Recently I’ve been playing Arkham Horror the card game. It’s a living card game adaptation of the Arkham Horror board games with many mechanical improvements. One thing its share with its progenitor is that there are a lot of cards and pieces and it can become a confusing mess quite quickly.
One thing I do like about the Arkham Horror board game is the modular interlocking board pieces that become the setting of the game. Since all the card games has is cards each location becomes a card and instead of interlocking cardboard connectors there is complicated system of symbols on each location card noting which other locations its accessible from.
I was not the only one who found this confusing. Users on Thingiverse had uploaded 3D models of arrow tokens which can be used instead to show the connections between the locations. Firing up the 3D printer I printed out a batch. The tokens were very nice, but the flat plastic color didn’t fit the 1920 noir theme of the rest of the game. With a little gold and black paint that was also remedied.
Link to the Location Connectors STL
Link to the play mat
This week has been a political rollercoaster with the Democrats taking the house almost immediately followed by the “resignation” of Sessions. The latter with the appointment of Whitaker as AG crossed a line and yesterday I made good on a commitment made months ago; to take to the streets if there were sign of interference in the Special Counsel investigation. Seattle has a long and troubled history with the Trump administration, so it’s no surprise that I was not alone in showing up on short notice to protest the transparently corrupt actions taken. The point of the protest was to send a message, and to help spread that message I documented many of the interesting signs and people who showed up to support this cause.
Our next day in Belgium we split the day between Bruges and Ghent. Both of these cities were beautiful examples of Gothic ascetics with very little modern construction.
Our first full day in Brussels we enjoy more waffles and chocolates before heading out to see some odd sights. First up Train World a museum dedicated to the history of railroads in Europe, as Belgium had the first rail line in continental Europe. The next destination for the day is the Atomium, a structure like the Eiffel tower or Space Needle, constructed for a Worlds Fair and never taken down.
We spend our last morning in the Netherlands getting cheese and stroopwafels to bring home. With some foresight we also get a wheel of cheese and a loaf of bread for our lunch on the train to Brussels. Once in Brussels we found our Air B&B right next to St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral and a short walk from the Grand Place and dozens of chocolate shops.
On our third day in the Netherlands we left Amsterdam for the day traveling to Zaanse Schans, a semi-artificial windmill town and Leiden.
After a night spent in our dank and musty subterranean AirB&B we emerged rested and reset to the new time zone. The day holds visits to the Van Gogh Museum, the Microb Museum, the Botanical Gardens and stops for all sorts of tasty treats. In the evening we found a tall building with a rooftop bar to watch the sun set over the city.
Leaving Seattle mid-afternoon on a Thursday and losing nearly a day to the flight and the time difference I arrive in Amsterdam very early on Friday morning. The flight took a polar route, going over northern Canada, Greenland, and Iceland in the night. At dawn I flew over the Great Britain.
The first day in Amsterdam consisted of a visit to the Rijksmuseum, pancakes, cheeses, fries, and a lot of coffee. The city is made up of so many beautiful canals that it was challenging not to stop and take a picture when crossing every one.