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.

[Review] The Treachery of Beautiful Things

The Treachery of Beautiful Things_I have owned a copy of The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long for a while, however it has lanquished on my To be read pile since i got it at the Book Launch. When i managed to get a bit of momentum into reading recently, I took this off of my To be read pile and dived right in.

The story opens with the disappearance of our heroines brother. He is kidnapped by the trees, she is the only witness to this crime..

Then years later, after years of wondering where he was, and therapy for what she had seen, she hears a pipe player, who sounds so much like her brother, that she must investigate. So begins a fun adventure in a land of fairytale.

The land the other side of the edge seems like our own, but in truth is a place filled with magic, where you cannot trust anyone to be what you see. It is a place where the politics of who you follow and who you can trust are not at all obvious.

The story is steeped in English fairytale legends, however I don’t think you need to be familiar with the source material. The characters are all introduced, and no real reference is made to their legend, except that which is explained in the story. While knowledge of Oberon, Titania, or Puck might add depth to the story it is not necessary in order to enjoy it.

I really suggest you go out and read this book. It is unlikely to disappoint you.

Though you may never look at the trees around you the same ever again!