Other Wise

Twitter Week: 2010-01-29

  • @frandallfarmer I don't believe either the new or the old sets of numbers. The polar ice-cap & glacier loss statistics are more compelling. in reply to frandallfarmer #
  • @BrenoKummel For 1848? I've yet to have a game in which all the companies weren't floated before the 5-trains. Why dawdle that long? #18xx in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @BrenoKummel In an 1830-esque games I'll happily float then for the capital, but it will be a shit company. Train-feeder. #18xx in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @BrenoKummel Capital multiplication (6->10) & stock appreciation. Open early & fast as long as you can get a good par. #18xx in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @BrenoKummel: Running multiple companies well is HARD but also rewarding. Most players are bad at it. Something to learn & practice. #18xx #
  • Sometime in the last year I've become able to focus & concentrate at will so absolutely that it leaves me shaking when I pull out. Scary. #
  • It isn't the shakiness that frightens, but that the universe disappears except for my focus until I extract. It is so…absolute, so binary. #
  • I wonder, do I now need to promise to only use my new-found powers for good? #
  • @andsoerinsaid In someone else? Not sure. I suspect I only know how to say things which are true but don't help. #
  • @ingredientx: If we lived in the same state we might fulfill the LHC prophecy and implode the universe. #
  • @andsoerinsaid: I don't chew gum. I do like chewing raw cardamom pods. #
  • @Infernarl Similar to flow, but closer to tunnel-vision and a fair bit more intense and exhausting. It is debilitating. in reply to Infernarl #
  • @scottredracecar I found 18Ardennes insipid. Nothing actually compelling & little reason to play it again. Colourless. #18xx in reply to scottredracecar #
  • A small piece of encouragement for a friend whose professors have deviated below the mean: http://is.gd/7bXMe #
  • @scottredracecar Fair point. There were teaching errors in our game. But the corrections from David weren't encouraging. Shrug. #18xx in reply to scottredracecar #
  • Working on an article about stock-trashing in #18xx, when it is required for Good Play, & the reasoning behind its necessity. Suggestions? #
  • Looks like we're going to be doing an #18xx fiesta at DundraCon: http://www.dundracon.com/ 18C2C, 18FR-RCE etc – 3 days of good stuff. #
  • @thisdarkpen There is more to say than I'd expected. Genericy vs practice. #18xx in reply to thisdarkpen #
  • @scottredracecar Saw your post to David. Ditto our game. Games need imbalance to be interesting. #18xx in reply to scottredracecar #
  • @andsoerinsaid And people wonder why I almost exclusively read BGG via my subscriptions list. Just skip the blather (& thus most traffic). in reply to andsoerinsaid #
  • What Apple is really selling with the iPad: http://is.gd/7fgfT Next comes the seamless integration play that threatens most media markets. #
  • It isn't the #iPad stupid, it is the iPad+iPhone+iMac as a vertical solution. #
  • @jdludlow: Bugger, can't believe I wrote that rating comment. #
  • Come on guys, the #iPad isn't a laptop-wannabe or an iPhone++. It's a smart network device with a big screen & a million smart network-apps. #
  • @MidgardDragon No more than an unjail-broken iPhone. Red Herring & ignores subsequent market development and definition (and HTML5). #iPad in reply to MidgardDragon #
  • Given the public uncertainty on what it really offers, the name is a brilliant way to keep press coverage on the #iPad. #

Twitter Week: 2010-01-22

Twitter Week: 2010-01-15

  • @brookscl Yes, Villa Paletti is worth it. A clever game if players fight to control who adds levels or is stuck pulling a weak support. in reply to brookscl #
  • @brookscl But Villa Paletti is weak if just played as a HaHa party game. It needs the positional fight to shine. in reply to brookscl #
  • Looking to buy more poker-chip sets for #18xx: http://tr.im/K2ft One nice 300 chip set, one economy 1,000 chip set. Recommendations? #
  • @BrenoKummel My 500 chip-set is only barely big enough for 18C2C. I find denominated chips slower/harder to use. Mentally jarring. #18xx in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @msaari The NexGen Pros or ProGens seem the most likely. I'll probably order a sample set. #18xx in reply to msaari #
  • @BrenoKummel Want 2nd 300 set when we have 2 games going. Using my 500 is clumsy. Also want less-slippy chips for default game. #18xx in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • 18C2C has arrived. Three, no, four, no, five bags full of tokens to sticker. Oy vey, I paid for this honour? I should be so lucky. #18xx #
  • @andsoerinsaid: Figure 400+ tokens, tweezers, micrometer, robotic controls, electron scanning miscroscope,.. Piece of (yellow) cake! #18xx #
  • @jdludlow: Subversion is to SCM as cockroaches are to filet mignon. #
  • @jdludlow The thing that impresses me most about SVN is how much worse it is than CVS, and CVS was & is painfully and brutally broken. in reply to jdludlow #
  • @EndGameOakland: (Auction + Aaron) Woot! /me does happy dance. #
  • @icheyne: Java will take a long time to die. I hope not very long. Sadly, JS is here to stay — AJAX has ensured that. #
  • @jdludlow: There aren't that many upcoming #18xx: 18Ardennes, 18NEB, 18IO, 18FR-RCE, 1812, 1817..Okay, maybe a few. #
  • @jdludlow: (smug) grin! #18xx #
  • @andsoerinsaid: I'm fairly sure y'all don't call it "hiding the sausage" (or "making whoopee", my long-time favourite) #
  • @jdludlow: Just to make you happy. http://is.gd/6dBeF #18xx. #
  • @andsoerinsaid: I'm tempted to say how much of an stiff uptight prick I am WRT sex, but I won't slide into such easy temptation. #
  • @andsoerinsaid: Dammit. I get lewd and you go all undriven snow on me. No wonder guys always lose. #
  • @andsoerinsaid: Challenge schmallenge. The basic male wet dream: "Come & get 'em!" It really doesn't matter who says that. #
  • @andsoerinsaid As representative of the Guild of Y-Chromosomes I'm not worried about that. The Double-X Chromosome club wants to have words. in reply to andsoerinsaid #
  • @andsoerinsaid Amidst your recent tit muscle, wandering breasts, bush obsession & thermal-wrapped derriere, I seem to be in fine company.Ah! in reply to andsoerinsaid #
  • @andsoerinsaid I fear for the next hapless scruffy tween you meet in an elevator. (Fear, encourage, warn, envy? At least one of those) in reply to andsoerinsaid #
  • 1854 has (finally) arrived & in the same week as 18C2C no less. I'm overcome with unplayed #18xx goodness. To the tables! Attack! Attack! #
  • @BrenoKummel: My 1854 is straight in from Helmut Ohley. #
  • @andsoerinsaid: I resent the implication that I may not have sent a mixed message. Ahem. #

Twitter Week: 2010-01-08

  • @jesnellm I dunno about 1830 Wabash variants. My rules are 1 page. I didn't think the oddly small paper limits and no-diesels were obvious. in reply to jesnellm #
  • So I got a copy of 18C2C. I don't think there's any chance or hope of recovery from here. I'm doomed, doomed I tell you, DOOMED. #18xx #
  • @smok Game, diesels & CD. #18xx in reply to smok #
  • About to release 18FR-RCE to public playtest. David Hecht has a cow about historicity. He's right, damn it. So much chrome to fix. #18xx #
  • Just in case anyone was wondering: I (hate|resent|loathe|despise|abhor|curse|detest) NFS. Just in case there was any doubt mind you. #

Twitter Week: 2010-01-01

  • @BrenoKummel I think 2030 is worth it, but I also think the original is the leaner & tighter game. 2030 is a considerable change of pace. in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @scottredracecar: 1830 Wabash is still missing the rules. I have them. They are under-license, interesting and…not trivial. #18xx #
  • @BrenoKummel: I created the 1830-Wabash BGG entry. Bohrer holds the copyright, licensed to Janich, but Bohrer may re-license. #18xx #
  • @jdludlow: In short: Coalfields without the coal or the train-obsolecence, but with a tighter NYC area & a more track-heavy end-game. #18xx #
  • @jdludlow: Like Pere Marquette, JDG's Simple or Chesapeake Bay Bridge etc, it is an interesting twist, not a fundamentally new game. #18xx #
  • @jdludlow: And what's missing are the rules, and given my last chat with Bohrer, you ain't gonna get them unless you buy a copy. #18xx #
  • @scottredracecar: Where are y'all based? LA area IIRC? We've talked about making trips down to LA to play #18xx with Vanderpluym etc. #
  • @scottredracecar: Oh, MN. Oh well… #
  • I need a better #linux #twitter client. gwibber, gtwitter, twitux, twit2 aren't it. #
  • @scottredracecar: Hehn. Always. Can't live or without 'em. #
  • @scottredracecar: We've also noodled doing a ~quarterly #18xx convention here. Informal, just a weekend. Could be interesting. #
  • @scottredracecar: I grok. I have 30+, poss ~50 local #18xx players, but have to kill to get more than 5-6 in a room at once. #
  • @BrenoKummel #18xx over? Why? in reply to BrenoKummel #
  • @BrenoKummel: Ouch. I forsee a recruiting/evangelism drive! #18xx #
  • Bugger. New Years plan just disintegrated. Blast. Time to scramble. #