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Home brewed beer and a couple games full of Intrigue by the Seaside

Matt Kantor
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My brother-in-law, Josh, came over around Christmas to help me brew a batch of beer, an Irish Red. In between stiring the brew pot I introduced him to Dominion.

Fast forward to now when the beer has been fermented, kegged and ready to drink. Josh is back in town and wanted to try our beer and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to play some Dominion expansions letting him see more of the game.

I brought out Dominion Intrigue and Seaside. This was Josh's first game with Duration cards which stay in play into a players next turn and we also played with a Native Village which in addition to giving 2 more actions and the top card from your deck is placed on the Native Village "mat." These cards can be drawn into the players hand with the play of a Native Village. These were the most challenging cards to use in this session but Josh caught on quickly and easily.

We played 2 games with a random 50/50 mix of cards from these sets with me winning the first game and Josh winning the second. What I like about this game is the way non-gamers can play fairly easily and the moments where they discover an interesting combination of cards. After at least 50 plays I am still having these moments myself. Dominion works well with casual game players and has enough meat to it with the variety of cards to keep real gamers interested.

After 2 games the home brew had started to kick in so we opted to stop playing at this point. Beer can be a great compliment to a game but moderation is needed to keep the necessary focus that most games demand. If you opt for a frosty barley pop, what do you most frequently choose?

Until next time, game gloriously!
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Matt Kantor
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My name is Matt and I have been playing all sorts of games since the early 80's with a few breaks here and there over the years. I began with Monopoly and Payday as many of kids did before graduating to more involved games. By the mid 80's I was hooked on Axis and Allies, Conquest of the Empire, and Dungeon. I owned many Avalon Hill classics but the rules were too involved for many of my friends so they did not get played. At this time I was trying any RPG I could get my hands on, D&D, Star Frontiers, Top Secret, Star Wars and DC Heroes to name a few. In the 90's during my college years I played a lot of CCG's like Magic, Star Trek the Customizable Card Game, and Star Wars.

In this blog I will talk mostly about the games I am currently playing which tend to be 2 player games as a matter of convenience. I play a pretty broad spectrum of boardgames but GMT's Combat Commander Europe has been making it to the table most lately. To give an idea of what I play I would list Dominion, Lost Cities, Arkham Horror, and Combat Commander as my current favorites.

For those looking for some good game podcasts I occasionally listen to Boardgames To Go, The Dice Tower, The Spiel, The D6 Generation and the missing in action classic, Geekspeak.

I am not sure how often I will be updating but I will make an effort to share a few thoughts after each gaming session.

Until next time, game gloriously!
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Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:19 am
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