Archive for June, 2011

26
Jun

The Rapture Got One

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

raptureAt 6pm on this Sunday evening, the regular hawker for the Coat of Arms booth disappeared suddenly leaving nothing but this pile of clothes where he had stood day-in and day-out for weeks. No one saw him go, no one saw where he went.

 

Strangely, he was back to work the next weekend. I guess the Rapture regurgitated him after finding him not tasty after all.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 June 2011 – one month and 5 days after the Rapture)

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26
Jun

Ariel

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

arielThe delightful Ariel at repose in East Wind Games.

The daughter of some good friends, she has become dear to me as well. I have watched her grow into a beautiful, charming young lady.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 June 2011)

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26
Jun

Pirate Booty

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

hanging_coinsOne of the best things about being surrounded by so many talented, beautiful people is that they can do anything.

The incredible Allyson, of Beading Dreams wonderfulness, saw that I carried coins as part of my stock at faire. She said: Hey, do you want me to make jewelry out of those?

These are the last two remaining of the first batch she made for East Wind Games. Beautiful, aren’t they? One is wire wrapped, and one is bezeled.

In the back is Jorge reading the rules to an excellent new game we carry called Stronghold. It’s complex, but quite excellent.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 26 June 2011)

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18
Jun

Celtic Challenge Tiles

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

celtic_challengeIn a continuation of the previous post, this is another photo of the beautiful, and elegant game that is Celtic Challenge. Each tile has one of 6 celtic designs on it. The object is a relatively simple matching game (similar to Tai Pei), but played with 2 players (or as a solitaire game if you wish).

It’s a very fun way to while away 20 minutes or so.

And, as mentioned in the last post, it’s beautiful enough to be a conversation or centre piece.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 18 June 2011)

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18
Jun

Celtic Challenge Cross

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

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One of the challenges that faces me each year as the owner of East Wind Games is: What can I do, get or buy in that makes East Wind Games better than it was last year? This year, with the constant attention of and creative buying by my wife, the product mix at East Wind Games was more diverse and varied than every with a vast number of new and exciting games, figures and accessories. Some were clear winners, some not so much.

One of the stand out successes this year was the beautifully manufactured Celtic Challenge. This gorgeous game mixes the style of play of Tai Pei with the histories of the Celtic peoples to create a beautiful game with enough strategy and luck to provide high re-playability. At only $45, the game is a beautiful centrepiece and conversation starter as much as it is a game for 1-4 players.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 18 June 2011)

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18
Jun

Bloody Marys, Beer and Boobies

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

making_bloody_marysSunday mornings have become a very important time for me, especially for 4 months of the year (March/April and October/November). During those months, the wife and I enjoy the company of our very dear friends Damaris and Roxanne and we celebrate that friendship with the most daunting and complex of cocktails – the Blood Mary.

The tradition started, as most do, innocently enough with an offhand comment, but has grown to be a very important thing to me. Even those months when I don’t have those lovely ladies with me, I continue the Bloody Mary Sunday Service with what can easily be termed “religious regularity”.

I infuse my own vodka with peppers and coordinate that with a range of spices and flavors slowly creating a concoction that rivals any other Bloody Mary I have ever had, and puts most to shame.

Marita Beth took this photo as I was stirring in the Creole seasoning.

In the background you can see my favorite of the Iris and Rose t-shirts “Beer and Boobies.”

Cheers

 

~KR (Written on 18 June 2011)

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12
Jun

Jorge & Tracy

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

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Two very dear friends proving how wonderful and beautiful life can be.

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 12 June 2011)

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12
Jun

Monumental Moves

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

One of the most popular and best-selling games at East Wind Games is the excellent Cathedral. The concept is a simple “land-grab” game based on the jumbled appearance of medieval French towns surrounding a Cathedral. Elegant mechanics with a high-degree of re-playability makes it a great game; beautiful production value makes it a excellent decoration and a marvelous conversation piece.

Some years ago, the manufacturers created an international version. The mechanics are the same, the pieces are the same shape but are now modeled after well-known monuments and landmarks the world over. monumental Here is a list of pieces as put together by the excellent folks over at Boardgamegeek.com:

AFRICA – Zimbabwe Ruins – Zimbabwe
ARGENTINA – San Bernardo Convent – Salta
AUSTRALIA – Sydney Opera House – Sydney
BRAZIL – Christo Redentor (Statue of) – Rio de Janeiro
CAMBODIA – Angkor Wat – Angkor
CANADA – CN Tower –Toronto
CHINA – Great Wall of China
CHILI – Moai Statues – Easter Island
EGYPT – Giza Pyramid – Giza
ENGLAND – Big Ben – London
ETHIOPIA – Rock Hewn Churches – Lalibela
FRANCE – La Tour Effel – Paris
GERMANY – Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria
GREECE – Parthenon – Athens
HUNGARY – House of Parliament – Budapest
INDIA – Taj Mahal – Agra
IRAN – Aqhu Bozurg Mosque – Kashan
ISRAEL – West Wailing Wall – Jerusalem
ITALY – Tower of Pisa – Pisa
JAPAN – Odawara Castle – Odawara
JORDAN – Al Deir – Petra
MALASIA – Petronas Tower – Kuala Lumpur
MALI – Mud Mosque – Djenne
MEXICO – Temple of Inscriptions – Palenique
MOROCCO – Marrakesh City Wall – Marrakesh
MYANMAR – Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan
NEW ZEALAND – Sky Tower – Auckland
NORWAY – Borgund Stave Church –Laerdal
PERU – Machu Picchu
RUSSIA – St. Basil’s Basilica – Moscow
SPAIN – La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona
USA – Statue of Liberty – New York

The photo is the hand of a patron during a game in progress at East Wind Games this past season.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 12 June 2011)

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12
Jun

The Good Wizard Cialis

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

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Steve, member of the Blazing Sun and strong component of the sales staff at East Wind Games this year, took a day off from work to frolic in the lanes as the Good Wizard Cialis.

In coordination with other members of the Blazing Sun, they abandoned the “traditional” clothing of the pirate to don their once-a-season wizardly clothing.

Here, he takes a break from the magic to rest comfortably in the embracing arms of a bush.

Cheers.

 

~KR (Written on 12 June 2011)

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11
Jun

Hobbit Goes Black and White

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

hobbitOur delightful and beautiful Hobbit came to visit at Scarborough Faire but once this season. She had in tow a young man celebrating his 21st birthday. I am hopeful he remembers the day.

We miss you, Hobbit!

 

Cheers.

~KR (Written on 11 June 2011)

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