We hosted our monthly game day this weekend. It was a great time. I got to play some of the early Alpha test of JeremiahLee's new social deduction game. I also got to fondle a copy of City of Remnents, but sadly it never hit the table.
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On Staurday was game night. I had two other players confirm that they were coming, one was a no show. We ended up playing a two player game of the standard edition of Merchant of Venus. I really like this game and it works very well as a two player game.
Friday 1x - Alhambra - with Burequ de Change and The Working Huts mini expansions from The Vizier's Favor
We've been playing Alhambra this past week. I won this one 203 with 28 walls and my wife had 158 with 17 walls.
Saturday 1x - Trajan - early morning game with the guys
In an effort to get some more game time with the guys we planned to meet at 7:30 am for some gaming. Two of the guys had to cancel, so I introduced the other two to the wonderful game of Trajan. It took an hour to setup, explain the rules and get through our "catch up" on what's been going on in our lives stuff. Then we had a great game that came down to a close finish.
I had a decent lead the second half of the game but I knew that I didn't have the pending end game bonus potential the other guys had since they held most of the bonus tiles all of which were card bonuses. Therefore I was squeezing game time points the best I could to have a fighting chance. The final score: I won 110, 108, 107.
I attempted to return a duplicate copy of TtR: Volume #2 I had received for Christmas to local FLGS in exchange for something else on my Wishlist but they would not accept since I had no receipt and it did not have store sticker on it. Bummer. I'll have to regift it or trade it.
Merchant of Venus took most of the night but we did manage to get in a quick game of Race for the Galaxy to end a very eventful two-player game night. Not my ideal number for a game night but these two games worked well.
I acquired a copy of Hive Pocket on Thursday evening, and played the hell out of it all weekend long. Not only did I play a whole mess of games with my daughter, who enjoyed it and managed to beat me a few times, I also fortuitously ran into an experienced player at the public library on Saturday. What a terrific game Hive is! And it's so easy to explain to the inevitable curious bystanders when playing in public: "It's like boardless chess with bugs!"
Other than that, it was Cthulhu Galore:
At my daughter's suggestion, we played some Cthulhu Gloom on Sunday afternoon. She did better than usual, although I'm pretty invulnerable at this game.
Old Whateley the Weird Wizard Was nettled by nightmares 'Til he was delerious for days; So he bargained for books And wailed in the witch-house. To no-one's surprise They burned him alive.
After a little breather, we progressed to Elder Sign, with a game against Hastur. My daughter started as the scientist Kate, and I was the magician Dexter, but we both were devoured. The second string of Amanda and Mary were handily able to complete the collection of Elder Signs before Hastur's rampage was imminent.
I played three games of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game with my usual antagonist Brother Goat. He played the Magick Act deck of Syndicate and Silver Twilight sorcerers and entertainers all evening. First he beat my Elder Knowledge deck of Miskatonic scholars and Elder Things. Then he did it again! Finally, I pulled out Victoria's Coven and showed those magicians a trick or two.
To end the weekend I played Small World with my wife, alas she managed to beat me again 208 to 199. I thought for sure I would win this one as my underground giants layeth the smack down early on. Alas my wife is undefeated at this game.
On wednesday, we had planned to play the third scenario of the hobbit lcg but instead Pluizebol, Conlaen and I played Galaxy Trucker. It was another game to prove I need handicaps - I ended with 152 points, Conlaen with 80-odd points and Pluizebol, who had a race of VERY very bad luck, ended with negative points.
On Saturday evening and sunday, Pluizebol and I played another two games of Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage. The first one ended after turn 4, when I had 13 provinces versus her 5, and she surrendered her carthago. I was very lucky with the draw there. The second game, my Romans were quite unlucky with the dice rolls (one battle, I rolled 7x 4-6 and not a single 3 or less for initiative) and I kept losing my battles (even the ones favouring me). I eventually got a foothold in Africa which I enlarged a bit too much before attempting to siege Carthago with 5 actions remaining. Alas, the first four of those gave me only one siege point amongst them, and so I lost. OTOH, Pluizebol *did* play a very, very good game against me and had her share of bad luck (amongst others, I drew Syracuse 3x during the game)
Introduced the gaming group to Elder Sign Friday night, and it was well received. The investigators (four of us) prevailed, but not before the Azithoth doom track was 2/3 full. Everyone contributed to the victory. Hopefully, it will be played again.
Friday Night - 3 player Le Havre, Pizza and Tequila with my wife and best friend. I won in a close one. Probably because I consumed the least amount of Tequila. So, does that really make me the winner? Debatable.
Saturday - Afternoon Boardgames at my FLGS (Great Hall Games)
King of Tokyo Was a quick 3 player using the store's demo copy while we waited for more players.
Steel Driver And players we had! A 6 player game of Steel Driver, which is in my top 10. Tied for 4th.
Goa Finally, one of my top 2 games. A 3 player game of Goa with 2 players new to the game. I ran away with it. Yes, I feel bad about that.
= 2 Plays Saturday was pretty lazy, so I make my daughter Sharlene (14 yrs old) fulfill her promise to learn how to play this game with me. At the last moment Shawn (9 yrs old) joins in, and after initial reluctance and a few rounds of play the game clicks and they get how it is done. Sharlene focused on Chicken farming as she got a lot of points from that, as well as Shipping (which was necessary for the silver to buy the tiles in the middle of the board), and thus gets a good score of 199 versus Shawn's 169 and my 166.
Game 2: Earlier in the week I play another 3P with the gals at my FLGS. The standard map used by Vangie edged out the alternate map sides used by me and Janine, as Vangie wins in this very nicely fought game with 193 versus my 183 and Janine’s 170.
= 2 Plays On Sunday I convince my buddy Kent to get in a 2P game of this, and we play with all the expansions in. The randomized heroes were Aird the thief, Drua the cleric, the Blademage wizard, and the Treeman Woodguard cleric, and we fight the Orc Thunderstone Bearer Goron Simplemind and his Chiroptid, Gnoll, and Doomknight minions. Kent invests heavily in the spell Royal Summons as well as the Blademage while I hire a lot of the Woodguard and human Drua Cleric. Kent does spend a lot of time preparing instead of fighting and this enables me to kill a lot of the smaller monsters, as well as level up my characters. In the end my heroes manage to kill Goron Simplemind to end the game, and after counting up the VP's I win 71 to Kent's 50!
Earlier in the week I also play a solo game. The heroes randomized to me were the Elven Spellminder, the Dwarf Sternkin fighter, the human Blademage and Veilminder, and they enter the dungeon map versus the Djinn Lich Mowtil and his Djinns, Ogres, and Oozes. My starting party faced a lot of tough ogres initially and thus I had difficulty building them up, and thus could not handle the Djinns during the endgame, as Mowtil easily escapes. I lose 42-62!
= 1 Play This was also played Sunday with Kent, and we were joined by a new player Jerico. The game was very tight as we all spent time building up our own areas of space as well as our fleets, although my early attempt at attacking ancients ended in disaster as I lost 2 ships out of 3 and saved my last cruiser by retreating. Kent and Jerico then managed to defeat the ancients surrounding their homeworlds but it was Jerico who managed to build a huge fleet first and he took the Galactic center. Kent then researched Wormhole technology at the end game and this enabled him to attack 1 system each from me and Jerico's PLUS another system with an ancient ship, while I used the opportunity to slip by and attack Jerico's homeworld with 1 cruiser, and Jerico counterattacked the system where Kent's forces were, with his dreadnought vs Kent's cruiser . The last turn was a huge brawl with tight battles all around, as Kent managed to grab the systems he attacked (except where he failed miserably versus the supposedly inferior ancient!), Jerico also won in the system he counterattacked, but since he did not have neutron bombs he failed to wipe out the population and thus did not get to control it. I then nuke Jerico's home world and steal it from under him.
Final scores were counted and we ALL end up tied with 24 points each (if Kent won versus the ancient then he would have been the victor)! We then count up the money, materials, and science points we have remaining and thus I win the tiebreak with over 30+ resources vs 16 for Kent and 12 for Jerico! What a great game that was!
Other games played during the week:
= 2 Plays My eldest son Shard asked me to buy this for him, as he plays it with his girlfriend. Monday evening they teach this to me and Shawn and we had a couple of 4P games, and I found it quite fun and "in your face", and in my opinion is vastly superior to the boardgame.
Game 1: Shawn uses the "deal breaker" card to steal my most expensive property, and he wins his first game of this in his first try! Game 2: Trisha does the same to me, but uses the "Just say no" card to counter when I play the same card versus her, and she wins in a close game!
= 1 Play Played with my wife in a tea shop. It was a close game as we both scrambled to cook the mushrooms with either butter or cider to get more points, and in the end I just manage to squeeze through with a 51-48 victory!
= 1 Play Played at the FLGS as I teach this game to Janine, and I must be a good teacher as she does a great job at shipping (28 pts at shipping alone!) to barely win with 54 pts over me and Vangie, who end up tied at 52 pts, in this rather high scoring game of this classic!
= 1 Play My 40K gaming buddy Paulo joins us at the FLGS, and I teach him this excellent card drafting game. As he is a veteran gamer of many systems I immiediately include both the 7 Wonders: Leaders and 7 Wonders: Cities expansions, and he proves that he has no problem getting it as he just wins with a balanced (although no science) approach using Rome side A (64 pts) vs my Alexandria B's science strategy (62 points), Janine's Petra A (59 pts), and Vangie's Byzantium A Blue card focus (52 pts)!
= 1 Play I teach this game to Paulo and another 40K player Chris, and we play with my house rules for a shortened version (3 bases instead of 4, and with a target score of 12 instead of 15) so that the game will not drag. Pau uses the Tricksters Zombies to horde his way and overcome Chris' Robot Pirates and my DinoWizards to win 13 to Chris' 9 to my 8!
= 1 Play The gals and I get in a game of this favorite, using the Easy (E) Deck occupations and minor improvements, drafting them as usual. I failed to capitalize on my wood gaining occupations and early lead, yet just manage to earn enough points to win this day in this game with a VERY tight gameplay! I had 22 versus Janine’s 20, Vangie’s 18 and Julie’s 17.
= 1 Play I bring this out at the FLGS since I wanted to play this correctly, as previous games had a misinterpretation of the scoring from a bonus tile. The game went very smoothly proving that the gals had figured out the flow of the game already, so it was down to strategy as well as how each person handled the "flow" of actions from their mancala. I manage to maximize the bonus tiles I got and just barely eke out a come from behind victory over Vangie, with 111 versus Vangie’s 109, Janine’s 97 and Julie’s 67.
= 1 Play This was played next in order to "de-stress' from the brain burner that is Trajan, but this was not to be as there was a big free for all over routes in the tightly contested middle area of the map. In the end Janine's longer train segments + the longest line scored her more points as she easily wins 120 vs my 103 vs Julie's 99 and Vangie's 73 (incompleted tickets plus using all her stations cost her heavily!)
= 1 Play I decide it is time to break the monotony of competitive games and thus teach this cooperative classic. The drawn roles had me as the Archivist, Julie as the Medic, Vangie as the Researcher, and Janine as the Scientist. Early in the game Vangie passes the right cards to Janine and thus we cure Yellow. I then manage to get 5 cards to cure Black, but we all get bogged down as outbreak after outbreak occurs. We do manage to control them and avoid reaching 8 outbreaks to lose, but then run out of time as the draw pile empties and we lose!
I picked this one up at one of my local used book stores a couple of weeks ago, and finally had enough people together last night to play it. We enjoyed it quite a bit, it was pretty easy to get into and had some great strategy, and opportunities to mess with the other players' plans.
Had a Boy Scout event that made Saturday a busy day. But Sunday I got some play time in with the kids mostly.
My son and I played a game of HeroClix, BattleCON: War of Indines and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game in the morning. With Heroclix, I finally rolled well against my son. He usually creams me. We played a 1,000pt game. With Legendary, we tried to take on Loki with the Bank Robbery Scheme. We ended up in a draw. We used Spidey, Hulk, Thor, Deadpool and Cyclops.
I'm counting today (Monday, Jan. 21) as part of the weekend since as a teacher I had the day off.
2 plays of Suburbia, one with the wife and one with Chad. Beat wife (her 2nd play) lost to Chad (his first). Both games came down to the secret goals. Chad and I were tied after the public goals, but he hit his secret and I failed to hit mine, so he won by 10.
Also taught Chad:
Played with the family:
with Sydney (9); she's getting good at this one. I'm going to need to start leveraging the full power of the deluxe edition Fellowship characters to compete with her as Sauron.
A single play of this on Friday evening, which I won, and its first visit to the table for a while.
I'm still on the fence about this game. It doesn't do anything wrong, and does much that is right, but I never really feel that I'm following a path towards victory, rather that I'm making do as I go along, even though that is a path in itself. I prefer Pantheon by the same designer, though I accept that I may be in the minority about that, but I still have a soft spot for this, so it's not for trading but neither am I champing at the bit to play it again. On the other hand, I think it would serve well as a gateway, should the occasion arise.
2) Saturday I called some friend at my place for a long gaming noon-evening-night session: sadly flu prevented a couple of them from coming. Anyhow, we still were four, which allowed us to play:
Chaos in the Old World - Tzeench won, just one point ahead of Khorne; I placed third with Nurgle, a dozen points behind the leaders.
Tannhäuser - We played with many expansions, particularly Operation Novgorod and Shihanso to allow the four of us to participate in a deatmatch: that was a mistake, since the game got too long and after many hours of playing we chose to interrupt the game as it was late. None of us was close to success yet.
3) Sunday I closed with Twilight Struggle: The US (my opponent) won as they reached 20 points in the 9th turn. As usual, it was a very enjoyable game. Since I'm still learning this game, I'm satisfied with the way I played the first four turns (I led by 12 points).
Played this for the first time in over a year when my wife realized I was attempting to get rid of it. We played one game Thursday night as a refresher then introduced the game to another couple Friday night. For the first time EVER we actually captured Jack! I was stoked.
Might be turning our friends into board game fans. We are entertaining the thought of attending Gen Con now.