An Advanced Wargame Noob

Quick Covid-19 update from the Gringogamer household. I’m sorry, but it’s kind of the topic right now and I thought I should share this here as well. Mainly to get it off my chest.

Rio de Janeiro is in a state of ‘Heightened Alert’. Universities, schools, public places (like the National Parks) are closed, public gatherings are prohibited. My wife and I are in the fortunate position that we are able to work from home. And that’s where we are hunkered down right now. Unfortunately, the majority of the population has not understood the severity of the situation yet. Way too many people seem to think they are on vacation. People are still flocking to the beaches, bars and restaurants. And it’s not for a lack of information! I wouldn’t mind so much if those morons were just endangering themselves, but that’s not really the case, is it?

With the population density of Rio de Janeiro we are sitting here on a powder keg. Looking at the current infection numbers in Brazil, it seems that we are only a few weeks behind Italy. And I’m afraid that Brazil has not the capabilities to deal with a pandemic, especially when there are politicians who still try to sell to the public that the whole Corona virus thing is a hoax. The situation is really bleak.

So, the whole family is at home. I might be able to play a few games that I was waiting to play for quite some time. But our daily schedule is not really optimized yet. It’s not that I have never worked from home before, but rather the fact that we are all at home at the same time. And the distractions are abundant. I’m interested to hear how other people deal with the situation. I see so many posts on social media from boardgamers and I get the impression that all of the sudden they have more time at hand. Is this really the case? How is everybody balancing family and work when quarantined?

Anyways, despite the grim outlook we try to make the best out of it. We now have a scheduled family boardgame timeslot every day. Everybody stops what they are doing, electronic devices are turned off and no talk about work or school is allowed. Our family boardgames collection is still small but we will manage. Just got a new game the other day. Our FLGS is closed for regular business, but takes online orders and delivers via courier. We got Pandemic – Reign of Cthulhu. We chose it not because of Covid-19 but rather because we like Pandemic. Reign of Cthulhu is currently our go-to family boardgame (not necessarily age-appropriate for every child).

Playing Pandemic – Reign of Cthulhu with the family.

Yep, I guess that’s all wanted to say at this point. I hope you all stay safe! Please take care! Next post will be about wargames again. I promise!


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