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Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006, 10:39 am

As evenings go, yesterday was surprisingly good in spite of the mental mood swings I was suffering - presumably as a result of recent attempts to give myself brain superpowers by manipulating my own biochemistry. I played a few games of the World of Warcraft CCG with gothwalk, bastun_ie and sean-who-has-an-lj-I-think-but-I-can't-remember-it. It is a decent game, not a great one or a remotely innovative one but solid and fun and one that other people are playing so I don't have to spend six to eight months evangelicising it like evilrobotshane and I did with Doomtown (which I maintain *was* great and innovative). I lost a game to gothwalk but I attribute that to two factors
1) I had fifty cards in my deck instead of sixty for some reason, and the ten that were missing were all ally/monster/follower cards.
2) Even allowing for the missing allies, I screwed up the balance between action cards and ally/monster/follower cards.

I fixed both problems, took on bastun_ie and won, though it was looking mighty dodgy for a few rounds. I suspect if he'd gotten better card draws it would have gone the other way. In any case, I think I'm up for a rematch with Mr G.

I had to knock off a bit early so I could stick to my exercise schedule and I did loads and loads of free weights exercises so I'm as sore as all hell pretty much everywhere today but as usual it is merely the kind of sore that makes settling down in bed infinitely more satisfying than usual - like how taking a leak is so much better if you've been bursting for half an hour.

And since I just got the text as I was about to hit post, the gym I go to has yet *another* "limited" "special" offer. 165 euro gets you a 12 month membership and a "FREE" personal program (you tell them what you want to do, they tell you what machines to do it on and for how long). They have these offers so often that this is practically their regular price but there aren't many gyms this cheap around so...

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)

John is twistydub. The games were enjoyable - definitely up for doing this somewhat regularly, though in a better venue. Tom bloody Hanks was too loud and Louis Armstrong was too quiet. Though seeing as we were the only people there I suppose you can't blame the barstaff for being bored. The Asian barman asked us after you left if we knew that there was a computer game version of the game we were playing...

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)

Yeah, the Grattan probably isn't central enough anyway. Is there still a bewleys or something on westmoreland st? That might be more centrally handy.

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)

165 euro gets you a 12 month membership

Wha....??? I'm paying €45 a month!!! With prices like that, it'd nearly be cheaper travelling to Dublin to work out. Btw, random pluggage, but if you want some virtual moral support for your gymming endeavours you should pop over to vgym_buddies.

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)

I think they're obliged to keep the prices low because they're on UCD property or something - least thats the only rationale I can come up with for charging about a third of the going rate for this neck of the woods. That and they lack a pool which turns some folks off, but not me because I can't swim worth a damn.

Good community that, I've joined.

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)

UCD you say? What gym is this? is sounds almost close enough to be to be not too much hassle to attend...

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)

Its crunch fitness up at the... north (I think) end of the campus. The way I get to it is to walk up to the end of the RTE grounds and turn right down into a housing estate and theres an entrance to UCD at the end of the street. All told it takes about fifteen minutes to walk from my door to the door of the gym and it is maybe seven minutes from the main entrance to RTE

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)

Ah, that might explain it...I could live without a pool, especially since the one at my gym is quite short so you spend more energy turning around than you do actually swimming! Welcome to the comm. :D

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)

I couldn't attend the games-night yesterday. I did play a practice game yesterday - I roped in a semi-unwilling sibling to play an ice mage deck that I threw together- I lost horribly. I think the epic card I have is useless when my horde character uses it (the card is neutral). I am switching to an alliance character because it is easier to use. I am not going to blame my inexperience at playing these card games(yet).

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)

In fairness you've played about what? three games ever. Inexperience is a perfectly legitimately excuse, I know players who blame everything except themselves after years so I think you can get away with inexperience for a few months yet :)