The other night me and The Little Missus had another couple over to indulge one of our geekier compulsions: Board games.
Boy, we hit the geek mother-load with this one. The game we played is called Settlers of Cataan. For those of you unfamiliar with this nerdy masterpiece, the object is to create more roads, settlements, cities and other bits of civilization than your opponents, screwing with their chances along the way.
That’s it. If it weren’t a board game it would be a curriculum. Players gather commodities that can be used to build the various objects you need to win. Supply and demand plays a big role.
One half of the couple we played with is an economist.
Just to add to my geek status, I am also involved in a semi-regular game of Risk with a group of other social outcasts. (You know who you are). We speak longingly of one day playing Axis and Allies. Even The Little Missus, who gladly plays many other board games, looks on me with pity and, I fear, a little contempt. Not that I blame her.
On a slightly less nerdy note, its time for a music update.
My Gomez phase has not yet abated, although it seems to be slowing down. I’ve been on a Zeppelin kick for about a week, in particular Houses of the Holy.
I’ve been getting into a Canadian indie band called Broken Social Scene. They’re a group with a steady line-up that is augmented by others from the Great White North indie scene. Their album You Forgot It in People is a great listen. It took me a couple of passes to fully appreciate it, but it is well worth the effort.
And a big thanks to Amy for steering me to The Dead Show podcast. I’m working my way through the archives in a state of bliss.
How’s about you all? What’s in your ears these days?