JC Lawrence | 2 Dec 01:58 2009
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18xx night approaches!

18xx night approaches yet again!

Let's try and start by 18:30hrs sharp this month!  I understand that a  
few of you can't make it quite that early, and that's fine.  Just drop  
me an email or SMS and I'll schedule the games and players to match  
with one game starting at 18:30hrs-sharp, and the second table  
starting closer to 19:00hrs for the stragglers.  It really isn't a  
problem -- I just don't want to start at 20:00hrs like we did last  
night...

There are no big new additions to my collection this month except for  
18FR (an 1830 variant with several neat but small twists that we've  
been playing a lot of).  I may also have 18Kaas with me, another 1830  
variant which I've re-drawn to be more functional and attractive:

	http://boardgamegeek.com/image/613288 (the current version is even  
better than that)

Mike has been wanting to play 18GL, which looks very interesting, and  
I think is the only 18xx in the group's larger collection that none of  
us have yet played (not properly).  It looks a clever and interesting  
game.  1848, that game of fiendishly difficult capitalisation, has  
also been proposed by Aliza.  18FR seems to be the flavour of the  
month with 4 plays in November and a lot of interest still going, and  
of course there's always the brilliance and wonder of 1860 (my  
favourite of all 18xx; I'm always keen to play 1860).

	http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17654 18GL
	http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32424 1848
	http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12123 18FR
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JC Lawrence | 7 Dec 08:23 2009
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18xx is tomorrow night

A whole bunch of games were talked about for tomorrow while we played  
at the Los Altos gamesday: 18GL, 18FR, 1848, 1860, etc.  Lots of  
interest in various titles.  What do you want to play on Monday?

I've posted session reports for our games of 18FR and 1889 at the Los  
Altos gamesday to this month's new geeklist:

	http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49125/item/1124196#item1124196
	http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49125/item/1124197#item1124197

Again, I'm going to try and get the early game started at 18:30  
tomorrow, with a second game for the late-comers starting at around  
19:00.  If you think you can't make 18:30, please drop me a note so  
that I can help ensure the second game has a seat for you, is large  
enough etc to fit everyone in.

-- JCL

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JC Lawrence | 11 Dec 01:55 2009
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18xx on Monday

Bjoern Rabenstein will be joining us on Monday, fresh in from Ireland,  
and will be bringing a near-publication copy 1873 Harzbahn with him  
too.  1873 is...pretty amazing (see the URL below for some details).   
Who would like to play?

	http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/28944/1873-harzbahn

We also have a confirmed teaching/newbie game (probably 1889) on  
Monday.  Given Bjoern's brief visit, I'd sure like to get 1873 on the  
table as well.  Do we have enough people?

-- JCL

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Bjoern Rabenstein | 11 Dec 02:46 2009
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Re: 18xx on Monday

On 10.12.09 16:55, J C Lawrence wrote:
> Bjoern Rabenstein will be joining us on Monday, fresh in from Ireland,  
> and will be bringing a near-publication copy 1873 Harzbahn with him  
> too.  1873 is...pretty amazing (see the URL below for some details).   
> Who would like to play?
> 
> 	http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/28944/1873-harzbahn
> 
> We also have a confirmed teaching/newbie game (probably 1889) on  
> Monday.  Given Bjoern's brief visit, I'd sure like to get 1873 on the  
> table as well.  Do we have enough people?

Just a few things to consider:

- Playing with Lemmi's moderator program is mandatory - not just to
  save time, but also because the prototype simply has no physical
  components for money, trains, shares etc. (But no worries, I'm very good
  in operating the program, I'll bring the computer etc., nothing can
  go wrong, ever... ;-) And yes, there is still a board, and tiles,
  and tokens (lots of them, actually), and company charts...

- Many fundamentals and also the 'feeling' in general are quite
  different from other 18xx games. Expect to rewire your brain. (On
  the plus side: Being an 18xx beginner might turn out to be an
  advantage because you have no experience to get into your way...)

- Expect a long game. While 1873 per se is not longer than other
  average-sized 18xx games, I have to explain the rules, and being
  a new game for all of you, it will take more time to think (even
  for 18xx veterans - since 1873 is so different from what you know).
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JC Lawrence | 11 Dec 10:24 2009
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Re: 18xx on Monday

(Now I see what is required to drag you out of your cave!)  Cool.   
We'd like to start as early as we can, 18:30 if possible.

-- JCL

On 11 Dec 2009, at 24:01 , Jason Gische wrote:

> I'd like to reserve a seat in the 1873 game.  And half of my  
> interest is specifically to use Lemmi's moderator, which I've been  
> trying to see for what must be pushing a decade at this point.  :)
>
> ------
> Jason Gische
> gische@...
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>
>
> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: JC Lawrence <claw@...>
>> To: Ray Glosser <raymond@...>; John Hart  
>> <coeurdor@...>; Tom M
<starfury_42@...>; Nathan Fluegel  
>> <nathan@...>; Mark Meuser
<mpm@...>; Tim  
>> Skirvin <tskirvin@...>; Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes
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>> >; Arden Sansom <ardenswv@...>; Mike Calhoon
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>> >; Jim Black <jim@...>; Jason Gische
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JC Lawrence | 14 Dec 05:09 2009
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18xx tomorrow: 1830 Coalfields?

Yesterday's game of 1873 was...impressive.  Mentally, I'm still  
reeling.  It was intense.  I've posted something of a session report  
to the geeklist.  I hope Tim, Aliza etc will post their thoughts as  
well as mine are still mostly incoherent:

	http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49125/item/1130879#item1130879

Given the length of yesterday's game (~9 hours including an hour's+ of  
rules teaching), the suggestion was to play something that is well  
supported by the moderator, and that we could realistically finish  
before midnight.  1830 Coalfields is the current lead proposal: it is  
extremely well supported by the moderator (1873 BTW is only partially  
supported), is modestly familiar as an 1830-variant, and yet most of  
us are modestly familiar with the game (as an 1830-variant), so we'll  
be roughly on an even footing.

Current expected headcount tomorrow is in the 8-10 range, more if a  
few maybes show up.  There will be a teaching game of 1889 (we have  
1.5 confirmed new folk), plus the moderated game with Bjoern and  
possibly even a third game.  I currently have 5.5 please-hold-a-seat- 
for-me reservation-requests for the moderated game (one is iffy), so  
please be sprightly if you want to get into the moderated game.

We're also talking about a game this coming weekend, possibly 1873,  
possibly something else.

-- JCL

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Bjoern Rabenstein | 15 Dec 06:52 2009
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Re: 18xx tomorrow: 1830 Coalfields?

On 13.12.09 20:09, J C Lawrence wrote:
> 
> Current expected headcount tomorrow is in the 8-10 range, more if a  
> few maybes show up.  There will be a teaching game of 1889 (we have  
> 1.5 confirmed new folk), plus the moderated game with Bjoern and  
> possibly even a third game.  I currently have 5.5 please-hold-a-seat- 
> for-me reservation-requests for the moderated game (one is iffy), so  
> please be sprightly if you want to get into the moderated game.

As you know by now, I could not make it. I'm very sorry. I was stuck
at work (actually, I still am, 10pm and counting... )-:

I hope you had fun, even without me and the moderator...

> We're also talking about a game this coming weekend, possibly 1873,  
> possibly something else.

I'm all up for it. Still quite flexible during the weekend.

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-- 
Björn Rabenstein
[PGP-ID] 0x3ADA0C25
[email] bjoern@...

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JC Lawrence | 15 Dec 11:33 2009
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Re: Re: 18xx tomorrow: 1830 Coalfields?


On 14 Dec 2009, at 21:52 , Bjoern Rabenstein wrote:
> On 13.12.09 20:09, J C Lawrence wrote:
>>
>> Current expected headcount tomorrow is in the 8-10 range, more if a
>> few maybes show up.  There will be a teaching game of 1889 (we have
>> 1.5 confirmed new folk), plus the moderated game with Bjoern and
>> possibly even a third game.  I currently have 5.5 please-hold-a-seat-
>> for-me reservation-requests for the moderated game (one is iffy), so
>> please be sprightly if you want to get into the moderated game.
>
> As you know by now, I could not make it. I'm very sorry. I was stuck
> at work (actually, I still am, 10pm and counting... )-:

Sorry man.

> I hope you had fun, even without me and the moderator...

We played 5-player 1830 Coalfields.  It was an interesting game.

>> We're also talking about a game this coming weekend, possibly 1873,
>> possibly something else.
>
> I'm all up for it. Still quite flexible during the weekend.

Cool.  I have Saturday free, but not Sunday.

-- JCL 

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JC Lawrence | 16 Dec 02:12 2009
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Re: Sat. 12/19 train game

On 15 Dec 2009, at 16:34 , Daniel Barnes wrote:

> It's looking like I will be available Sat afternoon evening.  I  
> would be happy to host, or could travel.

Let's get a roster for Saturday.  Then we can figure out a best-ish  
location.  So far I have Bjoern, Daniel and me.  Anyone else?

-- JCL

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Agustinus | 16 Dec 23:43 2009
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trading games



Trading few games I played like 5 times (like new, complete) and lost interest in:
- Stone Age (2nd edition with deeper box)
- Ghost Stories (with guardhouse expansion)
- Mission Red Planet
- Dominion Intrigue, opened but unplayed

Looking at these games:
- Kingsburg
- Ad Astra
- Cuba
- San Juan
- Antike
- Notre Dame

Since the value differs, we can do something like to 3 for 2 to even out the trades.
Email directly for details.

Thanks, Agustinus
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