Choosing Our Boardgame

As Graham mentioned, we recently bought our first boardgame since childhood. When Graham first suggested we watch TableTop, I was sceptical. The idea of watching other people play boardgames didn’t seem that interesting.

Well, I was wrong. Not only was the show entertaining in itself, it left me wanting to play. It opened up a world of games I didn’t know existed. These were not the games I grew up playing with my sister where you roll the dice and move your counter around the board. These games were more complex; they involved strategy and decision-making.

Delicate foil sculpture

Delicate foil sculpture

Deciding I wanted to buy one of these games was easy. Deciding which one to buy was difficult. I started with the list of games we had seen on TableTop. I ruled out the ones that needed more than two players, and anything involving zombies or sci-fi references I wasn’t likely to understand. I started reading through descriptions and reviews on Amazon, and came across other games to add to my list. I eventually managed to narrow it down to a handful that appealed most.

My final shortlist is below. The full list is also available.

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Another Squirrel

Squirrels are out and about across the Parc de la Tête d’Or. I have previously shared a photo of a local squirrel, but today I took a little footage and put together the short film below.

On a side note, iMovie 11 has started crashing my Mac Pro. It makes putting these films together impossible on my most capable Mac; instead I have to borrow Megan’s MacBook Pro. I have reported the problem as best I can as a customer to Apple; the recent decline of software quality at Apple is concerning.

Spring blossom in the park.

Spring blossom in the park.

Colour returns to the park.

Colour returns to the park.

First Boardgame

We are avid viewers of TableTop with Wil Wheaton. The show’s premise is to present a table top game or games in each episode. Each show plays through a game and provides a flavour of what to expect – alongside banter, mirth, and snappy editing to keep the programme flowing.

Megan recently compiled and narrowed down the list of table top games we had watched. We wanted a game that could be played by two people but would scale up to four or six. We also wanted a simpler game – as compared to some of the fairly involved games we had seen.

We ended up getting Ticket to Ride European Edition.

Today we played our first game.

Megan's first move in Ticket to Ride

Megan’s first move in Ticket to Ride

Graham's first move in Ticket to Ride

Graham’s first move in Ticket to Ride

Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride

Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride

It was great fun. The rules took only a few minutes to grasp and I can see that this game has a lot of scope and many hours of playing ahead.

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Escaping My Enclosure

I have looked forward to my first walk since the surgery with delight. We often walk in the local park to escape our apartment and the trials of the day. So I dreaded being stuck inside while I recovered.

Ducks on our local park lake in Lyon

Ducks on our local park lake in Lyon

I was not disappointed by my first slow, and a touch uncomfortable, walk yesterday evening. The rain had just stopped when we stepped outside and the light was fading. It made for a magical environment and a near deserted park. Only a few runners looping the edge shared the quiet paths with us.

Lamp posts and trees in our local park.

Lamp posts and trees in our local park.

Recovering

Thank you for your support and concern; it helped more than you might imagine.

I am back from surgery and recovering nicely at home. Megan is looking after me and doing her best to keep me from injuring myself. If anyone deserves sympathy it is Megan.

This morning I discovered I have metal staples in my stomach holding me together. Not sure how to feel about that. A mixture of impressive and horrifying comes to mind.

I continue to be in awe of the French health care system. We have been helped through every stage by caring and considerate medical staff.

It is still less than 48 hours since I went into surgery. Since then I have checked in new code – with unit tests, helped customers with queries, and am resting enough to keep Megan sane.

It is going to be a little while before I am back to full strength but I will make sure that time is as short as possible.