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Sieg Heil!

Posted by penuruloki on June 21, 2006

No, I’m not endorsing the ideology of the National Socialist German Workers Party. I’m simply celebrating victory in the first game of Axis and Allies. Allow me to explain.

Last fall, my roommate (James Bordewick) started Game Night as a scheduled night for various games, mostly Munchkin and Illuminati. After failing to get Game Night restarted in the Spring, we started Game Night for board games this summer (in addition to scheduled nights for D&D and Aces & Eights). We played Risk the first week, but I’ve never liked Risk, and everybody was willing to try something else.

In the past I’ve talked about Hex-Grid Wargaming and a fictional game called “The Great War,” set in WWI that exists in the Knights of the Dinner Table comic. The fictional game was so big, it came in a vintage foot locker and cost $200. In the comic universe where the game existed, the players chipped in on the game, and the game became a trophy for the victor. They then played on one Sunday a month until the game was completed (with the game still running after several years in the comic). I like the idea, but that’s a bit much commitment for most people, and such a game (if I ever make one) would be cumbersome to track.

The happy medium we’ve found between those extremes is Axis and Allies. Five players and far more strategy than Risk, but not quite as overwheliming as The Great War (or approximation). We’ve been playing it for about a month or so, and last week, things turned decisively against the Allies (Pete as US, Sam as Britain and Andy as Soviets). This week, Germany (me) and Japan (formerly Tim, now Big Gene) crushed the remains of the UK & US. Germany controlled Australia & NZ, Russia west of Moscow & the Caucases, all of Africa, all of Europe and all available territory in the Western Hemisphere.  Japan controlled the balance of the world (all of Asia, the Pacific north of Australia and most of Russia.

Watching those Germans roll into Britain and the US was kind of exciting, even if I am playing the bad guys. 🙂 The next game will be much harder, so I have to savor my victory now. I’ll probably get my hind end kicked next time.

Until then, Sieg Heil!


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Posted by penuruloki on June 14, 2006

It’s been a long time since I looked at it, but I noticed that Facebook has changed a little bit again. They now have a box to mark your status as “at home” or “at work,” which leaves me with two questions:

1. Who logs in frequently enough to update this and make this useful?

2. Who the hell feels the need to broadcast this level of information to the world? Do I really need to know what my friends are doing every minute of every day?

People scare me.

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I am still alive

Posted by penuruloki on June 14, 2006

Having worked for the prison for a week and a half, I’m sure my silence has been interpreted as a sign of my timely demise. Well you can quit celebrating because I am still here. I’m still in acadamy, so I really haven’t had any opportunities to get myself killed.

Acadamy sucks. Some of the material is actually very interesting/useful, but sitting in a folding chair for almost 8 hours a day reading and taking notes just reminds me of exactly why I wanted a break from school in the first place. I recognize that I’m not ready to hit the floor yet, but the overwhelming feeling is that I spend 8 hours each day learning 2 hours worth of material so that corporate can say I trained for 8 hours.

The worst part is that because we have multiple teachers, with new ones each day for different subjects, I’ve had to do the “two minute interview” thing many times. Every teacher wants to go around the room and learn everyone’s name, etc. when we’re been in class over a week already. The repetitive activities and anecdotes is matched only by the time I had a professor repeat a whole lecture because he didn’t realize he’d given it before.

I still think I’ll like the job, but I’ll have to survive academy first. The anecdotes were great last week, but by now I’ve heard them before and just want to get on with it. The biggest bright spot is that my academy class is lively enough to enjoy talking with them every day. It’s a great group to work with.

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