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Plus, picnic'ed out, long weekend, teaching Risk the hard way, another year for the Windstar, a birthday gift score and less.

MultiPoll: Favorite mixed drink? Favorite Risk strategy?



Seven year old is done with school, I should refer to her as third grader. The end of her school ended up with a lot of socializing, an over all school picnic on Sunday, a class exhibition (with picnic) Monday night, and an after the end of school ceremony picnic on Wednesday, her last day of school. Twelve year old goes until next week. Childcare is going to be complicated this summer, I'm already taking Monday off to be with third grader.

Too much, and it was a shame, a bud was looking at a 700 Virago on Sunday and wanted my input. He ended up buying it, I may help him get it inspected, and do the licensed supervisory thing. I've never ridden a 700.

I ended up bringing fruit kabobs to each function, they were a big, big hit. I still have some pineapple left, I'm thinking pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain. Speaking of old ladies, it was nice to catch up on a few parents and hear how their former sixth graders handled the transition to seventh grade.

Twelve year old has been getting into Risk, she was exposed to it on her trip to New Hampshire. After dinner one night we played Risk, she conceded twice. The first time, she let me take Africa, she didn't last long. The second time, she only mildly contested South America, so I took it. She's never seen The Princess Bride, so I couldn't use the land war in Asia line.

It looks like our big dead maple tree in front of the house is being cut down today, I'm glad, I can't afford to fix our porch if it fell on it, especially since I was a MTG deck away from paying $600 to get our van inspected and fixed. I need to remind the missus that I could have saved $150 by doing the plugs and wires myself, if I had a few hours to myself. That was inspection, tie rod, plugs and wires, alignment, coolant flush, oil change, wiper blades and windshield fluid nozzle. I hope that's it for minivan bills for the rest of the year, I sent off the last payment yesterday. There's still a lot of body work.

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Raspberry Daiquiri by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:06:00 AM EST
Because daiquiris are about the only thing Mrs. FT will drink.

Since my brother and father are both excellent strategy game players, my favorite strategy in Risk, chess, etc., is to throw the game as quickly as possible without making it too obvious since the outcome is never in question anyways.


I felt it would be wrong to throw the game by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:08:40 AM EST
but I held back on winning viciously.

Daquiri added.


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Sadly, I already voted WIPO by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #33 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:09:51 PM EST
and so cannot vote for Raspberry Daiquiri.

My brother and father never bothered to try to make it close, so my goal was to get out as quickly as possible.


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Have you sent her this by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #26 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 05:31:29 PM EST
link. The important part is in the author's note.

Wumpus

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War on two fronts. by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:31:24 AM EST
I like to take Australasia and then pack the only point of entry to it so I can't be wiped out, then I attack from wherever I have a decent base.

It's hard to play with my family though, my brother will upend the board and sulk off to his room if he feels he's being attacked too many times in succession. Still, at least we can still play it. Monopoly is banned in the interests of familial harmony.

Australia is only 2 points, and it's easy to get by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:34:09 AM EST
bottled up going through Siam.

Twelve year old is a a good sport about that stuff, we've never had a up-ended board.


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Take it early and hold onto it by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:49:32 AM EST
War can then be pursued through another arena. I also quite like South America, there's something very satisfying about a relentless crawl upwards to take North America, and then I'll pack Greenland with defence and take Africa so Europe can be taken on two fronts at once.

My brother's pretty useless at Risk, it has to be said.

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That's why I like South America by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:58:40 AM EST
you can go for Africa, or North America.


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Or both. by sugar spun (2.00 / 0) #34 Sat Jun 20, 2009 at 06:48:46 AM EST
Why think small?

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b-b-b-but by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #31 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 10:26:46 PM EST
you're a girl!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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I've never played Risk. by StackyMcRacky (3.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:38:52 AM EST


You're in danger of losing your nerd card by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:42:37 AM EST
it's like Monopoly in that the worst part of the game is that it can stretch for hours and tedious hours.

When it's fast, it's conquer the world in an hour.


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but I've never played it by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #28 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 06:16:26 PM EST
so it can't affect my current nerdiness.  it just means i've had to work extra hard to overcome my handicap.  and overcome it i have!

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Why two conditionals in opening? by marvin (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 11:54:39 AM EST
Did you mean "If you're not into yoga, you have half a brain"? And if so, was that meant in a good way for those not into yoga?

After being introduced to Axis and Allies by friends in high school, I have had a difficult time playing Risk in the past 20 years. I now find it tedious, and would almost rather play Freeciv alone than Risk in a group. There is too much of an element of luck in Risk, and it can give opponents with poor strategy the ability to interminably delay the inevitable.

Where were you in 1979? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:01:22 PM EST
This song was all over the airwaves, if you're of a certain age, it never leaves your brain.

I never played Axis & Allies, my buddies and I played Third Reich in high school.


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It's just silly by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:22:42 PM EST
He was going to go to O'Malley's and plot his "escape" with a complete stranger just because she likes a certain beverage and walking in the rain????

The dude seems pretty shallow to me.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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What sort of relationship did they have by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #14 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:25:10 PM EST
if they wouldn't admit to each other that they liked Pina Coladas? As far as deep, hidden wants go, Pina Coladas don't even rate.


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Sorry, no speakers on work PC by marvin (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:23:45 PM EST
I got rid of them a while ago. Someday, I'll take away the speakers from the everyone else in the office too. I turned eight in 1979, but won't be able to check your link until tomorrow.

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it's playing in mine now... by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #27 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 05:49:47 PM EST
and i wasn't even a thought in '79.
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if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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Beating a kid by MrMole (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:20:49 PM EST
at risk, nice very nice make her cry next time.  I hope you didn't claim Ukraine to be weak.


I'm not going to coddle her by georgeha (4.00 / 4) #15 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:26:11 PM EST
she needs to learn not to let people get a continent during setup.


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I hope it by MrMole (2.00 / 0) #24 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 03:42:05 PM EST
was more then just the two of you playing.

2 man risk doesnt work too well.
Anyway you should coddle her at the beginning so that she gets into the game.
Get her confidence up then crash it to remind her who's boss.

She better not take out her harry potter wand and turn you into a frog though.


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Sadly, just us two by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #25 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 03:45:04 PM EST
Seven year old didn't want to play.

It was twelve year old's idea to break it out.

I agree on two player Risk, two player Catan is not much better. Maybe this summer when her friend is over we can get a three player game going.


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the secret to two player risk: by 256 (4.00 / 1) #30 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 08:34:51 PM EST
separate half the country cards out randomly before setup. each of these countries gets two "neutral" armies (from a colour neither of you are playing) placed on it. neutral armies defend their lands, but never attack.

the players then divvy up the remaining countries as per normal, both starting with the number of armies they would start with in a four player game.

everything else continues as normal.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Heh by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 12:58:22 PM EST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yf4A0dGyAE
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Risk is over-rated. by Fela Kuti (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 01:23:13 PM EST
Shogun. Now that's a tough game to win at and tougher to even sit through.


Yeah, but Shogun is very unlikely to be in a by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #18 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 01:24:22 PM EST
lake cottage closet, Risk is.


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I hate risk, tho by Fela Kuti (4.00 / 1) #29 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 08:16:47 PM EST
I also hate Shogun for that matter, but I find the overall game better. My favorite game is reading a book and making everyone shut up.


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You need better games by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 02:11:36 PM EST
for kids, Carcasonne and Ticket to Ride are good.


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boardgamegeek.com by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #22 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 02:59:16 PM EST
is the best starting point I've found.


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Other games by belldandi (4.00 / 1) #23 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 03:22:46 PM EST

Also Tikal by Rio Grande Games is good for playing with the kids (mine are 5 & 8 atm). Five year old needs some help, but it's pretty fun. Then again they like to play the old standby's of Clue and Monopoly as well.



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vodkasoda by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #32 Fri Jun 19, 2009 at 10:31:48 PM EST
because I'm a hipster douchebag.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

WIPO by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #35 Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 08:47:38 PM EST
Tom Collins/Settlers of Catan

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