Back in town

OK, gotta make this quick:

20th Dec:
Said goodbye to Mel at the airport – she was flying to Christchurch. Caught the train to Paraparamu, Dad picked me up and we went to Otaki.

Xmas Day – saw my cousins at my grandparents place – was cool. Dinner was late because my cousins were late, and Dad got completely trashed from drinking and not eating.

29th December:
Dad and I drove to Napier. Went to the cricket with Stuart, my brother. Was pretty neat. Dad stays the night, leaves the next day.

New Years Eve:
Mum and I went up town for a drink. Bumped into Wayne, an aquantance of mine from my NCMT days. Fireworks, was a very good night!

Caught up with Guru Bob at his place. Beer and burgers (thanks Linda!) and a GeneRally tourney. Bought GTA3 for PC from Bob for Stuart’s Birthday.

Saw Harry Potter with my Brother – was pretty cool.

5th: Stuart and I get a ride to Palmerston North with my Mum, meet up with Dad, we buy clothes, and drive on to Otaki.

7th: Dad, Stuart and I drive to Wellington, go to Te Papa for an hour or so, lunch, my house, I discover Chris has bought a giant TV and DVD 5.1 surround sound system for his room, and Mark has bought an Xbox. Wow. Dad and Stuart depart back to Otaki. 7pm I get picked up by Mel’s flatmate Andrew (thanks Andy!) and we go to the airport to pick up Mel, we go to her place have dinner with her flatmates.

Nethack Stupidity

I’ve been getting back into Nethack recently. I just found this archive of YASDs – some of them are hilarious! Like choking on royal jelly, or the drawbridge falling on top of you. If you don’t know what Nethack is, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Risky Business

Broke in my Risk board with two games of Secret Mission Risk in the weekend. If you’ve never played Secret Mission before, you are missing out on playing risk more often.

First game was 5 players, SmileyChris, Jeremie, Bert, Joel(?), and myself. Joel won with the mission to Destroy Green… which was me. Damnit. My mission was Destroy Red (Bert), but I spread myself too thin. I need practice ๐Ÿ™‚

Second game was the next night, Smiley, Jeremie, Gareth, Paul and myself. Gareth is a seasoned risk player, and completed his Destroy Blue mission, with SmileyChris manning the blue pieces. My mission was Take Asia and Africa. I started with three of the four countries in Australasia, and went on to hold most of asia for the rest of the game, not actually holding the continent at any point though. Also, I have never seen a Secret Mission game with more than 1 cannon on a country. I think on Gareth’s winning turn he cashed in his risk cards for a whopping 55+3 units. I had 4 cannons on one of my countries, Jeremie had maybe 5 or 6 in western europe, and Gareth had a huge army in the middle east, which was preventing me trying to take Africa. But I’m happy I held most of Asia for so long.

If you’re in Wellington sometime, give me an IM or something and we’ll organise a game sometime… ๐Ÿ˜€


On Sunday after church we got to go to someone’s place for a young adults lunch (thanks The Wilsons, I think). There were probably about 20 young adults there. Smileychris and I were both there just talking and I leaned back to put my drink down on a shelf behind me and there it was – a Cathedral board. I’d seen and read about this game at stores like Mindscapes, and some touristy stores, and was intrigued by it. For some reason Mr Wilson came over and taught Chris, myself, and a friend of mine called Green (most ppl call him Jay, but he’s not the Jay you people know as MonkeyJay) how to play. A fascinating game it is…