Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Year.....New Blog!!

Well I decided that I would cut my losses on 'Austrian Ramblings' and start a new blog so I could customise it as a wanted. I have called it 'Austrian Rumblings'.... You can find it here.

There are many years of archived posts here and I don't want to lose them. They are so nice to look back on, all my gaming sessions with the 'Billygamers', I really enjoyed them. So give the new blog a look and let me know what you think.

Happy Gaming!!!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Still looks naff!!

Long time since my last post, seem to have lost interest a bit since the cock up I made altering the look. Ah well, anyway, hope everyone had a good Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year! We a had a quiet time here in Austria, enjoyed the Advent Markets and had some snow so it was very pretty. I do quite a lot of reading and so Tina bought me a Kindle for christmas.....very nice. I've already got a few books on it. We had no space for more paperbacks so it will come in handy. I still prefer the touch of a proper book though.

Had a couple of boardgames too......what a surprise. Union Pacific and Im Reich der Wüstensöhne. Both solid games and they play with two as well.

I still haven't found a way to change back the look of the blog, so may have to start a new one. Shame really, have been doing this one on and off for a number of years. Anyway, we will see how it goes.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Dynamic thanks

Blogger ask you to play around with dynamic views. All dancing, with bells on and wonderful. You'll never want anything else. Well, I didn't like it and can I find a way to change back to how it guessed it. So I'll have to stumble around trying to fix it. I don't like how it looks at the moment though.!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Ankh-Morpork first plays

Ankh-Morpork is Martin Wallace's venture into the family market as regards game design. It's by far his lightest game and has a fair amount of random chaos in it. This in itself will turn a lot of hard-core gamers off as they cannot control everything that happens on the board. I myself can play both types of game, you have approach them with a different take that's all.

It plays from 2-4 and Tina and I have played four games so far. The games premise is basically that you are trying to control the city of Ankh-Morpork. There are 7 personality cards and each has it's own victory condition. For example, Commander Vines wins if the card deck runs out and the Dragon King of Arms wins if there are 8 or more trouble markers on the board......oops, sorry not supposed to mention the number between 7 and 9. In the collectors edition, which I have, it is never mentioned. Even the 12 sided die has 7a instead of it. Each player draws a random personality card at the start and so each player has (maybe) different victory conditions. As I said, we have played 4 games, I have won 3 and Tina 1. My wins were as Lord Vetinari (who needs minions in 11 areas to win), two of the personalities that need control of 7 areas to win. There are three of these in the game. You have control of an area if you have more pieces (minions and buildings) than anyone else in an area. Tina won with one of these as well.....I wasn't concentrating and she sort of crept up on me.

As you can see Tina is playing red and won quite easily. The game is primarily card driven. There is a deck of over 100 cards depicting the characters and places in Terry Pratchett's fantasy world of Discworld. Your turn consists of playing a card, doing what it says on the card and drawing back to a hand of 5. Easy, eh! Well, there's a bit more to it than that. There are 12 areas on the board and each has a corresponding card. If you build a building in an area you get the card for that area and that gives you a special ability. It may be once a turn take 2 dollars from the bank, or pay 3 dollars and place a minion in that area or an adjacent area. They are all beneficial to some extent. Then there is trouble, trouble happens when there are more than one minion in an area. You place a trouble counter in that area if you add, remove or move a minion. You cannot build a building in area with trouble in it. There are also Trolls and Demons just to spice up the game a bit.

That cannot be said for the event deck. There are wizard cards in the deck, well, there would be wouldn't there. If you play a wizard you must draw a card from the event deck.....all events are bad. Fire, flood, murders it's all good fun. All in all I really enjoyed Ankh-Morpork. The randomness will increase with the number of players so will the fun I think. There is always a lot chaos and trouble in the Discworld books so it's true to the theme.

Happy Gaming!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Essen time again

Well, I have been to visit England for a couple of weeks, been back a week now. I was waiting for my copy of Anhk-Morpork to arrive before I went .....but it didn't. It was waiting for me when I got back though. I love it. I am a great Terry Pratchett fan so I was biased I think. Been looking at the live feed on BGG today, great quality. I shall be watching over the next few days, next best thing to being there. I know a few of my old gaming buddies will be there.....lucky them.

The weather is starting to get colder here, the tourist season is nearly over. A lot of the hotels and restaurants are closing for a short break. Soon it will the Christmas Advent market, that starts November 18th and I am looking forward to that very much. We will soon get the snow I expect, I don't care for it much but Tina loves it.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Jersey Tiger Moth

I have been keeping an eye on the Buddlia bush in the garden, on the lookout for any different butterflies that I could photograph and I spotted this little beauty. I took a few photos and tried to identify the species. Well, it took a bit of research but I finally found out that it's called the 'Jersey Tiger Moth'. Apparently quite rare in England, but not in ....ahem, Jersey, or hereabouts apparently.

Quite a striking fellow I think. I have also seen about, and I later identified it as, the Hummingbird Moth. I haven't been able to get any photos of this one yet, but I shall be on the lookout.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Got the little bugger!

In an earlier post I mentioned that a beautiful Emperor butterfly was visiting our buddlia bush, but that I hadn't been able to get a decent picture of it. Well, the other day, it was there again and I managed to get a few photos. I did a bit of research on the net, and although it is called 'Kaisermantel' here in Austria, I looked up the latin description 'Argynnis paphia', in England it is called 'Silver Washed Fritillary'. Anyway here are the pics.

I also managed to get a few pics of a nice Red Admiral in the same session.

Hope you like them.

On the boardgaming front I have been able to play 'Tikal II' a couple of times now and will report on this soon.