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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
I've had one of the best gaming weekends over the past two days. Firstly, on Saturday, I went down to Durham University's Games Society board gaming day. I took a small pile of games from my collection down with me, expecting to get maybe one or two played. The majority of the games I brought could be classed as "euro" in terms of mechanics, something which many of the societies members have an aversion to - games that usually get played include Last Night on Earth, Battlestar Galactica, Warhammer and copious amounts of Magic the Gathering. So I was taking a bit of a gamble by bringing games that I hoped to get played, but in all likely hood wouldn't. However, I knew that my friend Vryolakas would be there, which means we could give several of them a shot.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I got there, me, Vryolakas and one of the other members immediately set about the games. First we sat down to a game of Samurai, quickly followed by Stone Age (which I managed to win by an extended margin). Unfortunately, the other member had to go play some Warhammer 40K at that point which gave us time to get some lunch. By this point two other members of the society, Cliff and Oli, had turned up and expressed interest in playing something. So we settled down to Through the Desert, followed by Rattus, Diamant, another game of Samurai and finishing off with a game of Medici where Cliff was replaced with Ben, another member of the society. Seven games in one day! I couldn't have asked for more The only game I didn't manage to play was Power Grid.
After finishing up for the day at around 6pm, there was talk of organising a time to play more games at someones house, so I put mine up. I'll be expecting even more gaming fun next Saturday
Finally, Sunday evening saw me teaching Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game to my fiancé and one of our friends (the full session report for which can be found here). We were expecting two more players, but one was delayed by his job, while the other had been stricken by a hangover , so we played on with just three. Unfortunately, the humans lost to the Cylon menace, though it was incredibly tense towards the end. As an added bonus, both new players have said they would very much like to play again! So it looks like next Sunday night might be booked up with more Galactica as well
Overall it's been a weekend. Almost as good as sitting down to a 8+ hour game of Twilight Imperium