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Best Four Days of Gaming - Not GenCon - Part 1

Jason Moslander
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Originally posted at www.gameswithtwo.com

Ok, so you caught me, I didn't go to "GenCon in April," but I did have an amazing extended weekend of gaming. A few of the games I have already done reviews on, while others will be coming shortly. This will be more of journal entry of my weekend gaming. I was able to play six different games this weekend with eight different people on three different days. I would say that overall it was a productive weekend. I started my gaming on Thursday night, when we had about a half dozen people over. We started with Forbidden Island...

As we were waiting for others to show up, we needed a quick simple game to play with four people. We decided on trying to claim the four relics found on Forbidden Island. We had one new player and a couple of others who had not played in awhile, but the game moved quickly and we easily secured the four relics before the island sunk. It was a great way to start the evening, however, this game seems to be losing some of its luster. I feel that we are beginning to win way more often than we lose. And actually, I am starting to feel this way about a lot of the co-ops that I play. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy them very much. However, I feel that that more you get to know a co-op the easier and easier it is to beat. Has anyone else had this experience?

After more troops showed up, we had a group of six that were ready to start gaming. Due to our size, we were limited on our selection. We first settled on Battlestar Galactica. However, after looking at the time and having two new players, we realized that the game may go later into the night than desired. We then decided on a new-to-us game called Citadels. I know this one has been around for 12 years now, but this was everyone's first play of this one, and it went off without a hitch. Well, except for the fact that we messed up one of the rules on the first go around. After that though, the game went great. Everyone was having fun trying to attack and steal from one another. We all enjoyed it, and some were even asking to play again. Six seemed to be a good number for this game, I am interested to see how it works with two, three, or four players. It appears that it is best with a larger group, but I guess I will find out.

We rounded out the night with a game of Letters From Whitechapel. We lost a player, so we played this one with five. No one but myself had played before, so I played as Jack. I had the team of detectives lost after the first night, but I gave them way too much information on the second night, and paid for it by being captured on the third night. Every time I play this game, I keep thinking that the game is very difficult for Jack to win. I have played a good half dozen or more now, and have yet to see Jack even get to the fourth night. I think it's time to start using some false clues, and some of the other variants that give Jack an edge. I know it's winnable, but I think our detectives are always just too smart. The round of Whitechapel ended our gaming for Thursday (that actually went into Friday). It was a good time and I can't wait to play some more Citadels and Whitechapel. I think Citadels will soon be a go to game, when we have a large group.

I have split this post up into two post to make more money. So, the second part of my gaming weekend will be posted in the coming days.

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