I’ve now written over 250 session reports on www.boardgamegeek.com. Wow.
It was a fairly light weekend as far as gaming went – a couple of games of Battletech against Sarah on Friday; a game of Iron Heroes with Martin, Craig, Peggy and Adam on Friday night, and then some evening boardgames with Randy on Saturday night – Memoir ’44, Twilight Struggle, and Battletech.
The Battletech Introductory Boxed Set and the Starterbook: Sword and Dragon are turning out to be really, really good purchases. They cost me under aus$80 in all – great value, especially as I’ve already gotten about 8 hours gaming from them.
We also got a lot of rain (40mm) on Saturday night. It was fun playing TS with Randy as the rain came down (along with some thunder and lightning!)
Sunday and Monday I read quite a bit: rereading Anne Bishop’s The Black Jewels trilogy, which I adore; also a couple of new purchases: Jeri Ready-Smith’s Voice of Crow, and Pamela Freeman’s Blood Ties. They were both surprisingly good – the latter is by an Australian writer. I’m looking forward to seeing how the series pans out.
There are posters on EN World who seem to think that there isn’t much good new fantasy – they must be reading different books than I am, because I’m amazed by how much really good material there is out there. I’ve just picked up Stephen Donaldson’s Fatal Revenant – the second book in The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I don’t read many books that are harder to read than Donaldson’s, but the ideas are really worth it.
I also had a solo game of Advanced Squad Leader Starter Kit #2 on Sunday afternoon – took me less than 2 hours, which is pretty good going. I think I’m really getting the hang of these starter rules. Playing with artillery was interesting. Still, I don’t know if I’ll ever try the full rules – when it comes to WW2 wargames, I think I’m amply served by Memoir ’44 and Combat Commander: Europe. But we’ll see…