I was looking back at what I had blogged about this summer, and it turns out I forgot to write about Arcon! Arcon is a Norwegian board game festival, held at the “fortress” you can see in the above images.

As you might imagine we play a lot of board games, but we also have shops (who sells board games), play miniature games, role playing games, fights with foam swords, cosplay competition, and probably some more geeky stuff.

Before I post all the images I just want to write a short breakdown of how my weekend went.

It opened at Friday ten o’clock, so pretty late. I showed up to play a round of Power Grid. It was a pretty good game and one of the longest I’ve played them I think. Went to bed around 2 o’clock. Up next morning around nine to be ready to host Arcadia Quest event at ten. It was me and a new friend, and 8 people showed up to play!

After that I hosted a Heroclix demo, there where surprisingly many who where interested, but only one showed up for the tournament on Sunday. Next year, if I’m hosting, it’s not going to last for four hours. After that I headed over to the room where they hosted Talisman and tried that one out. I hadn’t heard much about it before, other then that it was a “love or hate” type of game. Turns out, I loved it! So much that I ended up buying it the same night! Talisman is a slow game, and I think we played for around four hours, and wasn’t done before 3 o’clock. I’m glad I only lived fifteen minutes on foot away.

On Sunday it was yet another early morning, and I was at the premise around 11 I think. Just in time for the auction to start. They have a yearly board game auction, where you can get your hands on some rare, obscure, or cheap games. You can see my loot at the bottom. After the auction I hosted and judged a Heroclix tournament with Fing Fang Foom as the prize! Sadly we only managed to gather 7 players, but we had fun non the less.

So, hit the jump if you want to see some footage from my weekend.

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Two weeks ago my girlfriend and I, with two friends went to my cabin for a short weekend to pick bilberries (we call them blueberries in Norway). I’m usually not a big fan of berry picking, but I’m glad we went, as the jam we made is delicious.

There where literally berries every where. Even when we parked our car we could just reach out and start picking.



I really love European bilberries, the American blueberries can’t compete! Even though they are smaller, the taste is a lot better!

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At the end of June my girlfriend had invited my to come join a woodworking workshop arranged by Made in Oslo. The task was to make a birch wood box called Never boks in Norwegian. I really enjoy working with wood, and had a ton of fun! This is something I really want to do more of.

Cutting out the sides
Cutting out the sides

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Last November I pledged for the first (?) cycling game (at least as I had seen), called Cycling Party. Then a month later it arrived.  I was a bit unsure of how well the game would work, as I wasn’t huge cycling fan, and the English rules was a bit fussy (the original rules are in Spanish), but, my brother and I played a round and had a lot of fun.

Our first race
Our first race


CYCLING PARTY is a board game that brings together the excitement of road cycling as a sport and the enjoyment of strategy games. Direct and manage your own cycling team. Choose your race strategy, and look for the best opportunities by taking advantage of the situations that occur during the race.

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I was in London this last weekend, and was looking for board games, and Tiny Epic Kingdom was one game on my list. Sadly I didn’t find Tiny Epic Kingdom, but one store clerk told me about another game from Gamelyn Games, called Tiny Epic Defenders. As I didn’t really know what Tiny Epic Kingdom was about I thought I should give Tiny Epic Defenders a chance, plus the price was good.

Tiny Epic Defenders is a co-op board game about defending the Capital City by defending outer regions against, monsters, dire monsters, and epic foes! This is done by moving your little meeple to each of the region, so that you are ready to defend it when the monsters attack. This, sadly means that you can’t defend all of the regions at all time, as it’s only for up to 4 players.

We managed to defend the Capital City from the epic foe 'The Ancient'
We managed to defend the Capital City from the epic foe ‘The Ancient’

The image above is from my second play-through of the game. The rulebook isn’t very good at explaining the rules in details, it took me some time to understand all of the mechanics, and I’m still guessing there are something I don’t know yet. Luckily I’ve found this unofficial FAQ over at BoardGameGeek. Which I really recommend reading before playing.

The first time I played it, was on Sunday waiting for my delayed flight back to Norway. We lost badly the first play, even though we thought we had a good start. The problem was that I had forgotten and misunderstood the “Succor” ability. “Succor” let us use action points to reduce the threat of a region. Threat is the “damage” done to a region. And when the threat reaches the fire symbol, the region is destroyed, and monsters attacking this region is finally able to attack the Capital City! Not good. So the second time I played it, we used the “Succor” ability a lot! Which was the only reason that we where able to win.

Looking forward to try the game again, as it is a very casual game, easy for none board games to play. It’s even possible to play by yourself, as it’s a co-op game.

The Love Life Of Led Zeppelin

I wrote this little poem a while back at work. We where discussing some Led Zeppelin song, and found out that a lot of their songs can be used as a love reference.

It all starts dazed and confused when you see your true one.
Then it goes over to a whole lotta love, before it’s all
communication breakdown.
The suddenly, “Baby, I’m gonna leave you” and “Nobody’s fault but mine”.
Just before it’s all over there is always that thought: “I can’t quit you baby”.