Visalia Gamers Blog

This Blog is to gather thoughts about games and events related to the Visalia Gamers.

Recommend
7 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Wow Moments

Roland Wood
United States
Visalia
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: I love all games!Microbadge: I play with yellow!Microbadge: Twilight Imperium fanMicrobadge: Race for the Galaxy fanMicrobadge: Level 05 BGG poster
Over the years I have played countless sessions of countless games (although since I started logging them a few years ago I have been counting them...) Many of the games I have played have been very similar to others but there have been those few times that I was surprised by some aspect of a game that just blew me away and made me go..well..."Wow!" I'd like to share a few of those and hope that some of your own will be brought to mind.

Puerto Rico: I remember dreaming about this game after I had played for the first time. Before Puerto Rico the only Euro I had ever played had been Settlers of Catan and the way that this new game meshed player turns with role selection and HAD NO DICE was amazing to me. If I wanted to produce coffee all I had to do was CHOOSE those actions to get it and no unlucky dice rolls would stop me. I was blown away. Since then I have experienced these same mechanics in one variation or another many times but I vividly remember being so impressed and astonished at the design of this game.

Twilight Imperium: I had played plenty of long games in my past. I remember marathon sessions of Monopoly, Risk, and Talisman and believe me they felt like marathons. I distinctly remember (Like it was yesterday) the first time I played Twilight Imperium 3rd edition. It was with Stephen and Walter. I swear to you that our first five hour game felt like a 90 minute session. The game so totally sucked me in that (living up to its sci fi theme) I felt like I went through a time warp. In fact we were all three of us so enamored of the game and still feeling so refreshed that we set up a new galaxy and played it again.(Yup, another 4-5 hours) We had started to play the game at around 11am and it was close to midnight with two sessions under our belts when we put the game away. There is still no other game that makes me lose track of time like this one. I remember at the time being completely amazed.

Imperial: I had never before played any type of stock market game before playing this one and I remember after playing through a turn or two and realizing that I wasn't really necessarily permanantly yellow in this game....that someone else could wrest my country from me by owning the most stock...it was unlike any wargame I had ever played and the process of struggling to change my way of thinking to work with this game was definitely a "WOW" moment.

There are others but those three spring to mind. Please share your own.
Twitter Facebook
8 Comments
Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:20 pm
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls
Recommend
8 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide

Visalia Gamers Blog Introduction

Steve Cates
United States
Visalia
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
Microbadge: Waxing CrescentMicrobadge: Waxing GibbousMicrobadge: FullMicrobadge: Waning GibbousMicrobadge: Waning Crescent
I've started a blog that everyone in the Visalia Gamers was volunteered for. I'm not sure if it will be useful or not but I'll give anything a try once or twice. For the Visalia regulars I recommend you subscribe to this blog so you can catch any new items when you visit BGG.

So the week's topic of discussion is Gaming at Roland's Thursday and my house Friday.

Tony picked up Navegador for me in Fresno and dropped it off today. I was very excited to get the shrink wrap off and punch out this beautiful game.

Steve G. from Fresno is coming down for Friday gaming. Who else is available?
Twitter Facebook
12 Comments
Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:20 am
Post Rolls
  • [+] Dice rolls