J. R. Tracy(jrtracy)United States
We had eight gamers tonight for a little playtesting and gaming.
Natus and Campoverdi tried Richard III, the Columbia game on the Wars of the Roses. Campo's Yorkies got off to a decent start, picking off the Margaret of Anjou/Henry VI block early on, but Natus' Lancs struck back with some mid game success. As Campo admitted, Nate played the marginal nobles a bit better so the Yorkists were behind on the noble count going into the endgame, and could not recover. A win for Lancaster, and a week of unbearably triumphant Natus for the rest of us.
For the fate of Norwich
Bad day for the House of York
Not long for this world
Dutch and Dr. Rob playtested Dutch's Spacemen vs Saucermen; Dutch made it a bit easier for the plucky humans to scoop up weapons as they made their way through the adventure. He admitted he might have overdone it, as they cruised to an easy Spacemen win. They then played the Battle of White Plains scenario from Worthington's Hold the Line. Rob's British tried to flank the insolent rebels but steady fire from Washington's finest broke their spirit and soon after, their commander's. It's a great looking, fast playing game, perfect for a wargamey nightcap.
Battling the aliens
The Battle of White Plains
Dave, John, GorGor, and I played Eclipse, using the alien races for the first time. I had the Borg, Dave had the Hegemon, John had the plants, and GorGor had the tech-savvy race. John was the only one who really appreciated his race's strength (double explore action plus an extra VP per settled star system) while the rest of us struggled to identify our advantages, let alone bring them to bear. We did indeed identify John as the leader and hammered him hard midgame, but he still had a strong position going into the final turns. Though I successfully seized the delicious nougaty galactic core from John, he still had a vast chunk of peripheral systems. GorGor tried his best to overrun a couple systems, but John held firm, and won 37 to my 30, GorGor coming in at 24 and Dave at 22. Good game, with seven thumbs up. GorGor is withholding one thumb because he is afraid of offending Dolan's tender sensibilities.
The Hegemon pushes toward the galactic core
Dogpile on John
For next week, WED and Festung Budapest remain on the horizon, but Academy's 1812 has piqued some interest.