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First Play: Castell

I met up with my friend Oscar to play a couple games at Game Empire this week. It was my first time playing Castell and Oscar’s second time. I’ve been looking forward to trying out Castell ever since I first heard about it a couple of years ago. I’m always on the lookout for meatier games that aren’t too dry or that fall into typical euro game theme categories. Castell, on paper, looks great. It’s a euro game that’s not about trading or bidding. Castell is about the Catalonian tradition of creating human castle-like structures. If you haven’t seen it in action, google it, watch it, and then come back. I’ll hold your place.

You’re back. How was it? Pretty neat huh?

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Thoughts about crummy films

VACANCY

     I really expected to hate Vacancy. It just seemed to me that Owen Wilson running around for an hour and a half trying to avoid being murdered by Frank Whaley and company would get old pretty quick. Fortunately, the movie manages to keep a brisk pace despite Owen Wilson and Kate Beckinsdale’s un-energetic portrayals. I think that this film would have been a lot better if it was cast with unknown actors instead of Wilson, Beckinsdale, Whaley, and Embry.