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Thursday, March 31, 2011

BGTG 113 - European Vacation

Part of what's kept me away from the microphone lately has been some overseas travel. First was our family T. O. A. L. (Trip of a Lifetime) to Germany & Italy. Then, surprisingly, a return visit to Europe shortly thereafter by just me because of a new assignment at work. Though neither of those trips were about games, I couldn't help getting in SOME shopping and playing while I was over there. This episode is kind of a rambling tale about that, the shops I visited, the games I bought & played, and the surprises of an American gamer visiting another part of the world.


P.S. The name of my kind host at the Dutch game group was Eugene, not Phil. I'm sorry for the mistake!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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10:13 AM  
Blogger Gregarius said...

Entertaining podcast. For what it's worth, I am embarrassed to say I have also performed an equally poor cost-base analysis for a road trip. Probably a lot more than once, actually. Most often the reward is like yours: minimal, but a nice story of my own foolishness.

On another note, the re-release of Loopin' Louie has a different feel than the original. The shorter arm (to fit in the smaller box) changes the dynamics. It's not a huge difference, but I'm sure you'll notice. You should try it before abandoning the old one. For an even more different experience, try Bobbin' Bumblebee, too!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Clay B. said...

Hey Mark,
I enjoyed your stories of your trips to Europe. I have gone to great lengths to visit a game club, so I know exactly where you were coming from.


11:01 AM  
Anonymous Michael Mitchell said...

Hi Mark,
A very enjoyable podcast. I was also in the Netherlands in February ( I live in London)and my wife bought a copy of Loopin' Louie... from a games shop in Amsterdam. The games shop had some games in English and some interesting games in Dutch and German but nothing that I had to have. My coup for the trip though was finding a copy of balloon cup (Balloon race) in the NOVA science museum, on sale for 10 Euros. I must admit I cannot resist finding the local FLGS when ever I travel to a new city. Mike

11:46 AM  
Blogger collywobbles said...

Great story Mark. I loved the "adventure" to Essen. Shame you didn't find that copy of Samarkand, it would have made it all feel worthwhile. You may not have saved much money but it's a great story to tell. Sounds like the Dutch group were very welcoming.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Justus said...

Hello Mark, thanks for the heads up on Fluster! Its a fun little game. For what its worth, I made an excel spreadhseet that will churn out new Fluster sheets for you whenever you press F9. I uploaded it it to Boardgame Geek.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great episode again!
In one earlier episoded you metioned that you had approx 250 games. Have you manage to limit your collection at that level?

8:35 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

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8:38 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

I don't have an actual count. I do know my collection has grown over the past year, my stacks are now spilling out into stacks, and I haven't sold as many games as I'd like.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous caravan parks said...

Now that's what I call the real trip of a lifetime! You have more than 250 games? That could be a record. I know how frustrating it can be to try to limit a collection. I can't help it, but I keep on buying collectibles during my travels.

6:04 PM  

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