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From Rebecca: Playing Axis & Allies with my husband

My husband, Darren, introduced me to the game Axis & Allies, and a few other games, in the first year of us going together. Axis & Allies is a strategy board game based on World War II. One person plays for the axis countries and the other person plays for the allies countries. The rules explain how to split up the countries if there are more than two players.

The game is very complex, which is what Darren loves about it. There are land units (like tanks and infantry), air units (like fighters and bombers), and water units (like carriers and submarines), and they all have their own rules for movement, attack, and defense. The game uses six-sided dice to determine if attack rolls or defense rolls are successful, which adds a bit of luck into this game of skill. The rules may take longer to learn than for simple games like Clue or Risk, but beginners can play Axis & Allies without too much trouble.

I have my favorites of the land, water, and air pieces. I love tanks, though they cost 6 money units to buy, because they move two spaces on the board and are a hit on 3 for both attack and defense. That means that they hit when I roll the dice and get a 3, 2, or 1; they miss when I roll a 4, 5, or 6. Battleships are great (20 money units to buy!) because they can take two hits before being destroyed, and destroyers are good because they can bypass the special powers of the submarines. Bombers (12 money units) are great for attacking because they attack on a 4, hitting on a 4 or less, but they are bad when defending because then they only hit on 1s. The variety of pieces and rules makes for a game of complexity and depth. Like chess, a person can improve greatly over time and work out strategies to do better each game.

There are many versions of this game, and Darren has most of them. Europe, Pacific, global (which is both Europe and Pacific combined), 1940, 1941, 1942, Guadalcanal, and one set in WWI. The axis countries are Germany, Italy, and Japan. The allies countries are Great Britain, Russia, France, United States, Australia with New Zealand, and China. The basic rules are the same for each edition, but there are a few changes that keep the games fresh for experienced players.

I like the game a lot, but after ten years of playing it with Darren, I had gotten tired of it. For a few years we rarely played it. Then this year we started playing it a different way and it has worked very well for me. We play only one round in a day, leave the board set up, and play the next round another day. By the time I get tired or it is hard for me to keep focused, the round is over. This solution wouldn’t work for everyone, but it works great for us. We played through a Europe game twice in the last six months, and are about to start a Pacific game. I miss having the dining room table available, but that is the main downside and I can live with it. Playing two games so close together this year, I noticed my strategy plans and skills getting better. Darren helped me a ton during the first game, and not as much in the second. I am looking forward to seeing how much better I do in this upcoming game.

Darren likes playing with me, but he also misses playing with other people, with different skill levels. He used to have a couple of friends who would play, but for one reason or another they haven’t been around for a while. If any of you are interested or know anyone who would be interested in playing Axis & Allies with Darren, let me know in the comments and I will get back to you to make arrangements.

Joe should have a new post up before the weekend, probably tomorrow. I will close as he does: Until next time, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Train Simulator 2016 is a pain in my tracks

Greetings, readers. I can say with all certainty that the anti-virus system AVG does not like Steam company games. For the past couple of years, I have very much enjoyed Train Simulator 2015 and 16. Yet, every few months, usually after an update, AVG will consider the game a threat, will take the executable command, and stop the game from starting. Now for anyone with computer smarts who would know how to easily put something on the exceptions list, that would not be a big deal. I do not. So for a day or two or three I have to uninstall the game, reinstall it, and keep my fingers crossed. Eventually AVG asks me if I want to put the game on the exceptions list and it runs smoothly for a while.

Along with Flight Simulator, Train Simulator has become my morning routine. I like to make my coffee, boot up the computer, choose a run, and play it. Well, the last week was a pain in my tracks.

I actually came up with a solution, albeit rather dangerous. I turned AVG completely off. Yes, folks, I was careful not to go onto the internet before reactivating the anti-virus and firewall. So far no harm done. The computer was running a wee bit slow this afternoon during work, so I think I’ll run the virus scan while I run my afternoon errands.

Eventually, I want to change my gaming time to early evening, and use the morning hours for writing. Dictation works brilliantly for creating the blog but not so much for other projects. Reason for that is as of yet unknown.

Yes, I’m 50 years old and playing games, and when they don’t work right, Joey gets cranky. Who am I, Peter Pan? No, I think one day I will grow up, put games behind me, and either write that novel or go find another job. Remember, I have to get a job before retirement age. LOL.

I’m taking a personal day tomorrow and possibly Friday, depending on how much I get done. Rebecca will be working on an entry for a future date. If we are together on Friday, we will have a new entry as usual.

Until next time, take care, stay warm, be well, and happy reading.


Greetings, readers. Last evening, as I usually do on a Thursday, I participated in our weekly game of Bingo here in the apartment building where I live. I am one of three callers and this week it was my turn to play. Two bucks gets each player three cards. I consider myself a seasoned veteran player with a couple of years under my belt. Thursday evening Bingo is actually what brought me out of my shell here.

Let’s go back a couple of years or so, when a neighbor on my floor and his wife suggested I come down and play Bingo with them. At that point I had always associated Bingo with carnivals, nursing homes and retirement villages old folks homes. But I said okie dokie, I’ll give it a try, figuring I’ll go once, maybe twice. Now I always attend, unless I have another pressing engagement. I am one of three callers and we all take turns.

Besides the regular Bingo, as it is called, we all enjoy various games. The small picture frame, where we need all the numbers right around the FREE SPOT; the large picture frame, for all the numbers around the border of the card – down the b’s, across the bottom, up the o’s, and across the top; and a fan favorite, the layer cake game where you win by getting the numbers covered on the top, middle, and bottom rows. My personal favorite is the letter T, which is rather self-explanatory. I didn’t know that there are that many games of bingo.

When it is my turn to call, I choose to call a more deliberate game, one of a slightly slower pace. One of our three callers I think has a favorite show on at a certain time and tends to rush through the games. Our newest caller, who has only a couple of nights of calling under his belt, has done remarkably well. I still remember how scared I was my first night.

Most everyone will agree that we don’t play for the money, we play for the fun and the comradery. We play every Thursday promptly at 7 … well, not always so promptly. Usually if one of our regulars is running late we will give them an extra five minutes or so. : ) My one friend, Tom, is always enthused to see me for he knows I will usually have a joke waiting for him. I just love to make him laugh.

Just to finish up, after Thursday night Bingo is over, comes the preparation for the Friday workday. Today, we wrote part of a short story and our usual Friday blog post. I am so glad that the weekend is right around the corner. Yay, Saturday gaming day!

Until next week, have a safe, happy weekend, take care, and happy reading.