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So I have been away from the blog for about two months, apologies work just got really busy.

This coming weekend is Easter, which for me means Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention, Which this year is in Glasgow.

I am on two programme items:

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Cluedo Friday 16:00 – 17:00

A deep and incisive exploration as to why, in this age of complex, sophisticated, interactive video games, some people still enjoy playing board games.

Great Expectations, or Dealing with Unreasonable Fannish Demands Monday 10:00 – 11:00

Conrunners discuss the evolution of fannish expectations, from a time when it was appreciated that Cons were run by amateur volunteers, and a few logistical hiccups were accepted, to modern demands of essentially a professional conference level of service.

I am looking forward to both of these panels, as I think that there will be some good discussions had. You should check out the full programme!

Anyway, I hope to see some of you at the convention.

Long weekend Boardgames

So we got in two games last night, Carcasonne and Ticket to ride-Europe, of which i won both!

Carcasonne actually came down to a tie for first and a tie for third. The four player game had two people on 99 and two on 52! And man i am so annoyed to have missed that extra point to get to 100. It has been a long time since i played the game, and i was out of meeples in the middle of the game, so had to let a cloister go unclaimed, which would have been worth about 6 points at end game!

The ticket to ride game went much better for me.

My long distance ticket was Copenhagen to Erzurum, which is 21 by shortest path. I also got two tickets in the eastern third of the board, which flowed almost perfectly with my long ticket.

I ended the game with longest route, with a route of length 43, running from Sochi in the south east through  Erzurum, Constantinople, Kiev, and Riga  to Petrograd, then via the tunnel to Copenhagen, and then on west to Amsterdam via Frankfurt.

My final score was 137, 2nd place was 110. This reflects my best real world score, and would be up there with my iOS scores.

A good finish to a very relaxed long weekend.