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Live broadcasting of Table hockey European Championship! [Jun. 13th, 2008|02:01 pm]
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June 13-15, 2008 in Riga, Latvia, in the main hall of Riga Technical University, ITHFs European Championship will take place. Almost 150 players from Latvia, Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Ukraine, Germany and Denmark will fight for Champion nominations in 7 categories - open, veterans, juniors, ladies, teams, ladies teams and veteran teams.

You have the chance to watch it all Live on yaika.com!

Additional information on: http://yaika.info/ithf/


Thought you guys would be interested :)

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Just Joined Up! [Jan. 24th, 2008|02:04 pm]
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Hello, my name is McKee. I've lived in Austin since 1993, and I'll be 33 in March.

While I enjoy playing more traditional and well-known board games, like Go, Monopoly, Chess, Backgammon, etc, I tend to favor long-lasting, intricate games like Talisman, Puerto Rico, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. I recently added Arkham Horror to my collection as well.

I'm a nice guy, I work at UT, I'm looking to join or be joined with fellow gamers. I'm not a sore loser, or winner for that matter. Don't get me wrong, I do get upset when I lose, but I enjoy the feeling.

mckee.andrus@gmail.com is my email. I could write about myself more, but I don't want to overdo it.

Catch me later!
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(no subject) [Jan. 17th, 2008|09:34 am]
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i feel like i've played every good board game sold in stores... so i want to learn about new games i am possibly missing out on. so here's a question or two: what is your favorite game? and, do you own any games that are not as well known, that you would recommend to others?
personally i'd go with cranium for question 1. question 2 would be mille bornes... is that well known?

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Another intro post [Nov. 16th, 2007|01:33 pm]
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Hey everyone. I might as well post my intro as well :-)

I grew up without TV for a portion of my life, which partly explains why I have an affinity for games (that, and they're just fun). I have a variety of games, and I also play video games and role play . . . regardless, my favorites are Monopoly and Scrabble. I also play a variety of card games, most falling into the rummy family (canasta, gin, rummy, etc.)

I'm in the process of moving right now, from Cedar Park to actual North Austin, so I'm not really free to do stuff. Maybe in the future we could have a meetup :-)
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2007|01:03 pm]
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Another frequent board/card game player here! We (partner and I) probably play some sort of board or card game (we play video games, too, but I know that's not what this comm is about) at least twice a week. We like us some good Rummy, and I rule at Speed, even if it is kind of "kid stuff." We also recently acquired an Uno deck, but I got frustrated with not being good immediately, so we'll see how that progresses. Let's see, what else, what else... we have & play dominoes, Trivial Pursuit (90s and Pop Culture), Balderdash, Star Wars Monopoly (don't be jealous), Scrabble (our favorite lately), Jenga, Chess, and Taboo. I think that's it, but for some reason that list looks incomplete. Anyway! We live in annoyingly north Austin (Anderson Mill & 183), so we are not exactly conveniently located, but we make up for it in enthusiasm! I will definitely be watching for any meet-ups, and am definitely willing to host if needed. 
Disclaimer: we are drinkers and smokers, so we might not be the "for everyone" type of people. But you can smoke inside our house, so some people appreciate that...

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How to win at Monopoly [Nov. 7th, 2007|10:55 am]
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How to win at Monopoly - a simple strategy:

* Always buy Railroads; never buy Utilities *
* At the beginning of the game, focus on acquiring a complete C-G (Color Group) in Sides 1+2, even if it means trading away properties on Sides 2+3. After acquiring one of these C-Gs, build 3 houses as quickly as possible: no more houses, no less!
* Once your first C-G starts to generate some cash, focus on completing a C-G and building 3 houses in Sides 3+4.
o Note: 3 houses is the "sweet spot" in the game as shown in Table 1 below. That's where you're making the best use of your money.
* Single properties are the least good investment if you don't build on them.
* The only exception to the above rules are when you need to acquire stray properties to prevent your opponents from completing their C-Gs to accomplish the above strategy.

The 5 best starting positions are - in order:

1. 3 houses on each of the light blue C-G (Oriental/Vermont/Connecticut)
2. All 4 railroads
* One reason why this may even be the best starting point: the revenue flow from railroads is much more constant over time whereas some of the other properties may have the same ROI but they come with bigger payouts over longer time spans. Also railroads are a much better investment along the way (compared to 1 house on the Or/Ver/Conn group, for example).
3. 3 houses on each of the orange C-G (St James/Tennessee/New York)
4. 3 houses on each of the light purple C-G (St Charles/States/Virginia)
5. A hotel on each of the dark purple C-G (Mediterranean /Baltic)
* This option gives by far the worst return of the 5 starting positions; in fact, until you get 4 houses, this C-G is the worst investment in the game!
* However, his option does have 2 advantages: it is the cheapest of the 5 and it only has 2 properties so owning the entire C-G may be easier, especially in large games.

********Check out the entire article here.
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Introduction [Nov. 2nd, 2007|06:51 pm]
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I just moved here a few months ago. I'm down in South Austin. I used to play a lot of European style board games with several groups in Portland. I own Carcasonne, Alexandros, and Princes of the Renaissance, as well as a light card game called Cthulhu 500. I keep an eye on this web page for new games and reviews, and I thought I would share it.

I'm actually taking off for several conferences and won't be around for most of November, but I'll keep an eye on things after I get back in case people are meeting up.
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I'll host a party [Nov. 2nd, 2007|05:17 pm]
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I've got regular Cranium and Cranium Turbo in addition to some other board games (Scene It, Trivial Pursuit etc...). Is anyone interested in having Cranium night on Sunday November 4th? I live off of Ben White and Banister. Please comment if y'all want to join in on the festivities.
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Let's Play NOWW! [Nov. 2nd, 2007|05:13 pm]
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Who wants to play sooner rather than later?! I'm dying to play some games. My personal faves are Monopoly (by the book rules) and Catch Phrase. I also love everything else except chess and Risk since I've never learned them, but I'm always up for learning those as well.

Do we want to play at someone's house? Can you play at coffee shops? I'm in Pflugerville, but don't mind driving!
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2007|04:59 pm]
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board games? i am so there! i am moving to austin in 2 weeks and am addicted to cranium. pop 5 cranium is a blast too... as is jenga. i can also contribute: chez geek, munchkin, risk, yahtzee, stratego, loaded questions, imaginiff, pop culture trivial pursuit, apples to apples, scrabble, and uno.
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