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Eric Raymond
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Hacker, philosopher, troublemaker, theorist of open source
Hacker, philosopher, troublemaker, theorist of open source

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So many levels of delicious irony here...
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The second edition of Conquest of Paradise arrived on my doorstep this week. My wife +Cathy Raymond and I have given it a play.

This was always a game with an interesting premise featuring novel and unusual mechanics, all underpinned by meticulous historical research. But the first edition was crippled by poor production values and some very bad visual design choices.

Well, GMT has fixed that handsomely. The new hardmounted board, four-color printing in the rules, and piece colors that are actually distinguishable ... these do a lot. Inclusion of the solitaire rules and the event-card expansion helps too.

Two-payer was great fun and I intend to try to put together a 4-player game this Friday. Especially nice if you like exploration as a game theme; you'll be mapping a Polynesia where islands don't necessarily or even usually show up in their real-world locations - finding out where they are and exploiting them before your opponent(s) can get there yields a lot of the play value.

I expect this underappreciated gem to jump a couple hundred places in the BGG rankings with the new presentation.

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New blog post: a PSA for those of you maintaining home networks.
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Is anyone even a bit surprised by this?

In SJW America, it is praiseworthy to be racist...as long as it's against white people.

Donald Trump is right; the press has become the enemy, by its own free choice.
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That's me at the right end with my 5th-place plaque in Ticket To Ride at the World Boardgaming Championships last week.

Okay, so 5th place might not sound very impressive until you realise that there are over 200 people in that tournament every year. I now have three trophies in it (5th, 4th, 3rd) and nobody will be a bit surprised if I take 1st someday.
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That death-rattle you hear is of gun-control schemes expiring.

Molon labe!
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Walter Russell Mead mirrors my thoughts about policy towards Russia and the dysfunctionality of the press with uncanny exactitude.

My only difference with him is that I think I'd emphasis Trump keeping his administration's hands off the frackers more than Mead does. In peacetime conditions the U.S.'s strongest weapon against Russian ambition is its increasing ability to hold oil prices below the level at which Putin's petrostate is sustainable.
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New blog post: Our not-so-bright neo-Victorian future, unless we take steps...
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Contempt for Middle America is how you got Trump in the first place...and how you'll probably get more of him in 2020.

I wish our domestic politics didn't look like a slap-fight between an egotistical buffoon and an opposition that has gone batshit insane, but it is what it is.
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