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I've gotten really into playing and watching chess during this sport-less time. The Magnus Carlson Invitational has been going on for the past month or so. I've been following it through Ben Finegold's Youtube videos of his live Twitch stream of the Chess.com's broadcast of the games. Ben FInegold is probably the key to my interest. He's like the 10X Tony Romo of chess announcers, plus he's sometimes funny and makes Simpson's and pop culture references I get. I've been watching this tournament nearly everyday and the games are usually 3+ hours each, so something has been engaging me with it. Maybe it's just lack of an alternative. It's worth checking out, but only for Ben Finegold's broadcasts. I can't get into the other ones in the same way. I've also signed up at Chess.com and I also suck at chess.

Here's the latest one. He also does shortened recaps.

I once played a Grandmaster chess player years ago. For those that don't know, there are roughly 50 or so in the world.

I know you could have guessed, but it didn't go well for me outside of having a story to tell, lol.
 
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For Pandemic players - a Covid-19 scenario, free download, no additional components needed.

 

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Rented Power Grid from a local board game cafe and I'll definitely be buying this game. Big hit with our group!
 

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Anyone here play the Game of Thrones board game? They just came out with a digital version that is pretty good. Would typically take 4-5 hours in-person but a friend and I (playing with 4 other AIs) finished a game in about an hour. Another game I played with 5 people in total took only a few hours. Really streamlined everything. Would recommend.
 

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Anyone here play the Game of Thrones board game? They just came out with a digital version that is pretty good. Would typically take 4-5 hours in-person but a friend and I (playing with 4 other AIs) finished a game in about an hour. Another game I played with 5 people in total took only a few hours. Really streamlined everything. Would recommend.

My sister in law and I played it on a ski trip randomly like 9 years ago... recall it being hella hard to understand the rules, maybe I was just drunk. Would try it again.
 

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My sister in law and I played it on a ski trip randomly like 9 years ago... recall it being hella hard to understand the rules, maybe I was just drunk. Would try it again.

You're not wrong. It's got a very complicated set of rules and considering how long it takes for in-person games, it's hard to not get drunk by the end of it. :chuckle: The digital version is so so so much easier because it automates all the rules and tells you exactly what you need to do and when. Makes things move so much faster too.
 

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Got a lot of good stuff for Christmas from friends and family:
Dune: Imperium
Beyond the Sun
Whistle Mountain
War Chest
Pendulum
(Expansion) Clank! Adventuring Party
(Expansion) Wildlands: Map Pack 2 - Fall of the Dark House
(Expansion) Downforce: Wild Ride
(Accessory) Civilization: A New Dawn playmat
(Accessory) wooden wheels for Barrage
 

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New game shelf and I might need to head back to ikea to pick up another after these last couple of weeks.20201121_185451.jpg
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Had gone all-in for Dice Throne (Adventures), and it finally came in. Got to play 3-player King of the Hill this morning and it was a lot of fun. Look forward to playing more before moving on to Adventures.
 

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So I’m at that point where I don’t feel like I need to add games at a massive clip. I’m much more intrigued by organizers and making setting up and gameplay easier. Etsy, The Broken Token, etc have made it much easier to get some games sorted. I’ve added several organizers recently, including Dead of Winter, Eldritch Horror, King of Tokyo and am currently working on one for Catan that will fit the 5-6 player expansion.
 

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