Heidelberg Mon March 19

132,06$ Woke up to Dittrich’s gorgeous view and went to his kitchen to finish off every piece of bread, yoghurt and cheese there were. I found the Japanese department quite easy; it was perpendicular to

132,06$

Woke up to Dittrich’s gorgeous view and went to his kitchen to finish off every piece of bread, yoghurt and cheese there were.

I found the Japanese department quite easy; it was perpendicular to “Europe’s longest pedestrian street” that we had walked the night before.

5 students from the Japanese department were there and we played the game, the full version. All 5 of them started on Honshu so I felt I had to start on Kyushu. In that way I was alone for most of the game, progressing fast while the others were fighting each other on the mainland. Especially the two Western-most players were mean to each other, making warfare from turn 3. In this game, waging war is very costly, and a long battle starting early inevitably keeps a nation in Stone Age.

The whole game I was trying to invent ships that would enable me to get over to the mainland and finish off the two Western players. And when I got ships I did. Since I had been living in peace the whole game, and since I’ve played it 100 times before, I met little resistance. The two Eastern players were a bit stronger, but we had now played for 3 hours so we called it off since we were all hungry. But it was very fun to play. Although we played the most advanced version they got the rules quickly. They said they would recommend the department to purchase one or two copies.

After the gaming session, me and Dittrich tried the local döner. I have to say that Dresden did a better job than Heidelburg on stuffing the bread full of nice stuff.

After lunch we did some mini-sightseeing of Heidelberg, an extremely beautiful little city, although today it was a bit hid behind rain.

We had coffee in the centuries-old student canteen and told old stories to each other (nothing appropriate for the blog though).

Coming home again, I borrowed a pair of shorts from Dittrich so that I could wash every piece of clothing I was carrying with me. It was absolutely wonderful. I played the game with Johannes and Lukas from the corridor. I started in the North, Johannes in Tokyo and Lukas in the East. Despite my attempts to explain the peaceful nature of the game, a three-front war started almost immediately. When Lukas withdrew because he had business to attend to, Johannes started eating his lands while I prepared a huge invasion on his Tokyo to achieve the “YO”, the last character I needed to win. I guess it is difficult for a first-time player to figure out how to stop 12 hiragana begin landed in your core territory. And I was too much of an asshole to tell him what he should have done 🙂 Sometimes winning a game overrides all other considerations. I don’t know if it was good. But I won.

While the corridor mates cooked a very delicious dinner for us, me and Dittrich sat in his room burying ourselves in the most melancholic Swedish music we could find. Gloominess is a national heritage of ours, and we have to nurture it when we meet, especially if meeting abroad in warmer countries.

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