Playing a board game with my wife while at the hospital

Posted by steve | Board Games | Sunday 26 January 2014 5:59 pm

I had to take Melissa to the ER Thursday evening and she was admitted to the hospital later that same evening. She’s having pretty severe GI problems and we’ve been here since then and it’s currently Sunday evening.

However we had a pleasant break and managed to play a board game while here. Even though she’s heavily medicated she still won. I blogged about it on my board games blog site.


Geek ‘Cred

Posted by steve | Board Games | Monday 26 March 2012 11:22 am

Here’s a good example of my Geek Cred.

I walked down to the cafeteria to get some lunch today and noticing the little banner out front I immediately think of the board game Caylus.



Carcassonne on our 14th Anniversary

Posted by steve | Board Games,General Commentary | Saturday 18 February 2012 2:08 pm

We celebrated our 14th-year Wedding Anniversary having dinner at our favorite steak house on Valentine’s Day. And of course we had to pull out Carcassonne (the travel edition, because it has slightly smaller tiles) and played a game right there while eating our meal.

I lost, of course. But it doesn’t matter. We had a lot of fun and it was quite a memorable meal too.

At least 2 of the restaurant staff stopped over to ask questions about this interesting game we were playing.

It was also nice to get out. Melissa hasn’t been well for quite a while now and this was our first time out together for months. A good time and celebration indeed.


Games you keep

Posted by steve | Board Games | Saturday 4 February 2012 12:27 am

I published a post to my board games Blog this evening.

A World Without String


Playing Carcassonne in a restaurant

Posted by steve | Board Games | Sunday 11 April 2010 4:47 am

Last night Melissa and I went out for dinner.  I had a wonderful steak and lettuce wedge.  She was driving, so I also enjoyed margaritas with my meal.  We were fortunate enough to end up with a large table/booth because we brought along one of our favorite board games to enjoy while having our meal.

We brought along Carcassonne, the Travel Edition.

This is a special “baby” version of the standard Carcassonne game.  The tiles and the wooden components, known as Meeple, are all slightly smaller.

Photograph by Henning Förthmann

What’s really cool is that the game comes in a little cloth bag which is unfolded and laid flat on the table and used as the score board.

Photograph by Henning Förthmann

The interesting this is that we must have been placed, by the restaurant, in exactly the right location.  During our meal, we played 2 games, and we were frequently stopped by either other dinner guests or restaurant staff with questions and curiosity about the game.

That’s the first time that has happened to us.  Usually no one pays attention.  It was pretty cool having young folks and elderly folks stop over to ask what we were playing and how the game works.  Carcassonne is a beautiful game and an elegant design.

We ended up sharing information about some local game shops where you can purchase the game as well as our favorite on-line games retailer Thought Hammer.  My wife also shared with them the URL for my BLOG about board games A World Without String.  Note to self:  Write more often to your BLOG.

We had time to play 2 games.  The Travel Carcassonne game plays pretty quick because it’s only the basic game and doesn’t have any of those wonderful but game-lengthening expansions.  She beat me in the first game, which happens a lot when we play Carcassonne.  But I won the second game.  We noticed that, for some reason, I played better once I had 2 Margaritas in me.

Playing Carcassonne while waiting for dinner and during our meal was quite a bit of fun.  I’m certain we introduced a few new people to Euro-Games too.


Settlers of Catan at Target

Posted by steve | Board Games | Saturday 27 March 2010 4:09 pm

I just saw something at my local Target department store that really floored me. They were selling “Settlers of Catan” in the board games aisle.

Wow. That’s awesome. They already sell “Wits & Wagers”, an excellent party game enjoyed by more experienced game players. I can only hope it sells well. Maybe we’ll see “Carcassonne” and “Ticket to Ride” someday in these big chain stores.


Board Game Review: Ad Astra

Posted by steve | Board Games | Sunday 29 November 2009 10:02 pm

I haven’t written a board game review in quite a while. Getting back into the saddle, I have posted a review for the excellent board game “Ad Astra” on my games BLOG:

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Twilight Imperium III board game storage

Posted by steve | Board Games | Tuesday 1 September 2009 7:32 pm

I recently posted a BLOG entry on my board games review site documenting how I store my copy of TI-3. This was in response to a query on Board Game Geek.

A World Without String.

– Steve


New Poker Chips

Posted by steve | Board Games | Tuesday 28 July 2009 11:55 am

Melissa ordered some new chips for our gaming. They arrived today. Check ’em out.


Imported old game review blog entries into A World Without String

Posted by steve | Board Games | Sunday 10 May 2009 9:55 pm

I decided to update my current board games review BLOG (A World Without String) to include all of the older game review entries from the previous BLOG. This makes that site the main repository of my board game reviews and notes. I intend to deprecate the older site entries soon.

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