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Friday notes [Apr. 3rd, 2009|01:28 pm]
Darth Paradox
  • We had our first draw (i.e. game) in the April Spiel (i.e. curling competition) last night. It was an extremely close and well-fought game, and we lost by inches on the last rock. The final scoreboard (I'm on Eric Phillips' team):
    Phillips (HMR)13567
    (Curling scoreboards are unusual; the horizontal dimension is the score and the number in each box is the end in which the team reached that score. So, we started with the "hammer" - last rock advantage in the first end - and scored 2 points in the first end and 1 point each in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh ends. (Scoring in consecutive ends is relatively unusual and is referred to as a "steal", since the hammer for each end goes to the team that didn't score in the last end.) They scored three points in each of the second and fourth ends, and one point in the eighth).

    Next game is Saturday at 2 AM. Be there or be asleep, most likely. (The game after that will either be at 6 AM or 8 AM... that's gonna be a rough morning.)
  • Bees' brains retool themselves to handle the switch from nursing to foraging at roughly middle age. Nature is awesome.
  • Java has spoiled me for our C++ codebase. I hate working on our legacy service.
  • I'm not likely getting Pyrlogos done for Monday. Though I might make some progress over the weekend when I'm not curling or sleeping; we'll see.
  • Started a game of Robo Rally at work. We'll probably do a couple turns a day. Certainly less of a productivity-killer than Diplomacy.

[User Picture]From: notaboyscout
2009-04-04 12:14 am (UTC)
Oh, holy crap, I love diplomacy. I wasn't the best player, by any stretch of the imagination, but I sure had a good time in high school. The AP history teacher was working to design the ultimate Diplomacy board, where no starting position had any advantage. Bunch of really good players then. What kind of place do you work in?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-04-04 01:51 am (UTC)
I've seen an "equal" Diplomacy map before - it's just several iterations of Italy around a central hub.

I enjoy Diplomacy at a more abstract level... I tend to enjoy running the games, rather than playing with them. (I don't handle getting backstabbed very well.)

My team has several gamers of various stripes; the Diplomacy game was a lot of fun, but a few people were getting too involved in it and getting distracted from work. Great team-building exercise, though. :D We're a bunch of programmers working in a bullpen-style cubicle; our Robo Rally game is set up on a spare desk.
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[User Picture]From: notaboyscout
2009-04-06 06:44 pm (UTC)
His aim with his map was to have a map of the entire world where each starting country was on equal footing. He would introduce slightly refined layouts at the beginning of a new game, when he had them.

I hated getting backstabbed in those games in high school. these days, I imagine I would take it in stride. Years of playing Munchkin will do that to a person :)

Lucky you, to work with so many geeky gamer folk. The best I can scrape up around my work is a round of Halo 3 or Street Fighter 4. Guys who work in advertising, for the most part just aren't quite geeky enough. Sigh.

I can't remember if I already told you, so feel free to ignore this if it is a repeat, but I added you to my friends. Feel free to do the same if you are interested.
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