OH, PLEASE MR. POSTMAN...

Is there anything better than getting a box full of games in the mail? Perhaps, but I must admit that the closest I ever get to feeling like a kid again is knowing that I've got a package due any day. The daily anticipation of the mailman's arrival, the hopeful looks out the window to see if he's carrying a box or not. Wonderful!

Last month, I mentioned attending the Gathering of Friends which is always followed by another event - the annual Adam Spielt order. For those who don't know, Adam Spielt is one of the leading mail order retailers in Germany. They produce a wonderful catalog full of description and pictures of most of the games produced each year and I confess that it's one of the motivating factors for me in learning to read German. Since Jay at Rio Grande started producing English versions of (arguably) the better German games it's been less important to order from Adam but there are plenty of games that don't get translated that placing a order is still useful.

This time around I combined orders with several friends and so the package that arrived was massive, just brimming with goodies. Capitol, Babel, Zapp Zerapp and Zertz were the items I was most eagerly awaiting. I enjoyed Zertz so much that I devised this month's puzzle after spending a few hours formulating strategies and playing it solitaire. The only sad part of all this was realizing that most of the games were for my friends! Oh well, at least I got to fawn over them first.

Great fun and I'm already starting to formulate my next order...

-Greg Aleknevicus

Apparently the Hubble telescope is paying dividends as it's revealed strange markings on the moons of Jupiter. No one knows what it means but having a drink is probably a good idea...

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