IMAGE: Many thanks to Design by Humans for this image.
December 31, 2016
December 29, 2016
In January 2016, KaCSFFS member and notable board game collector David Means gave a presentation to the club about his collection. It was so interesting, I asked for permission to reprint it as a series of posts on this blog. He graciously agreed, and supplied me with his script. I have added the illustrations, hyperlinks, embedded videos, etc.
The first two posts in this series covered more general topics that cover many types of games. They were published on June 4, 2016, and June 18, 2016, and were well-received.
This next part of the series, which is scheduled to run into 2017, takes a closer look at one or more individual games. We hope you will continue to enjoy this series! --Jan S. Gephardt
Not Your Parents' Board Games
Part Three: Profile of the game Catan/Settlers of Catan
by David Means
|Current basic CATAN game cover.|
|This is technically The Settlers of Catan. But the hexagonal setup is the same for all versions.|
|Here are some examples of what development cards look like.|
A turn consists of possibly playing a development card, rolling the dice, everyone (perhaps) collecting resource cards based on the roll and position of houses (or upgraded cities) unless a 7 is rolled, turning in resource cards (if possible and desired) for improvements, trading cards at a port, and trading resource cards with other players.
|A hand of resource cards.|
|The Robber of Catan|
IMAGES: Many thanks to Board Game Geek for the use of their corner logo, to Target for the CATAN game cover image, and to Board Game Quest for the image of a Settlers of Catan game board in play, and also a look at the Robber (from an informative review by Tyler Nichols). Many thanks to a page on the rules of the Settlers of Catan game (via the USC Student Computing Center) for the examples of development cards and the hand of resource cards. The "wood for sheep" hat meme is from Clever Move's enjoyable post, "Five Rules to Keep the Peace While Playing Settlers of Catan."
December 25, 2016
December 17, 2016
December 14, 2016
|Stockings hang from the chimney in The Writers Place|
at the Holiday Party in December 2014.
Annual KaCSFFS Holiday Party
Saturday December 17, 2016
The Writers Place,
3607 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Kansas City, MO 64111
It's a Party!
Every year, KAXFEN gather to celebrate some or all of the many different holidays that fall around the Winter Solstice.
It's a non-partisan, non-religious, inclusive gathering of science fiction and fantasy lovers. We'll chat, eat, play games, and celebrate another year in fandom.
Dress code: Warm, comfortable and festive! Santa hats encouraged but not required; ditto for ugly Christmas sweaters! Wear 'em if you've got 'em.
And speaking of "if you've got 'em": In recent months we've enjoyed a variety of fun tabletop games! Please bring any you'd like to share (2-6 players, with a play length of 2 hours or less works best).
|Tabletop gaming groups are an increasingly frequent feature of meetings. Here, clockwise from lower left, Barry Halidaman, Beth Moscato, Cricket Beebe, Margene Bahm, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, David Means, and Beth Welsh gather around a game on the mezzanine of The Writers Place in March, 2016.|
As ever, we'll decorate a bit, and we encourage any who want to bring warm Christmas goodies or winter comfort food to bring anything you'd like to share. Some folks bring small gift-bags or cards but that is purely on an "as you prefer" basis--don't feel obligated.
All members, friends and
interested community members are welcome!
If you're in the Kansas City metro area but haven't yet come to a KaCSFFS gathering, please consider yourself invited! Ask questions about the group and what we have to offer. Help us warm up the winter night with good cheer and fannish fun!
|Jim Murray, David Means, and William McCullough sample Holiday Party food in 2014.|
IMAGES: All photos were taken by Jan S. Gephardt, and are used with her permission.
December 05, 2016
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Who Cares
To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.
Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!
Captain America: Civil War
(2016, 147 minutes) Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl
Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.-IMDB
Watch the trailer here!
After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
(2016, 108 minutes) Directed by: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand
A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.-IMDB
Watch the trailer here!
The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.
IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors.
The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!