Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Wonders

Earlier this year we went to see the Lego wonders of the world exhibit at the Melbourne Museum.
Some highlights...

















Sunday, March 26, 2017

Formula D 2017

Time again for the annual Formula D race. This year, I chose Valencia which proved to be a rather brutal track. As usual we ran 3 laps with a requirement that each car pits at least once in the race.

Tony and Jacqui were not able to make it this year, so we started with only a small field of 5 cars. If I recall correctly, the grid was Michael, then Tim, me, Tatiana and Dave in last place.

The start was congested with many near misses and three collisions before we got through the second corner. Importantly, that left a debris marker in the centre of the long track through that corner restricting the options for future turns.

Michael led coming out of the corner, with the rest of us jostling for second place. Embarrassingly, I took a calculated risk to line up for the final corner. Unfortunately, it did not pay of and I bumped Tim's car in front of me, causing damage to my own car and forcing me out of the race. Yes, I had not even completed ONE lap! At the end of the first lap, there were 5 debris markers on the track. Michael led, followed by Tim, then Tatiana and then Dave.

The second lap was uneventful except that Michael decided to pit. His crew were obviously not on the ball and he did not make it out in one turn. This allowed Tim to overtake him and Dave to catch up. By the time they hit the second corner again, on the final lap, all 4 cars were bunched up, but Michael had narrowly regained the lead.

Coming out of the second corner, Tim overtook Michael again and raced through the third corner. Michael decided it was now or never and put on a burst of speed. However, it was just too much and he spun out as he exited the corner. Still in the race, but now back in first gear. All he could do was watch Tim race away and Dave and Tatiana pass him as he tried to build up speed again.

At this point, Tim may have thought it was in the bag, but some remarkable driving from Dave saw him hit every corner perfectly and by the final corner he was only a car length behind Tim. It would truly come down to the last die roll.

Tim flew out of the corner in fifth gear, rolling a 19 and crossing the finish line. Dave followed also in fifth and rolled a 20 to take second place in an almost photo finish. A turn later Tatiana cruised over the line for third.

Michael, some distance behind, and presumably thinking the road was clear, again put on too much speed through the final corner and crashed out.

There is always next year!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cancon 2017

Well, Cancon is over again for another year.

What can I say? It was another big crowd. Lots of games going on. Lots of vendors. Lots of friends to catch up with.
Amongst the highlights was an interesting looking game based on the Russian invasion of Japan at the end of ww2.
 There was also a huge Flames of War game.
Along with the hordes of 40k, flames of war and other games with large followings.

Horse and musket was represented.
As was ancients,
28mm world war 2,
and even epic 40k.

Well done to the organisers.

I was lucky enough to play a few games with my friend Pete: Battlelore, Hold the Line and Burning of Prospero, as well as some family games with Nicole and her family: Sushi Go, Mexican Train, Qwirkle and Labyrinth.

All up, a great weekend.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Brickvention 2017

Its that time of year again for lots of lego at Brickvention.


This year I really liked the picnic and tea party displays.

 









There was also a theme of board games.






Of course the Thomas train set was great.


There was another one of those murals that have two pictures.
 



Other intersting displays include the d-day map.

The thinker

A teddy

Miracle on the Hudson

Escher

Looking forward to next year.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Aftershock

We played a game of Aftershock last night. Remarkably, we did pretty well, ending with a total of 8 Relief Points and every player on a positive score.

This is an interesting game, both to play and because of its development background. It is a cooperative board game based on a humanitarian relief operation. It was designed by Rex Brynen and Thomas Fisher after a workshop at the 2013 Connections conference. While it is a fun recreational game, it is also used in workshops and political science courses.

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Set in the fictitious country of Carana, four players - the Government, UN, NGOs and an international military task force - attempt relief operations after an earthquake. Each of the five districts in the country have a deck of cards that have to be "resolved" by providing the necessary resources such as food, water and medical supplies. However plans quickly come unstuck as event cards introduce disease, social unrest and general mayhem. Each player has slightly different strengths and victory conditions, but victory can only be achieved through coordination and cooperation.

I recommend having a look at the game. Proceeds from the sale go to the World Food Program

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Formula D 2016

We just had our annual Formula D game this afternoon. This year, I chose the Sochi track, which proved to be quite challenging. While the corners are fairly fast, the straights between them are at just the right offset to cause problems selecting a gear, particularly once the corners become congested.


It was fairly close for most of the race with a pack of 4 or more cars in contention for most of the running. This year, after a mid-race driver change, Tony/ Grace won, with Michael coming second, Jacqui coming third, Dave fourth and myself (Todd) a very distant, and damaged, fifth. Lee, Tim and Clare all crashed, and there was quite a bit of debris on the track by the end.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Brickvention 2016

Brickvention seemed even bigger and better this year.
There were many new impressive models to see. Some highlights below.