Archive for January 27, 2009

Game Night Catan Traders and Barbarians

Posted: January 27, 2009 by datechguy in gaming

Tonight we tried a variant of Settlers of Catan, Traders and Barbarians.

The Variant actually is several variants, Fishermen, Rivermen, Caravans, Knights and Barbarians. We only had time to play Fishermen and Rivermen. Both variants were rather interesting and the addition of random cards to replace the dice was really interesting, It kept the probabilities while removing the randomness. In our first game using the cards to generate the numbers for resources. Sort of like Blackbeard or the old Status Pro series of games.

In the Fishermen variant the deserts are replaced by lakes and by fishing you can trade to get other items that you might not get able to get your hands on normally.

In the Rivermen variant you gain funds for building along rivers and building bridges, you can also spend your funds on resources, but beware, if you are the low man financially you will have penalties while the richest man will gain rewards.

If you haven’t played Catan you will need the base game for the variant, if you have you will likely find the it a welcome addition to the game.

As we had five players we were playing the 5-6 player versions of both.

Since the games are played on a roter on our game night it will likely be a bit before we get back to Catan. I believe the new version of Axis and Allies in on the list for next week.

Barak Obama yesterday in his interview:

he hoped for a restoration of “the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.”

Us Muslim relations 30 years ago:


News from Iran today:

Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a single nuclear weapon later this year, the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) predicts…

Yup looks like Obama will get his wish. BIG Jimmy Carter vote for this one Carter 6 Arthur 2

A ctrl-center surprise

Posted: January 27, 2009 by datechguy in Hiwired

Had to run to Office Max to get some ink for my Brother MFC 665CW since I have an interview on Thursday and need to print some items.

It was the first time I’d been in an OfficeMax since HiWired went under and was later bought out. Considering that Plum Choice picked them up I was a little taken aback to see the old Ctrl-Center packaging and the old boxes sitting there. Same products same offers and the same price points.

Very little promotion other than the small display and nothing on the web site.

Can’t vouch for the quality of the services, as they are US based I suspect they are likely ok.

Kind of sad to see it all and think back to the old place and what could have been. Of course HiWired exists now as a part of Radialpoint with some good people there. If you have to get service and you don’t use DaTechGuy I’d go there first myself.

Speaking of Kryten Red Dwarf is back!

Posted: January 27, 2009 by datechguy in fun, Uncategorized
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In looking for the video for Kryten’s head exploding (Ketchup on Lobster! BOOM) for the last post I found this bit of news at the BBC:

Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years after its initial launch.

The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth.

Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the line-up, including Coronation Street’s Craig Charles.

The hit show, which ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, won an International Emmy award.

This show was always very funny and very offbeat. It will be a very fun time. More details here.