Bobby's Games

I will be posting monthly recaps of my gaming which I have been doing in GeekLists. I'll also be commenting on games on occasion, though I can tell you that I will be behind the curve because I just don't get to play the new games as soon as some people do.
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Games Played in February 2011

Bobby Warren
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I am going to be using the blog to replace my monthly geeklists, which replaced the old blogs, to recap my games played each month.

In February I played 25 different games a total of 51 times. I played nine expansions 24 times. Five of the games and none of the expansions were new to me, and I played 11 of the games and four of the expansions in January.

Most of the new games were at least good with some excellent ones. There was a huge disappointment and another was misplayed and I still have high hopes for future playings of another one.

20th Century
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

This is the second game I've played by Vladimír Suchý after the dismal Shipyard. It seems to me that Suchý's design philosophy is to decide on a game mechanism and squeeze as many of that mechanism into a game as he can. With Shipyard there are way too many rondels. This has a series of auctions which are well-integrated into a solid game.

I think I will call him Vlad the Repeater.

7 Wonders
Times Played: 8
Last Month Played: 1/11

I may never win this, but I have been enjoying it and will get it when it is re-released.

Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: 1/11

I played it a few times and the Game Depot had the Pathwarden promo for playing on 2/19. They were supposed to have it for the previous Saturday, but it didn't make it in the mail in time, so they had the play day on the 19th. They ran out of the promo, so I would guess it was a successful promotion.

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: New to me

A quick and fun race game with a constantly changing board. It's a blast!

Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

I had high hopes for this game since I've liked all the games that use the Commands and Colors system. I was really disappointed with the first play.

One of the complaints I had seen over and over about the game is there was little impetus to attack. That's because you lose fighting power by moving while putting yourself into the line of fire of the enemy, and the ranged attacks are so devastating. The biggest flaw is that the game is still about collecting flags by eliminating units and the attacker at any time is at a very large disadvantage.

At this point I am leaning to trading away my copy.

Dominion: Prosperity
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 1/11

I only recorded that I played Prosperity because we only used cards from this set. From now on, I'll record all my Dominion playings by the sets of cards used. So, if I do not use any of the cards from the original set, I'll not record it as a playing. In case of using multiple sets, I will mark the earliest big set as the primary game and the rest as expansions. If we only use cards from the smaller sets, the earlier small set will be the primary game.

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 1/11

We didn't use the El Razul mini expansion. Two of the players in the first game were new and I didn't want to throw a lot of little info at them since it was crowded and loud at the store. The second time we played was right after the first, but Michael jumped games to play Asteroyds again.

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 1/11

The first game was a tie, so we played again and I won the second. Since I tied for the first game, I will claim the overall victory!

Glen More
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/11

Again with five players. I like it better with any other number of players and really like the impact of the die on three- and four-player games.

Hanging Gardens
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 10/10

This was a tight two-player game.

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: New to me

This is a new game which Mike wanted to try because he thought Hilary would enjoy it. I was willing to play because if that, even though the thought of another crappy zombie game did not thrill me. Mike had said it does not have some of the same pitfalls as Zombies!!!, such as it will end at some point.

I was surprised at how much fun we had playing it. Sure, there is a lot of luck in the game, but it seems pretty balanced between the sides. The game could have been little more than zombie avoidance for as long as possible while the zombies try to herd the humans into a corner and overwhelm them, but the scenarios turn it into more than that.

I've only played the humans, but it seems that there are strategies either side can implement. We've played with two and three players and that seems like the best number, though having every hero controlled by a different player might also be fun to try. I don't know if I would want to play where you split up the zombie side. We'll see.

I suspect this will be played on occasion, when Arkham Horror is not an option.

Loch Ness
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/11

We played with the variant rules where you only pick up your cards after playing them all or using the Hotel. It makes the game better, but still not great.

My initial impression after reading the rules was that it would be a game we would play a few times and then never play again. After playing it twice, I think I am done with it, though I wouldn't mind trying it with four or five players to see how the dynamics change. But it just isn't a memorable or exciting game which I won't miss if I never play it again.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/11

I played this in February was with four, and it is quite different than when playing with two players. I felt like the game went too fast and I didn't have as much control, though I will happily play it again with four to find out. Maybe I just need to adapt what I want to do depending on the number of players?

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/09

Two years since I've played this awesome game. I picked the white side, which is what I played the last time. I didn't remember that when I made the choice, but the result was the same.

Lost Cities
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 10/10

Two quickies with Christa.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me

I had been really looking forward to playing this, but the game fell flat. I later discovered it was because we played a rule really wrong, which the other two I talked to about it agreed made a big difference, so I am looking forward to trying it again.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 9/10

Played with both "The Virulent Strain Challenge" and "The Mutation Challenge" from Pandemic: On the Brink.

Race for the Galaxy
Times Played: 7
Last Month Played: 1/11

All of the games were played with both The Gathering Storm and Rebel vs. Imperium.

The last two games of the month were a couple of two-player games with Michael that were about as painful as the games could be. I scored 13 points in the first game and the second one I almost doubled my score. In that game I spent four or five turns doing the double explore trying to find useful cards and didn't come up with them. This is a large reason why I much prefer playing with just the cards from The Gathering Storm.

Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 12/10

I won one! Woo-hoo!

Resident Evil Deck Building Game
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 1/11

I've come up with another re-theming of this game. You would have to release two simultaneous versions of President Evil with one dedicates to each of the major parties. Yeah, it'll never happen, but imagine the fun you could have with your radical politico friends coming up with cards for the opposing party.

Samurai: The Card Game
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 3/10

My first time playing with more than two players was a three-player game. I still like it but it works better with two.

Small World
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 11/10

We had a really close game. I thought that the Were-Barbarians would give Michael the win while really hurting me, but we ended up tied and two points behind the winner.

Snow Tails
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/11

I thought Michael made a bad error was we came out of the second hairpin by choosing to take an additional dent. However, the cards were fickle and nothing I could play would let me catch him. Once again, his superior play wins the day. Grrr...

Through the Desert
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 8/10

There were two surprises with this game. The first was we had never played at Mike's with his game because his Kosmos version was unpunched when he opened it for us to play. The second was that Hilary had never played before.

She obviously got the game because she easily won. Maybe that was a third surprise? (I may be the one with the surprise if she reads this!)

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 1/11

It was played with Wrath of the Elements and Doomgate Legion. I'm really looking forward to Dragonspire, which should be out any day now.

Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 10/10

Both games were played using the Petting Zoo expansion, which is the only one I think could have been included as part of the original game.
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