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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween, Whash-a-ton, Game Club

Halloween in the US is a great day. All day long you see people in costumes everywhere. On the way to dinner we even saw a huge group of people in costumes on bicycles! At first I was a bit disappointed to learn that there was no official Halloween party at the University, but then I managed to get invited to a private Halloween party through people I know from the Social Web class.

The party was in Shadyside in a private home which was decorated with a lot of care and featured a number of very funny pumpkins. The people there were great as well, everyone was dressed up and some of the costumes were fantastically detailed. Politics of course was also a theme and so we saw three Sarah Palin's, one of them a Zombie!, and one Barrack Obama. Other great costumes were Waldo, from Where's Waldo fame, Little Red Riding Hood, with a wolf in a pot, Snow White, Wilma and Fred Flintstone, the Harlem Globetrotters (five of them) and many more. It was a real blast!

Throughout the last month I've been accumulating new clothes to postpone doing the laundry as long as possible, but Saturday morning the time finally came round again where I had to bite the bullet. This time round I had four washing machines running in parallel! So now I'll be set for another month ;)

Game Club
You now the drill by now ;), if there's nothing else going on on a Saturday it's Game Club time! And again I could play two new games:
- Pillars of the Earth: A resource strategy game based on Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth. I liked it a lot because it offered many possibilities to gain victory points and thus allowed for a variety of strategies.
- El Capitán: A seafaring territory control resource management game. Sounds very complicated but is a lot of fun!
- Agricola: The day ended with another round of Agricola, as usual I lost miserably, but slowly I'm getting a hang of strategy and for once I wasn't clueless what to do ;). Maybe I'll be better next time ^^.

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