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07:51 am: A whisper in the wind
My big accomplishment last week was getting the first copies of my board game from The Game Crafter, checking the components, making some final adjustments to the artwork, and releasing it for public sale. I also mailed a copy to board game reviewer Richard Ham, who had said last year at Gen Con that he would be interested in playing it with his wife. Hopefully he managed to get it back to Malta with him okay.

My weekend started out great. I got to meet up with mangaroo at a recently opened game cafe. I had planned to play a cooperative game of Mage Knight, which the cafe website lists as part of their game library. However, upon arrival, I was told that Mage Knight had been moved to their off-site "archive" due to lack of plays, and they would need 24-hours' notice to fetch it. (If they had SAID so on the website, I would have reserved it well in advance. Bah.)

Anyway, I ended up picking a couple other cooperative games off their library shelves. We started with a game of Paperback, where we came up with some quite creative words, but we couldn't quite get the last 17-cost point card. Then we tried a game of Frontier Stations ("cooperative Machi Koro IN SPACE"), but the dice didn't go our way in the second phase of the game, and we ended up losing due to lack of resources. After that, we went out to eat at a Japanese place a couple blocks away.

By the end of the meal, I noticed that my voice was growing hoarse. I hoped it was just because of all the talking I had been doing all day. Unfortunately, by the time I got home that night, it had turned into a full-blown sore throat. I had intended to spend the rest of the weekend emptying a bunch of fruit out of my freezer and turning it into jam, but instead I was reduced to lounging on the couch drinking tea and groggily watching TV.

I've gotten a little better since then--at least, I have enough energy to go back to work--but I woke up this morning to discover that I have no voice. I tried to say good morning to Rei, and it came out as a whisper. I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to do my job today without being able to talk to people, but maybe it will clear up by this afternoon...?

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From:mangaroo
Date:December 9th, 2015 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Whoa! Sorry to hear you're not feeling well (though laryngitis is the best dramatic symptom. I mean, not bleeding from the eyesocket dramatic, but y'know, very atmospheric).

Mage Knight had been moved to their off-site "archive" due to lack of plays

Interesting, since they acknowledged Frontier Stations had never been played. Anyway, I wish getting here were more convenient for you, because I had a great time at the cafe. It's a really nice setting for gaming, and I loved the interest the staff showed in all the tables. (Though I suspect the older guy who came to talk to you near the end was the owner.)

...I know I had something else to say about game day -- I was waiting for your post -- but I've forgotten it. Oh! Now I remember: having Dominion as our clip card inspired me to try go back to online Dominion, which appears to be gone (?), but there's now a Dominion app by the same company and I was thrilled to discover that it honors my purchase of all the expansions. Sadly, the coding seems a little different, since I can no longer run a "Big Actions" game until I have purchased all the victory cards, since the bot players will actually bring about end game even if they are not winning.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 10th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
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though laryngitis is the best dramatic symptom

It certainly is good for avoiding unwanted chit-chat at work.

Interesting, since they acknowledged Frontier Stations had never been played.

Maybe Frontier Stations had just arrived recently, and hadn't yet crossed the threshold of unplayed time?

It's a really nice setting for gaming, and I loved the interest the staff showed in all the tables.

It is a good spot, I just wish they had fries or something else I could eat. When they originally released their menu options, they said they served quiche, but it looks like that got dropped.

but there's now a Dominion app by the same company and I was thrilled to discover that it honors my purchase of all the expansions.

I saw the announcement when it was released a few weeks ago, but there were a lot of complaints about it requiring wifi to play (no offline mode).

Sadly, the coding seems a little different, since I can no longer run a "Big Actions" game until I have purchased all the victory cards, since the bot players will actually bring about end game even if they are not winning.

That's a bummer.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 10th, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Aww, sorry to hear about the sore throat! I hope you're feeling better today.

"cooperative Machi Koro IN SPACE"

This is such a great description, haha. Actually, this might make a good present, hmmm...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 10th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I hope you're feeling better today.

Still no voice above a whisper. It's certainly a unique challenge.

This is such a great description, haha.

The server at the cafe was like, "I'll have to use that..."

Actually, this might make a good present, hmmm...

If you're looking for good cooperative game ideas, a recent release that I ordered is The Big Book of Madness. I've heard it called "Harry Potter the board game," but because it uses all elemental spells, I personally think it's more like "Avatar: The Last Airbender the board game." Rahdo did a video of it.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 10th, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the rec! But it's not that I'm specifically looking for cooperative games so much as I think "cooperative Machi Koro IN SPACE" will sell the game as something fun to play.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:December 10th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on officially getting your game out there! Is it up for sale yet?

Glad to hear you had fun on gaming day, sorry to hear about the sick time. :-( I had a long run where I used to get laryngitis every single year, around Feburary - I would get a cold which would be aggravated by trying to speak to 200 students without a microphone, and boom, no voice. I haven't had it nearly as much since I quit teaching the giant course.

It was always good for drama (and lots of sympathy points), but mostly it was just freaking annoying. No one ever tells you that when you have laryngitis, it HURTS to try and talk at full volume. :-(

Feel better soon!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 11th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
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Is it up for sale yet?

It's available here: The Dragon and the Emperor (though apparently they're out of stock of one of the pieces at the moment).

I would get a cold which would be aggravated by trying to speak to 200 students without a microphone, and boom, no voice.

Ouch! How awful.
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