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07:09 pm: Heating up
This weekend was a lot of fun. mangaroo Came over to visit on Sunday, and she took me to the local game shop, where I picked up a copy of Lords of Waterdeep. Then we went back to my place and played a bunch of games for the rest of the evening. I really wish we had more opportunities to get together for activities like that.

Plans for my kitchen remodel are progressing. I have a preliminary design from the cabinet maker that looks great, and I should be signing the contract for the renovation on Friday. One thing I found out recently is that the reason the contractor took a long time to get back to me about the estimate was that he was contacted by HGTV to do a show about him, and he was busy dealing with that.

My garden is switching over from spring to summer. The beans have begun flowering, as have the tomatoes (at least, the ones that weren't damaged by pests). The blackberry plant is still small, but it has several clusters of fruit that are starting to color up. I've pretty much finished harvesting the cherries; I have just about exactly the right amount to make one pie. The apples are sizing up nicely. The fig tree in the front yard is sprouting bunches of baby fruits, which I'm looking forward to eating in the fall.

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From:mangaroo
Date:June 20th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
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What really impressed me was how you continued to play seriously all the way to the end of the game.

That may be one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you! Though, to be honest, when I lose interest in/tolerance for something, I simply stop doing it. Gracious people do whatever until the whole thing is over. I just make it be over. So even though I found the game incredibly stressful, I also thought it was interesting and I wanted to learn it.

most gamers categorize the Agricola-type game as "multiplayer solitaire" because each player can pretty much just go about doing his or her own thing until the game ends and points are scored

But the game is radically different if you're playing it solo, so I don't buy that. Plus, deliberately thwarting other players is a valid strategy. You just have to balance it with meeting your own goals.

Yes, I hope I get to see your parents and the fruit before the season ends.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 20th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
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But the game is radically different if you're playing it solo, so I don't buy that.

I don't think it's as different as you believe. You don't have as much competition when playing alone, but at the same time you have access to fewer resources, so it balances out.

In my game against you, I ended up with 30 points. When I played solo, I ended up with...30 points. I made different choices during both games, but the result was exactly the same. If there were a radical impact from changing the number of players, I would have expected to see it show up in the score.

In any case, there is a growing stack of games that we still need to try!
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