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Ron Graves
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(As long as no-one is seriously hurt) This type of play will always make me laugh out loud.  Uncontrollably. 
Even funnier when a Leaf is involved.  And it is a dirty hit (he leaves his feet).  This should be a suspendable play.  
 
When the train gets rolling, get out of the way. Just ask James Van Riemsdyk as he gets flattened by teammate Dion Phaneuf.

Watch the full clip here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/phaneufs-biggest-hit-of-the-year-on-jvr/
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Leafs. Tee hee!
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Mom and Dad (Grandpa and Grandpa) were visiting this weekend which gave us the opportunity to get them in front of some games that they have never played before. Successes were Quirkle with Grandma and Grandpa liked Formula D . The other games played was Blokus which they had played before.
Pictured are Formula D and Blokus. In Blokus, Grandpa's first 4 moves created the pixel armless walking man in blue. 
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I have definitive proof there is absolutely zero strategy to a game of Love Letter. Played a game tonight with my wife, son and mother in law. MIL plays very few games and managed to get to the end of the game still asking "what to do I do with this card" and "what does this one do again"? And SHE WON THE GAME.
Best part is playing a nice game after dinner and being able to include her.
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+ Neil Robinson  definitely not playing dumb. Unless she is the best ever...hmmm.  No money suggested.

For sure there are lots of choices to make and some bluffing can help.   

Still love the game.  What is not to love about a game you can explain in a couple short rounds of play and the new person feels right at home because they can win which gets them involved.  And thats the goal.
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Lord of the Rings LCG rules clarification. I'm learning the game and have a couple of things to clarify.

1. When an enemy attacks and its shadow card has a shadow effect, the rules say that the shadow card stays with the enemy until the enemy leaves play. Is it just the shadow effect that is added to the ememy or are the abilities of the shadow card also added to the enemy? In other words, do you add the hit points, attack and defense and shadow effect of the shadow card to the enemy? Or is the enemy still at its own stats with just the added shadow effect of the shadow card? Hope that makes sense.
2. Can you attach more than one item per hero?

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You are welcome :)
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There are currently about 10 games for sale on Craigslist locally that I want to run out and buy. Prices aren't jaw dropping but all are near new and a bit below cost of the best online price. Problem is that I overspent at Christmas and now have a very tight leash. So the question is...why do I keep looking if I know I can't pull the trigger and buy any? Anyone else tend to torture themselves this way? 
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I like the 10x10 thing going around because I've always been of that mindset. I play lots of different games, to find a really meaty one to replay over and over with the same people - that's satisfaction: sitting down at a table, not needing to go over the rules and playing a high-skill version of the game.
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Ignorance abounds all the time unfortunately
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81! I know that will pale in comparison to some folks I know...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/what-level-geek-are-you
Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.
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Okay then.  We'll just station you on the walls as bait.
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Squad Leader:  I was reminiscing with a couple high school buddies last weekend and we got talking about the old board games we played.  Among others, Kingmaker, Blood Bowl, Diplomacy and Squad Leader.  One friend who lives in eastern canada mentioned he still has his copy of Squad Leader (i think 2 friends had copies that we would play back then).  Fast forward through finishing university, starting careers, friends moving across the country, starting a family and now where the kids are older and the career is mid flight, there is a bit more time available for board gaming that isn't an hour or two here and there.
Getting to the point...this got me looking into picking up a copy of Squad Leader and I see Advanced Squad Leader online through MultiMan Publishing but I am having trouble understanding what it is I would buy to start since it seems the game is out of print.  LGS has expansions but not the core game box.  Is Adavanced Squad Leader simply the Squad Leader game with the ASL rule set?
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ASL is Squad Leader with a revised set of rules, more rule options, and more chits. It's a much more fleshed-out game.

To start back in to ASL I would consider finding one of the starter kits (ASLSK). Decision At Elst is one that's just been released, has a few scenarios, campaign rules for Elst, plus the starter kit rules.

The starter kits aren't quite full ASL, but they're very close. Then you won't need to spend an arm and a leg to see if you like it.

Also, please consider joining the Advanced Squad Leader and Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit groups here on G+. There will be lots of people willing to talk about starting points, and give advice. There are also links to many Starter Kit tutorials on the ASLSK group.
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Still new to the Lord of the Rings LCG.  Played Journey Down the Anduin from the Core Set for the first time - 2 player with my son.  The first senario says that you find a Hill Troll and it immediately attacks.  It also says that you place the card in the staging area. 
So which is it?  Do you place it in the staging area and deal with it like any other monster, or do you immediately assign it to a player as an engaged attacking monster?
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We found this one easier than the first in the core set. Maybe we got lucky in the encounter deck card draw.
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Today was the Family Day holiday here so tonight out came some games after a long day out and about.
Love Letter, Carcassone with the Inns and Cathedrals expansion and then I solo'ed the Lord of the Rings LCG for the first time.
Love Letter was as close as we have ever had it go. 4 players tied 3 each into the last hand. My wife and I were knocked leaving our son and daughter to settle the game. Our son played it right and won the hand and the game.
We played 2 rounds of Carcassone, first time with the expansion, and we all liked it alot. The added threat of not being able to score an incomplete city or road kicked up the strategy quite a bit. My wife was so ticked at our son (who won the game) for denying her a huge score on a city that she demanded a rematch that she ended up winning by 6 points.
3 games, 3 silver medals for me!
Last, after they went to bed I tried a solo game of LOTR LCG. Got my butt kicked (one what is supposed to be the easiest quest) but can see this one being a fun and really challenging game.
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Confessed D&D/Board Game and Sports geek (bet you don't see that combo much), watch and read SF/Fantasy TV/movies/books.  Drinker of fine Scotch.  Little known fact about Scotch is that the Scotch you are offered by a friend always tastes better than the one in your own collection.   Always looking for new music to build my library. I love to laugh and besides my wife, kids and some co-workers, Billy Connelly, Monty Python and Lewis Black make me laugh most.  FYI, when South Park is on the money, it is freaking brilliant.  When it goes offside and misses, it is offensive as hell.  You will probably see me singing in my car when the right song is on, and I do know I will never sing for a living but why let that stop me? 
                 

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Have worked professionally in one industry for 24 years (and counting) starting at an entry level position and progressing up to General Manager. Took a step back (my decision) in order to be able to live 5 minutes from work and still like what I do. Kids are both Tae Kwon Do Black Belts (one is 3rd degree, the other 2nd degree) and honour roll students.
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