Here are the statistics of our board game plays over 2013!

In 2013 we played a total of 423 board games, 3% less than in 2012 (434). However, we did play much more different games, 131 in total, up from 114 in 2012. Those were played on 127 different days (2012: 156 days) with 18 different (known) players.

Top 15 played board games (with 5 or more plays):

Rank Board game              Plays  2012   Diff   Rank 2012
1.   Race for the Galaxy        49    17  +188%   5   (+ 4)
2.   Dominion                   37    47   -21%   2   (± 0)
3.   Quarriors                  28     0          -
4.   Chess                      24     0          -
5.   Mahjong                    23    43   -47%   3   (- 2)
     Tichu                      23    58   -60%   1   (- 4)
7.   Love Letter                14     0          -
8.   Hanabi                     12     3  +300%   22  (+10)
9.   Click Clack Lumberjack     11     0          -
10.  Würfel Bohnanza            10    27   -63%   4   (- 6)
11.  Buccaneer Bones             7     0          -
12.  Do you worship Cthulhu?     5     0          -
     Heck Meck                   5     1  +400%   -
     Kingdom Builder             5     5     0%   12  (± 0)
     Ticket to Ride              5    15   -67%   6   (- 6)

No longer in the top 15 since 2012: Ascension, Bluff and Claim It! with 4 plays, 7 Wonders (just 3 plays), Nefarious (2 plays) and A Fistful of Penguins (no play in 2013!).

We played mostly at Home (70%), other popular locations were Spiel, Essen (8%), in the Garden (6%), at Maybe’s home (6%), at the BSW De Lage Landen meeting in Almelo (3,5%) and at our Hotel Bredeney in Essen during Spiel (2,5%).

Most popular play dates were the BSW DLL meeting in Almelo (28 sep 2013) and Spiel, Essen on 24 and 25 oct 2013 (13 plays per day). June 16th must have had good weather, because we played 12 games that day in the Garden, while we also played 12 games on New Years Eve.

[edit 05-01-2014: corrected all numbers slightly]

This year we went again for four days to Essen for the Internationale Spieltage (Spiel) 2013. This is what we arrived home with:

Haul 2013

For an overview of some of the games we viewed and played, look at the photo’s below, or check Suzan’s BoardGameGeek list.

PolterfassHal 3Holmes 13MetallumKing & AssassinsTrains & StationsPrimate fearOrtusGear & PistonHeidelbärgerFounders of the EmpireJengaBlueprintsConceptsBoothSplash attackMisson:combat!King & AssassinsHotelkamerSuper FantasySpeculationLords of warCastawaysSlicksAtacamaFairplayGlastonburyConjurersAscension Rise of Vigil2n hand games boothIndie boards & cards Flash point 2nd storyWooolf!!Garden diceConceptKashgarTash-kalar at the hotel game roomSuburban disputeIntrigue CityShadows over the empireRussian railroadsMauna KeaClick Clack LumberjackMachina Arcama board gameWhitewaterPashaRattusHaul 2013

Apple has just updated Aperture to use Apple’s maps in the application, instead of Google’s version. I really like this update, because I always managed to accidentally zoom in and out with my magic mouse in the old version.

Now we have some wonderful possibilities with your mouse and keyboard modifiers:

  • Scroll around the map using horizontal and vertical scrolling on your mouse (or trackpad), click and drag also works of course, but make sure you drag the map and not one of the pins if you’re in moving-pins mode.
  • Zoom in or out with Shift + scrolling or Shift + dragging, or pinch-in and pinch-out on your trackpad.
  • Command + drag to draw a rectangle — the map zooms to include everything in the rectangle.
  • Double-click to zoom in, Option + Double-click to zoom out.
  • Click a pin to select all photos at that pin; Command + click to select more pins and all their photos.
  • Click a photo to select the pin and move the map so it’s visible; select more photo’s to select and show all related pins.

Right-clicking (or Control-clicking) on the map displays a contextual menu with the following options:

  • Assign photos: all selected photos will be pinned at the clicked location.
  • New place: opens a separate dialog where you can define and name your own place, including exact positions and size of the surrounding area. This place can from now on be found in the search box on the top right, and is displayed as the Location’s name for the photo.
  • Move pins: puts you in moving-pins mode, in which dragging can pick up existing pins and move them. You can close this mode using the Done button of the floating bar that appears on the bottom of the map.

I did not use the new map for large numbers of photos yet, but it feels to me it will be much less of a burden from now on.

In October we went to London for just five days. You can see and do a lot in such short time!

Tower BridgeLiverpool Street StationLondon Eye spokesNight view of Big BenHoa Hakananai'aSt. Paul's cathedralRosetta stoneView from London Eye towards Big Ben and Palace of WestminsterBritish museum courtEros silhouette at Piccadilly CircusVictoria MemorialNight view over the ThamesBig Ben clockThe Lewis ChessmenTower BridgeGuard at Buckingham palaceWestminster bridgeNatural History museum, LondonRay at London AquariumView towards Westminster bridge and palace and Big BenLondon TaxiGherkin reflectionsLondon EyeJellyfish at London AquariumHall of Natural History museumTardisShark at London AquariumWe will rock youRosetta stone close-upThe Shard and City hallGherkinTo StreetMillennium bridge, LondonNight view of London EyeSt. Paul's reflectionThe Fishpool hoard

Dom St. PeterDom St. PeterGlas in lood in DomGlas in lood in DomGlas in lood in DomGlas in lood in DomRomantik Hotel WalhallaSt. Johannis-KircheFontein bij St. Johannis-KircheUniversität OsnabrückGeelbuikschildpadPenseelaapjeHybride beer - Ijsbeer + bruins beerEuropese bizonAziatische olifantLampongaapDwegzijdeaapjeLeguaanLeguaanRode ibisZeehondZandkatPenseelzwijnGirafMantelbaviaanZwartwangagapornisGrote KoedoeOostelijke franjeapen met geweldig uitzichtOostelijke franjeaapServalPoolvosZonparkietLachvogelKameelStokstaartjeDe wachter - StokstaartjeOnverwachte ontmoetingStokstaartjes in de zonZuidamerikaanse neusbeerNandoe

Flowers in JulyFlowers in JulyFlowers in JulyFlowers in JulyFlowers in JulyFlowers in JulyFlowers in JulyLavateraZonnebloemMirabilis Jalapa NachtschoneVlinderstruik Buddleja davidii macroDagpauwoog op VlinderstruikHibiscus syriacus - AltheastruikHibiscus syriacus - AltheastruikBumblebee on BuddlejaBumblebee, on BuddlejaBee, on BuddlejaBumblebee, on BuddlejaMirabilis jalapa NachtschoneKogeldistelRose close-up

Lough TayKnockmealdown mountains, IrelandArdmore Round tower and church in IrelandView from Kildare Round TowerView over Dingle bay near King's HeadRock of Cashel Round towerSt. Columba's church and Round tower SwordsKildare Round TowerTimahoe Round towerKinneigh Round TowerCloyne Round towerArdmore Round tower and CathedalKilree Round tower and High crossHaroldstown dolmenBrownshill Portal TombThe R759 looking toward Sally Gap

It’s late March and still snow is falling down. Because of the relative high temperatures it melts quickly though, which provides for nice picture opportunities, especially in close-up.

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Foto’s van onze vakantie in Portugal.

Eerko in the poolVilla CindyVilla CindyVilla CindyOur poolThe rain has just stoppedAlteAlteLittle Fountain, AlteLittle Fountain, AltePasseio engenieiro Duarte PachecoMother Church of AlteMother Church of AlteBig Fountain, AlteBig Fountain, AlteView over the AlgarveA bit of confusionThe church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, LouléThe church and chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, LouléThe church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, LouléThe church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, LouléThe chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, LouléView over Algarve near LouléView over Algarve near LouléEerko's shadowIgreja de São LourençoIgreja de São LourençoEscola Primare at Igreja de São LourençoIgreja de São LourençoOur pets at the villaBeach of Quarteira in cloudy weatherCerro da Vila, VilamouraCerro da Vila, VilamouraCerro da Vila, VilamouraHarbour of VilamouraVilla Cindy interiorRoman ruins near EstoiRoman ruins near EstoiRoman ruins near EstoiRoman ruins near EstoiRoman ruins near EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiPousada de EstoiIgreja de São LourençoSome of our travels in the AlgarveAerial view of Villa Cindy

Our newest kitten!

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