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Events & Announcement / Angkor Wat retreat?
« Last post by jack208 on October 20, 2006, 07:27:46 am »

Hiya.. with the Awana Retreat still fresh on our mind, let me pop this proposal here.



I've been wanting to drop by Angkor Wat for a visit, and are looking at this year-end to make the trip. No dates fixed yet, prob Dec. I'm thinking of spending about a week there, to fully explore all the temples of Angkor.



So any gamers wishing to join us are most welcome! We can play some boardgames along the way too!! Hmm... pictures of us playing boardgames in the ruins of Angkor would be priceless



Not many ppl know that the entire Angkor complex is as geographically large as Paris! Angkor was also featured in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 2 movie.



btw there's also a boardgame called "Angkor"
http://boardgamegeek.com/game/19651



ANGKOR. There are two great complexes of ancient temples in Southeast Asia, one at Bagan in Burma, the other at Angkor in Cambodia. The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. From Angkor the Khmer kings ruled over a vast domain that reached from Vietnam to China to the Bay of Bengal. The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings - palaces, public buildings, and houses - were built of wood and are long since decayed and gone.





Useful Links
http://www.angkorwat.org/
http://www.sacredsites.com/asia/cambodia/angkor_wat.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat
http://www.theangkorguide.com/
http://angkorguide.org/
http://www.theangkorguide.com/





There is only one way to best view Angkor - without unnecessary stress and with some benefit - and that is to allow at least a week, and to visit within reason two or three temples per day maximum. If this period of time is insufficient to penetrate to all the secrets of the very particular architecture and the dense ornamentation - which require a certain adaptation in order to fully appreciate their value - it is instead permitted to at least taste their charms, to assimilate the rudiments of Khmer Art, and to leave with a desire to study them in more depth.



A stay of short duration will, however, give a good idea of the ensemble - on condition that one paces one's programme according to the small amount of time at one's disposal, and has no pretension to 'see everything'. For this reason, we propose several itinerary types to aid the task of the hurried tourist. A minimum of three days would seem to us essential to make contact with the principal monuments of the group.



Angkor may be visited in all seasons. However the most favourable period extends from November to March, during the first months of the dry season, when the temperature is particularly clement. In contrast, April and May are hot and humid, and then come the rains - through to September - which put one at risk of immobilisation for several hours - though without always lasting an entire day. They are extremely rare in the morning, and the sandy soil quickly dries. This is the time when the forest becomes alive and verdant, when the reservoirs and moats refill, when the stones become covered in creepers and lichens - and it is only important to no longer climb, except with extreme caution, amongst the boulders and on the sandstone blocks, which the moss renders slippery.



It is preferable, particularly in the hot season, to leave early in the morning and to return before eleven o'clock, and not to revisit in the afternoon until three or four o'clock - the light at the end of the day being generally more favourable. The majority of the monuments - and in particular Angkor Wat - lose much in being viewed against the light.



We would especially recommend the setting of the sun at Angkor Wat, where sometimes the spectacle will include the flight of the bats in the fading light, or from the top of Phnom Bakheng or Phnom Krom, or the terrace of the Srah Srang - or else from the beach of the baray, where the bathing is delightful. Finally, if you have the opportunity, do not miss, by the light of the full moon, the second level courtyard of Angkor Wat at the foot of the central tower, or the upper terrace of the Bayon.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES



1. FOR ONE MORNING
Angkor Wat, Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang.
Distance - 27 kilometres.



2. FOR ONE AFTERNOON
The Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang, Angkor Wat.
Distance - 30 kilometres.



3. FOR ONE DAY
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traverse from east to west), the terrace of the Leper King.
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
The Bayon, the Small Circuit, a traverse of Ta Prohm from the west to the east, the terrace of Srah Srang, Angkor Wat.
Distance - 30 kilometres.



4. FOR TWO DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay,
the Royal Palace, the Baphuon.
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
The small circuit via the Royal Palace, the Victory Gate, Ta Prohm (traverse from west to east), Banteay Kdei (ditto), the terrace of Srah Srang, and possibly Phnom Bakheng.
Distance - 27 and 32 kilometres.



second day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Banteay Samre, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traversed from east to west)
Distance - 46 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



5. FOR THREE DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay, the Royal Palace, the Baphuon
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
The Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say, Takeo, on returning Phnom Bakheng
Distance - 26 kilometres.



second day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (traversing from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Prasat Kravan, Ta Prohm (traversing from west to east), Banteay Kdei (traversing from west to east), the terrace of Srah Srang.
Distance - 26 kilometres.



third day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



6. FOR FOUR DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, terrace of the Leper King, Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay,
the Royal Palace
Distance - 20 kilometres.



afternoon
Baphuon, the Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say, on returning Phnom Bakheng
Distance - 24 kilometres.



second day
morning
Takeo, Ta Prohm (crossing from west to east), Banteay Kdei
(crossing from west to east), the terrace or Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan.
Distance - 28 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



third day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan (passing through from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Siem Reap river and Phnom Krom
Distance - 25 kilometres.



fourth day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
The Roluos group (Bakong, Prah Ko), the western baray (swimming)
Distance - 54 kilometres.



7. FOR FIVE DAYS



first day
morning
The Bayon, the terrace of the Elephants and of the Leper King,
Tep Pranam, Prah Palilay, the Royal Palace.
Distance - 20 kilometres



afternoon
The Baphuon, the Kleang and Prah Pithu, the Victory Gate, Thommanon, Chau Say
Distance - 24 kilometres



second day
morning
Takeo, Ta Prohm (crossing from west to east), Banteay Kdei
(crossing from west to east), the terrace of Srah Srang, Prasat Kravan.
Distance - 28 kilometres.



afternoon
The Bayon (to study the bas-reliefs), Phnom Bakheng.

third day
morning
The Grand Circuit, with a visit to Pre Rup, Mebon, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Prah Khan, (passing from east to west)
Distance - 37 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat
Distance - 12 kilometres.



fourth day
morning
Banteay Samre, Banteay Srei
Distance - 70 kilometres.



afternoon
Siem Reap river, Phnom Krom
Distance - 25 kilometres.



fifth day
morning
The Roluos group (Bakong, Prah Ko, perhaps also Lolei)
Distance - 28 and 30 kilometres.



afternoon
Angkor Wat (to study the bas-reliefs), western baray (swimming)
Distance - 38 kilometres.



8. FOR SIX DAYS AND MORE
Ad libitum, including the secondary temples and,
perhaps, with an excursion to Beng Mealea (a day trip)
Distance - 100 kilometres.



----------------------------------
Anyone interested?

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Events & Announcement / Aug31 2006: Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!
« Last post by jack208 on August 20, 2006, 07:09:00 pm »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



 



Toybox Teaches Board Games This Merdeka Day!



 



August 20, 2006: Settlers of Catan? Carcassonne? Railroad Tycoon? Ticket to Ride? If you haven’t heard of these games, then you are missing out on a totally new hobby hitting the local community. Designer board games have been around for ages but are making their presence felt after the first local Gamecon-1 last year.



 



Still no idea what these games are? Well, drop by Toybox on Merdeka Day(thats August 31) and be treated to a tutorial on the wonderful world of designer board games. It is a FREE session for all of you!



 



For gamers who want to introduce your friends to these games, grab this opportunity and bring them to Toybox. They get to experience and learn the games, minus the hassle of you teaching it to them.



 



This is also a good time for parents to introduce your kids to a healthy hobby. We have games that are suitable for kids of all ages.



 



Some of the games that will be on display will be:



 



·         Ticket to Ride



·         Settlers of Catan



·         Amazon



·         Hare & Tortoise



·         Gulo Gulo



·         Villa Paletti



·         and many more!



 



The tutorials will run from 10 am up to 9 pm on August 31, 2006. For more information, please email Nicholas Leong at n.leong@toybox.com.my or give him a call at 012-2675003.



 



Toybox is the first Malaysian hobby store to offer board games for rent. Located in Paramount Garden, we offer everyone a chance to game at an affordable rate. We also have a healthy community of card gamers in games such as VS System and Pokemon.



 



We are five minutes walk away from Paramount LRT station. For map and directions, please do not hesitate to email enquiry@toybox.com.my.



 



RSVP here

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Penangites can now enjoy Euro Designer Games in the comfort of their own boardgame cafe, opened softly a couple of weeks ago and now poised for their grand opening this Sat (18/8).



EVERYONE IS INVITED! Pop-over and have a game or two... plus free food, drinks and of course games.





AGENDA
1.00pm – 2.30pm : Food, drink + socialize time
2.30pm : Blink Blink championship
3.30pm : Fun and Furious championship



Download Grand Opening invite.



More info: http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/happenings__boardgamecafenet/archive/2006/08/18/3288.aspx

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Events & Announcement / 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
« Last post by jack208 on August 07, 2006, 08:32:53 am »

My gaming buddy Edwin is organizing a Gaming Retreat in September! Everyone is invited.. of course, you must be willing to game-all-day-long...












2006 Euro Game Retreat
We are planning a euro game retreat (yes, where we all go to find ourselves) sometime in September (before Essen), based on the following preliminary details:





  • When? Saturday 1200 noon - Sunday 600 pm.


  • Where? Preliminary target - Avillion Resort, 3rd mile, Port Dickson. 1 hour’s drive from PJ/KL.


  • Budget? Targeting Rm200 net, inclusive of twin shared room for 1 night, buffet breakfast, free flow of water and light snacks during gaming. However, it excludes lunch/dinner, which will be at the PD Yatch Club at own expense (F&B is very reasonable!).


  • Numbers? We are targeting 20 participants.


Gaming schedule:



Saturday
-----------
1100 - 1130: Arrival & registration.
1130 - 1200:  Briefing & table allocation.
1200 - 200: Game #1.
200 - 400: Game #2.
400 - 600: Game #3.
600 - 800: Dinner.
800 - 1000: Game #4.
1000 - 1100: Demo #1.
 
Sunday
--------
800 - 900: Breakfast.
900 - 1000: Demo #2.
1000 - 1200: Game #5.
1200 - 200: Lunch.
200 - 400: Game #6.
400 - 600: Game #7.
600 - 630: Results & wrap-up.
 
All games in 2 hour slots, 4 players to each table. Although tables do not play the same game at the same time, players will get to play all the games. Prize for the overall winner of course ;0 List of games fitting 2-hour slot will be proposed by participants, and the final 7 games will be determined by popular vote.
 
Examples of games that will fit 4-player/2-hour slot include Tikal, Torres, Reef Encounter, Il Principe, Siena, Game of Thrones, Samurai, etc.
 
Participants are required to read the rules of all 7 games before the retreat!!! If you are interested, quickly RSVP at KL Boardgames Meetup coz we are accepting the 1st twenty pax only!



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Events & Announcement / Malaysia Subbuteo World Cup Competition (kiv)
« Last post by jack208 on July 11, 2006, 01:28:27 pm »

Malaysia Subbuteo World Cup Competition. Fancy yourself scoring the winning goal in the Final? Take part in our finger-flicking good table soccer competition and see whether you can bend it like Beckham.








Since a few ppl have written to me asking about this cancellation, I thought it's best to put this notice here.



This event was initially formed in our minds one fine afternoon in June (when we got bored with boardgames perhaps hahaha) and we thought of riding with the World Cup to run this event. Thus we put out some announcement to invite interested ppl to learn about this game. We even shipped in a few sets of Subbuteo to get ready for the competition.



However we forgot that we have the Settlers of Catan Qualifiers starting in mid June and lasting till end July, which will then be followed by the Carcassonne Qualifiers in August. It'll then be a month before Spiel 06 (Essen) and once that's over, we'll be looking at GAMECON-2 planning....



So we realized running two competitions in the same month esp with the SOC being the highlight of June/July was rather ambitious. This unfortunately means we've to put the Subbuteo competition on hold until at least after the SOC and Carcassonne events are over.



Anyone who's interested to be kept informed of future Subbuteo events, kindly register your interest here. We'll certainly notify when we resume this competition.



In fact, I've got correspondence from Spore and also from the World Subbuteo Association (that's like FIFA in the Subbuteo World) to keep them informed of our progress. There's a World Subbuteo Cup ongoing yearly and if we can find a sponsor, we could do qualifiers to select a champion from Msia to participate in the World Cup.



 

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Events & Announcement / Win FREE Cleopatra and Society of Architects game!
« Last post by jack208 on June 28, 2006, 11:33:33 am »

For details, check out this blog
http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/the_midnite_gamer/archive/2006/06/28/2472.aspx



And if you didn't manage to win, no worry. You can buy it from our webstore next month. [:P]

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Events & Announcement / Msia Chess Festival 2006
« Last post by jack208 on June 22, 2006, 07:45:55 am »

MALAYSIA CHESS FESTIVAL 2006
Well, chess is still a boardgame, and the prize money they are offering is yummy. [:)]



Details can be found at:-
http://tcn.sourceforge.net

26th ASTRO Merdeka Team Championship
# Date: 19-20 August 2005 1st prize: RM 10,000

Dato Arthur Tan 3nd Malaysia Open
# Date: 21-27 August 2005 1st prize: USD 4,000

Malaysia Challenge 2006
#Date: 20-26 August 2005 1st prize: RM 1,500

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GAMECON 2005 / GAMECON-2......... whats the latest news?
« Last post by Shinobi on June 19, 2006, 11:45:32 am »

So what is the latest on GAMECON-2?



Is it confirmed?



Dates?



Venue?



It was tentatively dated for early September, which ain't too far away..............

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