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TV: Stargate Universe

I’m taking a quick peek at this new show called Stargate Universe.  I’ve only been able to start on Episode 4 of the first season, but so far the show is watchable. Also, I’ve decided to start rating TV show episodes for fun.  I’ll start with Stargate Universe.  Not sure if the show is actually worth watching if I’m not familiar with the series though.  I’ve only seen some random episodes with a black guy where he has a medallion on his head.  Maybe I’ll have to look into watching the entire series sequentially.

Card Games: Citadels

We’ve been playing a new card game called Citadels. We purchased Citadels for Aron’s birthday along with a couple other games and expansions, Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 and MWAHAHAHA.

Gameplay
[rating:3.0] The point of this game is to build a city that is worth more than your opponents city. To do this you need to take on various roles on every turn: Assassin, Thief, Magician, King, Bishop, Merchant, Architect, and Warlord. Each role has a special ability to gain an advantage in building the cities, raising Gold, or researching new Districts. In order to build the city, you need to collect Gold to purchase Districts.

Replayability
[rating:3.5] The fact that you can switch roles every turn makes Citadel’s replayability very high, since the strategy will change every game.  The fact that you will be trying to fake everyone out every turn makes this game pretty fun.  Also, our set came with an expansion where you can switch new roles into the game.  I’m not sure what they are but I remember there was an Emperor and a Queen.

Game Mechanic
[rating:3.5] This game is all about faking people out, or guessing who will pick which role.  At the same time,  you have the luck of the draw when you are trying to “research” new districts to build.  The game itself doesn’t take very long, it’s the guessing and faking that makes it longer.

Ease of Play
[rating:4.5] It took us one manual read and a couple verification checks before we got used to the rules of the game.  I would say that this game is pretty easy to pick up.  The only complications are what the characters can do.

Overall Rating [rating:overall] [amtap amazon:asin=158994030X]

Food Poll: Prime Rib vs. Steak

Samantha wrote an interesting article on her blog recently about our recent visit to House of Prime Rib.  Terence, the clever sleuth that he is, discovered the article and started talking about steaks.  Then he posed the question, which do you like better, Prime Rib or Steak? Well, which one?

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