Brandon Kempf(Vacabck)United States
So after the fun, if lengthy, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) game night, I threw caution to the flame and hosted a night of Super Dungeon Explore with a group of friends that kind of formed around work, WoW and other games. Most all of the other guys that came along had some heavy pen and paper RPG experience and wanted to try that again, which we agreed to do if our meetups became a regular event, but for the first night we went with a board game, and I kind of wondered how we would handle SDE.
It was another game that I had never played, I'd scoured over the scatter brained instruction manual quite a few times prior to getting to play it, I'd put the minis together and primered them, but I only managed to get the 5 treasure chests painted. I still have it in my mind that I want to paint them all, but it'll be quite awhile before I have the time to do all of them.
I was the consul, and we had an extra hero, so through the first round or so it was really favored to the heroes, killing off everything that I spawned originally and then heading off to gather my now unguarded treasure. So we tweaked the rules and I spawned a few more than I would have been allowed otherwise. That became too sided towards me so by about the 3rd/4th round we had found our happy medium and were having a really good time, all be it a bit slowly, first time and all.
But then it all came to a head when the boss came free, although it was fun to see the heroes bond together and have a great time cheering each other on and they took out my mini-bosses one at a time, despite a casualty here and there. But man, there was no beating the dragon this evening, without the time to heal up completely the heroes were weary and hurt and the dragon headed their way, with nary a care in the world about how they were recovering. Slowly one by one the heroes fell, the last standing was the Mage, the poor fire mage who could cast nothing against the fire immune boss, just wacking away with her staff, uselessly, until, there were no more. They had taken my treasure, but it was merely a loan, for it now belonged to me again.
We had a great time, ate some good food, although here in Mid-Missouri I really shouldn't plan a game night on a Friday during Lent. No snacks that had meat and a couple of our explorers had given up sweets and such for Lent as well.
I am eager for the next one, not sure what to do. Contemplating a couples night and we'll see what we can break out. Something tells me that Super Dungeon Explore might not be broke out that night, but I would love to torture some family members with Mansions of Madness. Mwhahahahahahaha
Also this weekend I believe we found the game that my wife will always recommend that we play, Pastiche, she absolutely loved this game and my 7 year old daughter did as well, even though she struggled through the first few rounds to figure out what really was going on, but I think she got it towards the end, it was just too late for her and I as my wife completed her third painting as we were working on our second.