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We’d spent most of the first week figuring out how to play all of the various expansions in the Carcassonne Big Box. This week we carried on with he same – as there were a few more smaller ones we hadn’t tried yet. I think this was our first time trying King & Robber and Cults…? We also used River II. In the end Finnegan and The Girl tied with 114 and I had 106 points.

Afterwards we finally cracked out own copy of Castles of Mad King Ludwig. I’d picked this up back in February. We’d gone out for lunch at Park Cafe during the Shadow War: Brind’s World Weekend Campaign and walking back to my place we wandered past King Me Boadgamery and I popped in to see what was on the 50% off table… and there was a copy of Castles of Mad King Ludwig… and how could I pass that up…? So, yeah… finally played a game of it…

I may have mentioned… but I love this game. winning is kind of secondary to building a weird and wonderful castle… Well… usually… This one I did win, but the castle was kind of.. Meh… the kids kept snapping up all the FUN rooms and leaving me with all these stupid ones that gave me tonnes of points!? I DID get the Venus Grotto, so… There is that…

I’m not sure how useful Count of Carcassonne is… It seems like another thing that might help with NOT screwing people over with crappy tile placement and actually encourage people to help others finish their stuff by offering an incentive… but the mechanics of how the count moves around seems a bit fiddly to me… in ended up only being used to score bonus points for other peoples cloisters.

Friday Bob and Bruce came over and played some Rogue Trader with me, Amanda and Finnegan… well… sort of… it was supposed to be our Rogue Trader evening. I ended up playing a tabletop adventure using Warhammer 40K 8th Edition. You can read more about it here:

Of course as we went to put it all away we realized we has somehow forgot to get out one stack of tiles and has only been playing with HALF of the base set!? GAH!? Guess We’ll have to try another MEGA CARCASSONNE game sometime soon – before we forget how all the expansions work!?

Didn’t get in another game for over a week. We had planned one playing games on Saturday. We’d told Amanda we were going to try and play the final game in Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle (which was just a ruse to get her to not make other plans for the afternoon so we could plan a surprise birthday party for her!). The party itself mostly involved gaming friends and the invite suggested there might be gaming going on, but in the end we all just hung out… so… Monday… The kids and I sat down and played a couple of quick games of Kingdomino after they got back from swim lessons while we were waiting for Amanda to get home from her Improv class…

The first game we played was Firenze-Milano. As I rode my bike over there I got to set up first so I set up at the rear, thinking I’d sit in and let the others pick up all the exhaustion cards… This isn’t necessarily the best plan, I discovered….

Nearing the end, one of my riders (looks like my Sprinter!?) had been dropped and the other wasn’t nearly close enough to the front… AND because I had been sitting in and NOT picking up and exhaustion cards I was running out and had been burning my higher cards when I didn’t need to earlier…

I was trailing for a bit with Richard but clawed my way to the front of the peloton after the cobblestones, just before the curvy race to the end. My sprinter only had one of his nine cards left, but there was a short hill just before the finish – if I timed my break right, I might just make it…