Week 22 β€” Thank you MEL

  • Another week in Melbourne in the books! I spent this one mainly visiting family and working. The last time I was down, my team was all of 3 people. It has since gained 4 more, so I took this chance to meet almost everyone (thanks again COVID-19). I spent every day making the trip in to the office, which, continues to remain a novelty right up until Friday. After that, I look forward to getting back to my home office in Canberra and screens that aren't incredibly blurry.
  • In amongst the various dinners, lunches and general hangs, my brother and I went and checked out a Game Grumps live show β€”Β I bought him tickets for his birthday mostly out or curiosity of how the show would be adapted for a live audience. And while it was not at all what I was expecting, it was stupidly funny and intensely chaotic. I think my watch notified me of being in an environment that was too loud 2 or 3 times, and that was just from the crowd noises.
  • Continuing on our nerdy adventures, my brother also hosted a game of Twilight Imperium at his place over the weekend. It's a super dense game, but is pretty intuitive, so once the group gets in to a rhythm, it's incredibly fun and immersive. This is the second time he and I both played, and it made the whole experience so much easier and more fun. The first time we messed up a couple of rules that broke the game which meant we only finished in 5 hours. This time, however we didn't make those same mistakes and were able to coach some of the new folks, resulting in a game that took around 7 hours. And to be honest, when you spend most of the game just chatting, it doesn't really feel like that long a time! I really like these kinds of rules-heavy games, especially when they're on the 3rd or 4th edition and some of the clunkier rules have been smoothed out.
  • Half way through a game of Twilight Imperium, 4th edition

  • My flight out of Melbourne back to Canberra was slightly delayed, so I got a chance to make a couple of small UI adjustments to this blog that I have been meaning to make for a long time πŸ˜….

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