It’s all alchemy

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This week’s session saw us run through three different games in the one night.

First up, Azriel, Roslynn, and Sheer came long for a couple of games of Dominion: Alchemy. ┬áRoslynn won the first, and I think I won the second. I think, but am not sure. Why am I not sure? Because it’s so unusual for me to win a game of Dominion. But I either won it, or dreamed I won it, or have some kind of false memory syndrome. Anyway, two games of Alchemy, and that was that for Azriel and Roslynn who called it a night then.

By that time, Peleg had eventually finished work and joined us. The three of us played one game of San Juan and one game of Splendor.

San Juan was more of a challenge, with Sheer winning (47 points), Peleg second (38 points) and me well back in third (31 points).

Spelndor, however, was a complete blowout. Peleg and I might as well not have been there. Sheer got to the finishing line with 18 or 19 points, and Peleg and I had only 2 or 3 points apiece. A Sheer masterclass. I am still not sure how he did it, but he definitely did it. Well done Sheer.

Thanks to all who came.

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Games are good for you!

Especially as you get older. From Purple Pawn:

“According to a study by researchers with the Mayo Clinic, seniors who play games are less likely to experience mild cognitive impairment (MCI), an intermediate stage of dementia. Nearly 2,000 subjects, 70 years or older were followed for 4 years, interviewed about mentally stimulating activities, and evaluated for cognitive function. Those who played games at least once-a-week were 22 percent less likely to suffer from MCI.”

The moral of the story? Play a game this week!

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Talking to the Dead – Harry Bingham

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A part time prostitute is found dead in a rundown flat that’s not her own. Beside her body is that of her six year old daughter, murdered in a manner most foul. Into this cesspit comes DC Fiona (“Fi”) Griffths, one of South Wales’ youngest and most inexperienced detectives. But Fi has a way of dedicating herself to the job, and she would like nothing more than to bring the perpetrator to justice. So Fi follows the clues, and her own intuition, to fulfill her self imposed mission while trying to satisfy the more formal and routine requirements of modern day policing. As if that were not enough, Fi has a chunk of her past that she is keeping a closely guarded secret, much in the same way that she isn’t sharing with others the peace she finds in the company of the dead. Fi Griffiths is strange, alluring, and a defective detective worth knowing. Continue reading

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