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When a man wants you ...

When a man wants you ... He has told me these recommendations as a psychologist. They were so interesting that I did not see you too.

When a man wants you, nothing can stop him.

If you do not, nothing can keep it.

Take away the excuses for a man and his behavior.

Never change yourself to a relationship that does not matter.

Slower behavior is always better.

Do not communicate with anyone before you really understand what makes you happy.

If your relationship does not deal with you because your man does not deserve it, never try to be two regular friends.

A friend does not abuse his friend.

Do not stomach If you think you have been suspended, be sure to do that.

Do not stay in a relationship because you think the passage of time may improve the situation. You may be angry over the next year because the situation has not changed.

The only person you can control is you own.

Stay away from men who ask for marriage before marriage.

Leave the boundary for the behavior you have.

If something upsets you, be sure to share with him.

Do not ever let go of everything you know. It may later be used against you.

You can not change the behavior of any man. Change comes from within.

Never let her feel that she is more important than you ... even if she has a better education or job than you do. Do not turn him into an idol.

He is a man, nothing more, not less.

Do not let a man describe your identity.

Never borrow another person.

If you betray someone else, be sure to betray you too.

Men behave in such a way that you allow yourself to behave.

Not all men are bad.

You should not only show yourself the flexibility of yourself ... every mutual compromise.

Between losing a relationship and starting a new relationship, you need time to repair and heal ... Before you start a new relationship, you must forget all your previous issues.

You should never be looking for someone to complement you. A relationship is formed of two perfect individuals. Look for someone who is the same as your complement.

Starting a relationship and meeting with different people is good for finding the best person. You do not need to be the same person you want to marry with everyone you love.

Make it harder for you sometimes. When a man always knows where you are and is always available, he will ignore you.

Never give a full commitment to a man who does not give you all the things you want.

Discuss this for the rest of the women.

By doing this, you can bring some smiles to the lips, think about some people's choices and prepare many others.

They say it takes a minute to find a particular person, it takes an hour to admire him, take one day to love him and have a lifetime to forget him.


Nader Ebrahimi - A calm romance

I thought so much about this.
Carpet is a manifestation of our patience;
The patience of a nation that never surrenders
Never give a bad deal.
The carpet is not just beautiful
The philosophy of silent resistance is a thousand years of a nation,
With a gentle whisper,
Which defines blackout ...

Nader Ebrahimi
  A calm romance

Crime and Punishment

Dialogue : Everything is in the hands of man
But he does not use his ability
Because it's timid.
This is no longer clear.
What people are afraid of more?
They are afraid of more than everything else in their lives and in their excitement and excitement ......
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoyevsky-The elves

Filme dialogue: If you brought the guillotine forward and brought it to the sky with this joy and glory, it's just that "it's easier to cut off everything and make it harder to cultivate thought."
You are crazy!
Your flag is more than anything else ...
Symbol of disability

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The elves


Famous NFL Firsts

First NFL Night Game – November 6, 1929
The Chicago Cardinals defeated the Providence Steam Roller, 16-0.
First NFL Rules – February 25, 1933
In 1933, NFL officials adopted rules specifically for the NFL and discontinued the use of collegiate rules.
First NFL Championship Game – December 17, 1933
The Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants, 23-21.
First NFL Draft Pick – February 8, 1936
A halfback by the name of Jay Berwanger holds the distinction of being the very first NFL draft pick and the first Heismann Trophy winner.
First Pro Bowl – January 15, 1939
The New York Giants defeated the Pro All-Stars, 13-10.
First NFL Divisional Playoff Game – December 14, 1941
The Chicago Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers, 33-14, in an NFL Western Division playoff game.
First African-American NFL Player – March 21, 1946
The Los Angeles Rams signed halfback Kenny Washington to an NFL contract.
First African-American NFL Player From an All-Black College – 1947
Paul “Tank” Younger also signed with the L.A. Rams a year after Washington.
First Use of a Penalty Flag in the NFL – September 17, 1948
The penalty flag was first used in the NFL in a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Yanks.
First Overtime NFL Game – August 28, 1955
The Los Angeles Rams defeated the New York Giants, 23-17, three minutes into overtime of a preseason contest.
First Overtime NFL Championship Game – December 28, 1958
The Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17.
First Super Bowl – January 15, 1967
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.
First African-American Head Coach of the Modern NFL Era – 1989
Art Shell was hired as head coach of the Oakland Raiders after serving as a player and assisstant coach for the Raiders for 20 years.
First NFL Playoff Game Featuring Two Black Head Coaches – January 4, 2003
Herman Edwards’ New York Jets defeated Tony Dungy’s Indianapolis Colts 41-0 in the wild-card round.

Love Quotations: Ironic and Humorous

A light heart lives long.” – William Shakespeare “Never go to bed mad — stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller “To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.” – H.L. Mencken “Once you have loved someone, you’d do anything in the world for them… except love them again.” – Anonymous “Love is like war: Easy to begin but hard to end.” – Anonymous “Love has the power of making you

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Know the Different Mobile Games Available

You might know your way around games, but do you know the difference between an adventure and an RPG? Here is a rundown of the types of games you’ll find on the mobile.
The most varied category, action games can be shooting galleries, old-school arcade games or fast moving fighters. All require sharp reflexes. A good example would be the intense World War II shooter Siberian Strike.
Adventure games are often a blend of reflex testing and puzzle solving. The pace is a couple degrees slower than an action game. Glyder is one of the better examples of adventure games.
One of the most popular genres, card titles include solitaire, poker and other titles. There are plenty on the cell phone, but there are some stinkers out there. Be sure to check out my Best Card Games before you buy.
Role playing games, or RPGs, are complex, involving journeys. They have heavy storylines, diverse characters and hours of play. Many mobiles don’t have the tech power or the memory space to handle RPGs, so you’ll find them almost exclusively on the more high-end smartphones. Zenonia is a popular RPG.
Sports covers real-life activities like basketball and baseball, as well as more unusual titles. While they can be complex, most mobile sports games focus on one particular part of the experience. For instance, the super casual Paper Toss is strictly about making hoops.
An emphasis on forethought and planning, strategy games are about taking turns on a battlefield. Chess, checkers and many classic board games fall into this category, as do more unusual titles. It covers anything involving army placement and one-on-one combat.

Love Quotations: Ironic and Humorous

A light heart lives long.” – William Shakespeare
“Never go to bed mad — stay up and fight.” – Phyllis Diller
“To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.” – H.L. Mencken
“Once you have loved someone, you’d do anything in the world for them… except love them again.” – Anonymous
“Love is like war: Easy to begin but hard to end.” – Anonymous
“Love has the power of making you believe what you would normally treat with the deepest suspicion.” – Mirabeau
“Three things can’t be hidden: coughing, poverty, and love.” – Yiddish proverb
“The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed.” – Chamfort
“I detest ‘love lyrics.’ I think one of the causes of bad mental health in the United States is that people have been raised on ‘love lyrics.” – Frank Zappa
“You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.” – Dolly Parton
“I should like to see any kind of a man, distinguishable from a gorilla, that some good and even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
“A woman might as well propose: her husband will claim she did.” – Edgar Watson Howe
“I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor’s eighth husband on her wedding night: I know what I’m supposed to do…I just have to figure out a way to make it interesting.” – many attributions
“No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.” – unknown
“An old man who marries a young wife grows younger – but she grows older.” – folk saying
“It is not uncommon for slight acquaintances to get married, but a couple really have to know each other to get divorced.” – Anonymous
“What female heart can despise gold?” – Thomas Gray
“A lady of 47 who has been married 27 years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: ‘Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.’” – James Thurber
“I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner
“The people people have for friends
Your common sense appall
But the people people marry
Are the queerest folk of all.”
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker
“Do not marry a man to reform him. That is what reform schools are for.” – Mae West
“The body, she says, is subject to the forces of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure.” – Saul Bellow
“It does not matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you do not do it in the street and frighten the horses.” – Mrs. Patrick Campbell
“A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it.” – Don Fraser
“If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?” – unknown
“There are three kinds of men who do not understand women: Young, old, and middle-aged.” – Anonymous (and with good reason)
“Women like me because I make them laugh. And what is an orgasm, except laughter of the loins?” – Mickey Rooney
“There will be sex after death, we just won’t be able to feel it.” – Lily Tomlin
“A bride at her second wedding does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting.” – Helen Rowland
“Don’t threaten me with love, Baby. Let’s just go walking in the rain.” – Billie Holiday
“Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.”
- Dorothy Parker
“Marriage is a fine institution – but I’m not ready for an institution.” – Mae West
“My heart’s in the right place. I know, ‘cuz I hid it there.” – Carrie Fisher
“My wife and I have sex almost every day of the week,” Milton Berle once said. “Yes, almost Monday, almost Tuesday, almost Wednesday.”
“If you do kiss a politician, remember this: You are not only kissing him, you are kissing every butt that he has kissed in the last eight years.” – Jay Leno
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.” – Woody Allen, Love and Death
“To laugh often and love much… to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one’s self… this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We cannot really love anybody without whom we never laugh.” – Alice Reppler

Top 8 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

It’s not always easy to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for a man. Most don’t get excited by unwrapping a beautiful package that holds clothing or accessories inside. But they certainly appreciate Valentine’s Day gifts that do stuff. Choose any of these Valentine’s Day to help him realize how well you know him — and how much you care.
1. iPod Touch
The iPod Touch does everything an iPhone does, without having to change your phone plan. Depending on how much memory you choose (8, 16, and 32 gigabyte models are available), he can stash between 1,750 and 7,000 songs, watch movies and play games on the widescreen display, and download his favorite Apps.
2. A Watch of Quality
Most men aren’t comfortable wearing a lot of jewelry, but few can resist a fine watch. This stylish Bulova Marine Star Watch watch has a striking blue dial and is a gift that will remind him to make time for you.
3. Canon Vixia Digital Camcorder
This is the camcorder everyone wants now. Lightweight because it has no moving parts and records everything on a removable flash memory, it also boasts a Canon lens. Record your most romantic moments and memorable trips with it. You’ll never have to replace tape in the middle of a shoot. The unit, which fits in the hand, can also be used as a still digital camera.
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4. Universal Remote
If he’s got a TV, a stereo, a VCR, a DVD, and/or cable, he may also have enough remote controls to confuse a NASA engineer. Not to mention that the one he wants is often the one that’s missing. Help him coordinate his entertainment by converting to a universal remote, which can operate all his IR-electronics from one keypad.
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5. Power Tools
Most men are hard-wired to fix things, especially when they have the right tools at hand. Surprise yours with a circular saw, cordless drill, or other implement that will inspire him to build those shelves or make the repairs your place needs. Don’t forget to reward him affectionately when the job is done after Valentine’s Day.
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6. Sharp Aquos LCD TV
If you’re feeling flush, there’s nothing that will light up a man’s eyes like a new flatscreen LCD TV monitor. As a gift, Sharp Aquos provides exceptional viewing — aside from when he’s admiring you, of course.
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7. A New Wallet
How long has he been carrying that same wallet? If the answer is, “too long,” consider replacing it with a smart-looking new one. And don’t forget to slip a picture of you inside.
8. Apple iTunes Gift Certificate
Give the gift of music this Valentine’s Day to go with his existing or new iPod. iTunes gift certificates are available from $10-$200, enabling your better half to download his favorite new songs this Valentine’s Day.

What is love?

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” – Sophocles
“Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed.” – John Tarrant
“We love because it’s the only true adventure.” – Nikki Giovanni
“Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away.” – Dorothy Parker
“Love is friendship set on fire.” – unknown
“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.” – Goethe
“To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.” – H.L. Mencken
“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it…It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
“Sometimes love is stronger than a man’s convictions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Maybe love is like luck. You have to go all the way to find it.” – Robert Mitchum
“Love stretches your heart and makes you big inside.” – Margaret Walker
“Love has no awareness of merit or demerit; it has no scale… Love loves; this is its nature.” – Howard Thurman
“Love is like war: Easy to begin but hard to end.” – Anonymous
“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“Where love is, no room is too small.” – Talmud
“Loves makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston
“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Mark Twain
“Love is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.” – Nicholas Sparks
“To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.” – Karen Sunde
“A love song is just a caress set to music.” – Sigmund Romberg
“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.” – Peter Ustinov
“Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.” – unknown
“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm
“In the final analysis, love is the only reflection of man’s worth.” – Bill Wundram, Iowa Quad Cities Times
“Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Elizabeth Browning
“Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.”
- Dorothy Parker
“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer. To suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy then is to suffer. But suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.”
- Woody Allen,

Fantasy Flight Games – Game Publisher

The Basics:
Fantasy Flight Games was founded in 1995 by Christian T. Peterson, and its first game was Twilight Imperium. Fantasy Flight has become known for big games with high-quality components and detailed artwork.
Best Known For:
Among the best-known games in Fantasy Flight Games’ catalog are Battlestar Galactica, War of the Ring, Arkham Horror, BattleLore, Descent, Ingenious, Cosmic Encounter, and A Game of Thrones.
Other Games:
Fantasy Flight Games has published more than 200 games in a variety of genres, including Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, Fury of Dracula, Marvel Heroes, Tide of Iron, StarCraft: The Board Game, Blue Moon City, Through the Desert, Doom: The Board Game, Wings of War, Android, and Cold War: CIA vs. KGB.
Battlestar Galactica was my pick as the #3 board game of 2008. Descent: The Road to Legend was my pick as the #6 board game of 2008. Cold War: CIA vs. KGB was my pick as the best card game of 2007. BattleLore was my pick as the best board game of 2006. Marvel Heroes was my pick as the #5 board game of 2006.
Fantasy Flight Games, based in the United States, often partners with game publishers in other countries. In 2008, Fantasy Flight Games bought the rights to BattleLore from Days of Wonder.

Days of Wonder – Game Publisher

The Basics:
Days of Wonder was founded in 2002. It is headquarted in Los Altos, California, and Paris, France.
Best Known For:
Days of Wonder’s best-known board games include the Ticket to Ride series (designed by Alan R. Moon), BattleLore (Richard Borg), Memoir’ 44 (Borg), Mystery of the Abbey (Bruno Faidutti and Serge Laget), and Shadows Over Camelot (Laget and Bruno Cathala).
Other Games:
The Days of Wonder catalog also includes Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc), Colosseum (Wolfgang Kramer and Markus Lübke), Pirate’s Cove (Faidutti and Cathala), Queen’s Necklace (Paul Randles and Daniel Stahl), and more.
BattleLore was my pick as the best board game of 2006. Mystery of the Abbey was my pick as the #6 board game of 2003. Shadows Over Camelot won a special Spiel des Jahres award in 2006 as best fantasy game and was my pick as the best board game of 2005. Ticket to Ride won the 2004 Spiel des Jahres and was my pick as the best game of 2004. Ticket to Ride Card Game was my pick as the #2 card game of 2008.
Days of Wonder occasionally partners with other publishers. In 2008, Days of Wonder sold the rights to BattleLore to Fantasy Flight Games. Also in 2008, DoW published a version of North Star Games’ Wits and Wagers in Europe known as Gambit 7.

Alan R. Moon – Board Game Designer Biography

Best Known For:
Alan R. Moon is best known for designing the family strategy game Ticket to Ride, in which players compete to build railroads across the United States and Canada. Ticket to Ride has inspired a number of sequels and expansions, including Ticket to Ride: Europe, Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition, Ticket to Ride: Switzerland, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Ticket to Ride: The Card Game, Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion, and Ticket to Ride: USA – 1910 Expansion.
Other Games:
Alan R. Moon has designed or co-designed more than 75 published games, including 10 Days in the USA (along with 10 Days in Africa, 10 Days in Asia, and 10 Days in Europe), Diamant / Incan Gold, Elfenland, New England, San Marco, Union Pacific, and Walk the Dogs.
First Published Game:
The first game designed by Alan R. Moon to be published was Black Spy (1981), a variant of Hearts published by Avalon Hill.
Best Games:
Here is my list of the best games by Alan R. Moon.
Board games designed by Alan R. Moon have won two Spiel des Jahres awards: Elfenland (1998) and Ticket to Ride (2004). Moon has also won four Meeples Choice Awards: Elfenland (1998), Union Pacific (1999), San Marco (2001), and Ticket to Ride (2004).
Moon was born in 1952.
More About Alan R. Moon:
Moon first started working in the game industry at Avalon Hill in 1979. He has chronicled the four years he spent at AH in a feature on titled My Four Years at Avalon Hill.
I have interviewed Moon three times: once about Ticket to Ride, once about the card game Warriors, and once in my Four Questions with… series.

Rio Grande Games – Game Publisher

The Basics:
Rio Grande Games was founded by Jay Tummelson in March 1998. It is headquartered in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
Best Known For:
Among the best-known games in Rio Grande Games’ catalog are Bohnanza, Carcassonne, Lost Cities, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, and Zooloretto.
Other Games:
Rio Grande Games has published more than 350 games in a wide variety of categories including abstract (e.g., Dvonn and Tamsk), auction (e.g., Medici and Taj Mahal), memory (e.g., Chicken Cha Cha Cha and Dawn Under), and racing (e.g., Around the World in 80 Days and Fast Flowing Forest Fellers).
Games published by Rio Grande Games have won many awards, including the Spiel des Jahres (e.g., Zooloretto, Thurn and Taxis, Niagara, Carcassonne, Torres, Tikal, and Elfenland), the Deutscher Spiele Preis (Caylus, Saint Petersburg, Puerto Rico, Carcassonne, and Tikal), the International Gamers Award (e.g., Caylus, Saint Petersburg, and Puerto Rico), and the Meeples Choice Award (e.g., Race for the Galaxy, Thurn and Taxis, Caylus, Goa, Wyatt Earp, and Lost Cities).
Most often, Rio Grande Games partners with German game publishers to publish English versions of German games. The company has partnered with many German publishers, including Amigo, Hans im Glück, Kosmos, and Ravensburger.

Z-Man Games – Game Publisher Profile

The Basics:
Z-Man Games was formed in 1999 by Zev Shlasinger. The company’s original purpose was to bring back Shadowfist, which Shalsinger believes is “one of the best multiplayer collectible card games ever made.” Today, Z-Man Games publishes a variety of board games and card games in multiple genres.
Best Known For:
Among the best-known games in Z-Man Games’ catalog are the cooperative board game Pandemic, the strategy game Agricola, the presidential election game 1960: The Making of the President, and the party game Attribute.
Other Games:
Z-Man Games has published more than 100 board games and card games, including Reef Encounter, Neuroshima Hex!, Santiago, Chinatown, Primordial Soup, The Scepter of Zavandor, No Thanks!, Ubongo, and Fairy Tale.
Agricola has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Deutscher Spiele Preis, the 2008 International Gamers Award for multi-player games, a 2007 Meeples Choice Award, and the 2008 BoardGameGeek Golden Geek for Game of The Year. I chose Agricola as the #3 board game published in 2007.
Pandemic was nominated for the 2009 Spiel des Jahres award and was named the 2008 Family Game of the Year by Games magazine. I chose Pandemic as the #1 board game published in 2008.
1960: The Making of the President won the 2008 International Gamers Award for two-player games. I chose 1960 as the #1 board game published in 2007.
Z-Man Games often co-publishes games with other publishers from around the world.

1960: The Making of the President

1960: The Making of the President is by far the best U.S. presidential election game I’ve played, and one of the most enjoyable games, period. (It’s worth noting that I’ve worked in the Pennsylvania Senate for about 12 years, so I may be predisposed to like political games. Nonetheless, the gameplay in 1960 is compelling on its own.)
Published by Z-Man Games and designed by Christian Leonhard and Jason Matthews, 1960: The Making of the President is for 2 players, ages 12 and up, about 90 to 120 minutes per game.
The players take on the roles of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in recreating the 1960 U.S. presidential election. The goal is to finish the game with enough electoral votes to claim victory.
A candidate’s support in a state is measured by wooden cubes (red for Nixon, blue for Kennedy). At the start of the game, many states are empty, but some are predisposed to support one candidate or the other. For example, Massachusetts starts with two blue cubes while Ohio and Illinois each start with a red cube.
The game primarily revolves around the 91 campaign cards, which were painstakingly researched and evoke the ambiance of this historic election. These cards allow players to add cubes to the board, collect rest cubes (which are used at several key points during the game), advertise in a region, and more.
1960: The Making of the President is full of tough decisions. You will always want to do more than your resources allow. It captures many of the emotions in a hard-fought campaign, with swings of euphoria and depression, as well as the tactics and strategy needed to win a victory in the Electoral College.
Leonhard and Matthews were kind enough to answer a few questions about their game.
Note: For more comments from Leonhard and Matthews, browse this 1960 photo gallery.
Why did you choose to focus the game on 1960? Why not a more recent election?
Matthews: Looking over the course of history, there are five or so elections that are squeaky close and also interesting. The bulk of them are in the 19th century. But they disqualify themselves with their obtuseness. Elections in the 19th century were radically different from their modern counterparts. The most obvious difference is that candidates didn’t actively campaign. That was too immodest and demeaning. Presidents at the time needed to seem to bend to popular acclaim. Furthermore, the issues are very alien to modern ears — The Bank of the United States, anyone? So, that drew us naturally to more modern elections.
In the modern context, there are really only two elections that stand out — 1960 and 2000. We talked about 2000, but it conjures up a couple of problems. First, we thought it was too raw. People still have an emotional attachment to their point of view about the outcome in 2000. We were not looking to launch a political debate, just a political board game. Secondly, the 2000 election was essentially decided by a series of court rulings culminating in the decisions of the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, that’s an election game with a mere nine votes at stake. Might make for an interesting design challenge, but it was not one we were looking to undertake. Of course, if you ignore the Supreme Court, it’s not the 2000 election.
So, by process of elimination, if nothing else, we ended up with Nixon vs. Kennedy. And I am happy that’s where we landed.
How long did you work on perfecting the cards?
Leonhard: The card list came together reasonably quickly in terms of deciding on the people and events we wanted to have represented, say over a period of a few weeks at most. Nailing down the precise effects of each card, however, and the appropriate point value for each, was a process which went on for months. Obviously, it was important that this balance be right to ensure that both options for how to play a card would be attractive, but there was also a thematic element at play — a desire to have card strength be proportional to the historical significance of the corresponding event.
How difficult was it to achieve the right balance of strategy and the luck involved in drawing cubes out of the bag?
Matthews: I really liked the cube drawing mechanism from The End of the Triumvirate (designed by Max Gabrian and Johannes Ackva, published in 2005 by Lookout Games and Z-Man Games). So we decided to incorporate cubes as a randomizer fairly early. At some stage in the development, we decided to use the cubes as a way to balance the luck of the card draw. The resulting see-saw effect of luck in the game is really interesting. If your cards are hot, you aren’t going to want to go into the bag. But, if your cards are cold, at least you can take some comfort in advertising, support checks and even election day.
We did spend a lot of time working through cube draws on election day. We wanted to diminish any perception of randomness. After talking with a bunch of folks who had played the game, the endorsement system evolved. I think the end result has the right feel.
Why did you decide to focus on the general election instead of a primary, which could have been a multi-player game?
Leonhard: It’s no coincidence that most games on the subject of presidential elections have done just that, for the reason you suggest. Our goal was somewhat different, though. We weren’t looking simply to make yet another game with an election theme, of which many of varying quality already exist. (We wanted) to design one which specifically attempted to capture the feel of running a presidential campaign, of which there are remarkably few. And as important a part of the process as the primaries are, obtaining your party’s nomination is only the beginning of the struggle for the White House.
Our desire to make a game rich in the kind of historical detail that card-driven games make possible also came into play, of course. Since we had opted to go with a specific election as opposed to something more generic, it was important that this election be as engaging as possible, and few would dispute that the Nixon/Kennedy contest — with its famous televised debates and nail-biter of a finish — resonates more strongly with most of us than does Hubert Humphrey’s performance in the Wisconsin primary.

Writer/Director Mark Steven Johnson and Eva Mendes Discuss “Ghost Rider”

Johnson on the devil in “Ghost Rider: “It’s pretty tough to pull off Mephisto from the comic, you know what I mean, because he’s bright red with a cape and big horns. It’s cool, but – that’s actually what [Peter] Fonda looks like. Actually, he does,” said Johnson. Mendes couldn’t resist adding, “Under makeup Fonda looks like that.”
“So we’re doing our demons and also our devil are both, they have a certain look that they wear when they’re here, but there’s something underneath and that’s something we reveal later in the movie. You get ripples of it when they get angry. You’ll see it’s almost like, remember that old ‘Black Hole Sun’ video by Soundgarden, how creepy that was? The slight distortion of the smile that goes too far and things like that. So you get hints of it, and then later in the movie we’re gonna reveal what they really look like.
It probably won’t be that close to specifically Mephisto, just because I said it would be a tough one to pull off on film. But it will be really, really horrific,” explained Johnson.
Eva Mendes on working with Peter Fonda: “Oh God. I have the best Fonda story for you guys. …He’s awesome. He’s Peter Fonda. And so one day we’re hanging out on set and believe it or not – don’t hold this against me – but I had never seen ‘Easy Rider,’ but I just knew he was an amazing actor. And we’re hanging out talking and…I said, ‘I’m so sorry I never saw Easy Rider.’ I thought he was going to hit me or something. And he was like, ‘You’ve never seen it?’ I said, ‘No.’ He’s like, ‘Well,’ he goes, ‘why don’t we have an Easy Rider party at Mark’s place and I’ll narrate the film for you guys.’” Johnson interjects, “Get that? At Mark’s place…”
Mendes and Johnson said having Fonda narrate the film while they watched it live was a bizarre, surreal experience. Johnson recalls, “It was great – it was like a DVD commentary. [He] cost me like $5000 in my rental deposit, you know what I mean, after that party. It was good, it was fun. Fonda’s great, he’s awesome.”
Returning to the topic of creating the devil, Johnson explained further, “The devil is tough. It’s like I went through and looked at all the movies where someone’s played the devil and it’s a tough one. No one has done it great, you know what I mean? Most people go really big with it; they go campy a little bit, like ‘Devil’s Advocate.’ You know, really good, really well done, but it seems like the devil is almost like showmen…or like Jack Nicholson in ‘The Witches of Eastwick.’ They’re always very comedic and I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to play it really subtle.
You know, I think really what we had to [do to] differentiate your devil, and ours is Mephistopheles which means he’s the deal maker, right? That’s where he comes from in the literature. So rather than just be like a fire and brimstone devil, his thing is he’s a salesman. He’s trying to get you to sell your soul. So he’s got to be the ultimate salesman, you know, really smooth. And a good salesman just fits in. He just comes in and he just kind of blends in. He’s not the guy that’s calling attention to himself. Before you know it, you think, ‘He’s not that bad,’ and you realize what you’re in for. And that’s how horrible it is.”
Did Mike Ploog, the designer of the original characters, have any input in the film?: Johnson said no. “I’ve never gotten to meet him. I’m a big fan of his [and] named one of my cops after him.”
Johnson on the costumes and the look of “Ghost Rider:” “It’s great because this time I’m actually having a hero who’s supposed to be in leather, so I got that going for me (laughing). He changes throughout the movie. Some fans have seen shots and are like, ‘Why are the spikes so small?’ Or, ‘It doesn’t look like he has any spikes.’ That’s because he changes his look throughout the movie.
Obviously he doesn’t know what’s going to happen the first time. He’s just wearing his Johnny [outfit]. You know, he’s got no gloves on, so he’s got skeleton hands. He’s got black jeans, black leather coat, motorcycle boots. And the second time when he breaks out of jail – I don’t want to give too much away – but his coat gets ripped and he upgrades, basically, to one of the inmate’s coats that has little studs. And the idea is that hellfire affects metal in a certain way. So when that hellfire hits the motorcycle, it turns into hellcycle. When it hits the shotgun, it turns into the hellfire shotgun. And it when it hits the studs on your coat, they pop into these spikes. So it’s really cool. It actually worked really well within the outfit. So he does have the three-inch spikes, the big chain and all that s**, you know?”

Ghost Rider

“Ghost Rider”
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Gallery of photos from the Columbia Pictures movie “Ghost Rider” starring Nicolas Cage, Wes Bentley, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliott and Peter Fonda.
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Rachel Nichols Talks About P2

In the thriller P2, Rachel Nichols stars as a hard-working executive who finds herself stuck in her office’s parking garage (level P2, hence the film’s title) on Christmas Eve with a car that won’t start and a cell phone that won’t work. But that’s the least of her problems. It seems the building’s security guard, Thomas (Wes Bentley), has been watching and waiting – and carefully planning – for the right moment to get her helpless and alone.
Handling the Hysterics: Nichols had to behave like a hysterical person for a large portion of the film and the actress says she was able to handle it with help from co-star Wes Bentley. “We’re the only two actors in the film, for the most part. I’m certainly not belittling all the other people that were great, but for the most part, it’s just the two of us. And to do something like that, with this extraordinarily high suspense, tension, painful, emotional thing, to do something like this I needed a friend because I needed someone that I could trust when I was at work, that I could say, ‘God, I’m frustrated. This is really hard.’ Or, ‘I need you to help me with this,’ or ‘Let’s talk through this.’ I needed someone I could trust at work. I needed someone that, when work was done, we could go back to the hotel and grab a beer – even if it was eight in the morning – and release all of the demons from that day because they would build up while we were shooting, and then you couldn’t go home and go to bed. You’d sit there awake. So, Wes and I really spent a lot of time together. If I hadn’t had an actor that I got along with so well, I think it would have been a terrible, painful process.”
Getting Physical in P2: Nichols joked it would take a while to list off everything that was difficult in the film. “How long do you have? Definitely the running on concrete was painful,” said Nichols. “And, let me tell you, I’m scared of dogs. I don’t do well with dogs, and Rottweilers are huge. They have heads – and I used this in an interview today – the size of toilet bowls because they are really gigantic and they’re heavy. Running and knowing that dog is behind you – and I’m a fast runner, I did track in high school – and fearing that he’s going to decide to go for you instead of the woman with the red ball, honestly I had an escape route. I was like, ‘If he grabs the dress, if he gets too close, there’s a pipe. I’m going to grab the pipe and I’m going to swing up over it.’
I had this whole plan because I really thought that he might actually go for me. So, that was certainly traumatic. And then, [there was] the handcuffs. I didn’t really think about it when I read the script, but I’m wearing handcuffs for pretty much the whole movie and a lot of the time they’re behind my back, which is dangerous as I learned when I fell. And so that stuff that you don’t think about, because it’s just an element of the script, I’ll never look at a script the same way again. Dogs or handcuffs, I’m out.”
So is it just big dogs that frighten her or would a Chihuahua set off a panic attack? “No, it’s just big dogs,” answered Nichols. “Michael Bay has these gigantic [dogs]. I don’t know if they’re Mastiffs, I don’t know if they’re Newfoundlands, but they’re the size of bears. And when I went to audition for The Amityville Horror, I went into his offices and literally these three huge dogs were there and I almost turned around. I was like, ‘No, I’m not going to read for this film.’ I actually used the dogs in my audition to think of what would scare me the most. The dogs are traumatizing. But no, Chihuahuas and small dogs, I think I’d be okay.”
Watch Out in Parking Lots: And don’t stay late at work unless it’s absolutely, positively necessary. “Don’t work late on Christmas! Overtime is not worth it! Yes, the moral of the story is, ‘Don’t work late. Go home early, or have a chaperone.’ I love thrillers,” said Nichols. “The thrillers that work best for me are the ones where I’m sitting in the theater, watching, and feeling safe in the theater, but thinking, ‘That could be me. That could happen to me.’ If people see P2 and think, ‘Wow, that could happen to me. What would I have done differently?,’ that’s what I want them to think. And then I want them to come out of it going, ‘Nobody saved her. She saved herself, and I could do the same.’”
Strangely enough, Nichols says she grew up without parking lots. “We don’t even have traffic in Maine. We don’t have parking garages. We don’t have anything underground. In New York, there are parking garages but I never had a car. And then I moved to L.A. and everything is valet or a parking garage. When I went to New York from Maine, they had given me the rules for walking through Central Park. Everyone thought you were going to get raped and pillaged in Central Park so they said, ‘Walk with your head high. Look like you know where you’re going.’
I used to pretend that I was on the phone. I would have full-on conversations. I speak French, sort of, so I would have full-on conversations in French and just go straight ahead, and I feel like I now apply those rules to my techniques in a parking garage. I do feel like I’m suddenly very aware of noises and I learned to never unlock my car from a distance. Never hold up your little clicker across the parking lot and unlock your car. First of all, it tells everybody where your car is and, second of all, they can get in. Wait until you’re right there.
I remember in Maine a couple of years ago, at Colby College, there was this trend in crime where people would get into their cars to drive away and they would turn and look back to back out, and there would be a Post-it stuck to their windshield. They’d get out of the car and go look and somebody would steal the car, beat them up or rape them, or whatever it was. So there was this big bulletin that went out. It was kind of like, ‘If you wake up in a bathtub with ice and you feel like someone’s taken your kidney, don’t move.’ This said, ‘If there’s a Post-it on the back of your car, don’t get out of your car. Drive away.’”
Coming Up Next: Rachel Nichols has a high-profile project set to hit theaters in December. “I had the wonderful experience on Charlie Wilson’s War. I have an extraordinarily small part, which may or may not completely end up on the cutting room floor, but working with someone like Mike Nichols, who I will say is my favorite director of all time – my dad loved The Graduate and I love Closer and everything in between – he was such a great guy. He just lived up to all the expectations that I had. And so did Tom Hanks. Tom was fantastic. He’s just every bit that nice guy. So, that’s coming up. My character’s name is Suzanne. I play one of the staffers in Tom’s office. And then I have Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. That comes out in the summer. And, I’m currently looking for something else.”
Nichols wasn’t in the first Sisterhood movie. “No. All the girls are coming back, and I play one of America Ferrera’s really good friends from Yale. I think it’s based on the third and fourth books in the series.”
Despite being the newcomer, Nichols had a great time on the set. “They were great. America really is a gem. I’ve had the very good fortune of working with some great women. Jen Garner is an extraordinarily wonderful person, and she’s extremely nice and sincere. And so is America. Sincere kindness and generosity is something that you rarely see, and they both have it in spades. I was just really blown away by America. She’s younger than I am, and she’s so wise for her age. It’s really something nice to see in a young Hollywood star because I don’t think we see enough of it.”