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Had a lovely day and evening of games. Pictured is Concordia, which I played and enjoyed for the first time. After, we played Resistance, Colt Express, and the utterly bonkers Hen Commandments. So, good times with good people and some bloody marvellous food.
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Child illness in my house amounts to Josie watching old videos on her 3DS as she giggles and coughs, Lori reading graphic novels as she looks shocked and coughs, and me flitting from one to the other dropping happy bombs.
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"Happy bomb" is an awesome euphemism for "fart."

Please don't correct me.
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My kids are off school ill, so I used Jamaica as an alternative to Calpol, and it kinda worked.

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Okay, I trust you. Just bought a copy.

Your summary kinda reminds me of Tropico (the video game), which I kinda dig, so I feel a small kinship to the game already.
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So, game 32 added for the year. And it's a good one, which anyone following my G+ posts will already know. Forbidden Stars is the best game I've played in a long time.
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There, it should be working fine now. Thanks for pointing that out. No idea what happened.
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JAMAICA
Avast, me hearties! Hoist the mainsail, its time for a piratical ship race around Jamaica! This light-hearted, tactical racing game boasts lots of player interaction and is a great deal of fun for both kids and adults, so gets a lot of tabletime in our house. Perfect for families or those looking for a beer and pretzel game, and a decent gateway-game for introducing newbies to the hobby. The moulded liner within the box is also lovely for storing the pieces, making the game easy to set-up and pack away.
Players: 2-6 (best with 6, but fine with any)
Playtime: 30 minutes to an hour

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/Vxax80
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/2RNMbL
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FORBIDDEN STARS
Lead an interplanetary conquest to glorious success in this Warhammer 40,000-themed battle game. Up to four factions, each with a unique play style, wage war across a board that is different every time you play. This is not just a brilliant Warhammer game, this is a brilliant game full stop (or 'period' for you American readers), and I will always, always be happy to play it. However, it does have a long playing time, so it's not one to be started late into the evening.
Players: 2-4
Playtime: 2-3 hours

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/fFVWDF
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/0hD4lx
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Played it again, and I'm still loving it, for all I was beaten quite impressively: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110448434306479099784/posts/JhQqi3bC7ny
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Up to 32 different games played this year. The next added to the list is Olympus -- the game of state-craft in ancient Greece -- and it's rather good.
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We have been playing Labyrinth, and having a ball. Fun puzzle game for kids.
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We're generally done in 20-30 minutes. I think...
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LABYRINTH
Find the shortest route through an ever-changing labyrinth to all your treasures before your opponents do the same. This simple game features an ever changing map as you slot tiles into the maze, and push new ones out the other side, which is a lot of fun for kids. This is a perfect puzzle-solving diversion for young-uns, and has just enough strategy for adults to amuse, so is pretty popular in our house.
Players: 1-4 (best with 4)
Playtime: 20-30 minutes

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/PllFuZ
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/hykKlF

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Good find! :D
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The kids are off school ill today, so time for a game or two to cheer them up and keep their minds working. First up, some pirate fun with Jamaica (https://goo.gl/abCz9o).
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Gaming the best medcine ever!
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Had another go of Forbidden Stars, and was thoroughly beaten by +Lindsay Law. It's a really good game.

Link to my quick write-up on the game:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/110448434306479099784/posts/HSumXY2HZKw
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It';s a good game, and one that only gets better with repeat plays. Best of luck getting a game. Be warned, it can be a long one, though, especially with four players.
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Thanks for dropping into my Tabletop Games collection. If you have any questions, just ask -- I'm happy to chat.

Here you'll find an ever-expanding list of all the games I own alongside some short reviews. At the bottom of this post there is a complete list of every game posted so far. Feel free to share opinions, ask questions, or otherwise involve yourself as you prefer.

I also run a blog where I discuss my gaming here: http://goo.gl/VtR4xb
And have a collection for my gaming posts here: https://goo.gl/t7v2Bv

If you find a game here you are interested in and you'd like to pick it up from Amazon, do feel free to use one of my referral links in the associated game-post, or use the appropriate link after this paragraph. The tiny amounts of money such referrals bring go straight back into picking up more games to review for this collection.

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/VxEMRu
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/Xg9ayy

THE COLLECTION SO FAR
7 Wonders: https://goo.gl/cfrjG3
Age of War: https://goo.gl/FA4mIi
Android: Netrunner: https://goo.gl/MVr6qa
Articulate: https://goo.gl/fUqLZd
Ascension, Deckbuilding Game: https://goo.gl/1VoE0P
Assassinorum: Execution Force: https://goo.gl/ClQZVg
Bananagrams: https://goo.gl/yCrxdA
Blood Bowl: https://goo.gl/kZhxhD
Blood Bowl: Team Manager, Card Game: https://goo.gl/CBWsKf
Blood Rage: https://goo.gl/RDY7Au
Camel Up: https://goo.gl/iZ1XvJ
Carcassonne: https://goo.gl/cEkbNk
Cards Against Humanity: https://goo.gl/qJCDJC
Castles of Burgundy, The: https://goo.gl/Z3kT0p
Catan: https://goo.gl/I3QaGG
Chainsaw Warrior: https://goo.gl/dgQqlb
Chaos in the Old World: https://goo.gl/uu9l58
Chaos Marauders: https://goo.gl/X3ItlB
Claustrophobia: https://goo.gl/3RwcjL
Colt Express: https://goo.gl/7bDQNI
Coup: https://goo.gl/b2QJQ6
Courtier: https://goo.gl/MK0unk
Dark Future: https://goo.gl/3vv3Li
Descent: Journeys into the Dark: https://goo.gl/5SxDcU
Dixit: https://goo.gl/oo0u6x
Doctor Who: The Card Game: https://goo.gl/vg2XxC
Dominion: https://goo.gl/W8i5PE
Dreadfleet: https://goo.gl/vHwBsR
Exploding Kittens: https://goo.gl/sMNzgf
Forbidden Desert: https://goo.gl/2bGcAq
Forbidden Island: https://goo.gl/8VhnjU
Forbidden Stars: https://goo.gl/XON8ht
Game of Scruples, The: https://goo.gl/YRAHZQ
Game of Thrones, The Board Game: https://goo.gl/8M88Hh
Gloom: https://goo.gl/QdDTXE
Hen Commandments, The: https://goo.gl/cD8u8n
Hnefatafl: https://goo.gl/dpKeWb
Hobbit Board Game, The: https://goo.gl/O6wNx4
Horus Heresy: https://goo.gl/3qo7fq
Hotel: https://goo.gl/nLKRIw
Jamaica: https://goo.gl/abCz9o
Kingdom Builder: https://goo.gl/977376
Kingdoms: https://goo.gl/3wS6pL
King of New York: https://goo.gl/HFIZsy
King of Tokyo: https://goo.gl/0cWaQB
Labyrinth: https://goo.gl/379PoL
Legend of Zagor: https://goo.gl/X30EUd
Lexicon: https://goo.gl/zfWu1x
Lords of Waterdeep: https://goo.gl/7kSOC5
Love Letter: https://goo.gl/MfAzNW
Mage Wars: Arena: https://goo.gl/cHzuHS
Monopoly: https://goo.gl/khRRz2
Olympus: https://goo.gl/FsFjn2
Once Upon a Time: https://goo.gl/GpVxhI
Pandemic: https://goo.gl/67raQh
Patchwork: https://goo.gl/nqhVsX
Qwirkle: https://goo.gl/WzrpSA
Relic: https://goo.gl/kTni9u
Scrabble: https://goo.gl/8TpZXh
Scrimish: https://goo.gl/9cHBXE
Small World: https://goo.gl/zoXCm9
Something Different: https://goo.gl/P02dO4
Space Hulk: https://goo.gl/IhyEuF
Splendor: https://goo.gl/7PrNji
Talisman: https://goo.gl/hVy1GI
Thud: https://goo.gl/Bdr1j8
Thunderbirds: Co-operative Board Game: https://goo.gl/IIzXj1
Ticket to Ride: https://goo.gl/AkDmLV
Ticket to Ride: Europe: https://goo.gl/J9P8FL
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries: https://goo.gl/gGZsvK
Tiny Epic Kingdoms: https://goo.gl/ViDO7H
Treasure Hunter: https://goo.gl/hcwO1h
Uno: https://goo.gl/P4fZ7O
Ventura: https://goo.gl/6bxNMw
Viceroy: https://goo.gl/aRpp9f
Warhammer: Invasion, The Card Game: https://goo.gl/s7xDys
Warhammer Quest: https://goo.gl/qgKwaO
Warlock of Firetop Mountain, The: https://goo.gl/zLYRWq
X-Wing Miniatures Game: https://goo.gl/nt5wUK
Zombicide: https://goo.gl/eBLpsc
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And, if it wasn't clear, I will update the OP as each new game is added to the Collection.
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I game. I draw. I map. I write.
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I'm an RPG games designer, illustrator, cartographer, and house-dad who games and geeks-out frequently. I'm also Scottish, 6'1" tall, diabetic, can juggle, and adore my wife and two daughters.

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Won Gold ENnie awards for Writing and Cartography, and been involved with many projects winning other awards.
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Summary: A damn good Indian takeaway The Bombay Feast is my local takeaway, and is a very good example of its kind. I've lived all over Edinburgh, and sampled many examples of Indian fare, and this busy outlet has consistently provided some of the best I've tasted. Every time I've visited, the staff have been super friendly, and are quick to prepare my order right in front of me in their always spotless kitchen. Further, as all the food is freshly prepared, if I need to remove an ingredient -- like coriander, for instance; yuck! -- all I need do is ask. So, if you are in the Blackhall area or close by, it's certainly worth giving the Bombay Feast a try if you fancy an Indian meal.
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Summary: A small, uninspiring local chemist that thinks it's still 1981 This chemist receives custom largely because it's the only one in the area, not because it's shining example to all Edinburgh chemists. It's a neat, clean little shop selling exactly what you expect, and has helpful, friendly staff. However, the shop's managers seem to think it's actually 1981: this chemist closes for lunch. Yup, you read that right, it closes for lunch. It's the only shop of its type in Edinburgh that I've ever encountered that does this. And it's annoying. Especially when you pop by in the pouring rain only to discover it's closed for another 45 minutes as the staff watch you from within. Still, when the place is open, it does the job well enough. Note that if you're not local, the parking beside the shop is rather poor, so it's not the easiest chemist to reach in a pinch.
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Public - a year ago
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Summary: Lovely primary school with friendly staff and an adjoining music school. Flora's is a busy council-run primary school serving the Stockbridge and Comely Bank communities from its Victorian facilities and newer extensions. Of note is the attached Edinburgh Music School where gifted children from across the city benefit from a specialist musical programme in addition to their normal curriculum. Also, the school hosts many after-school activities and a sizeable after-school club, so provides significant support for working parents. However, not all is perfect. The class sizes are large, the staff are clearly very busy and, worst of all, the playground is incredibly small given the number of children it serves. But, that aside, it's a happy school with superb staff, and both of my children have really enjoyed their education there over the years. Also of note is the school's very close relationship with nearby Broughton High School, which ensures children transitioning to secondary education are fully supported at all times.
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Summary: Small, cut-out MacDonalds with a drive-through at the back If you like MacDonalds fast food, you're going to get exactly what you expected here, though the surrounding restaurant may be a touch smaller than expected and the staff more apathetic. Highlights include the tiny, kid's soft-play area in the rear of the restaurant, and a drivethrough round the back so you can, obviously, drive through to place an order. At peak times, the drive-through can be quite busy, but the restaurant itself is only rarely full. As MacDonalds go this one is uninspiring, but what else do you really expect?
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Summary: Sizeable Sainsburys stocking everything you need. This is exactly what you expect from a big superstore: all the groceries you need along with clothes, electronics, homeware, mobile phones, fresh pizza, stationary, games, and much more. The staff are variable, ranging from friendly types to those who clearly would rather be anywhere other than working. But, overall, it's still great shopping experience, and a perfect place for the weekly restock. Also, it has a large cafe upstairs, and an Explore Learning Centre if you want to (expensively) drop your kids off for an hour and a half worth of extra education.
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Summary: Lovely example of a Waitrose. Big enough to have everything you could ever require, Comely Bank's Waitose, found just off the edge of Edinburgh's fashionable Stockbridge area, is one of my favourite destinations for the weekly shop. It's spacious, exhaustively stocked, clean, offers free ground coffee to loyalty card holders, has ample customer parking, and rarely has long queues if you shop sensibly. It even has a Lloyd's pharmacy should you have a prescription from your doctor or need some medical advice. Contrary to popular expectation, the prices are reasonable -- certainly no more expensive than most rivals -- and the range of stock, from cheaper ownbrands to exclusive items, is broad. But what seals the deal for me is the ever helpful, always cheery, staff -- it is such a contrast to the sullen examples found in so many other supermarkets. However, be aware this shop does have peak periods. It is sited close to several schools, so can be very busy in the morning, or as the bells ring at the end of the day, so if you enjoy a relaxed shopping experience, avoid these bustling times. Fortunately, at these times extra staff are always ready at the tills, so long queues may form, but they rarely last long.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Summary: Decent example of a retail park KFC This isn't the biggest restaurant given its marvellously central location in the middle of Blackhall's Craigleith Retail Park, but it's just big enough to cater for all the shoppers, school kids, and random passers that drop in at all hours of the day. The staff are exactly as expected, the cleanliness is always exemplary, even during busy periods, and the food is exactly the same as it is supposed to be. Be aware that if you want to eat in the restaurant rather than take the food away, there are often many, noisy, kids in after the local schools close their doors. But, if you like KFC food, this is the perfect pitstop, especially given the enormous amount of free parking offered by the surrounding retail park.
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