Comment #2570 by: Dave at about 12:18 on April 3, 2007
After months of patience on Caciona's part I finally gave in on getting a puppy. We decided on a standard poodle mixed with something not quite so hideous. For those not in the know poodles do not shed and are generally fairly hypoallergenic for those of us concerned with such things. Friday, Caciona and I visited Valhalla Farms in Mount Pleasant Iowa and selected a four month old female goldendoodle. Her name is Mim after the norse god Mimir with whom Odin traded his eye for a drink from his spring to gain knowledge of the future. Of course, none of this has anything to do with dogs, but Caciona wouldn't let me name her Frekie-gobble-up or Geri-greediguts after Odin's wolves.

  Comment #2569 by: Nesssssssssssssssssssssss at about 09:18 on April 3, 2007
Attention: those who are awesome.

Tater is turning 4, April 22nd. I'm planning on a shindig at my parents place.

This is a Sunday. It will most probably be in the earlier afternoon.

More details as they are hashed out in my brain.


  Comment #2568 by: Adam at about 07:05 on April 3, 2007
You guys have a new household member? A puppy? Do tell!

  Comment #2567 by: BurninatorX at about 06:35 on April 3, 2007

You can ask questions during the game in the message board provided there, or you could e-mail me directly.

Pampas is a specific land card type. They look like fields of prairie grass. It should tell you what the land card is if you put your cursor over it, I think.

Note that you may only play a Pampas land next to another, "regular" land that you have alreday played.


  Comment #2566 by: Dave at about 18:49 on April 2, 2007
OK, so I think I vaguely understand what's going on, but how do I know if one of my land cards has a "pampas" symbol so I can play it on an empty hex? Can I ask these questions through the game as not to bother the nice folks who don't want to hear about or geekery?

  Comment #2565 by: Dave at about 18:06 on April 2, 2007
My bad, I didn't realize we had started. I've been busy with the new puppy all weekend.

  Comment #2564 by: KRIS at about 09:56 on April 2, 2007
Uh David, it's your turn. FUCKING GO ALREADY!!!!!

  Comment #2563 by: BurninatorX at about 14:04 on March 30, 2007
So, the Hacienda game has started. I hope everyone found the rules easy to understand. It's a pretty simple game. Let me know if you have questions.


  Comment #2562 by: bo8b at about 13:58 on March 30, 2007
Attention Pampas Rumpus Plus players: bo8b is signed up.

  Comment #2561 by: Mitchell Pilon at about 08:18 on March 30, 2007
Jeepers its pretty dark in the QC at 9:18 am!!!

  Comment #2560 by: Dave at about 16:56 on March 29, 2007
I'm a go-go (or perhaps a mi-go) for the Hacienda.

  Comment #2559 by: Kris at about 15:53 on March 29, 2007
Jason - I have joined your rumpus.

Dave - I will be over tonight.

  Comment #2558 by: Dave at about 10:46 on March 29, 2007
I will create this account you speak of. Who is up for the games this evening? I have spoken with Josh and we are a go as of a few days ago. Same time and place.

  Comment #2557 by: BurninatorX at about 07:54 on March 28, 2007
I have created a game at

The game is Hacienda. Our game is called Pampas Rumpus Plus. The password is "trogdor".

Just go to the list of Hacienda games, and join.

With me and Grahm, we just need 2-3 more!

  Comment #2556 by: gB at about 23:06 on March 27, 2007
Seek me on the planet of junk... I mean at spielbyweb. I'm totally Reverend gB there. Make me play a game, Jason! I'm ready!

  Comment #2555 by: BurninatorX at about 10:42 on March 27, 2007
Dave (and others),
Turn based boardgaming with e-mail notification is always a go for me. There's been a lengthy hiatus in our activity. I blame this on Jef. He specifically asked to wait for Sean W. to sign up for these games (as we had played a couple without him). This never happened, and we never played.

To the best of my knowledge, we still have a couple games waiting to start.

If anyone is interested, go to and make an account. Let me know, and I'll start some private games and let you know what the name and password are. Games on spielbyweb only take a couple minutes out of any given day, so there's really no time-crunch based excuse for not being involved.

Rock on,

  Comment #2554 by: Dave at about 22:25 on March 26, 2007
Adam, you are off your rocker. As to what degree chicken planks and beer feature in that equation is beyond my reckoning. BTW no one, under any circumstances, should ever own a Granada. Especially if they allow Ben Tillman to ride with them.

Jason, it is good to hear from you. I heard from Jef that there might be some revival of some turn/mail based board games online if the lot of you can be pulled away from that sticky sweet opium-like oblivion known as WoWC? I'm afraid I cannot allow myself to be seduced by these arcane pleasures. I already have enough trouble attending to such everyday drudgery as bathing and feeding myself without a new addiction adding to the stress.

Ness take a picture of your boss's butt and post it online. That'll teach em.

  Comment #2553 by: BurninatorX at about 18:04 on March 26, 2007
I play Horde characters on Daggerspine, and Alliance characters on Executus.

There are four of us (myself, Sean W., Chris L., and Eric O.) that play on Tuesday nights on Executus. Generally, I'm on most nights by 9pm ET.


  Comment #2552 by: Nessssssssssssssssssss at about 14:20 on March 26, 2007
Nessssssssssssssss has a fancy new camera.
It's pretty, and purple.

Nessssssssssssssss is sad that she's back at work.
A week and a day off from work is quite grand.

Nesssssssssssssss misses the Tater.

Stupid work.

  Comment #2551 by: Raktajino the Priest at about 10:03 on March 26, 2007
Oh? On what server do you play, Mr. Warcraft Man?

  Comment #2550 by: BurninatorX at about 09:50 on March 26, 2007

Just checking in. Nice to have an open forum again.

I am jealous of your gaming. All your games are belong to you!

I've had my face surgically attached to the World of Warcraft game being played on my computer monitor. It takes terrible, terrible things to detach it.

I did make a new friend, a boardgamer soccer player from Norway. If you know me, you know that's pretty rad.

Haven't been boardgaming a lot lately. I did recently play the following games, which were all new to me (warning: the following are a bunch of mini game reviews which are probably not interesting!):

Taj Mahal - I rate this as a solid game, worth playing, but perhaps, for me, not owning. Mid-weight Reiner Knizia game of limited auctions and connections.

Yspahan - From the Frenchmen who brought you Caylus. A fairly light game of resource management, area control, and limited choices that involves a pleasingly large amount of dice rolling. Again, worth playing and fun, I won't be buying it.

Through the Ages - Coming to you from the Czech Republic, this hard-to-find gem of civilization building parked my butt in a chair for 4.8 hours, and saw my civ rely heavily on philosophy and happiness for success. Very interesting card based implementation of the civ development idea, but too long and too lacking in player interaction for my tastes.

Hope you all are great!


  Comment #2549 by: eBay Joe at about 01:30 on March 25, 2007
Now that's more like it!

  Comment #2548 by: Adam at about 23:53 on March 24, 2007
Dave's first car was a hand-me-down Ford Granada from his parents.. A quite un-remarkable four-door sedan. I did an ebay search and found the superb example (url below). Firstly, I didn't know they made this car in a 2 door, and secondly, this car would be rather sweet with a black paint job!

  Comment #2547 by: Adam at about 21:49 on March 24, 2007
Help me out... I was having a conversation with my brothers today, and the topic of beer and Long John Silvers came up. It's a long story, but as I recall, Long John Silvers, or perhaps another, similar "B" fast-food-joint in the Quad Cities used to serve beer. I'm I off my rocker? Does anybody remember this? Help!

  Comment #2546 by: gB at about 09:50 on March 22, 2007
Really? The H Market!
Frame that shit! Rad!

  Comment #2545 by: Mitchell Pilon at about 08:44 on March 22, 2007
Abe: Try Gold Bond, dude it totally rocks! Totally.
gb: There is this awesome market in Madison called "H" Market, if my silly camera were working I would take a picture and send it to you. Framed.

  Comment #2544 by: Abraham Lincoln at about 07:23 on March 22, 2007
My groin hurts!

  Comment #2543 by: gB at about 22:38 on March 21, 2007
Yeah. Sorry Dave. 2 weeks ago, I was wicked wicked sleepy and just wanted to stay home and relax. Last Thursday I was busy installing my new DVD burner and failing to record my own human voice via a simple microphone.

I would probably be up for stuff tomorrow night as I have errands to run in town after work but it seems that you'll be unavailable. Mayhap next week then. Though I was invited to the grand re-opening of the Holiday Inn in Rock Island and they're promising me free hors d'oeuvreses and beverages. So I may go do that. Last time I went to a hotel's open house thingy, I got a free night's stay in a super deluxe suite with a hot tub in the room and stuff. Of course, now that I'm single I have less use for such things.
*makes sad 'fugee face*

Attention Bob! If you feel like driving for 90 minutes to sit in my living room and chat for a few hours, feel free. I may even join you. HA!

  Comment #2542 by: Dave at about 17:51 on March 21, 2007
Ignore that last post folks. Now it looks as if I will not be available to play. My parents were due to arrive back from vacation tonight, but their flight was bumped and will be arriving tomorrow instead. I am their ride and do not know exactly when they will arrive. Hope I didn't get anyone's panties overly moist in anticipation.

  Comment #2541 by: Dave at about 17:20 on March 21, 2007
Actually, Bob, I was just checking in to post the cancellation for games as Josh will be in Chicago and Grahm has not attended the last couple. didn't figure it would be very exciting for Kris and I. However, your interest changes everything. Kris and Grahm are you "game" if the thespian makes the trek? I'll leave it up to you guys.

  Comment #2540 by: bo8b at about 13:37 on March 21, 2007
Attention Dave! Is gaming going to happen at your house Thursday night? My schedule is remarkably free, and if things are happening, I'd be interested in driving up for the evening.

Games are fun.

  Comment #2539 by: Adam V. Pilon at about 17:26 on March 19, 2007
Thank you all for the Birthday Greetings! "I'm Sally O'Malley, and I'm Fifty -- Fifty years old!"

  Comment #2538 by: WadeMS M Saathoff at about 06:20 on March 19, 2007
Adam, I had a dream about you and your new Cordoba last night. It was simply the finest. Therefore: Happy Birthday!

  Comment #2537 by: CacionaDaveSamJosh at about 22:55 on March 17, 2007

  Comment #2536 by: Mitchell Pilon at about 10:36 on March 17, 2007
Adam, you are my very valued brother and I love you and happy birthday and your car(s) are awesome and you should get a motorcycle and Wade you should get another motorcycle and I wish the weather would get warmer and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ADAM!!!

  Comment #2535 by: bo8b at about 08:46 on March 17, 2007
Attention Adam: Happy Birthday!

  Comment #2534 by: gB at about 22:56 on March 16, 2007
Happy Birthday, Adam!

  Comment #2533 by: gB at about 20:19 on March 16, 2007
Oh, I've played with the mixer items and selected the microphone and slid the sliders all the way up and down to no effect. It's always very very very quiet. I have two microphone jacks and they're both like that. I'll try recording on the Line In jack and see if perhaps that works. It could be that my mic jacks are both fucked.

  Comment #2532 by: bo8b at about 20:05 on March 16, 2007
Also, that sounds like maybe a problem with Goldwave. Go into your Control Properties, then click on the Volume tab. Make sure the checkbox next to Microphone is selected, and the slider should be about halfway up.

  Comment #2531 by: bo8b at about 20:01 on March 16, 2007
Attention gB: I bought a Plantronics headset w/ microphone for online gaming. It allows me to connect to a telephony server and speak in real time with other various people so we can coordinate our attacks, etc.

It's not tremendously high quality, but if you just want to record yourself saying something on Goldwave, something like what appears in my link above would be fine. That's not exactly the kind I have, but it's very similar. I got mine at Best Buy about a year ago for probably $20.

  Comment #2530 by: gB at about 17:46 on March 16, 2007
Bob... it was a long long day. I nearly dozed off at work several times. Adriane and I resorted to filing just to keep ourselves awake.

Everybody... Do they even MAKE microphones for computers that actually function? I've gone through 2 this week and my findings are that you have to scream into them as loud as possible to get even the slightest bit of audio to actually pass through it and into the computer.
I just want to push the Record button on Goldwave and then say something and then push Play and hear what I said. That shouldn't be difficult to achieve in the 21st Century without buying a $100 microphone and several pre-amps and mixers to go between it and the little microphone jack on the computer.

  Comment #2529 by: bo8b at about 14:29 on March 16, 2007
Is it just me, or is this the longest day ever? Will this day never end?!? Oy!!

  Comment #2528 by: KRIS at about 15:23 on March 15, 2007
I'm in it to win it, and I'll see YOU at the top!!!

  Comment #2527 by: Dave at about 12:48 on March 15, 2007
Acronym: A word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words. Acronym is not, a random run-on description of something predicated on irrelevant, arbitrary punctuation placed between the characters of a word.

Not to mention that this assumption of the identities of everyone from movie moguls to entrepreneurial arborists is both childish and cowardly. Are you afraid to post under your own identity. Has the broader internet community not provided you with the validation necessary to take even the most modest of social risks? Do you need a pacifier, babies.

Anyway, games, tonight, 6:00-?. Who's in?

  Comment #2526 by: Mitchell Pilon at about 10:20 on March 14, 2007
Oh thats just rich!! SO TRUE!!!!

  Comment #2525 by: Carl Hjalmar Asplundh at about 09:34 on March 14, 2007
A.S.P.L.U.N.D.H. - parking cumbersome orange trucks alongside the highway, obstructing traffic and dropping large tree branches into the road so you don't have to.

  Comment #2524 by: Auto Mechanic at about 17:55 on March 12, 2007
C.H.E.V.R.O.L.E.T. climbs hills, even valley's - rolls over logs, even trees.

  Comment #2523 by: Bill Nye the Science Guy at about 15:25 on March 12, 2007
L.A.S.E.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

  Comment #2522 by: Bud at about 15:14 on March 12, 2007
C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller)

  Comment #2521 by: Adam at about 13:14 on March 12, 2007
F.I.N.E. (Fuel, Ignition, Neuteral, Engine)


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