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    sending hugs and good vibes!

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      I will now and always will vote left of centre. As you say though that means strategic voting. My LPC choice last time was Bill Morneau and seeing as I was in the Liberal stronghold of Toronto Centre, I was happy to vote my conscience and not vote for him (also I met my local NDP candidate and even saw Jagmeet in my riding.) I think that Hajdu has done a good job as Health minister through the pandemic, and seeing as this riding very occasionally goes blue, it makes sense to vote for her (plus I met her.) One of my brothers and my father are in two of the most conservative ridings in Ontario (Wellington County, Renfrew County). They get to vote their conscience as much as they like too.

      I wouldn't worry too much about it though. As they say "la plus ca change, la plus ca meme". Even if the conservatives were going to win, what legislation will they pass with a 2 to 5 seat advantage while having to depend on left wing parties for support? Anyway it looks like Trudeau will have another minority.

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        Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
        One of my brothers and my father are in two of the most conservative ridings in Ontario (Wellington County, Renfrew County). They get to vote their conscience as much as they like too.
        I considered voting my conscience in this election for the same reason. But there are a lot of purple lawn signs in my riding. I cannot risk not voting strategically if there's any chance the PPC vote here bleeds enough support from the CPC to enable us to elect a progressive MP (even if the strategic choice is bizarrely politically uninformed).

        Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
        I wouldn't worry too much about it though. As they say "la plus ca change, la plus ca meme". Even if the conservatives were going to win, what legislation will they pass with a 2 to 5 seat advantage while having to depend on left wing parties for support?
        True. But it would be better to have a government that can actually get things done. The parties may not like it, but the Liberals and NDP needing to actually cooperate with one another to pass legislation leads to legislation most representative of the will of the Canadian people. I hope we get to keep it after September 20.

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          True, I have my fingers crossed that the polls are wrong in the right (and left) direction.

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            "Life is too short to waste on activities which negatively impact my health and happiness which I'm not even being compensated for."

            Thank you for this reminder.

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              I'm of no use to playing Wingspan in French but thought I'd share that the digital version of Wingspan is on sale on Steam with 40% off in case it's of use to you for that. Or it is in the British store anyway so it seems there's a good chance it will be for Canada too.

              I'd been considering playing if for a while so I've finally bought it hopefully I'll be able to start learning how to play at the weekend. I'm thinking if I like it then I might get the physical board game at some point in the future. Do you think it's something you could reasonably play on a sofa or armchair with space to the sides to use, with the board on something like a puzzle board? Or do you think it really needs to be played on a properly flat surface like a table?

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                Zastria you don't need a huge amount of space to play Wingspan solo. There is a dice tower that needs to sit on something flat and sturdy. It's footprint is ~ 8 x 18 cm. (Technically you don't need to use the tower. But you do need a way to distinguish between dice that are supposedly in the tower vs. not in the tower.) Then you have your player mat, which is 28 x 40 cm. You need to put cards on top of your player mat, and little plastic eggs, and cardboard disks on top of the cards. (The "eggs" have flat bottoms, but they would tip over and roll around if you were playing on a lap pad and shifted position other than very carefully.) There's a bonus scoring card that's 15 x 12 cm, and the bird card tray is ~ 14 x 27 cm. Plus you need space for a couple of card decks and discard piles, plus other bits and bobs. I play on a tiny desk that is 76 x 39 cm, but then I have the dice tower in the box lid on a stool beside me, and I collect all of the automa's bits and bobs in the box bottom, which is propped up on a little side table. To play with other people you'd definitely want a proper table.

                There are multiple different versions of Wingspan that run on Steam. I have the one that is a DLC package for Tabletop Simulator. Everyone that plays with me needs to own their own copy of Tabletop Simulator, but only I need the Wingspan DLC. With the version you are referring to, everyone needs to own the Wingspan game itself to play. (Usually Wingspan for Steam costs slightly more than TTS, although it is on sale currently, as you say.) The main advantage to using TTS with DLC packages is that there are many different games one can play on TTS. sleep_twitch and 'rin and I play Wingspan, Scythe, Magic: Commander, Carcassonne, Azul, Munchkin, Labyrinth, probably some others I am forgetting, all on TTS. Scythe and Wingspan cost me ~ $9 CDN each. The others are all free content for TTS.

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                  Thank you for answering in such detail! It looks like it would be possible to play on my sofa without too much difficulty and the player mat would fit well on the puzzle board I have. The table is an option, just less comfortable for me. My laptop is sensitive to be touched or jolted and will sometimes turn itself off at the slightest touch so I've got used to shifting positions very carefully when I use it so that shouldn't be too much of a worry for me. I did the tutorial and played one game yesterday and I'm glad I tried out the digital version first since it walks you through the rules and helps you learn what you can and can't do each turn. I would've struggled learning otherwise. I'm still at the having only half an idea of what's going on stage but I think once I've played a few more games I'm going to enjoy it. And visually it's an absolutely beautiful game. I'm glad your posts about it made me want to play

                  I thought the simulator was what you used, though wasn't sure of the difference between the two options. That sounds like a great thing to be able to use.

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                    Originally posted by Zastria View Post
                    Thank you for answering in such detail!
                    You are very welcome.

                    Originally posted by Zastria View Post
                    I did the tutorial and played one game yesterday and I'm glad I tried out the digital version first since it walks you through the rules and helps you learn what you can and can't do each turn. I would've struggled learning otherwise.
                    This is definitely the advantage of the version you got. TTS is a VR sim of a tabletop in which you use your mouse to move the game pieces around like you would move physical pieces in the physical game. The Wingspan DLC has an in-game rulebook. It looks just like the physical rulebook. You use your mouse to "flip" the pages to read it. There aren't any tutorials, so you'd have to teach yourself the game. (Unless you were playing with an experienced player who could do the teaching--which I am totally willing to do in English if you ever decide you want to get TTS and play that way. )

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                      A little Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) came to visit while my mother and I were doing our workout today. Most wood-warblers flitter about in the tree canopy catching insects. Amongst North American birders, the sore neck one gets from craning one's neck back to look up at birds is commonly called "warbler neck". I was well on my way to developing it this afternoon, trying to get a better look at a vireo, when a flash of bright yellow right in front of my face caught my attention. I looked down and got my camera re-focussed in time to snap a few pics of our visitor enjoying our bird bath.

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                        Lovely!

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                          What a cutie!

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                            Awe

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                              I've played a few more games and I've picked up the rules and the beginnings of strategy now. It's simpler than it first looks! I'm not sure TTS would work so well for me but I appreciate the offer

                              Love the warbler pictures!

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                                Lovely! Great pics!

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