Day 225 – China and Smallworld

Tonight was good.

Ken has returned from China once more. He brought stories of all the places he’s seen. He brought feedback on his tour operator. He brought a terracotta warrior and horse.

Sadly/luckily not the full-size versions, but scale replicas for somewhere in the living room I think. One thing I didn’t know about them is that apparently the originals are all unique; although the bodies may be standard categories, each terracotta warrior has a unique face and hands modelled on real people when they were created.

I’m not sure whether that has something to do with artistic integrity, superstition or the whim of the emperor, but it’s kinda cool to think that the 8000+ statues all have unique features.

There was the obligatory slide show from Ken’s new camera, which sadly didn’t want to work over HDMI on the television. Too late we realised we could have attached it via USB considering every media device is also a computer today.

We had our usual mix of cheese, fruit and chocolate for appetizers.
Kiwi-berries are weird and delicious.

We decanted a bottle of overdue wine that proved very drinkable.

We ordered a multitude of pide delivered to the door.

And then we played Smallworld Underworld for 3. I think I may have mentioned this board game before; it has an interesting premise. Everyone tries to spread their races as far across the board as they can on their own turn… but the game board is purposely designed to be too small to fit everyone. As you conquer lands you start running low on troops and have to let your civilization fall into decline in favour of a fresh new race with more troops.

I came last despite a strong start. My troops were no match for Ken’s Adventurous Spiderines and his Flocking Flames (careful with that pronunciation there). The field wasn’t too wide, me losing at 93, Abbey in second on 95 and Ken on… I think 113 he said?

A very enjoyable evening.

And now I need some very enjoyable sleep to be fresh for a long day.