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Lego - Star Wars
Posted on Monday 4 August 2014 at 9:07 pm

LEGO! Games! BBC Radio!

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The trip Saturday was fantastic! :D

The Lego Expo was really cool. There were so many fantastic models, dioramas, and builds of all kinds. I was expecting tons of city and train build as those are always popular and there were some very impressive ones on display. I was also expecting tons of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings dioramas as they're popular franchises and have licensed Lego models. I was even expecting some Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Ghost Busters, and Back to Future as those have all either had official Lego models or are just really popular geeky things at the moment. I wasn't disappointed on any of those fronts and was very impressed by a few of the builds. What I wasn't expecting were things like the hotel from Fawlty Towers, the Winchester Tavern and the apartment building from Spaced, a Monty Python Holy Grail diorama, a Singin' in the Rain model, a Wizard of Oz diorama, a Munchkin level board, and the many other geeky builds I'm forgetting at the moment that were all there and completely amazing. Just walking through everything once and taking tons of pictures as I went took me over three hours. Then I went back to look more closely at a couple of things that were less crowded later in the day and to a few vendors to think about buying things, which I ultimately didn't do. I was glad I was by myself. I wouldn't have wanted to try to keep together with a group in the crowd that was there. If there's any interest, I'll try to get a few pictures up later this week.

The game store near the convention was a disappointment. It had a huge selection of RPG, CCG, and miniature kind of things, but only a small selection of standalone card, board, and dice games. They also weren't all that welcoming. There were some games going on in the back but no sense that anyone but regulars were allowed to play. After I'd been in the store for quite a while, an employee finally asked if he could help me with anything, but didn't seem all that interested in actually helping. Oh well. There is no true game store in my town. The closest one, in Richmond, is maybe 45 minutes away, but Richmond is basically between DC (where the Lego convention was) and my town, so I swung by there on the way back and visited the closest thing I have to a local game. Much more welcoming environment and I picked up a couple of card games (Once Upon a Time which I've been meaning to get for ages and Saboteur which I've only heard of more recently) to add some lighter and shorter games into my mix.

During the trip I did listen to a couple of slightly older complete BBC radio sitcom series, Nebulous series 2 and Bleak Expectations series 4. I'll save the full writeup of those for the radio post next weekend, but I enjoyed them both, Bleak Expectations a bit more than Nebulous.


Unsentimental Fool
unsentimentalf at 11:13 am on 05 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
Pictures please!

Grumpy game shops seem to be a universal phenomenon. Last place I lived our only vaguely local one was horribly offputting- always a gaggle of in crowd and the staff never made eye contact or asked you if you wanted anything. I thought maybe it was a gender thing but male friends reported identical reception.

I hope you enjoy Once Upon A Time. A couple of friends of mine invented it while we were at college and we've been playing it off and on ever since! It was the only game they ever designed but I gather it's still bringing in regular beer money :-) The new edition is particularly pretty.

Saboteur I've had good games of and dull games of. Too many is way too slow- you end up spending most of your time with broken equipment. I think 6-8 is probably optimal. My niece loved it with 3 though!
bratty_jedi at 12:51 am on 17 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
That's cool that you know the Once Upon people. I've got one play of it in with my friends and they were a bit unsure at first but then got into it and we enjoyed it. We haven't got to Saboteur yet.

Also, if you didn't see it pop up on your friend list, I've done two lego pic posts. The first, British Comedies, is here. The second, random geeky stuff, I just posted a few minutes ago and it is here.
chemina42 at 7:22 pm on 08 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I love Lego! I still have my bits of mishmashed sets from when I was little. Maybe at some point I will go out and buy an incredibly geeky set like the Tower of Orthanc or just the mini figs from Star Wars or something.

I would have loved to see the Fawlty Towers hotel and the Monty Python scene!
bratty_jedi at 12:47 am on 17 August 2014 (UTC) (Link)
If you didn't see it pop up on your friend list, I've done two lego pic posts. The first, British Comedies, included the Fawlty Tower and Monty Python sets is here. The second, random geeky stuff, I just posted a few minutes ago and it is here.

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