Photograph of the main part of the Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar board during a 2 player game. There are five smaller cogs connected to one large cog in the middle.

Dear Diary…

…it’s been a while. What has Jobby been up to?

Busy, Busy Times

Sorry it has been so long. Things have been busy at work where I normally write my blog – at lunchtimes! Somehow I just haven’t had the energy to tap the keyboard for fun. So here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening.

One Small Step for Man

One giant leap for Jobby kind! Towards the end of October I found myself with a day on my own. I decided to make the most of it by launching people into space (as you do). I dusted off my copy of Leaving Earth (with the Mercury expansion) and set about playing a solo game.

It was an epic game. I had decided to go for big points by trying to achieve a particular mission: landing an Astronaut on Mars. I had a great plan involving three astronauts, plenty of supplies and a couple of ion drives. It was only after I got the astronauts out to the inner planets transfer area and fired the ion drives that I realised my maths was way off and the drives would never produce enough thrust to get the astronauts to Mars before they starved! As it happens the drives broke.

Photograph of cards from the game Leaving Earth. There are three astronauts, a capsule, four supplies and two ion drives. The last two are flipped to their damaged side.
Three astronauts and two broken ion drivers. What to do before they starve?

Back to the drawing board then. I left one astronaut in space and began ferrying rockets and more supplies out to his craft. Eventually I got him on his way to the Red Planet and he arrived just before I ran out of rounds! A very enjoyable, tense and exciting solo game!

Can’t Wrap My Mind Around Those Wheels!

We also recently acquired and played Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. Boy, did our heads hurt after that first play! Basically in Tzolk’in, players place their workers on a wheel on the board. The wheels rotate at the end of each turn. When a player takes the worker off the wheel that’s when they do the action. Simple, eh?

Photograph of the main part of the Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar board during a 2 player game. There are five smaller cogs connected to one large cog in the middle.
First play of Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. The cogs! The cogs!

Although it’s possible to predict when you’ll be able to take off your worker and what action you’ll be able to do it completely fries my noodle! I swear after that game I was dreaming about cogs!

Towards the end of the game, Sarah and I looked at the monuments. These are building tiles that award large bonuses at the end of the game. We honestly had no idea how we were supposed to get the resources needed to buy one. I feel there will be many more plays of this and hopefully we’ll get better!


As a birthday treat, I was taken to a Metallica gig. I’ve been a fan of Metallica for many years but had only ever seen them once, at the Donington Monsters of Rock gig in 1995. They were amazing then but since some of their releases have not been so well received. I wasn’t too familiar with some of their recent stuff but do have their latest album so (hopefully) I would know most of what was getting played.

I had nothing to fear – the gig was amazing! They did some of the new songs but also did many of the favourites, including my favourite ‘One’. The gig was an ‘in-the-round’ gig – they had a round stage in the centre of the floor which we all stood around. I was about four rows from the front with a mic stand right in front of me so I had a great view.

What else can I say? The boys have still got it! Even though they’re all getting on a bit (seriously, Kirk Hammett’s seriously curly grey locks are looking a bit dodgey) they still have loads of energy. Oh, and a big thank you to my bro-in-law who snatched a guiter pick for me! Thank you Rich!

Photograph of both sides of a Metallica pick. The reverse says "Manchester 28/10/17"
So happy with the cool Metallica pick – it’s even got the venue and date on it!!

I’ll let Metallica play us out…


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