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09:05 am: Birthday Gaming Week 2013 Game Log
Here is the complete list of all the games we played during the week.

7/27—Lost Cities (2 players), Forbidden Island (loss), Pandemic × 2 (loss, win)

7/28—BL game prototype, Love Letter, Tokaido, Alhambra, Pandemic: On the Brink (loss), Biblios

7/29—Lords of Waterdeep, Lost Cities (2 players), Hanabi, BL game, Dominion

7/30—Love Letter

7/31—Arctic Scavengers (base game), Elder Sign, BL game (4 players), Pandemic (2 players, win), Takenoko

8/01—Dominion, Flash Point: Fire Rescue (loss at the last minute due to structural damage), Hanabi, The Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Forbidden Island × 2 (loss, epic win!), Back to the Future: The Card Game

8/02—Biblios, Lords of Waterdeep, Arctic Scavengers (with expansion), Alhambra, BL game, Pandemic: On the Brink (win at absolute last possible second, with virulent strain and 5 epidemic cards)

8/03—Omni-Dino × 2, Hanabi (2 players), Omni-Dino (2 players)

Good gaming, everyone!

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From:mangaroo
Date:August 4th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
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I am simultaneously laughing and pouting over Omni-Dino. Friday is VERY impressive, considering how tired you must all have been.

But you left off Lost Cities! If you're going to count Omni-Dino at the airport, you have to include Lost Cities on the airplane + the time we played on...I seriously can't remember which day you and I played it. 7/29 looks like a likely candidate.

You and Ms Tanaquil may have converted me to sleeves for Dominion. Because I want to sleeve 2000+ cards. Since I am unfamiliar with sleeves, can I assume standard/average-sized card sleeves will work? Also, are the card backs for all the expansions identical, or should I look into opaque-backed sleeves? (I prefer clear, but if the back of the card is going to give away the expansion...)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 4th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
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But you left off Lost Cities!

You're right! I totally need to add that.

Since I am unfamiliar with sleeves, can I assume standard/average-sized card sleeves will work?

Dominion is listed as requiring European-sized sleeves (59×92mm). They are narrower and longer than standard card sleeves (which are 63.5×88mm).

(Here's a helpful source for many card sleeve sizes.)

Also, are the card backs for all the expansions identical, or should I look into opaque-backed sleeves?

I believe they are all identical.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 4th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Did you know that there are sites where you can online-play Dominion against real people and/or the computer? I've been experimenting with

http://play.goko.com/Dominion/

You can play the base set for free, I think. I'm still mucking around at the tutorial level, just to make sure I understand how the site works. I would love to play online with you guys if you're interested. (Dominion is still at the top of my physical to-buy list, along with Pandemic.)

LOL sleeving Dominion, I was JUST getting to the point at the end of the week where I could bend-shuffle Omni-Dino cards without wincing. It requires so much shuffling of small groups of cards at the early stages of the game.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 4th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
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EEEEEEE! You have no idea how much I would love a weekly Dominion date with you guys. Okay, fortnightly, but I refuse to go lower. Please, please, pleeeeeeeease.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 4th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
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OMG, weekly, PLEASE! (Can we start today? Playing the bots made me so angry.)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 4th, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm in any time!

Not sure how to manage setting up multiplayer, since I've only played the bots. My userID is Tanaquil (quel surprise), if that helps - it would be nice if we could friend each other and easily spot when someone is online.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 4th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I signed up as well. If you want to set a permanent date, though, the only time slot that I'm guaranteed to have free permanently is Wednesday night. I have weekends off this month, but my schedule is completely different every month.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 4th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Right now Wednesday nights would work fine for me. I am hoping to get back to karate sometime soon (karate meets Mon/Wed), but I'm taking a break for now, so certainly for the next month or so, I'd say Weds night would work.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 5th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
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I'm taking a break for now, so certainly for the next month or so, I'd say Weds night would work.

I've been looking at my schedule, and it appears that Sunday nights should work for me until the middle of November. I could also do Saturday nights most weeks until mid-October.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 5th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
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Saturday or Sunday would probably work for me, and Wednesday would work as long as it was 9:00pm or later (though I'm not sure about this week).

It might take us a bit to work out the kinks--I'm not seeing where I can add a user as a friend, for instance, so it looks like one of us would just start a game and the others would join (making sure we're all in the same area). Hopefully there's a mechanic that only lets invited players join our game.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 5th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
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Works for me too. I do have D&D every other Saturday (more or less), but we could work around that.

I was reading around a bit, and it seems that friendslists are still in the future implementation mode, which is a bummer. However, you can go into an empty "room" and start a game, and if you are creating a new game, it seems like there is a setting for "private/request to join". We could agree on a little used room to meet in on a regular basis (the ones further down the list all seemed to be empty).
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 5th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
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Sure, that should be fine. My user name is chocobox70, for future reference.

If we want to start this Wednesday, I could probably make it home to start around 10:00pm EDT.
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From:melf42
Date:August 5th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
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(Just sneaking in during your Dominion thread, because HA, you are making a date for Wednesday 10:00.)

Never played Dominion. Though several people in my circle of friends count themselves addicted.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 5th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Hee! I didn't even notice that.

It's a very addictive game! I highly recommend you give it a try once you're back in the States.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 7th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
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Are we starting today?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 7th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
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I hope so. I'm planning to be on.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 5th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
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Do I need to make it through a certain number of bot games before I can join a room?

I am roo. (Also, the player behind this avatar is blonder than she appears. Sheesh.)

Edited at 2013-08-05 02:47 am (UTC)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 5th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
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Try clicking on the "multiplayer" button on the main screen, and then choose a room from the drop-down on the upper right? I have been able to enter rooms, though I am too shy to play with strangers. (Strangers with candy!) I played one straight-up bot game and have also been working my way through the tutorial adventures but haven't completed the boss fight, so I'm thinking that completing the tutorials is not a requirement.

The game rendition is beautiful but the site navigation and help/guidance could use some work.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 5th, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
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I am convinced that they make the AI stupider every time I lose. I need a strategy that isn't Big Money.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:August 5th, 2013 03:41 am (UTC)
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Have you tried playing the tutorial thread? (The first couple of games are super-dumb because of the limited card selection, but it does get better.) What is really funny is that the Tutor What's-His-Name is dumber than dirt; he just keeps buying estates and losing every time. Until the boss game, when he suddenly grows a genius brain. He had like a 25 card chain in one particular hand.

I am hopeful that I can beat Suddenly Genius Tutor Guy once I've had time to replay the boss fight a few times.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 6th, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
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I've been trying a few games, and I managed to beat the tutorial, but the regular bots all wipe the floor with me. Yeesh. I also make some pretty stupid mistakes--more than once I thought I was clicking on action cards to play them, when really I was clicking on things to discard because the bot played a Militia. (D'oh!)

The nice thing is, the games all go really fast, so maybe I can knock off some of my rough edges by Wednesday.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 6th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
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I repeatedly treat the moneylender like the mine: I play it, then I waste the 3 points it gains me by grabbing a silver BEFORE playing my treasure cards (thinking I'm going to bring it into my hand). Noooo! I wanted the Market! Do overs!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 6th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
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I've done that twice. ;_;
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 4th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
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It requires so much shuffling of small groups of cards at the early stages of the game.

I went to the game store today and bought out their entire supply of European standard sleeves for my base set. I also placed an order for more to sleeve my two expansions, since they were offering them on sale. I struggled with the urge to pick up more expansions on the spot, but I haven't even played the ones I own yet, so I'm putting that off for later.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:August 4th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Friday is VERY impressive, considering how tired you must all have been.

We actually set up Lords up Waterdeep and then all fell asleep (and one of the cats tried to play with the game instead). I think we were OK after that, though.
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From:gnine
Date:August 5th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
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Whee, sounds like a great weekend!

Isn't Love letter fun? Just played it for the first time yesterday, so fun. Haven't heard of a few of those, will have to check 'em out! ^__^
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 5th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
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Isn't Love letter fun?

The best part about it is the portability.

Haven't heard of a few of those, will have to check 'em out!

I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. Of course, tastes differ, so definitely look into the theme of each one to see if it's up your alley.
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