stock. My game shelf is looking practically anemic: the games nearly all fit on the shelves, and only some are on top in a pile.

Shipping and luggage fees being what they are, I am solidifying my buy list now, and I'll buy as many as I can in Canada, instead of picking them up at BGG.con and having to carry them with me from BGG.con to Canada. (My itinerary is Tel Aviv - Ohio - Dallas - Toronto - Tel Aviv.) I think I'm only allowed one suitcase Dallas to Toronto, but two from Toronto to Dallas. But who knows; the new restrictions are all so confusing now.

Items on the want list:

Dominion Intrigue
Dominion Seaside
Agricola Farmers
Pillars of the Earth expansion

(It's safer to assume that we will like expansions to a game we like, than new games, but yeah, I know)

Brass (probably too expensive)
Reef Encounter
Le Havre (probably too expensive)
Stone Age
Magic commons/uncommons from the latest sets, if the opportunity presents itself

Missing anything?



Todd D. said...

Given that so many of the BGG folks are also Essen attendees, are you going to try and get Dungeon Lords or Factory Manager?

nijoos said...

I found Age of Empires III a worthy purchase. At least I enjoyed it wayyyyyy more than Stone Age which I eventually sold off. Much more interesting stuff going on for a tinge more playtime.

Just got Chicago Express - not played yet but while inherently different games, decided on it rather than Steam after not being impressed with the mechanics of Railroad Tycoon.

Bet Shemesh Board Gaming Club said...

I have a copy of Reef Encounter than I'm not entirely enthused by. (I find it scratches a similar itch as T&E and I like T&E better). I do have some group members that prefer Reef Encounter though.

I'd be willing to trade Reef Encounter though.

Yehuda said...

Dungeon Lords sounds uninteresting to me. Factory Manager sounds good; will it be available in English?

Age of Empires III looks good, but I'm concerned it will be too long for our group.

I played a prototype of Wabash Cannonball and hated it, and acted badly, too; I was losing, and I could prove that there was no way to catch up. It seemed way too easy to get into that position.

I'm not sure how much has changed in the game between then and Chicago Express. I'd be willing to play it again.